A warlock is a term for male witches, though most men in contemporary Witchcraft prefer to be called Witches or Wiccans like their female counterparts. The word has negative connotations; it stems from the old Anglo-Saxon word waerloga, which means traitor, deceiver or liar. Traditionally, a warlock is a sorcerer or Wizard who has gained supernatural power and knowledge through a Devil’s Pact. (Such pacts are not part of contemporary Witchcraft.) Since the revival of Witchcraft in the 1950s, few Witches have referred to male Witches as warlocks; Sybil Leek once commented that use of the word was a rarity, except among outsiders.


The Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft and Wicca – written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley – Copyright © 1989, 1999, 2008 by Visionary Living, Inc.

A warlock A male sorcerer, WIZARD, or witch, especially of a malevolent nature. Warlock is derived from the old Anglo Saxon word, waerloga, which means “traitor,” “deceiver,” or “liar.” According to lore, warlocks gained their supernatural power and knowledge through a Demonic Pact. Like wizard, warlock is an outdated term. washes In folk Magic, an herb and water mixture with magical properties. Washes are applied to the floors and walls of homes, businesses, and other places to magically attract luck, money, tranquility, happiness, and other 334 wand desired things. They are used to banish unwanted spirits and energies. A wash is made with a pint of water in which herbs are steeped for several days in a dark place. As in the making of magical anointing oils and OINTMENTS, Incantations or Charms related to the purpose are said over the wash. Watchtowers In Magic, the four quarters of the Earth. The term Watchtowers was coined by JOHN DEE and Edward Kelly in their system of ENOCHIAN Magic. Dee and Kelley conceived that the four quarters of the Earth are guarded by Angels and Elementals. Watchtowers are incorporated into the magical material developed by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The Opening By Watchtower Ritual, in which the guardians are invoked, is one of the most oft-used rituals in ceremonial Magic. weapon-salve See OINTMENTS.



The Encyclopedia of Magic and Alchemy Written byRosemary Ellen Guiley Copyright © 2006 by Visionary Living, Inc.


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