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Hag-  A term sometimes applied to the Crone aspect of the Triple Goddess.  She represents wisdom, although, at times, she can seem to be terriable, as when she is in the character as the Gasteway to Death.

Hag Stone-  A stone with a natural hole through it.  As an amulet, it is in demand by Pagans and Wiccans because it symbolizes the female principal, or the Great Mother.

Hallows, Halloween- Another name for Samhain.

Handfasting- The joining of two humans in a bond of love before the goddess and god. Yes, they can be made to be a legal marriage, there is no requirement that a marriage be Christian to be legal in the U.S. (separation of church and state).

Handparting- Similar to a seperation or divorce, symbolically the cutting of the binds created by a handfasting.

Hart-  n.  A stag or male deer. 

Hart's Horn- n.  Horn of the male deer; ammoniacal preparation obtained from the horn; solution of ammonia.

Hart's Tongue- n.  A common Brittish fern plant.

Haruspicy- Divination by animal entrails.

Harvest Doll-  A special doll made from the last sheaf of the harvest and reguarded to be the embodiment of the spirit of the crops.  Harvest dolls, which are also called "corn dollies" and "kirn babies" are used by many Wiccans as both alter decorations and symbolic sacrifices in their Lammas or Autumn Equinox Sabbat rituals.

Heathen- 1. One who does not recognize the God of the Bible. 2. A pagan. 3. An irreligious, uncivilized person. Can be used in this context as a derogatory term for a pagan, despite the fact that it's an inaccurate generalization.

Hecate's Wheel- This maze-like symbol is associated with the triple aspect of the Greek goddess Hecate. She is considered a 'dark' goddess by some, and rules over cross-roads and the Underworld. Hecate is also known as the Goddess of the Witches. This isn't a particularly common symbol among Wiccans, but you do see it occassionaly.

Hedge Wizard- A rural practitioner who has little formal training, or none at all.

Henotheist- one who worships one 'God' but does not deny the existence or value of other 'Gods'. Some Dianics are Henotheists.

Heptagram- A seven-pointed star drawn with one unbroken line. Symbolic of the number seven, which is important not only to the seven traditional astrological planets but also to the seven planes and subplanes and the seven chakras.

Herb- a plant used in cooking as seasoning, cosmetics, medically and/or in magick.

Hereditary Witch- The name used by witches who claim their practices have been continuous in the family. See also Traditional.

Hexagram- A six-pointed star of two equilateral triangles. In occultism it is not specifically a Jewish symbol, but represents the principle of *As above, so below*-harmony between the Macrocosm and the Microcosm.

Hierophant- A priest of the mysteries who reveals his secrets only to this initiates.

High Magick- Ceremonial magick involving the actions of deities or spirits.

High Priest- A male witch within a coven who has been initiated into the 3rd degree. Abbreviated in written rituals as HP.

High Priestess- A female witch within a coven who has been initiated into the 3rd degree. Abbreviated as HPS in written rituals.

Higher Self- Non-physical, true self. The enlightened, "actual" persona of the individual as opposed to what the person seems to be or thinks they are.

Hiving Off- The process whereby some members of a coven leave to form a new coven of their own.

Hieros Gamos-  n.  Greek for the Sacred Marriage.  Lughnasadh is also the time of the Hieros Gamos of the God and Goddess.  This is mirrored in each person by the partnerships of their personal Sun and Moon.

Horoscope-  In astrology, a chart of the heavenly bodies that shows the relitive positions of the planets at a certain moment in time.  Given the exact time and place of an individual's birth, an astrologer can cast a horoscope from which to difine the subject's character and advise them on future courses of action 

Horned God- Consort of the Goddess. The lord of animals and forrests, associated with hunting. Pagan father God often mistaken for, or associated with, Satan. This is an incorrect assumption.

Hydromancy- Divination by liquid, especially water.

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