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(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Meaning to make sacred, it is an act by which the profane is dedicated to the gods. It differs from a blessing in that it is irrevocable, constituting a transformation in the essence of the item or person. Repetition would be unnecessary. In this sense, any area used by Witches remains consecrated even after the ritual is over, the circle has been opened, and the participants have left.

Consecration is done with water to which salt has been added (making it "holy water") and with incense. It can also be done with holy oil, or chrism.

Witches consecrate all their working tools, such as the athamé, sword, wand, pentacle, the circle in which they meet and the participants within that circle. Anything and anyone so consecrated is dedicated to the service of the gods.

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Consecration in Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism takes one further from today's study of anthropomorphization, as not only enlightened beings are deified in forms of humans, but also as stupas, temples, canopies, trees, wells or lakes (Gdugs la sogs rab gnas, 260), which according to the Buddhist presentation of enlightened bodies qualify as Bzo'i sprul sku, the emanation in form of arts.
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The imminent consecration has threatened to split the Anglican community worldwide but Dr Wright said the church would find a way through the turmoil.
But the imminent consecration has threatened to split the Anglican community worldwide, with even the Archbishop of Canterbury admitting the communion has reached a critical point.
``If this consecration proceeds, we recognise that we have reached a crucial and critical point in the life of the Anglican Communion and we have had to conclude that the future of the Communion itself will be put in jeopardy,'' the statement said.
Roman Catholics traditionally observe the first Sunday of the month of August as the Feast of God, the Father of All Mankind, which is celebrated as a day of consecration to God the Father.
A 'tinagtag-u' (the Ifugao term for a conventional statue) becomes a 'bu'lul' (god) through a consecration ritual performed only by the highest order of 'mumbaki' (priests).
A court in Mombasa on Friday allowed the Mombasa ACK diocese to proceed with the consecration of Alphonse Mwaro as the new bishop.
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The Queen and her sister Princess Margaret were among the high profile guests at the consecration on May 25, 1962.
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