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You will notice words throughout Pagan Path are highlighted and linked to these definitions.  To see the full article for each brief entry, just click on the word.  You will find some great information while browsing around this area!

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Botánica

A Botánica is a type of \Plant Store\" that can be found in areas with sizable Latino or Caribbean populations.  They specialize in candles, oils, incense, statuary, amulets, alternative folk medicine and magical supplies.  In the United States, you will find many of these stores, particularly in New Orleans, Florida and New York."

Brass

Associated with the Sun, this is a high energy metal with projective and protective qualities (a good contrast to silver). It is used for charms of protection, prosperity (like gold) and less often, healing.

Charm

A charm can be an incantation, an amulet or a talisman (see entries for each here in the Reference Shelf).  Usually a charm is like a spell or incantation, but often sung or chanted.

It is appropriate, though less specific, to use the word charm as a synonym for an amulet or a talisman, like a lucky charm.

You can even charm a charm.  Meaning through singing, chanting, incantation, prayer, etc. you cast as spell (charm-verb) on an object (a charm-noun).  It would also be appropriate to call this charmed charm a talisman.

When you charm something, you enchant and delight either magickally or in the mundane.  You may wear a charm to ward off harm or to bring forth your desires, or you may cast a charm on your outfit to bring opportunities, or you may charm the neighbors with your wit.

From Old French charme (12c.) \magic, spell, incantation, song, lamentation,\" from Latin carmen \"song, verse, enchantment, religious formula,\" from canere \"to sing\"."

Conjure

 

To call forth or summon, often by sacred name in a solemn manner.  To bring forth into the mind and often into the material world.  To implore earnestly.

You can summon up an image of a blue sphere in your mind, or you can summon up the wind.

Note that with much in magick, there is a sense of cooperation and connectedness here.  You summon an image or energy force within yourself first.  This may be as straightforward as entering the complimentary mind state for your working.  Next you call forth this energy from your surroundings (like attracts like, within/without, above/below) or you call it forth from within yourself.

Latin, to swear together, to join in oath
Medieval Latin conjurare to conjure, invoke
Late Latin conirre, to pray by something holy
Middle English conjuren, from Old French conjurer, to use a spell.

Cross Stone
Staurolite is often referred to as the \cross stone\" however this phrase is sometimes used for andalusite. More information regarding each of these may be found by using the PaganPath search."

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