To go round the person in the opposite direction, or “withershins,” is an evil incantation and brings ill-fortune.
But this is telling our tale "withershins about," as they say in Netherby.
To go 'withershins' seems to have been reserved for cursing and excommunication.
A weak man like his learned brother withershins was not a judge to keep the high-roads safe, and make crime tremble.
Having arrived at their rendezvous, they danced round it ‘withershins’—that is, in reverse of the apparent motion of the sun.