MP3 sound files to learn how to pronounce Witchcraft terms and SabbatsHow to Say Those Witchy Words!

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.

Pronunciations are listed from the most commonly used to the least commonly used. In other words, you would hear 1 or 2 more frequently than 3 or 4.

Pronunciations will vary due to geographic location, tradition and training, individual preferences and more. 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 let us know. Happy wording!

Learn how to say Witchcraft, Pagan, Wiccan and other occult words.


No sound here, just a reminder that alter (with the E) means to change - altar (with the second 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.


There are several articleshere on PaganPath about the besom, please use the Search or browse the library.


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

Deasil & Deosil

Clockwise, also called "sunwise" or "to the right".  Deosil is the most common spelling but deasil is probably more correct.  Also sometimes appears as deiseil, deocil or deiseal.


The full moon celebration.  Some Pagans also celebrate esbats on the new moon.

Leanan sĂ­dhe

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 in the Academy (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 Wheel of the Year An introduction to the basic Sabbats 


The following are the most frequently referred to Sabbats here on

1. Beltane

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.



- Walpurgisnacht

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

4. Litha

Midsummer Solstice Sabbat on the Wheel of the Year

5. Lammas

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:

- Lughnasadh

Another name for the first harvest Sabbat

- Lunasa

And yet another name for the first harvest Sabbat

6. Mabon

The fall, or Autumnal Equinox Sabbat on the Wheel of the Year

7. Samhain

A "greater" Sabbat and harvest festival falling between the Autumnal Equinox and the Winter Solstice.


8. Yule

The Winter Solstice Sabbat on the Wheel of the Year

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Wow. I feel like an idiot! Trying to pronounce these words before! Thank you so much!!

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