Welcome! The words, terms, and phrases below are a living/breathing, community generated list of ever-evolving content involving the magical, metaphysical, paranormal, and spiritual realms. I get asked a lot "Where do I start?", and I would start by getting to know the in's and out's of all the new topics you'll be diving into on your individual path! I have compiled the following glossary to help you along your journey, almost 500 definitions! Each one could be an entire class and course in and of itself, but reading through this list could take a relaxing afternoon.
So grab a cup of tea, and go where you are lead to, where your heart calls to, is pulled to! A lot of these terms in the glossary below, I have had the opportunity to personally learn about them, get to know them, and experience them firsthand and they are a part of MY journey. What are yours?! Please do your own independent research on a topic if you feel called to do so! The following information is intended for informational and educational purposes only, I may not even personally agree or align myself with them but feel them necessary for you to be aware of. Also, these terms may or may not have modern scientific value, standing, or backing -- However, this is why your own research is so important and valuable! As most of the Spiritual realm easily evades tangible evidence. To suggest new terms, always feel free to send me an email here!
Abrahamic Religions: The Abrahamic religions are a group of monotheistic faiths that trace their origins to the biblical figure of Abraham and his descendants. These religions include Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and are characterized by the belief in one God, who is believed to be the creator of the universe and the source of moral guidance for humanity. The Abrahamic religions share many common beliefs and practices, including the belief in prophets and holy scriptures, and the importance of prayer and rituals. They also place a strong emphasis on the concept of faith and the idea of a personal relationship with God.
Aether: (also spelled "Ether" or "Akasha" in some traditions) is one of the five traditional elements in many spiritual and metaphysical belief systems, including ancient Greek philosophy and some forms of modern paganism. Aether represents the upper regions of the atmosphere, the pure, unchanging, and eternal realm above the changing material world. It is often associated with the heavens, the sky, and the realm of the gods. It is also seen as the substance filling the region of the universe above the terrestrial sphere, according to ancient Greek philosophers. Aether is associated with the spiritual realm and the connection to the divine. It represents transcendence, connection, and enlightenment. It is considered as the quintessence or the fifth element, the substance that fills the universe above the terrestrial sphere. Also see Spirit.
Air: Air is one of the five traditional elements in many spiritual and metaphysical belief systems, including Wicca and other forms of modern paganism. Air is associated with the mind, intellect, and communication. It represents change, movement, educational advancements, multi-tasking, writing and literature, influences history and time, movement, and intellectual pursuits. "Water of intellect" it moves as water does, but without all the weight.
Akasha / Akashic Records: Akasha is a term used in various spiritual and metaphysical traditions to refer to a fundamental, all-pervading substance or principle that is the source of all things. It is seen as a realm of pure consciousness, where all knowledge and wisdom is accessible and where one can connect with the divine. In Jungian psychology, the collective unconscious. That part of the Earth's aura on which impressions of every person who ever lived, including their thoughts and feelings; every event, no matter how minor; and all possible concepts are completely and permanently impressed. Many clairvoyants who tune into the past, including a lot of psychic detectives, read the Akashic records in order to get their information.
Alchemy: The science of creating perfection, whether involving substances on the material plane or, on a higher level, the soul of a living being. An alchemist working with base metals concentrates on transmuting them to their purest and highest possible form: gold. When working with the human body, the alchemist aspired to draw upon the ideal body that exists on the Astral Plane, to create or reveal a flawless body on Earth. Some alchemists extended this aspiration towards purifying the human soul. The word alchemy is derived from the Arabic "al-kimia," which in turn developed from the Coptic "khem" that describes the fertile black soil of the Nile delta. Esoterically, this is an oblique reference to the dark mystery of the primordial Universe (the Khem), from which all creation came into being. Alchemy, then, is a human effort to duplicate the work of the Divine, thus refining this tangled substance, whether it be manifest as metal, human health, the cosmos, or the souls of living beings.
Allegorical: An allegory is a story, often told in poetic form, in which the characters and other components have a meaning for a different context outside the story. For example, the allegorical meaning of a Tarot card refers to events and circumstances of the client.
Altar: A small table or other area where sacred objects are displayed, including religious symbols such as crosses, holy water, statues or pictures of gods, saints, avatars or gurus, Bibles, Grimoires and other sacred books, or anything that inspires the individual to concentrate on the spiritual rather than the physical. Items are often laid out for meditation and contemplation. Altars range from the very large (as in big cathedrals and temples) to the very small (little foldaway altars designed for travel that fit into a suitcase). The larger generally consist of items considered sacred by one specific school of thought, while the smaller ones are designed by and for specific individuals and their own approach to the Path.
Altered State of Consciousness: This term refers to any state of the human mind that is different from the normal waking state. Examples of altered states of consciousness are dreams, out-of-body experiences, premonitions, euphoria, or psychosis. Generally, an altered state of consciousness is characterized by losing one's sense of identification with one's body. Sometimes, an altered state occurs spontaneously, for example, during a feverish illness, or is triggered by a traumatic experience such as sleep deprivation or sensory overload. Some people use various methods, such as prayer and meditation, to induce altered states in order to access and enhance their psychic abilities in a self-induced trance. Certain psychotropic drugs are also used to induce changes in consciousness.
Amulet: A talisman designed to be worn, usually in the form of a necklace, bracelet, brooch, and sometimes even a belt buckle. Talismans are usually designed for one specific purpose or individual. A necklace comprised of a gold chain and a diamond pendant, even though the wearer may not be aware of it, is an amulet combining the esoteric effect of the diamond (protection, inspiration, love, purity, clarity of thought, and courage, with the esoteric effect of the gold (healing, spirituality, understanding). Talismans can also be made of simpler materials. An amulet composed of a leather satchel harnesses the energy and power of the animal whose skin it was made from - and if you tie a feather to it, you channel the ability of the bird to soar into the higher realms.
Angel: Messengers from God. Angels were created at the beginning of time. They do not die, and never will until the end of the present Universe. Angels are ageless and sexless, allegedly formless, although they can take male or female forms when necessary - or they can take the forms of animals. These are the winged human-like figures you picture, but also the true bible textbook appearance of the angels involved a seriously open mind; "As for the wheels, they were called in my hearing, the whirling wheels." Ezekiel 1:18, and "their whole body, and their backs, and their hands, and their wings, and the wheels, were full of eyes round about, even the wheels that they four had." Ezekiel 10:12. Their purpose on earth is to bring messages from the Absolute to all earthly life forms, and provide aid and assistance when necessary. Contrary to popular belief, human beings do NOT become angels when they die. They become transcendent human beings. Angels are a totally different life form.
Angel Cards: Among others, there are three popular decks of cards used for giving Angel readings. They are the Angel's Oracle, the Angel's Tarot, and Healing with the Angels. Each embraces a different concept. The idea behind them, however, is the same. When a reader uses these cards, he or she is appealing to the angels for advice or guidance, or both, for the client. Some angel card decks are designed to reveal which angel, or which type of angel, is actually channeling the message. Unless an Angel deck specifically states that it is a tarot deck, they are usually considered oracle card decks.
Angel Messages: People who receive messages from the angels can get them in one of many different ways. First of all, they can appear in dreams. Secondly, they can work through a psychic reader - or they can manipulate such tools as rune stones or Tarot cards. Or, for the highly evolved, they can actually appear in their own angelic forms or by means of channeling. Angel messages can impart valuable advice, spiritual instruction, comfort, or, in extreme cases, warnings.
Angel Numbers: Angel numbers are sequences and patterns of numbers that are believed by some to be messages from angels or spirit guides. These messages are thought to contain guidance, encouragement, or warnings for the person receiving them. They can appear in various forms, such as on a clock or license plate, or even in dreams.
Animal Messenger: (or "Animal Message", "Animal Medicine") Refers to the belief that animals can serve as powerful symbols or physical manifestations of messages sent to us and/or guidance from the beyond. Have you ever found yourself driving alone on the interstate, and just in front of you, a large hawk appears and flies daringly close to your car? Only to swoop in, claw its breakfast and barely miss your bumper? Or you pull out of the car wash and up to the coffee shop window, and a praying mantis is dancing on your side mirror to the song on the radio? These messages can come in the form of dreams, visions, or encounters with specific animals in everyday life. The appearance of an animal symbol, it's significance, or the actual animal is seen as a sign from the universe and beyond, carrying a deeper meaning or understanding for the individual. This belief is often associated with shamanic and indigenous spiritual practices. The more prominent the animal makes itself known to you, or the amount of times it keeps popping up, the more the animals message or "medicine" needs to be integrated or learned from. I had one year where grasshoppers were literally following me everywhere... to the point where in the middle of February, a hefty boy somehow survived the fall and winter in my car and ended up that morning, crawling up my shoulder to remind me of the message! When the animals and their messages show up in your life, please stop and listen!
Animal psi: Animal psi refers to the apparently paranormal abilities our pets and other animals display. Sensing a dangerous situation developing, knowing even at a distance when a human being is in danger, sensing the owner's arrival, and finding the way back home through unfamiliar territory are just some examples of how animal psi can manifest. Science doesn't officially acknowledge the existence of such powers in animals, probably because they're even more difficult to measure than in humans. But in esoteric circles and among most pet owners, there's hardly any doubt that animal psi exists.
Animal Totem: An animal that serves as a spirit guide to either a tribe or group, or to an individual. Animal totems enable a person to get in touch with specific qualities found in an animal to which the individual is attracted or feels a deep kinship. We often attribute, honor, and give thanks to native and indigenous cultures for the knowledge and use of animal totems as we work with them today. Often the nature of the animal represents a trait that the person lacks. For example, someone whose nature is timid and fearful may require the aggressiveness, anger, and even viciousness of the Badger in order to get through life without being made into a victim. Yet a foolhardy person who has a way of courting danger may have Rabbit as his totem. Rabbits are known primarily for their fear and timidity - and thus this type of person really needs a good strong dose of "rabbit medicine" in order to keep himself from getting himself trampled. In times of great stress, a person can call on his animal totem to give him or her whatever is needed to get through the crisis.
Anomalous Experience/Phenomena: Subjective experience or objective phenomena of an unexplainable nature. Anomalous experiences can range from ESP to out-of-body or alien-abduction experiences. Anomalous phenomena include apparitions, hauntings, "bleeding" statues, etc. The cognitive sciences group remote viewing, clairvoyance, and ESP under the term "anomalous cognition." Interaction with matter in which all known physical mechanisms are absent is called "anomalous perturbation."
Ankh: An ancient Egyptian symbol for life, composed of a circle set atop a T-cross formation. The origins of the ankh are lost in the shadows of antiquity. It is possible that the symbol may have been taken from a knot, which had been endowed with some specific religious or mythical significance. Some believe that it represents the life-giving elements of air and water. It was often shown being held to the lips of the pharaoh as a symbol of the "breath of life." Ritual vessels which held the water used in religious ceremonies were often either emblazoned with ankhs or actually shaped into the likeness of an ankh. When Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in the 1920's, the explorers discovered a gilded mirror case in the shape of an ankh.
Arcane: This term refers to something that is known or understood only by few. In esotericism, the term refers to something that is kept within and can only be understood by a group of enlightened initiates. As a noun, it also refers to a compilation of esoteric philosophical theories.
Astral Plane: In this Solar System, there are five major planes of consciousness. The first is the physical, material, or earthly plane on which we and any other physical life forms in this Solar System make our home. The second is the emotional or astral plane, which is a plane of existence that bears a striking resemblance to the earthly plane but exists on an emotional/mental level. The lower levels of the astral plane (sometimes called the etheric plane) are where we find ghosts, unevolved spirits, the souls of those who died suddenly or violently, and, according to some sensitives, the spirits of those whose bodies are being kept alive by artificial means. The higher astral planes are where the more evolved souls rest and regather their resources, and sometimes study with Masters in order to prepare for their next incarnation. Between them can lie dreamworlds upon dreamworlds, and where most Shamans find themselves doing most of their work. The planes beyond the astral are the mental, the Buddhic, the Atmic, and the plane of full solar consciousness.
Astral Projection / Travel: Popularly known as the "out-of-body experience." This is actually the more trained and voluntary pursuit. When the body is unconscious, whether from sleep, meditation, or from accident or illness, the person's astral-self can leave the body and travel just about anywhere in the Universe and Astral planes. The soul is attached to the body by what appears to be a silver cord. Supposedly, if the silver cord breaks, it is said, the person dies. This only happens, however, when the person is near death to begin with. The best-known books on astral projection are those written by Robert A. Monroe.
Astro-Dice: A set of three dice: one featuring the planets, one featuring the twelve signs of the zodiac, and one featuring the twelve houses of the astrological chart. The game involves asking a question and then throwing the dice. One die reveals what is happening (the planet), another how it feels to you (the sign) and the third which area of your life is being affected (the house). From the three different factors, the question is deemed to be answered.
Astrology: The science of mapping the positions of the planets, the twelve signs of the zodiac that contain them, and the twelve mathematically-calculated houses of the horoscope at the exact moment of birth in order to discern the lifetime potential of the individual involved. The process can be continued through progressing the planets in order to discern the possibilities of events and personal development unfolding after birth. The earliest evidence of astrological thought dates back to a carving of the phases of the Moon dating from about 25,000 B.C. There are a number of different schools of astrology, among them natal astrology, which marks the development of an individual; mundane astrology, which marks the unfolding of world events; event astrology, used for planning important events such as weddings, job changes, the opening of businesses, and even presidential inaugurations. A new school of astrology, only developed in the past few decades, is heliocentric astrology, which places the Sun instead of the Earth at the center of the chart. The most recent type of astrology, fired by recent discoveries in quantum physics and cosmology, is galactic astrology, which embraces the concept that the life of a human being is inseparable from the life of one's planet, the life of one's star, and the life of one's galaxy.
Astronomy: Astronomy has two main branches. Observational astronomy works with the data collected by telescopes positioned on Earth or in space to develop a clearer picture of the Universe in which we live. Theoretical astronomy develops theories about certain phenomena occurring in space, for example, the course of a comet or undiscovered planet, which it then tries to prove using the data observational astronomy provides.
Astrophysics: Astrophysics is a branch of astronomy that studies the physical properties of the Universe and its contents. In doing so, it applies all techniques of physics, including mechanics, electromagnetics, quantum mechanics, and atomic and molecular physics. Astrophysicists are trying to explain things such as black holes or pulsating stars as well as the origin of our Universe.
Athame: A tool used in Wicca and other forms of modern paganism. It is a ceremonial, double-edged, typically sharpened dagger that is typically used to direct energy, to symbolize the element of air, and to represent the penetrating god-male energy. The Athame is used to direct cast and open circles, and to mark the four cardinal direction points of the wheel and ritual circle. It is also used as a symbol of the male principle in rituals and as a tool for directing energy, it is NOT typically used for ANY cutting, carving, or physical manipulation. The athame is considered a powerful tool and it is often kept and handled with great care and respect. Some practitioners choose to consecrate their Athame, imbuing it with personal or spiritual significance.
Atlantis: An ancient continent first mentioned by Plato, which is believed to have been located along the mid-Atlantic ridge in the Atlantic Ocean and which underwent vast geologic upheavals that resulted in its sinking beneath the ocean in roughly 10,000 BC. The Canary Islands and the Azores are said to be the highest mountain ranges of that continent. While much evidence has been discovered supporting the theory of Atlantis having been located in the Atlantic, some archaeologists believe that they have discovered evidence indicating that it actually was located in the Mediterranean Sea. Still, most confirmed Atlantis researchers insist that Plato was right, and continue to search in the Atlantic. However, if in fact Atlantis did sink as long ago as 10,000 BC, it's unlikely that much more will be found. Too much has happened to the ocean floor during those millennia to obscure the evidence.
Augury: Generally, augury refers to the practice of divining the future, mainly through reading signs and omens. More specifically, it refers to predicting future developments from the appearance and behavior of animals, which is also called "zoomancy." The term derives from the Latin word "augur," which was the official title of governmental diviners in ancient Rome. Their task was to divine the future of the Roman state from the flight of birds, cloud patterns, or thunder and lightning, and they read the entrails of sacrificial animals. Sometimes, the word "augury" is also used for the prediction itself.
Aura: The electromagnetic field that surrounds every living being. People with keen psychic abilities often can see auras. The auric field around human beings is shaped like a gigantic egg, with the narrow part of the egg at the head area and the widest part at the feet. An aura can be any one of the seven colors of the rainbow, and some experts say that there can also be a few in-between colors, such as pink. Most people have a fixed inner aura color that remains constant, depending on their personality and basic nature. However, there are many layers to the aura, and the color of the outer aura changes temporarily with the individual's mood.
Aura Colors: The colors contained in the aura which reveal the basic nature of the soul, the emotions, or, in auric healing, the nature of any dysfunctions taking place in the physical body. Also Note; the colors below can also correspond with the Chakra systems, as well as color theory in spiritual healing, color theory in dreams, candle magick, etc. Not only do they accurately describe the aura's colors but reflect a lot of the uses in ritual magicks as well!
RED: Vitality, energy, primal energy, strength, creativity, anger, passion, rhythm, hunger. (Root Chakra)
ORANGE: Freedom, individualism, movement, deep emotions, deeper wisdom, healing, transmutation. (Sacral Chakra)
YELLOW: Intelligence, warmth, motivation, joy, life force energy, sunshine, self-confidence. (Solar Chakra)
GREEN: Strength, balance, grounding, harmony, life, love, healing, growth on all levels. (Heart Chakra)
BLUE: Spirituality, communication, meditation, expression, intuition, rising consciousness, peace, altruism. (Throat Chakra)
INDIGO: Physical and higher vision, acuity, psychic intuition, enlightenment, oneness, serenity, devotion, protection. (Third Eye or Brow Chakra)
VIOLET: Stimulation, purification, inspiration, high ideals, ascension, enlightened thoughts, God consciousness. (Crown Chakra)
RED: Sexual passion, physical appetite, libido over/under-active, attraction, anger, frustration, fire, strength, physical and mental vitality.
ORANGE: New ideas, drive, ambition, nourishment, tenderness, will-power, tolerance, cheerfulness, futility, over-active or lack of purpose.
YELLOW: Courage or lack of it, curiosity, knowledge, jealousy, self-confidence or the lack of it, joy, happiness, feverish, imbalance, communication.
GREEN: Prosperity consciousness, health, love, strength, envy, generosity or miserliness, jealousy, over/under active money center.
BLUE: Comfort, interest in science, loyalty or the lack of it, inner peace or the lack of it, truthfulness or the lack of it, emotional, fluid.
INDIGO: Comprehension, understanding or the lack of it; the ability to listen; observe; withdrawal from the world, humanitarianism, psychic.
VIOLET: Artistic talent, creativity, hypersensitivity, spirituality, luxury, high magicks, alienation, highest wisdom, intuition, channeling.
Other Colors and their influence:
WHITE: Purity, protection, drawing luminosity, the all-seeing eye, intuition, channeling, mediumship, clarity, angelic, Divine.
PINK: Love, Self-Love, Self-Care, affection, glamor magic, luck, the desire to do well, or the lack of it, romance, youth, beauty.
GRAY: Fear, paranoia, stagnancy, stuck-ness, lack of growth, limbo, survival instinct or the lack of it. "Static".
BROWN: A color of imbalances, almost needing earth, grounding... the deeper the shade though, the greater the imbalance. If even the slightest appears in a person's aura, that person needs to be already addressing something currently with their physical, spiritual, and emotional health.
BLACK: Attachments, trauma, hauntings, and energetic drains. Black is also commonly used in protection, scrying, mediumship, and hedge-work.
Now, seeing Aura's can take a TON of practice, and the Colors of ones aura can tell you a lot about the energy in their lives. A good rule of thumb; the more murky, opaque, smoky, and muddy the color is; the more negative traits of the color the aura is expressing. The more vibrant, solid, almost fluorescent sparkling an aura's color expresses, the more positive traits are active. And don't take just my word for it, do your own research. If a color means something different TO YOU, and continually shows up in your life as something else; then go with what spirit shows YOU!
Aura Reading: A reading given by a skilled clairvoyant, or aura specialist, in which the person's personality, possible future, and level of health and spiritual development are determined depending on what colors are dominant in the individual's inner and outer auras. For Aura Photos see Kirlian Photography.
Automatism: Spontaneous verbal or motor behavior performed unconsciously. In spiritism, it refers to the techniques of automatic writing or painting. A trance medium or even an ordinary person in an altered state of consciousness transfers communications from the spirit world to paper or canvas. One famous example was the English medium Rosemary Brown. Through automatic piano playing, she received musical inspiration from the spirit of late composer Franz Liszt, who also introduced her to other famous composers in the spirit world.
Autoscopy: This term refers to the anomalous experience of seeing oneself or the world from a point of view outside the body while being awake. Neuroscience suspects that this is due to a malfunction between human sensory and cognitive mechanisms but has no proof for this theory yet.
Balancing: A term used by psychic and energy healers. According to this concept, illness is the result of the imbalance of the humors and energies of the body. Even serious illnesses can be healed if the humors and energies that created the condition are balanced. As with any other type of healing, however, serious illnesses need to be treated early in their development. Otherwise, more radical procedures than balancing are vital. Yet balancing can still help if combined with allopathic treatment. There are several different methods of balancing. The shamanic method, herbal or homeopathic treatments, Reiki, and the Radiance Method are just a few examples. Some people use one only, some prefer to combine them. In most cases, they all seem to work, so it's up to the individual to choose the right one for him or her.
Bell: Often used as a ritual tool on your altar to signal the start or end of a ceremony or to mark the transitions between different phases of the ritual. It is also used to clear the energy in a space or to call upon the elements, the Goddess, and the spirits. Bells are often rung at the beginning of a ritual to purify and sanctify the space, and at the end to close the ritual and give thanks to the deities and elements. Bells can also be used to invoke the elements and the presence of deity, and to mark the start of a specific part of the ritual. Bells are often associated with the element of air and its sound is believed to help raise energy and bring the focus of the participants to the ritual. Also see Tingshe.
Besom: A besom is a type of broom that is traditionally associated with witchcraft and the practice of magic. It is typically made of a handle, usually made of wood, with a bundle of twigs or straw attached to one end. The besom is often used as a tool for purification and protection, and is sometimes used in rituals and spells to sweep away negative energy or to mark a sacred space. It is also used as a symbol of the witch's connection to nature and the elements. In some traditions, a besom is considered a sacred object and is treated with respect and care.
Beltane: Beltane is a Wiccan sabbat that is celebrated on May 1st. It marks the beginning of summer and the height of spring. Beltane is a time of celebration, fertility, and growth. It is a time to honor the god and goddess as a sacred couple, and to celebrate their union. Many Wiccans and other Neo-Pagans celebrate Beltane with rituals, feasts, and maypole dancing, as well as the lighting of bonfires. It is also a time to celebrate the natural world and the abundance of growth and fertility that comes with the warmer months. See also Wheel of the Year.
Bilocation: Bilocation is the ability to be in two places at the same time. It has been attributed to many saints and mystics in the past, for example, St. Anthony of Padua or Padre Pio. The theory is that the bilocator is able to project a so-called "etheric double" to a different location than that of his or her physical body. There are many witness reports documenting this phenomenon, but modern science currently appears to have little interest in researching it.
Biofeedback: This still-disputed form of alternative medicine that was developed in the 1960s involves "feeding" the patient data concerning biological functions that were previously assumed to be regulated automatically by the nervous system. The patient is made aware of breathing, blood pressure, heart rate, glandular secretion, or muscle tension and is taught techniques to influence these functions at will. Biofeedback is increasingly used to treat hyperactivity and hypertension, and there are a growing number of biofeedback machines available on the market. Some people also use this method to monitor their progress in learning, meditation, or self-development.
Boline: Usually a white-handled knife with a sickle or crescent moon shaped blade that is used for practical purposes such as cutting herbs, fruits, and other materials used in rituals. A boline is a ritual tool that is used in Wiccan practices and other forms of Witchcraft. It is a type of knife that is traditionally used for a variety of tasks, including cutting herbs, carving symbols or letters into candles or other objects, and preparing altar tools or other ritual items. Some practitioners believe that the boline is imbued with special powers and use it to focus their energy or intention during spellwork or other magical rituals.
Book Of Shadows: A personal working journal or notebook kept by a practitioner of magick, witchcraft, or Wicca. It typically contains information about spells, rituals, and beliefs specific to the individual or coven who created it. A BOS is used to record working spells, rituals, current notes and focuses, intuited messages, and other spiritual experiences. A Book of Shadows can be as pretty, neat, organized, chaotic, scattered, and FULL as it needs to be. (I personally have a "Box of Shadows" with notes, class handouts, and many journals of writings and clippings over the years.) Technology abounds, nowadays you can keep a book with 40 million pages on a thumb drive, but risks being easily lost or stolen. One's BOS is almost always intended as a personal recollection of workings currently being used, a record of magicks, their efficiency in working, possible edits or re-workings, notes for future rituals, and more information exclusive to the group or practitioners and/or writer(s) of the book itself. It is often kept private and is considered to be a very personal, living, evolving, and sacred object. Why this very page could be considered a Glossary of Shadows! The Book of Shadows is used as an abstract reference and guide for the practitioner's spiritual and magical practices, and may also include information about the history and traditions of their particular tradition or path. You can often find a Book of Shadows with it's partner and "Ultimate Form" a Grimoire. See also Grimoire.
Buddhism: Buddhism is a religion and philosophical tradition that originated in ancient India. It is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, who is known as the Buddha, or "Awakened One." Buddhism teaches that suffering is an inherent part of life and that the cause of suffering is craving and desire. It offers a path to enlightenment and liberation from suffering through ethical conduct, meditation, and wisdom. Buddhists believe that through following the teachings of the Buddha and practicing the path of mindfulness and compassion, one can ultimately achieve a state of peace and understanding.
Cabalistic: Having a secret or hidden and often sacred meaning. Cabalistic practices include prayer, meditation, or even magical rituals.
Candles: Used as a tool on most altars to represent the element of fire in ritual, to provide light, and to create a focal point for meditation or visualization. Candles of all kinds are, like cards, used for meditation, magic, or during rituals. They are preferred over other sources of light such as electric lamps because the light is softer and easier on the eyes, and also because of the tradition surrounding them. Candle burning is simple because the candle alone is the only requirement, and no other ceremonial object is necessary. It is also said that candlelight, and its flicker over thousands of years has had an impact on our pineal gland and third eye intuition. The candle flame itself, just by being lit, has the ability to stimulate psychic ability and supercharge your intentions. However, one can choose to supplement the candle with flowers, images, or other artifacts if he or she so chooses. The size and shape of the candles one uses is unimportant, but their colors are. For example, if one is meditating for health or prosperity, green is the true color; if for love, pink is preferable. To "Bless & Dress" a candle is age-old saying to imbue the candle with magickal intent: Not only do you choose a colored candle depending on your working, but maybe one shaped in a certain way to enhance your spell. It is then carved into with symbols and letters, words, and signs, all pertaining to your goals, then normally covered in honey or a corresponding sacred oil and a blend of herbs, resins, and powders.
Candle Magick: A form of sympathetic magic that involves the use of candles as a focal point for concentration and visualization. It is a way of using the element of fire to manifest one's desired outcome. The colors, scents, and size of the candle are chosen to align with the specific intention of the spell or ritual. The person performing the ritual may also inscribe the candle with symbols or words, or anoint it with oils, to enhance the energy of the spell. The candle is then lit, and the practitioner focuses on the flame and visualizes their desired outcome while the candle burns.
Cards: Ever since the invention of paper, cards have been used for learning, for meditation focusing, and also for games. Some believe that it is only recently that cards have been used for divination, but we don't really know that for sure. The most popular card system for divination and for meditation is the Tarot, and some decks, based on specific cultures and/or mythologies, are also valuable learning materials. Other card systems include a number of oracles - the I Ching cards, the Faeries' Oracle, the Druidic Animal Oracle, Goddesses of the New Light, and the Medicine Cards - not to mention ordinary playing cards. These, like the Tarot, can be used for divination, for learning, and for meditation focus. See Divination.
Cards of Destiny: A method of divination that uses a standard deck of regular playing cards. Each card is believed to represent a specific aspect of the individual's life or future. The cards are shuffled and then laid out in a specific spread, which can vary depending on the reader. The person receiving the reading then interprets the cards' meanings based on their position in the spread, and the overall message they provide. Similar to Tarot.
Casting Lots: Casting lots is a method of divination that involves the use of random chance or probability to make a decision or to reveal hidden knowledge. This practice is often associated with spiritual or religious rituals, and it is believed to provide insight or guidance from a higher power or deity. In the past, casting lots has been used in a variety of ways, including to determine the will of the gods, to make important decisions, and to solve disputes. Today, casting lots is sometimes used as a tool for spiritual growth and self-discovery.
Cauldron: The cauldron is a symbol of the Goddess, and a representation of creation, the womb itself. The cauldron is often associated with the element of water. It is used in rituals for burning herbs, resins, and incense, mixing potions, adding ingredients into your vortex of manifestation. It can also be used as a tool to symbolize the feminine energy, the womb and the cycle of life and death. A well weathered witch knows to have TWO cauldrons, one for burning, offerings, and fire related activities; and a separate one for water, potions, mixing, and/or products designed for the body or to ingest. The most commonly used cauldrons I use in burning are cast iron, period. Be sure your cauldron has legs to avoid scorching your surface beneath it. You can also use a large slab of slate or stone from the home improvement store in all sizes to place underneath your cauldron to further protect your surfaces. For your water based cauldron, copper is a great conductor of energy and is a fantastic metal for mixing herbs and potions, but you can also use another clean cast iron cauldron, a stone bowl, or a glass bowl. If charging your water or herb mixture and tinctures, allow it to set on your altar undisturbed, or out under the moon if you're making moon water! However, if you're needing heat or flame for your herbal tinctures and mixtures, or theres a cooking process involved -- Best to use a good ole' fashion pot, stove, common sense, and your natural kitchen witch skills! Just please, like with any and all fire magicks, please use caution; even the most seasoned witches need keep a keen eye on their flames!
Cayce, Edgar (1877-1945): One of the most famous of twentieth-century psychics, Cayce was the first known channel that could dictate diets, drugs, herbal concoctions and poultices, and other healing methods while in a trance. He cured a lot of people, and careful records have been kept of his ideas in order to enable people today to cure themselves using the same techniques that helped others many decades ago. By accident, in one of his medical readings he mentioned that the patient "was once a monk," and this fired interest in reincarnation. As a result, he gave thousands of what he called "life readings," and many of the case details in question were checked out and verified historically. Cayce was not a happy man, however. His Christian upbringing caused him to constantly question the truth and the advisability of what he was doing, plus he was unable to control his smoking, drinking, and bad diet, which bothered him. He was said to have worked far too many hours reading for people because he wanted to help them, but in the end he burned himself out. He died in 1945 at the age of 67.
Celestial: The word is generally used as an adjective meaning "of the heavens." The Sun, Moon, planets, and stars are called celestial bodies. Angels, saints, and spirits are often referred to as celestial beings or celestials.
Cellular Memory: A theory proposing that human body cells, as well as the brain, contain keys to our personalities, tastes and histories. This means that at the physical level of a single cell, the body records all our life experiences, and thus lays the groundwork for the future. Illness, blindness and other physical problems as well as psychological conditions may result, but that isn't all that can happen. Cellular memory affects just about everything we might do in life, often in a very dysfunctional way. Therapists use Cellular Memory Release (CMR), a specialized form of kinesiology, to access the healing energy contained in all of us and thus start the healing process that will set everything right.
Chakra: One of the seven energy centers located at various points along the spine of any living vertebrate. Chakras are energy centers in the body that are believed to play a role in a person's physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. In Hindu and Buddhist traditions, there are seven main chakras located along the spine that are associated with different aspects of the self, such as the crown chakra (associated with the spiritual self), the throat chakra (associated with communication), and the root chakra (associated with grounding and security). Some people believe that the chakras can become blocked or imbalanced, and practice techniques such as meditation or energy work to bring them back into balance.
In human beings, the root chakra is posited at the base of the spine, and is related to the survival instinct and body consciousness and connection to the earth. The sacral chakra is located below the naval but above the sensitive areas of the body, and is associated with creativity, emotions and sexuality - as well as for gratification of pleasures. The power chakra is located at the solar plexus, just above the naval, and is associated with our own personal power, gut ambition, drive, ambition, ego and will. The heart chakra is located, obviously, at the heart, and is associated with love, compassion, connection to those around you, and self-acceptance. The throat chakra is located at the throat, and rules expression, articulation, music and emotions, communication, speech, and creativity. The third eye chakra or brow chakra is located an inch above and between the eyebrows, it is associated with sight of all kinds, including both physical and psychic vision and intuition. The crown chakra is located at the top of the head and is associated with knowledge, wisdom, enlightenment, connection to source, your higher self, and an overall higher spiritual awareness.
Lastly, if you are told you have an under active chakra, or a chakra is blocked -- start consuming that color, look around your world for that color, paint with that color, eat that color of foods, use a colored bath bomb, read books or watch movies that embody that color, carry that color of crystals, listen to music that makes you feel that color to really activate it in your life. For an OVER active chakra, incorporate the surrounding chakra colors into the mix to help balance things out, think of the chakras as a complete support system rather than independent islands of energy, almost like an energetic nervous system. (For example, if you have an OVER active Heart Chakra, you would incorporate yellow and blue into your life, as the Solar and Throat Chakras or surrounding/supporting chakras can help move along and expel excess or trapped energy. If your ROOT is over active, focus on the sacral chakra, and GROUNDING that energy. If your CROWN is over active, focus on your third eye and CONNECTING to higher source to move along that energy.)
Chalice: A symbol of the goddess and the element of water. Similar to the cauldron, the cup or chalice can also represent the sacred womb and divine vessel of creation. It is typically used to hold liquids such as wine or water during rituals for drinking, or an offering of spirits to the spirits. The chalice represents the womb and the feminine aspects of the divine. The act of drinking from the chalice is symbolic of receiving the blessings and energy of the goddess once a ritual has charged its contents. It can also represent the union of the God and Goddess and the balance of the masculine and feminine energies in ritual. With the chalice opposite and in partnership with the athame or sacred masculine blade. The chalice is also used in rituals of consecration, blessing, healing and it can also be used as a symbol of abundance and prosperity. In tarot, the cups or chalices can represent our inner emotions and reveal deep subconscious patterns of our deepest wants and desires. Think of every importantly awkward, yet very real, emotional adult conversation that may come up in your life. Did it happen to involve a cup or a glass of some kind? We speak our emotions over cups all the time... two friends over coffee at the local diner? Sacred symbols and tools indeed!
Chamalongo: An African form of divination using coconut shells, believed to reveal how the divine forces work in our lives, and how well we are attaining our life's purpose. The shells also uncover ways for us to channel those forces in ways that benefit us, and also to remove any blocks in the attainment of our destiny.
Channeling: A phenomenon that occurs when a disembodied entity speaks through a living human being. Such an entity can be an angel (usually Michael or Gabriel), an Ascended Master (e.g. Ramtha or Lazaris), or simply a wise and aware human being who has departed this earth (e.g. Matthew Ward). Usually these human beings are very psychic and already in touch with the other worlds, but sometimes they have a familial or other close connection with the entity in question and thus have been chosen to be that entity's channel. The entity being channeled can use speech, automatic writing, or, in rare cases, tools such as Ouija boards. It is important, however, that the channeler become well acquainted with the entity being channeled before conveying that entity's message to others. Word to the Wise; Careful discernment will tell you if the channeler is operating on your own personal frequency and whether you should or should not take anyone's readings or messages to heart. I personally follow Esther Hicks, who channels the energy of Abraham; often referred to as "Abraham Hicks". Her words while channeling resonate within me as if I had already thought them before, that's how you know who and what you should be integrating and assimilating into your systems. If it gives you goosebumps, odds are the message is for YOU!
Chaos Magick: A modern form of magick that is not associated with any specific tradition or religious belief. It is characterized by the use of flexibility, experimentation, improvisation, and personal experience as the primary sources of authority. Practitioners of Chaos Magick believe that the mind shapes reality and that belief is the most powerful tool for manifestation. It would be helpful to chaos practitioner to familiarize themselves with the many forms of magick and ritual that already exist in order to form a base of their own... Or fly completely to the wind and it's whims, it's ultimately up to you! From my own personal experience, Chaos Magick can be a bit reckless, but mostly to the practitioner itself. So if you're open to experimentation, and know the risks involved, by all means chaos it up! It is often seen as a form of magick that is not aligned with traditional Wiccan beliefs and practices, as it emphasizes personal experience and experimentation over tradition and dogma (eg. "following the Wiccan Rede"). It is important to note that while some Wiccans may practice Chaos Magick, it is not considered to be a traditional aspect of Wicca, and not all Wiccans agree with its practices and principles. See also Magick.
Christianity: Christianity is a religion that is centered on the life, teachings, and beliefs of Jesus Christ. Its followers, known as Christians, believe in one God and follow the teachings as outlined in the Bible. Being raised Lutheran, now a Wiccan High Priest -- I am inclusive to all beliefs. Jesus is welcome at my table and in ritual often!
Cipher test: A code word or number a person intends to use after their death to verify that spiritual life continues after the physical existence has ended. Also known as a "Secret Word" or "Death Code" chosen amongst close friends and loved ones in the event they get in touch after passing through a medium or otherworldly ways.
Circle: Esoterically, the circle has many meanings and powers. Essentially, it's a symbol of the spirit, the All-One, and in this function forms part of astrological and magical glyphs. For example, the circular spirit shape with the cross of matter inside it is a symbol for the Earth. People form a circle to symbolize unity and equality while magicians and witches draw a circle around themselves for protection. "What goes around, comes around." is an age-old saying that connects us to the "all". Small drops and splashes now in the water, all create ripples and waves for the future.
Chiromancy: An ancient name for palmistry.
Clairalience: The ability to smell things beyond the range of normal perception, often described as smelling scents that are not physically present. Also known as "Clairolfaction".
Clairambience: The ability to sense the atmosphere or energy of a specific place or person.
Clairaudience: A form of channeling. Usually clairaudience is defined as the perception of messages in thought forms from an entity that exists in another realm. The person receiving these messages "hears" the messages in their mind. Though words or songs may actually be heard the same way one "hears" a phrase or song running through their heads, the thought itself may be all that's transmitted. For the budding clairaudient: Record your messages in writing or audio if even for yourself. Be sure you share the messages obtained through clairaudience with those who are open to it.
Claircognizance: The ability to know things without any logical reason or physical evidence.
Clairgustance: The ability to taste things beyond the range of normal perception, often described as tasting things that are not physically present.
Clairsentience: Also known as Psychometry, a physical sensing. The ability to touch or hold an object, stand in a specific place, and/or touch the body of a person and sense the energy encircling that person, place or thing. Energies can be light or heavy, joyful or foreboding, tough or gentle, peaceful or angry, good or evil, and are judged by the emotional impact on the clairsentient. A clairsentient or clairsentient medium is an empathic person who is able to experience and translate all kinds of energies. When picking up on negative emotions, a clairsentient may feel sick, while a positive experience may feel like sheer joy, or feeling safe and secure. The messages are usually more complicated than that alone, and can be of great assistance when one must make significant decisions in life.
Clairvoyance: Literally, "clear sight." The psychic ability or power to acquire information, or to see objects, animals or people, in spite of any distance involved, and, in the case of a person or animal, to judge its present condition or emotional state. The clairvoyant can also pick up on past or future events. Clairvoyance is often used as a general term encompassing phenomena such as telepathy, second sight, prophetic visions, and dreams.
Coffee Grounds: Like tea leaves, coffee grounds remaining in the bottom of a person's cup after the coffee has been consumed can be read to judge the individual's immediate future. The shape of the coffee grounds, as well as how they are distributed throughout the cup, serve as focuses for the reader's psychic abilities. See Tea Leaves or Tasseomancy/Tasseography.
Cold reading: The term has two different meanings. Among readers, it refers to a reading given without any preparation or for the client. Most experienced psychics just need your name and barely even want that information. Generally, however, the term refers prominently to an astrological, psychic, Tarot, or other divinatory reading of a fraudulent and dubious style of reading. The reader tries to elicit as much information as possible about the client by watching body language, outer appearance, and facial expression or by asking a series of suggestive questions. There are various techniques to obtain information about the client's background, beliefs, life history, or ways of thinking all within a few questions asked. One example is the so-called shotgun reading. The reader bombards the client with a barrage of questions and statements, hoping that one will hit the nail on the head. When that has been accomplished, the reading continues along the lines of the already-established facts and quickly moves away from obviously wrong statements the reader has made. If you sit down for a reading and your reader has a laundry list of questions for you before the reading even starts? This is a big tell that they are utilizing a cold-style of reading.
Collective Unconscious: The collective unconscious contains that which has been passed on to us, the collected memories of our family, ancestors, tribe, nation, or race. At this deepest level of our psyche, archetypal energy patterns are at work, which we share with all human beings. For example, everyone has a mother and father; everyone is born naked and will die eventually. The deeper the layer, the more impact it can have when rising to the surface as a driving force in our lives. When activated, the collective unconscious can bring about mass movements by driving large numbers of people to the same conclusions and actions. The collective unconscious has a profound influence on our political, cultural, technological, and intellectual evolution.
Colorgenics: An area of study associating colors with specific feelings. According to practitioners of colorgenics, colors have a very strong influence not only on our feelings, but on ourselves. Blue is calming, while red is exciting and stimulating. Yellow is an upbeat color that boosts our love of life. Green grounds us and makes us feel connected with the earth. Violet awakens love and kindness, intuition. See Aura Colors.
Color Therapy: Psychic and energy healers often work with color. The premise is that if we concentrate our thoughts on certain colors, we can cause the energy associated with those colors to reach the parts of the body that need healing. White light is believed to be cleansing and can balance the body's entire system. Yellow arouses the mental faculties and generates a positive attitude, and thus can support the bodies natural defenses against depression. Green, which has a calming and restful effect, can alleviate cardiovascular conditions. Pink is said to create smooth skin and youthfulness. Some healers shine colored lights on their clients so as to both assist the person's own concentration and to add a little extra oomph to the effect. We are also seeing a huge surge in recent studies on infrared light, red light therapy, LED light therapy, and so on! Color meditations, wherein the individual simply meditates on the colors and the parts of the body they want to heal, are also popular. See Aura Colors.
Comparison Astrology: Also called Synastry. An astrological practice designed to discern whether or not two people are compatible by analyzing the connections between the Natal Chart of one and the Natal Chart of another. The connections indicate whether the two people would make good business partners, friends, creative partners, or marital partners. The analysis can explain strengths in the relationship as well as differences, and can also help to suggest ways to resolve those differences, in just about any relationship.
Consecration: A ritual act of dedicating an object to a Divine or Deity, activating/integrating or crafting the object in the spiritual plane, or setting something apart for a specific sacred purpose. It is a process of making something holy or sacred by infusing it with divine energy. This can be done through a ceremony or ritual that purifies and sanctifies the item, person or space. Consecration is often done with religious or spiritual items, such as altars, tools, and spaces, but it can also be applied to other things, such as a new home, a new car, or even oneself. It is often used to dedicate and attune an object for use in ritual, spellwork, or other magickal practices.
Contact Mind Reading: The same as mind reading, but the reader and the subject are in the same room or even touching.
Cosmic Consciousness: The term was coined by Canadian psychiatrist R. M. Bucke in the late 19th century. It was picked up by the '60s hippie counterculture that was increasingly influenced by Eastern traditions. Cosmic consciousness refers to the view that the Universe is a living organism of which every living being is part. Each "cell" of this organism is connected to all others. This is conducive to experiences of egolessness and oneness. Nonviolence is one of the consequences of this mental and spiritual stance as hurting any part of the organism simultaneously hurts all others, including oneself.
Cowry Shell Divination: Also called Diloggun. An African form of divination, which makes use of cowry shells that have been blessed and sanctified through ritual. They are believed to reveal the will of the Orishas (Angelic spirits) and also to disclose the will of the Divine through the intervention of the diviner or priest, as well as the path the individual is destined to follow.
Coven: A coven is a group of witches who come together for the purpose of practicing magick, empowerment, healing, worshipping deities, honoring the Sabbat, and/or learning and sharing knowledge of the craft. A traditional coven typically consisted of 13 members, although smaller or larger groups can also be called covens. Covens can be open to the public and to anyone who is interested in learning about and practicing witchcraft, or they may be more exclusive, private, and selective in their membership. In some traditions, covens are led by a high priestess or high priest, who is responsible for guiding the group's spiritual and magical practices. Covens may meet regularly to celebrate holidays and festivals, perform rituals, and engage in other spiritual and magical activities but attendance to each event may or may not always be necessary.
Crop Circle: A name given to huge geometric patterns, usually circular in nature, appearing in fields of ripe grain overnight, with no known creator. The patterns are formed by the flattening of the grain plants in the field. Until recently, most of the crop circles have appeared in England. There have been records of crop circles for centuries, though it seems as if it's only been in the past two decades that they have appeared in vast numbers, all over the world. Some are very complex and quite beautiful. The grains seem to have suffered no damage from the flattening process and are still edible and nourishing. No one knows for sure who creates the crop circles, though theories range from aliens to Earth spirits to hoaxers. There are a few admitted hoaxers, some of whom claim to be responsible for all the crop circles, but even the skeptics admit that it would be impossible to credit them with all the crop circles. There are too many of them appearing these days - and too far apart - for all the admitted hoaxers to have produced them all. The general rule of thumb is that any crop circle that has actually damaged the grain is a hoax, while those in which the grain is still undamaged are true crop circles.
Crossover Reading: A type of reading wherein the reader uses at least two and sometimes more disciplines in order to give the client every advantage. Many readers use astrology, clairvoyance and Tarot all in one reading, and other disciplines often combined with these are numerology, palmistry, and the runes.
Cryptid: A cryptid is a hypothetical or unverified animal or plant species that is believed to exist by some paranormal theories, but for which there is no scientific evidence. Cryptids are often the subject of folklore and legend, and they may be thought to be real creatures that have eluded scientific discovery. Some examples of cryptids include the legendary Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, Chupacabra, Mothman, Yeti, Kraken and the Native Wendigo.
Cryptomnesia: Cryptomnesia refers to unconsciously gathered memories that rise to the surface without being recognized for what they are. For example, a person could have heard a piece of music or glanced at writing without paying attention at the time. Later, the same music or writing are remembered but mistaken for one's own idea and inspiration.
Crystals: Commonly used for their healing properties around the house, or carried in your pocket, and to represent the element of earth during rituals. Crystals are naturally occurring minerals and gemstones that are believed to have unique healing properties and energetic vibrations. They are often used in various forms of spiritual and metaphysical practices, such as crystal healing, meditation, and energy work, and are thought to be able to help balance and align the energies of the body, mind, and spirit. Crystals are also used in decorative and artistic applications, color therapy, and are admired for their beauty and unique physical properties. There are literally THOUSANDS of books of the metaphysical meanings and properties of each one! Don't worry the Crystal page is coming, it needs a few moons left in the cauldron!
Crystal Ball: A ball made usually of quartz crystal that enables certain psychics to focus their clairvoyance and intuit visions or the answers to a client's question. Some clairvoyants report actually seeing visions within the crystal. This is another type of discipline that can be incorporated into a crossover reading.
Crystal Grid: A crystal grid is a geometric arrangement of crystals, stones, or other objects, often used for spiritual or healing purposes. It is believed that the crystals and stones on a crystal grid can amplify the energy of the intention or affirmation set for the grid, and that the geometric pattern of the grid can also influence the energy flow. Crystal grids are often used in meditation, visualization, and manifestation practices.
Crystal Healing: It is believed that crystals carry a high level of innate power and can be used to augment energy-healing methods such as Reiki, Chi Gong, polarity balancing and therapeutic touch or healing touch. Energy healing work can be instantaneous if the healer is skilled and in tune with the infinite, and if the patient is receptive and believes in both the healer and in the methods he or she uses. Yet most of us still have a modicum of doubt or fear, and thus it often helps to use crystals both to give the patient a sense of security and to help focus the energy generated by the healer. The usual method of doing this is to place crystals or gemstones of the right color and energy at the corresponding chakra points on the patient's body. This cleanses and energizes the chakras, and also sends an intensified level of energy to the parts of the body that require healing. This includes the mind and the psyche.
Crystalline Matrix: A crystalline matrix is a solid material that is composed of a regular, repeating arrangement of atoms or molecules. This arrangement forms a crystal structure, which gives the material certain properties, such as strength, hardness, and electrical conductivity. Crystalline matrix materials are often used in a variety of applications, including electronics, construction, and aerospace.
Cultism: Often involves the use of manipulative techniques to recruit, influence, breakdown, humiliate, re-train, and control its members around a centered figure or philosophy, and may involve extreme or authoritarian practices and beliefs. Cults can range in size from small to large organizations, to yes even whole countries and governments, and may be based on a variety of ideologies, including religious, political, cultural, community, or commercial beliefs. Some telltale characteristics of a cult have been known to engage in an evolving and unconditional "worship" of it's leaders and top "elite" members, gatekeeping in various forms; abusive or harmful behaviors, such as financial exploitation, physical abuse, emotional/mental abuse, manipulation, overwhelming co-dependency, brainwashing, and may pose a danger to their members or to society. If a belief system or group causes ANY harm to its members, selves, or others... this is usually a BIG red flag!
Dark Night of the Soul: Often felt during the winter months or after a period of great loss or tragedy in ones life, almost as a mental/emotional cleansing. The Dark Night of the Soul is a term used to describe a period of spiritual crisis or intense suffering that is often accompanied by feelings of emptiness, despair, dissociation, and isolation. It can make one feel as though they are grieving a part of themselves no longer needed for the journey ahead, or shining light on an issue that must be resolved in order to move forward. It can also be described as a full-body, mind, spiritual protest both internal and external. It is believed to be a necessary step in the spiritual journey however, as it can lead to a deeper understanding of one's self and a greater connection to a higher power. The concept of the Dark Night of the Soul is found in various spiritual traditions, including Christianity, Judaism, and Buddhism. Sometimes the darkness is thrown into our experience for us to seek out the light within. To find it takes most of the work, then we cultivate it, nourish it, and allow it to burn as bright as possible.
Deathbed Experience: Dying people often report visions of relatives, angels, or religious figures appearing by their bed, sometimes long before actual death occurs. In some cases, even loved ones present at the time share these visions. They are often dismissed as wishful thinking or the last flare-up of a dying brain. But the similarities of these visions across all cultures and ages suggest that there is more to deathbed experiences than pure imagination.
Dejà Vu: Dejà Vu refers to the feeling of repeating an experience when it is impossible to have had this experience before. Neuropsychology explains it with a misfiring of the nerve connections in the brain, which leads the brain to believe there's a repetition. In parapsychology, however, the phenomenon is associated with visionary abilities or resurfacing past-life experiences.
Divine: Divine refers to that which is related to or associated with a deity or higher power. It can also refer to something that is believed to be of exceptional or otherworldly spiritual quality, or to possess extraordinary powers or attributes. In this sense, something that is Divine is considered to be sacred or holy.
Dice Test: A test used for research on psychokinesis, the ability to influence or move matter solely through mind force. The subject tries to influence the roll of the dice to produce given numbers.
Diloggun: See Cowry Shell Divination.
Direct Voice: Direct Voice, also known as "Direct Independent Voice," refers to a voice manifesting in a given space without any obvious physical or logical source. The phenomenon is associated with spiritist seances, during which the medium appears to control the voice.
Discarnate Entity: A discarnate entity is a being that exists without a physical body, such as spirits, ghosts, angels, or demons. The lack of physical expression tools is said to drive some of these entities to possess the bodies of incarnate beings, including humans, animals, and even plants.
Displacement: In parapsychological research, the word refers to test results that are below average regarding the set task but above average with regard to another objective. For example, a remote viewer may not get any results at the target location but could meanwhile be extremely accurate about events in another place.
Dissociation: A mental process during which certain memories are compartmentalized and suppressed. The memory of a traumatic experience may be too painful to remember, so it may be stored in a virtually inaccessible area of the psyche to protect everyday consciousness from its devastating effects. This can lead to such mental disorders as dissociative amnesia. The main symptom of dissociation is that subjects feel cut off from their emotional responses or their "self" in all forms. In some cases, dissociation goes so far that the subject develops two different sets of memories and even two different identities to go with them. Hypnosis appears to be a gentle way of bringing buried memories to the surface to work through them and recent modalities such as EMDR (Define EMDR in 2-3 sentences) have also shown promising results when re-integrating ones self after a dissociative episode and/or following a traumatic experience. See EMDR.
Divination: The practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown through the interpretation of signs, symbols, omens, or through the use of techniques such as fortune-telling, astrology, palmistry, or tarot. Divination has been used throughout history and in various spiritual and religious cultures, and it is often seen as a way to connect with the divine, communicate with spirits, or to gain insight into the hidden aspects of the world. To use a tool or technique to gain a spiritually intuited message is the act of Divination itself.
DNA Activation: DNA activation is a term that is used in various spiritual and alternative healing practices to refer to the process of awakening or activating the full potential of one's DNA. This is thought to be achieved through various methods, such as meditation, energy work, and the use of crystals or other tools. Some people believe that DNA activation can lead to improved physical and mental health, greater spiritual enlightenment, and a greater connection to one's higher self or divine purpose. However, there is no scientific evidence to support these claims.
Dowsing: A technique in which a specialized psychic - called the dowser - uses a rod, stick, pendulum or other tool to locate such things as underground water, hidden metals, buried treasure, oil, or sometimes lost persons or objects. Even though this ancient practice is not based upon any known scientific laws, the fact that so many dowsers succeed has led to theorizing and scientific experiments, some of which support the idea. Research, however, is continuing.
Dream Interpretation: A practice that analyzes the symbols appearing in dreams in order to sort out a problem, put the dreamer in touch with his or her inner self, discern repressed thoughts, diagnose possible illnesses, unscramble a warning, or foretell the future. The practice of dream interpretation goes all the way back to ancient times. Perhaps the most well-known interpreter of dreams was the Hebrew patriarch Joseph.
Dream: The images, stories, and emotions that come to us when we're sleeping. They are like a movie running in our own brain, premiering for us alone, and can range from the vague to the elaborately detailed, from the serious to the ludicrous, from the hilarious to the frightening. Some believe our dreams is a way for the mind to "unravel and unwind" the monotonous information gathered throughout the day. Others can have or experience prophetic and very vivid dreams. Each person is unique. Since ancient times, dreams have been viewed as messages from the Divine.
Earth: Yes, our home and current planet. But this big beautiful globe is also an embodiment of one of the five traditional elements in many spiritual and metaphysical belief systems, including Wicca and other forms of modern paganism. Earth is associated with the physical world, grounding, gardening, literal dirt, the body, the environment and how it speaks, and physical material reality. It represents stability, centered focus, strength, and practicality.
Earth Angels: Earth angels are beings who are believed to have incarnated on Earth with the purpose of helping and guiding others. They are often thought to possess special gifts or abilities, and to be more attuned to the spiritual realm than most people. In some belief systems, earth angels are considered to be angels in human form, while in others they are seen as highly evolved souls who have chosen to incarnate on Earth to assist in the spiritual evolution of humanity.
Earthquake Effect: The term refers to the long-term disorders, such as post-traumatic disorders, anxiety, depression, and nightmares, arising from the experience of a natural or manmade disaster. Research has brought to light that the effects can be delayed, vary in severity over time, and can last as for a long time. However, an earthquake effect can also have positive connotations. The realization that life is transitory can turn around the subject's approach to life. Time and life altogether become precious, leading the individual to practice unconditional love.
Ecstasy: A state of rapture accompanied by overwhelming emotions of an elated nature.
Ectoplasm: In parapsychology, ectoplasm is a visible substance sometimes produced by trance mediums during their communication with the spirits of the deceased. It's usually a slimy substance that is regarded as a kind of primordial matter. The term can also refer to material or etheric substances forming the "bodies" of spirits or ghosts. It was debunked after many photographers of sightings admitted to using props and staging events.
Electroencephalography: This is a diagnostic procedure during which electrodes fixed to the scalp measure the electrical currents produced by brain activity. The resulting patterns are either drawn on paper or displayed on a computer screen. Electroencephalograms (EEGs) are used in diagnosing seizure disorders, brain damage, or sleeping disorders. In parapsychological research, they provide insight regarding the changes occurring in brain activity during trance or meditative states.
Electronic Voice Phenomena (or EVP): This refers to sections of static sounds received on the radio or television set that seem to contain spoken words. Some people even encounter this phenomenon while playing recorded music, especially backward. Parapsychologists often associate these phenomena with ghosts or spirits trying to convey a message, involuntary psychokinesis exerted by living persons, or even aliens trying to make contact.
Electromagnetic Field (EMF): A type of physical field that is produced by electrically charged objects and can affect the behavior of other charged objects in its vicinity. EMFs are all around us and are a natural part of the environment. They are produced by a wide range of sources, including power lines, electrical appliances, and electronic devices. EMFs can also be artificially generated for a variety of purposes, such as in medical imaging or radio communication. There is ongoing debate about the potential health effects of long-term exposure to EMFs.
Elongation: In astrology, elongation refers to the distance of a planet from the Sun. Because the planets have elliptical orbits, their elongation varies. Mercury's greatest elongation is 23 degrees from the Sun while Venus's greatest elongation is 46 degrees. The term can also refer to the distance between a celestial body and its satellite. For example, the Earth's satellite, the Moon, is at its shortest elongation every 19 years. We then observe the so-called "lunar standstill," a period during which the Moon appears exceptionally large.
EMDR: (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a therapeutic technique that uses eye movement or other forms of bilateral stimulation to help individuals process traumatic memories and other emotional experiences. It is believed to work by accessing and processing traumatic memories stored in the brain, allowing the individual to integrate the memory in a more adaptive way. EMDR is often studied and used more recently to treat and help support those with disabling conditions such as PTSD, C-PTSD, anxiety, and depression. See Mental Health.
Empath: A person who has the ability to sense and/or understand emotions from another person or animal, which includes stimulation to any or all of the five senses, as well as the sixth sense, without being verbally informed and/or without palpable visual clues. Many empaths are able to tune into people in places far away from them.
Empathic Dream Interpretation: A method of dream analysis through the use of empathy. The analyst tunes into the individual's emotions and interprets the symbols in the dream in light of the dreamer's current emotional state. For example, if the dreamer is currently uneasy because of fear or some other sort of upset, the interpretation will reflect that upset. Many dream psychologists combine both the classic sort of dream interpretation with the empathic method.
Energetics: A method of holistic healing based on the principle that energy of all kinds, from subatomic to organic, has a significant influence on the well-being of the total organism. The theory is that for every physical manifestation in the body, there is an energetic correspondence. Every life form has an individual energetic constitution different from that of any other. It derives from the interaction of the being's genetic background, unique physiology, nutritional and environmental circumstances, psycho-emotional influences, and subtle physical and karmic conditions, in addition to further systems and connections which we don't yet know about. The observations and resulting traditions go back to ancient times. The alchemists were aware of the principles behind energetics. Healing through energetics draws on all levels of the person's consciousness - physical, mental, emotional, spiritual - to enable him or her to release energy blockages that can cause illness, psychological problems, or emotional upset.
Energy Healing: Energy healing is a term used to describe a variety of alternative healing practices that aim to manipulate or balance the natural energy fields of the body in order to promote physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. These practices often involve the use of touch, intention, and various techniques, such as acupuncture, reiki, and qigong, to channel or manipulate the flow of energy within the body.
Enlightenment: Enlightenment, also known as spiritual enlightenment or self-realization, is the state of being fully awakened or aware of one's true nature or essence. In some spiritual traditions, enlightenment is seen as the ultimate goal of spiritual practice, and it is believed to bring about a state of inner peace, understanding, and clarity. Enlightenment is often associated with profound spiritual experiences and a deep understanding of the nature of reality and the self.
Esbat: A term used in Wicca to refer to moon celebrations that are held in addition to the eight main sabbats on the Wheel of the Year. Esbats are often used to celebrate the changing phases of the moon, full, new, quarter moon and all the phases in between; to honor the goddess and to perform rituals that align with the specific energy of the current moon phase. These rituals can include spells, divination, and other magickal workings, and are typically performed by a coven or a solitary practitioner. See also Wheel of the Year.
Esoteric: Knowledge or concepts that are understood or intended for a small, specialized group of people, rather than the general public. It is often used to describe knowledge or practices that are considered mysterious or difficult to understand and that are not widely known or accepted. The term "esoteric" can be applied to a wide range of subjects, including spiritual or religious beliefs, philosophical ideas, and scientific or technical concepts that are not widely understood or studied. In some cases, the term "esoteric" is used to describe knowledge that is believed to have a deeper, more profound meaning or significance than what is apparent on the surface.
ESP (Extrasensory Perception): The ability to pick up on thoughts, emotions, events, locations, and illnesses that aren't readily apparent on a visual, auditory, or other sensory level. Telepathy, clairvoyance, clairaudience, and other phenomena such as channeling or automatic writing are often classified under the category of ESP. See Clairaudience; Clairvoyance; Empath; Telepathy.
Ethereal: Ethereal refers to something that is light, airy, or otherworldly in nature. It can describe a person or thing that has a delicate, intangible quality, or that seems to exist in a realm beyond or between the physical world. Ethereal can also refer to the atmosphere or environment of a place, suggesting a sense of spirituality or mystery. In science, the term "ethereal" is sometimes used to describe a substance that is highly volatile or that has a vapor-like quality.
Etheric Body: The etheric body, also known as the etheric double or the astral body, is a concept found in some spiritual and metaphysical belief systems. It is thought to be a subtle, energetic body that surrounds and interpenetrates the physical body and is the seat of the life force or vitality. According to these belief systems, the etheric body is responsible for maintaining the health and functioning of the physical body, and it can be affected by emotions, thoughts, and spiritual practices. There is no scientific evidence to support the existence of the etheric body.
Evocation: Evocation refers to the act of creation through will power or magical means.
Experimental Parapsychology: This branch of parapsychology concerns itself with the empirical study of ESP experiences and phenomena.
Exorcism: A ritual used when a person is possessed by a disembodied entity to cast that entity out of the person's body and thus heal the person. Though there are other practitioners that perform exorcisms, the best-known rites of exorcism are those practiced by the Roman Catholic Church.
Extradimensional: The term refers to beings or phenomena that originate in a dimension other than that of life on Earth.
Extrasensory Perception: Extrasensory perception (ESP) is the ability to perceive information or events beyond the five senses. This may include telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, and other phenomena that are not currently explained by mainstream science.
Extraterrestrial: This term refers to beings, objects, or phenomena originating in a different place than our planet. Although it is usually used to refer to beings from other planets, every star or planet we perceive in the night sky is, in fact, extraterrestrial. An extraterrestrial is a being or object that originates from outside of the Earth. This may include intelligent life forms from other planets or celestial bodies, or simply physical objects such as comets or asteroids that originate from beyond our planet.
Fairy/Fae: Fairies are mythical creatures that are typically depicted as small, winged beings with magical powers. They are often associated with nature and the natural world, and are often depicted as mischievous or playful. They are a common element of folklore and mythology in many cultures around the world.
False Awakening: A false awakening is a dream in which the dreamer believes he or she has woken up. The experience usually appears completely real to the dreamer, who generally proceeds to perform everyday tasks in the dream. False awakenings often precede or follow lucid dreams.
Fate Line: In chiromancy or palmistry, the line that determines a person's life path, which is usually placed in the middle of the palm. Strong fate lines reflect a person who settles into his chosen life path at a young age, while weak fate lines indicate people who never really find their true calling. Long fate lines indicate people who continue to follow their chosen course well into old age. Sometimes the fate line is missing; this means that the individual lacks stability. Often alcoholics and drug addicts lack a fate line. See Chiromancy, Palmistry.
Faraday Cage: The Faraday Cage is named after physicist Michael Faraday, who built one in 1836. It is a completely closed area or a mesh cage built from strongly conducting material. This outer shield protects the inside of the cage from electromagnetic charges, which are distributed evenly over the surface instead of penetrating the inner space. Practical, modern-day examples are the microwave oven, where the electromagnetic charge is kept from leaking out, or an elevator, where cell phones won't get a signal. Experiments placing mediums or clairvoyants in a Faraday Cage have shown that their performance is reduced in this environment. That is a reason why some people with ESP gifts refuse to live in modern concrete buildings, which are reinforced with steel bars that form a Faraday Cage.
Feng Shui: Literally, "the forces of the universe." A method of interior design incorporating these natural forces in order to raise our quality of life. Few are aware that we are being bombarded daily by electromagnetic fields that we cannot see or feel. The use of Feng Shui in arranging the furniture, appliances, artwork, and other household objects in our homes channels these electromagnetic energies into compatible layouts that can prevent clashes between the energies, and thus will enable us to take control of our lives and attain our goals. Feng Shui methods concentrate on prosperity, relationships, helpful people, new knowledge, family, children, fame and career success.
Fifth Dimension: The fifth dimension is often described as a realm or state of consciousness beyond the physical world beyond the limitations of time and space. It is sometimes associated with spiritual enlightenment, higher states of consciousness, and the experience of oneness with the universe. Some believe that the fifth dimension represents a level of reality that is beyond the limitations of the physical body and ego, and can be accessed through meditation, prayer, or other spiritual practices.
Fire: Fire is one of the five traditional elements in many spiritual and metaphysical belief systems, including Wicca and other forms of modern paganism. Fire is associated with energy, obvious warmth, love, power, rage, passion, artistic talent, anger, and creativity. It represents transformation, motivation, destruction, renewal, and inspiration. Additionally as a "Gift from the Gods", fire is considered one of the most powerful of elements, and some rituals are performed with fire to represent potent purification, monumental change and complete transformation.
Five Elements, The: The five traditional elements, also known as the classical elements or the Greek elements, are Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Aether (also spelled "Ether" or "Spirit"). These elements are often associated with different natural phenomena and are used in various spiritual and metaphysical belief systems.
Focal Person: In parapsychology, a focal person is someone who is at the center of poltergeist activity.
Foraging: Foraging is the act of searching for and gathering food or other resources from the natural environment. It is a survival skill that has been used by humans for thousands of years and is still practiced by some cultures today. In the context of spiritual practices and groups, foraging may refer to the act of seeking out and gathering knowledge, insights, or experiences from various sources in order to deepen one's spiritual understanding or connection to the natural world.
Foretell: To pronounce a prediction.
Foresee: To "see" future events unfolding before the inner eye. Foreseeing is often coupled with foretelling.
Feyness: Feyness describes a person with magical qualities, psychic abilities, or a fairy-like appearance. Sometimes it refers to a person acting as if under a spell.
Fortean Phenomena: Named after Charles Hoy Fort, an American writer who collected data of strange incidents, Fortean phenomena are occurrences for which science has no viable explanation.
Fortune Telling: The activity of predicting a person's future, their "fortune," through one or more forms of divination or by psychic means.
Gaia: In Greek mythology, Gaia is the personification of the Earth and the ancestor of all living things. She is often depicted as the mother of the gods and the source of all life on the planet. In modern times, the term "Gaia" is also used to refer to the idea that the Earth is a self-regulating system that maintains the conditions necessary for life to thrive. This concept, known as the Gaia hypothesis, suggests that living organisms and the physical environment are interconnected and work together to maintain a stable balance on the planet.
Galactic: The energy, consciousness, or vibration of the galaxy or universe as a whole. It may be used to describe a person's connection or alignment with the energy of the galaxy or the cosmic forces that shape it. Some believe that the galactic energy or consciousness can be accessed or influenced through meditation, spiritual practices, or other means, and that it can be a source of wisdom, knowledge, and guidance.
Ganzfeld: Ganzfeld (from German, "the whole field") is used in parapsychological research. Ganzfeld experiments use sensory deprivation to stimulate and test a subject's ESP. The so-called Ganzfeld effect occurs, for example, when the subject stares at an undifferentiated field of color for a while. The brain stops registering the unchanging input and starts producing its own images.
General Extrasensory Perception: General Extrasensory Perception (GESP) refers to any kind of ESP that cannot be clearly defined as telepathy, clairvoyance, or any other ESP category.
Geomancy: An ancient form of divination in which handfuls of soil or other materials taken from the earth were sprinkled on the ground, or when arbitrary markings were scratched into the earth or sand, to generate an assortment of dotted patterns, which could then be "read" by a seer.
Ghost: (1) The spirit of a person, who has died on the material plane, yet does not move on to the higher realms. Ghosts sometimes stay behind because (a) they have died suddenly and/or violently and don't know they're dead; (b) feel too attached to places where they were happy; and/or (c) are still looking or waiting for people who have also died, but have moved on. (2) An image or imprint on the ethers of a traumatic and violent event, which keeps repeating itself again and again, like a video tape. (3) A person who has died and moved on to the higher planes, yet comes back to warn or otherwise look after someone whom they loved who is now in trouble. See Spirit, Haunting.
Glossolalia: The term was first used by Frederic William Farrar, a British theological writer, in 1879. It means to speak in tongues. Glossolalia often is part of religious practice and has two manifestations: either as undefined, language-like but incomprehensible utterances or as speaking in a comprehensible foreign language the subject was unfamiliar with before.The bible contains several mentions of glossolalia as a symptom and consequence of religious rebirth and baptism. Used by many different religious communities throughout the centuries, the practice of glossolalia was revived in the early 20th century, especially in Los Angeles and in the Pentecostal movement that originated in Topeka, Kansas
Gnosis: Gnosis is a term that refers to spiritual knowledge or enlightenment that is gained through direct experience or personal insight, rather than through traditional teaching or study. It is often associated with mysticism and spiritual practices that seek to connect with a higher power or transcend the limitations of the physical world. In some religious or philosophical traditions, gnosis is considered to be a form of direct, intuitive understanding that allows one to connect with the divine or the ultimate truth.
God: God is a term that is used in many different ways and can refer to a wide range of concepts and beliefs. In the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), God is typically understood as a divine being who created the universe and is worshipped as the supreme being. In other traditions, such as Hinduism, God may be understood as an ultimate reality or supreme consciousness that pervades the entire universe. The concept of God can also be understood in more abstract or philosophical terms, such as the ultimate source of morality or the ultimate reality that underlies all existence.
Goddess: A Goddess is a female deity or divine being, often associated with fertility, love, beauty, and other aspects of life and the natural world. In many ancient cultures, goddesses were revered as powerful forces that governed the cycles of nature, the fertility of the earth, and the well-being of people. Goddesses may be worshipped individually or as part of a pantheon of deities in a particular religion or spiritual tradition. In some modern spiritual practices, the term "goddess" is also used to describe a feminine aspect of the divine or a person's inner divine feminine energy.
God-realization, God Consciousness: The point in the evolution of living earthly beings where they attain the state of total and continuous awareness that they are one with God. God-realized beings don't always pass immediately to the Higher Realms, however. Often they remain in earthly incarnation for a while in order to assist others along the path to God-realization. In extreme cases, these God-realized beings take on the role of the Bodhisattva, a being who does not move on to total union with God until every being on a certain planet has reached God-realization.
Golden Mean (Ratio): The golden mean, also known as the golden ratio or the golden section, is a mathematical concept that describes a particular ratio of two quantities. It is often used to describe the proportion of an object or composition that is aesthetically pleasing or harmonious. The golden mean is defined as the ratio of the shorter length to the longer length when the whole is divided into two parts in a way that is visually appealing. It is represented by the Greek letter phi (φ) and is approximately equal to 1.618. The golden mean is found in many natural and man-made objects and is often used in design and art as a principle for creating balance and harmony.
Graphology: The technique of interpreting one's handwriting in order to discern personality characteristics.
Grimoire: A grimoire is a more polished, finished, and "proof positive" book of spells and ritual workings that are tried and true to work for those who are attached or initiated to the author and/or creators of said Grimoire. As your Book of Shadows is more of a working journal of witchcraft, the Grimoire is the end result of sometimes lifetimes of workings and generations of magick. It is a serious book of tested spells and invocations that was traditionally used by witches, sorcerers, and other practitioners of the occult often found to be of the same bloodline, Coven, creed, or organization. It often includes detailed instructions for specific spells and rituals that would not otherwise be in this book if they had not worked previously without failure. (eg, Spells and rituals from A-Z, the pros and cons of each working both it's payoffs, and/or its debts, making talismans and amulets, creating an altar, describing tools used in the craft, precise herbal blends and tinctures, recipes and incantations, significant dates and times, as well as important information about astrology, herbalism, spirituality, concepts, philosophies, divination, and other forms of information like a lineage tree, dedicated members signatures, etc. To add a chapter is ultimately up to the practitioner or group involved after years of working. Also is the matter of this sacred book being a straight-forward step by step guide, or a heavily coded, mystified puzzle of a tome to be ciphered through throughout the ages! The Book of Shadows can often be as messy and unorganized or polished as it needs to be during the year, the grimoire has it ALL together in an organized and thorough way to leave behind precious information to those we leave behind. See also Book of Shadows.
Grove: A grove is a group of people who come together to practice a specific spiritual or religious tradition, often focused on nature or the earth. Groves can be part of larger spiritual organizations or can be independent groups. They often meet regularly to celebrate holidays and festivals, perform rituals, and engage in spiritual practices, such as meditation, prayer, and chanting. Groves may also engage in charitable or community service activities and may be focused on a specific deity or pantheon. Some groves may be open to the public, while others may be more exclusive and selective in their membership.
Guardian Angel: A guardian angel is a spiritual being believed to protect and guide a particular person or group. In many religious traditions, guardian angels are believed to be assigned to each person at birth and are seen as a source of protection, guidance, and inspiration. They are often depicted as winged beings and are believed to watch over and help those under their care. In some traditions, people may pray to or communicate with their guardian angel for help or guidance in times of need. Belief in guardian angels is common in many cultures and religions around the world.
Guide: In parapsychology, the term can refer to a so-called spirit guide, usually an entity that hovers around the medium and helps him or her to find the sought-after information. However, one doesn't need to be a full-fledged medium to have a spirit guide. In many ordinary people's lives, deceased friends or relatives appear as guides to give advice in difficult times, whether through dreams or paranormal phenomena. Sometimes, guided imagery also uses the image of a guide, really addressing the subject's inner teacher.
Guided Imagery: Guided imagery, also called guided visualization, is used for stress relief, relaxation, and self-analysis. A taped or live voice leads the listener through an imagined experience, often a journey or walk. The listener is encouraged to let corresponding images arise in his or her mind. These images can have a soothing, calming effect or can be examined as to the "messages" from the listener's unconscious they may contain. Guided imagery is an important part of Jungian analysis.
Hallucination: A hallucination is a sensual perception without a stimulus to cause that perception. Perceiving them while awake and as events outside the self, the subject usually takes such perceptions for real. They may occur as part of a mental disorder or as symptoms of certain diseases. Certain drugs can also cause hallucinations.
Hands: Many techniques of healing and divination are dependent on the use of the hands. Palmistry, massage, Reiki healing, shamanic healing, acupressure, and other disciplines are dependent on skilled use of the hands. The main benefits of these disciplines are said to be the release and proper channeling of the body's energies, but many psychologists feel that there are great benefits to be derived just from a gentle touch.
Handwriting: Analysis of an individual's handwriting, specifically the details of how the letters are formed, that enables the analyst to deduce specific personality traits. The factors most often considered are pen pressure, the slant of the writing, and the way the letters are formed. For example: Large, sweeping capital letters are usually considered a sign of an outgoing and joyful nature, while tiny handwriting often reveals a poor self-image. Heavy pen pressure is believed by some to reveal a dominating nature.
Haunting: A phenomenon occurring when, for one reason or another, the spirit of a dead person or animal does NOT move on to the higher planes, but remains in a place where he or she feels comfortable, was happy, or isn't ready to leave yet. See Ghost, Spirit.
Head line: In palmistry, or chiromancy, the head line runs horizontally from the middle of the palm to the heart line. The head line reveals how a person thinks, though it does not measure intelligence. See Chiromancy, Palmistry.
Heart line: In palmistry, or chiromancy, the heart line is the line that stretches from the side of the hand directly under the little finger to the area between the middle and index fingers. The heart line reveals how a person relates to other people, particularly romantic partners. See Chiromancy, Palmistry.
Hellstromism: Hellstromism is named after Axel Hellstrom, a stage magician, who performed extraordinary feats of mentalism and developed his own system of mnemonic aids. Hellstromism utilizes this system to stimulate telepathic abilities. The term is used referring to contact mind reading.
Herbs: Herbs are an important tool in all Wiccan ritual and magic. A Witch with no herbs, is like a police officer with no badge! They are often used to create sacred spaces, to purify and cleanse, and to add energy and power to spells and rituals. Herbs can also be used in home remedies and natural medicinal practices, as they have been used for centuries in traditional healing systems. You guessed it, herbs represent the element of earth, However some herbs are shapeshifters and will carry other elemental qualities and can also correspond with other elements. Sandalwood being a good example of a grounding earthy bark of an herb, but it embodies the spirit of air within its scent and can represent both elements at once or either alone by itself. YOUR Intention decides the outcome! You'll find the beautiful herbs and plants provided to us offer far more than we've been taught to believe. You will find along your practice, once you start using herbs, that you will develop an almost personal relationship to each of the herbs that come and go throughout your life, offering assistance and aid to you in times when everything else has failed. This is the Magick of the herbs themselves! Herbs can be used in a variety of ways, including burning as incense, making into teas, oils, salves, balms, powders, smoothies, and tinctures, added into house and floor washes, or being mixed in to bath water, body scrubs, body oils, lotions, and rinses. Each herb has its own unique emotional, spiritual, and physical healing properties and correspondences, and can be chosen for specific purposes such as protection, love, healing, and endless uses. It's important to note: that some herbs can be toxic if used improperly, a pinch of one or even a pound of one can be a good time. But the WRONG ONE, a single pinch or even less could be lethal depending on whats in your cabinet. It's important to use caution, common sense, proper labeling, avoiding baneful or poisonous herbs in your practice, researching your herbs FIRST and becoming well informed before using any herbs for medicinal or magical purposes. It's recommended to do independent research and to d̶o̶u̶b̶l̶e̶ triple source your identifying information before experimenting with any herbs! TXT a friend or two a photo so they can check too! Or call your local herbalist or naturopathic shop! It's also important to be aware of any potential allergies and to consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner if you have any concerns or wish to add a certain herb into your healthcare regimen. Most caring physicians are happy to help guide your way to a more natural, less-medicated, lifestyle and can help you assess which herbs to add and what to avoid based on your specific health needs and concerns.
Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn: The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was a secret society that was active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was founded in London in 1888 and was dedicated to the study and practice of the occult, including alchemy, magic, and mysticism. The order was influenced by a variety of sources, including the Kabbalah, the Tarot, and the works of the Renaissance magician and alchemist, Cornelius Agrippa. The order was known for its elaborate rituals and hierarchical structure, and its members included many notable figures in the fields of literature, art, and science. The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn had a significant influence on the development of modern Western occultism and has been the subject of much study and fascination.
Higher Self: The higher self is a concept that refers to a person's true, divine, or ultimate identity or nature. It is often associated with spiritual or philosophical beliefs about the nature of the self and the individual's relationship to the universe. In some traditions, the higher self is understood as a person's higher consciousness or true essence that is separate from the ego or personality. It is often seen as a source of wisdom, guidance, and inspiration, and is believed to be connected to a higher power or ultimate reality. Some people may seek to connect with their higher self through spiritual practices or personal growth work.
Hinduism: A major world religion with a long and diverse history and a global following. It originated in the Indian subcontinent and is based on a complex system of beliefs, practices, and rituals that are rooted in the Vedas, the oldest sacred texts of Hinduism. Hinduism is characterized by the belief in a supreme being, the recognition of multiple deities and deities, and the belief in reincarnation and the cycle of death and rebirth. Hinduism is also marked by its belief in the importance of personal devotion and the centrality of yoga and meditation as spiritual practices. It has a rich tradition of literature, art, and music and is one of the oldest living religions in the world.
Holistic: A holistic approach - to living, teaching, or healing - emphasizes the importance of a complete organism or system and the interdependence of its parts. For example, holistic healing methods recognize and work with the connection between body and mind and also consider the patient's physical and social environment in diagnosis and treatment.
Horoscope: A horoscope is a two-dimensional depiction of star and planet positions as seen, three-dimensionally, at a given time and from a given place on Earth. Astrology assumes that the planet positions at the beginning of a life, event, or process can implicate the eventual outcome. Various branches of astrology use different forms of horoscopes. Vedic astrology uses square-shaped depictions while Western astrology uses a circular image. In the vernacular, to read one's horoscope often means to read the forecast for the Sun Sign.
Hot Reading: This term has two different meanings. Astrologers use it in reference to a reading that has been prepared or in which the subject is present. Generally, however, the term refers to a psychic reading prior to which the reader has gathered as much information as possible about the sitter (client).
Hyperesthesia: The term refers to an abnormally increased sensitivity to sensual stimuli. For example, optic hyperesthesia is an abnormal sensitivity of the eye to light while tactile hyperesthesia refers to an oversensitivity of the skin to touch.
Hypnagogic Imagery: Images seen during the drowsy period preceding sleep often accompanied by sleep paralysis. Almost resembling hallucinations, these images can be very vivid and may be interpreted as ESP by the subject, whether rightly so or not.
Hypnopompic Imagery: Images seen during the period between sleep and wakefulness. While waking up, the subject may experience sensations that may resemble ESP phenomena or can be mistaken for real-life experiences.
Hypnosis: An induced sleeplike state enabling the therapist to tap into the deepest recesses of the subject's mind. The source of any traumas from the past can thus be uncovered that could be affecting the subject in a negative way - thereby facilitating the release of trauma and freeing the subject from any obstacles the past trauma could be throwing in his or her way. Hypnosis is often used to explore the subject's past-life history and its effects on the present life, to harness the power of the mind in healing illness and injury, and also to access the individual's superconscious, or God-Self, and attain insights on how the person should approach life, relationships, and other matters in a more enlightened way.
Hypnotic Trance: A trance state induced through hypnosis in which the subject follows the hypnotist's suggestions. Contrary to popular belief, this isn't possible without the compliance of the subject.
"I AM" Presence: A concept that is central to the teachings of the "I AM" Religious Activity, a spiritual movement founded in the 1930s by Guy and Edna Ballard. According to the movement, the "I AM" presence is the individualized aspect of God that is present within each person, and is the source of their divine nature and potential. The "I AM" presence is believed to be the source of a person's creativity, intelligence, and spiritual power, and is seen as the key to personal transformation and spiritual growth."I AM" is often invoked through affirmations and spiritual practices, such as meditation and visualization, as a means of connecting with one's higher self and accessing divine wisdom and guidance.
I ching: An ancient Chinese oracle. Dating back approximately 4,000 years, the I Ching is both the oldest known book in the world and the earliest surviving method for intuitive decision-making. It is usually presented in the form of a book, sometimes illustrated with sketches and charts, and is accessed by throwing stalks or coins. There are a number of different translations of the I Ching in book form, as well as a beautifully illustrated card deck and several websites. The oracle itself consists of 64 chapters illustrating universal principles, and tossing the stalks or coins indicates which principles are working in the individual's life at present.
Imagery: A set of mental pictures or images. Further specification denotes the specific context of such a set, for example, dream imagery or guided imagery.
Imbolc: Imbolc is a Wiccan sabbat that is celebrated on February 1st. It marks the beginning of spring and the first signs of new life in the natural world. It is also associated with the festival of Candlemas, which is celebrated around the same time. Imbolc is a time for Wiccans and other Neo-pagans to honor the goddess and celebrate the power of the feminine, as well as the goddess Brigid, who is associated with fire, poetry, healing, and fertility. Many Wiccans and other Neo-Pagans celebrate Imbolc with rituals, feasts, and the lighting of candles, and it is also a time to celebrate hearth and home, and the goddess of the hearth. See also Wheel of the Year.
Incantation: A spell or verbal charm used in religious or magical rituals. They vary from culture to culture, tradition to tradition, and as to what end is sought by the ritual. Often they are sung, or recited while music plays in the background. The power, it is believed, lies not only in the appeal to whatever deity the worshipper calls upon, but in the mind of the worshipper himself. Because he is thinking the incantation; saying the incantation; and hearing the incantation - and in rituals where the incantation is read, also seeing the incantation - its power is reinforced; thus it is more likely that the worshipper's desires will be fulfilled.
Incense: Incense is a type of fragrance that is made from a blend of aromatic plant materials, such as woods, resins, and oils and is burned for its aromatic and environment altering properties. It can be found in many forms; eg, Stick incense, cones, backflow cones, diffusers, powders, resins, herbal blends, discs, spirals, grains and sachets. In spiritual and metaphysical practices, incense is often used as a tool for meditation, ritual, or ceremony, and is believed by some to have special powers or energies. Incense may be burned to create a pleasant aroma or to purify a space, and is sometimes used as a way to honor or connect with deities or other spiritual beings. The Catholic church to this day still burns Frankincense before, during, and after mass. Frankincense being the one of original forms of incense and also one of the most treasured resins for spiritual enlightenment, mood lifting properties, and its ability to stimulate the connection to the Divine. Some practitioners of spirituality believe that the scents of different types of incense can have specific meanings or effects, and may choose particular types of incense for their spiritual practices based on these associations. Regular use of a specific incense during an intended meditation time or daily ritual can boost each other's effects in your routine. The incense I produce are made from bamboo charcoal and uncut and undiluted fragrance oils specifically designed and hand-crafted after months of formulation to provide you with the best smelling, clean burning incense I can create! Read more about incense HERE!
Incorporeal: Incorporeal means "without a body." Angels, demons, spirits, and the like are incorporeal and sometimes choose to inhabit other living bodies on Earth.
Incorruptibility: The term incorruptibility refers to a body that doesn't decompose after death, a phenomenon often occurring in the bodies of saints. One famous example is Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes, who died in 1879. Upon exhumation, her body was found entirely intact and is now on display.
Indigo Child: An indigo child is a term used to describe a child who is believed to possess special or unusual abilities or characteristics, particularly in the areas of spirituality, intuition, and creativity. The term "indigo child" was popularized in the 1990s by a number of authors and speakers who claimed that a new generation of children was being born with indigo-colored auras, indicating a higher level of consciousness or spiritual development. These children were said to be more sensitive, intuitive, and spiritually advanced than previous generations, and were thought to have special gifts and talents that could be used to bring about positive change in the world.
Indirect Voice: This term refers to a phenomenon often occurring during mediumistic séances. A spirit entity uses the vocal apparatus of the medium to convey its messages.
Inner Child: The inner child is a term used in psychology to refer to a person's unconscious childlike aspect, which includes memories, feelings, and behaviors that are associated with childhood. The inner child is thought to represent a person's emotional and psychological experiences and responses during childhood and is believed to influence their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in adulthood. Some people may work with their inner child as a way of healing past wounds or addressing unresolved emotional issues from childhood. This can involve exploring and expressing one's feelings, thoughts, and behaviors from a childlike perspective, or engaging in activities that allow one to reconnect with their inner child.
Invocation: The term refers to the summoning of spirit entities to wkr through you often by means of a specific song, prayer, ritual, or formula.
Insight: In parapsychology, the term refers to the process of grasping the hidden meaning of an event or process. An insight often precedes a breakthrough.
Intuition: Intuition is the ability to understand or know something without the use of logical reasoning or external evidence. In the context of spiritual and metaphysical practices, intuition is often seen as a natural part of one's spiritual development, and may be cultivated or enhanced through various practices such as meditation, visualization, or energy work. Some people who practice spirituality may believe that intuition is a form of guidance or communication from the divine or from their higher self, and may rely on their intuition as a source of insight or guidance in decision-making or problem-solving.
Intuitive: A person who can pick up on the thoughts and feelings of other life forms, as well as signals of nature. While all psychics are intuitives, not all intuitives are psychics. Psychics tend to get more specific detail, while intuitives work primarily with emotions. Intuitives are also often healers. They can prove invaluable in cases where there's no discernible cause for pain or discomfort because they can sense what exactly is going on and thus are in a better position to know what the healer should focus on.
Islam: Islam is a monotheistic religion founded in the 7th century by the prophet Muhammad. It is based on the belief in one God (Allah) and the teachings of the Quran. It's followers align with the teachings of Islam and live their lives in accordance with its principles, which include belief in God, prayer, charity, and the belief in an afterlife.
Jainism: Jainism is a religion and philosophical tradition that originated in ancient India. It emphasizes non-violence, self-control, and respect for all living beings. Jains follow a path of spiritual development through which they seek to achieve liberation from the cycle of reincarnation and attain enlightenment. Jainism places a strong emphasis on non-violence and respect for all living beings, and its followers strive to live a simple and ascetic lifestyle in order to cultivate spiritual awareness and understanding.
Judaism: Judaism is a monotheistic religion that originated in the ancient Near East. It is based on the belief in one God. It's followers align with the religious and moral laws outlined in the Torah. The central text of Judaism, the Torah, includes the five books of Moses and is considered to be the word of God.
Kabbalah: An ancient esoteric tradition believed to have been given to Moses directly from Yahweh at Mount Sinai. Kabbalah is also referred to as Jewish mysticism, or esoteric Judaism. The source of Kabbalistic philosophy is the Sefir-na-Zohar, an ancient book of twenty-three volumes which expounds at length upon the nature of the Divine, Creation, the origin and fate of the soul, and the responsibilities of human beings. The Zohar also contains detailed descriptions of basic philosophies, meditations, and devotional, mystical and magical rituals. In the beginning, this wisdom was revealed only to a secret inner circle, but is now available to all through books, videos, workshops, and other sources. The main symbols associated with Kabbalah are the figures of Adam Kadmon, the Universal Man, and the Tree of Life.
Karma: Literally, "action." Karma is a word describing the belief among ancient religious traditions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Kabbalism and many pagan sects, which basically states that "what goes around, comes around," from incarnation to incarnation. This philosophy is stated in the Christian Bible as, "As ye sow, so shall ye reap... He who kills with the sword must die by the sword." According to modern esoteric philosophy, karma can be "good" karma, or it can be "bad karma," and there are many forms of both. One, of course, is boomerang karma, which means that if in one life, you blind somebody, in the next, you may be born blind or be made blind in the course of that lifetime. Another form of karma is symbolic karma. A good example of this type of karma is the case of a man who was a soldier in one past life and shed a lot of blood, and then in a future life he was plagued by anemia. An example of good karma includes the story of a nun who used her hands to faithfully care for the sick, and then in a future life was born as a woman with exceptionally beautiful hands. Karma is a much more complex phenomenon than can be outlined briefly. There are many fine books out on the subject.
Kirlian Photography: A photographic process that appears to capture the auras, or biofields, of persons or objects depicted in the photograph. Invented by Seymon Kirlian, an amateur inventor and electrician from Krasnodar, Russia, the aura effect is produced by photographing people, animals, or objects in the midst of a high-frequency, high-voltage, low-amperage electrical field, which reveals colorful and glowing exudations called auras, or biofields. Though it has been known and experimented with since the 1930's, it is still controversial. Some who have worked with it believe it reveals a physical form of psychic energy; others believe it shows the etheric body. Some believe that more study of this phenomenon can enable humanity to obtain important insights in psychology, psychic healing, and medicine.
Kola Nut Readings: An African divinatory tradition which is used to obtain knowledge and guidance from one or more specific nature spirits.
Kundalini: In the Yogic belief system, the kundalini is the "serpent power," concentrated life energy. It is usually depicted as a snake rolled up at the bottom of the spine. Through various exercises and meditations, the kundalini can be awakened and brought to climb up the spine, connecting the various chakras or energy centers. This has to be done very carefully as a sudden and uncontrolled activation of the kundalini can have detrimental effects on the physical or mental health of the subject not unlike a short circuit in an overloaded electrical system. However, if awakened in the right manner, kundalini power is said to bring enlightenment and eternal life.
Lammas: Also known as Lughnasadh is a Wiccan sabbat that is celebrated on August 1st. It marks the beginning of the harvest season and the start of the descent into the darker half of the year. It is a time to give thanks for the abundance of the land and to honor the god as the Corn king. Lammas is a time to celebrate the fruits of the earth and to give thanks for the blessings of the land. Many Wiccans and other Neo-Pagans celebrate Lammas with rituals, feasts and the baking of bread, as well as the gathering of fruits, grains and other harvests. It is also a time to celebrate the hard work that goes into the harvest and the community that comes together to bring in the crops. See also Wheel of the Year.
Law of Attraction, The.: A metaphysical belief that posits that positive or negative thoughts can attract corresponding experiences or events into a person's life. According to this belief, a person's thoughts and beliefs can shape their reality, and by focusing on positive thoughts and intentions, a person can manifest success, abundance, and happiness in their life. The law of attraction is often associated with the concept of manifesting, which involves actively trying to bring specific goals or desires into one's life through the power of thought and intention.
Law of One, The: The Law of One is a concept that suggests that all things in the universe are interconnected and that there is ultimately one underlying consciousness or source of being. It posits that all things are one and that there is no separation between entities or things. The Law of One is often associated with spiritual or metaphysical beliefs and is seen as a central principle in many spiritual and philosophical teachings. According to this law, the ultimate goal of existence is to reach a state of unity and oneness with all things. Some people believe that understanding and embracing the Law of One can lead to greater wisdom and understanding of the universe and one's place in it.
Levitation: Levitation is the process of lifting a person or object up into the air by paranormal means.
Ley Lines: Hypothetical alignments of a number of places of geographical interest, such as ancient monuments and megaliths, natural ridge-tops and water-fords. The concept of ley lines was developed in early 20th-century Europe, and has since been adapted by some proponents of New Age and Neopagan belief systems. Some believers in ley lines believe that these alignments have spiritual or mystical significance, and that they may be sources of psychic energy or power.
Life line: In palmistry, or chiromancy, the life line is the line that stretches from the base of the palm to an area just above the thumb. Generally, the rule is that the longer the life line, the longer the person will live, but a short thick life line indicates not only long life, but robust health. Events in the individual's life are judged by circles, squares, stars, grids, and other line