Samhain: October 31. An ancient Celtic festival which celebrates the beginning of winter, marked by death, and the beginning of the Celtic New Year. Samhain means “end of summer.” Samhain is a sabbat universally observed, which is included among the Greater sabbats observed by neo-Pagans. The Druids, in ancient Ireland, once sacrificed to their deities by burning victims in wickerwork gages. All other fires were to be extinguished and lighted again from the sacrificial fire. This custom still continues in Ireland and Scotland, all fires in homes are extinguished and lighted again from bonfires, but without sacrificial victims. Samhain marks the third harvests and the storage of provisions for winter. The veil between the worlds of the living and dead is the thinnest during this time making communications easier. Souls of the dead can come into the land of the living. Samhain is a time for eliminating weaknesses, when pagan once slaughtered weak animals that were thought not to be able to survive the winter. This custom resulted in the modern practice by some who wanted to get rid of their weaknesses of writing them on a piece of paper and dropping them into a fire. Some baked cakes to be offered for the souls of the dead. Samhain was Christianized into All Hallow’s Eve or Halloween. The modern custom or trick-and-treating may have originated from an old Irish peasant custom of going door-to-door to collect money, breadcake, cheese, eggs, butter, nuts, apples and other foods in preparation for the festival of St. Columb Kill. Apples are included in many rites, especially as ingredients in brews. Dunking for apples may have been a divinatory practice. A.G.H.

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Retrocognitive Clairvoyance


A term in parapsychology for an extra-sensory correspondence between a present mental pattern of a person and a past, physical event. A.G.H.

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Puppet Healing


Puppet healing, or puppet magic as it is frequently called, is another form of sympathetic magic. The puppet represents the sick or injured person which the practitioner, or practitioners, wish to help or heal. The ultimate goal is to secure a complete cure for the person.

The first procedure in puppet healing is the construction of the puppet. The person for whom the puppet is being made is constantly kept in mind during the construction (see Visualization). First, two cloth outlines of the persons are cut out. The outlines are then sewn or embroidered together except for an opening which should be left at the top of the head. Next the puppet is decorated or marked with special characteristics (such as a mustache if it represents a man possessing a mustache, or long hair if it is for a woman with long hair) that resemble that person. These can be marked or embroidered on the puppet as well. Also there should be marked the person’s astrological signs, including the Sun, Moon, and rising Sun symbols. The puppet should represent the person as closely as possible. Also, since this puppet is being use for healing purposes the afflicted area can be marked. For incidence, if the person is recovering from surgery an incision can be marked on the puppet to indicate the surgery. This will attract the practitioner’s attention to the afflicted area. If the person should have an injured leg, foot, or arm, they could be marked.

Next fill the puppet with the appropriate herbs that will help the healing process and then sew up the opening at the top. When possible lay the puppet on an altar and/or in a circle. Using visualization see the circle being filled with a white light which is the goodness and love of the Goddess and the God which surrounds the puppet and it through it and the practitioner is channeled to the person.

The practitioner may perform any of the healing techniques which have been described on the puppet knowing that the person that it represents is partially or completely healed. A.G.H.

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Psychometry Definition



The ability or faculty to perceive the characters, surroundings, and events connected with a person by holding an object belonging to that person in ones hands.

Mrs. Hester Drowden, a famous medium, defined psychometry as “a psychic power possessed by certain individuals which enables them to divine the history of, or events connected with, a material object with which they come into close contact.”




History and Etymology

It is generally speculated the faculty existed in ancient times but it was first named and discussed in the modern age by J. Rhodes Buchanan, an American scientist, in 1842. The term is derived from the Greek words ‘pschic’ (soul) and ‘metron’ (measure) and signifies “soul-measuring”, or “measurement of the human soul.”

Buchanan’s theory was based on the belief that every thought, action, and event that has ever occurred since the beginning of time has left an impression on ether. This impression will never be erased during what is considered as time. This is why many closely related the ability of psychometry to the Akashic Records . Buchanan also thought the impressions were not only left on ether but on more palpable objects such as trees and stones as well.

Many people, especially occultist, also believe that psychometry is connected to the belief of animism. They believe all objects possess an inner or psychological life which enable the objects to receive from and transmit impressions to other objects. In this way the impressions of an individual can be transmitted to an object which the person has in his possession, and the object can later transmit the same impressions to another individual holding the identical object in his hand. The object is therefore analogous to a television receiver and transmitter, in that, it receives and transmits impressions.

The late Arnold Crowther, witch and occultist, describes psychometry in “The Secrets of Ancient Witchcraft with the Witches Tarot” which he co-authored with his wife Patricia. He too held to the belief of animism, or that inanimate objects have memories of their own. This was especially true of stones, he thought.



But, Crowther also equally believed that psychometry was connected with the auras given off by all objects. He believed the success of ancient witches in healing people of their villages was due to their ability to translate these auras through touch. He tested his theory on a modern psychometrist and found evidence that it was probably true.

The connection between psychometry and auras is based on the theory that the human mind radiates an aura in all directions, and around the entire body which impresses everything within its orbit. All objects, no matter how solid they appear, are porous containing small or even minute holes. These minute crevices in the object’s surface collect minute fragments of the mental aura of the person possessing the object. Since the brain generates the aura then something worn near the head would transmit better vibrations.

Crowther further describes psychometry as akin to the mind’s eye, the “etheric eye” or the “soul’s eye”. Occultists have called it by all these names. It seems the mental faculty which receives the impressions or visions registers them in the same cerebral center where dreams are registered. The center is the area where the pineal gland is located in the middle of the brain at the level of the base of the nose. Some medical doctors have referred to this gland as the relic of the third eye which man had in the early evolutionary stages. This is why some have called psychometry “controlled daydreaming.”

Crowther believed psychometry could help in many areas of life. The recovery from knowledge of the past was important to him. He thought stones were important in such endeavors and noted a psychometrist friend who psychometrized the stone circle called the Rollright Stones, in Oxfordshire. The man gained valuable information concerning ancient religious and magical rites once performed there. Portions of such knowledge Crowther used in the book previously mentioned.

Crowther did not believe psychometry is a special ability or gift. He held this idea from spiritualist mediums. He also differed with Dr. Buchanan, previously mentioned, who stated in his book “A Manual of Psychometry” that women are better adapt at the practice than men. Crother knew many male psychometrists. He thought everyone has the ability and can learn to use it if they have the patience and the will to do so.


Psychometry is presently practiced by occultists and witches. It is done with crystals and other stones. The person with eyes shut takes a stone in her or his hand. Carefully feeling it the individual tries to visualize its shape, texture, and color. Along with these physical features the person tries to reach an intuitive connection with the stone through which feelings and impressions are received from the stones. When done within a groups these inspirations may be shared with others. A.G.H.

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T<he term expresses a sharing of feeling, not necessarily sympathy. Perhaps commonly thought to be a community of sensation. A.G.H.

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Mental plane


Mental plane, in occult philosophy, is the plane or level of existence above the astral plane(or astral world), a realm of abstract consciousness located between the astral plane, level of concrete consciousness, and the spiritual plane, the level of primary creative being. Like all planes in occult theory, the mental is metaphorically “above” or “below” the others because they all interpret the realm of physical matter experienced by the senses.

The mental plane is a plane of meaning, pattern, and the laws of nature and mathematics; number, geometrical form, and music best communicate its nature. It resides outside of space and time. Most methods of occult meditation are attempts to raise the mind up from the concrete, quasi-sensory experiences of the astral level to the pure meanings and relationships of this mental level. A.G.H.


Greer, John Michael. The New Encyclopedia of the Occult. St. Paul. MN. Llewellyn Worldwide. 2005. p. 304

Mental body


Mental body, in occult philosophy, is that aspect of the human being which resides on the mental level of abstract consciousness. This is the part of the self which allows awareness of meaning. Existing outside of space and time, it is the lowest part of the self to survive physical death. A.G.H.


Greer, John Michael. The New Encyclopedia of the Occult. St. Paul. MN. Llewellyn Worldwide. 2005. p. 304



Lucidity is a collective term for the faculties by which supernatural knowledge is acquired. It includes such phenomena as clairvoyance, clairaudience, psychometrypremonitions, and others. A.G.H.


Riland, George.The New Steinerbooks Dictionary of Paranormal. New York Warner Books, Inc. 1980 p. 171




What is

Karma is Sanskrit for “deed.” In both Hinduism and Buddhism  the definition of karma includes an individual’s physical and mental actions which determine the consequences of the person’s present life and sequential lives through rebirth. Its meaning is based upon the phenomena of cause and effect which denotes both action and reaction that extend through many lifetimes.


There are three types of karma: “agent-karma” which is concerned with the present cause and effect, and will influence future lives; “prarabdha-karma” which had already been caused and is in the process of being effected; and, “sanchita-karma” which has been accumulated but has not yet been effected.



Karma is normally thought of as a term used by eastern religions such as previously mentioned. But, in Plato’s description of reincarnation he too touches on the theme of karma when saying the soul tends to become impure through bodily transmigrations. However, if the soul retains its pure state and does good acts it will return to its preexistent state, but if it continues to deteriorate by bad acts through bodily transmigrations it will go to a place of eternal damnation.



Karma is not mentioned in orthodox Christianity which holds the soul works out its rewards or punishments in a single lifetime. The closest mentioning of karma is the Biblical scripture: “…for whatever a man sowest, that shall he reap.” (Gal. 6:7)

One of the most modern understandings of karma comes from the theosophical teachings on reincarnations. The many manifestations of the body are small parts of the whole; like pages in a book. The Monard, or Divine Spark, or the individual remains the same throughout many reincarnations.

This individuality is from three higher worlds; the spiritual, the intuitional and the higher mental. But for the individuality to widen its experience and knowledge it must descend into the lower worlds of lower mental and physical, and return to the higher worlds with the knowledge it has learned. This seems impossible to do in one lifetime, and must be repeated.

The objective of the individuality’s journeys into the lower worlds to gain knowledge is to perfect it to a perfect perfection in order to enter the highest sphere of the heavenly world. Each time the individuality perfects itself by a reincarnation in the lower worlds it reaches a higher level of perfection in the higher worlds. But, if the individuality does not perfect itself during an reincarnation it must repeat the reincarnation again. Therefore, there are laws of progress which govern the number of reincarnations which each individuality must make. The more the individuality perfects itself during each reincarnation, the fewer reincarnations it must make, and vice verse. This is decreed by what, in theosophy, is called The Evolution of Life Theory which states “that all shall attain perfection by developing to the utmost their latent powers and qualities, and each manifestation in the lower worlds is but one short journey toward the goal.”



The late American mystic Edgar Cayce relied much on karma in his trace readings. He thought the effects of karma could be symbolic instead of literal. Karma could be mitigated by the “law of grace” which, for him, involved both a state of mind and a gift from God. Cayce said physical deformities and illnesses arose because of karma from past lives.

Most occultists and neo-Pagans believe in reincarnation so they acknowledge the theory of karma. They, however, do not see it as a punishment, but rather a just return. The neo-Pagan’s interest is mainly concerned with present karma.

There is what is called the Threefold Law of Return. Some claim that if a witch does good, it will be returned in three times the measure. The origination and verification of the law is debatable. There is not much discussion of evil because witches, especially Wiccan witches, say they have no desire to do evil. The reason why past and future karma is rarely mentioned is that witchcraft is a nature religion.



Most believe that at death, both the body and spirit returns to the Mother Goddess, the Earth; where the spirit rests and then is reborn again in a new body. A.G.H.

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Herbal Healing


Herbal healing, or herbalism, is one of the oldest healing techniques known worldwide. Herbalism provides the greatest natural healing knowledge. The present day techniques originated from the practices of the ancient Egyptians, Sumerians, Assyrians, Babyllonians, Greeks and Romans. Herbal sorcery was renowned in ancient Greece. Pliny compiled the greatest of herbal lore in Natural History, a 37-volumne work containing information about medicinal uses of plants, flowers, trees and herbs. For centuries others built on Pliny’s work, notably Hildegard of Bingen, a medieval German mystic and abbess; and Nicholas Culpeper, a 17th century physician and astrologer who linked the used of herbs to astrological signs.

Throughout the centuries some plants and herbs have shared both a pagan and Christian association. Hypericum perforatum, for example, blooms during the summer solstice (see Sabbats), and its blossoms were burned in worship of the sun god. Likewise, the Romans lit bonfires during the solstice, around June 21. Because of the Christian Church June 21 was designated St. John’s Day, and the particular plant became commonly known as St. John’s-wort.

Healing by sorcery, at one time, was considered fraudulent. It was a civil crime under Roman law. There were many cases of fraud, but this laws was never strictly enforced for the people hated giving up their local healers. However, the early Church saw this as an opportunity to discredit the popular village healers, and it also wanted to increased its teaching of miracles. This sentiment carried over into the Renaissance and Reformation periods when healing by herbs was considered “white” witchcraft and the demonologists further proclaimed it to be evil. Increase Mather said that the healing power of a witch was a diabolical gift, and not a gift from God.

Many current neo-Pagans and neo-Pagan Witches do consider their gift of healing as coming from the Divine. Most know that many of their techniques, especially in the knowledge of the healing powers of herbs, have been passed down through generations. Like their predecessors the modern neo-Pagans practicing herbalism are adept in recognizing the mysterious healing powers of various plants. Some combine Eastern and Western healing techniques realizing the Chinese have been adept healer for centuries. Some even grow and harvest their own herbs to make them into salves, syrups, teas, poultices and powders for healing purposes. It is not surprising to them that science has scoffed at the ancestors’ folk-lore remedies, nor are they surprised when modern medicine finds many of the remedies valid. For example, William Withering, an English doctor, isolated an important ingredient in the leaves of the plant foxglove, called digitalis, which is an important heart remedy. Yet for centuries Witches had prescribed a tea brewed from foxglove leaves for weak hearts. Dr. Cheney, of Stanford University, discovered and proved that raw cabbage juice helped in the cure of stomach ulcers. Again, Witches have known this for hundreds of years. So it is not hard to believe that some current medicines come from centuries of botanical compilation. Although a few have be discarded for supposedly stronger synthetic drugs others are still being used, and in some parts of the world in their natural form. A.G.H.

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