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Glossary of Terms

Below are the terms we use regularly on this website & in general.
Not all definitions are by the dictionary & some are just for us.

A

Amulet

Object of protection. Amulet = Away
I just charged an amulet to protect me from negativity

Archetype

Greek origin meaning €˜original pattern.€™

(in Jungian psychology) a collectively inherited unconscious idea, pattern of thought, image, etc., universally present in individual psyches

Athame

(ATH uh may or a THA may) Double edged straight blade, used for commanding power (air)

Never used for cutting physical things

B

Balefire

Magickal bonfire

Binding

Magickal act to freeze or stop a person, place, thing or event. A magickal restraint

Bine Rune

A combination of more than 1 Nordic Rune into 1 Rune

Boline

Small sickle used for cutting things on the physical

Book of Shadows

The Witches’ Recipe, lore, ritual and whatever else they want to leave behind, book.

Burning Times

The historical period of time where Witches were persecuted

C

Charm

An Amulet or Talisman that has been charmed by repeating a spell or process similar over it

Circle

An energy sphere cast by a Witch Not really a 360 degree circle, but a bubble that contains and protects the participants and energies raised within. It is called a circle because that is the shape of where the widest part of the sphere intersects with the ground

Coven

A group of Witches formally or informally gathered

Covenstead

Where a coven meets regularly

Cowan

Uninitiated persons, similar to muggle

D

Deosil

(JES sel) Clockwise

Divination

Interaction with the Divine usually through a medium like Tarot, Runes, Ouija, Pendulum and really, anything the Witch can work with.

Dowsing

The use of pendulums or rods to detect/ find a person, place or thing including answers

E

Esbat

Full Moon. Plural Esbats

F

Familiar

Thought of as an animal magickally / spiritually linked to a Witch. Term created during the Burning Times and got a lot of cats killed. A familiar would take a magickal / psychic hit for its Witch. This is why many of us do not embrace the term or idea at all

Fam Trad

A family tradition of Witchcraft. Initiation and training is passed down strictly through genetic or marriage lines where the power shows itself. Is rarer than people think

G

Guardians

Ancient protective spirits called at the 4 quarters in Watchtowers. Used originally only in Ceremonial Magick, but has been adopted by Witches since the sharing of information over the past 60 years or so

H

Handfasting

A Pagan wedding, where the bride and groom’s hands are bound together with a cord or cords

Healer

A practitioner that facilitates physical, emotional, mental and/or spiritual healing to a client. DTCP Mostly works with Reiki Practitioners& Spiritual Counselors

L

Lady/Lord

The title given to members of the Solitaries of the Silver Broom when they reach First Degree & keep it when they attain the 2nd Degree as High Priest or Priestess

P

Pagan

Any person, religion or spiritual path that is outside of Judaism, Christianity or Muslim traditions. Means country dweller or hill folk. Every Witch is a Pagan, but not every Pagan is a Witch. Every Catholic is Christian, but not every Christian is a Catholic

Pentagram / Pentagon

5 sided shape, often confused with the pentacle

Pentacle

5 pointed star in a circle representing the union of all 5 elements

Q

Quarter

The 4 directions inside a cast circle where energies are stirred, summoned and/or called in for magick. East = Air, South = Fire, West = Water, North = Earth

Quarter Call

A spell of invocation used to bring a particular energy into a sacred space or cast circle at one of the four directions

R

Reader

A practitioner of divination regardless if they work with a physical system: Astrology,Runes, Tarot or work purely with intuitive skill: Clairaudient, clairvoyant, Empathic etc

Reiki

(RAY key) A Japanese system of hands on healing passed down from Master to Student via an initiation system usually tracing back to Dr Usui. Traditional Reiki’s usual hierarchy has three degrees, from Beginner to Master

Reverend - Rev.

A person who is ordained as a minister or reverend. A majority of our Reverends attained ordination through The Silver Broom Ministries Clergy Training Program. But not all

Rune

One of the Norse set of alphabetical pictograms used for magick in northern and western Europe. Discovered by Odin plucking out 1 of his eyes and hanging himself upside down on the World Tree – Ygdrasill for 40 days

S

Sabbat

1 of the 8 holidays of the Wheel of the Year. Plural: Sabbats Yule: Winter Solstice, Imbolc: Feb 2nd, Ostara / Spring Equinox, Beltane: May 1st, Litha / Summer Solstice, Lughnasadh: August 1st, Mabon / Fall Equinox, Samhain: November 1st

Scrying

Sometimes considered the same as dowsing, which isn’t completely off. But is more associated with gazing into something that looks like infinite space: crystal ball, pool of black ink, black mirror

SMIB

So mote it be. So be it!

Sigil

A magickal symbol of any magickal derivation, usually carved into or drawn upon something

Skyclad

Naked, clothed in the sky

Solitary

A Witch who works alone without necessarily being connected to a coven or group

Spell

A prayer with props at its most basic. An art form within the realm of magick and a way of interacting deliberately with natural & universal laws

T

Talisman

Object that brings something to the holder. Talisman = Toward

Tarot

A deck of cards used for divination. Each deck has a Major Arcana, - typically 22 cards (The Fool, The Lovers, Death), a Minor Arcana in four suits(swords, wands, cups pentacles) and a set of Court Cards for each suit (Page, Knight, Queen, King.)

Totem

The Source Spirit of an animal Species or Genus. The Dog Totem is the spirit of every dog that has ever been, is or will be. Different from a Spirit Animal / Animal Spirit which can be the spirit of a specific dog

W

Warlock

Noun - Oath Breaker, NOT a male Witch. The word Witch is gender neutral.
Verb – Warlocking: to banish and shun an Oath Breaker.

Widdershins

Counter Clockwise

Witch

A wise one. Gender neutral term. One who seeks to live wisely & well who identifies as a Witch

Witch-let

Budding new Witch

Witch Friendly

Non Witch person, place or organization that is kind to Witches or the craft in general

Working

The task to be undertaken in a ritual or ceremony and often the point of such

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