Glossary of Magical and Occult Terms

Witchipedia’s Glossary of Magickal and Occult Terms

Astral Body

The astral body is the theoretical subtle or spiritual body, a third option between the eternal soul and the body (according to Platonic theory) though some believe that the astral ...
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Astral Magick

Astral magic is a general term for any magic performed on or using the astral plane or involving astral travel or astral projection. Astral magick takes many forms. In some cases, it is a matter ...
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Astral Plane

The Astral Plane is where you go when you engage in astral projection. It is not so much a place, as a state of energetic existence. The astral plane exists ...
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Astral Projection

Astral projection is the act of separating your astral body or your consciousness, from your physical self. It is a (usually) voluntary out of body experience that allows the practitioner to perform any number ...
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Astrology

Astrology is the art and science of predicting certain events and patterns based on the observation of planetary movements and relationships and the study of how these movements and relationships ...
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Athame

An athame (pronounced: ath-uh-may) is a ritual blade used in modern Witchcraft tradition. In Wicca, it is a (usually) black-handled, double-sided blade. The athame is a ritual knife; its purpose is ...
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Atheist

Atheist philosophy holds that there are no Gods. The word comes from the Greek meaning simply, Godless.

Attune

When two objects are attuned to one another, they vibrate in harmony. Their energies are alike or aligned through a process of attunement ...
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Attunement

Attunement is the process of bringing different energies into harmony or of preparing one energetic entity to receive and accept energy from another source ...
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Aura

The aura is a subtle luminescence that surrounds all objects hinting at the energy contained within. With training, individuals can learn to see auras and "read" them, using their brightness, ...
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Balefire

A balefire is a ritual bonfire used by some Pagan traditions in Sabbat celebrations, particularly Fire festivals such as Beltane and Litha. From Old English bǣl = funeral pyre though some believe it is related to Bel or Belanos ...
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Baneful Herbs

Baneful herbs are herbs that can cause death or severe illness in the hands of one with malicious intentions, and also simply by accident. Some of these are so dangerous ...
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Banishing

Banishing spells are spells designed to send something or someone away or to prevent their return. To banish something means to send it away or drive it away from a ...
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Bath Tea

A bath tea is an herbal bath with both healing and magickal applications. To create a bath tea, herbs are placed in a cloth bag and water is poured over the bag ...
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Beltane

Beltane is a spring festival celebrated by many traditions that trace their history to Northern and Western European agrarian culture. It may be celebrated when the sun is at 15 ...
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Besom

A besom is a ceremonial broom. It is used to clear an area of unwanted energy, to establish sacred space and for blessing and protecting the home. It is also ...
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Binding

A binding spell is a spell that symbolically ties the target up restricting his, her or its actions or keeping him or her (or it) tied to another individual, object, ...
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Bindrune

A bindrune or bind-rune is a combination of runes in a single image to represent something else. The runes are bound together in various ways. It could be as simple as a ...
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Black Magick

Black magick is a largely subjective term for describing magick based on intent or style of practice. There are several ways to view black magic as a term that has been used ...
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Black Moon

The term black moon is a contemporary term for a second new moon in a month or a season; the dark of the moon's (or new moon) equivalent of the ...
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