Cabala- See Qaballa. The ancient Hebrew magickal system.
Call- Invoking divine forces.
Candlemas- Pagan sabbat held on Feb. 1.
Cantrip- A spell cast by a witch. It is small, quick, and has minimal effects.
Cardinal Points- North, East, South, and West. Symbolized by the circle in magic (which connects the points), the four elements, and the watchtowers.
Catharsis- The release of magickal energies at the height or climax of a ritual. Essentially the use of energy at the catharsis is the crux of the rite, determining whether its outcome will be successful or not.
Cauldron- A feminine symbol of the goddess, also of life, death, and rebirth. This is associated with Cerridwen, a goddess who brewed a magickal cauldron from which a single drop was yielded each year. The consumer of her brew would be granted great wisdom. Today her cauldron survives not only in pagan ritual but in the Christian concept of the holy grail.
Censer- A container in which incense is smoldered or burned. It symbolises the element of air. Often a censer is used during ritual to "cense" an area, generally by moving the censer around the area and especially around the circle as a means of purification.
Centering- Grounding your energy through meditation, often before rituals to help harness and direct the balanced energy.
Chakras- Seven major energy vortexes in the human body.Each is usually associated with a color. These vortexes are: crown-violet, forehead-indigo, thoat-blue, chest-green, naval-yellow, abdomen-orange, groin- red.
Charms- An amulet or talisman that has been chamged by saying an incantation oover it and instilling it with energy for a specific purpose.
Chalice- A feminine symbol of the element water. This is used during ritual and once the waters of life which it contains is blessed, it is passed around so that everyone in the coven may bring the Goddess "into" themself.
Channeling- Mediumship; a word for an entity talking through a human to convey a message to the physical plane.
Chant- Repetition of magickal phrases, syllables, or words to produce a desired effect as well as bring the chanter to a deeper meditative state.
A Chaos magician not actively in practice.
Charge, The- The traditional Garderian/Alexandrian declaration by the High Priestess in the name of the Goddess.
Charging- The act of empowering an herb stone or other magickal object with one's own energies directoed towards a magickal purpose.
Chi- A Chinese term for the all-encompassing universal life force.
Cheiromancy- Divination based on the examination of the hand, related to palmistry.
Circle, Magic- A sphere of magical energies in which Wiccan rituals are usually practiced. The area inside the circle is seen as being sacred ground in which Wicca and their deities may meet. The circle is deconstructed (released, grounded, etc) after use. Often constructed using the athame, along with incence, salt, and water, but methods vary greatly.
Circle of Protection; CoP- See Circle.
Cleansing- Purification through a ritual bath (often with a handful of sea salt thrown in) and through meditation to cleanse the psyche. Traditionally performed before every ritual.
Cone of Power- Psychic energy raised by either an individual or a coven and released to perform a certain goal through magick.
Conjure- To summon entities from the spirit realm into the physical plane.
Consecration- The blessing, cleansing, or positively charging of an object which is meant to be used in magick or dedicated to a deity.
Corn Dolly- A figure made by plaiting wheat, similar to a poppet. It is symbolic of the fertility, grain, and harvest aspects of the Goddess.
Correspondences- Materials used in magick which relate to their specific goal. These can be herbs, stones, moon phases, colors, numbers, etc. An example would be mugwort used in a dream spell, as mugwort is a popular herb corresponding to dreams.
Coven- A group of witches led by a High Priest and/or a High Priestess who meet to worship and practice magic. Traditionally limited to 13, though most are significantly smaller.
Covenstead- The place where a particular coven habitually meets.
Cowan- Used in Wicca and Witchgraft to mean a non Wiccan/Witch in much the same way gentile is used by Jews to desigante a non Jew.
Cowan- A slang term for a non-witch or non-pagan, generally used as a derogatory word for a pagan who is considered a fake or a poser.
Craft, the- The Craft is a term used to refer to witchcraft and wicca.
Crone- A term of respect used for a witch who has passed menopause or who is over 50-56 years old.
Croning- A rite of passage into being a crone.
Cross of Confusion- An ancient Roman symbol which questioned the validity of Christianity.
Cross Quarter Days- A term used for the fire sabbats (Samhain, Imbolb, Beltane, Lammas). The most important festivals of the years which form the "cross" in the wheel of the year.
Cunning Man- A practitioner of magick; this term dates back to long before Christianity. He was relied on by villagers to bring a good harvest, protect them from evil, and provide charms and medicines. The Cunning Man survived the coming of Christianity, but not for very long.
Curse- Conscious direction of negative energy towards a person, place, or object.
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