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chaldean sequence - The Chaldean sequence or Chaldean order is an ordering of the seven classical planets in order from the slowest moving to the fastest moving as viewed from Earth: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury, Moon. The planetary hours are based on this sequence.

Chalice - The Chalice is a magical tool used in many magickal rituals in a variety of traditions. It is used to represent the female element and the element of water.

Channel - A channel is the person or thing through which energy or information flows.

Chant - A chant is a phrase, usually quite short, that is spoken over and over repeatedly in order to raise energy or induce a trance-like state. A chant may include words or simply syllables and is often spoken or sung to very simple rhythm so that some chants may seem song-like. Some chants include several lines varying on a theme to form a song-like structure, but all include repetition.

Charge - To charge an item means to apply its energy toward a specific purpose. For example, you would charge a talisman for protection. Some use the word "program" to describe this process.

Charm - A charm is any item worn by an individual for magickal effect, especially one that bears magic words, an incantation or a magical symbol. This could include an amulet or talisman or any piece of magical jewelry.

Circle - The word Circle is used for more than one purpose within the magickal community. It is used to describe an important element of magickal ritual and also a group of people who perform magick together, or gather for Pagan worship.

Circling group - A circling group is a group of Pagans or witches that gather for specific spiritual activities, which often take place in a circle. Circling groups tend to be considerably less formal and structured than covens or temples and do not usually have formal clergy or require oaths or offer degrees. Their specific nature varies according to the needs of their members.

Cleanse - Cleansing an item for magick removes the any energies the item may have absorbed from previous magickal workings, from contact with a previous owner or from the environment. Cleansing may also be performed on an area to prepare it to serve as sacred space. There are a number of ways to do this.

Compress - A compress is a cloth soaked in hot or cold liquid that is applied to the body for healing purposes. It may simply be used to apply pressure or to apply heat or cold to an affected area or it may be used to apply medication.

Cone of power - The Cone of Power is a symbolic phrase describing the vortex of energy created by witches raising energy within a magic circle. The base of the vortex is the base of the circle, marked by witches standing (dancing) along its border. The energy raised by each individual combines in the center, above the Circle, thus the cone.

Consecrate - To consecrate something is to make it holy and dedicate it to the service of the divine. This may be done to an area as in creating sacred space, a ceremonial tool or offering or a person, such as clergy.

contagion - The magical concept of contagion describes the tendency for entities once in close physical or emotional contact with one another to each affect the energy of the other and to continue to affect one another's energy after separation.

Container spells - A container spell is a spell that involves the ritual creation of a spell object consisting of a container of some sort with several items placed within it in order to create a magically charged environment. A container spell may result in an amulet or a talisman designed to affect the immediate vicinity of the container or it may contain one or more taglocks in addition to other magical items in order to create an energetic environment that affects the person(s) represented by the taglock. Container spells are generally meant to continue acting for a long period of time.

Corn Dolly - A corn dolly, also called a corn maiden, corn mother or old woman is a decorative object made from weaving grain stalks together. It is traditionally made of the final sheaf of wheat harvested preserved throughout the winter as a temporary home for the spirit of the grain until the following planting season when it would be ploughed into the fields to ensure a good harvest.

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Cottage Witch - A Cottage Witch is a witch whose magickal practice focuses mainly on the home, similar to a Kitchen Witch but with less of a specific food/kitchen focus and more of a general home focus. A Cottage Witch considers her home sacred space and housekeeping a sacred act. A Cottage Witch may follow any religious or spiritual path or none.

Counting Crows - Of the many superstitions associated with crows and their corvid cousins, the ravens and the magpies, counting crows seems to be the most popular. The tradition began sometime in the 1600s, it would seem, with the appearance of the earliest rhymes referencing magpies in Europe. We humans like alliteration, so counting crows it is. Keep in mind that this form of augury can be applied to either crows or magpies.

Coven - A coven is a tight-knit, usually small (3-13 traditionally, occasionally up to 20) community of Witches, Wiccans or Vampires who gather regularly for religious and/or social occasion. Covens may gather for training purposes, or to celebrate Sabbats or Esbats and/or to work magic spells. They also gather to celebrate important rites of passage for their members.

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