Occult Dictionary


Dictionary of Occult Definitions and Terms.
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Abracadabra
A word from the Jewish mystical tradition of Qabala. Its root is the name of the Gnostic deity Abraxas, meaning "hurt me not". The word, when chanted or when its letters are arranged in an inverted pyramid and worn around the kneck as a talisman for nine days, is said to possess the magickal power to ward off illness and cure fevers.
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Adept
Word for an individual highly experienced and proficient in a particular magickal craft.
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Aeromancy
The use of the stars for divination.
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Aisling
Ireland: Dream or Vision , pronounced "ash-leen". In the many Irish tales having this title, the person who dreams sees a speir-bhean or vision-woman from the Otherworlds.
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Aka
Cord between the physical and astral bodies. Most likely this concept is derived from the biblical reference to a "silver cord" connected the body and the soul.
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Akasha
The fifth element of magick and the occult, this is the spiritual ether, often called the "Otherworld". This is the realm of "pattern" or causality, from which the realm the normally thought of as five senses manifests.
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Akashic Records
It does not exist on the physical plane but rather on a more psychic level. Some believe it can be accessed on the astral plane, others feel it can only be accessed through a visualization journey in the mind.
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Alchemist
The person who practices alchemy.
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Alchemy
Pronounced Al-kem-ee. A form of high magick which stems from the middle ages noted by the attempts of alchemists to make lead turn into gold. The will of the alchemist allowed the spirits and elements to be utilized in ceremony for the exaltation and purification the human soul.
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Alexandrian Tradition
Based on the teachings of Alex Sanders.
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AlexandrianWitches
Witches who follow the teachings and use the Book of Shadows composed by Alex Sanders.
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Alignment
The practice of synching mental and spiritual energies with a deity or an astronomical body. Often the complete balance and centering of the chakras is called an alignment.
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Altar
A small working area and shrine many pagans maintain, where they perform most of their ritual and spell work. Similar to those kept by members of other religions i.e. Buddists. Quarters are sometimes called Altars i.e. Earth Altar, (the Altar in the Earth Quarter of a Circle.).
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Amulet
An object charged with personal energies through ritual or meditation often used to ward off a certain force or person. Generally, a protective object. (Compare with Talisman).
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Aradia
The Italian goddess Diana's daughter, said to be the origin of all witches. The book "Aradia, Gospel of the Witches" was written by Leland about Aradia and the practice of witchcraft.
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Archetype
Symbolic images visualized in dreams, meditation, and divination. Used to interpret the meaning of the vision thereby betting understanding and communicating with the subconscious.
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Arthurian Tradition
Pagan tradition from Wales and Cornwall based upon the Arthurian myths surrounding King Arthur, Merlin the Magician, and Queen Guinevere.
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Asatru
Modern worship of the old Norse gods.
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Aspecting
An advanced magical practice which is seen most commonly in a coven as opposed to solitary. The practitioner attempts to manifest an aspect of the Goddess or the God. Often as a direct result of a "Drawing Down". Often a minor variation of this phenomena occurs with the selection of a "Magical Name", or Craft Name.
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Asperger
A bundle of fresh herbs or a perforated object used to sprinkle water during of preceding a Ritual, for purification purposes.
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Astral Plane
An invisible place which parallels the physical world which can be traveled through.
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Astral Travel
The experience, whether spontaneous or induced, of traveling through the astral realm in the form of the astral body.
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Astrology
The practice of revealing the future by interpreting the arrangement of stars and planets in relation to astrological theory and the zodiac. Not all witches use astrology.
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Athame
The athame is usually a black handled, double edged knife used in rituals. It is symbolic of the element of fire and it can be used while laying down circle boundaries and for inscribing candles. The term is of obscure origin and has a large variety of pronunciations such as "ATH-ah-may", "Ah-THAM-ee", "ah-THAW-may", "ath-AY-mee", or "ATH-a-mee".
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Attune
To bring different psyches into harmony.
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