Glossary D - K

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Glossary L - R
Glossary S - Z

DARK MOON Representative of the Goddess as the One Who Transforms in her aspect of Tomb and Womb.
DARK POWER Generally negative energies drawn from the Dark Aspects of the Goddess and the God.
DAYS OF POWER It refers to Sabbats, days triggered by astrological occurrences, your birthday, Blood of the Moon, and your dedication/initiation anniversary.
DEDICATION The process in which the Witch accepts the Craft as their path and vows to study and learn all the necessary to reach adeptship in a given tradition. This usually precedes initiation and the learning process before initiation will usually last for a year and a day.
DEFLECTION Defuse general malevolence and ill will of others. A mirror is most commonly used in a deflection ritual to either return or deflect evil intent.
DEITY A supreme or divine being; god or goddess.
DEOSIL In a clockwise or sunwise direction. It is much-used in spells and rituals; i.e. "walk deosil around the Circle of Stones." Some Wiccan groups below the equator have switched from deosil to Widdershins (anti-clockwise) movements. In northern hemisphere magic and religion, deosil movement is symbolic of life, positive energies, good.
DIVINATION It is the term used for searching the unknown, future or past, by studying seemingly random patterns in nature. Natures tools used in divination include tealeaves, clouds, leaves, flames, etc. There are also tools used in divination which obey a law that nothing is truly random, but rather guided by the divine. These tools include the tarot, rune, ogham, numerology, palmistry and pendulum.
DIVINE POWER The unmanifested, pure energy that exists within the Goddess and God. The life force, the ultimate source of all things. Compare with Earth Power and Personal Power.
DOWSING The use of a pendulum or forked stick to find the actual location of a person, place, thing, or element. This method has been known to become individualistic with people. Objects such as stones on the back of the hand, a tall glass of water (water dowsing), parallel steel wires and dried leaves or petals. The last is not found often, but is a method working with the wind where the leaves or petal would blow off in a direction. Doing this a number of time would cause a triangulation and show "the center spot".
DRAGON'S BLOOD The resin from the palm tree 'Daemonorops draco', used by Witches as a magical incense for various enchantments.
DRAWING DOWN THE MOON In Wicca and Witchcraft, the ritual invocation of the Goddess spirit into the High Priestess of a coven by the High Priest.
DRAWING DOWN THE SUN In Wicca and Witchcraft, the ritual invocation of the Horned God spirit into the High Priest of a coven by the High Priestess.
DRESSING Putting an oil on spell items such as candles as part of a ritual consecration to prepare the object to attract and direct the energy of a spell to accomplish a goal.
EARTH One of the four elements which corresponds to the North Watchtower or the magical circle. It has become apparent that some groups associate earth with east rather than north. This is a personal choice. If it feels natural or right, you are welcome to swap the association. Also see: Air
EARTH POWER That energy which exists within stones, herbs, flames, wind and other natural objects. Can be utilized during Magic to create needed change.
EARTH SIGNS In astrology, the three signs of the zodiac attributed to the element of Earth - Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo.
EARTHING To send excess energy into the Earth.
ECLECTIC Mixture of beliefs borrowed from various Traditions and Theologies.
EGO, THE conscious part of the human psyche.
ELDERS,THE Older and wiser persons wishing a religion. Amongst Witches and Wiccans these would be third-degree and second-degree members of a coven.
ELEMENTAL The personification of the nature elements of Air, Earth, Fire and Water. The fifth element is Spirit which brings the other elements together. These Elementals are traditionally also the "Guardians of the Watchtowers" to the North, East, South and West. These elements are regarded as the construction fiber of all that is real in the physical universe.
ELEMENTS These are the natural elements of Air, Earth, Fire and Water. Spirit is regarded a fifth element which is used to bring the other four together. At least one part of each of these elements are contained in everything that exists.
ELIXIR Elixirs are made by placing charged crystals in liquids and allowing the energy to flow to that liquid for a time. The crystal is the removed and the liquid taken orally.
EMPOWERING See: Charge, to
ENERGY Energy is that source of power which resides within everything which makes it what it is. It can be described as a vibration, sensation and in many cases a feeling of static in the air to those sensitive to it. It is like electricity, you cannot see it, but it does exist. No-one has yet found a reliable way of measuring the energy in all objects.
EQUINOXES See: Sabbat
ESBAT The term of the traditional meeting of a coven on a new or full moon. For solitary witches these are celebrations of the new and full moon and a time to work magick. In some traditions or covens, any meeting of the coven which does not coincide with a Sabbat is considered an Esbat.
ETHERIC BODY That part of the body which exists in the Etheric plane between Astral and Physical.
ETHERIC PLANE The level of energy existence between the physical and astral planes.
EVOCATION The summoning of spiritual entities or elementals to local attendance in visible or invisible states.
EXORCISM The removal of bad or uninvited entities or energies from a place or person which they may have taken over or inhabit by use of psychic concentration or magick. Compare with: Cleansing
EYE OF HORUS An ancient Egyptian symbol which depicts the divine eye of the God Horus, representing both the solar and lunar energies.
FAMILIAR Usually a pet animal which accompanies a Witch or Coven. These pets are kept for the psychic support and early warning of negative energies. Though cats are favorites, dogs, owls or any other animal you can "connect" with may become a familiar. Elementals can even become familiars. Not every witch or coven has a familiar, and this does not lessen them to any degree. The decision to take on a familiar is a serious one and to be carefully considered. You may live with a cat or dog for years before taking them as a familiar.
FESTIVAL One of the eight seasonal Sabbats.
FETCH See: Summoner
FETISH A symbolic material object believed to possess the power to protect or ward off evil.
FIRE One of the four elements. Corresponds to the South Watchtower.
FIRE SIGNS In astrology, the three signs of the zodiac attributed to Fire - Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.
FITH-FATH See: Poppet
FIVEFOLD KISS Also known as the five fold salute or Witches salute. It comprises of kisses on various parts of the body in the following order: A kiss on each foot, a kiss on each knee, a kiss on the lower belly, a kiss on each breast and a kiss on the lips. These five positions make up the five fold kiss even though there are actually eight kisses in total. The five fold kiss is only used within the circle.
GARDNERIAN A modern tradition of Witchcraft based on the guidelines developed by Gerald Gardner in the 1950's. Gardnerians are exclusively coven based and tend to be a little secretive.
GEMINI The third sign of the zodiac. Symbolized by the Twins, is an Air sign, and is ruled by Mercury.
GLYPH A powerful magical symbol representing the name and date of birth of a person.
GNOMES One of the earth associated entities or elementals.
GODDESS, THE The supreme female aspect of the Divine and consort of the Horned God.
GOLDEN DAWN An occult Order founded in London in 1887 by three Rosicrucian's, which became a major influence in Western ritual magic.
GREAT RITE It is a ritual which symbolizes the union of the Goddess and the God. The ritual involves a symbolic sexual act between the High Priest and High Priestess which may be physical if both so choose. If the act is actual, it is always performed in private with both participants fully consenting. It is never a requirement that this ritual be an actual sexual one and is in most cases only performed in the symbolic sense.
GREEN MAN Another name for a God, as in his kingdom of the forest.
GREEN WITCH A nickname for a Witch who is skilled in the art of herbs. Also called the Green Arts or Green Magic.
GRIMOIRE Considered by some to be the same book as the Witches Book of Shadows, but by others as a separate book. The Grimoire to some is that book containing only the practicalities of magick and ritual. If this argument is accepted, then it would only contain spells, formulas, rituals and correspondences. It would not contain poems or personal laments and inspirations.
GUARDIANS Each direction (North, East, South and West) has a symbolic Watchtower which is guarded by an elemental, spirit or archangel. These Guardians are usually called upon when casting the circle.
HALLOWEEN See: Samhain
HANDFASTING This is the Pagan or Wiccan equivalent of a marriage ceremony with one major difference. Instead of being "as long as you both shall live", it is "as long as you both have love for one another". Once a couple falls out of love a Handparting ritual breaks that bond in the same manner as does a divorce. To make the Handfasting legal, the High Priest or High Priestess needs to be registered as a member of clergy. In case of a Handparting, a lawyer needs to be consulted (in some cases) to make the parting a legal divorce.
HANDPARTING The Pagan or Wiccan ritual which dissolves a Handfasting.
HELL The goddess of the underworld (old Norse Mythology), and the daughter of Loki and Angerboda, sister to Fenris and Jormungand. She dwelt beneath one of the three roots of the sacred ash tree Yggdrasil. Odin, the All-Father, hurled Hel into Niflheim, the realm of cold and darkness, itself also known as Hel, over which he gave her sovereign authority. [more information]
HEREDITARY Witches who can trace their tradition through a line of relative who have handed the craft down to a sibling are called hereditary witches.
HEXAGRAM Also known as the Star of David, this is a six pointed star formed from two equilateral triangles of same size.
HIGH PRIEST The term given to the male leader and counterpart of the High Priestess in a coven. It is usually accepted that the High Priestess is the overall leader of the coven. High Priest is often abbreviated as HP.
HIGH PRIESTESS The term given to the female leader and counterpart of the High Priest in a coven. It is usually accepted that the High Priestess is the overall leader of the coven. High Priestess is often abbreviated as HPS.
HIVING OFF This is the term used when two or more members leave a coven to shape another coven known as a sister coven.
HOLLY KING In the folklore of many parts of Europe, including the British Isles, the God of the Waning Year. At the Summer Solstice he "slays" his twin, the Oak King.
HORNED GOD The supreme male aspect of the Divine and consort of the Goddess.
HOROSCOPE In astrology, a chart of the heavenly bodies that shows the relative positions of the planets at a certain moment in time. With the exact time and place of a birth, an astrologer can cast a horoscope from which to define the subject's character and advise them on future courses of action.
I CHING A Chinese system of divination involving sixty-four `hexagrams' or six line combinations of unbroken (yang) and broken (yin) lines.
IMAGE MAGIC A primitive but potent form of magic which works on the basic principle that like produces like.
IMBOLC A Gaelic word, pronounced "immOL'g" which, when literally translated, means in the belly [of the mother]. This is one of the eight Sabbats which celebrates the transition of the Goddess from Crone to Maiden. It also signifies the recovery of the Goddess after giving birth to the God at Yule. Usually celebrated on or around 2nd February with the first signs of Spring. Also known as Oimelc (milk of the ewe), Candlemas (Christian equivalent), Lupercus and Disting.
IMMANENCE It is the belief that Deity exists within all things, including people, and cannot be separated from them.
INCANTATION The ritual recitation of words of power or special phrases in order to produce a magical effect.
INCARNATION The manifestations of a living entity into physical form; any one of the earthly lives of an immortal human. Individuality The immortal, reincarnating part of a human being, consisting of the Upper Spiritual, Lower Spiritual and Upper Mental levels
INITIATION The term used for that ritual which is performed to add or acknowledge a person as part of a coven or tradition.
INNER PLANES Other levels of being and consciousness than the physical or the "normal" Ego-consciousness.
INTENT It is the goal of the magickal work.
INVOCATION It is the act of calling to visible or invisible presence and entity of spiritual nature. The ritual ceremony of Drawing Down the Moon is and invocation of the Goddess into the physical body of the High Priestess.
JUJU A West African object used as an amulet, charm or fetish. Also a word for karma, i.e. 'bad juju'.
KABALA(H) See: Cabala
KAHUNA A practitioner of Huna, an old esoteric tradition native to the Hawaiian Islands.
KARMA Literally meaning "Cause and Effect". It is a law that whatever actions you perform, good or bad, have and effect which will return to you in this life or in a future one.
KARNAYNA Alexandrian form of the God-name Cernunnos.
KEN(KENNING) All-encompassing sensation of "knowing" something with a certitude and acceptance that what is kenned, is; keen, instinctive insight.
KERIDWEN See: Cerridwen
KERNUNNOS See: Cernunnos.
KHUNA See: Kahuna


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