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B̅ōs̄ (nomenclature vulgaris: Taurus) ― B̅ōs̄ is the name used in Garden of Life Astrological Terminology for the Astrological Sign on the Ecliptic in the Zodiac in reference from our local star system), referred to as "Taurus" in the Western mainstream vernacular. Though this does not indicate where the Constellation from which it takes it's name is currently on the Ecliptic, since Signs in Tropical Astrology are determined in sections from where the Vernal Equinox occurs against the Ecliptic rather than by the Constellation's current position. These names may help to make the separation of the two concepts seem more intuitive. Garden of Life uses either terms from the earlier Ægean languages or words constructed from root words in those languages for all components of the Cosmos, or at least for those of the local Universe; partially due to a feeling that the earlier terms represent a more exact and purer resonance with the named object, force, and/or field, than the Latinate term commonly used (theory of deterioration of quality in a copy of a copy of a copy, etc.); and partially because, though we sometimes use, within the Temple, terms for these components derived from Ægyptian culture, and in some cases Sanatana Dharma and Sanskrit, and/or other ancient sources, those seemed a bit "over the top" for daily use (but we never can tell). Also there was a desire to rebalance the Feminine and Masculine Energies in the naming of the Planets and other components of the local star system.

B̅я̄ĭд'дḡĭṭ ― A phonetically constructed Goddess Name based on the Keltic Mystery Goddess, normally spelled Brigit or Bridgit in English, also sometimes spelled Bride, and elsewise; one of Her primary attributes is normally considered to be fanning the flames of Humanities eternal Spirit. She was also the Patron of the Vegetative Mystery of Germination. In the codex of works relating Her activities, she is often seen going among Humanity as a mortal, usually an older woman, and testing their innate virtue, with the possibility of rewarding them with an epiphany. She is frequently represented wearing her Cloak of Stars, which looks like a regular cloak on the outside, and if opened the lining is the Dark and Stars of Space.

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Ḅä'ǫᴌʜ̅ê ― A phonetically constructed word based on the Greek root meaning Counsel.

Ḅä'ǫᴌʜ̅êż ― Plural of Ḅä'ǫᴌʜ̅ê.

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Ba ― In an Ægyptian Paradigm the Ba has independent existence but also functions as a component of a sentient Being during a particular incarnation and/or series of incarnations. When discussed in reference to a particular Individual within a specific incarnation the Ba may be considered as the natural home of the psyche and the conscious mind of the person. The Ba also was the seat of the Intuition and Imagination of the Being. Together with the Ka it could travel through the Umbras or Levels, transitioning the membraenes between them, but once in the Kingdom of Reeds the Ba could remain there alone, representing the Entity, allowing the Ka to guard the other interests of the Entity. If considered within a Sanatana Dharma Chakric context, the Ba might be considered to work in the arena of the Ajna Chakra. (It is interesting to note that the Sanatana Dharma term for this chakra is the only one out of these seven which has worked it's way into common parlance in the West, though it is referred to as the Pineal Chakra in some cases.) A more complete listing of the various component parts in this particular system of reconstituted Ægyptian Parts of the Entity.

Baculum ― When the term Baculum [in Aleister Crowley's 777 Tables of Correspondences as Wand, key number 4, 12, 20 and 31] is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to a practitionor's Wand of Force (hence the Latin term referring to force) used to represent the component of Will and Intuition in Werkings and help focus or direct the flow of the Energy created, specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. Baculum is also used in some Traditions to refer to the practitionor's or group's ceremonial Staff, Rhod and/or Broomstick.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Bætylus ― When the term Baetylus is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it is a Stone deemed Sacred by one or more cultures and/or Traditions, generally though not always a meteorite, in some cases a rough stone perhaps somewhat artificially shaped; much evidence goes to indicate that some Menhirs are Bætuli, i. e.: traditional and elementary images of the deity. Bætylus, also spelled Bætulus, plural Bætyli or Bætuli, in Greek religion, means a sacred stone or pillar. The word Bætylus is of Semitic origin (-bethel, or Betyl), denoting a Sacred Stone, which was thought to have been endowed with Life, or to have Life intrinsically; and both the word and the object it describes were widespread in Phoenician and Canaanite culture. Numerous holy, Bætylus Stones existed and were celebrated in antiquity, generally attached to Traditions of individual Deities and/or Pantheons and looked upon as a focus or locus through which they might function. One of the oldest known was a Bætylus Sacred to Phrygian Κυβηλη (Kybele), created from a meteorite which fell in Her Sacred precincts. Another famous example is the holy stone at Delphi, the Ὀμφαλός (Omphalos) meaning navel, that reposed in the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, and probably in the Temple of Ḡāēä which stood there before it, and was thought to mark the exact centre of the universe. A second stone at Delphi was said to have been the one that the Titan Cronus swallowed in substitution for Zeus; under the theories of transitive resonance, this stone, which Great Rhea Herself had once presented as Her Child Zeus, was thought to be Zeus himself in his symbolic, or Baetylic, form.

In the Phoenician Traditions as related by Sanchuniathon, one of the sons of Uranus was named Bætylos. The worship of Bætyli was widespread in the Phoenician colonies, including Carthage, well into the current era.

In Greek Archaic Tradition, the term was specially applied to the Omphalos, the stone supposed to have been swallowed by Cronus (who feared misfortune from his own children) in mistake for his infant son Zeus, for whom it had been substituted by Uranus and Gaea, his wife's parents (Etymologicum Magnum, s.v.). This stone was carefully preserved at Delphi, anointed with oil every day and on festal occasions covered with raw wool

In Rome, there was the stone effigy of Rhea Kybele, or Mater Idaea Deum, that had been ceremoniously brought from Pessinus in Asia Minor in 204 BCE and placed in the mouth of the statue of the Chthonic Goddess. Another conical meteorite was enshrined in the Elagabalium to personify Elagabalus Sol Invictus.

In some cases an attempt was made to give a more regular form to the original shapeless stone: thus Apollo Agyieus was represented by a conical pillar with pointed end, Zeus Meilicirius in the form of a pyramid. Other famous Bætyli were those in the temples of Zeus Casius at Seleucia Pieria, and of Zeus Teleios at Tegea. Even in the declining years of paganism, these idols still retained their significance, as is shown by the attacks upon them by ecclesiastical writers.

Of little interest to us perhaps, but among monotheists, the practice survives in the utilization of Islam's Black Stone at Mecca; which like the temple at Mecca, may have originally been dedicated to the Traditions of one, or all three of the principal Arabic Goddesses.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Bahá'í ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents as such, and holding the teachings of Siyyid 'Ali-Muhammad as primary or critical parameters of their Spiritual Paradigm. The Bahá'í Faith arose from Islam, in some ways similar to the way Christianity arose from Judaism. It has since grown to be a worldwide faith. It is most commonly spelled Bahá'í, although alternate spellings of Ba'Hai, Bahai, and Bah'ai are sometimes seen. Siyyid 'Ali-Muhammad (1819-1850 CE) assumed the title Bab which means the Gate. On 23 May 1844 He announced the "Declaration of the Bab." He explained that the purpose of His mission was to herald the arrival of "One greater than Himself", Who would fulfill the prophetic expectations of all the great religions. This date is regarded as the founding of the Bahá'í Faith. His followers became known as Babis. 20,000 were martyred for their beliefs. His movement caused much religious ferment. This led to His execution in 1850 by order of the Shah's chief minister at the instigation of Muslim clerics, who saw His movement as a threat to orthodox Islam. Bahá'ís believe that there is only one God who is the source of all creation. • God is transcendent and unknowable. However, He has sent, and will continue to send, great prophets to humanity, through which the Holy Spirit has revealed the "Word of God". The Great Manifestations of God up to this time have been: 1. Adam (? BCE) 2. Abraham (? BCE) 3. Moses (1456 BCE) 4. Krishna (1249 BCE) 5. Zoroaster (1000 BCE) 6. Buddha (757 BCE) 7. Jesus Christ (34 CE) 8. Mohammed (613 CE) 9. The Bab (1844 CE) 10. Baha'u'llah (1863 CE) (Dates shown are common estimates from historical and Christian sources; BCE dates are very approximate) A new prophet is not expected for many centuries. • The Bahá'ís believe in an essential unity of the great religions of the world. However, this does not mean they believe the various religious creeds and doctrines are identical. Rather, they view all religions as having sprung from the same spiritual source. The social and outer forms of different religions vary due to the circumstances at the time that they were founded. Other differences in doctrine and belief can be attributed to later accretions, after the death of the founder.

Baldaquin ― When the term Baldaquin is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to a covering or canopy over a diaz, throne and/or altar.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Balefire ― When the term Balefire is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to a large fire built outside for the purposes of Signaling and/or Celebration; sometimes two fires that may be passed between. It is a widespread term for a Ceremonial and Celebratory Fire which serves for a community, though in some Traditions the term is only applied to the Beltaine Fire. Some Traditions may have their own names for these major bonfires on ritual occasions, but the Balefire term is wide-spread. Balefires are normally built on, or in preparation for the High HolyDays of a given Tradition. There are always specific strictures as to the way they should be built and burned, a widespread rule is that they must be lit using Need Fire, or at least a lighting system which includes no metal. An exception is those which specify lighting from a spark struck from an anvil. Other variations include the requirement that the Balefires be started using a brand from a fire which originally started naturally (Lightening or Lava Flow), and has been kept burning in a Sacramental context somewhere within the community. Many Traditions specify that the Balefires must be watched until they burn out naturally, either by all the Celebrants, or specific ones. Balefire are normally specifically built and lit for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. Building and managing fires in this manner has the obvious benefit for Pagans including enhancement of the resonance, going back through time, with their progenitors in the Tradition.

Some Traditions get quite specific about the woods which may and/or must be used to build the Balefires, sometimes a single wood, sometimes combinations. Also in some Traditions a particular wood or combination of woods may be specified for a type of High HolyDay, or each individual one, or according to the zodiacal position of the Moon that the Celebration occurs during, or any of many different possibilities. One of the more popular of the old English observances includes specification of nine woods to be used as codified in this old Dartmoor rhyming verse:

Oak logs will warm you well,
That are old and dry.
Logs of pine will sweetly smell
But the sparks will fly.
 
Beech logs for winter time,
Yew logs as well;
Green elder logs it is a crime
For any man to sell.
 
Birch logs will burn too fast,
Chestnut scarce at all;
Hawthorne logs are good to last-
Cut them in the fall.
 
Pear logs and apple logs,
They will scent your room;
Cherry logs across the dogs
Smell like flowers of broom.
 
Holly logs will burn like wax,
You may burn them green;
Elm logs like smoldering flax,
No flame to be seen.
Ash logs, smooth and gray,
Burn them green or old,
Buy up all that come your way-
Worth their weight in gold.

Some Traditions may add or substitute other woods such as Poplar, Cornel (Dogwood), Sandalwood, Cedar, and Juniper, especially; though there are other candidates, particularly when you broaden the utilizable area to include more than Northern Europe. The number of woods specified may vary from the nine chosen here, and sometimes total seven, eleven, or any other number which is important to the Tradition. The stricture against cutting living Elder trees or branches is quite widespread, as it is considered the Sacred Tree of the Goddess, par excellence. And of course, the concept found in some Traditions that Witches could turn into Elder trees in situations of extremity has some effect. As does the belief that Elder trees have intimate connection with the Aes Sídhe , the Tuatha Dé Danann, and other Faerie related populations, similar to that of a ring of mushrooms found in a forest. But in truth, many of the Traditions emphasize gathering fallen trees and dead branches for fires in general, parkifying the forest of their general stomping grounds. In many Traditions, Elder should not be burned even it found already dead.

An interesting aside to this, is that some Traditions have rather elaborate rites for preparing the main log, especially for the Beltaine Balefire. In one variety of this Tradition, the young men of the community would go out, six months in advance or so, say at or right after Samhain, to find a large log that will burn for a good while. Sometimes they might be looking for one of a particular type of wood, or a particular shape, or just one that has lots of irregularities, little branches and other things that will make extensive decoration of the log possible. It might be called a May Log, or given a particular name from the Tradition. This log is kept somewhere in the purview of one or more of the Officiants of the Tradition, free of the gaze of outsiders, and all the members of the Tradition have access to it for the period leading up to the burning so that they may contribute to decorating it, and placing lists of things that they may wish to bring into, or let go from their lives, and/or sometimes small decorative devotionals to the Divine Forces or aspects thereof. Annointing with essential oils, resin incenses, tying small packets of gemstones, bundles of herbs, and bouquets of flowers are popular choices.

Some Traditions are quite specific even to the kindling gathered, and/or saved and used to begin the fire. Various dried herbs, barks, grasses, and flowers are quite popular in these lists. Some people dry and save flower petals all year for the Beltaine Balefire, as well as the bits and pieces of drippings of candle wax, herbs, flowers, feathers, and such that may have been left at the end of Celebratory Circles and other Werkings. As is mentioned elsewhere, there is a widespread reluctance in the Pagan community as a whole to simply throw the residue

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Banner ― When the term Banner is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to a device made out of fabric which through the symbology of its design and/or materials represents a particular group, idea or force, specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. This may be compared to the 'Standard' which may be primarily, either a textile implement or a three-dimensional sculptural creation, such as the Nome Standards used in the Ægyptian cultural traditions.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Banners of the East ― When the term Banners of the East is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to some sort of textile construction, with or without framing, that has symbols that a given Tradition associates with the direction East, either on the material, within the warp and woof of the material, and/or in the shapes and colours of the fabric itself; specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Banners of the North ― When the term Banners of the North is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to some sort of textile construction, with or without framing, that has symbols that a given Tradition associates with the direction North, either on the material, within the warp and woof of the material, and/or in the shapes and colours of the fabric itself; specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Banners of the South ― When the term Banners of the South is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to some sort of textile construction, with or without framing, that has symbols that a given Tradition associates with the direction South, either on the material, within the warp and woof of the material, and/or in the shapes and colours of the fabric itself; specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Banners of the West ― When the term Banners of the West is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to some sort of textile construction, with or without framing, that has symbols that a given Tradition associates with the direction West, either on the material, within the warp and woof of the material, and/or in the shapes and colours of the fabric itself; specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Barbarous Tongues ― Normally in reference to a component part of some type of Mægikal Werking, the term, Barbarous Tongues refers to the utilization of words, or at least phonemes and/or morphemes, generally spoken by a participating Practitionor in some sort of altered consciousness state; specifically crafted, researched, or spontaneously received for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. To specifically identify something as Barbarous Tongues most often means the intonations are not from a generally known language, and may consist of strings of phonemes with no recognizable language structure, grammar, or syntax. The intonation may have no apparent discernible conscious meaning, with the idea that it should appeal directly to the subconscious, unconscious, or dreaming minds of those individuals and groups present. In many Traditions and Schools of Thought the bulk of the efficaciousness of any Werking depends on the strength and working of the participant's subconsciousnesses, the Universal Unconscious, and other areas of Mind and Mind-stuff, not easily accessed in a standard or Beta consciousness state; which leads to the methodology, forms, and techniques which have developed in the arena of Barbarous Tongue utilization. So the utilization of Barbarous Tongues is powerful, in part due to the concept that it may work directly on the deeper levels of Mind of the participants, the arena in which Mægik is Werked, bypassing the conscious mind by denying conventional modalities of language any foothold, and in part because the guttural, primal nature of the sounds speak to a visceral part of all who hear it.

When not spontaneously received, Barbarous Tongue instances may be crafted by forming a strong desire or intent and translating or correlating these thought-forms into obscure Mægikal terminology by inspiration (such as through: channeling, automatic writing, and/or trance-work). The purpose of this process it to create the strongest possible psychic link between the intent and the newly created phrase, and also guarantees that the thinking mind won't be able to process, latch onto, or otherwise interfere or inhibit the effectiveness of the Werking. An additional vector in the effective utilization of Barbarous Tongues, is a marked difference in intonation and speed of delivery, in other words, they should be delivered outside of the range of a normal speaking voice as possible. Speaking louder than usual, or so softly that it can barely be heard, emphatic delivery of the phrases, rapid-fire, or glacial speed all may be effective.

see also: Forms & Techniques, Sound as a Mægikal Implement, Versicle

Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Bardic Wicca ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents holding as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. A mix of Keltic Wicca and Keltic Druidry.

Bardo ― The Tibetan word Bardo indicates an intermediate state of consciousness, or a liminal state, often thought of as a between lives state in series of incarnations. It is somewhat parallel to the Sanatana Dharma concept of Antarabhāva. The number of such Bardos as may be delineated, vary from one Tradition to another, originally perhaps only one Bardo was considered, later this was expanded to Three, Six, Seventeen, Twenty-Three, and other configurations in various Traditions and branches thereof. Sometimes the explanations of the systems of Bardos are consolidated making for a smaller number.

Bare Feet ― When the term Bare Feet is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to a widespread feeling across a range of Traditions, that Bare Feet directly against the planet, especially raw soil, grasses, and/or living rock adds to the flow of energy produced and available to be Sent in any given Werking.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Baresman ― When the term Baresman is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to a type of Rhod or Wand made up of a bundle of thin twigs or sticks, such as were utilized in the Persian Zorastrian mysteries; specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. Whether the Baresman Rhods use predates the founding of the Zorastrian religion, or not is not certain. The baresman (Phl. barsom), or sacred bundle of twigs (or "slender wands"), is a ritual implement which has played an important part in Zoroastrian religious practices since prehistoric times. According to Kotwal and Boyd, the baresman is an "ancient Indo-Iranian emblem of seeking the Holy", and it "establishes a connecting link between this getig [material] world and the menog [spiritual] realm. The barsom is, as it were, the conduit through which the archetypal principles and powers manifest their presence and receive the offerings." It is also an instrument through which one acquires the sacred power. Perhaps then it is also a conduit for channeling the power outwards, and thus is a prototypical 'Mægik wand'.

A barsom is a ritual implement used by Zoroastrian priests to solemnize certain sacred ceremonies. The word barsom derives from the Avestan language baresman (trisyllabic, bar'…ôs'man), which is in turn a substantive of barez "to grow high." The later form – barsom – first appears in the 9th – 12th-century texts of Zoroastrian tradition, but remains in use to the present day.

The baresman is not related to the baresnum, which is a purification ceremony. The baresman should also not be confused with the "mace", the varza (Avestan, MP gurz). The varza is a metal rod, about one centimer in thickness, often crowned with a bull's head.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

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Basileus ― Basileus as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Βασιλεύς and the comparable word Βασιλίννα (Basilinna meaning ~Queen) are Greek terms and titles that have been used to indicate various types of monarchs throughout history (Astory?) as we know it. It is perhaps best known in the Western World in titles used by Byzantine rulers, but also has a longer history of use for persons of authority and sovereigns in ancient Greece, as well as for the kings of modern Greece. The plural form of Βασιλεύς is Βασιλεῖς (Basileis). The word Basileus in it's oldest attestations may have been written as Qa-si-re-u (The first written instance of this word is found on the baked clay tablets discovered in excavations of Mycenaean palaces originally destroyed by fire. The tablets are dated from around the 15th century BCE to the 11th century BCE. They were inscribed with the Linear B script, which was deciphered by Michael Ventris in 1952 and corresponds to a very early form of Greek.) and its original meaning was "chieftain" (in one particular tablet the chieftain of the guild of bronzesmiths is referred to as Qa-si-re-u). The word can be contrasted with Ϝαναξ (Wanax), another word used more specifically for "king" and usually meaning 'High King', 'Emperor', and/or perhaps 'overking'. One intriguing possibility is that with the collapse of Mycenaean society (for whatever reasons, Natural and Social, hopefully eventually to be determined with some authenticity), the position of Ϝαναξ (Wanax) would have disappeared, and the Basileis (the plural form) were left as the topmost officials in Greek society. This has all sorts of implications in the correlations of actual meanings of words used and the effects the usage may or may not have on the playing out of the actualities? In the works of Homer Ϝαναξ (Wanax) appears, in the later form Ἄναξ (Anax), mostly in descriptions of Ζεύς (Zeus - in His postition as King of the Gods) and of a very few human monarchs. Much more information may be found at the Wikipedia articles on these terms, interlinked from that point.

See also: Βασιλεύς

Basilinna ― Basilinna as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Βασιλίννα queen

See also: Βασιλίννα

Basque ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents which holds teachings originating in the indigenous Basque culture and/or interpolations thereon as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. The Basque people (in Basque: Euskaldunak), the modern Basque population now resides primarily in the border areas between France and Spain, and the culture has roots stretching in an expanded version of this area back to the cave painting period of about 40,000 years ago or so. Many of their archeological sites are in this general vicinity as well. About 35,000 years ago, the lands that are now the Basque Country, together with neighbouring areas such as Aquitaine and the Pyrenees, were settled by Homo sapiens, who gradually displaced the region's earlier Neanderthal population. Arriving from Central Europe, the settlers brought the Aurignacian culture with them. At this stage the Basque Country formed part of the archaeological Franco-Cantabrian province which extended all the way from Asturias to Provence. The Basque language and it's attendant symbols are also important components of these traditions.

Batik ― When the term Batik is used in the context of the various categories of Art, it normally refers to

See also: Graphic Visual Arts, Art

Batraquomancy and Batraquoscopy ― When the term Batraquomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using observation of appearance and/or behaviour of frogs.

The term Batraquomancy is derived from the Greek words: Βάτραχος (Batrakhos) meaning frog and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Bearors of the Gifts and Persuasions ― Persons acknowledged to have skill, trained and/or innate talent for one of the Gifts or Persuasions other than the types of Healing for example: any of the types of Divination and/or any type of ExtraSensory Perception or Power.

Beau Monde ― see Le Beau Monde

Beauty ― As a concept difficult to define in the same way that Goodness is, both because Beauty is such a subjective determination and because what is usually referred to is the Experiencing and/or Effects of perceiving that which is determined to be Beauty.

Being/Becoming Dichotomy ― see The Being/Becoming Dichotomy

Belief

Bell ― When the term Bell is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to a cup shaped, saucer shaped or hollow spherical metallic device that gives forth a ringing sound when struck by a clapper, hammer or loose ball inside, specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. In a certain sense, any implement that emits a ringing sound may sometimes be referred to as a Bell. Often utilized for signalling various phases of a Werking.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Belomancy and Beloscopy ― When the term Belomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by observing placement of dropped Arrows. Belomancy utilizes feathered arrows, often by observing placement, individual and relational of dropped or cast arrows, such as when a certain number of arrows were thrown into the air, and their landing positioning is interpreted, in a manner similar to other types of Sortilège. Also sometimes with the methodology of labels containing all the known possible solutions to the query being attached to the arrows, and the solution on the label tied to the one which travels farthest is considered the preferred oracle. It was anciently practiced by the Babylonians, Scythians, Greeks and Arabians, among others. Sir Thomas Browne describes Belomancy in Pseudodoxia Epidemica.

The term Belomancy is derived from the Greek words: Βέλος (Belos) meaning, arrow, missile, or dart, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination,

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Beloved of Ἔρις [Êя̇ĭs̄] (when considered as an Officer of Garden of Life) ― Within the Garden of Life Tradition, the Beloved of Ἔρις [Êя̇ĭs̄] is the Title of a specific Ēf̅öя̇, with a somewhat unsettled purview, who among other things was given the mandate to encourage and direct everything that falls outside the established boundaries and parameters of the Tradition. The title includes the original Greek spelling and the phonetically constructed Goddess Name based on the Archaic Greek Kaos Goddess, normally spelled Eris in English.

Beltane or Beltaine ― The name used within a wide variety of Pagan Traditions to indicate a HolyDay usually, though not universally Celebrated on ~April 30th - May 1st in the Northern Hemisphere. Beltane generally represents the main Celebration of First Growth in the Vegetative Mysteries.Celebrations allmost universally involve Flowers and some sort of May Pole process. Often the women of the group prepare the hole where the May Pole will be placed, and the men of the group bring and place the pole, then all Dance around it, with ribbons attached to the top, in some cases all in the same direction, in others with the men going in one direction and the women in the other. The flowers and greenery symolize the Goddess; the May Pole the God. Beltane marks the return of vitality, of passion and hopes consummated. Beltane as a term derives from Irish Gaelic for either "fires of Bel" or "bright fires." Other names are May Day.

Benevolence ― To be benevolent is to be possessed by a desire for the good of others and a willingness to forward that good actively. Since the good of others takes many different forms it requires a range of different responses. Benevolence, therefore, may take the form of compassion, mercy, kindness, or generosity. While benevolence is quite properly understood as a general attitude of goodwill towards others and as the specific forms such goodwill might take, the term has also come to be used more recently in a much narrower sense, to refer to acts of charity. An act of charity occurs when some benefit is freely bestowed by one individual with a surplus on another who is in need. This narrowing of the meaning of benevolence means what was initially a term used to describe an uncontroversially desirable attitude to others has come to be used, perhaps, to put a good face on the largess of the better-off to the worse-off. It thereby introduces doubts about the moral value of benevolence. The question of the moral importance of benevolence is often addressed by way of a comparison with the alternative major 'other-regarding' virtue, justice. Benevolence is said to depend, for instance, on the agent's feeling concern for others, while the demands of justice are recognized by reason and are thus independent of the vagaries of individual emotional capacity. This particular contrast owes a great deal to Hume's influential account of benevolence as a natural and essentially sentiment-based virtue, which has led some to conclude that it is inadequate to meet the demands of morality because it is neither impartial nor, ultimately, open to rational assessment. There are, however, other conceptions of benevolence which evade these criticisms. Utilitarianism, for example, may be described as a theory of universal benevolence, which refuses any necessary connection between feeling and right action. Nevertheless, its highly stipulative definition of benevolence is challenged by the Humean recommendation that we ought to assess and be critical of our moral relationships from the point of view of sentiment. A second possible contrast between justice and benevolence consists in the assertion that, because it is by definition concerned with what is strictly due to others, justice marks the boundaries of what we are morally obliged to do, while benevolence consists in morally desirable, but in the final analysis optional, actions. However, this view merely reflects the largely unargued assertion that justice is of overriding moral importance. To conceive of justice and benevolence as independent and mutually exclusive in this way may be mistaken: the two notions seem rather to be logically correlative and, therefore, they cannot be explicated independently of each other. And if they are logically correlative, i.e. related not only at the level of certain particular conceptions of each, but in all and any full and coherent conceptions of either, then fully to understand a conception, or to achieve a proper conception, of either justice or benevolence requires making explicit the conception of the other that it implies and from which it partly derives.

Benu ― Benu is the ancient Ægyptian term for what is frequently called today the Phoenix bird, which at the end of a certain period, often told as 500 years, or 1000, comes back its nest, which goes up in flames and then plunges into it, and immolated is reborn for another cycle. It is also referred to in some Traditions as the Firebird.

Benu Wand ― When the term Benu Wand is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to a specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Besom ― When the term Besom is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to a broom,usually made of twigs tied around a stick, all cut from natural stock (i.e.: not milled lumber), specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. Depending on the materials, which are normally selected for symbolic correspondences rather than utilitarian reasons, the Besoms may or may not be efficient at regular sweeping, but since they are meant to sweep energy rather than dust and dirt particles, this is not of great concern. Besom brooms are traditionally made of twigs tied to a larger pole and are the broom traditionally associated with witches. As a result of its construction, the besom is usually rounded instead of flat. The bristles can be made of many materials including, but not limited to straw, herbs, or twigs. It is thought that an upward pointed besom (bristles up), especially over or near a doorway, will help protect the house from evil spirits or negative energies.

A besom is one of the tools used in Wicca. A traditional Wiccan besom is an ash stave handle with bristles made from birch twigs. These twigs are tied on using thin pieces of willow wood. It is used to cleanse the ritual area before circle casting. As a tool, the besom is usually thought of as masculine in nature due to its phallic shape and symbolism. However the besom's components are of both masculine and feminine orientation. The handle, an ash stave, is masculine in nature while the birch used for the bristles is thought of as feminine in nature. The besom is an important part of Wiccan handfasting ceremonies in some traditions. The couple jumps over the besom during the ceremony. Alternatively, the couple may jump over a small bonfire.

The use of the besom as a tool in witchcraft might have begun when there was much fear and hatred toward witches. A broomstick was a common household item and therefore could not be used as evidence that a person was a witch. Today, Wiccans that are still "in the broom closet" might use a similar excuse to avoid suspicion.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Bhakti Yoga, The Path of Devotion or Divine Love (one of four main paths of Yoga) ― This path appeals particularly to those of an emotional nature. The Bhakti Yogi is motivated chiefly by the power of love and sees God as the embodiment of love. Through prayer, worship and ritual he surrenders himself to God, channeling and transmuting his emotions into unconditional love or devotion. Chanting or singing the praises of God form a substantial part of Bhakti Yoga.

Bibliomancy and Biblioscopy ― When the term Bibliomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination utilizing Books. Generally by opening to a random page or passage. Sometimes the term Bibliomancy is used to refer to divination from lines or passages specifically from the Abramic texts commonly collected and referred to as the bible (One understands that the official list of books contained in this compilation was determined by the college of cardinals piling all the known contestant texts under an altar, and the "official" ones flew themselves up to the surface of the altar?).

To sidestep this potential confusion, we have designated the term Bubliomancy, derived from a different dialect of Greek, to indicate the sub-category of all Divination Systems which rely on the methodology of opening a book at random, reading, and/or indicating the first lines or words that one's attention is drawn to (in some cased pointing before looking), and interpreting from there; particularly when using a Sacred Text meaningful to the Querent. Certainly, Sortes Homericae and Sortes Virgilianae would be included under this umbrella, as well as Divination Systems which utilize Aristophanes, Ptah-Hotep, Hammurabi, Lao-Tzu, or the Emerald Tablets.

The term Bibliomancy is derived from the Greek words: Βιβλίον (Biblion), meaning book, paper, or strip of papyrus, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: BubliomancyStichomancy and Rhapsodomancy.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

BiLocation ― One of the Gifts or Persuasions that allows an Individual to be in two places at once.

Bioôrheômancy and Bioôrheôscopy ― When the term Bioôrheômancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using BioRythms. It's certainly within the realm of possibility that this Divination System is of a recent vintage.

The term Bioôrheômancy is derived from the Greek words: Βίος (Bios) meaning Life in all it's forms, Ῥέω (Rℎ⃥eô) meaning flow, run, stream, and/or gush, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Black Forest Clan ― see- The Black Forest Clan

Black Mirror Objects ― When the term Black Mirror is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to an implement in the form of a mirror with a black nonreflective surface that is specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Black Mirror Scrying or Skrying ― When the term Black Mirror is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by gazing into a Black Mirror, free of reflections and entering some sort of meditative or altered consciousness state; waiting for images to appear or visions to develop, then interpreting whatever impressions may form.

The word Skrying or Scrying comes from the old English word Descry meaning 'to see" or "to observe", possibly meaning "to make out dimly" or "to reveal", (further descended from the Old French descrier meaning 'publish, proclaim', perhaps confused with obsolete descry meaning 'describe') ; thus, Scrying or Skrying is most accurately accorded to those types of Divination Systems which rely on the sense of Sight, and involve Gazing.

See: Scrying, Catoptromancy, Catoxtromancy, Eisoptokhoremamanteos, Psychomantium Enoptromancy, and Mirror Scrying or Skrying

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Blue Star Wicca ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents holding the Tradition developed by Frank Dufner and Tzipora Katz as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. Founded in 1976 Norristown, PA by Frank Dufner ("the Wizard") and Tzipora Katz, who later moved to Manhattan where they trained and initiated a number of people. Early rituals were based on Alexandrian and Greco-Roman Traditions. After Frank and Tzipora's divorce, in the early 1980's, Kenny Klein became high priest, steering the Tradition towards a more traditional British form, discarding Alexandrian and ceremonial rituals and replacing them with British Isles folkloric Craft practices.

Boat ― When the term Boat is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to Boat or more frequently a model of a Boat, in some cases a drawing or other graphic representation of a Boat, specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. In some Traditions there are particular Werkings to which such Tool is helpful or necessary.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Boat of Millions of Years ― When the term Boat of Millions of Years is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to a specific, (primarily of a design from the ―gyptian culture) Boat, and/or model of Boat specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Boko-Maru ― in the context of the Vonnegutian Bokononist Religion is a ritual for "the mingling of awarenesses". It consists in two people extending their legs, thrusting their arms behind them for support, and putting their bare feet together.

Bokononism ― A MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by it's members and/or adherents as such, and holding the teachings contained about Bokonon in Kurt Vonneguts satirical novel "Cat's Cradle" as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. Mr. Vonneguts' representations of Bokonon's ironic observations appeal to many, in a somewhat similar manner to the Erisian, and/or Discordian teachings. Bokononism is based on the concept of foma, which are defined as harmless untruths. The primary tenet of Bokononism is to "Live by the foma that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy." Many of the sacred texts of Bokononism were written in the form of calypsos. The foundation of Bokononism is that all religion, including Bokononism and all its texts, is formed entirely of lies; however, if you believe and adhere to these lies, you will at least have peace of mind, and perhaps live a good life.

Boledora ― When the term Boledora (also Bola or Incaic Ayllo) is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to an apparatus made of weights on the ends of interconnected cords, designed to be thrown, specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. Boledoras in their original use were made as a hunting tool are a throwing weapon superficially similar to the Surujin, though they may be more complex, designed to capture animals by entangling their legs. The Boledora seems to have an Elemental affinity the Element Air.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Bolline ― When the term Bolline or Boline is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to a white handled knife, single edged to reflect it's working nature, and used in ritual purposes of cutting herbs, or engraving candles, etc.,specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. It is a physical reality working tool as differentiated from the magickal Athamé. The white handle is in reference to the Bolline's difference from the black handled Athamé. Occasionally the Bolline may also take the form of a miniature scythe, a curved bladed tool; in this form it is a magickal sickle used often to cut herbs and mistletoe.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Bomos ― When the term Bomos as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Βωμός is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to a type of raised altar, frequently made of stone, or in some cases a type of supporting stand for some item or items utilized in a Werking.

See also: Βωμός, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Bön ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, བོན་ or Bön is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents holding the indigenous and traditional Tibetan teachings (from the period prior to their syncretization with Buddhism) as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. The native Tibetan religion that was later merged with Buddhism and Tantrism. The delineation of Bön is difficult, and there are many opinions of what it did consist of before it's merging with the concepts of Buddhism. Some anthropologists and religious studies academics dispute Bön's existence as an earlier Tibetan religion (for reasons best known to themselves, but mostly due to lack of concrete documentation), however if they are correct, one has to wonder where all the wonderful, beautiful and terrible flavourings that differ Tibetan Buddhism from more Southern Buddist Traditions come from?

Bön Pa or Bön Ma ― A practitionor of Bön, masculine suffix: Pa and feminine: Ma. see Bön

Book ― When the term Book is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to any bound text that is used in a Werking, whether read from or simply as an Sacramental Object on an Altar. Best specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Book of Light ― When the term Book of Light is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to a journal for recording Mægikal Learnings and Teachings from experiential study, in reference to Conscious Spiritual Evolution, specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Book of Shadows ― When the term Book of Shadows is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to a journal for recording Mægikal Learnings and Teachings from experiential study, in reference to Individual Inner Werkings, specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Book of the Dead ― (if reference is to a Ægyptian recension, see The Book of Shadowing Forth by Day)

Book of the Dead ― (if reference is to a Tibetan recension, see The Bardo Thödol)

Book of the Law ― (if reference is to Thelemic subjects, see The Book of The Law)

Boomerang ― When the term Boomerang is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to a wooden returning Boomerang specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. Boomerangs can be variously used as hunting weapons, percussive musical instruments, battle clubs, fire-starters, decoys for hunting waterfowl, and as recreational play toys. The original returning Boomerangs displayed a vast range of aerodynamic skills in their carving and production. Each artisan had their own precise manner of creation, some more amazing than others. The smallest boomerang may be less than 10 centimetres (4 in) from tip to tip, and the largest over 180 centimetres (6 ft) in length. Tribal boomerangs may be inscribed and/or painted with designs meaningful to their makers. In ritual use the may be easily inscribed with intent sigils, identifying graphics, and any other symbols meaningful to the individual Practitionor, and/or group involved in the Werking. Most boomerangs seen today, are of the tourist or competition sort, and are almost invariably of the returning type. A very singular missile weapon used by the natives of Australia and in some parts of India. It is usually a curved stick of hard wood, from twenty to thirty inches in length, from two to three inches wide, and half or three quarters of an inch thick. When thrown from the hand with a quick rotary motion, it describes very remarkable curves, according to the shape of the instrument and the manner of throwing it, often moving nearly horizontally a long distance, then curving upward to a considerable height, and finally taking a retrograde direction, so as to fall near the place from which it was thrown, or even far in the rear of it. It requires very little imagination to think of all the varied uses that the Boomerang as a Mægikal Implement might enhance or symbolize beautifully. The Boomerang seems to have an Elemental affinity the Element Air.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Borderlands ― Of course the concepts of Boundaries and Borderlands, where a blending of two or more cultures may occur, is widely applicable to many different levels of reality. But we enjoy using the term to indicate, with a broad brush, those stories and realities where Humanity encounters non-human Sentients, of one type or the other. For instance the Sidhe, Extraterrestrials, Winged Humaniform Entities, Mer-Folk. Terri Windlings conceptual novels and shared universe books set in cities on the border between normal human civilization, and the Realm of the Elves, gives numerous quite wonderful examples of this; Science Fiction, crossed with Fantasy, crossed with CyberPunk sensibilities.

Borderlessness ― A non-ordinary state of consciousness, characterized primarily by a sense of being without borders or constraints, and existing in a context where there is no differentiation between one thing and another.

see also: Forms & Techniques, Altered States, Consciousness,

Botanomancy and Botanoscopy ― When the term Botanomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using leaves, branches or plants in general. The word Botany has expanded its purview from it's origins in a Greek word indicating pasture, grass, or fodder, which itself derived from the term Βόσκειν (Boskein) which means to feed or to graze; and now Botany is used to refer to the whole field of Plant Biology.

The term Botanomancy is derived from the Greek words: Βοτάνη (Botanē) meaning pasture, grass, or fodder, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Botanopyromancy and Botanopyroscopy ― When the term Botanopyromancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by burning plant material, as a form of pyromanc.

The term Botanopyromancy is derived from the Greek words: Βοτάνη (Botanē) meaning pasture, grass, or fodder, Πῦρ (Pyr) meaning fire, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Boundary Conditions ― While the term Boundary Conditions has specific meanings in a variety of Mathematical disciplines, in MetaPhysical fields it is a useful designation for the set of background parameters around the boundary of any particular territory, and especially where one territory borders on another; also there may be a mixing or overlap of the conditions native to the border of each; and/or even in some cases in which the merging may produce new parameters not occurring in either.

Boundlessness ― Being without boundaries or limits; infinite

see also: Forms & Techniques, Altered States, Consciousness,

Boustrophedon ― Boustrophedon indicates a script that is read alternately back and forth similar to the way a field is ploughed. A language written with one line from left to right and then the next is from right to left (Hieroglyphic Hittite, early Greek, early Etruscan, early Latin).

Bow ― When the term Bow is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to a type of implement made ordinarily of a strip or compound strip of wood, metal or some other flexible material (for Mægikal uses plastic is normally contraindicated) with a cord that connects the two ends so that strip of flexible material is bent in an arc and is under tension, so that it may be used to propel arrows, by nocking the arrow on the cord and drawing it back against the tension so that when release it will be propelled through the air towards some specific target, i.e.: the type of bow that is used in archery but specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Bow and Arrow ― When the term Bow and Arrow [in Aleister Crowley's 777 Tables of Correspondences, key number 13 and 30] is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to either a bow and arrow or arrows specifically made for general of particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. Normally should be made of wood, metal and natural cording to the extent possible. Used in some traditions as an implement representing the Element of Air, either in addition to the more frequently noted Sword or Blade, or changed out with it for specific Werkings.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Bracelet ― When the term Bracelet is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to ceremonial jewelry worn either around the wrist or the upper arm symbolizing the Communicative Energy Centers and in some cases as a badge of office or indication of achievement, specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Brahmacharya ― The Yama that is called Brahmacharya is categorized as non-excess in all things (control of all senses), obviously this is an oversimplification but a useful one for metaphysical study. The Yamas are one of the Eight Limbs of Raja Yoga from the traditions of the Indus Valley. The Yamas or restraints (Don'ts) are divided into five moral injunctions, aimed at destroying the lower nature. They should all be practiced and developed by the letter but also more importantly in the spirit. They should all be practiced in word, thought and deed. The other four of the five Yamas are:
Ahimsa or non-violence
Satyam or non-lying
Asteya or non-stealing
Aparigraha or non-covetousness

Brain ― wiki-The brain is the center of the nervous system in all vertebrate and most invertebrate animals — only a few primitive invertebrates such as sponges, jellyfish, sea squirts and starfishes do not have one. It is located in the head, usually close to the primary sensory organs for such senses as vision, hearing, balance, taste, and smell. The brain of a vertebrate is the most complex organ in its body. In a typical human the cerebral cortex (the largest part) is estimated to contain 15 – 33 billion neurons, each connected by synapses to several thousand other neurons. These neurons communicate with one another by means of long protoplasmic fibers called axons, which carry trains of signal pulses called action potentials to distant parts of the brain or body targeting specific recipient cells.

See also: Mind, Consciousness, Sentient Entity Component Systems,

Brain Hemisphere Dominance ― The brain is made up of two halves, or hemispheres – the left brain and the right brain. The brain is divided into two distinct and separate parts by a fold that runs from the front to the back. These parts are connected to each other by a thick cable of nerves at the base of each brain, called the corpus collosum. A good analogy is that of two separate, incredibly fast and immensely powerful computers, each running different programs from the same input, connected by a network cable, or the corpus collosum. The left hemisphere of our brain is "wired" to the right side of our body and vice versa. This even applies to our eyes, with information from our right eye going to the left hemisphere and information from our left eye feeding the right hemisphere.

Left Brain Functions Right Brain Functions
Uses logic Uses feeling
Detail oriented "Big picture" oriented
Facts rule Imaginations rules
Words and language Symbols and images
Present and past Present and future
Math and science Philosophy and religion
Order/pattern perception Spatial perception
Knows object name Knows object function
Reality based Fantasy based
Forms strategies Presents possibilities
Practical Impetuous
Safe Risk taking

Brain Hemisphere dominance is also affected by Handedness, though not in a totally clear cut manner. For instance Handedness predicts that left-handed people would have a reversed brain division of labor to the right-handed, and it is true to an extent, but the speech center stays on the Left for somewhat over half of the Left Handed. Right Hand Dominance, Left Hand Dominance, Mixed Handedness, and Ambidexterity, all should be considered. Division of labor is the most commonly accepted theory of handedness. The premise of this theory is that since both speaking and handiwork require fine motor skills, having one hemisphere of the brain do both would be more efficient than having it divided up. If all functions were carried out in both hemispheres, it is thought that some unnecessary duplication of effort and energy would ensue, but might be mitigated depending on the degree of integration achieved by the individual. Since in most people, the left side of the brain controls speaking, right-handedness would prevail.

Brazier ― When the term Brazier is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to some sort of portable fire holder, usually raised and usually portable. Braziers are normally specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Bread ― When the term Bread [in Aleister Crowley's 777 Tables of Correspondences, key number 20] is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to a baked grain product specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. The Bread should be made from a dough that will rise and then be cooked, and should be made of grain or in some cases a flour made of other vegetable items from which it is possible to make flour.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

BreastPlate ― When the term BreastPlate is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to a consecrated object which is designed to cover the Breast or Chest of the Practitionor in a Werking and ordinarily represents protective forces, heraldic functions, as well as a type of focus for the storing and retrieving of energies to further the Werkings for which it was created; specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. The BreastPlate may be a symbolic statement of the identity, claims, goals and/or abilities of the Practitionor with the Mægikal intent of effectuating the furtherance of those concepts in Durative Time. The BreastPlate may be plain, with the intended symbology only in the metal or other materials, and the shapings; but more often it will contain carvings, etchings, and/or appliques of various symbols and sigils upon its outer and/or inner surface, as well as sometimes the mounting of gem and other stones.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

British Traditional Wicca ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents holding the teachings of the Gardnerian and the Alexandrian Wiccan Traditions and their branches and offshoots, and/or interpolations thereon as primary or critical parameters of their Spiritual Paradigm. British Traditional Wiccan groups can trace their lineage to Gerald Gardner, and/or to Alex and Maxine Sanders. Some British Traditional Wiccans practice the arts of Traditional Witchcraft from ancestors in ancient Europe, such as those that have been preserved and passed on by the Ordo Anno Mundi, a magical order of Initiates dedicated to the training of its members in the arcane sciences of nature. British Traditional Wiccans experience the same Mysteries, using substantially the same rituals and techniques. Variations may exist between individual Covens, Lineages and Traditions but it is the same Initiatory Mystery Path. The British Traditional groups view Wicca as an Initiatory, Oathbound, Mægik-using, Pagan Mystery Priest/Priestesshood celebrating the Mysteries contained in the Legend of the Descent of the Goddess and in the Charge of the Goddess.

British Traditional Witchcraft ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents holding the teachings of one or more Hereditary, or Traditional, British source as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. In most cases British Traditional Witchcraft is considered only to include those having lineage of initiation from a British Hereditary and/or Traditional source. There are a wide range of Traditions which may be included under the umbrella designation of British Traditional Witchcraft. Many British Traditional groups follow the ideas of Janet and Stewart Farrar. which is a relatively structured, degree-oriented training. Some interpretations of the term British Traditional Witchcraft also include the Gardnerian and the Alexandrian Wiccan Traditions, their branches and offshoots and several others derived from British sources such as Sybil Leek's Horsa Coven, Plant Bran, and the Clan of Tubal Cain. Some British Traditional Witches consider the term Wicca a synonym for British Traditional Witchcraft, while others reserve the term Wicca for the Gardnerian and Alexandrian Traditions and their offshoots and consider Wicca to be a wholly-contained subset within British Traditional Witchcraft.

Brontomancy and Brontoscopy ― When the term Brontomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by Thunder. Many characteristics of the Thunder could be assessed for interpretation, the intensity, duration of rumbles, the direction from which they came, whether accompanied by lightning or not, season which it occurs, and general weather on the surrounding days. Some Traditions have very specific meanings for each of these and each combination, others allow for more intuitive interpretation on the part of the Divinor.

The term Brontomancy is derived from the Greek words: Βροντή (Brontê) meaning thunder, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, Brontoscopy is more historically accurate.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Brow Chakra ― see: Ajna

Brujeria ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents holding an integration of shamanic Native American belief from the region now called Mexico and some teachings of the Roman Catholic variety of Christianity as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. Practitioners are called Bruja (female) and Brujo (male); and Curandera (female) and Cureandero (male). Both Curanderos and Brujos use herbal and folk remedies.

Bubliomancy and Bublioscopy ― When the term Bubliomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by opening a book, manuscript or text of any sort and selecting lines or passages at random. In some systems the preliminary part of the Divination consist of determining the book, text, or scroll of papyrus to be utilized. Once the words or lines are selected and read or pointed out, the interpretation can be shaped to the question. There are many varieties of Bubliomancy, some of which are specific to particular respected texts or codices, and named according to these works. In some cases texts are utilized which are considered Sacred by the Divinor, the Querent, or both.

The term Bibliomancy is often utilized to indicate divinations which utilize what is referred to as the abramic bible specifically. To sidestep this potential confusion, we have designated the term Bubliomancy, derived from a different dialect of Greek, to indicate the sub-category of all Divination Systems which rely on the methodology of opening a book at random, reading, and/or indicating the first lines or words that one's attention is drawn to (in some cased pointing before looking), and interpreting from there; particularly when using a Sacred Text meaningful to the Querent. Certainly, Sortes Homericae and Sortes Virgilianae would be included under this umbrella, as well as Divination Systems which utilize Aristophanes, Ptah-Hotep, Hammurabi, Lao-Tzu, or the Emerald Tablets.

The term Bubliomancy is derived from the Greek words: Βυβλίον (Bublion) meaning serious text, manuscript, roll of papyrus, paper, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: BubliomancyStichomancy and Rhapsodomancy.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Bubliotreptosomancy and Bubliotreptososcopy ― When the term Bubliotreptosomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by the Book of Changes, commonly called the Yi Jing or I Ching, an ancient Chinese Daoist text.

The term Bubliotreptosomancy is derived from the Greek words: Βυβλίον (Bublion) meaning serious text, manuscript, roll of papyrus, paper, Τρεπτικός (Treptikos) meaning that which causes change to occur, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Buddhism ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents as such, and holding the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, and/or interpolations thereon as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. (also see: the complete entry on Buddhism.) Most of the Traditions which are selfdefined as Buddhist, interpret these teachings to include that suffering is the basic nature of our current existence and that enlightenment from this condition involves the extinction of the false self to effectuate merging with Nibbana, though their interpretation of the nature of Nibbana often are quite different. Buddhism, like most of the widespread religions of the world, is divided into a number of different Traditions (See other entries reflecting some of these Traditions: Amarapura (Sri Lankan) Buddhism, Engaged Buddhism, HinaYana Buddhism, Madhyamika Buddhism, MahaYana Buddhism, Maitreyan Buddhism, Meditational Buddhism, Original Source ReConstructionist Buddhism, Pali Canon Fundamental Buddhism, Philosophical Buddhism, Pure Land Buddhism, Rational Humanist Buddhism, Tantric Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism, Western Emergent Buddhism and Zen Buddhism.)

Bufonite ― When the term Bufonite is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to a stone found in the head of a toad.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Builders of the Adytum ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents holding as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. Builders of the Adytum was founded in the United States of America by Paul Foster Case in the early 1900s. Case was a profound sage whose life was dedicated to the task of making some, but not all, of the Western Tradition of spiritual training sufficiently public so that any serious spiritual aspirant could have access to it. His work became the foundation for Builders of the Adytum. Central to this tradition is the application of the powers of consciousness to the solution of the many problems faced by aspirants in their daily lives. To this end, Builders of the Adytum offers its members a correspondence curriculum based on the Sacred Tarot and Holy Qabalah, the object of which is the self-transmutation of the aspirant's personality. Success with this work, however, requires self discipline and perseverance on the part of the aspirant. If you are not capable of self discipline, or are not interested in transforming your personality so that it may contribute to life more effectively, Builders of the Adytum cannot help you. It exists only for serious spiritual aspirants who are ready and willing to take responsibility for their spiritual unfoldment. The major objective of B.O.T.A. is to promote the welfare of humanity, which is embodied in their seven-point program:
                  1. universal peace
                  2. universal political freedom
                  3. universal religious freedom
                  4. universal education
                  5. universal health
                  6. universal prosperity
                  7. universal spiritual unfoldment.
B.O.T.A. was founded in 1922 by Dr. Paul Foster Case for the study of practical occultism. The organization is now led by Dr. Ann Davies. As a recognized world authority on the Tarot and Kabbalah, Dr. Case was given the task by the Inner School of reinterpreting the Ageless Wisdom into terms understandable to the modern Western mind. The primary purpose of B.O.T.A. is to teach and practice the doctrine of the Oneness of God, the brotherhood of man, and the kinship of all life patterned after the Ageless Wisdom mystery schools of spiritual training, as particularly exemplified by the Kabbala.

BUILDING (when considered as a Sacrament) ― Garden of Life considers Building Energy a Pagan Sacrament. In a preliminary description Building Energy may be an Act and/or Process performed by all Celebrants for the effect of gathering and increasing Physical, Mental and Spiritual Energies to be directed at one or more specific Stated Goals. At a Celebratory Werking this process is ordinarily led by one or more Officiants, proficient in Werking with the Spiraling Energies. For example: when a Priestess Leads the Celebrants in the Dance of Life and Weaves the Built Up Energy into a Pattern that will Enhance and Multiply the Strength of that Energy, perhaps while making silent or verbal Affirmations along with various Symbolic Gestures Sacred to a Tradition. Dance, Chant, Artistic Creation, Song, Stimulation of the Senses, and Visualization are some of the Forms Building Energy may take.
Below please find the wording that Garden of Life uses in it's Articles of Organization to delineate this Sacrament:
An Act, Acts, a Process, Processes and/or Series of Acts and/or Processes performed by all Celebrants for the effect of gathering and increasing Physical, Mental and Spiritual Energies to be directed at one or more specific Stated Goals. At a Celebratory Werking this process is ordinarily led by one or more Officiants, proficient in Werking with the Spiraling Energies (often characterized as Feminine), such as when a Priestess Leads the Celebrants in the Dance of Life and Weaves the Built Up Energy into a Pattern that will Enhance and Multiply the Strength of that Energy, perhaps while making silent or verbal Affirmations along with various Symbolic Gestures, which have become Sacred to our Tradition. Some of the Forms this Building may take are Dance, Chant, Artistic Creation, Song, Stimulation of the Senses, and Visualization.

Bulla ― Bullae are a specific type of object that has a rounded or dome shaped side, primarily connected with Roman culture, where they were worn continually by Roman boys from a few days after birth until they became adults.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

BullRoarer ― When the term BullRoarer is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to a slat or slats of wood tied into thongs that when whirled around creates an intermittent roaring sound; specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same.

see also: Sound as a Mægikal Implement

Burin ― When the term Burin [in Aleister Crowley's 777 Tables of Correspondences, key number 15] is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to an engraving tool, specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. The Burin a blade tool often made simply with a wooden handle carved by the user and a sharpened nail. Some very traditional Burins are made out of Flint or Obsidian, flaked on either or both ends to form a small chisel or grooving tool.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Burning or Burying all the residue left from any Werking ― Burning or Burying all the residue left from any Werking seems to be a widespread praxis, cutting across the bounds of many Traditions. The reluctance to simply throw away the remains of any substance which has been used within a Sacred Context, is of course quite natural, and these items are often saved and offered to the next Sacred Fire held by the group.

Burning Times ― (see The Burning Times)

Busy, Busy, Busy ― in the context of the Vonnegutian Bokononist Religion is what a Bokononist whispers "whenever [he] thinks about how complicated and unpredictable the machinery of life really is."


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