by Ilil Arbel, Ph.D.
Alchemy: Medieval forerunner of chemistry, particularly interested in changing base metals into gold.
Amulet: An object worn as a charm against evil, or for good luck.
Astarte: A Near Eastern fertility goddess.
Astral body: A spiritual body believed to exist apart from the physical body, and to survive death.
Astrology: The study of the positions and aspect of the heavenly bodies, and how they influence human affairs.
Athena: The Greek goddess of wisdom, warfare and crafts.
Aura: Electromagnetic field believed to be generated by the human body.
Baba Yaga: A powerful Russian witch.
Coven: An assembly of at least thirteen witches.
Demiurge: A Gnostic deity or demon, who created the material world.
Encantados: Friendly Brazilian spirits. They own the natural world and like to possess consenting mediums for short periods of time.
Familiar: A spirit who takes an animal form and becomes the companion of a practicing witch.
Grimoire: A manual of magic spells.
Hallucination: Distorted perception of objects or events, caused by mental disorder or drug, and appearing extremely real.
Heresy: A religious doctrine that disagrees with the dogma of the Catholic Church.
Iemanja: A Brazilian Sea Goddess.
Incantation: Ritual recitation of spells.
Kabbalah: A body of Jewish mystical teachings.
Karma: The effect of a person's actions during a succession of many lives.
Matriarchal society: A society in which the mother is the head of the family and descent is traced though the mother's side.
Maypole: A pole decorated with streamers, held by the people dancing around it.
Mithras: The ancient Persian god of light, guardian against evil.
Necromancy: The magic art of communicating with the spirits of the dead in order to predict the future.
Occult: Relating or dealing with the supernatural.
Parapsychology: The study of telepathy, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, and related subjects.
Pentacle: A five pointed star, an important Wicca symbol.
Possession: The state of being dominated by a spirit.
Puritans: A group of English Protestants who in the 16th and 17th centuries believed in strict religious life.
Reincarnation: Rebirth of the soul in a new body.
Sabbat: A periodic gathering of witches.
Satanism: The worship of Satan, characterized by mocking of Christian rites.
Sea Witch: A witch who specializes in controlling the seas or oceans.
Shaman: A member of a tribal society who is a link between the spirit world and the visible world; also functions as a sorcerer.
Sophia: The Gnostic feminine side of God, and the goddess of light and wisdom.
Spectral Evidence: The activities of ghost or an apparition of the living, accepted at court as if performed by a real person.
Telepathy: Mind-to-mind communication of thoughts.
Tenet: Principle or body of principles accepted the core of a religion.
Thor: The Norse god of thunder.
Valhalla: The hall of the Norse gods.
Voodoo: A Caribbean religion, based on a mixture of Catholicism and African tribal religions.
Zeus: The principal god of the Greek pantheon.
Zohar: The principal book of the Jewish Kabbalah.
Zombie: A corpse animated by supernatural power.
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