I appreciate Sor Aena's recent response describing her own experience with
using "widdershins" movement in the rituals in question.
Donald Tyson has written some stuff about how using spirals (for magical
purposes) in one direction (deosil) are positive, evolutionary forces, and
in the other direction (widdershins) are negative, destructive forces. This
seems to contradict the evidence of nature, in my opinion, and reflect a
dogmatic duality inherent in Tyson's magickal worldview that is very
In Tibet, spiritual professionals did their ritual circling "widdershins"
until Padmasambhava converted the country to Buddhism 1500 or so years ago.
(Likewise, the "demons" the old shamanic practitioners invoked were
converted to "Dharma Protectors" in the Buddhist system....) Traditional
Bon-Po shamans in Tibet still do their rituals "opposite" the conventional