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Re: WIDDERSHINS, (was: nothing to write..)

  • Subject: [iris-photos] Re: WIDDERSHINS, (was: nothing to write..)
  • From: neilm@charter.net
  • Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 23:05:52 -0000

--- In iris-photos@y..., "merle & linda roberts" <irisbuff@t...> 
"Sorry if I offended anyone with my iris named WIDDERSHINS."  

Merle, I am astounded the name offended anyone.  "Widdershins" is 
simply a word of Germanic origin from roots that mean "travel" 
and "back[wards]", i.e., contrary.  It means, in English "in a left-
handed, wrong, or contrary direction : COUNTERCLOCKWISE" per Webster.

In Liturgical work (ceremonies of Church, etc.,) rituals of *making* 
proceed in a clockwise direction.  Undoing, or unmaking, go 
counterclockwise.  The pagans only imitate legitimate and deeply 
historic Christian practice.  

Neil Mogensen  Aone 6b/7a near Asheville, NC


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