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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 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.
Daleth The fourth letter of the Sacred Alphabet.  It literally means door, has the phonetic value of D, and has a numerical value of 4.  It is further attributed to the Planet Venus and the Tarot Trump The Empress.
Dead Man's Rune See Cross of Nero.
Deity In religious belief, a Deity is a supernatural being who may be thought of as holy, divine, or sacred.  Religious believers believe that the deities created for their religions are true, and often that they can communicate with those deities, who can respond supernaturally to their entreaties.  Some religions have one supreme deity, others have multiple deities of various ranks.  Deities are depicted in a variety of forms, but are also frequently expressed as having human form.  Some faiths and traditions consider it blasphemous to imagine or depict the deity as having any concrete form.  Deities are often thought to be immortal, and are commonly assumed to have personalities and to possess consciousness, intellects, desires, and emotions comparable but usually superior to those of humans.  Male deities are gods, while female deities are goddesses.
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 originally 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.
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 (see above) 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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