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Crystal Skull - Crystal skulls are skulls fashioned out of crystal, usually quartz. They are purported to have originated in pre-Columbian Mexico and South America. There is no scientific evidence to support that claim. Visit http://www.archaeology.org/0805/etc/indy.html to discover more about the history of crystal skulls and research associated with them. Although they may not be as ancient as once believed, modern artisans continue to create and sell them both in Mexico and South America and for the New Age and magico-religious trade.

Crystal Sphere - Crystal spheres are often referred to as crystal balls and are used most often for scrying. In modern times, crystal spheres are often made of leaded glass. More desirable are spheres made of natural materials such asquartz crystal. While the movies would have us believe that crystal spheres are supposed to be perfectly clear, their imperfections provide a focal point for meditation, they can be transparent or opaque and their colors are as varied as the people who use them. Spheres are made of many forms of crystal, such as malachite, jade, or jasper. Dr. John Dee's scrying crystal was made of beryl

cultural appropriation - Cultural appropriation is the adoption of certain aspects of one culture by another culture.

Cunning Folk - Cunning folk are professional magical practitioners of Europe. They use a variety of magical techniques to serve their clientele providing magical protection, midwifery, healing, divination to find lost people and things and the source of and solution to problems, matchmaking, and hexbreaking.

Curse - A curse is a general term for negative energy attached to an individual, item or location that causes misfortune to surround the target. A curse is almost always associated with retailiation for wrongdoing and/or fueled by the negative emotions of the curser in response to the actions of the cursed.

Dark Moon - The dark of the moon refers to the end of the lunar cycle when the moon is absent from the sky. That is, the period of time between the fading of the old, waning crescent moon and the appearance of the young, waxing crescent moon. This can last for 1.5 to 3.5 days. Some traditions simply hold the dark moon period to be the three days prior to the appearance of the new moon. Astronomically, however, the new moon occurs right in the middle of this period when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction.

Decoction - Decoction is a method of extraction of herbal constituents from stems, roots, barks and rhizomes through boiling. The hard plant parts are covered with water, brought to a boil for about 10 minutes and then cooled and strained.

Dei Lucrii - The Dei Lucrii is the collective title of the local or personal Gods of commerce worshiped who were invoked by ancient Romans to ensure success in business and a good profit. They were effectively replaced by the God Mercury.

Deosil - Deosil or deiseal means Sunwise or Clockwise.

Dianic Wicca - Dianic Wicca is a branch of Wicca that focuses on feminist values and the worship of the Goddess Diana, often to the exclusion of any male God. There are a few different traditions that call themselves Dianic Wicca or Dianic Tradition.

Discarnate - Discarnate describes existence without or separate from a physical body.

Divination - Divination is the metaphysical work of finding the truth of an issue by using symbols and objects to interpret messages from the the collective unconscious or from communication with spirit beings. Many magic-users perform divination before performing a spell or other magical work in order to receive guidance as to how best to proceed and some will perform divination afterwards to predict how successful the spell was. Many Pagan groups will also perform divination after a ceremony or ritual to ensure that it was pleasing to the Gods.

Doctrine Of Signatures - The Doctrine of signatures states that while Nature (or the Creator) has taken care to provide us with everything we need to keep ourselves well, She (or He, or It) has designed many useful herbs with clues to their use by making them, or part of them, look like the parts of the body that they are most useful for. That is, marking them with the "signature" of their proper use.

Dowsing - Dowsing is a type of divination specifically for the location of objects, most notably water or treasure of some sort, but any item can be the subject of dowsing.

Draw - The word "draw" in magickal context refers to the act of creating an energetic atmosphere that brings in a certain type of energy. A "drawing spell" sets up a magnetic situation that draws in a certain type of energy that may manifest as a situation or even a person. For example, a business owner may perform a spell to draw customers, a homeowner may cast a spell upon her home to draw abundance and/or joy. A person may cast a spell upon himself to draw friends or romantic partners. A practitioner may cast a spell upon an ailing person to draw healing energies.

Drawing - A drawing spell is a spell designed to draw something or someone to you. The energy raised in a drawing spell is "magnetized" to attract a certain type of energy, whether it be abundance, health, happiness, or a certain individual or type of individual.

Drawing Down the Moon - Drawing Down the Moon is a ritual possession that is performed in some Wiccan and modern religious Witchcraft Circles. It is a direct invocation of The Goddess by the (usually) High Priestess. The Goddess enters the Priestess’s body and speaks through her mouth, often delivering blessings and divination.

Dream Journal - A dream journal (or dream diary) is a journal that is used to record dreams; their content and thoughts about them, and possibly additional information such as lunar phase, the weather, what you ate or drank the night before that might affect your dreaming and any dream work exercises, their results and thoughts about them.

Dream Pillow - A dream pillow is a pillow stuffed with fragrant herbs that encourage sleep and/or dreaming. It may be used for healing, to encourage the patient to rest, or it may be used by a magical practitioner in an effort to receive guidance or visions during sleep.

Dream Walking - Dream walking is a the movement of a person in a state of lucid dreaming from his own dream into the dream of another or, using dream space to travel to a different place in the real world. Some will argue that dream walking is astral projection while others keep dream work and astral work quite separate.

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