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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 influences,misfortune.(EX.astrological jewelry,stones)
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 holding herbs.
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 or something.
Esbat: Celebration/rites held at night mainly on Full Moons.
Evocation: Summoning a spirit or entity by using spells or words of power.


Familiar: An attendant spirit that appears in the form of an animal.


Glyph: Sacred or magickal symbol.
Grimoire: A magickal workbook.


Handfast: Marry,marriage
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 bodies.
Right-handed path: Using magickal and metaphysical studies for constructive ends.
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