Say wha?

Wondering how to pronounce some of the most common words in the Pagan and Wiccan lexicon? Here’s a quick guide to some of the words people typically have trouble with:

  • Athame: AA-tha-may (although in some trads, the emphasis is on the second syllable, rather than the first)
  • Besom: BEE-zom
  • Boline: BOH-leen
  • Censer: SEN-ser
  • Deosil: dee-OH-sil
  • Eclectic: ek-LEK-tic
  • Esbat: EZ-baht
  • Grimoire: grim-WAHR (occasionally pronounced so that the emphasis is on the first syllable, rather than the second)
  • Imbolc: imb-OLC
  • Lammas: LAH-mahss
  • Litha: LEE-tha
  • Lughnasadh: loo-NOSS-ah
  • Mabon: MAY-bon, or MAY-vhon
  • Ostara: OH-star-ah
  • Sabbat: SOH-bat
  • Samhain: SOW-en
  • Sigil: SIJ-ill
  • Tarot: TARE-oh
  • Widdershins: WID-er-shins

I still have trouble with some of these words and mess up a bit. It’s okay. As long as you’re trying, that’s all that matters.




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