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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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