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It is easy to remember this term if you associate invoke with invite.  When you invoke something you invite it into your energy realm, or in some traditions, even into yourself.

For example, you might invoke the Goddess and God for a Sabbat celebration, welcoming them to join your circle and the festivities.  You might also invoke the Goddess into yourself during the \Drawing Down the Moon\" ritual.

There is an element of respect, honor and supplication in the word invoke.  You invoke deities for inspiration, assistance or to celebrate them.  It is like placing a call which may or may not be answered, allowing freedom and respect to the energy invoked.

There is also an element of vocalization to the word invoke.  An invocation is usually spoken, sung or chanted aloud, and \"Words of Power\" are often used.

Latin invocare, to call upon or implore, related to vox (voice)

See the Reference Shelf for \"Words of Power\" and note the difference between Invoke and Evoke"


A curse causing bad luck or misfortune.  To be jinxed is to have a hex or curse placed upon you.

K in Magick

When the word magic is used on PaganPath, it is sometimes spelled with a K, such as magick.  The primary reason for this is to help you when you perform internet searches, to help reduce the number of articles that may come up in reference to Chris Angel, David Copperfield or other famous stage magicians or magic trick products when you are searching for a spell or occult history.  Aleister Crowley originally proposed this spelling to differentiate prestidigitation (stage magic) from spells and energy work.  He was also interested in the numerological significance of the K (11) and the six letters of magick vs. five in magic.

This use of the K in spelling magick is a more recent addition to the site as it was previously regarded as unnecessary; PaganPath is obviously referring to true magic, the use of energy and the working of spells.  In addition, although we have studied Crowley and Thelema in depth, we do not follow the teachings and did not want to give the mistaken impression that PaganPath is Crowley focused.  In recent years, the K at the end of magick has become more popular and widespread in the Pagan, Wiccan and Witchcraft community, and this is sometimes reflected in the writings here on the site.


A Japanese word (????) The scattered, dappled light effect when sunlight filters through tree leaves such as the interplay of light and shadow on the ground under a tree.  It may also sometime refer to the rays of light or curtain of light visible through trees in streams of moisture such as after a rain.  
(???? - ? tree/s, ? escape, ? hiragana particle, ? light or sun)


An important word to understand in herbalism (herbology).  Pronounced loowsh (like whoosh) it refers to the cloudiness caused by the suspension of fine particles in a liquid, an oil-in-water microemulsion.

Say you add ten drops of an essential oil to alcohol, such as 90% isopropyl or rubbing alcohol or 95% ethanol such as Everclear™ to make a spray.  Put this mixture into a clear glass and add water.  As the oils come out of solution, the liquid turns milky and opalescent, or is said to louche.

This <i>may be</i> undesirable in perfume sprays as you must sometimes shake the bottle vigorously to mix the ingredients if you've added too much water.

 However it is very desirable in some areas such as absinthe.  Absinthe is a translucent liquor when place in the glass.  Traditionally a slotted spoon is propped on top of the glass with sugar on the spoon.  Cold water is poured over the sugar to dissolve it, and as it trickles through the slotted spoon into the absinthe, the liquid will louche and becomes the mysterious glowing yellow-green we know as drink absinthe.  In absinthe, this is from the essential oils of the herbs and plants used in its making, especially anise which contains anethole, an aromatic compound that louches nicely.

Louche effect is also known as the ouzo effect (ouzo is another anise flavored liquor served as an aperitif popular in Greece and Cyprus.) or spontaneous emulsification.

Louche originally comes from the Latin luscus, meaning blind in one eye.  It is a French word that means cross-eyed or squint-eyed.

You might also enjoy the article: <a href=''>Absinthe: A Witch's Brew</a> in the PaganPath Library.

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