Occult Dictionary


Dictionary of Occult Definitions and Terms.
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Sabbat
One of the eight celebrations of paganism. general gathering of Witches for the purpose of worship, it occurs on the eight pagan festivals of the year recognized in Wicca.
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Salamander
The elemental who dwells in the fire plane. Associated with the Fire element.

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Samhain
Sabbat held on the eve of Nov. 1st, also called Halloween and celebrated by most people (religiously or not) on October 31. This festival also marks the transition of rulership of the "Wheel of the Year" from that of the Goddess to that of the God. One of the eight sabbats. This day is also known as Halloween.
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Scrying
A form of divination by gazing into something, usually a reflective surface.
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Shade
The spirit of a being which refuses to leave the physical plane.
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Shamanism
The religion of the ancient peoples of northern Europe and Asia, generally characterised by the ability of the Shaman to communicate with the spirit world. Major facets of Shamanism are animism, possession, prophecy/revelations, shapeshifting, and soul travel. Key features include animism, possession, soul travel, oracular revelations and shape changing.
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Shapeshifting
The magical ability to assume the forms of animals or other human beings with the soul while it is astrally projected from the body. This can be practiced while on the astral plane, this alone is a great accomplishment. It is said that one can also shapeshift on the physical plane, though documented proof of this is nonexistent. Few books are published on the subject as it is an art mainly for certain people, and teachers prefer to find these people and teach them their art secretively rather than let the public know their ways.
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Showstone
A crystal sphere used for divination, especially scrying. Also called a crystal ball. The stone is focussed upon to induce a trance that causes images to appear in the depths of the stone.
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Sigil
A magickal seal, sign, glyph or other device used during a magickal work.
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Skyclad
A pagan term for nudity during rituals. Most witches in fact wear robes.
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Solitary
A witch who practices alone instead of within a coven.
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So Mote it Be
A phrase used often in rituals to close a chant or incantation. This has been in common usage for many years. A transliteration might be: "So must it be."
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Sorcery
Magickal practice which involves summoning, binding, or banishing deities. Often a sorcerer (practitioner of sorcery) uses no tools.
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Soul
The direction of energies towards some certain goal, generally with the use of spoken words. Here the word is used to indicate the personal identity of a living being, its feelings, thoughts, impulses, memories, and sense of self.
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Spellcrafting
The practice of creating spells by writing outlines, arranging correspondences, and authoring incantations.
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Spirits
Entities which are free of a physical body.
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Sylph
The elemental of air.
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Symbol
A sign which represents something else. Symbols are used commonly in rituals to represent gods, elements, goals, and more. Many tools are symbols, for example, the chalice is a symbol of the goddess and the giving of life.
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Synchronicity
A Jungian term describing a coincidence which seems to have meaning yet no connection is clear. Luck is an example of synchronicity.
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Talisman
A magickally charged object used to attract a certain type of energy or a particular type of person.
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Tarot
A form of divination using a set of cards (usually 76) , of which 22, called the Greater Arcana, bear emblematic images that have been related in modern magic to the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Many pagan writers claim an Egyptian origin for the tarot, but it appears to have originated in Italy around the 15th century.
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Talking Stick
An object that is used at a gathering that allows the person with it to be heard and not interrupted until they have finished talking.
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Tasseography
Divination by reading tea leaves.
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Telekinesis
A form of psychokinesis which involves moving objects with the mind without ever physically coming in contact with them.
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Telepathy
Unspoken (psychic) communication between two minds.
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