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Da'ath Da'ath (meaning 'reason') is considered by Kabbalists to be a 'quasi-emanation' combining the energies of Chokmah and Binah.  Da'ath is often referred to as the eleventh Sephirah or the Sphere without a number.  See also The Sephiroth.
Daemon See Demon below.
Dagger A magical weapon is any instrument used to bring about intentional change.  In practice, magical weapons are usually specific, consecrated items used within ceremonial ritual.  There is no hard and fast rule for what constitutes or does not constitute a magical weapon.  If a magician considers it to be a weapon, then a weapon it is.  However, there does exist a set of magical weapons with particular uses and symbolic meanings.  Some such common weapons/tools include the dagger/sword, wand/baton, cup/chalice, pentacle/disk, holy oil, lamp and bell.  See Magical Weapons.
Daimon See Demon below.
Dead Man's Rune See Cross of Nero.
Déjà vu This is a French term which translates into already seen.  It is also called paramnesia (which means a disorder of memory in which dreams or fantasies are confused with reality).  It is used to describe the experience of feeling as if one has lived through or experienced the current moment at some time in the past.  The term was created by the French psychic researcher, Emile Boirac (1851-1917) in his book L' Avenir des Sciences Psychiques.
Demon In its original Latin form daemon means 'spirit', genie, or 'genius' who provided intuition, insight, and inspiration and allowed humans to converse with gods.  In relation to the Greek form daimon, Socrates 'daimon' was his higher consciousness or some divinity connected with him.  A demon was never considered to be an evil entity.
Demon of Dispersion See Choronzon.
Deosil A clockwise movement, symbolic of life, positive energies and good.  The majority of rituals, ceremonies and spells, normally call for deosil movement at some point in their construction.  See also Widdershins.
Devil See Satan.
Disk See Pentacle.
Divination Divination is the attempt to gain knowledge of future events or otherwise of occult information through paranormal or supernatural agencies using methods such as Tarot cards, rune casting, scrying mirrors/bowls, and astrology (amongst others).
Djinn(i) See Jinn.
Dowsing A method of divination using a pendulum or forked stick (rods are more commonly used these days).  Some forms of dowsing include finding water or mineral deposits underground, or locating missing objects or persons.
Dybbuk A wandering spirit, in Jewish folklore, the soul of a dead person which may try to forcibly inhabit another person's body.

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