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Da/n
Poem, art, hymn, skill, gift, destiny, fate, talent, vocation, calling, treasure. A gift or talent intrinsic to a person, given by the Gods, unchangeable, which may either be expressed or not.
Dactylogy
Finger signaling system of language (such as Ameslan) used by deaf and mute persons; can also be used as powerful mudras in rituals.
Dactylomancy
An early form of Radiesthesia using a dangling ring.
Daemon
A daemon a lesser Divinity. A guardian spirit, the inspiring or indwelling spirit of a place or thing, an entity or intelligence of a particular force, an artificial elemental created by a person or group for a specific purpose or force.
Dagda
An aspect of the All Father, and a Lord of complete knowledge and wisdom. He is the "Light" aspect of the God and is the master of life and death and a bringer of prosperity and abundance. He is the 'light' twin to the 'dark' Sucellos, ruling over the light half of the year beside the Goddess. His magickal symbols are the wand, chalice (or goblet), a magick harp, the flesh hook, a sword, club, and cauldron.
Dagger
A ritual knife used for severing psychic bonds, exorcising, cursing and/or initiating.
Damona
A protectress of farmers' herds and fields and a Goddess of abundance and prosperity. Her magickal symbols are cattle.
Damping
A psi or anti-psi talent for lowering the power levels of psychic energy fields.
Danu
A Goddess of wisdom, complete abundance, and control over all things. She represents Air of Air and is a Goddess of the people. Her magickal symbols are a staff and the color green.
Daonie Sidhe
The "little people", Leprechauns, Pixies, etc.
Daphnomancy
Requires one to listen to laurel branches cackling in an open fire.
Dark Ages
An era from about C.E. 476 to about the year 1000 characterized by repression and unenlightenment.
Dark Moon
Another name for the New Moon. Often refers to a time of rest when no magickal ceremonies or rituals should be conducted.
Dark One
The dark aspects or archetypes of the Goddess, or All Mother, whom represents death.
Days of Power
Days triggered by astrological occurrences, moon cycles or special events (your birthday, your menstrual cycle, your dedication/initiation anniversary, etc. See Sabbat)
De-magicking
The process of returning magickal energies back to the earth.
Declination
The angular distance north or south from the celestial equator measured along the great circle passing through the celestial poles.
Decoction
Decoction is a method of extraction of herbal constituents from stems, roots, barks and rhizomes through boiling. The hard plant parts are covered with water, brought to a boil for about 10 minutes and then cooled and strained.
Dedicant
A person who is apprenticed in witchcraft.
Dedication
The ritual in which an individual accepts the Craft as their path and vows to study and learn all that is necessary to reach adeptship. It is a conscious preparation to accept something new into your life and stick with it, regardless of the highs and lows that may follow. This person may be called a Dedicant, Seeker, or Candidate.
Deflection/Bouncing
An anti-psi talent for altering the force vectors of incoming psi broadcasts, thus “bouncing” them away.
Degrees
Levels of imitation representing spiritual or magickal development as well as skill, knowledge and experience. See Initiation.
Deity
A god or goddess.
Delphic Maxims
The Delphic Maxims are inscribed at Delphi and are said to have been delivered by Apollo Himself. The Maxims are suggestions for pious living, not quite commandments, really strong recommendations. According to legend, they were written down by The Seven Sages who are usually identified as: Solon of Athens, Chilon of Sparta, Thales of Miletus, Bias of Priene, Cleobulus of Lindos, Pittacus of Mitylene and Periander of Corinth.
Demeter
See Ceres.
Demon
Derived from Daemon, an artificial elemental created by neurotic complex of energies and emotions, weather of one person or many, hence counterproductive or harmful in influence and effect.
Demonomancy
Divination with the aid of demons.
Dendromancy
Divination with either oak or mistletoe.
Denomination
A religious sect. (See Tradition)
Deosil
Clockwise, the direction in which the shadow on a sundial moves as the Sun “moves” across the sky. Deosil is symbolic of life, positive magick, positive energies.
Descending Node
The point of a planet's orbit in which it crosses the plane of the earth's orbit extended to meet the celestial body from north to south.
Density Control
A PK talent for increasing or decreasing the density of an object or being.
Devas
Devas are energies, or spirit forms, that create patterns of reality on higher levels of existence. Anything created naturally or by humans has a deva.
Devotee
Individual who has devoted him or herself to a particular deity who acts as their spiritual advisor and patron. Most devotees choose their patron based on their tradition as well as a similarity of morals and other defining characteristics between themselves and the deity.
Dharanis
One's phrase creeds or statements of belief, often used as mantras, such as “E=MC2”.
Dhyana
Tantric trance, possibly a form of hypnosis.
Diamond
A magickal stone whose qualities are that of strength, power, insight, inspiration, protection, and development.
Diancecht
A physician and herbalist among the Gods. His magickal symbols are the mortar and pestle.
Dianic Wicca
A sect of witchcraft named for the goddess Diana and strongly tied into the feminist movement.
Dicetla
Spells.
Dichetal do Chennaib
Flash of inspiration.
Difficult Passage
A common mythological motif involving a hard transition or journey from one state or location to another through impossibly dangerous or paradoxical territory.
Dionysus
See Bacchus.
Directionals
The lower-level spirits, Faeries, or nature spirits of the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water. Thus, the elementals are the life force in the four elements.
Dirk
A traditional Scottish dagger.
Discarnate
Any spiritual entity without a physical body.
Discipline
Training or experience that corrects, molds, strengthens, or perfects, especially the mental faculties or moral character; noted primarily by its absence in American occult groups.
Divination
The magickal art of discovering the unknown by interpreting random patterns or symbols through the use of tools such as clouds, tarot cards, flames and smoke. Divination contacts the Psychic Mind by drowsing the Conscious Mind through ritual and observation or of manipulation of tools.
Divination Channel
There are varying types of divination channels, as a whole, this is a person who has developed the knowledge and awareness to tap into Divine energies to interpret their patterns or meanings for spiritual understanding, or forecasting a coming event or issue.
Divine, The
A label used to refer to the God-like consciousness of the Universe. A complete and fully encompassing 'spiritual energy'.
Divine Power
The unmanifested, pure energy that exists within the Goddess and God. The life force, the ultimate source of all things.
Diviner
One who does divination.
Dli
Binding principle, law. That which connects and binds everything, and is found in everything.
Dowsing/Divining Rods
The magickal art of using a pendulum or stick to find the actual location of a person, place, thing, or element.
Dragon
The dragon is the symbol of unmanifested magickal energies.
Dragon Light
Sometimes also called “Dragon Fire”. The visible magickal energies generated by the “Dragon Lines”.
Dragon Lines
Channels of energy that run throughout the Earth, our bodies, and the cosmos. The lines running through the Earth, also called “Ley Lines” are in a sort of grid-like system and places of power like sacred sites, churches, and water wells are usually along Dragon Lines.
Drawing Down the Moon
A ritual preformed during the Full Moon by witches to empower themselves and unite their essence with a particular deity, usually the Goddess.
Drawing Down the Sun
A lesser known and lesser used companion ritual to Drawing Down the Moon in which the essence of the Sun God is drawn into the body of a male witch.
Drawn System
Any divination system where the querent draws out an item in response to a question.
Dream, Literal
A dream in which it's symbolism can be easily explained and interpreted because of recent events.
Dream, Prophetic
A dream sent to you by a part (your part) of the Universal Consciousness through your unconscious mind to warn or prepare you for dramatic times or a future event.
Dream, Repetitive
This type of dream is one that keeps repeating itself, with little or no change. The reason a dream is recurring is because the message the dream is trying to get across is one that you have not acted sufficiently upon. The dream will cease to repeat when action pertaining to it's message has been taken.
Dream, Symbolic
A dream that represents something. Usually it is a 'weird' dream that you do not understand. The message of the dream is relayed through symbols that you can relate to. Interpretation of such dreams can be extensive, but they have to mean something, else you'd not have dreamt it.
Dreamtime
Peculiar to the Aboriginal culture, a symbology similar to fairies and elves, it refers to a time before memory when ancestral spirits walked the earth and formed its natural features.
Dressing a Candle
Anointing a candle from the wick outward through the wax with scented oil for a specific spiritual use.
Druid
A person of the Celtic Mystical Order.
Druidism
A pagan path originating with the Celts. This path moved across Europe and is now practiced world-wide.
Druids, Ancient
From the root “dru-,” meaning “oak tree, firm, strong;” the entire intelligentsia of the Celtic peoples, including doctors, judges, historians, musicians, poets, priests and magicians.
Druids, Masonic
Members of several Masonic and Rosicrucian fraternal orders founded in the 1700’s (and since) in England, France and elsewhere; some claim to go back to the original Druids.
Druids, Reformed
Members of several branches of a movement founded in 1963 C.E. at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota; most are now Neo-pagans, though the original founders were not.
Dryw
Wren, or druid.
Duality
The opposite of polarity. When used as a religious term, it separates two opposites such as good and evil and places those characteristics into two completely separate God-forms.
Dualism
A religious doctrine that states that all the spiritual forces of the universe(s) are split into 'Good Guys' and 'Bad Guys' who are eternally at war with each other.
Dualistic Polytheism
A style of religion in which the 'Good Guys' and 'Bad Guys' include several major and minor deities (though they may not always be called that by the official theologians); what most '“monotheisms” really are. An example is Christian Fundamentalism.
Duile
Elements. Sometimes there are seven or nine duile in a Faerie Pagan’s worldview. This list may include earth, water, stone, salt, sun, rain, cloud, stars and wind. Also du/il — element (created thing), entity, creature, affection, hope, desire, fondness. An intrinsic quality of a person’s form within the world, how one interacts with life. One’s “mask” one’s emotional attitudes or motives.
Dumiatis
A master teacher God of creative thought; A Celtic 'Mercury' — similar to the God 'Lugh'. His magickal symbols are the quill pen and ink, writing staves, books of knowledge, and the teaching tales.
Duotheism
A style of religion in which there are two deities accepted by the polytheologians, usually of opposite gender; all other deities worshiped are considered to be “faces” or aspects of the two main figures.
Dweomer
Another name for a spell or incantation.
Dwyn
A God of love and mischief who loves to play tricks, reminiscent of the Norse God "Loki".
Dyad Moon
See "Boon Moon".
Dynamic Balance, Law of
“In order to survive, let alone to become a powerful magician, one must keep every aspect of one’s universe(s) in a state of dynamic balance with every other one.”
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