A Quick Occult Reference for Beginners

ac4f510155b4db73009f6c99150914d2BANISH: A form of prayer, projection or spell to magically and willfully end something or remove the unwanted energy or remove people, things, thoughts of influences. Remove the presence of above, or clear an area, situation or mind of unwanted influence.
Most often using sympathetic magic; this is a general word also for what is called the four Bs :buring, binding, burning and brrrring (or freezing). Any of all of the elements can be used. (lca)
BIND: A spell that willfully, purposefully and magically restrains, wraps up, or contains the energy or influence of a person, place or thing, often using the energy of air. (lca)
BRRR or FREEZE: A spell that willfully, purposefully and magically restrains, wraps up, or contains the energy or influence of a person, place or thing. This is done often by literally freezing (putting in a freezer or a body of water that will freeze over) the person, plae or thing, using sympathetic magic. This is often done using the energy of water. (lca)
BURN: A spell that willfully, purposefully and magically ends the connection to a person, place or thing using sympathetic magic. This is done often by literally burning a likeness and containing the ashes. Note: one can also burn projections as sympathetic magic used to effect a spell, often done using the energy of fire and/or air and/or earth. (lca)
BURY: A spell that willfully, purposefully and magically ends the connection to a person, place or thing using sympathetic magic through burning a likeness or effigy or even the thing itself. This uses the power of earth (lca)


BLESSING: A blessing, (also used to refer to bestowing of such) is the infusion of something with holiness, divine will, or one’s hopes. (Wikipedia)

CURSE: A curse is any manner of adversity thought to be inflicted by any supernatural power (such as a spell, a prayer, an imprecation, an execration, magic, witchcraft, a god, a natural force, or a spirit.) The forms of curses found in various pre-scientific cultures comprise a significant proportion of the study of both folk religion and folklore.
Prayer: Prayer is the act of attempting to communicate with a deity or spirit. Purposes for this may include worshipping, requesting guidance, requesting assistance, confessing sins, as an act of reparation or to express one’s thoughts and emotions. The words of the prayer may take the form of intercession, a hymn, incantation or a spontaneous utterance in the person’s praying words. Secularly, the term can also be used as an alternative to “hope”. Praying can be done in public, as a group, or in private. Most major religions in the world involve prayer in one way or another.

ETHICS: Ethics is a major branch of philosophy, encompassing right conduct and good life. It is significantly broader than the common conception of analyzing right and wrong. A central aspect of ethics is “the good life”, the life worth living or life that is simply not satisfying, which is held by many philosophers to be more important than moral conduct

KARMA: The eastern belief that one’s thoughts and deeds can be either counted against them or added to their spiritual path during several life times. In Sanskirt it means “action.” It could all so be a warning to follow the law of cause and effect. (Wikipedia)

LEFT-HAND PATH: A term that points to those people who feel that they are justified in using magick for purposes that are not constructive to other human beings. It is a reference that they are possibly a self-serving individual. Conversely, the right-hand path is considered positive in nature. (from Witchs-brew.org)

MAGICIAN: (in this context) A person who performs acts, workings or magic using paranormal, supernatural or metaphysical means. He exercises his will and imagination to affect changes in his environment. A K (magick, magical, magickian) can be added to separate occult workings from magicians such as David Copperfield. (jda/lca)

NEO-PAGANISM: an umbrella term used to identify a wide variety of modern religious movements, particularly those influenced by historical pre-Christian European “pagan” religions. (Wikipedia) and those who are earth-based (lca)

PROJECTION: Projection is attributing your own repressed thoughts to someone else. (changingminds.org) Projection in witchcraft is sending your will or desire to cause change in a person, place or thing (lca)

PROJECTIVE ENERGY: That which is directive, masculine, electrical, forward-moving, dominant and active. (lca)

RECEPTIVE ENERGY: That which is directed, feminine, inward moving, and passive. (lca)

RULE OF THREE: (also threefold law or law of return) is a tenet of the Neopagan religion of Wicca. It claims that whatever energy a person puts out into the world, be it positive or negative, will be returned to that person three times. John J. Coughlin states that ” . . . there is a literal reward or punishment tied to one’s actions, particularly when it comes to working magic,” and that “there are many Wiccans, experienced and new alike, who view the Law of Return as an over-elaboration on the Wiccan Rede.” The Rule of Three has been compared by Karl Lembke to other ethics of reciprocity, such as the concept of karma in Dharmic religions and the Christian edict, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matthew 7:12), also called the “Golden Rule.” The Rule of Three has its possible prototype in a piece of Wiccan liturgy that first appeared in print in Gerald Gardner’s 1949 novel High Magic’s Aid (Wikipedia)

SPELL: Extended mental and emotional energy spoken aloud, written, spoken to oneself, drawn or even danced. To work, it should be clear, concise, focused and emotional. The need must be present to bring any spell to a successful culmination.

SYMPATHETIC MAGIC: Sympathetic magic, also known as imitative magic, is a type of magic based on imitation or correspondence. Imitation involves using effigies or poppets to affect the environment of people, or occasionally people themselves. Correspondence is based on the idea that one can influence something based on its relationship to another thing. (Wikipedia). Imitation can also be affected by putting that energy into a photograph, verse or written statement of name (lca)

WICCA: The spelling Wica first appears in the writings of Gerald Gardner (Witchcraft Today, 1954; The Meaning of Witchcraft, 1959). He used the word as a mass noun referring to the adherents of his tradition of witchcraft (‘the Wica’), rather than the religion itself. He referred to the religion as witchcraft, never Wica. The word seems to be based on the Old English word wicca IPA: [ˈwɪtʃɑ]; similarly, wicca and its feminine form wice are the predecessors of the modern English witch. (Wikipedia) (Note: Wicca=male witch; wicce or wice=female witch. – lca)
The spelling Wicca was not used by Gardner and the term Wiccan (both as an adjective and a noun) was not used until much later, but it is now the prevalent term to refer to followers of Wicca. (Wikipedia)

WITCH: Male or female that uses magical practices, or practices Witchcraft. (lca)
Witchcraft still exists in a number of belief systems, and indeed there are many today who identify with the term “witch” (Wikipedia)

WORKING/MAGICAL WORKING: Active use of magic to consciously, willfully and purposefully reach a desired positive goal. Also know as spell-casting, projecting, willing a change to occur. (lca)

Lillee Allee

Lillee Allee

Representative at National Paranormal Society
Lillee Allee has studied religion, spirituality and paranormal investigation for over 40 years. She is the widow of John D. Allee, an internationally known dark magician. She continues to consult in paranormal investigation. Her specialties include: Marian and cultural spiritual phenomena/apparitions, spiritual support to teams and clients who want spiritual counseling after investigation, evp work and old school audio, the accuracy and research of past life regression and seance, and spiritual protection. Lillee was also one of the first to incorporate trained canines into paranormal investigations. She hosts a radio program on the para-x.com network, Happy Mediums, with Debra Ann Freeman, who also consults with paranormal investigative teams in Southern New England. Lillee is a published author and journalist, and legal clergy with degrees in psychology and mass communication. Lillee walks on the middle path sees learning as a life-long endeavor and is looking to make a difference and contribution to this field before she too will be heard on someone’s EVP. Lillee is always available to educate and consult and continues to enjoy guesting on other’s radio and television programs.
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