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The Witchcraft Book: The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, Wicca, and Neo-Paganism
By Raymond Buckland
The subject of witchcraft has fascinated people for thousands of years. In pre-Christian and early Christian times, witchcraft was viewed as what it was- an aspect of paganism by the wiser of the common people who had knowledge of herbs, healing, augury and magic. The very word “witch” comes from the old Anglo-Saxon wicce or wicca, meaning a “wise one”.
At this time, then, witchcraft came to be lumped together with Satanism (actually a by product of Christianity), black magic, and all things negative, in an attempt to do away with them.
Abracadabra-Healing talisman were of various types, but one of the most common was that which bore a word of power. The person to be healed would speak the complete word, then the truncated words, until there was nothing left to pronounce. This was a form of sympathetic magic: as the word diminished, so did the disease.
Absent healing-it is a form of healing in which the patient need not be present.
Adept–a magical master-an initiate who has world through many years of learning and experience to become a teacher and elder.
Anderson, Victor-with Gwydion Pendderwen, Anderson founded the Faery Tradition of Wicca.
Anglica-one of the many plants and herbs used by witch herbalists. Medicinally it is a stimulant, a tonic and an aromatic or diaphoretic.
Animism-from the Latin anima, meaning soul or breath, animism is the doctrine of spiritual beings-the concept that everything in nature, animate and inanimate, has consciousness.
Aquarian Tabernacle Church-founded in November of 1979 by Peter “Pathfinder” Davis, the (ATC) has grown by leaps and bounds to become one of the most respected Wiccan institutions in the country, if not the world.
Aspergillum–a ritual implement used to sprinkle or “as perge” holy water.
Balefire; Bonfire-the name “balefire” probably comes either from the Celtic word bel, meaning bright or from the Anglo-Saxon bael, meaning a fire.
Baphoment-In 1307, one of the accusations leveled by Philip IV France against the Knights Templar, in an effort to lay his hands on their enormous wealth, was that they worshiped an image in the form of a human skull named Baphomet.
Bellwitch-the bellwitch, in fact, not a witch at all. It had many of the attributes of a poltergeist but was more of a mischievous spirit.
Bigghes-the Jewels of a witch Queen, or a Queen of the Sabbat, they consist of her crown, bracelet, necklace, and garter. They might also include a ring.
Blasting-a medieval term for the interference with the fertility of crops, humans and animals by witches.
Blessed Be-traditional greeting of witches is short for: Blessed Be they feet, that have brought thee in these ways. Blessed Be thy knees, that shall kneel at the sacred alter. Blessed Be thy womb/genitals, the fount of life, without which we would not be. Blessed Be thy breasts, erected in beauty and in strength. Blessed Be thy lips, which shall utter the sacred names.
Bruja; Brujo-the name given to a witch in Mexico and Meso-America; Bruja (female); Brujo (Male). The female is considered more powerful than the male.
Burin-a sharp, pointed tool used in witchcraft and ceremonial magic, for making other magical items.
Cahon Episcopi-an early religious document of unknown origin, which was for many centuries taken to be the official Roman Catholic view on witchcraft.
Caul–a thin membrane that envelopes the fetus; part of the amnion.
Celts; Celtic Witchcraft-Celt or (Kelt) is derived from the Greek Keltoi, a name the Greeks used for a group of people spread across Europe and the Iberian Peninsula.
Censer; Thurible-holds incense and dispenses smoke during rituals.
Ceremonial magic-also known as high magic-is the practice of conjuring spirits, also known as entities, demons or devils.
Chap books-pamphlets released, beginning in Elizabethan times, giving details about witch trials.
Circumambulation-is to move clockwise around a ritual circle.
Cone of power-when witches generate power, or energy, within the ritual circle, it masses in the form of a come whose base follows the consecrated line of the circle.
Cowan-term used by witches for a non-witch, someone who has not been initiated into the old religion.
Deosil-a Wiccan word meaning to move in a clockwise, or sunrise, direction.
Egg tree-Vance Randolph speaks of an old Ozark custom, no longer practiced, of creating an egg tree as a protection from witches and witchcraft.
Garter-worn by a witch queen or queen of the Sabbat as a symbol of rank
Green witch-another name for a hedge witch; also sometimes applied to cunning man or woman.
Grimoire-a book of magic, including spells and conjurations, as used by ceremonial magicians.
Gris-gris-a talisman of voodoo that can be made for positive or negative purposes.
Grove-a term equivalent in many ways to the word coven and used by various pagans
Gwydion-the name means the prophetic one
hagstone-a stone with a natural hole through it. As an amulet, it is much in demand by pagans and Wiccans because it symbolizes the female principle, or great mother.
Hand of glory-the hand of a hanged man, dried and preserved, used in various magic charms and spells.
Hedge witch-a term applied to those who, like the old wise ones, have great herbal knowledge and deal in the healings and magics of every day life.
Hereditary witchcraft-it used to be that families would practice witchcraft for hundreds of years, passing on the old religion from parent to children over many generations.
Hex sign-a sign painted on barns and other buildings in the Pennsylvania Dutch country for protection from the evil eye and other forms of negative magic known as hexerei; also protect the barn from lightning strikes.
Hocus Pocus-a term used by cowards to describe magical work, usually used in s disparaging manner.
Image magic-a form of sympathetic magic, which is based on the belief that like affects like.
Imprecation-from the Latin inprecari, meaning to invoke by prayer, an imprecation is a plea to a deity and, most often, a recited spell meant to curse.
Kabbalah (also spelled Kabala, Cabala, Qabalah)- a Jewish system of theosophy, magic, philosophy, science and mysticism.
Kali-literally the black one
key of Solomon-ancient grimoire, or book of ceremonial magic
kundalini-in many occult systems the kundalini is thought to be the energy that lies dormant within all human beings.
Labrys-the double-bladed axe of Crete, often used as a symbol for the moon goddess because of the double crescent of the blades.
Leylines-ley (pronounced lays) is the term used to indicate ancient straight lines that connect natural points of power in the earth.
Libation-an offending to the gods
magus-an adept or master magician.
Mana-a general term for the mysterious spiritual power that is found throughout the universe, within humans, animals, and even inanimate objects.
Mother redcap-generic name for an old woman who might or might not be a hedge witch, healer or cunning woman.
Names of power-certain names are believed to have intrinsic power, which magicians use for raising energy.
Natural magic-natural magic is that which utilizes natural objects such as herbs, oils, stones or amulets.
Necromancy-in the middle ages it was believed that the spirits of the dead were privy to knowledge of future events. It was therefore reasoned that if it was possible to speak to the dead, then it would be possible to learn what the future held. Some magicians attempted to do this by magically raising the dead, briefly giving back life to a corpse just long enough to interrogate it. This act was known as necromancy (from necro, the Greek word for a dead body or person).
A freshly buried corpse would be dug up and conjured, using a necromantic trident or wand. When questioned, it would reply truthfully, telling all it knew of future events. The front is piece of Mathieu Giralds Histoire Curieuse et pittoresque dis sorciers (Paris, 1846) shows Dr. John Dee and his assistant Edward Kelly standing in a magic circle confronting a shrouded corpse who stands at the foot of its tomb. There is actually no mention of such a ritual being performed in Dee’s private journal, so the event depicted may be spurious.
Philtre-a magic potion, that was often through not always used for love or sexual purposes.
Queen of the Sabbat-queen of all witches or witch queen, someone that has numerous of covens based on their teachings.
Salute-in witchcraft, a salute is the term used for a ritual kiss.
Sigil-from the Latin sigillum (seal), a sigil is a magicial design or symbol, often representing a word or concept.
Silver-the metal of the moon, and, as such, it is favored and used a great deal in witchcraft.
Smudging-the consecration of a person or thing involves a sprinkling with salted water and a censing with the smoke on incense.
Sympathetic magic-may also be called Imitative magic, since ritual actions imitate the real ones you wish to bring about.
Theism-in the breaded sense, theism means a belief in god.
Thirteen-although considered an unlucky number by some, thirteen should in fact be though of as lucky. There are 13 moons in the year, making it the number of the moon goddess; 13 is the traditional number for witches coven, in Christianity Jesus had 12 disciples, for a total of 13; in alchemy it is the number of necromancy of bringing the dead back to life, a baker’s dozen, includes an extra item, or 13; according to Pythagoras, adding one to 12 creates the unlimited number of 13, and through this formula miracles may take place; in the system of gematria found in the Kabbalah, 13 is equated with love of unity.
Transmigration-also known as metempsychosis, it is a belief in the passage of the soul into another body after death.
Triangle- equivalent to the number three, the triangle concerns the trinity.
Trident-it is the alchemical sign for water, from its association with Poseidon, Green god of the sea and creator of waters.
Unction-the act of anointing a person or a ritual tool is a religio-magical rite
wheel of the year-is the term used for the changing seasons.
Wiccaning-witch term for the equivalent of a Christian baptism.
Witan-the witan, or witenagemot, was the national council of wise ones who advised the Anglo-Saxon kings in early Britain.
Zoomorphism-is another name for shape-shifting by use of magical charms, but is restricted to the ability to change back and forth between human and animal form.
The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft second edition by Rosemary Ellen Guiley
Aiguillette-a known loop of thread, also called a ligature, which witches were said to use to cause impotence, and perhaps even castration, in men; barrenness in women; and general discontent in marriage.
Allotriophagy-the vomiting or disgorgement of strange or foul objects, usually associated with someone possessed by or obsessed with the devil or other demons.
Baba Yaga-in Russian folklore, a female which who loved to roast and eat people, preferably children.
Black shuck-carious forms of black demon dogs populate the legendary lore of parts of England, particularly in East Anglia, a region steeped in witchcraft.
Cocks-symbols of light and goodness, cocks have been favored of sacrifice to the gods in various religions throughout history.
Curandero/Curandera-Spanish terms for the medicine men and women of Mexico.
Demonic exorcism-the expulsion of evil spirits by commanding them to depart.
Demonic possession-a complete take over of one’s personality by a diabolical entity, allowing the entity to dominate; the victim becomes, even somewhat physically, that demonic being.
Demons-any of a wide range of lesson intermediary spirits between their world and the physical world.
Ghosts, hauntings and witchcraft- hauntings by ghosts and poltergeists are sometimes blamed on witches and witchcraft, particularly in areas where belief in, and fear of, magic runs high.
Ill-wishing-a curse that is the product of envy and anger.
Jack-o-lantern-a phosphorescent light seen in marsh and swamp areas, which in folklore is either the manifestation of a malicious lost soul or a death omen.
Lithoboly-mysterious hails of stones have been reported from time to time in cases of witchcraft and possession.
Louviers Possessions-a case of mass demonic possession, similar to that in Loudun occurred a convent in Louviers, France in 1647.
Necromancy-this is not to be confused with conjuring demons or the devil. The spirits of the dead are sought for information because they are no longer bound by the earthly plane and therefore supposedly have access to information beyond that available to the living.
Pagan Federation- international organization based in London provides information on paganism, counters misconceptions about the religion and works for the rights of pagans to worship in freedom. The pagan federation also provides networking help among pagans and genuine seekers of the old ways, and aids in the contact and dialogue among the various traditions of paganism worldwide.
Power doctor-in the Ozarks region of the united states, power doctors are backwoods healers who use charms amulets, incantations and magic to cure illness.
Spider-in folk magic, a black spider eaten every morning between two slices of buttered bread will endow one with great strength and power.
Witches league of public awareness-international educational organization based in Salem, Massachusetts, which works to end prejudice and bigotry against witches and witchcraft, especially in the media.
Zombie-a dead person brought back to life by a magician, but not to the life the person previously knew.