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Decorticate (deṖkorṖtiṖkate) to peel, or remove the outer coating, bark or husk.  Cardamom Seed is sometimes sold as \decorticated\" and when it is removed from the outer pod it is ready to grind and use.

Most decorticated spices must be stored properly as the shell or husk protects the delicate flavors from oxidizing.  Shelled peanuts are a good example of a commonly sold decorticated item.  They will go rancid more quickly than those sold in the shell.

Note, seal decorticated cardamom seeds in an airtight container and store in the freezer to preserve freshness."


Deosil is clockwise or sunwise movement and is more correctly spelled Deasil. Pronunciation varies among Pagans:
dee oh sil,
jeh-shahl (where J and D are pronounced nearly together like a hard J)
joh sal (hard J like above similar to the name 'Jim')
dee sil
To hear the sound files of Deosil and other Witchy words pronounced by Friday, <a href=''>click here to go to the Pronunciation Guide</a>.

A Quick Note: In the Northern Hemisphere, Quarters are generally called beginning in the North or East and moving clockwise (deosil). For example, North, East, South, then West. Most of the books available about Wicca and Witchcraft use these correspondences.

In the Southern Hemisphere however, these correspondences may vary. Circles are still cast deosil (sunwise), but to those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, they would seem to be widdershins (counter-clockwise). The equator is to the North in the Southern Hemisphere, so North is sometimes representative of fire.

Lilitu in Australia writes:

<i>'We cast circles counter-clockwise which is still doesil, as doesil means sunwise rather than clockwise. We take down the circle counter-clockwise which is widdershins (against the sun). So, it is related to the sun, rather than the way clock hands turn.

Generally in Australia North is sun because the heat  is in our North, and earth is in the south, but this varies in different locations. . . There is no one generally 'accepted' way of casting due to the geography of different parts of Australia. . . circles are rarely cast clockwise or taken down counter-clockwise.'</i>


A substance that attracts, bonds or absorbs moisture from its environment.  More accurately, this is due to adsorption, meaning that moisture sticks to the surface of the desiccant, rather than absorption where the moisture enters into a material.  Think of it like adding=adsorption (moisture + desiccant).  For example, silica gel spheres may appear as small clear balls in your incense order from PaganPath.  These silica spheres attract the moisture away from your incense in a hygroscopic manner to keep them dry, cured, and free of mold or mildew.  Bentonite clay and sea salt are also used as natural desiccants for certain items from the site.  To recharge and re-use the silica gel beads, place them in a heat proof bowl in your oven at 250ḞF (120 ḞC) for two hours.


A diluent or filler is a diluting agent.  An ingredient may be too concentrated, expensive or viscous to be used in the desired manner and a diluent is added to resolve the problem.  For example, jasmine absolute is extraordinarily costly and very potent.  A single drop of the jasmine may be added to an ounce of carrier oil (the diluent) to cut the cost and allow it to be used more easily without overpowering the senses.  Other absolutes and floral waxes may be combined with a diluent to make them less viscous so that they can be presented in a liquid form.

Dragon's Blood

A hard, brittle resin, usually bright orange-red in appearance when powdered and dark blood red to brown black in large chunks and mass.  Used magickally for protection, purification and energy amplification.  Used medicinally most notably as an astringent.  See the full article <a href=''>Dragon's Blood: Where it comes from, uses and recipes</a>.

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