For additional definitions, consult books on the occult.
Occult: (Funk and Wagnalls Dictionary) Of or pertaining to various magical arts and practices, as astrology, alchemy, etc.; Beyond human understanding; Mysterious, not divulged or disclosed, secret; To become hidden or concealed from view.
Magic: (American Heritage Dictionary) The practice of using charms, spells, or rituals to attempt to produce supernatural effects or to control events in nature.
Magic(k): The spelling format popularized by famous sorcerer Aliester Crowley. This spelling is used by occult practitioners to separate supernatural magic from stage illusion.
White Magic: Magic used for a benevolent cause.
Black Magic: A form of psychic assault. The motivation behind the spell is malice; the purpose is to control the mind or body of another.
Ritualistic Magic: An attempt to control powerful, supernatural forces through the use of ceremonies.
Ritual or Ceremonial Magic: Magic usually practiced by a group (two or more persons) and using:
- Chanting or incantations (spells)
- Ceremonial dress (robes)
- Special signs or symbols
- Ceremonial artifacts
- Mimicry or imitation
- Anything that will create a state of emotional or mental intoxication.
Concept of Stored Energy: Every object or creature is a natural storehouse of energy that a magician can tap into and use to facilitate, empower or energize his spells.
Transmission of Qualities: The belief that the qualities of objects or creatures can be magically transmitted.
Sympathetic Magic: The belief that if one has a part of his enemy, or intended lover, he can harm, or attract, that person more easily through that part because it contains some of the essence of the person.