Balefire-(bAl - fIr')
A fire laid and lit for magical or religious purposes, usually
outdoors. Physically similar to the non-magical non-religious bonfire.
Bane(bAn)- That which is harmful, destructive or evil.
Banish-(ban-ish) To magickally end something or exorcise entities.To rid the presence of.
Three meanings: banishing the Circle is the formal dismantling of a
Magic Circle when the ritual is over. Banishing an individual means
expelling him of her from the coven for an unforgivable offense, or
from Wicca itself, though some regard the latter as impossible.
Banishing an entity means disabling a harmful non-material entity.
In Gaelic folklore, a female nature spirit who takes the form of an old
woman and presages a death in the family by wailing a mournful tune
that sounds like the melancholy moaning of the wind. As a herold of
death, the banshee is usually heard at night under the window of the
person who is about to die.
Barren Signs- In astrology, the three signs of the zodiak which indicate a tendency toward barrenness: Gemini, Leo, and Virgo.
Beastie: 1) one's pets. 2) small house entities or spirits.
B.C.E- Before Common Era, non-christian version of B.C.
an altar tool, symbol of the Goddess and rung during ritual to invoke
Her. Also rung to ward off negative or evil and for the opposite, to
evoke good energies. Or to signal the beginning and/or end of a spell.
Can symbolize the motion of the Elements and its swinging to and fro,
represent the extremes of good and evil; positive and negative.
Beltane- (Bal-tene'). The Irish festival of May 1. Called Bealtiunn in Scotland, Shenn da Boaldyn in the Isle of Man, and Galan-Mai in Wales
Besom-(bee. som') A
bundle of twigs, herbs or straw attached to a handle used to cleanse
and purify sacred space. Essentially a witch's broomstick.
'Beyond the Veil.':
a term pertaining to those things beyond our 'normal' 5 senses, such as
angels, fairies, ghosts, etc. & things like channeling.
In certain traditions of Wicca, a set of ceremonial jewelry consisting
of a leather garter, silver crown with a crescent moon, bracelet and
necklace. It is traditionally worn by the High Priestess of a coven.
Bigotry: willful ignorance.
To prevent or limit. in the magickal context the act of limiting a
spell (ie: to ensure it will harm none) or person (ie: to prevent them
from harming others). Some consider it unethical to bind people other
than yourself or spells you did not cast.
Binding- Using magick to restrain someone or something, or to 'bind' them to you.
Bindrunes (bInd -rUnes)
A powerful magickal talisman, usually made from metal or wood and
inscribed or painted with two or more different rune symbols which are
superimposed upon one another in an aesthetically pleasing fashion.
Bindrunes are sometimes placed on ritual tools (such as the blade or
handle of a Witch's athame), candles and jewelry.
Blessed Be- A
term derived from the ritual of the Five-fold Kiss, it is simple a
blessing commonly used by wiccans and pagans as a greeting or a
goodbye. Abbreviated as BB or B*B.
Blood of the Moon- A
woman's mentrual cycle, considered important and a crucial time for
magick to be performed, especially when it crosses the new or full moon.
Bodhran- Ireland. "Cow-song"; A single-head frame drum.
Bolline; Boleen; Boline - (bol-een')A
Wiccan ritual knife used for more practical purposes, such as cutting
herbs, etc. *never* to draw blood. Generally white handled with a
curved blade. compare: Athame.
Book of Shadows- A
term coined by Aleister Crowley for a book of rituals, recipes, journal
entries, laws/rules, chants/poems to gods and goddesses, magick,
advice, and coven laws (if a coven B.O.S.) among other things. A B.O.S
can be a coven book, detailing that coven's craft, or owned by an
individual wiccan with a more personal style.
The occult principle that a psychic attack which comes up against a
stronger defense rebounds on the attacker-traditionally *threefold*
though this is metaphorical.
Broom Closet- Not
meant literally, this is a term used to describe someone who is "in the
broom closet", or in other words, who is not public with their pagan
A round hollow object, inscribed with certain magickal words or
symbols, and filled with various substances. Some use as amulets for
An old Scottish nickname given to the legendary Witches' broomstick, or
an object supposidly used by Witches as a flying instrument. (also see
An engraving tool used by many Witches and practioners of the magickal
arts to mark names or symbols ritually on athames, swords, bells and
other magickal tools.
Burning Times- This
is a word used to describe the execution of the witches during their
persecution from the Middle Ages onwards. Most executions were in fact
by hanging, not burning. While it is claimed that thousands and even
millions were killed, a small fraction were actually witches. Many were
herectics or Christians accused of witchcraft by those who disliked
them, from circa 1000 Ce through the 17th century.