from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. In a contrary or counterclockwise direction: "The coracle whirled round, clockwise, then widdershins” ( Anthony Bailey).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. The wrong way.
- adv. Anticlockwise, counter-clockwise.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See withershins.
We move naturally in a circle around the grave, going to the left, facing outward—what we call widdershins.
Move clockwise, called deosil, to charge up with energy, and move counterclockwise, called widdershins, to banish energy!
More interestingly, the old (especially Scottish) word widdershins or withershins, etymologically suggesting ` a contrary direction, 'similarly refers to a movement against the apparent course of the sun and therefore considered unlucky or unnatural.
I can't remember the last time I heard the word "widdershins" outside of a fairy tale, but reading it had a big impact on how I read the novel and read the characters.
Plus, you know, it's just fun to say "widdershins" over and over.
As the dancers faced outwards, this would mean that they moved 'widdershins', i.e. against the sun.
House, that is walking "widdershins" or "against the sun" ( "with the sun" being like the movement of a watch).
To cast a successful love spell, he says, one must circle such trees "widdershins"
The stingy butter fell a bit over the shelf and I stayed just widdershins to the beam and flipped my nossly nossler, not before a couple turns of the head, mind you.
Sometimes he walked clockwise into Bayswater, down to the Bayswater Road and home again, sometimes widdershins, in a loop up to Campden Hill and back to the high street.