Any one of eight Wiccan solar festivals, marked by the 4 solstices and
equinoxes, as well as 4 dates inbetween them. They are (Celtic style
names, others exist) Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Litha, Lughnasadh,
Mabon, and Samhain.
Sacred Space- A
space which you will be using for some sort of non-everyday activity,
such as magic or Tarot reading, which is set apart from the hustle and
bustle of everyday life, and which is closer to the Divine.
Sachet- a cloth bag, usually of natural fibers; filled with herbs.
Sage- a sometimes used term for a male 'Crone'. SAGING: is the ritual for a man reaching this status.
Salamander- The traditional term for a Fire Elemental.
The November-Eve ritual better known as Hallowe'en. It is a Gaelic
word, the name of the month of November, and is pronounced *SOW'en*
(the first syllable to rhyme with *now*).
Seven Planes- The
seven planes, or spheres of existence are used to describe the
different levels of being which Spirit, or Goddess, experiences in
interaction with Matter, or God. As is often the case with
classifications, these seven levels are not nearly as neat as they are
made to sound, but overlap and blend in ways which defy category. These
seven planes are sometimes described as a successive “Fall” into
progressive densities of matter, progressively slower vibrations. The
seven planes are these; Physical, at which we experience physical form
and sensation. Emotional, at which we experience emotional feelings.
Mental, at which we experience thought and abstract concepts and
understandings. Astral, at which we create our existence and its
conditions. Soular, at which we develop those traits that make a unique
part of Deity. Monadic, that part of us which is Divine, but is
separate from the Whole of Deity. And Divine, at which we are One with
Scepter (sep.ter)- A wand used by Witches and other practitioners of the magickal arts in certain spells and rituals.
A ritual whip symbolizing firmness, in balance with the Wand which
symbolizes mercy. Most ritual scourges are quite harmless, made for
example with silk thongs.
Any form of divination which involves gazing at or into something, such
as a crystal ball or black mirror, to observe psychically-perceived
Sealing- this term is used when a spell is 'sealed' by gestures or chant, etc; this to contain the raised energy into the spell.
a 7 point star symbol used in ceremonial magick, representing 7 tenets
of: Balance, Harmony, Humility, Learning, Reincarnation, Tolerance,
Trust. (Don't know the correct order.) Once it represented 7 angels who
became 7 planets (the ones then known), called the Mystic Star. Other
7's include Days of the Week, Deadly Sins, Mounts of the Hand, Pillars
of Wisdom, Sacraments, Virtues, & Wonders of the World.
Shade- The spirit of a being which refuses to leave the physical plane.
religion of the ancient peoples of northern Europe and Asia, generally
characterised by the ability of the Shaman to communicate with the
spirit world. Major facets of Shamanism are animism, possession,
prophecy/revelations, shapeshifting, and soul travel.
Shanti (Śānti)- Shanti
(Pali: Santi) simply means "peace". It’s a beautiful meaning and also a
very beautiful sound. The shanti is repeated three times, as are many
chants in Buddhism. In Buddhism as well as in Hinduism the threefold
Shanti is generally interpreted as meaning the Threefold Peace in body,
speech, and mind (i.e. peace in the entirety of one’s being).Hindu
teachings typically end with the words Om shanti shanti shanti as an invocation of peace, and the mantra is also used to conclude some Buddhist devotional ceremonies.
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o is pronounced like o in ore
ā is pronounced as a in father
i in speech is pronounced like i in mill, but in chanting is pronounced like ee in bee
very esoteric practice involving changing the human form. This can be
practiced while on the astral plane, this alone is a great
accomplishment. It is said that one can also shapeshift on the physical
plane, though documented proof of this is nonexistent. Few books are
published on the subject as it is an art mainly for certain people, and
teachers prefer to find these people and teach them their art
secretively rather than let the public know their ways.
Showstone- A crystal sphere used for divination, especially scrying. Also called a crystal ball.
A magickal oriented seal,sign,glyph,or other device used in magickal
workings.The most powerful sigil are those that you create yourself.
This is an archaic word used by witches of old, to mean a medicinal
plant or the medicine obtained from it. Simples, which are a mainstay
of many folkhealers and country Witches, are usually very mild and
indiginous plants. THey are used completely by themselves to prevent
Skyclad- The act of celebrating or doing a magickal working in the nude.
Waving a smoldering handful of herbs around a person, as a ritual
cleansing gesture. An American practice adopted from Native Americans,
though the Native American practice itself is said to have arisen only
in the past hundred years.
occur twice a year, midway between the 2 EQUINOXES, producing a day
with the shortest light & longest dark hours in Dec. & a day of
longest light & shortest dark hours in June; both occur about the
21st in their months.
Solitary- A witch who practices alone instead of within a coven.
So Mote it Be- A phrase used often in rituals to close a chant or incantation. It literally means, "It must be so" or "So it shall be".
practice which involves summoning, binding, or banishing deities. Often
a sorcerer (practitioner of sorcery) uses no tools.
true identity of a human being, the immortal self which surpasses death
and lives on into the otherworld, perchance to be reincarnated.
Extended mental and emotional energy spoken aloud,written,spoken to
oneself,drawn,or even danced. To work,it should be
clear,concise,focused and emotional.The need must be present to bring
any spell to a successful end.
Spellcrafting- The practice of creating spells by writing outlines, arranging correspondences, and authoring incantations.
Spiral- A sacred spiral plays an important part in magickal workings.It is the symbol of "coming into being."
Spirits- Entities which are free of a physical body.
Spring Equinox- One
of the eight Sabbats celebrated by witches ; the Vernal Equinox. The
Spring Equinox Sabnbat, also known as Ostara, Alban Eiler, and Rite of
Eostre, celebrates the rebirth of spring and the reawakening of Mother
Earth's green magick.
a magickal tool, traditionally made of well-seasoned hardwood,
straight, and owners height in length. Sometimes, chakra crystals are
inbedded at the appropriate heights. A phallic and Solar symbol. If
entwined with a vine, such as ivy or ribbons, and surmounted by a pine
cone; then this tool is a THYROS.
Succubus- an oversexed female demon or spirit.
Steep- To soak in a hot liquid, such as water.
Summoner- Like a male version of the maiden, a member of the coven who is an assistant to the High Priest.
Sylph- (silf') The traditional term for an Air Elemental.
Symbol- (sim.bol') A
sign which represents something else. Symbols are used commonly in
rituals to represent gods, elements, goals, and more. Many tools are
symbols, for example, the chalice is a symbol of the goddess and the
giving of life.
Synchronicity-(sin.crow.nis'.itee) A Jungian term describing a coincidence which seems to have meaning yet no connection is clear.