Occult Dictionary


Dictionary of Occult Definitions and Terms.
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Chaote
A Chaos magician not actively in practice.
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Chi
A Chinese term for the all-encompassing universal life force.
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Cheiromancy
The divination by examination of the hand , related to palmistry.
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Circle
A protected area where ritual work takes place. Can also be used to designate a particular group of Witches or Pagans such as "Silver Acorn Circle".
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Cleansing
Purification through a ritual bath (often with a handful of sea salt thrown in) and through meditation to cleanse the psyche. Traditionally performed before every ritual.
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Cone of Power
Psychic energy raised by either an individual or a coven and released to perform a certain goal through magick , is usually visualized as being retained and built in the form of a "cone" prior to release.
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Conjure
To summon entities from the spirit realm into the physical plane.
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Consecration
Make holy. Imbuing sacred symbols with the power of the four elements.
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Corn Dolly
A figure made by plaiting wheat, similar to a poppet. It is symbolic of the fertility, grain, and harvest aspects of the Goddess. Corn Dollies aren't made from cobs or husks; corn originally referred to any grain other than maize and still does in most English-speaking countries except the United States.
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Correspondences
Materials used in magick which relate to their specific goal. These can be herbs, stones, moon phases, colors, numbers, etc. An example would be mugwort used in a dream spell, as mugwort is a popular herb corresponding to dreams.
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Coven
A group of witches led by a High Priest and/or a High Priestess who meet to worship and practice magic. The traditional membership is 13, but in fact most covens number considerably less. In Middle English, "Covin" a group of confederates; In Old French "Covine" a band or group with a single purpose; Latin "Com"-together, "Venire"-to come or move.
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Covenstead
Meeting place established by a coven. Usually the home of the High Priestess or High Priest.
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Cowan
A slang term for a non-witch or non-pagan, generally used as a derogatory word for a pagan who is considered a fake or a poser. Not often used today among most Witches.
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Craft, the
The Craft is a term used to refer to witchcraft and wicca.
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Crone
A term of respect used for a witch who has passed menopause or who is over 50-56 years old.
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Cross of Confusion
An ancient Roman symbol which questioned the validity of Christianity.
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Cross Quarter Days
A term used for the fire sabbats (Samhain, Imbolb, Beltane, Lammas). The most important festivals of the years which form the "cross" in the wheel of the year.
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Cunning Man
The solitary male Witch who healed, gave advice, told fortunes, and dispensed charms to the inhabitants of rural villages in Europe.
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Curse
Conscious direction of negative energy towards a person, place, or object.
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Daemon
A Greek word for spirit.
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Days of Power
Significant magickal days around the year.
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Degree
The level or status of a practitioner of magick. A way of grading how far someone has progressed within certain Paths, also known as Degrees, i.e. First Degree.
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Deosil
Clockwise, the direction of the Sun's apparent motion in the sky. It is associated with blessings, luck, and good health or fortune. The opposite is Widdershins.
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Divination
Method of inquiring into a situation through tools, some examples of divination are scrying, tarot, runes, and oneiromancy.
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Dracomancer
A practitioner of magick who uses dragons in their workings.
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