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Wand
A tool in magick which resembles a rod and is used to direct energy towards a goal, usually to project some form of power.
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Waning
Refers to a phase of the moon when it is getting smaller (darker). This is the time when magick that involves banishing things, breaking habits, and getting rid of things is to be
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Ward
A kind of a protection spell.
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Warlock
Originally an oathbreaker or traitor. NOT the name for a male Witch. It's origin is Scottish. Because of the negative connotations, it is not used by most Wiccans today.
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Watchtowers
A concept derived from ceremonial magick; the four watchtowers each represent a cardinal direction, element, elemental, and a color. Each of them have a correspondence between the compass point, an element, and (varying amongst different traditions) color associated with them.
They are commonly used in modern Wicca.
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Waxing
Refers to the phase of the moon when it is getting bigger (fuller). This is the time when magick that involves growth and bringing things to you is best performed. Opposite of waning.
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Wheel of the Year
One full cycle of the seasons in a year, in many traditions it begins on Samhain.
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Wicca
A neo-pagan reconstruction of witchcraft. Most Wiccans call themselves witches, but not all witches are necessarily Wiccan. Wicca is an Anglo-Saxon word meaning "wise one," a term which came to label the craft as it was practiced in England, Wales, and the continental region once known as Saxony. Today, Wicca has become a term generally used to refer to any of the pagan traditions of western and northern Europe. Wiccans are also known as witches. The name most modern day Witches use for the Craft. It comes from the Anglo-Saxon word Wicce, meaning to bend or to shape. This is the root word from which we also get wicker.
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Wiccan
1. A person who follows or practices Wicca. 2. Something related to Wicca. (For example a wiccan book, wiccan artwork, etc.)
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Widdershins
Counter clockwise.
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Wise Woman
A solitary female practitioner of witchcraft who gave charms and healing salves to villagers in Europe.
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Wita
Scottish Wicca.
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Witch
A practitioner of witchcraft. There are many types and traditions of witches. A witch is not necessarily a Wiccan, though if a Wiccan practices witchcraft they can be called a witch.
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Witch Ball
An 18th century tradition; a glass sphere hung in windows to ward off evil spirits.
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Witchcraft
The practice of spells and magick, often involving the worship of many deities or a supreme God and/or Goddess.
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Wizard
A name sometimes applied to male Ceremonial Magicians, but rarely to pagans.
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Word of Power
A word or name, often unintelligible, that is supposed to carry magic power. Most are almost impossible to pronounce and have no meaning in any language.

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Working
Any act involving magick or ritualism.
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Wort
An archaic word for herb.
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