WFT- deasil

26 May 2009

The Merriam-Webster Word of the day for May 20th was deasil.  Note that it is deasil and not diesel (the fuel).

Deasil means clockwise.  M-W says...

According to an old custom, you can bring someone good fortune by walking around  the person clockwise three times while carrying a torch or candle. In Scottish  Gaelic, the word "deiseil" is used for the direction one walks in such a  luck-bringing ritual. English speakers modified the spelling to "deasil," and  have used the word to describe clockwise motion in a variety of rituals.

It is interesting to note that in a Jewish wedding ceremony the bride circles the groom in a clockwise fashion (i.e. deasil) three times.  This tradition comes from Hosea 2:19-20.  In other traditions the bride circles seven times based upon the story of Joshua and the battle of Jericho:

As Joshua circled the wall of Jericho seven times, and then the walls fell down.  So, too, after the bride walks around the groom seven times, the walls between  them will fall and their souls will be united.

Revelation provides a picture of the bride of Messiah:

"Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready." It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.  (Revelation 19:7-8)

Praise, glory, and honor belong to Him who is preparing his bride for that coming day!  Amen.

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