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Waking Conscious State ― The state of human consciousness when perceiving the physical world, conscious of other people and things. Termed the jagrat state in Hindu philosophy, it is the lowest of the four states into which human consciousness is divided: jagrat, svapna, sushupti, and turiya. The reason we cannot remain continuously in the waking state, but must seek another aspect of consciousness during sleep, is that "our senses are all dual, and act according to the plane of consciousness on which the thinking entity energizes. Physical sleep affords the greatest facility for its action on the various planes; at the same time it is a necessity, in order that the senses may recuperate and obtain a new lease of life for the Jagrata, or waking state, from the Svapna and Sushupti. . . . As a man exhausted by one state of the life fluid seeks another; as, for example, when exhausted by the hot air he refreshes himself with cool water; so sleep is the shady nook in the sunlit valley of life. Sleep is a sign that waking life has become too strong for the physical organism, and that the force of the life current must be broken by changing the waking for the sleeping state. Ask a good clairvoyant to describe the aura of a person just refreshed by sleep, and that of another just before going to sleep. The former will be seen bathed in rhythmical vibrations of life currents -- golden, blue, and rosy; these are the electrical waves of Life. The latter is, as it were, in a mist of intense golden-orange hue, composed of atoms whirling with an almost incredible spasmodic rapidity, showing that the person begins to be too strongly saturated with Life; the life essence is too strong for his physical organs, and he must seek relief in the shadowy side of that essence, which side is the dream element, or physical sleep, one of the states of consciousness". Human beings, animals, and plants die not because of a lack of life, but because their vehicles become finally worn out, precisely because the life-currents within have become too strong, and the building power of the vehicles less able to repair the damages of the life-force. Paradoxically, it is the life-force which itself brings about both sleep and death, and thus life repairs its own damage, both building and destroying.

Walpurgisnacht ― The name used within a wide variety of Pagan Traditions to indicate a HolyDay usually, though not universally Celebrated on the evening of April 30th in the Northern Hemisphere, sometimes called May Eve. Historically Walpurgisnacht is derived from various Pagan spring customs stretching back into what is often referred to as "PreHistory". Bonfires were built in part to keep away spirits of the dead and the various Kaotic spirits that were said to walk among the Living then. This "Darkest Night Just Before Dawn" type force is followed by and perhaps presages: the return of Light, Boisterous Life, and the Sun as celebrated during May Day, although bonfires are associated with many Pagan HolyDays, and emphatically with MidSummer and MidSummer's Eve. From the Oxford Phrase and Fable one sees: "Walpurgis Night (in German folklore) the night of April 30 (May Day's eve), when witches meet on the Brocken mountain and hold revels with their gods..." Brocken is the highest of the Harz Mountains of north central Germany. It is noted for the phenomenon of the Brocken spectre and for witches' revels which reputedly took place there on Walpurgis night. The Brocken Spectre is a magnified shadow of an observer, typically surrounded by rainbow-like bands, thrown onto a bank of cloud in high mountain areas when the sun is low. The phenomenon was first reported on the Brocken. It is easy to see how the Dark and somewhat Uneasy connotations of Walpurginacht may have developed from these origins.

Wampeter ― in the context of the Vonnegutian Bokononist Religion is "the pivot of a Karass, around which the souls of the members of the Karass revolve." A Karass has two Wampeters at any time, one waxing and one waning.

Wand ― When the term Wand [in Aleister Crowley's 777 Tables of Correspondences, 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. In most Traditions the Wand is considered to correspond to the Elemental Fire Energies. The wand of Hermes or caduceus, the magician's wand, the scepter of kings which shows the force of temporal power, and the crosier of a bishop, are prototypes and antitypes of a universal principle -- the straight line, representing the masculine, active, positive power in nature. The magician may be said to possess a magic wand -- a name for the power he can wield -- and there may be various material copies of this, ranging from an actual magic wand supposedly prepared according to secret formulas, down to the humble stick or cudgel with which the ruffian enforces his will. In the four symbolic suits of the Tarot, the first is that of the batons, now become the clubs.

See: Ægyptian Wands, Anubis Wand, Baculum, Baresman, Benu Wand, Lotus Wand, Papyrus Wand, Phoenix Wand, Rhod, Rkheet Wand, Sekhem Wand, Staff, Ur-Uatchi

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.

Wanderjahr ― Wanderjahr as an Anglicized term from the actual German Wanderjahre, literally "wandering years" Is a term which indicates a break period which is taken between phases, usually of education, which normally follow each other immediately. It is most frequently thought of as an actual year long period but the term may be applied to an indeterminate period. The Wanderjahr is also sometimes called a gap year, year abroad, break year, year out, year off, deferred year, bridging year, time off of time out. Regardless of the terminology the concept is generally that there is some sort of benefit to the overall growth, intellectual and otherwise, of the individual, which is achieved by taking some period of time off from institutionalized studying to do something else. Many people take a gap year before starting college or university, but it can be taken at any time. The Jahr part of Wanderjahr makes this term particularly applicable to the concept, because Jahr in addition to having the meaning of a calendar or Solar year, also is used to refer to indeterminate periods for a particular activity.

Wanga ― When the term Wanga is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to word patternings clarifying the intent of a Werking, to be spoken in such Werking, specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same.

Obeah is a folk religion and folk magic found among those of African descent in the West Indies. It is derived from West African Igbo sources and has a close North American parallel in African American conjure or hoodoo. A wanga (sometimes spelled oanga or wanger) in some usages is a magical charm packet found in the folk magic practices of Haiti, and as such it is connected to the West African religion of Vodun, which in turn derives from the Fon people of what is now Benin.

"Also the mantras and spells; the obeah and the wanga; the work of the wand and the work of the sword; these he shall learn and teach." (AL I:37).

In his Commentaries, Crowley explains the usage in the Thelemic context: The obeah is the magick of the Secret Light with special reference to acts; the wanga is the verbal or mental correspondence of the same. [...] The "obeah" being the acts, and the "wanga" the words, proper to Mægik , the two cover the whole world of external expression. It is possible that Crowley was not referring to literal Jamaica Obeah practices or to actual wanga.

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.

Watcher

WaterColours

See also: Graphic Visual Arts, Art

Water Scrying or Skrying ― When the term Water Scrying is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by gazing into Water, then interpreting whatever impressions may form. This is usually still Water, though some Scryors may prefer White Water Rapids, Waterfalls, Bubbling Springs and whatnot; also, the most frequent of the forms and techniques usually involves Water in a bowl or some sort of container. Often this type of Water is consecrated to its task by leaving out exposed to the Sun, Moon, Stars, Storms, and/or other influences for a period of time before use, according to the principles of the Tradition.

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

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.

Water Witching ― When the term Water Witching is used in reference to a type of Divination, it generally refers to the finding of Water by Forms & Techniques normally associated with Witchcraft, such as by using a type or Rhod or branch which points down or rotates on its own when above an undiscovered Water source. see Rhabdomancy Dowsing for water is also called water witching,

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.

Weaving Energies

Welsh ― 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.

Welsh Cymri Wicca ― A Wiccan Tradition based on Y Tylwyth Teg, a Welsh-based tradition named for the faery folk of that land, which maintains deeply Keltic roots and very humanistic philosophy. Students of both these paths are asked to place heavy emphasis on the study of Welsh myth, folklore, and faery lore.

Welsh Rite Gwyddonaid ― 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 Welsh/Keltic Tradition of Wicca, worshipping a Welsh Pantheon of Gods and Goddesses. Gwyddonaid, roughly translated from Welsh means "Tree Witch".

Welsh ― 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.

Welsh 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 as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm.

Weltanschauung ― see Worldview

Werk ― When used as a noun in the context of Spiritual and MetaPhysical concepts, the term Werk is used to differentiate specific creations whether conceptual, literary, architectural, self-transformative, and/or within the field of any type of artistic endeavor, in part as an acknowledgment of the importance of the creation.

Werk ― When used as a verb in the context of Spiritual and MetaPhysical concepts, the term Werk is used to indicate any process of praxis in the Spiritual and Mægikal arenas, whether solitary or group activities. A special instance being what is normally called the Great Werk.

Werking ― When used in the context of Spiritual and MetaPhysical concepts, the term Werking is used as a general term indicating the efforts of any Practitionor or Practitionors, in solitary or group context, in the field of Mægik. In modern Pagan and NeoPagan praxis: in Circles, Shamanic Intercessions, and a wide range of other individual and group actions, one of the functions of Werkings is to provide access to Liminal and Numinous experiences. Initiations and Rites of Passage, of course are the most easily delineated Threshold events, and they traditionally fall into the planned liminality subcategory, although spontaneous liminal occurences other epiphanies are often part of these services as well. Experiential immersions in the Numinous, run the gamut from anthropormorphic to entirely non-anthropormorphic, from completely concrete to totally abstract. Pagan Group Werkings have more to do with orthopraxy than orthodoxy, in that a similarity and agreement on the way Circles and other Werkings are conducted exists, and the component parts and sequencing of these services are typically agreed on within a group and actually across a wide range of groups. However, since the emphasis in Pagan Celebration is on the individual's own experiences and their reactions to and on those experiences, there is no expectation of agreement as to exact beliefs and no necessity thereof. One of the purposes of all the types of Werkings is an exposure to to the Divine Forces as immanent in the Natural World, as a whole and through it's various parts. hence the emphasis on holding Circles out in Nature to the extent possible.

WERKING (when considered as a Sacrament) ― Garden of Life considers Werking a Pagan Sacrament. In a preliminary description Werking may be an Act and/or Process specifically including an Effectuation of Will, performed by any Celebrant or group of Celebrants which focuses on particular and agreed upon Spiritual Goals. One type of Werking is called The Great Werk, which is focused on the achievement of the Ultimate Potential Perfection of one or more of the Individual and/or Individuals participating. Many instances of Werking are directed toward some aspect of Conscious Spiritual Evolution. Celebratory Circles are the most fundamental type of Werking. Such Circles are performed by a Group of Celebrants who join together to Commemorate a specific Holy Time and/or Werk for a specific Goal or Goals. Another example of Werkings are those of a Divinatory Nature.
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 including Effectuation of Will, performed by any Celebrant or group of Celebrants focused at particular agreed upon Spiritual Goals, especially, when oriented toward achieving their Own Ultimate Potential Perfection. When referred to as The Great Werk, it is always specifically Conscious Spiritual Evolution. Celebratory Circles are a specific type of Celebratory Werking, in which a Group of Celebrants join together to Commemorate a specific Holy Time and/or Werk for a specific goal. Celebratory Circles are the most fundamental type of Werking performed by the Temple.

Werking Altars ― When the term Werking Altars is used in reference to Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci it generally refers to stands, tables, and/or cabinetry upon which assortments of Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci which will be used in effectuating the different phases of the Werking may be placed; specifically constructed for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. Altars may be portable or permanent, and may range from simple table like structures to elaborate cabinetry

see also: Altar, 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.

Werkor

See also: Practitionor, Celebrant, Officiant, The Gifts and Persuasions, Divinor

Western Emergent 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, usually by Western and/or Western oriented Teachers and an emphasis on meditative practice as primary or critical parameters of their Spiritual Paradigm. It is useful to define this Tradition of Buddhism since it is quite distinct from the Buddist Traditions which arose in Asia, around and close to the places where Siddhartha Gautama Buddha lived and Taught. Of course it is not itself a monolithic Tradition, but consists of a variety of lineages which emanate from various Teachers and groups of Teachers who have turned their attentions toward Western Civilization and/or individuals who have interpreted the Teachings for themselves but still from a Western perspective. What may be termed Western Emergent Buddhism is well represented by an essay found at http://home.att.net/~meditation/Buddhism.html (assuming it's still there, but we paraphrase it here in the complete listing) entitled: 'Call For a New Buddhism', and specifically references Jiddu Krishnamurti such as in the quotation: "Intelligence is the ability to ascertain the essential." The complete entry on Western Emergent Buddhism (also see: the complete entry on Buddhism.)

Western Esotericism or Hermeticism

Whist Fire ― also called Cunning Fire, Secret Fire, Invisible Fire, Serpent Fire see Secret Fire

White Tincture ― When the term White Tincture is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to a Alkhemikal preparation which was metaphorized as being able to turn any metal into Silver; specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. The explanation is typically thought to be a blind or perhaps a double-blind, usually within the context of the teachings of those wo interpret Alkhemikal instructions as being a veil for the actual Sexual Mægik Werkings represented, possibly a Western version of Tantra.

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.

Wholistic Thinking - Whole Brain Thinking ― Memory is stored in our unconscious mind and in every cell of our body. Whole brain thinking utilizes the right and left brain together so that truly free conscious thinking occurs allowing us to make conscious choices. Stuck patterns and fear that have influenced our decisions in the past are released. We then respond, versus react, to life.

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 which holds teachings originating in and/or interpolations thereon as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. Any religion that follows the beliefs, traditions, and ceremonies laid out by Gerald Gardner (Gardnerian Wicca) or Alex Sanders (Alexandrian Wicca) that have been passed down through Initiation and Consecration, including those religions founded by Initiated and Consecrated members of another form; Any religion that has no initiatory connection to Gardner or Sanders, but have based their rituals and practices upon Gardnerian Wicca or Alexandrian Wicca., including solitary Wicca practitioners. Wiccan Witch-This tradition combines the beliefs of Wicca with the "workings" of Witchcraft. It can be based on an eclectic, solitary, or any other type of tradition. Wiccans tend to do "self motivated" magick. Whereas Witches do magick for the "greater good". Again, this is subjective, depending on the individuals beliefs. This particular tradition can be very wide ranging. From doing healing work only, to doing love spells for friends. It can include crystal magick, candle magick, herb magick, meditation, auras, chakras, and any combination that the individual feels "comfortable" with.

Wiccan Rede ― see- The Wiccan Rede

Wiccan Shamanism ― 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. Wiccan Shamanism is an eclectic Pagan tradition created by Selena Fox, high priestess of Circle Sanctuary, that blends Wiccan practice, humanistic psychology and a variety of shamanistic practices from tribal societies around the world. Healing is the primary focus of a Wiccan Shaman, and practitioners observe all the Sabbats, traditional activities, and the Wiccan Rede in conjunction with shamanic practices such as vision questing and dreamtime. Founded by Selena Fox in the 1980's. Ecumenical and multicultural focus. Combination of Wicca, humanistic psychology and a variety of shamanistic practices from around the world. Emphasis on healing. Uses traditional shamanistic techniques to change consciousness, such as drumming and ecstatic dancing.

Wild Systems ― Wild Systems Theory - For years, there has been a tension between computationalist cognitive scientists who utilize the notion of representation and efficient-cause in their accounts of mind, and dynamical-systems oriented ecological psychologists who eschew representationalism and efficient-cause in favor of multi-scale, contingent interactions and embodiment. Wild Systems Theory (WST) is a new theory of embodiment that was developed to overcome this riff. My central thesis is that organisms (i.e., bodies) are meaning (and ultimately mind), precisely because they constitute embodiments of the external constraints (i.e., contexts) they have had to phylogenetically, as well as ontogenetically internalize in order to sustain themselves (Jordan, 1998).

Dale Pendell, in his magnificent essay on the Taxonomy of Systems, Phenomenological Taxonomy of Psychotropes,from Pharmako/Poeia, Plant Powers, Poisons, and Herbcraft goes into great detail about the nature and characteristics of systems. Here in these next few paragraphs is part of what he has to say about Wild Systems. "Any attempt to force a wild system into the confines of a formal system is inescapably arbitrary. Wild systems and formal systems inhabit separate dimensions. And while there is a fuzy, hazy-edged intersection of the two planes, the intersection remains metaphorical. Logically (it is so hard to escape logic), the two sets are disjoint. Eddington thought so. Physics is the intersection of a formal set, mathematics, with a wild set, natural phenomena."

"Eddington characterized the difference between the scientific domain and the extra-scientific not as concrete versus transcendental, but as metrical versus non-metrical. Those phenomena intrinsically non-metrical can never be part of science."

"To put the conclusion crudely -- the stuff of the world is mind-stuff . . . something more general than our individual conscious minds; but we may think of its nature as not altogether foreign to the feelings in our consciousness. The realistic matter and fields of force of former physical theory are altogether irrelevant -- except in so far as the mind-stuff has itself spun these imaginings." -- Arthur Eddington

"Formal systems are well defined; they are describable. In fact, the rules are the system. Chance can be simulated, but it is not clear that chance exists in formal systems: physicists, mathematicians, and Schrödinger's cat are debating the issue. (It's not clear that chance exists in wild systems either, but that's another topic.)"

"It's like, language is a wild system, whereas generative grammar is a formal system. Generative grammar can describe, more or less, the grammar of wild language, but only more or less. It is this "more or less" that interests us."

"Wild systems contain poisons. Formal systems are certainly poisonous, but lack the playfulness of, say, wild coyotes."

"Coyote is the one who breaks the rules."

"We call this crucial difference the Coyote Principle. Stated most succinctly, it goes, "No matter how well you plan it out, Coyote will find some way to fuck it up." Like all poisons, the Coyote Principle is both a bane and a blessing. Sometimes this principle is referred to as the human factor."

Wine ― When the term Wine [in Aleister Crowley's 777 Tables of Correspondences, key number 23] is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to the fermented juice of grapes, made in many varieties, the fermented juice of grapes, made in a multitude of varieties; specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. Sometimes the term Wine in these situations is used to indicate any type of liqueur or alcoholic preparation made from grapes, or in some cases other fruit, as long as it is to be utilized in a Communion type function in 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.

Winged Egg ― When the term Winged Egg [possibly in Aleister Crowley's 777 Tables of Correspondences, key number 31bis] is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to the spiritualized potential energies. The Egg is a symbol of Akasha or Akasa, the fifth element of Spirit, the source of all creation. There are many equivalent symbols. 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.

Winged Heart ― When the term Winged Heart is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to any type of artifact either constructed in the form of a heart with wings or with that motif represented upon it: 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.

Winged Sphere ― When the term Winged Sphere is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to any type of artifact either constructed in the form of a sphere with wings or with that motif represented upon it: 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.

Wings ― When the term Wings is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to a type of Vestment which emulates one or some combination of natural wings, which can be worn by an individual to indicate their particular Spiritual strivings and or characteristics 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.

Wisdom

Wita ― The study and practice of the religion of the Picts, the pre-Keltic inhabitants of northern Scotland. Pecti-Wita is concerned with all aspects of prosperity, growth, abundance, creativity, and healing, and honors the Keltic Deities. The main tools in Pecti-Wita are the Staff and the Athame or Dirk. Pecti-Witans use a "Keek-Stane" which is, in effect, a scrying stone or the equivalent of a crystal ball. Also known as Pecti-Wita, Pictish Witchcraft. An eclectic Irish path which keeps very old Irish traditions and combines them with the influences of the Norse. Witta values Irish Pagan history and recognizes that at each stage in its development, over many centuries, each generation has been able to add something of value. Until recent times Wittan covens were characterized by strict stratification and one-on-one teaching for its apprentices. Today most Wittan covens operate on a consensus basis and will accept self-initiation and the solitary life as valid. It is very similar to the Scottish Pecti-Wita which is evolved from Pictish, rather than Irish, tradition. Also known as Witta.

Witch ― Sorceress, Sorcerer. many Middle English forms, such as Witche, Wiche, Wichche and Wicche, these all derive from the Anglo-Saxon Wicca. The term is generically used to indicate someone who has what may be called Witch Power. This is an ability which may be acquired through bloodlines via being born to persons who have this ability and/or the ability to pass it on (a skipping of generations not being unusual). The ability may also be acquired through training, though most easily and effectively in a combination of training and inherited tendency to the talent. It is best really to speak of it, should one want to speak sensibly of it, in the terms of a technology, rather than a specific religion or Tradition. The title Witch (as a M&#sx00E6,gikal Practionor) is most accurately applied to persons who have the ability to affect the consensus reality with non-traditional, and often non-physical means. This is most frequently found in persons who also have a strong Spiritual affinity for the ideas of the Divine enshrouded in Nature, and are fiercely independent in their ideas about religion and metaphysics. It is also important that they self-identify as Witches, though many who so self-identify do not actually possess these abilities and thus are not Witches.

It would seem unnecessary, but probably is important to mention that this is an entirely separate issue from the idea of Wicca in the modern world, which is a group of Traditions of a religious nature, and each has its procedures for becoming members of that Tradition. Thus anyone fulfilling those procedures and becoming recognized as initiates of that Tradition is entitled to claim the Wicca title for themselves, with or without the qualifier of which of the particular Traditions that they have joined.

See also: Practitionor, Celebrant, Officiant, The Gifts and Persuasions, Divinor

Witch ― A Witch, when thought of in the context of Werking as an Officiant, especially when Werking with a group who are not all also Witches, is a bit tricky to explain, though this obviously may be quite effective.

See also: Practitionor, Celebrant, Officiant, The Gifts and Persuasions, Divinor

Witch Bloodlines ― One of the ideas about the Practitionors of Witchcraft is that the power, or at least the tendency to have the ability to display these power, is passed down through bloodlines, typically Mother to Daughter, though in some theories other configurations apply. Often the idea of the power skipping a generation, or even more than one is included. Within this framework, when the reference is made to Witch Bloodlines, it usually indicates family lineages which are known for this tendency, or in some cases have kept it really well hidden.

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 which holds certain time tested practices as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. The Webster's Dictionary definition of Witchcraft is that it is a form of sorcery, or the magical manipulation of nature for self-aggrandizement, or for the benefit or harm of a client. This manipulation often involves the use of spirit-helpers, or familiars. This definition wanders toward the mark but is a somewhat drastic oversimplification, and certainly doesn't cover all the possible reasons for which Witchcraft might be practiced. Indeed much Witchcraft is and has been practiced with the intent of healing individuals, and/or groups, and protecting hearth and home, whether for the Witch, their Coven-mates, or other parties towards which they are well disposed.

The idea of Witchcraft describes the concept that certain persons, born to it and/or learning the skills, are able to acquire and apply a type of power, almost best thought of as a technology, whereby they are able to affect the consensus reality, by non-standard means. The Witch Power that these Witches display is often characterized as Mægik, and that is doubtless as good a label as any, but it is a very technological form of Mægik.

All indigenous systems and Traditions seem to contain some belief in, and/or vectors which practice something which might be called Witchcraft. So one can speak of many kinds of Witchcraft, mostly by smaller local groups, rather than full continental spread, i.e.: Ethiopian Witchcraft or Congolese Witchcraft rather than African Witchcraft, better still in this case to differentiate by each recognized tribe. The same thing with South American, First Families, European and Scandinavian. Since it is, in a sense, more of a technology than a specific religion, it may be mixed with a variety of religious Traditions. This is where the modern Pagan use of the word Orthopraxy has come to be so useful. When the term is used in the West, without a qualifier, the implication or assumed meaning tends to reflect the ideas rooted in Traditions from European prehistory. And often brings the standard visualization of older women wearing outfits seemingly derived from the traditional raiment of Welsh Widows.

Public uses of Mægik are often considered beneficial; sorcery, on the other hand, is commonly practiced in private and is usually considered malevolent. Nevertheless, accusations of sorcery are frequently public and explicit. Anthropologists have observed that in societies that lack formal political processes, sorcery accusations are often an indication of other social and economic tensions and conflicts. They have analyzed the killing of accused sorcerers as a form of control through which antisocial people are eliminated and social cohesion is reinforced. Anthropologists distinguish sorcerers, who acquire their powers through study and initiation, from witches, who inherit their powers. In some cultures, especially European, however, the two terms are used interchangeably. The concept of European diabolical witchcraft as a form of sorcery was a convenience to the Christian "Church Fathers" in that it enabled them an easy way to silence opposition, and acquire the material goods of individuals who did not immediately submit to their total control of society. Their made up stories about what the Witches were up to, were couched in heavily Christian symbolism and concepts that would have had no association with actual Witches, and of little interest to them, but the stranglehold of the church "fathers" allowed them to classify Witchcraft as heresy, and begin their beloved roasting of people.

The origins of witchcraft in Europe are found in the pre-christian, Pagan Traditions such as the Teutonic nature celebrating Traditions, Ægyptian, Ægean, and Roman religions, and the speculations of the Gnostics (see- Gnosticism), the Zoroastrians, and the Manicheans. The roots actually go back much further, to the Anatolian, Persian, Sumerian, Ægytian, and ægean cultures and Traditions, but less directly. Indeed, much of what is Witchcraft goes back to the Shamanistic Traditions of Humanities first emergences into the ideas of civilization. These Pagan religions and philosophies typically believed in a power of evil and a power of good within the universe. And their efforts were more toward learning to work with the energies represented rather than worship in any form. Though certainly respect and devotion to the aspects of the Divine Forces that they recognized, and that they chose and that perhaps chose them, was never lacking. Religious persecution of supposed witches commenced early in the 14th century. Trials, convictions, and executions became common throughout Europe and reached a peak during the 16th and 17th centuries. Under the authority of the Spanish Inquisition, as many as 100 persons were burned as witches in a single day. The auto-da-fe, as this mass burning was called, took on the qualities of a carnival, where one could buy souvenirs, rosaries, holy images, and food. Suspicion also fell on many who were interested in scientific experimentation. The colonies of North America shared in this fanaticism, though in lesser numbers, particularly in Salem, Massachusetts, where in 1692, 20 persons were executed as witches, after a regular circus of trials.

However, all that is of fading importance now, as Witchcraft is slowly re-emerging into the more lighted portions of the World, and finding its way back to the relevance to society that it once had. Will Witches ever recover all that was lost? It's impossible to say at this time, but if not, once unfettered, this active, and always evolving group of Traditions will discover new ways to attain the old goals, and discover new goals as well.

Witches League of Public Awareness (WLPA) ― An international organization founded in 1986 by Laurie Cabot and Christine Dumas to protest the filming of John Updike's novel, The Witches of Eastwick, a gross misrepresentation of the Craft. The WLPA works to end prejudice and bigotry against Witches and Witchcraft. It does not handle individual discrimination cases.

Witch's Glyph ― The term Witch's Glyph generally refers to a sigil, talisman, and/or amulet on which the design is created from information relating to the Witch's name, birth and/or mægikal, birth and/or other important dates, Astrological information, and so forth. It might be made of metal, glass, wood, antler, or other natural materials, and might be carried or worn on a chain. The purposes are varied and depend on the teachings of the Tradition of the Witch, or to the individual Witch themself, but often include identification and orientation information, as well as protective and/or goal indicating ideas.

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.

Witta ― 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 and/or interpolations thereon as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. WITTA: An eclectic Irish path which keeps very old Irish traditions and combines them with the influences of the Norse. Witta values Irish Pagan history and recognizes that at each stage in its development, over many centuries, each generation has been able to add something of value. Until recent times Wittan covens were characterized by strict stratification and one-on-one teaching for its apprentices. Today most Wittan covens operate on a consensus basis and will accept self-initiation and the solitary life as valid. It is very similar to the Scottish Pecti-Wita which is evolved from Pictish, rather than Irish, tradition. Also known as Wita.

Wizardry ― (Middle English, wis, 'wise'): Most often associated with the magickal systems of Ceremonial Mægik including alchemy, the Hermetic wisdom, and the doctrines of Agrippa, Dee, Paracelsus and other Neoplatonic philosophers. In archaic use, a wizardry was synonymous with magick of any kind.

Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell ― (anagrammatically: WITCH) Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell is a feminist organization that originated on American college campuses in the 1960's. WITCH purported that the original guerrilla fighters against the oppression of women and minorities were witches and gypsies. WITCH members demonstrated for numerous causes dressed in rags, wearing pointed, conical hats, carrying brooms, and shrieking curses at the Establishment. One of the core beliefs of the Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell is that any woman can become a Witch by saying 'I am a Witch' three times.

Woodland Pagan ― 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 Sacredness of Nature, and the desirability of having such Celebrations in clearings in undisturbed wilderness as primary or critical parameters of their Spiritual Paradigm.

Word Play ― Some of the smattering of Word Play into which we have indulged are gone into in more depth in these categories in the Word Play section of the website: Word Play Index, Acronyms, Anagrams, Antagonyms, Aphorisms, Archaic Graffiti, Catachresis and Malapropism, Catch Phrases, Clichés, Collective Nouns, Erotema, Etymology, Figures of Speech, Linguistic Oddities (not otherwise covered), Malapropisms, Memes, Metaphor, Neologisms, Onomatopoetics, Oxymora, Palindromes, Paraprosdokians, Pleonasms, Puns, Quotables, Syllepsis, Synecdochi, Taglines, Tmeses, Ubiquinyms, Ŭh⃥'h⃥ĕm̄'m̃ēṭ·ƙжǫn̄, and Zeugma. A fascination with Language, Linguistics, and all the component parts seems irresistable to our way of thinking, and referring to it as Word Play seems a good way of giving it proper descriptive.
See also: Acronyms, Anagrams, Antagonyms, Aphorisms, Archaic Graffiti, Catachresis, Catch Phrases, Clichés, Collective Nouns, Endoraisms, Erotema, Etymology, Figures of Speech, Linguistic Oddities (not otherwise covered), Malapropisms, Memes, Metaphor, Neologisms, Onomatopoetics, Oxymora, Palindromes, Paraprosdokians, Pleonasms, Puns, Quotables, Syllepsis, Synecdochi, Taglines, Tmeses, Ubiquinyms, Ŭh⃥'h⃥ĕm̄'m̃ēṭ·ƙжǫn̄, and Zeugma

Working (when considered as a Sacrament) ― see- WERKING

Works (when considered as Cultural Works not specifically addressing Spiritual and or MetaPhysical concepts) (differentiated from Werks) ― Works, especially in the sense of Cultural Works are defined as including any product of the Human Imagination put out into the Consensus Reality, including but not limited to: Art, Architecture, Theatre, Performance, Literature, Music, Poetry, Film, Television, and any other type of written and/or recorded in some manner. Basically codified as any concepts and events which could be recorded for posterity in some way, written, audio-visual, multimedia, and so forth (whether they are so recorded or not), which may be referred to by a specific title.

Worldview ― A worldview describes a consistent (to a varying degree) and integral sense of existence and provides a framework for generating, sustaining, and applying knowledge. Some of the options include an Eternal Yea, Eternal Nay, and a vast range of degrees in the desirability of Modification

The linguistic relativity hypothesis of Benjamin Lee Whorf describes how the syntactic-semantic structure of a language becomes an underlying structure for the Weltanschauung of a people through the organization of the causal perception of the world and the linguistic categorization of entities. As linguistic categorization emerges as a representation of worldview and causality, it further modifies social perception and thereby leads to a continual interaction between language and perception.

The hypothesis was well received in the late 1940s, but declined in prominence after a decade. In the 1990s, new research gave further support for the linguistic relativity theory, in the works of Stephen Levinson and his team at the Max Planck institute for psycholinguistics at Nijmegen, Netherlands. The theory has also gained attention through the work of Lera Boroditsky at Stanford University.

Weltanschauung and cognitive philosophy
One of the most important concepts in cognitive philosophy and cognitive sciences is the German concept of Weltanschauung. This expression refers to the "wide worldview" or "wide world perception" of a people, family, or person. The Weltanschauung of a people originates from the unique world experience of a people, which they experience over several millennia. The language of a people reflects the Weltanschauung of that people in the form of its syntactic structures and untranslatable connotations and its denotations.

Worldview can be expressed as the fundamental cognitive, affective, and evaluative presuppositions a group of people make about the nature of things, and which they use to order their lives.

Linguistic Relativity Hypothesis in relation to Worldviews or Weltanschauung The language (or languages) which we learn profoundly affects the consensus reality which we perceive. Benjamin Lee Whorf, twentieth century Linguist Worldview and linguistics

Wortcunning ― Wortcunning The art of working with plants and plant material for ritual and magickal purposes. The supposedly knowledgeable use, in witchcraft or Wicca, of alleged magical and "secret healing" properties of herbs. (The word "wort" means "plant.") According to Wiccan theory, the phase and zodiacal position of the moon are extremely important considerations in the planting of herbs.

Wraith ― The fleeting apparition of a person, about the moment of death, to another person in kinship or psychomagnetic sympathy. Though wraith may cover different cases, in general it is due to the mayavi-rupa of the person who is dying. It is produced by his thought, though he is unaware of the effect he is producing. An intense and anxious thought about the person he wishes to see becomes objective to the seer, and the apparition wears the aspect and commonly the ordinary clothing of the dying person. In some cases the apparition may not be due to any thought on the part of the dying person, but to abnormal sensitiveness or clairvoyance on the part of the seer. Being in close sympathy with the dying one, he bears the image of that one in his latent memory; and when the event occurs, his higher senses, being aware of it, cause the objectivization of this memory as a visual apparition. The thought itself is objective to a mind capable of perception on that plane; but to become objective to the physical senses, it must clothe itself in matter of a lower grade; and this objectivization may vary from a picture in the mind's eye to an apparition seen by the physical vision. In any case the organism of the seer can provide the necessary vehicle for such an objectivization. Distance plays no part in the phenomenon, and there is no projection of a physically substantial body through space from one place to another. The above case should be distinguished from an appearance of the astral double seen near the graves of the recently deceased. See also Eidolon; Phantom; Ghost; Specter

Wrang-Wrang ― in the context of the Vonnegutian Bokononist Religion is "a person who steers people away from a line of speculation by reducing that line, with the example of the Wrang-Wrang's own life, to an absurdity.

Wrighting ― Wrighting means making and/or repairing anything, so usually the term has a modifying word with it such as Wheel-Wrighting, Iron-Wrighting, Copper-Wrighting, and so forth. Wrought is the past participle of Middle English werken (“to work”), from Old English wyrcan (past tense worhte, past participle geworht), from Proto-Germanic *wurkijanan, from Proto-Indo-European *werǵ- (“to work”).

Wrought Arts ― When the term Wrought Arts is used in the context of the various categories of Art, it normally refers to the creation of Objets de Arte, created by the techniques of Wrighting, most often with the metals, Iron, Steel, or Aluminum, though being such a primal word for making, it it sometimes utilized in the making and repairing of precious metal objects, particularly those that are not specifically jewelry.

See also: Metallurgical Mineralogical Arts, Ornamental Functional Arts, Art


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