Note: All this suff is Pegan based since they seem to have concieved most of it.
Dracomancer A practitioner of magick who uses dragons in their workings.
Webster's Dictionary: drag.on \'drag-en\ n dracon-,draco serpent,dragon, [fr.GK drakon;akin to OE torht bright,Gk derkesthai to see,look at] 1 archaic: a huge serpent 2:a fabulous animal usually represented as a monstrous winged and scaly serpent or saurian with a crested head and enormous claws.
Tormont Illustrated Encyclopedia: drag'en n. 1. a. A fabulous monster, represented usually as a gigantic reptile breathing fire and having a lion's claws, the tail of a serpent, wings and scaly skin. b. A figure or other representation of this creature. 2. Archaic. A large snake or serpent [Middle English drago(u)n, from Old French dragon, from Latin draco (stem dracon-), dragon, serpent, from Greek drakon, serpent]
Dragon Species and information;
PHYSIOLOGY: Thick, long bodied, scaly skin, four strong legs, two bat-like wings, wedge-shaped heads, and long necks. They usually are portrayed as breathing fire. Some breeds of these dragons have been known to be shape changers, and others have the chameleon power to change color of their background. They are sometimes displayed as having a spade or spiked tail. They eat but once a month on a sheep or ox, or even a human (myth says they prefer virgin maidens). They can be any color, or many colors, depending on the breed of the dragon. See the dragon Physiology page for more info.
HISTORY: When most people think "dragon" they most likely think of the Western dragon. Western dragons are usually portrayed as evil, mean, and bloodthirsty. They were also known to have huge hoards of gold and jewels hidden in their lairs. The most famous dragons are portrayed as Western-type dragons: St. George and the Dragon , Beowulf and the Dragon, and Draco in the movie DragonHeart. Some stories have the western dragon as the Devil in Christianity. Other stories in legend say that eating a dragons' heart will give the consumer the power of understanding birds, eating the dragons' tongue enables the person to win any argument, and rubbing the dragons' blood on skin will protect against stab wounds. Another myth references Vlad Drakul to mean Son of the Dragon, or Devil. The end of the dragon came with Christianity, and knights that were eager to prove their faith. The knights quickly discovered that dragon-hunting was very profitable, and soon most the dragons in the world were destroyed in a very short time. Vikings had dragon figureheads on the prow of their ships. The dragons on the ships were believed to endow keen site and cunning to the Viking warriors. Today the Welsh flag still has a red dragon on a green/white background, and the red dragon is their national symbol.
PHYSIOLOGY: These three species of dragons look very similar, but come from different parts of the world. They all have sinuous serpentine bodies, have four legs, they do not usually breath fire, usually shown not to have wings, but are illustrated to have them which is the Adult Imperial Dragon. The dragons are said to be made up of many different types of animals of the Earth: the body of a snake, scales of a carp (fish), head of a camel, horns of a giant stag (deer), the eyes of a hare (rabbit), ears like a bull, a neck like an inguana, belly of a frog, paws like a tigers, and claws like an eagle. Most of the time they are shown to have a lion-type mane around its neck, on its chin, and on each elbow. They have two antler-type horns decorating their wide-mouthed head, and two long "feeler" whiskers spreading out from their snout. Eastern dragons have 117 scales, 81 infused with yang, the good, and 36 infused with yin, the bad. This evens out the dragons temper and personality.
There are three families of Eastern dragons: 3 toed, 4 toed, and 5 toed. Three toed dragons are Japanese. Four toed dragons are Indonesian or Korean. Five toed dragons are Chinese. They are shown in the colors blue, black, white, red, or yellow. Oriental dragons are usually shown with a pearl in their mouth, under their chin, or in their claws. This is apparently where the dragon gets its power, and how it ascends to heaven. Roasted swallows are the Chinese dragon's favorite food.
HISTORY: In China dragons are known as Lung. There are four main kinds of Lung: Tien-lung , The Celestial Dragon: who protect the places of the Gods, Shen-Lung, The Spiritual Dragon: who control the wind and the rain, Ti-Lung , The Earth Dragon which control rivers, and water on the Earth, and Fut's-Lung , The Underworld Dragon which guards precious metals and gems. Separate dragons control the rivers of the North, South, East and West. The commander of all the River Dragons is Great Chien-Tang who is blood red, has a firey mane, and is 900 feet long.
Eastern dragons are portrayed as good, kind, and intelligent. Oriental Dragons have the most recorded history in the world, especially in China going back thousands of years. In history they have a very close link to the weather. It is said that some of the worst flooding in Asia's History were caused when a mortal has upset a dragon. In Chinese history, the 5 toed dragon is the symbol of power, and are considered "Imperial Dragons". Long ago, it became law in China that only the Emperor could have a five-clawed dragon displayed on his robes or illustrated on anything the Emperor owned. It was usually a Yellow dragon, thought to be the most superior of all the colored dragons. If someone other than the Emperor was caught wearing the symbol of the 5-toed dragon, he was put to death.
PHYSIOLOGY: Very small dragons, being only 1'-5' long, any color, with large eyes, and large butterfly-type wings. These dragons are vegetarian as they only eat fruit, vegetables, nuts, and so on.
HISTORY: These are the rarest of all the dragon, as only a few have ever been reported. Some myths might come from some large butterflies that are around the world. It is said in legend that these dragons sometimes carry faeries from city to city. Since only a few have ever been seen, the history of these types of dragons are next to none.
PHYSIOLOGY: These are dragons which have two wings, but only two legs. Sometimes shown as having claws on the wings, acting like another pair of "hands". The Wyvern is sometimes depicted as having a razor sharp stinger filled with poison on the end of its tail.
HISTORY: The history of the wyvern seems to come from Europe. The history of this dragon is not so clear, it seems to be mixed in with the history of the 4-legged dragon. Wyvern's have been depicted in heraldry on shields and banners for hundreds of years, and is considered a sign of strength to those who bear the symbol. One of the more famous wyverns is Vermithrax in the movie DragonSlayer.(Which is a very cool movie.)
PHYSIOLOGY: These are dragons which have multiple necks and heads. They may or may not have wings or legs.
HISTORY: In Greek mythology Hercules fought a grand hydra with 8 heads (history tells us 6 to 9 heads for this particular hydra). Every time he managed to slash one off with sword, two would come in its place. He finally figured out by burning the stump with a torch, it could not grow another head. That is how Hercules rid the world of the mighty hydra. Also in Greek mythology, Jason killed a hydra to get the Golden Fleece.
Drake-- A dragon, generally refers to a young one.
Elemental A spirit formed of one of the elements. The 5 elementals are salamanders (fire), sylphs (air), undines (water), gnomes (earth), and spirit (akasha)
Elements The 5 major elements in nature and magick. Earth, water, fire, air, and akasha (or spirit) which encompasses all of the other elements and is not visible
Elixir A magically charged liquid which has to have a crystal or gem sitting in it for a specific amount of time before it is ready to drink.
Empowerment An individual's assertion of personal power, energy, force, and strength in all fields... spiritual, physical, mental, magickal.
Enchantment A method of spellcasting which involves, generally, spoken words of power. An enchantment can be put on something to gain control or authority over it. Enchanted objects generally "carry" the magick put upon them with them, so it does not cease to work but is continually having its effect.
Essential Oil A plant oil which is extracted through a very complex process that generally yields very little product, making it costly to buy true essential oils. It's a misconception to think of them as actually being oily because they rarely are. These are called for often in rituals.
Evocation Calling up spirits or elementals.
Familiar A spirit or guardian who is close to a human being and considered a companion in magick. The spirit often manifests itself in a sacred object or a pet. This explains the misconception that all witches have black cats, which is not necessarily true though a cat is a magickal creature and often does become a familiar.
Fascination The practice of controlling another's mind psychically. Can be considered very manipulative and by some traditions a breaking of the Rede, especially when used to frivolously control people.
Futhark Runic alphabet used often in divination, its origins are Norse (Germanic). Divided into the elder Futhark and the younger Futhark (which has fewer runes).
Glamour A form of magick which involves changing people's immediate perception of you. It generally is simply altering your physical appearance (eye color, hair length, height, etc.) temporarily. However, it can also include changing people's emotional reaction to you. Glamours last only as long as the magician feeds energy into it.
Glyph A sigil imbued with magick.
Gnome An elemental that dwells in the earth plane. See also Elementals.
Gods Immortal beings, also called deities, worshipped by their followers and invoked for magick. A "god" is generally male, whereas the female version is "goddess". [For more information see http://www.spiritonline.com/gods]
Grammary Written magick, including symbols, signs, Ogham, and sigils.
Grounding Sending excess energy generated during a ritual into the earth, symbolically, back to the God or the Goddess from which it came.
Haruspicy Divination by animal entrails. (yay!)
Hedge Wizard A rural practitioner who has little formal training, or none at all.
Heptagram A seven-pointed star drawn with one unbroken line. Symbolic of the number seven, which is important not only to the seven traditional astrological planets but also to the seven planes and subplanes and the seven chakras.
Hexagram A geometric figure formed by two overlapping triangles, also called the Star of David. While it is used in modern magick to invoke or banish spirits, it is traditionally Jewish.
Hierophant A priest of the mysteries who reveals his secrets only to this initiates.
High Magick Ceremonial magick involving the actions of deities or spirits.
High Priest A male witch within a coven who has been initiated into the 3rd degree. Abbreviated in written rituals as HP.
High Priestess A female witch within a coven who has been initiated into the 3rd degree. Abbreviated as HPS in written rituals.
Higher Self Non-physical, true self. The enlightened, "actual" persona of the individual as opposed to what the person seems to be or thinks they are.
Horned God Pagan father God often mistaken for, or associated with, Satan. This is an incorrect assumption. (He looks sort of like a budhist priest with antlers)
Hydromancy Divination by liquid, especially water.
Incantation; Incant The spoken part of a spell.
Invocation The bringing of a divine power from the exterior into a ritual or magickal working through chant or prayer. An invocation is generally an acknowledgement of the deity and a request that they be present for the working.
Inward Silence The silencing of the emotions and thoughts that disturb the effectiveness of a ritual.
Karma A concept which originated in Hindu philosophy that is used to explain injustice and retribution. By karma, a trespass in this life will be punished in the next. Essentially, "what goes around comes around". Actions bad or good will eventually be returned to you.
Ki Japanese word for the universal life force, synonymous with the Chinese term, Chi.
Kitchen Magick; Kitchen Witchcraft A practical tradition of witchcraft mainly for suburban or lower budget witches that allows one to utilize household items instead of the often difficult to obtain ritual items. '
Lamen A disc of metal with magickal symbols inscribed on it, worn around the neck during rituals.
Levitation The supernatural phenomenon involving suspending a body in midair without physical bolster.
Lithomancy Divination by stones.
Loa An ancestral deity in the Vodou religion.
Mage A master magician; often a mage is a scholarly and skilled practitioner who prefers that the only tools of their magick be their mind, ability, and spirit.
Magick; Magic The art and occult science of changing events around you by manipulating energy in nature, the self, and the spirit world.
Metaphysical Having the nature of metaphysics.
Metaphysics A field of abstract thought and philosophy about topics not on the concrete or physical level of understanding. This includes subjects like existence, the soul, being, the supernatural, astral travel, psychicism, and so on.
Necromancy 1. The art of revealing the future through magick and especially through communication with the deceased. 2. The practice of summoning the souls of the dead and doing nifty shit with them, like sending them to lay the smack on someone.
Necronomicon A pseudo-grimoire. The notion of such a book was made by H.P. Lovecraft in fictional writing, but an unknown author wrote it and some people today still believe it is a valid source of occult information.
Occult Study and science of things esoteric, secret, paranormal, and supernatural. Ogham The magickal Celtic alphabet made up of 20 letters called fews, each representing a different kind of tree.
Old Religion This is a term often used for Wicca and witchcraft. It was used because witchcraft is believed to descend from ancient paganism. However, it is misleading when used in relation to Wicca, which is a fairly young and modern religion based on witchcraft.
Omen An sudden occurence which is interpreted as being a sign of good or evil. Often it will be small yet significant; a vase falling over or a cup of water spilling, for example. Oneiromancy Divination through dreams.
Oracle A person through which otherworldly entities can be communicated with, similar to channeling. People often see oracles to ask questions or to be given insights to their future.
Ostara Sabbat which occurs to celebrate the onset of spring. The Christian holiday of Easter originated from Ostara, a celebration named after the goddess of Spring and rebirth, hence the egg and the rabbit as the primary symbols.
Pagan 1. A follower of paganism. 2. Something related to paganism. (For example a pagan book, pagan artwork, etc.)
Pagandom Part of the world inhabited primarily by pagans.
Paganism Any religion other than Christianity, Islam, or Judaism. Generally categorized as an earth religion. Most are polytheistic (have more than one god or goddess). Literally means "country dweller".
Pagan Standard Time A slang term for when people cannot arrive or get an event going on time. Almost extinct because it was a poor excuse to begin with. Abbreviated as PST.
Pallomancy Divination with a pendulum.
Pantheon A hierarchy of gods and goddesses in a particular religious structure, such as the Greek pantheon, the Roman pantheon, etc.
Past Life Regression A technique used by hypnotists to lead a person in a trance which allows them to supposedly recall events from previous lives, when their soul was in a different physical body at another time period and place. Assuming belief in the human soul, this is actually very logical, and can be explained as simply a matter of helping the human mind connect to the soul mind and read the memories stored there.
Pendulum A tool often used to communicate with spirits or divine. See also divination.
Pentacle A disc (generally circular) which is inscribed with a pentagram on its surface. (Random fact from Ravage: Its pronounce in a similar manner to testicle.)
Pentagram A five-pointed star drawn with a single line. Upright, it resembles a human figure, with spirit taking the highest importance. Inverted (upside-down) it is often considered a Satanic symbol. This is not always true, though. In Wicca an inverted pentagram is a sign used by a second degree initiate to symbolise their progress and the facing of the "dark" side of life. When inverted, it represents the elements taking precedence over spirit.
Philtre A potion, especially for love.
Phrenology Character analysis by studying the shape and surface of the skull. Projective Hand A term often used in ritualism to describe your most powerful hand, generally the one you write with.
Prophet One who receives inspiration, information, or insights into the future from a divine source.
Psi (Pronounced "sie", rhymes with "fly") Anything pertaining to psychic, magick, or other supernatural abilities.
Psionics The use of psychic powers to affect or manipulate the physical world. Psionicist One who uses psionics.
Psychic Abilities Perceiving, receiving, or transfering information without the use of the 5 common senses (sight, touch, hearing, taste, smell).
Psychic Awareness The open state of awareness in which the conscious mind can tap into the psychic mind.
Psychic Mind The sub- or un- conscious mind which is receptive of psychic messages. When we are psychically aware, the two minds link and we can intercept these messages.
Pyromancy Divination by fire.
Rede A tenet, rule, doctrine, or law.
Reincarnation The rebirth of the soul into other physical forms from one life (reincarnation) to the next. The new physical form can be animal or human.
Ritual A formal series of generally predetermined actions (both mental or physical) performed to harness and then direct magickal powers toward the accomplishment of the goal at hand.
Runes A tool of magick and divination. There are many types of runes, all of them alphabets of some sort. Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and modern Wiccan runes are just a few. They are usually tossed randomly after deciding a subject, and then decifered based on their positioning.
Salamander The elemental who dwells in the fire plane.
Shade The spirit of a being which refuses to leave the physical plane.
Shamanism The religion of the ancient peoples of northern Europe and Asia, generally characterised by the ability of the Shaman to communicate with the spirit world. Major facets of Shamanism are animism, possession, prophecy/revelations, shapeshifting, and soul travel.
Shapeshifting A very esoteric practice involving changing the human form. This can be practiced while on the astral plane, this alone is a great accomplishment. It is said that one can also shapeshift on the physical plane, though documented proof of this is nonexistent. Few books are published on the subject as it is an art mainly for certain people, and teachers prefer to find these people and teach them their art secretively rather than let the public know their ways.
Sigil A magickal seal or glyph.
Sorcery Magickal practice which involves summoning, binding, or banishing deities. Often a sorcerer (practitioner of sorcery) uses no tools.
Soul The true identity of a human being, the immortal self which surpasses death and lives on into the otherworld, perchance to be reincarnated.
Spell The direction of energies towards some certain goal, generally with the use of spoken words.
Spellcrafting The practice of creating spells by writing outlines, arranging correspondences, and authoring incantations.
Spirits Entities which are free of a physical body.
Summoner Like a male version of the maiden, a member of the coven who is an assistant to the High Priest.
Sylph The elemental of air.
Symbol A sign which represents something else. Symbols are used commonly in rituals to represent gods, elements, goals, and more. Many tools are symbols, for example, the chalice is a symbol of the goddess and the giving of life.
Talisman A magickally charged object used to attract a certain type of energy or a particular type of person.
Tarot A form of divination using a set of cards (usually 76). (Get your free reading!)
Tasseography Divination by reading tea leaves.
Telekinesis A form of psychokinesis which involves moving objects with the mind without ever physically coming in contact with them.
Telepathy Unspoken (psychic) communication between two minds. Thelema Religious beliefs that are founded on magic within the Christian pantheon.
Theurgy Magick involving the use of divine spirits and oneness or closeness with one's God/Deitie(s).
Third Eye The psychic eye, not physically visible, but mental. Located in the middle of the forehead.
Three-fold Law A Wiccan principle which originated from the teachings of Gerald Gardner. It states that any action made by a person will be returned them three times as powerfully, whether the action was good or bad. By this law, you are encouraged to do good things so that you will be rewarded later on with three times the benevolence, as opposed to bad things which result in thrice the consequence.
Totem Animal A spirit guide in the form of an animal who chooses to accompany you. This tradition is derived from Native American spirituality.
Transmutation The work of alchemy, changing base metals and elements into precious things.
Triple Goddess The three faces of the goddess- Maiden, Mother, and Crone. These are repesented by the symbol of the triple goddess, which looks like a crescent moon facing left (maiden), a full moon (mother), and a cresent moon fact right (crone).
Ululation The part of an incantation or chant which demands full vocal force and volume.
Undine The elemental spirit who dwells on the water plane.
Unmanifest The unknown source of existence, it is said that magicians take their power from the unmanifest to use it within the manifest.
ampirism The practice of subsisting on the vitality of another. Commonly this is blood, other times it is life force (sapped psychically).
Veil of Unknowing The boundary between the manifest and the unmanifest.
Virtues Magickal properties of objects like herbs, stones, and creatures as was assigned to them during their divine creation.
Visualization 1. Forming clear mental images often used in magick to focus and direct energy to a visualized goal. 2. Imagining a scene, a person, or an object with intense clarity. This is often done through a meditation with a written "visualization journey" which allows the practitioner to enter an imagined place to make personal discoveries.
Vodou Polytheistic religion derived from worship of gods in African and the beliefs of Catholicism. Practiced mainly by the West Indians.
Voodoo Alternate spelling of Vodou.
Wand A tool in magick which resembles a rod and is used to direct energy towards a goal.
Ward A protection spell.
Warlock A derogatory term which literally means "oathbreaker". It is a common misconception that male witches are called warlocks. However, male witches are no different than females in this respect and so they are simply called witches.
Watchtowers A concept derived from ceremonial magick; the four watchtowers each represent a cardinal direction, element, elemental, and a color. They are commonly used in modern Wicca.
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