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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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Should they be allowed the choice of joining their own relatives among the Unconsecrated, or be put to death before they endanger the community?
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This placement is crucial and can be observed symbolically in a twelfth-century enclosure ceremony, where male clerical postulants to enclosure prayed face down in the mid choir, unordained men at the entrance to the choir, and women at the west end of the church in the public, unconsecrated space of the nave.