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Highly proficient in a particular magickal system through
serious study and accomplishements.
The fifth element, the omnipresent spiritual power that
permeates the universe. It is the energy out of which
the Elements formed.
Giant data base somewhere that has information on past
lives, healing, other magickal/spiritual practices. Accessed
by Universal Connections.
Flat table for magickal workings or acknowledgement.
A magickally charged object which deflects specific,
usually negative energies. Generally, a protective
An Egyptian hieroglyphic that is widely used as a
symbol for life, love, and reincarnation. It is
depicted as a cross with a looped top. When worn or
carried, the ankh brings good health, promotes
fertility, and strengthens the psychic powers.
Italian Goddess. Queen of Witches, starting Italian Witchcraft
religion in 1353.
The two halves of the Tarot deck.
A bundle of fresh herbs or a perforated object used to
sprinkle water during or preceding ritual, for
Another dimension of reality. "Dreamtime" Astral Plane.
Sperating astral body from physical one to accomplish travel.
A Wiccan ritual knife. It usually has a double-edged
blade and a dark handle. The athame is used to direct
personal power during ritual workings.
A fire lit for magickal purposes, usually outdoors.
Balefires are traditional on Yule, Beltane and
That which destroys life, which is poisonous,
destructive, evil, dangerous.
A Wiccan festival celebrated on April 30th or May 1st.
Beltane is also known as May Eve, Roodmas. Beltane
celebrates the symbolic union, mating or marriage of
the Goddess and God, and links in with the approaching
Use a type of astral projection to travel everyday reality
by retaining the capability to be aware of present surroundings.
Magickally reastrain something or someone.
Blood of the Moon:
The white-handled knife, used in magick and Wiccan
ritual for practical purposes such as cutting herbs.
Book of Shadows:
A Wiccan book of rituals, spells and magickal lore.
Once hand copied upon initiation, the BOS is now
photocopied or typed in some covens. No one "true" BOS
exists; all are relevant to their respective users.
Around 1000 CE - 17th century, it is said over 9 million people were
tortured and burned by church and public officials.
Ancient Hebrew magickal system.
Invoking Divine Forces.
A heat-proof container in which incense is smoldered.
An incense burner. It symbolized the Element of Air.
Energy vortexes in the human body.
New Age practice where you allow a disincarnate entity to
"borrow" your body to speak to others.
Story of the message from the Goddess to Her children by Doreen Valiente.
To infuse an object with personal power. "Charging" is
an act of Magick.
Amulet or talisman that has been charmed by saying an incantation
over it and instilling it with energy for a specific tool.
Removing negative energy, vibrations or images from an object or place by utilizing
positive, psychic energy.
Cone of Power:
Psychic energy raised and focused.
Blessing an object with positive energy.
The analytical, materially-based, rational half or our
consciousness. The mind at work when we compute our
taxes, theorize or struggle with ideas.
A group of Wiccans, usually initiatory and led by one
or two leaders.
Wicca. Witchcraft. Folk magick.
Days of Power:
Ddays throughout the year considered days of power.
Sabbats, astrological occurences, birthday, Blood of the Moon,
dedication/initiation, anniversaries, etc.
Individual accepts Craft as their path, and vows to study and learn all
that is necessary to reach adeptship in given traditions.
Clockwise, the direction of the Sun's apparent motion
in the sky.
The magickal art of discovering the unknown by
interpreting random patterns or symbols through the
use of tools such as clouds, tarot cards, flames, smoke.
Divination contacts the psychic mind by tricking or
drowsing the conscious mind through ritual and
observation or of manipulation of tools. Divination
isn't necessary for those who can easily attain
communication with the psychic mind, though they may
The unmanifested, pure energy that exists within the
Goddess and God. The life force, the ultimate source of
Using pendulum or stick to find actual location,
Yes or No questions and answering questions.
Drawing Down the Moon:
Ritual used during the full moon to empower self and unite
essence with Goddess or deity.
That energy which exists within stones, herbs, flames,
wind and other natural objects. It is manifested divine
power and can be utilized during magick to create
People gained positions through education, experience, magickal
adeptship and counseling.
The: Earth, Air, Fire, Water. These four essences are
the building blocks of the universe. Everything that
exists (or that has potential to exist) contains one or
more of these energies. The elements hum within
ourselves and are also "at large" in the world. They
can be utilized to cause change through magick. The
four elements formed from the primal essence of power-
Magickal object kept absolutely secret and hidden from
all human eyes.
A Wiccan ritual, usually occurring on the Full Moon.
Calling up spirits or other non-physical entities,
either to visible appearence or invisible attendance.
An animal who has a spiritual bond with a Witch.
A mental effort to control another animal or person's mind.
Greek Goddess meaning Earth Mother or Mother Earth.
Another name for the God, as in his kingdom of the forest.
A magickal workbook containing ritual information,
formulae, magickal properties of natural objects and
preparation of ritual equipment.
Guardians of the Watchtower.
A Wiccan, Pagan or Gypsy wedding.
A Wiccan festival celebrated on February 2nd, also
known as Candlemas, Feast of Pan and many other names.
Imbolc celebrates the first stirrings of spring and
recovery of the Goddess from giving birth to the Sun (
the God) at Yule.
A process whereby an individual is introduced or
admitted into a group, interest, skill or religion.
Initiations may be ritual occasions but can also occur
An appeal or petition to a higher power (or powers),
such as the Goddess and God. A prayer. Invocation is
actually a method of establishing conscious ties with
those aspects of the Goddess and God that dwell within
us. In essence, then, we seemingly cause them to appear
or make themselves known by becoming aware of them.
A practitioner of the old Hawaiian philosophical,
scientific and magickal system.
One's thought and deeds count against them or add to spiritual path
during several lifetimes.
A double-headed axe which symbolized the Goddess in
ancient Crete, still used by some Wiccans for this same
purpose. The labrys may be placed on or leaned against
the left side of the altar.
Self-serving individual. Negative path.
A Wiccan festival celebrated on August 1st, also known
as August Eve, Lammas. Lughnasadh marks the first
harvest, when the fruits of the Earth are cut and
stored for the dark winter months, when the God also
mysteriously weakens as the days grow shorter.
On or around September 21st, the autumn equinox,
Wiccans celebrate the second harvest. Nature is
preparing for winter. Mabon is a vestige of ancient
harvest festivals which, in some form or another, were
once nearly universal among peoples of the Earth.
The world around us.
The movement of natural energies to create needed change. Energy exists within all things- ourselves, plants,
stones, colors, sounds, movements. Magick is the
process of rousing or building up this energy, giving
it purpose, and releasing it. Magick is a natural, not
supernatural, practice, though it is little understood.
Magick Circle, The:
A sphere constructed of personal power in which Wiccan
rituals are usually enacted. The term refers ti the
circle that marks the sphere's penetration of the
ground, for it extends both above and below it. It is
created through visualization and magick.
Trads, denominations, sects or pantheons. Guidelines
realting to specific Gods and Goddesses or cultural traditions.
Reflection, contemplation, turning inward toward the
self or outward toward Deity or nature. A quiet time in
which the practitioner may dwell upon particular
thoughts or symbols, or allow them to come unbidden.
A huge stone monument or structure. Stonehenge is perhaps
the best-known example of megalithic construction.
A standing stone probably lifted by early peoples for
religious, spiritual or magickal reasons.
The world within us.
The summer solstice, usually on or near June 21st, one
of the Wiccan festivals and an excellent night for
magick. Midsummer marks the point of the year when the
Sun is symbolically at the height of its powers, and so
too the God. The longest day of the year.
Mighty Ones, The:
Being, deities or presences often invoked during Wiccan
ceremony to witness or guard the rituals. The Mighty
Ones are thought to be either spiritually evolved
beings, once human, or spiritual entities created by
or charged by the Goddess and God to protect the Earth
and to watch over the four directions. They are
sometimes linked with the Elements.
Literally, new-Pagan. A member, follower or sympathizer
of one of the newly formed Pagan religions now
spreading throughout the world. All Wiccans are Pagan,
but not all Pagans are Wiccan.
Mixing metaphysical practices with structured religion.
Old Ones, The:
A Wiccan term often used to encompass all aspects of
the Goddess and God. Some Wiccans view it as an
alternative of The Mighty Ones.
Occurring at the spring equinox, around March 21st,
Ostara marks the beginning of true, astronomical spring
, when snow and ice make way for green. As such, it is
a fire and fertility festival, celebrating the return
of the Sun, and God and the fertility of the Earth (the
Paganus, country-dweller. Today used as
a general term for followers of Wicca and other
magickal, shamanistic and polytheistic religions.
Naturally, Christians have their own peculiar
definition of this word. It can be interchanged with
Collection or group of Gods and Goddesses in a particular
religious or mythical structure.
A divinatory device consisting of a string attached to
a heavy object, such as a quartz crystal, root or ring.
The free end of the string is held in the hand, and
the elbow steadied against a flat surface, and a
question is asked. The movement of the heavy object's
swing determines the answer. A rotation indicates yes
or positive energy. A back and forth swing signals the
opposite. (There are many methods of deciphering the
pendulum's movement; use those that work best for you.)
It is a tool which contacts the psychic mind.
A ritual object (usually a circular piece of wood, metal,
clay, etc.) upon which a five-pointed star (Pentagram)
is inscribed, painted or engraved. It represents the
Element of Earth. The words "pentagram" and "pentacle"
are not interchangeable, though they understandable
cause some confusion.
That energy which sustains our bodies. It ultimately or
iginates from the Goddess and God (or, rather, the
power behind Them). We first absorb it from our
biological mothers within the womb and, later, from
food, water, the Moon and Sun and other natural objects
. We release personal power during stress, exercise,
sex, conception and childbirth. Magick is often a
movement of personal power for a specific goal.
The concept of equal, opposite energies. The Eastern yin
/yang is a perfect example. Yin is cold; yang is hot.
Other examples of polarity: Goddess/God, night/day,
Moon/Sun, birth/death, dark/light,
psychic mind/conscious mind. Universal balance.
Male leader of a coven. Plays role of God.
Feminine leader of a coven. Plays role of Goddess. Solitary
witch can be a priestess by dedicating self to a particular God/dess.
Projective Hand, The:
The hand that is normally used for manual activities
such as writing, peeling apples and dialing telephones
is symbolically thought to be the point at which
personal power is sent from the body. In ritual,
personal power is visualized as streaming out from the
palm or fingers of the hand for various magickal goals.
This is also the hand in which tool such as the athame
and wand are held. Ambidextrous persons simply choose
which hand to utilize for this purpose.
The subconscious or unconscious mind, in which we
receive psychic impulses. The psychic mind is at work
when we sleep, dream and meditate. It is our direct
link with the Goddess and God and with the larger,
non-physical world around up. Other related terms:
Divination is a ritual process which utilizes the
Conscious Mind to contact the psychic mind. Intuition
is a term used to describe psychic information which
unexpectedly reaches the conscious mind.
The act of being consciously psychic, in which the
psychic mind and conscious mind are linked and working
in harmony. Ritual consciousness is a form of psychism.
The left hand in right-handed persons, the reverse for
left-handed persons. This is the hand through which
energy is received into the body.
The doctrine of rebirth. The process of repeated
incarnations in human form to allow evolution of the
sexless, ageless soul.
Ceremony. A specific form of movement, manipulation of
objects or inner processes designed to produce desired
effects. In religion, ritual is geared toward union
with the divine. In magick it produces a specific state
of consciousness which allows the magician to move
energy toward needed goals. A spell is a magickal
A specific, alternate state of awareness necessary to
the successful practice of magick. The magician
achieves this through the use of visualization and
ritual. It denotes a state in which the conscious mind
and psychic mind are attuned, in which the magician
sense energies, gives them purpose and released them
toward the magickal goal. It is a heightening of the
senses, an awareness-expansion of the seemingly
non-physical world, a linking with nature and with for
forces behind all conceptions of Deity.
Stick-like figures, some of which are remnants of the
old Teutonic alphabets. Others are pictographs. These
symbols are once again widely being used in magick and
A Wiccan festival. See Beltane, Imbolc, Lughnasadh,
Mabon, Midsummer, Ostara, Samhain and Yule for specific
A Wiccan festival celebrated on October 31st, also
known as November Eve, Hallowmas, Halloween, Feast of
Souls. Samhain marks the symbolic death of the Sun God
and His passing into the "land of the young," where He
awaits rebirth of the Mother Goddess at Yule. This
Celtic word is pronounced by Wiccan as: SOW-wen;
SEW-wen; SAHM-hain; SAHM-ain; SAV-een and other ways.
The first seems to be the one preferred among most
To gaze at or into an object (a quartz crystal sphere,
pool of water, reflection, a candle flame) to still
the conscious mind and to contact the psychic mind.
This allows the scryer to become aware of possible
events prior to their actual occurrence, as well as of
previous or distant, simultaneous events through other
than the normally accepted senses. A form of divination
A man or woman who has obtained knowledge of the
subtler dimensions of the Earth, usually through p
eriods of alternate states of consciousness.
Various types of ritual allow the shaman to pierce the
veil of the physical world and to experience the realm
of energies. This knowledge lends the shaman the power
to change her or his world through magick.
The practice of shamans, usually ritualistic or
magickal in nature, sometimes religious.
Magickal seal, sign, glyph or other device used on letters,
packages, clothes, paper, etc.
Simple Feast, The:
A ritual meal shared with the Goddess and God.
Magickal working done in the nude.
Sky as male intity - Shamanistic.
A magickal ritual, usually non-religious in nature and
often accompanied by spoken words.
"Coming into being".
Spirits of the Stones, The:
The elemental emergies naturally inherent at the four
directions of the magick circle, personified within
the standing stones tradition as the "Spirits of the
Stones." They are linked with the Elements
An object, such as an amethyst crystal, ritually
charged with power to attract a specific force or
energy to its bearer.
78 pictures and symbold used to connect the diviner
with the Collective Unconscious.
One who is adept at the art and science of the Tarot.
An organized, structured, specific Wiccan subgroup,
usually initiatory, with often unique ritual practices.
Many traditions have their own book of shadows and may
or may not recognize members of other traditions as
Wiccan. Most traditions are composed of a number of
covens as well as solitary practitioners.
A stone arch made from two upright slabs with one lying
atop these. Trilithons are featured in Stonehenge as
well as the circle visualization in The Standing Stones
Book of Shadows.
Using astral projection, bi-location, or dreamtime to
accomplish a specific goal.
The process of forming mental images. Magical
visualization consists of forming images of needed
goals during ritual. Visualization is also used to
direct personal power and natural energies during
magick for various purposes, including charging and
forming the magick circle. It is a function of the
Networking with other magickal people.
Wheel of Fortune:
One full cycle of the seasonal year.
A normal cutting knife, with a sharp blade and white
handle. It is used within Wicca to cut herbs and fruits
, to slice bread during the simple feast and for other
functions. Sometimes called the bolline.
A contemporary Pagan religion with spiritual roots in
Shamanism and the earliest expressions of reverence of
nature. Among its major motifs are: reverence for the
Goddess and God; reincarnation; magick; ritual
observances of the Full Moon, astronomical and
agricultural phenomena; spheroid temples, created with
personal power, in which rituals occur.
Anti-clockwise motion, usually used in the Northen
Hemisphere for negative magickal purposes or for
dispersing negative energies or conditions such as
Anciently, a European practitioner of the remnants of
pre-Christian folk magick, particularly that relating
to herbs, healing, wells, rivers and stones. One who
practiced Witchcraft. Later, this term's meaning was
deliberately altered to denote demented, dangerous,
supernatural beings who practiced destructive magick
and who threatened Christianity. This change was a
political, monetary and sexist move on the part of
organized religion, not a change in the practices of
Witches. This later, erroneous meaning is still
accepted by many non-Witches. It is also, somewhat
surprisingly, used by some members of Wicca to describe
The craft of the Witch-magick, especially magick
utilizing personal power in conjunction with the
energies within stones, herbs, colors and other
natural objects. While this may have spiritual
overtones, Witchcraft, using this definition, isn't a
religion. However, some followers of Wicca use this
word to denote their religion.
Using magick to reach a desired positive goal.
A Wiccan festival celebrate on or about December 21st,
marking the rebirth of the Sun God from the Earth
Goddess. A time of joy and celebration during the
miseries of winter. Yule occurs on the winter solstice.
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