In ancient Greek thought, the temenos is a magic circle, a delimited sacred space in which special rules apply and which extraordinary events are free to occur. Stephen NachmanovitchThe phrase magic circle is used to describe the unique immersive environment of a virtual world or MMORPG, but I believe that avatar identity itself is the core domain of temenos. I am writing this post beyond the confines of Second Life or any other virtual world and it is likely that you are not reading this within one. The combination of magic, muse, technology and game mechanics that initially gives birth to one's visceral sense of avatar identity is not needed to sustain it. For me at least, avatar identity in itself is the essential sacred space where extraordinary events freely occur.