deosil (also deiseal) Clockwise circular movement which in Magic and witchcraft is used in casting positive spells and in casting the Magic circle. The clockwise rotation is associated with the movement of the sun across the heavens and with blessings and good fortune. Deiseal is the Irish term for “a turning to the right,” or the “holy round.” Deosil dances and circuits are done not only around magic circles but around festival fires (see Wheel of the Year), holy objects such as sacred stones, crops, fields, homes and buildings. The opposite of deosil is WIDDERSHINS.

The Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft and Wicca written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley – Copyright © 1989, 1999, 2008 by Visionary Living, Inc.