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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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Consecrate is derived from the Latin word sacer, meaning sacred.
The first question is: How could Hannah consecrate a yet unborn male child as a Nazirite?
But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate - we cannot consecrate we cannot hallow - this ground.
It would, in effect, consecrate the objectives and effects of the coup d'etat.
"I will support the proposal to convert a share of the Tunisian debts into social-economic development projects to the Belgian government," he said, pointing out the need for Tunisia to preserve stability of the State and civil peace, and consecrate freedoms, in compliance with the provisions of the new Constitution.
The ceremony to consecrate Canon Robinson, which was marred by protests, ended with the 56-year-old embracing his two daughters, his former wife and his partner as several thousand onlookers cheered.
From the second half of the eighteenth century, it increasingly became the Church's own vested interest to consecrate skilled administrators, for these had to defend its interests vis-a-vis an increasingly efficient state bureaucracy, and, by overseeing the parish clergy, guarantee Orthodoxy's continued grip on the lay folk, among whom sectarian and schismatic religious movements were gaining currency.
When, however, she conceives, the mother of Mary is made to say in the Qu'ran: "O Lord, I vow and I consecrate to you what is already within me.