circle of being

circle of being

The name used by some modern witches to describe a magic circle.
References in classic literature ?
By these means, and from hearing constant talk of great men and their works, her earliest conceptions of the world included an august circle of beings to whom she gave the names of Shakespeare, Milton, Wordsworth, Shelley, and so on, who were, for some reason, much more nearly akin to the Hilberys than to other people.
Thirty years ago, I wrote a book called "The Expanding Circle," in which I asserted that, historically, the circle of beings to whom we extend moral consideration has widened, first from the tribe to the nation, then to the race or ethnic group, then to all human beings, and, finally, to non-human animals.
Perhaps the release of these two very different films will lead to a further push to bring great apes within the circle of beings with moral and legal rights.