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Hag

An old, ugly woman believed to be a witch or sorceress; also, a supernatural, demonic being whose powers enable her…
Footprints are reputed to contain the essence of a person and may be used in magical charms and spells. Dust…
A belief during the witch hunts, that the Devil, his demons and witches could transport themselves and others through the…
Circe In Greek mythology, a sorceress renowned for her enchantments, who turned Odysseus’ men into swine. Described by Homer as…
In Greek mythology, a seer whose prophecies, including the fall of Troy, were ignored. She was the daughter of Priam…
One of the most important ecclesiastical documents of the Middle Ages was the Canon Episcopi, ca. 900, which defined witchcraft…
blood Called the “river of life,” blood is identified with the soul and is the vehicle that carries the vital…
bell, book and candle A phrase from the Roman Catholic ritual for excommunication that sometimes is used to denote a…
Baphomet The symbol of the “sabbatic goat,” portrayed as a half-human, half-goat figure, or a goat head. It is not…
Babylonian Devil trap A terra-cotta bowl inscribed with charms or magical texts to drive away evil. Babylonian Devil traps were…
In German and Scandinavian myth, the Alrunes are sorceresses or female demons who can change shape; they are believed to…
allotriophagy The vomiting or disgorgement of strange or foul objects, usually associated with someone possessed by or obsessed with the…