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(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

In Witchcraft, a salute is the term used for a ritual kiss. Witches acknowledge that hugging and kissing are a natural part of life for humans who are close to one another, as coven members are.

There are certain ritual kisses known variously as the "three-fold salute," the "five-fold salute," and the "eight-fold salute." The three-fold salute traces the outline of a triangle and is done on mouth, breast, breast, back to mouth (to close the figure). The five-fold salute describes a pentagram and is genitals, right foot, left knee, right knee, right foot, genitals. The eight-fold salute is both of these salutes, one after the other. In some Wiccan traditions there is an inverted three-fold salute, which is genitals, breast, breast, genitals. Kissing these parts of the person is an acknowledgement of the sacredness of his or her body and of life. It is also an honoring of the God or Goddess within every person.



a solemn form of greeting or the payment of respect by means of artillery or rifle salvos, flags, and so forth as provided for by special regulations. A salute is used to mark important events (for instance, an artillery salute in Moscow and other cities of the USSR on national holidays), during military parades, and at funerals of servicemen and state officials.

International conventions and the internal regulations of the naval powers provide for a salute as a form of rendering naval honors. An exchange of salutes usually takes place when warships (above a specified water displacement) visit ports that have coast batteries, which return the salute. A salute of nations—21 guns—is rendered (simultaneously with the hoisting of the flag of the state) by a foreign warship that arrives in the territorial waters of another state. If the head of state, the ambassador, or some other high official is on board the ship, the fort salutes first.

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Taking the salute (below, right) in the Market Place was County Commissioner Mrs G S Davis.
Prince Charles leads senior military figures in taking the salute at the VJ Day anniversary service at the Cenotaph in London yesterday Picture: FIONA HANSON
Among those taking the salute will be Harold De'Ath, deputy Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire; Anna March Trye, High Sheriff of Warwickshire; county council chairman Cllr Marion Haywood; and the mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, Cllr Gerald Smith.
Trooping the Colour clearly means a great deal to the Queen and fittingly, it is Her Majesty, taking the salute on the 1st Class stamp, which will be seen by millions of people every dayp All UK stamps must include the Queen's image, which is usually shown in the form of a silhouette, but where the monarch is shown on the stamp - as with three of the stamps - the silhouette is not necessary
Following the service there was a short parade from the church to St Mary's Hall, with the Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor Dave Batten, taking the salute.
The former tank driver said taking the salute from the Queen's Royal Hussars was one of the highlights of his year as city Mayor.
Taking the salute, outside the Bull Hotel, will be county council chairman,Coun Bessie Burns and Valley's station commander Group Capt Les Garside-Beattie.

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