- The fifth element; the power of the Universe.
Altar - A
surface, usually flat, that is set aside exclusively for magickal
workings and is used as a focus of power.
- A magickally charged object usually used as protection
Anointing Oil - A skin-safe, scented oil that is dabbed on the body (at chosen pulse
points or on the forehead) in order to purify and individual mentally
- A bundle of herbs used to sprinkle water for purification
plane The nonphysical, spiritual plane
projection - The act of separating the consciousness from
the physical body and moving it at will
(Ah-THAM-ee) A double-bladed, black-handled knife used
much like a wand, to direct energy. It is not used to cut anything
on the physical plane.
Balefire - A fire, usually outdoors, lit
for magickal purposes.
Bane - That which destroys life
Banish - To send off
Beltane - The Sabat celebrated May 1 celebrating
the marriage of the Goddess and God.
- A Witch's broom usually made from birch and willow used to purify
- When there are two Full Moons in one calendar month, the second
is called a Blue Moon.
- A white-handled knife used to do work in the physical realm
such as harvest herbs, inscribe candles and trim wicks.
of Shadows - A BOS is a workbook for Witches. It is a place
where they keep all their notes, spells, rituals and workings.
Entries are handwritten. Sometimes referred to as a Grimoire.
times - A term used by some Witches for the period of persecution
in the Middle Ages and later.
Calling the Quarters - Verbal or symbolic acknowledgment of the Four Elements
(Earth, Air, Fire Water) in a ritual environment.
Casting a Circle - Creating a mental magickal sphere that encircles ones ritual/working
space. The circle enhances one's ability to focus, raise
power, and contain that power until the person directing the ritual
is ready to release the energy.
A cast-iron, three-legged pot used to make brews, hold
fires, burn incense, holds candles. Represents the Self and is
a point of transformation.
- A meditation exercise designed to produce feelings of total
calm and oneness with the universe. As its name suggests,
its aligning the body and its Chakras for maximum energy flow.
It should be preceded by grounding.
an incense holder/burner
Seven major points of
in the body. Each is usually associated with a color.
These vortexes are: crown - white; forehead (third eye position)
- purple; throat - blue; chest - pink or green; navel - yellow;
abdomen - orange; groin - red. Smaller vortexes are located in
the hands and feet, as well.
A blessed cup used in ritual to hold the drink or saltwater. It
represents the Goddess. It is a symbol of potential and
is also used in the symbolic Great Rite.
to - To infuse an object with power.
sacred - Actually a sphere constructed during ritual or spell
working to contain energy and keep out negative energy.
Clan - Any
number of covens who have agreed to follow the same kinds of rules,
which spring from one central governing source. A clan has
a single leader, and within the democratic clan governing system
he or she had the power to veto proposals or actions of the group.
- The act of removing any negative energy, vibrations or images
from an object or place by utilizing positive, psychic energy.
The ritual of purifying items and/or self to be used in the circle.
Correspondence - An item that has a magickal association. Correspondences include:
days, planets, moon phases, herbs, oils, colors, gemstones, Zodiac
signs, hours, etc.
Coven - A
small group of people, usually no more than 13, of the same Tradition
who work together within the Craft.
- The regular home or meeting place of a coven.
the - Witchcraft, Wicca
Crescent Moon - Sacred symbol of the Goddess. Used for Sabbats, women's healings
ball - A ball is made of quartz (you can tell if it is true
quartz by its cold feel and the inclusion of irregularities).
It is used for divination.
Curse - Purposely directing negative energy at someone. Wiccans
do not do this, as it goes against the rules of three.
Dedication - The dedication of a Witch is a ritual where the
individual accepts the Craft as their path in life and is "reborn"
as a child of the Goddess and God.
form(s) The All takes.
(pronounced Jess-el) Moving
in a clockwise direction.
- Devas are energies, or spirit forms, that create patterns
of reality on higher levels of existence. Anything created naturally
or by humans has a deva.
- To foretell events of the future or recount the distant past
or clarify the now by using tools or actions such as Tarot cards,
dreams, runes, astrology, pendulums,
Power - The energy and life force of the
Drawing Down the Moon A ritual done during the Full Moon to connect with
the Goddess by drawing her spirit into you.
Earth Power - Energy that exists within
nature and all on Earth.
When one heavenly body obscures another for a short period of
time, creating a temporary veil or shadow.
- Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. Witches believe also in a
fifth element - Self, Spirit or Aksha.
- Also called "charging". This means to fill an
object with divine energy for a specific magickal purpose or manifestation.
Equal-armed Cross (the original Celtic Cross) - A cross symbol with equally sized arms representing
Esbat - The
celebration of the moon phases, mainly the Full or New Moon.
- To call upon the spirits or deities.
- A Witch's pet animal which has been trained to be a magickal
- Blanket titles for the universal male and female energy celebrated
by the Witches. Together, their combined power equals The
Rite - A powerful Rite that done literally involves sex, but
can be symbolized by the lowering of the athame into the chalice.
- A magickal workbook or Book of Shadows that contains rituals,
magickal meanings of objects, etc.
- A meditation exercise that allows one to draw or send energy
into the Earth.
- Wiccan, Pagan or Gypsy wedding.
- Blessed, purified water for use in ritual. Salt or an
herb may be added to the water as part of its ritual purification
- The Sabat marking The Festival of Lights celebrated Feb. 1.
It celebrates the first stirrings of spring and the recovery of
the Goddess from giving birth.
- The process by which a Witch is admitted into a coven.
- A liquid produced by soaking herbs in hot water.
- To call a deity or spirit into a circle.
Lady - Title
of honor for the Goddess.
Lord - Title
of honor for the God.
A Sabat held Aug. 1 to celebrate the first harvest.
- The Sabat held on the Autumn Equinox (around Sept. 21) to celebrate
the end of harvest.
The act of focusing the energies of the Universe to effect needed
change on the mundane plane; ref
- Mental, stress-relieving exercise used to draw body, mind, and
spirit into one.
- A Sabat held on the Summer Solstice (around June 21) that
celebrates the longest day of the year.
Moon Void of Course - An astrological term for when the Moon
leaves one aspect but has not yet entered the next sign. This
stage lasts from a few hours to a few days. It is best to avoid
any magick workings during this period (you will have trouble
drawing energy and will be force to use your own) as well as avoiding
making major decisions or planning important events.
Mundane Plane The physical plane on which we exist
Old Ones, the - The ancient ones, Goddess and God.
- A Sabat of marking the Spring Equinox (around
March 21) and the return of the Sun and the fertility of the Earth.
Pagan - Originally meaning country dweller, than heathen, the
modern definition is one who practices a polytheistic, nature-based,
Pendulum: A divination device consisting of a
string attached to a heavy object whose movement determines the
Pentacle - The prime magickal symbol of The Craft. A five-point
star within a circle with each point representing an element and
the fifth representing the Self or Aksha. It is a symbol of protection
and power. It is not a symbol of evil or Satan.
Personal Power - The energy you raise within
Phases of the Moon - The stages of the Moon (new, waxing, full, waning) as it journeys around
Earth. One complete orbit of the Moon around the Earth is
called a lunar cycle and takes 28 days There are 13 lunar cycles
Planetary Hour - Also called a magickal hour. Divisions of night and day that are
guided by astrological influences and the energies of the various
Projective Hand - Your dominate hand. This is the hand you
use to send out and direct energy.
Quarters of the Moon -- Astronomical measurement of the Moon's cycle as it
journeys around the Earth. The first and second quarters
encompass the stages from New to Full Moon, while the third and
fourth quarters represent the journey back from Full to New.
Receptive hand - Your less
dominate hand (if you are right handed, it would be your left
hand). This is the hand that energy will flow in through. This
is the hand that will sense energy.
Reincarnation - The doctrine of rebirth
to allow the evolution of the soul.
Retrograde - When a planet, from the viewpoint
of Earth, appears to be moving backward through space. When Mercury
goes retrograde, it is a time for difficulty with communication,
travel and electronics.
Ritual - A ceremony to mark the Sabats,
Esabats, dedications or for magickal workings and to unite with
Runes - Stones, bones or wood pieces marked
with magickal symbols. Used in divination.
A Witchcraft ceremony of honor acknowledging the eight segments
of the Wiccan year and the cycle of the seasons. There are
eight Sabbats: Yule, Imbolic, Ostra, Beltane, Litha, Lughnasad,
Mabon and Samhain.
Sacred Space A cleansed and consecrated area used for ritual/magickal proposes. A
sacred space can be created anywhere, if done properly.
Samhain - The Sabbat marking the Witches' New Year on Oct.
31, which observes the symbolic death of the God as he passes
into the Land of the Young.
Scrying - To gaze into or at an object for divination purposes.
Scrying Mirror - A mirror used for divination purposes that is painted black
A type of symbol. A magickally oriented seal, sign, glyph
(sculptured character or symbol) or other device used in a magickal
working. The most powerful sigils are those that you create yourself
Solstice Marks the longest day (Summer Solstice) and the longest
night (Winter Solstice)
"So Mote It Be" A popular Witch expression meaning As I will, so
it will be.
act that may use a variety of aids (herbs, string, candles, etc.)
to help the a Witch focus energy on his or her desire.
- An object that has been magickally charged and is then carried
or kept near the person it was made for.
cards - A set of 78 cards, 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana,
which carry pictures and symbols used for divination. On one knows
the specific origin of the cards.
- An organized, structured, specific Wiccan subgroup.
The All --
The energy-force that "runs" the universe. Many Wiccans
believe that our All is the same as other religions Gods.
- Forming mental images and being able to "see" them
in the physical world.
branch or piece of wood used to channel energy, direct a cone
of power or to invoke the deities.
The phase of the moon between Full Moon and New Moon. This is
the time for performing banishing magick.
The phase of the moon from New Moon to Full Moon. This is the
time for magick that involves growth and increase.
1) A contemporary pagan religion with spiritual roots in the earliest
expressions of reverence for nature and celebration of the Goddess
2) It is thought that this term was originally
coined by Selena Fox of the Circle Sanctuary in an effort to describe
the modern religion of Witchcraft (as begun by Gerald Gardner
in England in the 1950's
- The dedicating of a child to the Goddess and God. Note: This
does not make the child a Witch.
Witch -- A person who practices Witchcraft; Wiccan.
The practice of Wicca, including spell work
Wheel of the Year -- One full cycle of the Wiccan year, divided into eight seasons celebrated
with the Sabbats.
Yule - A Sabbat marking the Winter Solstice (Dec. 21) celebrating
the rebirth of the God.