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WAITE, A. E. (nee ARTHUR EDWARD WAITE):A member of the Hermetic Order of The Golden Dawn [G.D.].(q.v.) More of a Christian Mystic, than a magician. He was the major member responsible for the G.D. splitting up into numerous factions, by demanding that Order stop performing ceremonial magick and that advancement in the Order's various grades be based not due to knowledge and work, but mere time in grade in the Order. He wrote several books which were basically compilations from other sources with his comments. His writing style is not considered modern, and whatever wisdom he may have wished to share (suspect as some hold it to be) is hidden beneath his turgid prose. Several of his translations of classical occult literature, including, The Holy Kabbalah has been very influential. He was the first person to produce a Tarot (q.v.) deck with a major book about tarot, The Pictorial Key to The Tarot, at the same time. This deck is known as the Rider-Waite Deck, and is the most widely known and used deck of today. The deck was drawn by G.D. member, Pamela Coleman Smith. Waite chose not to violate his vows to the G.D. by not revealing the correspondences of the Hebrew alphabet with the Major Arcana (q.v.). A. E. Waite and Aleister Crowley (q.v.) were bitter rivals.
WAND:The primary weapon and tool of elemental Fire (q.v.) and of the South. A Ceremonial Magician's primary weapon, used to represent his/her will.
WAND, LOTUS:In the Astral Star, the primary weapon of an Adept. This tool is used to represent "Elemental Spirit" for the membership. It is almost identical to the Lotus Wand used by the Hermetic Order of The Golden Dawn (q.v.). The Lotus Wand is of a Planetary nature, and is the Rainbow Wand (q.v.) of the Lord/Lady of the Portal (of Adepts) with the addition of the symbolism of the Lotus flower. This powerful weapon is used to signify the True Will of the magician in magickal operations.
WAND, RAINBOW:The modified "Lotus Wand" of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn by Donald Michael Kraig. The "shaft" of a Lotus Wand (q.v.). The central tool for use by a magician, used to represent no single element, but is of a planetary nature; and the magician's higher and true will. In the Astral Star, the primary elemental weapon of one who is a Lord/Lady of the Portal (of Adepts).
WANNING (MOON):The Moon phase from just after Full Moon (q.v.) until it disappears, and becomes the New Moon (q.v.). The period of time beginning with a decrease of light from the moon as it becomes dark.
WATCHTOWER:An invisible station in the universe on the Astral Plane (q.v.), set at the quarters (East, South, West, and North). A Celestial Garrison of Angels (q.v.), under the command of an Archangel (q.v.). Some traditions hold that there are Watchtowers at the cross quarters as well as at the quarters. Note: There is only ONE Watchtower in each of the directions.
WATCHTOWER, OPENING BY:A powerful ritual, written by Israel Regardie (q.v.) from the Elemental Grade rituals of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (q.v.), used to cast a magick circle in that tradition. This ritual is used by Adepts (q.v.) to consecrate and cleanse a hall (room) as a preparation for any magickal ritual, especially operations of Gray Magick (q.v.).
WATER:One of the five magickal elements (q.v.). It has the properties of being cool and moist. The element of the West. The elemental weapon/tool is the cup or chalice (q.v.).
WAXING (MOON):The phase of the moon from when the New Moon (q.v.) can just be seen to the time of the Full Moon (q.v.). The period when the moon increases in light.
WESTERN OCCULTISM:The magick of Europe and English speaking nations around the world that has descended from the magick of Sumeria, Babylonia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, The Arabs and the Jews, as well as from the indigenous European magick of ancient times. It's range is roughly coequal with that of Christianity. The Kabbalah (q.v.) is said to be the heart of modern Western Occultism.
WHITE MAGICK:1) The science and art of causing change (in reality or in consciousness) in conformity with will, using means not currently understood by traditional Western science, for the purpose of obtaining the Knowledge and Conversation of your Holy Guardian Angel (q.v.). Also known as experiential mysticism.
2) In low magick (q.v.), magick (q.v.) that is generally worked for good purposes or that involves benevolent actions, agents, or entities.
WHIPLASH, ASTRAL:The result of your Astral Body and consciousness being suddenly drawn back into the physical body by a either disturbance near the physical body or an unpleasant occurrence on the Astral Plane. Symptoms can include: headache, dizziness, grogginess, muscle soreness, etc. Reprojecting and returning at a normal place will quickly overcome this problem.
WICCA:A word of somewhat unknown origin and meaning. Although properly pronounced, "Wee-Kah," it is usually pronounced, "Wick-Kah," by most people today. It is the word from which the term, "Witch," (q.v.) is said to have evolved from. Some sources claim the word Wicca is derived from a word meaning "to bend, or shape," as in the ability of members of this faith to be able to bend, or shape their consciousness and thus reality to their wills. Another source claims the word Wicca came from a word meaning "wise." Thus, those who follow the path of Wicca are called, the "wise ones." A follower of modern day Wicca is called a "Wiccan." The modern Wiccan movement, as a formal religion and philosophy, began with the writings of Gerald B. Gardner (q.v.) and Doreen Valiente, in the mid 1950's. Anthropologist Margaret Murry (q.v.) wrote two books that prefaced this modern movement in the 1920's.
WICCE:The feminine of Wicca (q.v.).
WIDDERSHINS [WINDERSHINS]:Counterclockwise. Movement against the movement of the Sun. Occasionally the direction moved in within a magickal circle, but rarely so. Movement in this direction is used to help dispel excess energy within the circle that was built up, but not used. A grounding technique in Ceremonial rituals. Sometimes used to build malefic energies for the intentional purpose of performing black magick (q.v.).
WILL, TRUE:The impulse inherent in human nature to realize individual human potential and thereby achieve harmony between the individual, the Universe, and the Almighty. Aleister Crowley (q.v.) coined the term to distinguish this constant, unvarying impulse from what is called will but which is really no more than the vague impulse of the moment born of circumstance. Opposite of Want.
WISE WOMAN:The solitary female witch (q.v.) who dispensed charms and prescribed healing herbs to common inhabitants of rural villages in medieval Europe.
WITCH:A person, male or female, who practices the art and religious faith of Witchcraft (q.v.). See Wicca.
WITCHCRAFT:Popularized by Gerald Gardner (q.v.) and many others, it is a peaceful religion based on the worship of the generative forces in nature. Witches generally worship the Horned God of the Hunt and primarily the three-fold Goddess of Life. Witches venerate the life force in nature and seek to be in tune with natural cycles. All Witches come from different Pagan (q.v.) religious traditions. Witches are not Satanists (q.v.). In fact, they do not believe that an entity called "Satan" even exists.
WIZARD:Literally, a skillful or clever person. A wizard is a male magician who uses Theurgy (q.v.) or Goety (see goetia) (q.v.).
WORD OF POWER:A word or name, often unintelligible, that is supposed to carry an occult potency. Many of the so called barbarous names mentioned by the ancient Greeks were undoubtedly once names of gods and goddesses that became corrupted over time.
- WORK, GREAT:The work of achieving enlightenment and unity with Divinity. Some people would say unity with one's own Higher Self. Classically, to become more than Human. The work of Adeptship.
WORK, MAGICKAL:The series of ritual actions conducted in order to realize a ritual desire (q.v.), such as the performance of the Great Work (q.v.) of alchemy (q.v.). A working is an extended series of rituals designed to attain a single object.
WORLDS, FOUR:A traditional way of looking at the Tree of Life (q.v.) as being composed of four divisions or "worlds." There are many variations of this theory. See Ha-Oh-Lahm (q.v.).
WORLD TREE:A myth of many different world religions. The great tree at the axis of the world that was believed in shamanism (q.v.) to hold up the heavens with it's branches and provide a frame work for the entire universe.
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