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Afterworld - A world of the dead, a concept that is shared by all human mythologies and religions. The Afterworld can be percieved anywhere from being a dark and gloomy place to a bright and happy one.
Alraun - In European Folk magick, a small good-luck image shaped from the root of a mandrake root or bryony. According to tradition, it had to be dressed and made daily offerings of food and wine, and if treated ill'ly, it had the power to bring bad luck to the house hold.
Angelica - A mystical plant that is associated with early Nordic Magick. In many parts of the world it was believed to guard against evil and its leaves were hung around childrens necks to protect them against the spells and enchantments of sorcerers.
Ankh - An ancient Egyptian symbol resembling a cross with a loop at the top. It sybmolizes life and cosmic knowledge, and every major god and goddess of Egyptian mythology is depicted in works of art carrying it. It is also known as the crux ansata.
Aquarius - In astrology it is the eleventh sign of the zodiac and is symbolized by the Water Bearer. Aquarius is an air sign and is ruled by the planet, Uranus. Aquarius's polarity is Leo, and its quadruplicity is Fixed. Aquarius is believed to be most compatible with Aquarius, Gemini, Libra, and those with Moon in Aquarius. Shins, Ankles and the Circulatory system are said to be ruled by Aquarius.
Aries - In astrology it is the first sign of the zodiac and is symbolized by the Ram. Aries is a fire sign and is ruled by the planet, Mars. Aries polarity is Libra and it's quadruplicity is Cardinal. Aries is believed to be most compatible with Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, and those with Moon in Aries. The Head is said to be ruled by Aries.
Astral Body - The double fo the physical human body, but made of a much finer substance with a shining and luminous appearance. It is sometimes said to be connected to the physical body by an etheric umbilical cord and is able to pass through solid obstructions and float about unhindered by gravity, space or time.
Astral Projection - An out-of-body experience achieved by any number of trance inducing methods or imagination techniques, the separation of the consciousness from the physical body resulting in an altered state of consciousness. Also known as astral travel.
Astral Twins - Two or more unrelated persons who share the exact same birthdate and are said to possess identical personality traits and sometimes even matching physical appearances. To be considered true astral twins, they most be born on the same month, day, year and hour.
Athame - A black handled ritual dagger with a double-edged blade, used by many Witches to draw their magick circles and to both store and direct energy during magickal rituals. The Athame is a sacred tool and is never used for the drawing of blood, either human or animal. The athame is a symbol of the masculine aspect, and corresponds to the ancient element of Air.
Aura - A single or multi-colored light produced by heat energy and electromagnetic energy that emanates from the bodies of all living things. It is a psychic field of energy that surrounds both animate and inanimate bodies.
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