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OPENING (Ending) THE CIRCLE 

The High Priestess goes to each of the four directions in turn, 
and draws a Banishing Pentacle, saying, 


Guardians of the East (South, West, North), Powers of Air 
(Fire, Water, Earth), we thank you 
For joining in our circle 
And we ask for your blessing 
As you depart 
May there be peace between us 
Now and forever. Blessed be. 


She raises her athame to the sky and touches it to the earth, then
opens her arms and says, 

The circle is open, but unbroken, 
May the peace of the Goddess 
Go in your hearts, 
Mercy meet, and merry part. 
And merry meet again. Blessed be.