OCCULT DICTIONARY

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Adept: A master in the practice of the Magical Arts.

All Hallow's Eve: October 31st. One of the eight Pagan great festivals. Also called Samhain, Feast of the Dead. A time to remember and honor those who have passed, and to celebrate the beginning of the dark half of the year.

Altar: A table used in magical practice and Pagan worship.

Amulet: Charms, tokens, or fetishes carried or worn for protection, or to bring certain things such as good luck to the wearer.

Astral Body: The energetic double (one of the "four bodies" of man), that can be released from the body to travel at the sender's will, or during sleep.

Athame: An athame is a knife used in magical rituals & ceremonies to direct energy. Traditionally a double edged black handled knife. It is never used for physical cutting.

Aura: The energy field around all things, both animate and inanimate. The colors of the aura can reflect a person's mood, health, and more.

Baculum: A witch's wand.

Balefire: A ritual fire, kindled without the use of metals.

Ban: To inhibit something, or to magically curse.

Bane: Used to denote destructive qualities, or to kill; used often in the folk names of herbs; for example wolfsbane, henbane.

Banish: To excommunicate someone or an energy. The opposite of invoking.

Beltane: April 31st. A Pagan festival welcoming the Spring, love, and the marriage of the Wiccan God and Goddess. Also called May Eve and Walpurgistnacht.

Besom: A witch's broom. Used to magically sweep away negativity from a magical ritual site. Can also be used in household magic.

Bind: To cast a spell on someone, also to magically restrain a person from doing something.

Boline: A Boline is a sickle-shaped magical tool. Also, a consecrated white-hilted, double edged blade knife which is used to collect herbs or do magical cutting or engraving. Also spelled bolline.

Book of Shadows: A book of spells, conjurations, and information kept by a witch in their own handriting. A grimoire.

Cabala: A body of Jewish theological and philosophical learning commonly used as the basts for the Western Ceremonial Magick Tradition. Also spelled Kabbalah, and Quaballah.

Candlemas: February 2nd. A Pagan festival honoring the return of light and warmth. Also called Imbolc, Oimelc or Brigid, the latter being the Goddess who is celebrated by many at this Sabbat.

Censer: A container for burning incense. Usually a large dish with sand in it to absorb the heat from the incense charcoal. Can also be the type suspended from chains so that it can be carried to consecrate or purify an area. Also called a thurible.

Chalice: The magical cup used for libations, and in some Traditions, the communion vessel.

Charm: A set of spoken, written or chanted magical words, also an object carried for it's beneficial magical influence (stones, herbs, etc.)

Cingulum: A witch's and magician's girdle-cord. Worn around the waist when in ritual garb. Often one's measure is indicated by knots of the cord.

Cone of Power: The force raised from the assembled members of the Coven working in the Circle for a specific purpose previously decided upon.

Conjuration: The act of summoning up a non-physical being.

Contact: A non-physical being who acts as a guide or instructor.

Coven: A group of witches banded together under a Priest and Priestess who meet at regular intervals for worship and magical work.

Covendom: The area watched over by a coven.

Covenstead: The meeting place of a coven. Sometimes called a Temple.

Cowan: An outsider, someone who is not a follower of the Old Religion, used in much the same way as Jewish people use the word "gentile". A non-witch or non-pagan.

Cromlech: Welsh word for a structure of stone, often used as a Grove, or magical circle. Also called a Dolmen.

Dagdyne: A witch's magical sewing needle.

Deosil: Sunward; clockwise; the direction to dance in to invoke positive energies.

Divination: The act of looking into the future, or seeking unknown information. Tools such as runes, tarot cards, black mirrors, or crystal balls are usually used.

Elemental: Nature spirit of one of the four elements.

Elements: The four basic manifestations of matter; Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. Some include a fifth element; Spirit or Ether.

Elf Fire: Fire used to light a Balefire; produced without the use of metals. Also called needfire.

Esbat: Pagan ritual meeting at the time of the full or new moon.

E.S.P.: Abbreviation for Extra Sensory Perception.

Evil Eye: Laying a curse upon a person by looking at them.

Evocation: A magical demand that some spirit appear.

Exorcism: Magical purifying operation; also, a ritual to drive out evil spirits.

Familiar: Traditionally, a non-human (often considered demonic) spirit which has been put into an animal by a witch to do the witch's will and helps them with their magical operations. These days the term is often used in reference to a witch's pet since they don't know how, and wouldn't care to remove an animals spirit to be replaced by a demonic one.

Fascination: Casting a spell on someone when in close contact, by using the willpower only.

Fetch: A semi-tangible energy being created by the witch or magician to do the bidding of it's creator.

Fith Fath: Gaelic for a small image of clay or wax formed in the image of a specific person for the purpose of magic. Also known as a poppet, or Voodoo doll.

Glamor: Using one's willpower to magically alter ones own appearance as seen by others when in close contact. This can include invisibility.

Grove: A Coven or group of Pagans or Witches gathered for the purpose of worship or spellcasting.

Grimoire: A book of magical rituals and conjurations.

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