Glossary of Magical and Occult Terms

Witchipedia’s Glossary of Magickal and Occult Terms

Absinthe

Absinthe is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from wormwood, anise, fennel, and other herbs. Absinthe is a very strong alcoholic beverage that is usually diluted with ice water and melted ...
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Adept

One who has studied and mastered (and continues to study) a magical system is often referred to as an adept. Some organizations have formal guidelines for conferring this title upon ...
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Aeromancy

Aeromancy is a form of divination using the element of Air by observing the sky, particularly meteorological and cosmological events, including the movements of clouds, winds and sometimes comets, the appearance of ...
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Aether

Aether is the fifth element or quintessence described by ancient philosophers to explain natural phenomena that were beyond what could be explained using the four physical elements, earthairfire, and water. Aether is the ...
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Air

The Element of Air in Classical Philosophy According to Plato, the element of air is associated with the octahedron and is both hot and wet or humid. Air heated, becomes fire, cooled, becomes water, cooled ...
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Air Sign

In astrology, three signs are ruled by the element of air. These are LibraAquarius and Gemini. It is said that air sign people have a more mental focus than others. They are also adaptable ...
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Akasha

Akasha is a Sanskrit word referring to the base material contained in all things. The literal meaning is "space" or "sky" and the closest Western synonym is Aether and it has also ...
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Alban Elfed

Alban Elfed is the Autumnal Equinox festival celebrated by members of the European Druidic tradition of the Order of the Bards, Ovates and Druids. It is celebrated as a harvest and Thanksgiving festival. Visit https://www.druidry.org/druid-way/teaching-and-practice/druid-festivals/autumn-equinox-alban-elfed for ...
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Alchemy

Alchemy is both a spiritual and magical practice and a philosophy. Its aim is famously to achieve immortality but also to achieve wisdom through the transformation of both the alchemist ...
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Ambergris

Ambergris is also called Ambra grisea, Ambre gris, ambergrease, or grey amber Ambergris variously described as being ruled by the SunJupiter, or Venus. It is a substance regurgitated by sperm whales, possibly ...
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Amulet

An amulet is an object that is carried or worn on a person or placed in a location in order to draw specific energy or luck toward that person or ...
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Angel

An angel is a spiritual being of light that serves as a messenger and servant of God in the pantheons of both Abrahamic and Zoroastrian traditions. Some magic-users of various traditions call upon angels ...
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Animism

The term animism comes from the Latin word anima meaning "life" or "soul". The word commonly refers to a belief system that ascribes the soul (and the awareness and personality that goes along with ...
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Anointing Oil

Anointing oil is sacred oil, blessed and charged and specially formulated for the purposes of sanctifying or elevating sacred objects or people in the service of a higher purpose. The practice in the West ...
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Aphrodisiac

An aphrodisiac is a substance that stimulates sexual arousal when consumed. The word aphrodisiac comes from the Greek ἀφροδισιακόν, aphrodisiakon meaning "sexual" or "of or pertaining to Aphrodite". Substances that have the opposite ...
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Arete

Arete (ἀρετή) is a Hellenic virtue meaning "excellence". Arete is about being all you can be, the best at what you are, giving it your all, meeting your potential. The ...
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Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the use of fragrance for therapeutic purposes. This often involves the use of essential oils, other plant extracts and various fragrant parts of plants used whole or in pieces ...
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Asparagus

Asparagus officinalis Other Names sparagrass, sparrowgrass , sperage Asparagus is a Eurasian member of the lily family (liliaceae) and a fast-growing, long-lived perennial. Spears shoot up early in the spring sometimes ...
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Asperge

Asperging is a form of ritual purification involving the sprinkling of liquid on the item, person or area to be purified. Asperging is generally done with water that has been ...
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Aspergillum

An aspergillum is a device used for sprinkling water or other liquid for ceremonial purposes. It may be a specifically designed instrument, like a brush or a silver ball on ...
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