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A grimoire is a textbook of magick, like a primer. Although the term grimoire is used by some Pagans interchangeably with Book of Shadows, the flavor of this term is somewhat more specific, and not exactly Pagan, due to its historical roots.
Grimoires became very popular from the 1600's to the 1800's. These texts were often used by ceremonial magicians to conjure and control demons, angels, spirits, etc.
Grimoires contain elaborate rituals, many of which are echoed in modern Witchcraft rites such as consecrations and quarter calls. The Key of Solomon is a famous grimoire that contains the most correlations with Witchcraft rites. Doreen Valiente and the Farrars (Janet & Stewart) suggest that the material was adopted by Gerald Gardner to fill the missing gaps in some rituals. It has also been suggested that Aleister Crowley aided or encouraged these adaptations.
To read more about grimoires, see the PaganPath Library article in the Cauldron area <a href='http://paganpath.com/library-2/the-cauldron/43-grimoire'>here</a>.
When someone refers to a hag, it usually indicates an ugly, aged woman. However the word has similar roots to hedge (Old English haga, portion of woodland marked off) and hawthorn (a magickal tree often associated with hedges). In Paganism and the Craft, a hag is seen in the older sense of the word indicating a woman with prophetic and oracular powers, a seer, diviner, soothsayer, Witch, wise one, healer, hedge-priestess or one who dwells by the hedges.
A substance that attracts and retains moisture from the air. Honey and glycerin remain liquid because they are hygroscopic. Sugar and table salt will also attract moisture and anti-caking agents or desiccants are used to keep them from clumping due to their hygroscopic nature. Here on PaganPath, humectant and hygroscopy are used interchangeably unless otherwise noted. For example, honey may be referred to as a humectant or as a hygroscopic ingredient.