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Aiguillette

aiguillette A knotted loop of thread, also called a ligature, which witches were said to use to cause impotence, and ...
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Apples

apples Apples, cultivated in Britain as early as 3000 B.C.E., have had a long association with MAGIC, witches and goddesses ...
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Aradia

Aradia The Tuscan legend of Aradia, daughter of the moon goddess Diana who was dispatched to earth to establish witchcraft ...
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Bees

bees According to the demonologists of the Inquisi- tion, witches or sorceresses who managed to eat a queen bee before ...
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Bell, Book and Candle

bell, book and candle A phrase from the Roman Cath- olic ritual for excommunication that sometimes is used to denote ...
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Blasting

blasting The ability of witches to interfere with or destroy the fertility of man, beast and crop. This mali- cious ...
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Blasting rod

blasting rod According to the Grand Grimoire, a rod or wand used by a magician to control spirits, especially unruly ...
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Blessed Be

blessed be In Wicca and Paganism, "blessed be" is a widely used salutation and parting in conversation and correspondence. A ...
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brass

 brass In folk MAGIC, brass is considered to be effective in repelling witches and evil spirits. It has been used ...
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bruja/brujo

bruja/brujo The feminine and masculine names, respectively, for the witches of Mexico, Mesoamerica and Hispanic communities in the United States ...
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Cakes-and-Wine

Cakes-and-wine (also cakes-and-ale) is in Wicca and Paganism, a relaxed sharing of refreshments, conversation, dancing and singing that follows rituals, ...
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Caul

caul Amniotic fetal membrane that sometimes clings to a newborn's head or body after birth. Being born with a caul, ...
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Charge of the Goddess

Charge of the Goddess

Charge of the Goddess In Wicca, a poetic and inspiring address given by the Goddess to her worshipers through her ...
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Corn Dolly

A corn dolly is a ritual doll, or variation of a poppet, used in traditional seasonal rites for fertility of ...
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Cowan

cowan In Wicca, a non-witch, a person who has not been initiated into the Craft (see initiation). The word is ...
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Craft name

Craft name In Wicca, a name taken upon initiation that reflects one's new identity as witch. A witch may keep ...
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crossroads

crossroads

crossroads A heavily charged place of MAGIC. The Greek goddess of witchcraft, Hecate, was also goddess of the crossroads, and ...
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curandero/curandera

curandero/curandera Medicine men and women of Mexico, Mesoamerica and Hispanic communities. The curandero and curandera have a different healing func- ...
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Devil Fish

Devil Fish

A devil fish is a type of ray fish used by Mexican witches (brujas or brujos) in the casting of ...
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Devil's mark

Devil's mark According to witch-hunters, the Devil always permanently marked the bodies of his initiates to seal their pledge of ...
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Egg tree

egg tree A charm against witches. The egg tree is a dead bush with the limbs cropped, decorated with dozens ...
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Elder

elder In Paganism and WiCCA, one who has attained a high level of respect for his or her experience and ...
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Esbat

An esbat is the regular meeting of a coven of Witches at which religious worship is conducted, business is discussed and MAGIC ...
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Familiars

familiars In folklore, low-ranking demons in constant attention to witches for the purpose of carrying out spells and bewitchments. Familiars ...
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fetish

fetish

fetish An object believed to embody spirits or be inhabited by, or attached to, them. A fetish represents the spirits ...
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Flying

flying A belief during the witch hunts, that the Devil, his demons and witches could transport themselves and others through ...
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garlic

garlic A protection against witches, demons, vampires, the evil eye and other dark supernatural forces, and an ingredient in folk ...
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Hag

hag An old, ugly woman believed to be a witch or sorceress; also, a supernatural, demonic being whose powers enable ...
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Hag Stone

hag stone In folk mAgIC, a stone with a hole in it hung in homes and stables to keep away ...
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Hare

hare In folklore, a witch’s FAmIlIAr or a witch metamorphosed in disguise (see metAmorphosIs). It is still bad luck in ...
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Hedge Witch

hedge witch Term coined and popularized by English witch Rae Beth to describe the contemporary yet traditional village witch or ...
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Helms Amendment

The Helms Amendment was an attempt in 1985 by two members of Congress, Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina and ...
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Herne the Hunter

Herne the Hunter A spectral huntsman of English lore, often the leader of the WIld Hunt or the nocturnal processions ...
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Hex

A hex is a spell or bewitchment. The term comes from the Pennsylvania Dutch, who borrowed it from their native ...
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Hex Death

Hex death : Also called “voodoo death,” hex death is death from a hex or Curse resulting from black Magic ...
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Hex Signs (hexenfoos)

hex signs (hexenfoos) round magical signs and symbols used by the Pennsylvania Dutch, primarily to protect against witchcraft but also ...
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Hexenkopf (Witch’s Head)

Hexenkopf (Witch’s Head) A rocky hill near Easton, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley, steeped in witchcraft superstitions and folklore influenced ...
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Horned God

Horned God : In contemporary Paganism and Witchcraft, the consort of the Goddess and representative of the male principle of ...
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Horned Women

Horned Women

Horned Women : In Irish legend, 12 horned women, all witches, who take over the household of a rich woman ...
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Horseshoe

Horseshoe

horseshoe Amulet against witches, FAIrIes, the DeVIl, bewItChment, evil spirits and the eVIl eye. In earlier times, horseshoes were made ...
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Hutton, Ronald

Hutton, Ronald

Hutton, Ronald (194– ) Professor of history at Bristol University in England and an authority on the history of Paganism ...
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Ill-wishing

ill-wishing A Curse that is the product of envy, revenge and anger. In earlier times, people commonly blamed their misfortune ...
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Iron in Witchcraft

Iron in Witchcraft

Iron is in folklore, one of the best charms against witches, sorcerers, demons and other evil spirits. In Europe, folklore ...
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Juan

Juan : In Hispanic lore, any man named Juan has the power to catch witches. To do so, he must ...
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Kiss of Shame

Kiss of Shame

The kiss of shame is a homage paid to the DeVIl by kissing his posterior. The osculum infame, as it ...
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Knots

The tying and untying of knots is used to bind and release energy in many folk magic spells and formulas ...
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Ladder

Widely held superstitions that it is bad luck to walk beneath a ladder are related in part to fears about ...
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Ligature

Ligature

A ligature is a knotted loop of thread used by witches to cause demonic castration or impotence in men, as well ...
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Lutin

Lutin

A lutin is a French name for a hobgoblin common in French folklore and fairy tales. The lutin is either ...
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Malleus Maleficarum

Malleus Maleficarum

The Malleus Maleficarum (Witch Hammer) is the most influential and important witch hunter’s guide of the Inquisition. Published first in ...
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Mother Redcap

Mother Redcap

Mother Redcap : A name applied to English ale-wives, wise women and witches. It was also given to FAmIlIAr animals ...
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Sabbat

Sabbat

A sabbat is a wild party of witches, heretics, DEMONs, and the DEVIL in a remote location. The participants supposedly ...
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Witch Doctors

witch doctors Witch doctors, also called jujumen, obeahmen, root doctors, conjure men and leaf doctors, serve as priests and physicians ...
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Witch of Endor

Witch of Endor According to the story related in Samuel I of the Old Testament, the Witch of Endor was ...
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Witch Pegs

witch pegs In rural areas of the Ozarks, ChArms for keeping witches away from a home, made from cedar pegs ...
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witch-finder

witch-finder An expert at examining and identifying witches. Witch-finders were especially important during the height of the witch hunts in ...
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Witch’s hat

The stereotypical image of a witch is that of an ugly, old hag wearing a tall, black, pointed hat with ...
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witch’s ladder

A witch’s ladder is a string of 40 beads or a cord with 40 knots, used in Magic. The beads ...
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Witch’s Mark

witch’s mark : In witch lore, an extra treat or nipple on witches for suckling FAmIlIArs and Imps, who were ...
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Witches’ Light

witches’ light A light emitted or carried by witches that enables them to be detected by others, especially at night ...
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Witching Hour

witching hour The hour of midnight on the night of the full moon. This is a time of transformation and ...
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Wizard

Wizard

A wizard is an old term used to describe male magicians, sorcerers or witches, but seldom used in modern times ...
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