Glossary of Wiccan Terms
Athame - A ritual knife. It may possess a double-edged blade and a black handle. The athame is used to direct Personal Power during ritual workings.
Balefire - A fire laid and lit for magickal or religious purposes, usually outdoors.
Beltane - A Wiccan religious festival, observed on April 30th. Beltane celebrates the burgeoning fertility of the earth.
Besom - Broom
Boline - The white-handled knife used in Wiccan and magick ritual for practical purposes such as cutting herbs.
Blessing - The act of conferring positive energy upon a person, place or thing. A spiritual or religious practice.
Books of Shadows - A collection of Wiccan ritual information that usually includes religious rituals, magic and advice.
Censer - A heat-proof container in which incense is smoldered during rituals. An incense burner.
Circle Casting - The process of moving positive energy from the body and forming it into a large, non-physical sphere of power in which Wiccan rituals usually occur. Also known as 'laying the circle'.
Divination - The magickal art of discovering the unknown by interpreting random patterns or symbols.
Elements - Earth, Air, Fire and Water. These four essences are the building blocks of the universe, and the ancient magickal sources of energy.
Empowering - The act of moving energy into an object.
Energy A general term for the currently immeasurable power that exists within all natural objects and beings.
Esbat - A Wiccan ritual occurring on any day other than the eight Sabbats. Esbats are often held on full moons, which are dedicated to the Goddess.
Handfasting - A ritual joining of two human beings in a bond of love before the Goddess.
Herb Any plant used in magick.
Imbolc - A Wiccan religious festival celebrated on February 1st or 2nd that marks the first stirring of Spring.
Initiation - A process whereby an individual is introduced or admitted into a group, interest, skill or religion.
Invocation - An appeal to a higher power. Invocation is a method of establishing conscious ties with those aspects of the Goddess that dwell within us.
Law of Three - A Wiccan belief that our actions, both positive and negative, will be returned to us three-fold.
Litha - The Summer Solstice, a Wiccan religious festival and a traditional time for magick. Also known as Midsummer.
Lughnasadh - A Wiccan religious festival celebrated on August 1st that marks the first harvest.
Magick - The movement of natural energies to manifest positive, needed change. Magick is the process of rousing energy, giving it purpose and releasing it to create a change.
Mabon - A Wiccan religious festival celebrated on the Autumn Equinox that marks the second harvest.
Ostara - A Wiccan festival celebrated on the Spring Solstice that marks the beginning of the return of evident fertility to the Earth.
Pentacle - A ritual object upon with a five-pointed star (Pentagram) is inscribed, painted or engraved. It represents the element of Earth.
Pentagram - An interlaced five-pointed star that is used as a protective device. The pentagram is also associated with the element of Earth and with Wicca. It has NO evil associations.
Personal Power - That energy which sustains our bodies.
Prayer - The act of focusing one's attention on the Goddess and engaging in communication.
Ritual - Ceremony.
Runes - Stick-like figures, some of which are remnants of old Teutonic alphabets; others are pictographs.
Sabbat - A Wiccan religious festival.
Samhain - A Wiccan religious festival celebrated on October 31st which marks the last harvest and the preparations for Winter.
Spell - Spells are magickal rites. They are usually non-religious and often include spoken words.
Tools - The term includes both physical objects used to facilitate ritual, as well as internal process.
Wand - One of the ritual tools used in Wicca. The wand is an instrument of invocation, usually used to call upon the Goddess.
Widdershins - Counter-clockwise ritual motion.
Yule - A Wiccan religious festival celebrated on the Winter Solstice that marks the rebirth of the Sun.