Terms Commonly Used in Herbal Magic.
I have put together a basic glossary of terms that are commonly used in herbalism and in some cases, paganism in general. This is by no means comprehensive but I hope it maybe a useful starting point for those new to the topic or who need a short and simple guide.
A - C
Adept - Someone who is skilled in a particular subject or field.
Akashic Records - Thought substance that receives an imprint of every memory ever experienced. Those who are able to tap into these records can learn otherwise unobtainable information about the past.
Amulet - An object that is worn to bring luck or to protect.
Anaphrodisiac - The opposite of an aphrodisiac. Any herb that cools passion.
Aphrodisiac - Herbs that increase sexual desire.
Astral projection - The phenomena of experiencing your consciousness outside of your physical body.
Athame - A ceremonial knife, usually with a black handle that is used during rituals.
Balefire - An open air fire, such as a bonfire that is lit for magical purposes.
Bane - Any cause of harm or death.
Banish - To drive away.
Besom - A broom made from twigs tied to a stronger central pole. These are the brooms traditionally associated with witches.
Botanomancy - Divination using herbs.
Censer - Vessels used for burning incense. Often made of brass, copper or clay.
Chaplet - A garland of flowers, leaves or herbs worn on the head.
Clairvoyance - 'Clear seeing' The ability to perceive information in a way other than through the five senses. Often called intuition.
Clear - To remove negative energy.
Consecrate - To make something holy or sacred.
Coven - A group of witches who work and worship together.
Curse - Concentrated negative and/or destructive energy that has been deliberately created and directed at someone or something with the intention of doing harm.
D - G
Daphnomancy - Divination performed using laurel leaves. This is normally done by burning them and looking into the smoke
Deosil - Clockwise, the direction of the sun.
Divination - Gaining insight into a situation or question using something other than standard methods. Examples included tarot, crystal ball and pendulum readings.
Elements - These are not the same as the elements represented by the periodic table in science but Earth, Air. Fire, Water and Spirit.
Enchant - To sing your declaration of magical intent.
Exorcism - The practice of removing negative entities and psychic clutter from a place and rarely people.
Evil eye - Look that is said to be able to cause great harm or bad luck to a person.
Fluid condenser - A liquid used to concentrate the power of herbs.
Grades - Levels of achievement gain my members of a specific group or method.
Grimoire - A magical textbook kept by magic practitioners containing information, spells etc. Often called a book of shadows by Wiccans.
H - L
Handfasting - A pagan ceremony similar to a wedding
Hallucinogen - A substance that causes changes in perception, thought, consciousness and emotion.
Herb - Plants that are used for their culinary, spiritual or medically beneficial properties.
Hex - An evil spell.
Initiation - A ceremony or other ritual often used by groups before new members can join and gain access to their information or join in with their work.
M - S
Macerate - To soak in alcohol or oil.
Narcotic - A substance that induces sleep.
Pentagram - A five pointed star that is often used as a symbol of protection.
Poppet - A small representation of a person for which a spell or ritual is being performed. These are often small doll like figures made from various materials.
Rede - A law or rule of life, often written in rhyme.
Runes - Ancient alphabets. Divination tool used to seek advice.
Sabbat - The eight religious festivals that occur on the solstices and equinoxes.
Sachet - A small normally cloth bag.
Scry - Gazing into a crystal ball, fire, water etc as a method to use clairvoyant powers.
Spell - A magical ritual performed with the intent to cause change.
Steep - To soak in liquid.
T - Z
Tarot - Method of divination using cards.
Three-fold law - The belief that whatever you put out will be returned to you three times over.
Tincture - An infusion made in alcohol.
Wicca - A pagan tradition.
Widdershins - Anti-clockwise.
Witch - Someone who practises witchcraft (male or female)
Witchcraft - An ancient religion based on worshipping the universes life force.
Wortcunning - The use of herbs in magic.
© 2012 Claire