This is a pronunciation key with audible sound files. Common words used in magick, or in Pagan, Witchcraft and Wiccan circles can be heard here. This is especially helpful for solitary practitioners, or for those of us in remote areas.
Sound files have all been updated and converted to mp3 file format, and range from 2KB to 8KB*
Pronunciations are listed from the most commonly used to the least commonly used. The .wav file linked to a 1 or 2 would be heard more frequently than a 3, 4 or higher number.
Pronunciations will vary due to geographic location, tradition and training, individual preferences and more. Generally, there is no Absolute and Correct way to pronounce a word. If you are new to the community (or just new to talking to others about it) you may wish to select the more common or popular pronunciations, those appearing first or second after a word.
No matter which pronunciation you select, you are bound to be corrected at some point by someone who thinks that his or her pronunciation is the correct one. We suggest that you listen to their reasoning, compare it to what you already know, and in the end choose what works for you. If you have any additions or corrections to the PaganPath Pronunciation guide, please contact Friday here. Happy wording!
No sound, just a reminder that alter (with the E) means to change and altar (with an A) is the table used in magic and rituals.
Arcana & Arcanum
Arcana means secrets or mysteries (plural) and arcanum means a secret or mystery (singular). The High Priestess is a Major arcanum, or a card found in the major arcana.
The ritual knife used by Witches, Wiccans and many Pagans. Often black handled, the * below indicates the most popular current pronunciation.
A broom, especially one made of twigs or other natural or traditional materials. , see also the article Besom Briefs here on PaganPath.
A knife used as a functional tool such as to carve sigils into candles or other items. Often white handled. Sometimes with a curved blade particularly if used to harvest herbs.
Brighid or Brigid
Sometimes capitalized, especially when referring to a specific coven rather than a specific coven. Sounds like or
The full moon celebration. Some Pagans also celebrate esbats on the new moon.
A beautiful female in Celtic folklore.
Known as the fairy folk of Irish folklore:
A set of cards (usually 78) used for divination, fortune-telling and games. The last T is silent:
A water spirit or nymph.
A type of ointment or balm - see the online Herbalism Class (Ointments & Balms lesson) for more details, this recording went a bit wacky but includes both the U.S. and Brittish pronunciations.
Counterclockwise or anti-clockwise, also sometimes weddersinnes or widersinnes.
A religious festival. The actual Sabbat dates, number of Sabbats in a year, and Sabbat activities all vary among traditions and individuals. Most Wiccans and neo-Pagans follow the Sabbats outlined in the basic Wheel of the Year: An introduction to the basic Sabbats The following are the most frequently referred to Sabbats here on PaganPath.com:
A summertime "greater" Sabbat on the Wheel of the Year also known as Bealtaine, Bealltain and Walpurgisnacht.
- Bealtaine & Bealltain
Beltane may also be spelled Bealtaine or Bealtain and has additional pronunciations. and and
Another name for this summertime "greater" Sabbat
2. Eostre & Ostara
The spring or vernal equinox Sabbat on the Wheel of the Year
3. Imbolc, Imbolg & Oimelc
A springtime (or late winter) "greater" Sabbat on the Wheel of the Year or sometimes
Midsummer Solstice Sabbat on the Wheel of the Year
A harvest Sabbat on the Wheel of the Year. It falls after the Summer Solstice (Midsummer) and before the Autumnal Equinox (Mabon) also known as First Harvest and:
Another name for the first harvest Sabbat
And yet another name for the first harvest Sabbat
The fall, or Autumnal Equinox Sabbat on the Wheel of the Year
A "greater" Sabbat and harvest festival falling between the Autumnal Equinox and the Winter Solstice. or or or
The Winter Solstice Sabbat on the Wheel of the Year
References & Resources
Formerly a Premium Members Only selection of PaganPath, this pronunciation guide has been updated, expanded and made available to the public for our 17 year anniversary celebration. Previously all recordings were in .wav format and ranged from 15KB-34KB each. The new mp3 format is more universal, higher in quality and smaller in size. Updated regularly to include new definitions and mp3 audio tracks for new words. Last updated: February 2015.