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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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However, there is another problem: according to the Mishnah (Nazir 4:6), only a father can consecrate a minor male as a Nazirite, not the mother.
In his address to the Belgian Parliament, President Marzouki asked the Belgian government to drop the Tunisian debts or convert them into investment projects, in order to consecrate the spirit of co-operation and solidarity between the two countries.
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.
He commended, in this regard, the important achievements accomplished by Tunisia in the past two decades, under President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali's impulse, which has helped improve the political scene, reinforce pluralism and consecrate respect of Human Rights.