Glossary

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.

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N

N.D.E.

N.D.E. stands for near-death experience, where a persons’ spirit leaves its body during earth & then returns spontaneously or through resuscitation.

Necromancy

Necromancy is the practice of magick using the power of the dead (Ancestors, Spirits, etc.)

New Age

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.

Numerology

Numerology is a system of divination using numbers & their assigned meanings.

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O

O.O.B.E.

O.O.B.E. stands for an Out-Of-Body Experience, where a person's astral body briefly separates from the physical body.

Occultism

Occultism is a group of beliefs or knowledge characterized as supernatural, or magical (cannot be explained by science).

Offering

An Offering is a gift or contribution offered as a part of worship.

Omen

An Omen is an occurrence or phenomenon believed to predict a future event

Oracle

An Oracle is a person through whom a deity speaks.

Ouija Board

A Ouija Board is a tool used to communicate with spirits during a séance.

P

Paganism

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.

Palmistry

Palmistry is the art of reading the features of the hand and deciphering the shape & the lines, as a form of divination

Pendulum

A Pendulum is a weighted object that swings from a cord or chain used during dowsing divination.

Pentacle

A Pentacle is a symbol, a five pointed star within a circle.

Pentagram

A Pentagram is a symbol, a five pointed star.

Polytheism

Polytheism is the worship and belief in multiple deities, a pantheon of Gods & Goddesses

Prana

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

Pranayama is the control of energy (Prana) through the breath. A method of breathing.

Prayer

A Prayer is a request or wish addressed to a God or Goddess through thought or speech.

Premonition

A Premonition is a prior warning received through psychic means.

Psychic

Psychic is a term that defines someone with extra sensory sensitivities & perceptions or an ability to foretell the future.

Psychokinesis

Psychokinesis is the ability to influence objects with the power of the mind

Psychometric

Psychometric is the ability to tune into the history of an object by touching it.

Q

Qabalah

Qabalah is the system of Jewish theosophy & mysticism marked by belief in creation through emanation and a cipher method of interpreting Scripture

Qi

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.

R

Reiki

Reiki is a spiritual path. It is a form of spiritual healing.

Reincarnation

Reincarnation is a belief shared by many of the worlds ancient religions, that the spirit is reborn into a new physical body after death.

Ritual

A Ritual is the established form for a ceremony. It is a practice done in accordance with social custom or normal protocol.

Rune Casting

Rune Casting is a method of divination that involves picking or casting runes & interpreting their meanings.

S

Sacrifice

A Sacrifice, often an offering to a deity, is the destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else.

Satanism

Satanism is a religion in which its faithful worship Satan. It is a sect of Christianity.

Scrying

Scrying is the practice of gazing into a medium in hopes of detecting messages or for divination.

Sigil

A Sigil is a sign, or symbol created for a specific purpose that can be charged with energy & intention.

Sorcery

Sorcery is the use of power gained from a deity, nature or the spirit world.

Spell

A Spell is a form of cosmic ordering or thought projection

Symbol

A Symbol is an arbitrary or conventional sign used in writing, relating to a particular meaning.

Séance

A Séance is a gathering of people for the purpose of communicating with spirits.

T

Talisman

A Talisman is an object or charm charged with energy and/or intention (ei. Good luck or enhance fertility)

Tantras

Tantras are ancient Hindu or Buddhist scriptures written is Sanskrit & concern with ritual acts of the body, speech & the mind

Tarot

The Tarot is a set of 72 cards used for divination. It has two kinds of cards, the Major Arcana & Minor Arcana

Tasseomancy

Tasseomancy is a classic form of folk divination that requires the interpretation of tea leaves.

Telepathy

Telepathy is the ability to connect with another person through thought.

Transfiguration

Transfiguration refers to an alchemical process of change in form or appearance

Transmutation

Transmutation refers to an alchemical process of the conversion of one element or nuclide into another either naturally or artificially.

U

V

Voodoo

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.

W

Wand

The Wand is a ritual stick used to direct energy & manipulate Power. It is a tool of invocation that can be used for spellcasting, sitting, working with concentrated energy, bestowing blessings, drawing down the moon, etc.

Wicca

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.

Witchcraft

Witchcraft is a broad term that varies by culture. Traditionally the term witchcraft is used to describe the practice of magick or the use of supernatural powers.

X

Y

Yoga

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.

Z

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sources:

Books:

  • Merriam-Webster's Dictionary

  • 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.