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“Salient,” who prefers to be identified only by this “magic” or pagan name, receives a blessing before entering the ritual circle during the Yule celebration. Before a pagan ritual, practitioners “cast a circle.” Then different deities are called upon, usually depending upon the season and the celebration. The goddess Brigid was called on for this ritual because she is the goddess of fire, and the ritual focused on the light to come in the future after the end of the winter solstice. RNS photo by Mikala Compton