Glossary – C

Ceremonial Magick

[ser-uh-moh-nee-uhl maj-ik] A general term for systems of magick that utilize specific rituals in specific forms to enhance efficacy and results. This style of magick includes Thelema.


[chuhk-ruh] According to Wikipedia, “Chakra is a Sanskrit term meaning circle or wheel.” The chakras are energy centers in the body, connected by conduits called nadis. The Kundalini, coiled and dormant at the base of the spine, stirs within certain spiritual practices and climbs the seven primary chakras which are aligned with the spinal column. While most people refer only to the seven spinal chakras, there are hundreds of chakras all over the body.

The seven best known chakras are: Muladhara (base chakra), Svadisthana (sacral or navel chakra), Manipura (solar plexus chakra), Anahata (heart chakra), Vishuddha (throat chakra), Ajna (third eye chakra), and Sahasrara (crown chakra).

Here’s an image I yoinked from a now defunct site and reworked a bit.




Chakra Balancing

[chuhk-ruh bal-uhns-ing] The exercise of allegedly clearing blocks in underactive chakras and correcting overactive chakras.


[chan-l-ing] I am aware of two kinds of channeling: trance channeling and conscious channeling, trance channeling being more widely known. Trance channeling is essentially falling into trance and voluntarily surrendering the use of one’s body to a trusted spirit for the purpose of relaying information. There are many people who claim to act as direct lines to higher beings and travel the world giving trance channeling sessions meant to provide guidance to large numbers of people at once. These people charge exorbitant fees for the privilege of attending these sessions. Among the better known trance channelers are the late Jane Roberts (channeling Seth) and J. Z. Knight (channeling Ramtha). While I don’t doubt that trance channeling is possible, and in fact have done it myself on one occasion, I feel that spirit guides are ineffectual at provide generic guidance for large groups. Most of what you hear channeled by these entities in seminars or large gatherings is akin to reading your horoscope in the newspaper and expecting it to fit you and everyone else alive who shares your sun sign. No doubt many who claim to channel ascended beings are charlatans and fakers who enjoy owning the spotlight and lining their wallets with other people’s money. Trance channeling is generally experienced as the spirit entering and using one’s body, and is accompanied by a loss of memory for the period in which the spirit was in control.

Conversely, conscious channeling does not require proximity, only a mental link. (I can channel Meridjet when he’s nowhere near me.) Conscious channeling is the ability to open to a spirit for the purpose of relaying information, without surrendering control of one’s body. It is more difficult to learn than trance channeling (in my experience), and requires a step by step, tiered process of learning to understand what the spirit is trying to convey. These steps include what I call thought bubbles and direct feed. Conscious channeling tends to address individuals rather than groups, though it can address different people at different times, according to the situation. I believe this makes it more relevant to the specific person. However, conscious channeling carries with it a higher likelihood of 1) coloring the message due to our personal filters (such as our operative paradigm) and 2) blocking information due to lack of personal reference points. One example of this would be the spirit attempting to explain martial arts moves via a channeler who didn’t possess the vocabulary to convey those ideas. A spirit is limited to our working set of knowledge, though it certainly has the ability to circumvent a lack if it is crucial to do so. One way it may circumvent a channeler’s lack of vocabulary would be to insert descriptive or referential terms in the context of discussion, in a way that seems innocuous to the channeler but is blatantly significant to the recipient or listener.

Chaos Magick

[kay-os maj-ik] A system of magick that utilizes deliberate paradigm shifting and cultivates a view of “no dominant belief system.” Invented by Peter J. Carroll and further developed by A. O. Spare, chaos magick is intended to free the magician from the constraints of belief, giving him/her a pragmatic means of temporarily utilizing whatever belief might be most effective for the ritual at hand. It makes frequent use of sigils, and encourages experimentation.


[kheh-sed — The kh is a guttural sound like clearing the throat] Hebrew The fourth sephirah of the Qabalistic Tree of Life, also called Mercy or Kindness, also called Gedulah emanating from Binah to Geburah. It is the second sphere from the top of the Pillar of Mercy. Chesed is a sphere of active compassion, of unconditional love and of kindness offered with no expectation of reward. Its planet is Jupiter and its spiritual experience is the Vision of Love. Chesed’s Virtue is Obedience and its Vices are Bigotry, Hypocrisy, Gluttony, and Tyranny2. It is associated with the grade of Adeptus Exemptus in the Golden Dawn grading system.


[khok-mah The kh is a guttural sound, like clearing the throat] Hebrew The second sephirah on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, emanating from Kether and to Binah, and also called Wisdom. Chokmah is the male essence, providing the quickening “seed” to the womb of Binah to produce the world of creation (Briah). It is situated at the top of the Pillar of Mercy. Its Virtue is Devotion and it has no Vice. Traditionally, Chokmah is associated with the zodiac (rather than a planet), though some modern versions of the tree associate Chokmah with Uranus3. Its spiritual experience is the Vision of God Face to Face, and it is associated with the Magus grade in the Golden Dawn grading system.


[klair-aw-dee-uhns] Fr. “Clear hearing,” or the ability to hear things other people cannot, either from an impossible distance on the physical plane or from a more subtle level of reality (i.e. from spirits). Whether or not telepathy falls into this general category is a matter of debate. This “hearing” is a mind’s-ear type of hearing, in most cases, rather than a hearing with the physical ears.


[klair-al-ee-uhns] Fr. “Clear smelling,” or the ability to smell things other people cannot, either from an impossible distance on the physical plane or from a more subtle level of reality (e.g. the smell of astral flowers or the smell of smoke associated with a spirit who burned to death). This sense of smell is typically not perceived with the physical nose, but involves more a mental awareness of a smell that other people do not perceive.


[klair-kog-nuh-zuhns] Fr. “Clear knowing,” or the experience of knowing something without understanding how you know it. This would include, for example, knowing how to play piano without ever taking a lesson. Vaguer knowledge (such as knowing someone means you harm but being unable to articulate why) would fall under the field of “clairsentience,” below.


[klair-goos-tuhns] Fr. “Clear tasting,” or the ability to taste things other people cannot, either from an impossible distance on the physical plane or from a more subtle level of reality (e.g. the taste of a kiss from a spirit companion). Typically, this manifests as a mental awareness of a taste (similar to invoking a taste via memory), rather than a physical sensation.


[klair-sen-shuhns] Fr. “Clear sensing” or “clear feeling,” — the ability to sense things other people cannot. This can encompass to the energy signatures or vibrations of physical people or spirits, as well as discerning moods (empathy), motives in strangers and other intuitions, and even energy via the Internet or from photos or video. However, empathy alone is not clairsentience; clairsentience is a wider range of inexplicable understanding. Additionally, Wikipedia stipulates, “The ability differs from third eye in that this kind of ability cannot have a vivid picture in the mind. Instead, a very vivid feeling can form. Psychometry is related to clairsentience.”


[klair-voi-uhns] Fr. “Clear seeing,” or the ability to see things other people cannot, either from an impossible distance on the physical plane (see remote viewing or from a more subtle level of reality (e.g. spirits). Not to be confused with precognition. This generally occurs as a “mind’s eye” sight, rather than seeing with the physical eyes.

Color Therapy

[kuhl-er ther-uh-pee] The practice of using color to balance one’s energies. Meridjet uses this technique on people at times, instructing them to breathe in a particular color and to use it in their clothing, bedsheets, surroundings, etc., to correct imbalance. The artist’s color wheel is a useful tool here — for instance, if one feels a great deal of anxiety, one might surround oneself with violet and purple (and also meditate on the color), since the color of fear is yellow.

Crossing the Abyss

[kraws-ing thee uh-bis] See Abyss.

Crowley, Aleister

[al-is-tuhr kroh-lee] The “Crow” in “Crowley” rhymes with the bird and with the word “grow,” not with “brow” or with “foully.” Aleister Crowley is a magician who lived in the latter 19th and early 20th centuries. He was a foul man and a brilliant magician, an egotist and a philosopher. He named himself the prophet of a new religion called Thelema, which is Greek for “will.” The main holy book of Thelema is called Liber al vel Legis, or the Book of the Law. The main tenets of Thelema are the True Will, the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel, and the Great Work. It’s built upon the foundation of Rosicrucianism and Hermetic Qabalah of the Golden Dawn. Its mottoes are “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law,” and “Love is the Law, Love under Will.” This is a code and is not to be taken at face value.

While Crowley was indeed a man and not a “Son of God” or anything uppity like that, he wasn’t as bad as most people believe. He had a knack for theatrics and loved nothing more than putting on a show to horrify the bourgeoisie. He delighted in calling himself “The Beast 666,” after a childhood nickname given to him by his mother. Raised in a strict military household, Crowley rebelled slightly more than the average Victorian lad, and by the time he was 18 was already deeply involved in magick and occult brotherhoods. His reputation as “evil” survives to this day (along with the mispronunciation of his last name) in a way that would no doubt tickle him immensely, since the average person reacts in horror to the mere mention of his name. (Sheep.)

Furthermore, despite his many flaws, Crowley was a visionary, a fearless seeker of knowledge who wrote prolifically and published more than any modern occult writer has yet to do. His works remain the defining body of knowledge for the entire basis of magical work, including modern day Wicca. He was not a Satanist any more than he was an obsequious prayer giver, which is to say that he believed that every man has the potential to reach divinity or godhood within himself. (He did not feel the same for women, however. He was fiercely misogynist.) It would take a great deal more space than we have here to even summarize his accomplishments, but suffice to say that you shouldn’t judge a book by the name of its author. ;)


[kuhps] One of the four suits of the Tarot, corresponding to the suit of hearts in an everyday deck of cards and representing the element of water. Cups focus on emotional aspects of a person’s life.

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2 — The Mystical Qabalah by Dion Fortune.
3 — Here is one source for the modern correspondences.


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