Glossary of Magical Terms

The purpose of Witchipedia’s Glossary of magical and occult terms is to provide an easily referenced guide to the jargon often used within the witchcraft, Pagan, and magical communities in order to facilitate better communication between communities and between generations within communities.

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A

Absinthe
Absinthe is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from wormwoodanise, fennel, and other herbs.

Acacia
Acacia is considered to be a plant of masculine energy aligned with the Sun and the element of air.

Achaiah
Achaiah is one of the Seraphim. The angel of patience.

Achilles
Achilles is a hero of Hellenic-lore, a major actor in the Trojan War and the main character in Homer‘s tale of the conflict The Iliad.

Aconite
Aconite is the common name for some baneful but beautiful herbs within the Aconitum genus.

Adad
Adad, Master of the Earth is a Mesopotamian Storm God responsible for nature’s destructive and regenerative powers.

Adept
One who has studied and mastered (and continues to study) a magical system is often called an adept.

Adonia
Adonia was a movable festival that took place in ancient Athens (and possibly Rome).

Adonis
Adonis is a seasonal life/death/rebirth God associated with Tammuz, Atunis, Baldr, Osiris, Attis and Jesus.

Aeromancy
Aeromancy is a form of divination using the element of Air by observing the sky.

Aeron
Aeron is a Welsh God and also the name of a river.

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, earth, airfire, and water.

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B

Baba Yaga
Baba Yaga is a Russian Goddess who takes the form of an old crone.

Balefire
A balefire is a ritual bonfire used by some Pagan traditions in Sabbat celebrations, particularly Fire festivals such as Beltane and Litha.

Balm of Gilead
Balm of Gilead is mentioned in the Bible and scholars are not entirely sure what product or plant is being referenced.

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.

Banishing
Banishing spells are spells designed to send something or someone away or to prevent their return.

Basil
Basil is a member of the mint family with a characteristic square, hairy stem, labiate flowers, and opposite leaves. Read more here.

Bast
Bast, also B’sst, Baast, Ubaste, Baset, Bastet, was a cat-headed protectress of the Pharaoh. Read more here.

Bath Tea
A bath tea is an herbal bath with both healing and magickal applications. Read more here.

Bay Laurel
Bay is an evergreen shrub (often referred to as a small tree) native to Asia Minor and areas around the Mediterranean. Read more here.

Bayberry
Bayberry grows in thickets near swamps in sandy areas, especially near the Atlantic coast and near Lake Erie. Read more here.

Bees
The symbol of a bee can seal a spell with sweetness for allies and those who appreciate goodwill and a sting for thieves and cheaters. Read more here.

Bel
The name Bel comes from the Akkadian bēlu meaning “lord” or “master”. Read more here.

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C

Cakes and Ale
Cakes and ale refer to a communal meal that takes place as part of a magical ritual or a Pagan religious ceremony.

Calcite
Calcite occurs in masses, stalactites, scalenohedral and rhombohedral crystals found throughout the world in several color varieties.

Calendula
Calendula is a Mediterranean annual that has become a popular garden plant in much of the world.

Calling Quarters
It is an evocation to elemental energies tied to the four cardinal directions of the compass meant to bring the energies into the magick circle.

Calming Spell
To calm oneself in the beginning stages of an anxiety attack.

Cancer
Cancer is the fourth sign of the Zodiac and symbolized by the Crab.

Candle
A candle is wax or tallow surrounding a central wick that is burned for illumination.

Candomblé
Candomblé means ‘dance in honor of the gods’ and music and dance are an important part of Candomblé ceremonies.

Capricorn
Capricorn is the 10th sign of the zodiac. Capricorn is one of the four cardinal signs of the zodiac and an earth sign.

Cardamom
Cardamom is a member of the ginger family and has a thick fleshy root, a rhizome.

Cardinal Sign
A cardinal sign is a zodiac sign whose beginning occurs at the moment of seasonal change.

Caristia
Caristia, or Cara cognatio, was a Roman feast day that fell on the 22nd of February, between the Feralia and the Terminalia.

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D

Daisy
The word daisy comes from “day’s eye”. Bellis perennis closes up at night and opens up during the day, like a long-lashed eye.

Damiana
Damiana is a small, woody shrub of the passion flower family native to the Southern United States, Mexico, South America and the Caribbean.

Dandelion
Dandelions are common weeds all over the world with varieties native to Asia, Europe, and North America.

Dark Moon
The dark of the moon refers to the end of the lunar cycle when the moon is absent from the sky.

Days of the Week
Each of the days of the week corresponds to the energies of one of the classical planets and carries a magical energy all its own.

December
December is the 12th month of the Julian and Gregorian calendars.

Decoction
Decoction is a method of extraction of herbal constituents from stems, roots, barks and rhizomes through boiling.

Dei Lucrii
The Dei Lucrii is the collective title of the local or personal Gods of commerce worshiped who were invoked by ancient Romans to ensure success in business and a good profit. 

Demeter
Demeter is a Hellenic Mother Goddess, Grain and Harvest Goddess and founder of the Eleusinian Mysteries.

Devana
Devana is the name of a Russian Goddess of the hunt who is said to roam the Carpathian forest.

Devil’s Claw
Devil’s claw is the common name of a group of plants in the Sesame (Pedaliaceae) family of plants native to South Africa.

Diamond
A diamond is a very hard, clear stone popular for jewelry and also used for industrial purposes.

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E

Earth
The planet Earth, also known by its Latin name Terra, is the only planet in our solar system known to support life.

Earth Element
The element Earth is a classical Western element associated with the physical body and material abundance.

Earth Based Spirituality
Earth-based spirituality is a spiritual and religious worldview that puts the Earth in the center of the spiritual practice.

Earth Mother
Many Pagan traditions honor a Mother Goddess as Earth Mother who is often the head or primary Goddess of the Pantheon.

Echinacea
Echinacea is a native of North America and can be found in wild prairies and open woodlands.

Effigy
An effigy is a three-dimensional image created to resemble a specific person or entity.

Eggplant
Eggplant is a tender perennial native to Asia. It grows up to 3 feet tall with a similar spread and has wide, coarsely lobed leaves.

Eggs
Eggs are powerful spiritual symbols in nearly every tradition, though their specific significance does vary.

Egregore

The word egregore comes from the Greek ἑγρήγορος egrḗgoros meaning “wakeful” or “watching”.

El Dia de Los Muertos
El Dia De Los Muertos, translated the Day of the Dead, is celebrated in Mexico and Latin America.

Elders
Our elders are people who are established in the Pagan and magickal community who have made impacts on the community, our knowledge base, our lore, or our shared culture in some meaningful way.

Elemental Spirit
Elemental spirits are spirits associated with each of the four elements.

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F

False Solomon’s Seal
As its name would imply, False Solomon’s Seal looks quite a bit like Solomon’s-seal.

Familiar
A familiar is a magic-user’s spiritual helper manifest in animal form.

Father God
The Father God is usually the consort of the Mother Goddess.

Faunus
Faunus is the ancient Italic agricultural God who watched over the fertility of flocks and fields who was adopted by the ancient Romans and identified with the Greek God Pan.

Feast of Epicurus
Epicurus was a philosopher in the third century B.C.E. who established a community he called “The Garden”.

Februa
The ancient Romans called the tools used for purification Februa and the purification rituals performed during the festival of Lupercalia.

February
February is the second month of the year, according to the Julian Calendar and the Gregorian Calendar.

Feminine
In magick, the feminine mind refers to the unconscious mind.

Fennel
Fennel is a hardy perennial member of the family Apiaceae (carrots) that is used for food, medicine, and perfumery.

Fetish
A fetish is an object designed to house a spirit being.

Feverfew
Feverfew is a short-lived perennial native to southeastern Europe which is now widespread across North America, Europe, and Australia.

Fir
The firs are a genus of about 50 species of coniferous evergreen trees.

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G

Gaia Hypothesis
The Gaia Hypothesis is an ecological theory named for Gaia, the Greek Earth Mother Goddess.

Garlic
Garlic is similar to onion, except the bulb, rather than being one large bulb, is made of several cloves.

Garnet
Garnet is a silicate crystal in hues of red, burgundy and green found throughout the world.

Gathering Your Magickal Toolkit
Magical tools generally come in two different types. Pointing tools and containers.

Geb
Geb is the husband and brother of the sky Goddess Nut and father by Her of Osiris, Isis, Seth and Nepthys.

Gem Elixir
A gem elixir, or crystal elixir is an elixir created using one or more gemstone or mineral.

Gemini
Gemini is the third sign of the zodiac in the third House.

Geode
A geode is a stone made by volcanic forces that appears like a normal round stone on the outside but its inside is filled with crystals.

Geranium
Pale pink and purple flowers and the various cultivars bloom all sorts of colors well into autumn.

Ginger
The ginger root, which is the part that is used, is a twisty, knotted grayish-yellowish rhizome that is somewhat juicy with a pungent, spicy aroma.

Gnome
The word gnome comes from the Greek genomus meaning “earth dweller”.

Gods of Olympus
The Gods of Olympus or the Dodekatheon are the 12 Gods who resided on Mount Olympus who were worshiped in ancient Greece and by Hellenic Polytheists today.

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H

Hades
Hades is the Greek God of the Underworld. The name relates to the Doric word Aidas meaning “unseen”.

Hag Stone
Hag stones, also called holey stones,  holed stone, fairy stones, Odin stones, spindle whorl or adder stones are stones with a naturally occurring hole through them.

Halite
Halite is the mineral better known as rock salt or sodium chloride (NaCl).

Halloween
Halloween, Hallowe’en or All Hallows Eve is celebrated on October 31st and is the Eve of the Christian celebration All Saint’s Day or All Hallow’s Day.

Hapy
Hapy is the ancient Egyptian God of seasonal flooding which allowed the people along the Nile to grow crops.

Hard Polytheism
Hard polytheism is the belief that there are many Gods and each is a distinct being with an existence separate from the other Gods, each with their own unique personality.

Harvest Moon
The harvest moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox.

Hathor
Hathor is the ancient Egyptian Goddess of happiness and protectress of the hearth.

Hawthorn
The botanical name Crataegus oxyacantha comes from the Greek kratos, “hardness”, oxcux, “sharp” and akantha “thorn”.

Hazel
Hazel has been used in traditional medicine for draining and restoring the elasticity of lungs.

Heathen
The etymology of the word Heathen comes from a Gothic word meaning “person of the Heath” or “dwelling in the Heath” and is similar to the Latin word paganus from which we get Pagan.

Heathenry
One who adheres to these faiths usually self-designates as Heathen.

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I

Imbolc
Imbolc is an early spring/late winter festival.

Incantation 
An incantation is the collection of words that are recited as part of a spell or sometimes as the spell itself, such as a short rhyme spoken to make a wish at the sight of the first star of the evening.

Incense
Incense is a resinous base, often mixed with additional herbs or essential oils and burned to release the fragrance.

Indigo
Indigo is a small, subtropical, perennial shrub from the Fabaceae (pea) family.

Infusion 
An infusion is water or oil in which plants have been steeped so that the menstruum becomes infused with the plant goodness.

Intent
Magical intent is the purpose of magickal work – the true purpose, with all of the unnecessary frills stripped away.

Intentional Dreaming
Intentional dreaming is dreaming with a purpose or intent.

Invisibility Spell
For when one wishes to keep themselves or their deeds unnoticed.

Invoke
To invoke a spirit is to summon or draw a spirit being into your own body.

Isaac Bonewits
Isaac Bonewits was an influential member of the America Pagan community

Isis 
Isis is the wife of Osiris and mother of Horus.

Iusaaset
Iusaaset was the consort and “shadow” of Atum in some stories about Him.

J

January
The name January comes from the Latin Ianuarius and is names after the Roman God Janus of doorways.

Janus
The ancient Roman God Janus, or more properly Ianus, is the God of beginnings, endings, transitions, times, doorways, gateways, passageways, movement and traveling.

Jasper
Jasper is a type of quartz with powerful nurturing properties.

Jet
Jet is a type of fossilized wood found throughout the world.

Jewitch
A Jewitch is someone who identifies as both Jewish and Witch.

Jewitchery
Jewitchery is the practice of Witchcraft by a Jewish person or the integration of Wiccan or another Witchcraft spirituality with Jewish culture.

Job’s Tears
Job’s Tears is the grain of the grass-like plant, Coix lacryma-jobi also known as adlay, adlay millet, coix seed, tear grass.

Joe Pye Weed
Joe Pye Weed is a Native American perennial found in all parts of the US with the exception of the deep south and the far north.

John Michael Greer
In 2013, he founded the Druidical Order of the Golden Dawn.

Journey
The term journey is often used in the metaphysical community to describe an active meditation or astral projection that is undertaken as a truth-seeking mission.

Judith Harrow
She was a Wiccan Priestess born in the Bronx on March 3, 1945 and passed quietly in her sleep on March 20, 2014.

Julian Calendar
Julius Ceasar introduced the Julian calendar in 45 BCE in response to the confusion of the previous Roman calendar, which was very inaccurate.

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K

Karma
Karma is a concept originating with the Hindu religion, inherited by Buddhism and Jainism and appropriated by many modern Western magico-religious traditions

Khepri
Khepri is an ancient Egyptian God associated with creation, rebirth and the movement of the sun.

Khnum
Khnum was a creator God who molded the first people out of clay from the Nile.

King Solomon
King Solomon, was one of the great figures from the Old Testament/Torah and is also mentioned in a similar light in the Islamic Q’ran.

Kitchen Witch
A Kitchen Witch is a Witch who focuses their magical practice on the home and hearth and uses things commonly found in the kitchen as magickal tools.

Knot Magic
Also called cord magic, involves casting spells using the physical act of tying and/or untying knots to bind or release the spell(s).

Kyanite
Normally found in flat blades, kyanite is a form of blue aluminum silicate that originates in Brazil.

L

La Llorona
La Llorona means the Weeping Lady. In addition to being a Woman in White – a lady ghost who wanders by lonely roadways at night.

Lammas
Lammas is a Christian celebration of Anglo Saxon origin that is common within many modern Pagan communities as well.

Lapis Lazuli
Lapis lazuli is a silicate of sodium, calcium, and aluminum with sulfur in the pyrite inclusions.

Larkspur
Some folk names for larkspur: lark’s heel, lark’s toe, lark’s claw, knight’s spur, staggerweed.

Lavender
Lavender is an aromatic member of the mint family native to the Mediterranean region, Northern and Eastern Africa and parts of India.

Lemon
Lemon trees have smooth, green oval leaves that produce fragrant flowers in the winter followed by the tart yellow fruits we know and love.

Lenormand
Lenormand is a system of cartomancy very loosely based upon that developed by Marie Anne Lenormand during the Napoleonic era.

Leo
Leo is the fifth astrological sign, after Cancer and before Virgo.

Libation
A libation is a beverage poured out as an offering to a deity, spirit or beloved dead within a ritual context as a form of communion or to give honor and thanks.

Libra
Libra is the seventh sign of the Zodiac. It is a Cardinal sign and an Air element, ruled by Venus.

Litany
Within a spiritual context, a litany is a long, repetitious series of prayers, invocations, and supplications often led by a priest/ess with responses from the group.

Litany of the Dead
The Litany of the Dead is a list of the honored dead, often read at Samhain or a Feast of the Dead as part of the ritual.

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M

Ma’at
Ma’at is the ancient Egyptian Goddess of balance, truth, justice, and harmony. She is the daughter of Ra.

Mabon
Mabon is a Wiccan harvest festival that takes place at the time of the autumnal equinox when the Sun enters Libra.

Maenad
The Maenads are female followers of Dionysus who followed in his retinue.

Magi
A Magi is a Zoroastrian priest, philosopher, astrologer.

Magical Journaling
Journaling is an exercise practiced by many magic-users for a variety of purposes and in many different methods.

Magick
Magick is accomplishing change according to one’s will using methods beyond the realm of general understanding.

Magickal Gardening
Gardening can be a meditative practice and it also helps us get in touch with the cycles of the Earth

Magickal Substitutions
If you have a spell and you don’t have all the ingredients, you may be able to swap out one thing for another.

Magico-religious
A magico-religious practice combines elements of religion, as in propitiating a divine entity while engaging in ceremonial acts to bring about a desired result.

Magnetite
Magnetite is a major iron ore and is best known for its magnetic properties.

Magpie
It is a corvid, like a raven or a crow, and many of the folklore associated with these originated with the Magpie including the traditional “counting crows” children’s rhyme.

Magus
Magus is the singular form of the word Magi.

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N

Nabu
Nabu is the Babylonian God of wisdom and writing. Nabu writes the will of the Gods on the tablet of each human life.

Narcissus
Narcissus are popular garden flowers and harbingers of springs native to Europe, North Africa, and Asia.

Nature-based Spirituality
Nature-based spirituality refers to any religious or spiritual path that embraces nature as divine.

Necromancy
Necromancy is the practice of contacting the dead to request their aid or counsel.

Neit
Neit, Nit, Net, or Neith was a war Goddess honored in the town of Sais.

Neo-paganism
Neo-paganism is either the modern practice and adaptation of an ancient religion, or a new religion based on either ancient or new religious concepts, but usually based on a combination of these.

Nephthys
Nephthys is the ancient Egyptian protectress of the dead, sister of Isis and Osiris, wife of Seth and mother of Anubis.

Neptune
Neptune is the eighth furthest planet from the sun in our solar system, the fourth largest in diameter and the third most massive.

New Moon
The new moon is the first phase of the moon. Traditionally, it occurs when the first waxing crescent of the moon is visible in the sky.

Nicotiana
Nicotiana’s blooms are in their finest glory in the evening with a strange luminescence and a pleasing scent.

Nine Herbs Charm
An Anglo-Saxon charm recorded in a 10th century manuscript.

Nocturnal Magick
Nocturnal magick is magick done at night, usually using lunar energies, working with “darker” entities- not necessarily evil, mind you.

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O

Oak
Oak is well known for its astringent and antiseptic properties and has been used as a tonic for a long time.

Oak Pentagram Amulet
Protection for the home, Beacon to other Magick Folks & Symbol of Midsummer.

Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, also known as Otter G’Zell, was born Timothy Zell in on November 30, 1942.

Obsidian
Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass that is formed when lava that is rich in feldspar and quartz is cooled too rapidly for crystals to form.

Occult
The word “occult” comes from the Latin occultus which means “hidden” or “secret” and the word occult refers to secret or hidden knowledge and typically refers to the paranormal.

Occultism
Occultism is the study of the occult, of the hidden and most secret nature of the Universe and of the individual things within it.

Occultist
An occultist is a person who studies the occult.

October
October is the 10th month of the Julian and Gregorian calendars, with a length of 31 days.

Odin
Odin is the one-eyed All-Father of the Norse pantheon. His wife is Frigg, the Goddess of Wisdom.

Okra
Okra is a member of the hibiscus family and an African import to the American South.

Olive
The olive is a small evergreen fruit tree native to the Mediterranean area of Europe and the Middle East.

Omen
An omen is an unusual event that foretells a greater event. Omens can be good or bad.

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P

Pachimama
Pachi Mama, Patchi-Mama or Pachimama is the Quechan or Inca word for “Mother Earth” or more accurately “our mother in space and time”.

Pagan
In a modern context, the word Pagan is often used to describe any religion that isn’t part of the Judeo-Christian family of religions and in many cases.

Paganism
At its most basic, the term Paganism, is an umbrella term covering all religions that are not related to the Judeo-Christian family of religions

PaleoPaganism
PaleoPaganism is a subdivision of Paganism put forth by the modern Druid scholar Isaac Bonewits.

Panentheism
Panentheism holds that God is in everything that exists.

Pantheist
The word Pantheist refers to the belief that God is everything.

Pantheon
The Pantheon is a temple in Rome dedicated to all the Gods of the Roman people. In modern usage the word Pantheon has come to describe the family of Gods itself.

Paranormal
The word paranormal describes any phenomena that is well-known in popular culture but that has no scientific evidence to back up its existence.

Parsley
Parsley is a relatively hardy biennial though it needs some protection from cold.

Pax
The festival in honor of Pax, the Roman Goddess of Peace, was held on January 3rd.

Pearl
Unlike most gemstones, they are not formed within the Earth, but are instead formed as a sort of immunological reaction within the soft tissue of the body of a mollusk.

Pelargonium
The word Pelargonium comes from the Greek pelargos meaning stork, because the seed pod is said to look like a stork’s bill.

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Q

Quartz
Quartz is a clear or white form of silicon dioxide found throughout the world. 

Quetzalcoatl
Quetzalcoatl (pronounced Keh-tzal-coh-AH-tl) is the feathered serpent god of the Aztecs and Toltecs.

Quicksilver
Quicksilver is an old name for the metal mercury given because of mercury’s reflective appearance, like silver and its liquid form which gave it the ability to move, as if it were alive.

Quinquatrus
Quinquatrus is an ancient Roman festival in honor of the Goddess Minerva that began on March 19th and continued for five days.

Quintessence
Quintessence is the fifth element proposed by medieval alchemists as the stuff that makes up the heavenly bodies.

R

Ra
Ra is the ancient Egyptian God of the sun. He is swallowed every night by Nut and reborn again every morning.

Reconstructionist
Someone who wishes to emanate and practice their religion in a manner they best understand the ancients of a particular culture practiced it.

Resin
A resin (plant resin) is a thick, sticky liquid exuded by some plants as a defense mechanism against predators.

Retrograde Planet
When a planet is in retrograde or exhibiting apparent retrograde motion, that planet appears to be moving in reverse orbit.

Rice
Rice is a grass seed that grows in moist areas. It is the most important crop for human nutrition in the world.

Rite
The word Rite in the community vernacular generally describes a formal, ceremonial act often prescribed for a specific occasion.

Rite of Passage
A Rite of Passage is a ritual that marks the movement from one phase of life to another.

Ritual
A ritual is a series of actions performed in a pre-defined order, usually involving religious observances, spirituality or magical activity.

Ritual Bath
A ritual bath is a bath that is taken within a ritual context, as a part of a ritual or in preparation for ritual.

Ritual Garb
Ritual garb is the clothing that you wear for magical or ceremonial purposes.

Rod
A rod is a thin, straight shaft of wood or metal; a stick. A wand or a staff.

Rose
There are many varieties of roses. The wild forms have five petals and are usually white to pink.

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S

Sabbat
The Sabbats are the witches’ holidays. The word is used for special holidays and feast days celebrated by many Pagans and especially Wiccans and traditional witches.

Sachet
A sachet is a small cloth bag that is either stitched or tied closed at the top and contains herbs, crystals or other small items carefully selected by a magical practitioner.

Sacred Marriage
Also known as the hieros gamos, the Sacred Marriage is the perfect union of male and female within alchemy to create a spiritually and physically perfected whole.

Sacred Space
Sacred space is any space designated for a specific sacred purpose.

Saffron
Saffron is harvested from the flowers of the saffron crocus. Each flower has three stigmas, the threads of saffron.

Sage
The name Salvia derives from the Latin word Salveo, “to heal” or “to save” (more like, to salve, as in, apply a salve).

Sagittarius
Sagittarius is the ninth sign of the zodiac. It is a mutable sign fire sign and is ruled by the planet Jupiter.

Saint John’s Eve
Saint John’s Eve is occurs the evening before the celebration of the Feast Day of Saint John the Baptist.

St. John’s Wort
This is a bushy little perennial and very winter hardy. It grows well in zones 5 to 9 to about one to three feet tall.

Saint Lucia’s Day
Saint Lucia’s Day or Saint Lucy’s day is a Winter Solstice festival held December 13th in honor of Saint Lucia, a martyr who survived her sentence of death by fire, though she later fell to the sword.

Saint Valentine
Saint Valentine is said to be a Roman Christian martyr who lived during the 3rd century CE.

Salt
Salt is essential for life and has been used for food seasoning and preservation since time immemorial.

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T

Table of Color Correspondence
Many witches like to use color to symbolize their magickal intent during spellwork. Color is especially utilized in candle magick.

Table of Spell Correspondences By Intent

Tagolock
Metaphysically speaking, a taglock is a personal item that creates a link to the target.

Talisman
A talisman is an object specially made and charged to embody a specific energy or force.

Tammuz
Tammuz is the name of the ancient Sumerian God of food and vegetation. The name means “faithful son”. He was the consort of Innana.

Tansy
Tansy is a European native that was brought by colonists for its important properties. It has naturalized and now grows wild across much of the US.

Taurus
Taurus is the second astrological sign of the zodiac. Those born while the sun is in the sign of Taurus tend to be stable, stubborn and loyal.

Tawaret
Tawaret is an ancient Egyptian Goddess associated with women, infants and childbirth.

Teacup Spell for Anxiety
To easy anxious feelings and distress.

Tefnut
Tefnut is the ancient Egyptian Goddess of moisture. She is the wife of Shu and the mother of Nut and Geb.

Tektite
Tektite is a glassy substance created when small meteorites strike the earth. It can be found throughout the world.

The All
The All is part of the Hermetic philosophy as outlined in the Kybalion but similar to concepts seen in many other philosophies and traditions throughout history.

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U

Ukko
Ukko is the Finnish sky God and companion to Akka the Finish Goddess of fertility.

Uncrossing
Uncrossing is the removal of a type of curse or “cross” that has been laid upon an individual that makes a certain area of their lives difficult because of negative energy that is attached to them causing them to see and experience only difficulties in that area.

Unicorn Plant
Unicorn plant is the common name for several species of plants native to the Americas in the genus Proboscidea.

Unverified Personal Gnosis
Unverified Personal Gnosis (UPG) or Unverifiable Personal Gnosis, refers to any spiritual beliefs, truths or revelations experienced or adhered to by an individual that is based on personal experience that differs from or does not exist in accepted lore.

Uranus
For some modern Western astrologers, the planet Uranus is the ruling planet of Aquarius.

Using Herbs for Magick
Once, magick and medicine were one in the same or at least overlapped significantly. Now, medicine relies largely on synthetic drugs and herbs are used in magick not just for healing, but for many other purposes.

V

Valerian
It is a pretty plant with long, graceful leaf stalks topped with white or light-colored flower head sometimes tinged with pink or a fleshy color.

Veneralia
Veneralia is an ancient Roman celebration of Venus that took place on the Kalends of Aprilis, that is, the first of April.

Venus
It is the planet closest to Earth and has been called Earth’s sister planet, even her twin.

Venus Goddess
The Latin Goddess Venus was originally a Goddess of the vine (Venus, Vino) and a protector of vineyards and gardens.

Vernal Equinox
The Vernal Equinox is the point at which, on Earth, the sun crosses the equator and in the sky crosses the celestial equator which lies in the constellation Pisces.

Vervain
Vervain or Verbena is an herbaceous, sometimes woody perennial with opposite, narrow, oval-shaped, toothed leaves and small, five-petaled flowers that are usually blue to purple in color but may be pink or white.

Vibration
In the mundane and scientific world, the word vibration refers to the movement of an object back and forth around a central point, an oscillation, a quivering.

Violet
There are about 500 species of violet around the world. Most are small perennial herbs, but there are some annuals and shrubs in the family as well.

Virgo
Virgo is the sixth sign of the zodiac. It is a mutable sign. Virgo is associated with purity and hard work.

Visualization
Visualization is a meditative technique by which a magic-user formulates his desired magickal result in his mind’s eye.

Void of Course
The term void of course is usually applied to the moon and refers to the period of time when the moon is no longer aspecting any planets in the last sign it was in but has not aspected any planets in the sign it will go into next.

Volturnalia
Volturnalia was the Roman festival of the Volturnus, the God of fountains and the river Volturno.

W

Walnut
There are several species of walnut trees, each producing a slightly different nut.

Wand
A wand, or a rod, is a stick that has been carefully gathered and prepared to be used for ritual work.

Waning Moon
The waning moon period is the period during which the moon appears to be getting smaller in the sky, from the full moon to the dark moon.

Ward 
A ward is a protection or guardian. It may be maintained by a spell, a talisman, a symbol or some other physical or energy object.

Warlock 
The term warlock is often used to describe a male witch though it is relatively rare that a male witch self-identify this way, as the term “witch” is gender-neutral.

Was
The Was is an ancient Egyptian symbol depicting a staff made from a dried bull’s penis that was the symbol of power and dominion.

Wasp
A wasp is a flying insect closely related to bees and ants. They are perhaps best known for their sting.

Water
Water is used extensively in Magic as both a symbolic and a literal entity and a tool for purification and to contain and transfer energy. (i.e. moon water).

Water Hemlock
Water hemlock, (Cicuta spp.) is a common name for four closely related, highly toxic plants in the carrot family.

Water Lily
Water lilies are aquatic plants that grow in still waters throughout the tropical and temperate world.

Water Sign
In Astrology, a water sign is a zodiac sign associated with the element of water. There are three water signs CancerPisces and Scorpio.

Waxing
The word waxing refers to the application of wax on something. This would cause the thing to grow in girth, or to appear to, as the layers of wax thicken.

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X

Xolotl
Dog-headed god of the Aztecs, a companion to the feathered serpent Quetzalcoatl.

Y

Yarrow 
Flowers appear in mid-spring and continue through to autumn. They are very small, look like miniature daisies and appear in terminal clusters.

Yellow Alder
Yellow alder is a tropical shrub in the Passionflower family native to the Caribbean basin.

Yew
Yew grows well in sun or shade in zones 5 through 7. Many people have domesticated yew trees or shrubs in their yards trimmed to perfect boxes or balls.

Yolkai Estsan
Yolkai Estsan is a Goddess of the Navaho people also called “White Shell Woman”.

Yule
Yule is a word of Germanic origin that refers to a holiday celebrated at and around the winter solstice from which many Christmas traditions were taken.

Yule Log
The log itself is traditionally the largest, hardest log that can be gotten from the nearby forest with the intention that it will burn hotly and brightly through the longest night of the year.

Z

Zeus
Zeus is the Hellenic King of the Gods who rules from His throne on Mount Olympus. He rules over the sky, thunder, contracts and the code of hospitality.

Zodiac
The zodiac refers to the constellations that ring the apparent path the sun takes throughout the year. As the sun passes through the location of each constellation we say that the sun is in the house their associated signs of the zodiac.

Zodiac Correspondences
The correspondences outlined in this table are provided to assist the magical practitioner in creating powerful spells supported by the energies of the zodiac.

Zoroastrianism
Zoroastrianism is a dualistic religion that was the official religion of Persia for 1000 years, from 600s BCE to 600s CE. It was founded about 3500 years ago in what is now Iran by a prophet named Zarathustra.

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