TRS's Dictionary of Occult Terms
Dictionary of Occult Terms
Amulet: A consecrated object inscribed with runes or other symbols that
possesses the power to protect a person or thing from threatening
Athame: A black-handled ritual knife.Used mostly to draw the Circle and
direct energy during rituals.
Aura: A colored light produced by energy that emanates from the bodies
of all living things.
Banish: To release or drive away from the power of the magic circle.
Bolline: A white-handled working knife used to harvest herbs,cut wands
and carve magickal symbols into candles and talismans.
Book of Shadows: A secret journal of spells,rituals, recipes,etc.
kept by a witch.
Candle magick: A sympathetic magick that uses colored candles to
represent the people/things at which the spell is directed.
Cauldron: A small pot that represents the womb of the Goddess,and is
used forvarious purposes including brewing,burning incenses,and
Censer: A fireproof incenser burner used in magickal rituals.
Chakra: Any of the seven special points of psychic energy located
within the human body.
Charm: A highly magickal object that works like an amulet or talisman
to counteract misfortune.
Cone of Power: The ritual act of visualizing energy in the form of a
spiral light rising from the magick circle and directing it
towards a specific goal or task.
Covenstead: The place where a coven regularly meets.
Deosil: Clockwise movement.
Divination: Science of discovering the unknown and foretelling events
of the future by interpreting omens,Tarot cards,astrology,etc.
Enchantment: Magick act of bewitching or casting a spell upon someone
Esbat: Celebration/rites held at night mainly on Full Moons.
Evocation: Summoning a spirit or entity by using spells or words of
Familiar: An attendant spirit that appears in the form of an animal.
Glyph: Sacred or magickal symbol.
Grimoire: A magickal workbook.
Henge: A sacred enclosure for outdoor rituals,usually made of stone,
though occasionally of large wooden markers.
Incantation: Ritual recitation of words of power usually rhymed in order
to produce a magickal effect.
Initiation: A ritual in which the individual is accepted into a higher
ranking (reflecting a greater level of understanding and knowledge)
before his/her coven members and before the Gods.
Karma: The law of cause and effect that applies to all our actions and
their consequences in this life or in future incarnations.
Left-handed path: Refers to using magick and metaphysical studies for
bad or wrong-doing.
Mantra: A sacred chant or sound in toned silently as part of a meditaiton
ritual,often to achieve union with Divinity.
Meditation: A technique of mind-control that promotes a feeling of
tranquility and peacefulness.
Pagan: From the Latin word Paganus,meaning a "country dweller"
the Church uses it as a derogatorily to describe any person who
is not Christian,Jew or Moslem.
A follower of a polytheistic religion.
Pentacle: The ceremonial tool on the altar which symbolizes Earth.It's
usually round and incribed with a pentagram.
Pentagram: A traditional symbol of the 5-pointed star used for protection
or for other magickal purposes.
Polytheism: Belief or worship of more than one god.
Rede: A rule or creed.
Reincarnation: The repeated birth of the same soul in different physical
Right-handed path: Using magickal and metaphysical studies for constructive
Rune: Ancient alphabet using symbols with great meaning.
Sabbat: Any of eight Wiccan festivals that celebrate the transition
of each season.
Scrying: Practice of interpreting the future past or present from
images seen while gazing into a crystal ball,candle flame,pool
of water,or a mirror.
Solitary: A witch who practices magick without belonging to a coven.
Spell: A way of working magick to make things happen.
Summerland: Paradise that is the land between lives where the soul can
rest between incarnations.
Tuatha De Damnu( Tuatha De Danaan): Some of the legendary races which
are said to have existed before the human race.(Faery Wicca)
Wicca: An old Saxon word meaning "magic worker".Now used as a synonym
for witchcraft and the Old Religion.
Widdershins: Counter-clockwise movement