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Hadit Hadit, 'the great god, the lord of the sky', is depicted on the Stèle of Revealing (also called Stèle 666 after its exhibit number), which was discovered by Aleister Crowley and his wife Rose in the Boulaq Museum in Cairo, Egypt in 1904, in the form of the winged disk of the Sun.  Hadit is the principal speaker in the second chapter of Crowley's Book of the Law, where he identifies himself as 'the point in the centre of the circle', representing an infinitesimal point in space, and the human soul hidden therein.  Hadit, the complement of Nuit, is related to the winged kneph, or Iao, an Egyptian emblem used in Masonic rites.
Hasidism The Hasidic movement, a revolt against Rabbinism and its accent on Talmudic accomplishment, was founded by Israel Baal Shem Tov (1698 or 1700 - 1760).  It particularly stresses good deeds and piety through the joy of worship, songs, legends and dance, and had a wide appeal to the masses and its followers who were, and still are, called Hasidim.
Hermes Trismegistus The central figure of the mystical tradition known as Hermeticism, as portrayed in the literature known as the Hermetica.  Hermes Trismegistus (Hermes thrice great) is a combination of Hermes, Mercury, and Thoth.  At one time Hermes was esteemed as a prophet to the Gentiles and was considered as important theologically as Moses.  Many cathedrals throughout Europe bear his image to this day.
Hermeticism Hermes Trismegistus (see above) could be considered to be the father of Hermeticism, a set of philosophical and religious beliefs.  These beliefs have also had an impact on magick traditions, but whatever their impact, they nevertheless arose from teachings and books accredited to Hermes Trismegistus, who is seen as a wise sage and Egyptian priest, and commonly regarded as synonymous with the Greek god Hermes, the Roman god Mercury and the Egyptian god Thoth, who became credited by the ancient Egyptians as the inventor of writing.
Hexagram A hexagram, a six pointed star composed of two overlapping triangles used by a number of faiths and cultures, is one of the oldest and most universal spiritual symbols.  It is associated with the biblical King Solomon, and known as the Star of David in the Jewish religion.  In Ritual Magick it is called the Seal of Solomon, and represents Divine Union, being composed of a female, watery triangle, and a male, fiery triangle.
Hierophant In ancient mystery cults, the Hierophant is an initiator, who possesses wisdom, i.e. occult knowledge.  The word stems from the Greek, hieros (holy) and phanen (light) - revealer of the sacred. Nowadays, the term is used with the same meaning, but to denote an initiator in a number of magical traditions. The Hierophant is also the title of the 5th card in the Tarot.
Hod Hod is the eighth Sphere (Sephirah) of divine emanation according to Kabbalah.  The word Hod means splendour.  See also The Sephiroth.
Holy Grail Christian Mythology tells us the Holy Grail was the actual dish, plate, or cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper, and that it possesses miraculous powers.  Joseph of Arimathea is connected to the Grail through a book written in the 12th century.  In this book he is supposed to have received the Holy Grail from an apparition of Jesus and sent it to Great Britain with his followers.  Later writers, expanding on this theme, tell how Joseph used the Grail to catch the blood of Christ while interring him, and that he founded a line of guardians to keep it safe in Britain - many books and films have been written and made around this legend.  The Holy Grail should not be confused with the Holy Chalice, which, in Christian tradition, is the vessel which Jesus used to serve the wine at the Last Supper.
Holy Guardian Angel This term comes from the 14th century grimoire The Sacred Magick of Abramelin the Mage, and is most commonly employed in Thelema, where it is considered the ultimate goal of all operations.  In Ceremonial/Ritual Magick, the Holy Guardian Angel represents one's divine self.
Holy Oil 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 and Oil of Abremelin.
Hoodoo A type of folk magic drawn from Voodoo practices and related traditions, and found in Southern USA.  The term Voodoo is applied to the branches of the West African Fon-Ewe people of Benin (formerly the Kingdom of Dahomey), where Vodun (Voodoo) is now the national religion of more than seven million people.  The word Vodun translates into spirit.  Since crossing on slave ships from Dahomey to Cuba and Brazil, we now find 'Voodoo' or 'Vadium' in Haiti, and Hoodoo in Mississippi and New Orleans.
Horned God Sign See Symbols used in Occultism.
Horned Hand Sign See Symbols used in Occultism.
Hypnosis / Hypnotism Hypnotism is used to induce an altered state of consciousness in a person (the subject), during which suggestions can be made directly to that person's unconscious mind.  It can involve a combination of relaxation, visualisation and repetition exercises, besides a number of other techniques.  There is an increasing acceptance that the various magical states of consciousness (such as astral projection) can be achieved by self-hypnosis.
Hypnotist One who practices hypnotism (see above).

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