The circle is open but unbroken
May the love of the Goddess be ever in our hearts
Merry Meet, and Merry Part, and Merry Meet Again.
Almost every Pagan ritual ends with these works…either spoken or sung. Most of it is pretty straight forward. Who wouldn’t want the love of the Goddess…or peace, or joy depending on your own tradition…in one’s heart. And yes, let’s wish each other well until we meet again. It’s an endearing little chant but the meat of these words, the part that has the most meaning and shouldn’t be spoken so lightly is that very first line.
The circle is open but unbroken.
What does that mean to you? For most it’s the fact that you can now move freely around the space but the bonds that have been formed are still intact. I would add that what is spoken in sacred space is treated confidentially. That your circle mates are treated with respect and compassion…no matter where you are. Circle space is a magickal place - keep that magick alive even after the release of Deity and the Elements.
Most likely you entered the circle in perfect love and perfect trust. In doing so, you have a created a safe environment within the circle. You have shared with those also in attendance, a very special and hopefully meaningful ritual. You may literally have bared your soul in sacred space. When the ritual ends, that love and trust doesn’t dissolve. You said it yourself…the circle is unbroken. That connection is the very reason why some folks will not enter the circle with strangers. Do not enter a circle lightly, and remember your commitment after the circle is open.