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Candlemas
Pagan sabbat held on Feb. 1. Celebrates the first signs of Spring. Also called "Imbolc" (the old Celtic name). This is the seasonal change where the first signs of spring and the return of the sun are noted, i.e. the first sprouting of leaves, the sprouting of the Crocus flowers etc. In other words, it is the festival commemorating the successful passing of winter and the beginning of the agricultural year. This Festival also marks the transition point of the threefold Goddess energies from those of Crone to Maiden.
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Cantrip
A spell cast by a witch. It is small, quick, and has minimal effects.
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Cardinal Points
North, South, East, and West, often marked with candles of colors associated with each point. (varies per tradition.)
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Catharsis
The release of magickal energies at the height or climax of a ritual. It is usually accompanied by an emotional release, and in some forms of magic by physical climax. The catharsis of Greek tragedy was no more than a pale echo of the original magical catharsis of the Mysteries.
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Cauldron
A generally iron container used for fires, mixing things, holding flowers or burning items for spells. Today her cauldron survives not only in pagan ritual but in the Christian concept of the holy grail.
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Censer
A container in which incense is smoldered or burned. It symbolizes the Element of Air.
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Centering
A way of meditating as to connect yourself with the energy within you and to find your center.
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Chakras
Energy centers in the body which are best cleansed, opened, and balanced. Too much or too little energy in one chakra can be the cause for disruption in magick or frustrations in everyday life. Opening the chakras is believed to result in the attainment of various magical powers.
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Chalice
A feminine symbol of the element water. One of the tools of the Witch. Placed on the altar to represent the element of Water.
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Channeling
Mediumship; a word for an entity talking through a human to convey a message to the physical plane.
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Chant
Repetition of magickal phrases, syllables, or words to produce a desired effect as well as bring the chanter to a deeper meditative state.
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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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