Practical Magick
Glossary

(* indicates it’s a definition written by Lady Sheba)

Aes Dana — (Irish) Druids. Literally, “Men of Art”. Poet.

Aes Sídhe — (Irish) “the people who live in the mound”. People of the mound. Fairies.

Aigeiroi — (Greek) black poplar dryads 

Akh — (Egyptian) “glorified, luminous spirit”. Also see Khou.

Alba — Scotland

Alban Arthuan — (Welsh?) Winter Solstice. Literally “The Light of Arthur”. 

Alban Eiler — (Welsh?) Spring Equinox. Literally “Light of the Earth”.

Alban Elued — (Welsh?) Autumn Equinox

Alban Hefin — (Modern Druid) Midsummer/ Summer solstice

Alban Herun/Heruin — (Welsh?) Summer Solstice.

Alfgar — “The elf-arrow which comes out of darkness and strikes unseen”. Another name for Lancelot. From The Mists of Avalon. 

Alrum* — Talisman of rowanwood

Ameploi — (Greek) grapevine dryads

Ancestors — Spirits of people who have helped to shape us into who we are. May or may not be related by blood. 

Ankh — (Egyptian) According to Wikipedia: “also known as key of lifethe key of the Nile or crux ansata (Latin meaning “cross with a handle”), was the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic character that read “eternal life”, a triliteral sign for the consonants ꜥ-n-ḫ. Egyptian gods are often portrayed carrying it by its loop, or bearing one in each hand, arms crossed over their chest.” Often used as a religious symbol for Kemetic Pagans. 

Anpu — (Egyptian) Anubis

Apura — (Egyptian) the Hebrews.

Aroura — (Egyptian) “An Egyptian measurement used in regards to land, similar to the way we use the word ‘acre’, though of different dimention”. From Akkadia Ford. 

Aset — (Egyptian) Isis

Athair — (Irish) Sky. Air. 

Athbhliain Faoi Mhaise! — (Irish) Happy New Year!  [ah-vlee-ihn fwee wah-shuh].

Aurai — (Greek) nymphs of breezes

Ba — (Egyptian) Personality. 

Baculum* —wand

Bai — (Egyptian) the soul. One of 3 spiritual parts to a being. 

Bairn — (Scottish) baby. Child. 

Balefire — Sacred fire. Ritual fire. Sabbat bonfire. 

Ban-Draoi — (Irish) Druidess 

Bana is rígh — (Irish) ritual wedding feast between the king and goddess of sovereignty. 

Bandruai — (Irish) Witch

Bannock — (Scottish) Beltane Cake. 

Ban-Sidh — (Irish) Banshee 

Bard — (Irish) poet

Barrow* — burial ground

Besom — broom

bile — (old Irish) sacred tree. Individual tree of power. [bill-eh].

bolline — white handled knife used to cut herbs, ropes, etc for use in magick. 

Boszorkány — (Hungarian) Witch. 

Bradhadair — (Irish) Firestarter. Fire Fairy. [Bra-ad-ar]. From Cate Tiernan’s Sweep Series. 

Brón Trogain — (Irish) an old name for the feast of Lughnasadh.

Braigh — (Gaelic) magickally enhanced chain used to trap criminals in Cate Tiernan’s Sweep Series. 

Braighdeanas — (Gaelic) bondage

Breizh — Brittany

Brile* — To roast meat on a sharpened stick over an openfire

Bruja — (Spanish). Witch. 

Bw bin — (Egyptian) “bad”. “Misery”. 

Calltuinn — (Irish) Hazel. [kawl-tin].

Cailleach — (Irish) Wise Woman or Witch.

Cailleach Feasa — (Irish) Wise Woman or Witch.

Cailleach Phiseogach — (Irish) Wise Woman or Witch.

Cailleach na gCear — (Irish) Wise Woman or Witch. 

Cain — (Irish) encircling. [kime]. 

Camaoineach — (Irish) communion

Céad Míle Fáilte! — (Irish) One hundred thousand welcomes. [kyayd meel-h fawl-chuh].

Ceol sídhe — (Irish) faerie music. [kyawl shee]. 

Changeling — a faerie child put in place of  stolen human child to be raised by the human family. 

Cingulum* — Witch’s magick cord

Civer* — a quilt, blanket, beadspread

Clog* — The runic staff wand

Clog Almanac* — A notch stick or primitive calender made by cutting notches on the four sides of the clog

Cnoc Áine — (Irish) County Limerick. [Knockainey]. 

Coamhain — (Celtic) Midsummer/Summer Solstice

Coven* — a group of three or more witches who worship together. Often a town or a family

Covener* — Member of a coven

Covenstead* — Territory ruled by the coven

Cowan* — nonwitch. i.e. muggle

Craic — (Irish) roughly means “good company and conversation”.

Crann bethadh — tree of life. [krawn ba-huh].

Cwn Annwyn — (Welsh?) Hounds of Hell

Cymru — Wales