Glossary

Italicized terms within the body of each discussion refer to other related entries in the glossary.

Akasha: The fifth element-the omnipresent spiritual power that permeates the universe. It is the energy out of which the Elements formed.

Athame: A Wiccan ritual knife. It usually has a double blade and a black handle. The athame is used to direct Personal Power during Ritual workings. It is seldom (if ever) used for actual physical cutting. The term, of obscure origin, has many variant spellings among Wiccans and an even greater variety of pronunciations. American East Coast Wiccans may pronounce it as "ah-THAM-ee" (to rhyme with "whammy"); I was first taught to say "AHTH-ah-may" and later "ah-THAW-may"

Beltane: A Wiccan Sabbat celebrated on April 30th or May 1st (traditions vary). Beltane is also known as May Eve, Roodmans, Walpurgis Night, Cethsamhain. Beltane celebrates the symbolic union, or "marriage," of the Goddess and God, and links in with the approaching summer months.

Book of Shadows: A Wiccan book of rituals, spells, and magical lore. Once hand-copied upon Initiation, the B.O.S. is now photocopied or typed in some Covens. No one true Book of Shadows exists; all are relevant to their respective users.

Censer: A heat-proof container in which incense is smoldered. An incense burner. It symbolizes the Element of Air.

Charge, To: To infuse an object with Personal Power. An act of magic.

Circle, Magic: See Magic Circle.

Circle of Stones: See Magic Circle.

Consciousness Mind: That part of our minds which is at work while we balance our check books, theorize, communicate, and perform other acts related to the physical world. Compare with Physic Mind

Coven: A group of Wiccans, usually initiatory and centering around one or two leaders, that gathers for religious and magical workings.

Craft, The: Wicca. Witchcraft. Folk magic.

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