Aeromancy - The use of the stars for divination.
Alchemist - The person who practices alchemy.
Altar - A small working area and shrine many pagans maintain, where they perform most of their ritual and spell work.
Amulet - An object charged with personal energies through ritual or meditation often used to ward off a certain force or person. Generally, a protective object.
Asatru - Modern worship of the old Norse gods.
Astral Plane - An invisible place which parallels the physical world which can be traveled through.
Balefire - A traditional fire lit outdoors during Yule, Beltane, and Litha.
Beltane - A Wiccan sabbat held between spring and the onset of summer, between April 30th and May 1st. Beltane celebrates the symbolic union, matting or marriage of the Goddess and God, and links in with the approaching summer months.
Blessed Be - A term derived from the ritual of the Five-fold Kiss, it is simple a blessing commonly used by wiccans and pagans as a greeting or a goodbye.
Book of Shadows - Traditionally hand copied book of rituals, recipes, training techniques, guidelines, and other materials deemed important to a Witch or a coven. Each Book of Shadows is different as the individual decides what is necessary for their book.
Cantrip - A spell cast by a witch. It is small, quick, and has minimal effects.
Cardinal Points - North, South, East, and West, often marked with candles of colors associated with each point.
Censer - A container in which incense is smoldered or burned. It symbolizes the Element of Air.
Centering - A way of meditating as to connect yourself with the energy within you and to find your center.
Chant - Repetition of magickal phrases, syllables, or words to produce a desired effect as well as bring the chanter to a deeper meditative state.
Chi - A Chinese term for the all-encompassing universal life force.
Cheiromancy - The divination by examination of the hand , related to palmistry.
Coven - A group of witches led by a High Priest and/or a High Priestess who meet to worship and practice magic.
Covenstead Meeting - place established by a coven. Usually the home of the High Priestess or High Priest.
Craft - The Craft is a term used to refer to witchcraft and wicca.
Daemon - A Greek word for spirit.
Drawing Down the Moon - Ritual invocation of the spirit of the Goddess into the body of the High Priestess by the High Priest.
Druidism - an ancient celtic order of priests which has undergone a modern revival into neo-paganism. Druids worship in groves and venerate the Goddess through trees, especially the oak. Like modern Witches, they believe in reincarnation.
Earth Magick - A practical form of magick which involves drawing energy from Mother Earth (or Gaia) and the element or elementals of earth for rituals.
Eclectic - A person (or the practice of a person) who combines attributes from various traditions to create a unique spiritual blend of Wicca, paganism, or witchcraft that suits them best.
Familiar - A spirit or guardian who is close to a human being and considered a companion in magick. Often the spirit communicates through the physical body of a pet animal such as a cat.
Full Moon - Phase of the moon when it has waxed fully. Best time for spells involving psychic powers, and for magick in general.
Glyph - A sigil imbued with magick.
Grammary - Written magick, including symbols, signs, Ogham, and sigils.
Incantation - The spoken part of a spell.
Loa - An ancestral deity in the Vodou religion.
Mabon - Pagan sabbat celebrated in early autumn. Day and night are equal once more as the God prepares to travel toward renewal and rebirth from the Goddess.
Magickal Name - A name chosen by the dedicant or initiate to signify the death of the old life and the birth into the magical life.
Merry Meet - A greeting commonly used by Wiccans and pagans.
Merry Part - A friendly phrase that basically means "Goodbye", used by Wiccans and pagans.
Midsummer - Sabbat celebrated in June. Powers of nature reach their highest point. This is the time for the longest daylight hours, midsummer being the longest day of the year. Also called Litha.
Mojo Bag - A small bag generally worn around the neck which is charged with energies towards a certain goal and filled with charms, herbs, and/or stones.
Necromancy - 1. The art of revealing the future through magick and especially through communication with the deceased. 2. The practice of summoning the souls of the dead.
Neo Pagan - Literally, new pagan. Modern earth religion which branches from paganism and is based on ancient pre-Christian religious practices. Wicca, for example, is a neo-pagan religion, derived from ancient witchcraft and paganism.
New Age - The modern movement which involves combining metaphysical concepts with the practice of an organized religion.
Occult - Study and science of things esoteric, secret, paranormal, and supernatural.
Old Religion - Another term for Wicca, or Witchcraft, which many believe to be the descendant of an ancient pagan religion.
Oneiromancy - The divination by means of dreams.
Omen - An sudden occurence which is interpreted as being a sign of good or evil or any phenomenon or thing that is interpreted as a sign of good luck or misfortune.
Ostara - Celebration of the arrival of Spring. The days begin to grow longer than the nights.
Pallomancy - Divination with a pendulum.
Pentagram/Penticle - A five-pointed star drawn with a single line. Upright, it resembles a human figure, with spirit taking the highest importance. Inverted (upside-down) it is often considered a Satanic symbol. Some traditions of Wicca use the inverted pentagram to signify an initiate of the second degree.
Pecti Wita - A Scottish tradition of Wicca, see also Wita.
Psychic Awareness - The human state in which information from the psychic mind is available to the conscious mind.
Quarters - The North, East, South, and West parts of a magickal circle or other ritual area.
Rede - A tenet, rule, doctrine, or law.
Reincarnation - The rebirth of human souls into other bodies, either human or animal, after death. The new physical form can be animal or human.
Rite - A ritual.
Sabbat - One of the eight celebrations of paganism. general gathering of Witches for the purpose of worship, it occurs on the eight pagan festivals of the year recognized in Wicca.
Samhain - Sabbat held on the eve of Nov. 1st, also called Halloween and celebrated by most people (religiously or not) on October 31. This festival also marks the transition of rulership of the "Wheel of the Year" from that of the Goddess to that of the God. One of the eight sabbats. This day is also known as Halloween.
Scrying - A form of divination by gazing into something, usually a reflective surface.
Shade - The spirit of a being which refuses to leave the physical plane.
Sigil - A magickal seal, sign, glyph or other device used during a magickal work.
Skyclad -A pagan term for nudity during rituals. Most witches in fact wear robes.
Solitary - A witch who practices alone instead of within a coven.
So Mote it Be - A phrase used often in rituals to close a chant or incantation. This has been in common usage for many years. A transliteration might be: "So must it be."
Talisman - A magickally charged object used to attract a certain type of energy or a particular type of person.
Tasseography - Divination by reading tea leaves.
Telekinesis - A form of psychokinesis which involves moving objects with the mind without ever physically coming in contact with them.
Telepathy - Unspoken (psychic) communication between two minds.
Third Eye - The psychic eye, not physically visible, but mental. Located in the middle of the forehead.
Three fold Law - Wiccan concept. You are responsible for what you do. If you do good then the goodness returns three fold. However if you do harm then that returns three fold as well.
Triple Goddess - The three faces of the goddess- Maiden, Mother, and Crone. These are repesented by the symbol of the triple goddess, which looks like a crescent moon facing left (maiden), a full moon (mother), and a cresent moon fact right (crone).
Wand - A tool in magick which resembles a rod and is used to direct energy towards a goal, usually to project some form of power.
Ward - A kind of a protection spell.
Yule - The pagan winter sabbat. Also called Winter Solstice.
Yule Log - A log burned with traditional ceremonies during the medieval celebrations of Christmas, perhaps a survival of an ancient pagan festival of the winter solstice, in which fire resprented the sun.
Zen - Buddhist tradition where connection with divinity and total inner-peace is attained through an altered state of consciousness and a lack of distracting thoughts.
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