The Magic Circle was acquired by the Tate in 1886 when it was first offered and has had no other owners. Its details are well-researched.
Witches use a ritual circle to contain elemental energy and to protect from unbound or malevolent spirits or powers. In John William Waterhouse's painting, the three C's of ritual magick are present:
cleansing through smoke and flame,
consecrating by drawing the magic circle, and
charging the creatures present to do her bidding.
The sorceress, holding a moon-shaped scythe evocative of the triple goddess, casts a firey magic circle on the earth to create sacred space. The sky is dark as if a storm brews, electrifying the air. A snake coils around her neck like a final layer of jewelry. She honors the sacred ground by standing barefoot.
Outside the circle, several creatures, symbols of dark arts, are in attendance, as if by invitation, ready to do her bidding. One of several ravens perches on a skull while a frog stops at the boundary of the circle near an offering of shells and flowers. An ancient warrior decorates her dress, and no fewer than three discernable faces appear in the smoke. Three seated figures watch her from a lit cave in the background, while a guard stands by.
Title: The Magic Circle
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