OF WITCHY TERMS FOR BEGINNER
It's important to understand the subjects & terms used in your topics of study. Below is a list of commonly misunderstood words & their meanings. To learn more on a subject click the "View More" button.
N.D.E. stands for near-death experience, where a persons’ spirit leaves its body during earth & then returns spontaneously or through resuscitation.
Necromancy is the practice of magick using the power of the dead (Ancestors, Spirits, etc.)
The New Age Movement is an eclectic group of cultural attitudes arising in late 20th century Western society that are adapted from those of a variety of ancient and modern cultures, that emphasize beliefs outside the mainstream.
O.O.B.E. stands for an Out-Of-Body Experience, where a person's astral body briefly separates from the physical body.
An Oracle is a person through whom a deity speaks.
Paganism refers to any religion that is not one of the 3 Abrahamic religions ( Christianity, Judaism or Islam). Recently the term has been adopted by a new movement of nature based, polytheistic worship.
A Pentacle is a symbol, a five pointed star within a circle.
A Pentagram is a symbol, a five pointed star.
Polytheism is the worship and belief in multiple deities, a pantheon of Gods & Goddesses
Prana is a Sanskrit word that refers to the energetic substance that flows from the environment into the body. It is considered the same as Ch’i & Ki.
Pranayama is the control of energy (Prana) through the breath. A method of breathing.
A Prayer is a request or wish addressed to a God or Goddess through thought or speech.
A Premonition is a prior warning received through psychic means.
Psychic is a term that defines someone with extra sensory sensitivities & perceptions or an ability to foretell the future.
Psychokinesis is the ability to influence objects with the power of the mind
Psychometric is the ability to tune into the history of an object by touching it.
Qabalah is the system of Jewish theosophy & mysticism marked by belief in creation through emanation and a cipher method of interpreting Scripture
Qi also spelled chi, is a Chinese word that refers to the energetic substance that flows from the environment into the body. It is considered the same as Prana & Ki.
Reiki is a spiritual path. It is a form of spiritual healing.
Reincarnation is a belief shared by many of the worlds ancient religions, that the spirit is reborn into a new physical body after death.
A Ritual is the established form for a ceremony. It is a practice done in accordance with social custom or normal protocol.
A Sacrifice, often an offering to a deity, is the destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else.
Satanism is a religion in which its faithful worship Satan. It is a sect of Christianity.
A Sigil is a sign, or symbol created for a specific purpose that can be charged with energy & intention.
Sorcery is the use of power gained from a deity, nature or the spirit world.
A Spell is a form of cosmic ordering or thought projection
A Symbol is an arbitrary or conventional sign used in writing, relating to a particular meaning.
A Séance is a gathering of people for the purpose of communicating with spirits.
A Talisman is an object or charm charged with energy and/or intention (ei. Good luck or enhance fertility)
Tantras are ancient Hindu or Buddhist scriptures written is Sanskrit & concern with ritual acts of the body, speech & the mind
Telepathy is the ability to connect with another person through thought.
Transfiguration refers to an alchemical process of change in form or appearance
Transmutation refers to an alchemical process of the conversion of one element or nuclide into another either naturally or artificially.
Voodoo, also spelled Voodu, Vodou, Voudou, Vodun, is a religion that is derived from African polytheism and ancestor worship and is practiced chiefly in Haiti.
Wicca is a nature based religion influenced by pre-Christian beliefs and practices of western Europe that affirms the existence of supernatural power & of both male and female deities.
Yoga is one of the 6 classic systems of ancient Indian philosophy. It is a system of bodily control leading to unity with the supreme being.
Wiccapedia, A Modern-Day White Witch's Guide, by Shawn Robins & Leanna Greenaway, published by Sterling Publishing Co.
The Fortune-Teller's Bible, The Definitive Guide to the arts of divination, by Jane Struthers, published by Sterling Publishing Co.
The Psychic Bible, The Definitive Guide Developing your Psychic Skills, by Jane Struthers, published by Sterling Publishing Co.
The Chakra Bible, The Definitive Guide to Working with Chakras, by Patricia Mercier, published by Sterling Publishing Co.