Occult Dictionary


Dictionary of Occult Definitions and Terms.
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Geomancy
The divination by means of configurations of earth or by means of figures derived from even or odd numbers of dots jotted down hastily at random.
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Glamour
A form of magick which involves changing people's immediate perception of you. It generally is simply altering your physical appearance (eye color, hair length, height, etc.) temporarily. However, it can also include changing people's emotional reaction to you. Glamours last only as long as the magician feeds energy into it.
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Glyph
A sigil imbued with magick.
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Gnome
An "entity" or "elemental" that is said to dwell in the plane of Earth or is associated with the EARTH Element.
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Gods
Immortal beings, also called deities, worshipped by their followers and invoked for magick. A "god" is generally male, whereas the female version is "goddess".
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Grammary
Written magick, including symbols, signs, Ogham, and sigils.
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Great Rite
This rite see most commonly in witchcraft marks the initation into the third degree. It is sexual in nature, but may be "actual" (and private to the couples concerned) or symbolic, as the participants wish.
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Grimoire
A magickal workbook containing ritual information, formulae, magical properties of natural objects and preparation of ritual equipment.
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Gris Gris
In African religious systems, a charm, fetish, or amulet.
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Grounding
Dispersing excess energy generated during any magickal rite or working by sending it into the earth.
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Halloween
Name used by some traditions for Samhain.
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Handfasting
The Wiccan equivalent of a wedding ceremony. It is only legal if performed by a registered clergyman. Handfasting vows are meant to be renewed annually, and thus are a "safer" commitment than marriage unless made legal.
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Handparting
Wiccan equivalent of a divorce or separation. It has no legal bonding, but is rather more a symbolic or ritualized way of dealing with a separation.
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Haruspicy
Divination by animal entrails.
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Heathen
1. One who does not recognize the God of the Bible. 2. A pagan. 3. An irreligious, uncivilized person. Can be used in this context as a derogatory term for a pagan, despite the fact that it's an inaccurate generalization.
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Hedge Wizard
A rural practitioner who has little formal training, or none at all.
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Heptagram
A star of seven points drawn with a single, unbroken, reflecting line. Symbolic of the number seven, which is important not only to the seven traditional astrological planets but also to the seven planes and subplanes and the seven chakras.
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Hereditary Witch
A person who claims to have learned their Path from an ancestor.
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Hexagram
A geometric figure formed by two overlapping triangles, also called the Star of David. In modern magic, it is used to invoke and banish the spirits and powers of the seven ancient planets.
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Hierophant
A priest of the mysteries who reveals his secrets only to this initiates. More generally, any priest of the Mysteries who reveals sacred secrets to initiates.
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High Magick
Ceremonial magick involving the actions of deities or spirits. The Greeks called it theurgy, which literally means "god work".
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High Priest
A male witch within a coven who has been initiated into the 3rd degree. More usually, the male leader of a coven or sometimes just of that particular ritual. Abbreviated as "HP"
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High Priestess
A female witch within a coven who has been initiated into the 3rd degree. Abbreviated as HPS in written rituals.
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Imbolc
Pagan sabbat celebrated on Feb. 2. Imbolc celebrates the first stirrings of spring and the recovery of the Goddess from giving birth to the Sun (the God) at Yule. Celtic name for Candlemas. Sometimes spelled "Imbolg."
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Incantation
The spoken part of a spell.
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