A term used by Ruth Montgomery for a highly aware entity from the spiritual dimension who, with permission, enters an unwanted adult human body in order to begin its humanitarian work at once by avoiding living the childhood years.
A traditional tool of magick and sorcery. (See wands)
The lunar phase when the moon is getting "smaller" (more crescent-like). This is the time when magick that involves banishing things, breaking habits, and getting rid of things is to be performed. Opposite of waxing.
A protection spell.
Warlock: (Old English- wærloga, 'traitor', 'the one that breaks faith', literally 'oath liar')
1) A wizard, a sorcerer, a magician, a male witch; an evil spirit; a sprite; an imp; a man who holds the key that unlocks secret and supernatural powers; a man who practices black magick. a man who practices magick and/or witchcraft; a man skilled in the magical arts.  2). It is a common misconception that male witches are called warlocks. . The term was used to describe men who pretended to be witches in order to penetrate covens and betray them during the Burning Times.
Watchman Nee:
See The Local Church.
Magazine published by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society; full name, The Watchtower Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom.
Watchtower Bible and Tract Society:
Church founded by Charles Taze Russell. Headquartered in Brooklyn, NY.
A concept derived from ceremonial magick; the four watchtowers each represent a cardinal direction, element, elemental, and a color. Originally from the Enochian branch of ceremonial magick, they are now incorporated into many traditions of Wicca. They are the four elemental "directions" or "quarters" (corresponding to the appropriate points on the compass) called to protect the Circle during its establishment. Each of them have a correspondence between the compass point, an element and (varing among the various traditions) color associated with them
The lunar phase when the moon is getting "larger" (nearing the full moon). This is the time when magick that involves growth and bringing things to you is best performed. Opposite of waning.
Way International, The:
Organization founded by Victor Paul Wierwille  The group meets in small groups called Twigs, usually in members’ homes. The American Christian Press is their publishing arm.  Current leader is Rosalie F. Rivenbark, installed as third president after resignation of Craig Martindale, who was under accusation of sexual misconduct. The Way has experienced several schisms 
Weil, Dr. Andrew:
A medical doctor who helped popularize alternative medicine or holistic health in his books and lectures.  He currently operates a clinic in Tucson.
A shapeshifter.  Also werwolf and lycanthrope. A legendary being who who at night transforms himself or, during the full moon, is transformed into a wolf (a process called lycanthropy) in form and appetite, and roams at night in search of human victims to devour. This transformation was either temporary or permanent, and was supposedly brought about by supernatural influences, by witchcraft, or voluntarily. The werewolf must return to human form at daybreak by shedding his wolf's skin and hiding it. If it is found and destroyed, the werewolf dies. A werewolf who is wounded immediately reverts to his human form and can be detected by the corresponding wound on his body. Similar creatures exist in folklore worldwide: the tiger, boar, hyena, and even the cat, are 'wereanimals' in areas where wolves are not found. Belief in wer (or man) animals was common in the Middle Ages, and was probably a relic from earlycannibalism. In 16th century France the superstition regarding werewolves seems to have been widespread and prevalent, as evidenced by the numerous trials in which it was shown clearly murder and cannibalism, all attributed to lycanthropy. This belief is now all but extinct.
Wesley, Charles: (1707-88)
Anglican hymn writer and brother of John Wesley, founder of Methodism.
Wesley, John: (1703-91)
Ordained Anglican priest, founder (in 1784) of Methodism.
Wet Rebirthing:
Guided by a rebirthing therapist, participants relive their birth trauma in a water environment in order to work out negativity concerning the birth process.
Wheel of the Year:
One full cycle of the seasons, in pagan beliefs in begins on Samhain as opposed to in January.
Whirling Dervish:
See Sufism.
White, Ellen G.:
Founding prophet of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
One who believes in or seeks the White Light.Hence, anyone seeking enlightenment. Originally used as a pejorative for New Agers.  In the TV showCharmed it refers to an angel.
White Magic:
Rituals performed for benign purpose, such as healing or fertility. Many North American or European adherents of modern Neo-Paganism or Witchcraft employ the term for their rituals and practices.
Wicca: (Anglo-Saxon, "wise one.")
An earth or pagan religion and magical system dedicated to the Goddess and God which uses ceremonies or rituals to achieve communion with the natural forces.  The religion founded in England in 1938, often referred to as Witchcraft. A common creed is, “Do what you will, and harm none.” Modern Wicca owes much to the influence of Gerald B. Gardner 
Wiccan Rede:
The code by which most Wiccans live by: "And Harm It Done, Do As Ye Will.", thought by some to have been originated by Aliester Crowley
Counter clockwise. The opposite of deosil
Wilde, Stuart:
rominent New Age author and lecturer.
Williamson, Marianne: 
Prominent New Age author and speaker. Best known for her book, A Return To Love; also wrote Illuminata and other books. See A Course in Miraclesfor underlying theology
Huge mysterious, human-=like creature, allegedly living in the forests of Quebec. According to Indian legends, the creature "goes naked in the bush and eats Indians, and makes a sinister hissing noise, often accompanied by fearful howls, to strike terror into the hearts of everyone who hears it." See Mysterious Primates, Abominable Snowman, Almas, Yowie, Chemosit, Chuchunaa, Higabon, Maricoxi, Yeti, Meh-teh, 'X', Nguoi Rung, Orang Pendek, Bigfoot andSasquatch
Wise Woman:
A solitary female practitioner of witchcraft who gave charms and healing salves to villagers in Europe.
Wita, Witta:
Scottish Wicca
A member of the Wicca religion.  A practitioner of witchcraft. There are many types and traditions of witches. A witch is not necessarily a Wiccan, though if a Wiccan practices witchcraft they can be called a witch.
The practice of spells and magick, often involving the worship of deities or a god and/or goddess.See Wicca
Also witch-hunters. During the witchcraft trials in Europe it was established legal procedure for specially appointed (or self-appointed) individuals to find or discover witches and bring them to trial. As fees were usually paid for such discoveries, the role of witchfinder was often highly lucrative.  The most famous English witchfinder, the so-called Witchfinder General, was Matthew Hopkins, who in fourteen months (from 1645) had several hundred witches hanged — over a hundred at Bury St. Edmunds alone. His equally notorious pricker  was John Steams.
Witch's Bottle:
A container filled with sharp objects, vinegar & mirror parts that is kept near the home to protect against negativity.
Witch's Ladder:
A string of forty beads or a cord with forty knots, used for auto-suggestion practices, to avoid the need for conscious counting.
Witness Lee:
See The Local Church.
A name for male ceremonial magicians, rarely used for Wiccans unless they are eclectic and use ceremonial magick as well.
Word, The:     
(Greek- logos). Used in New Testament to refer to Christ as the comprehensible expression of God(Chaos). It means, order, logic, that which can be understood.
Word-Faith Movement: 
A movement based in large part on the teachings of E. W. Kenyon (1867-1948) that became a distinct movement under the teaching and leadership of Kenneth Hagin, a Pentecostal faith-healing evangelist. Its teachings include: God himself  created the world and  all that he does by speaking words of faith. Man’s creation in God’s image means that human beings are “little gods” capable of speaking creative words of faith. The fall of Adam into sin transformed Adam (and all unredeemed people) into Satan’s nature and  transferred Adam’s godhood or dominion on earth to Satan Jesus became man in order to restore human beings to godhood as renewed “incarnations” of God. He did this by dying spiritually as well as physically on the cross, suffering in hell, and then while in hell becoming the first person to be “born again,” before finally being raised from the dead. Those who believe in Jesus are supposedly empowered to speak words of faith again, especially in order to obtain bodily health and financial prosperity. Most of the followers of the Word-Faith teachers are Pentecostals
World Council of Churches:
An international agency promoting interfaith dialogue and ecumenical cooperation among churches. Most participants are mainline denominations dominated by the theological perspective of liberal Christianity.
Worldwide Church of God:
Under the leadership of its founder, Herbert W. Armstrong, this church rejected the essential doctrines and epitomized the unique set of beliefs and practices that became known as Armstrongism.  Beginning in the early 1990s under the leadership Armstrong’s successors, Joseph W. Tkach and his son Joe Tkach, this group has undergone remarkable doctrinal transformation.  They now hold to a more traditional evangelical position on the nature of God and the gospel,. Large numbers of its membership have left to join splinter groups that still teach classic Armstrongism
Wovoka: (ca. 1856-1932)
Paiute Native American prophet of the 1890s Ghost Dance, also known as Jack Wilson (after a rancher who employed him) and the Messiah (The Christ returned to help Native Americans). After 1892, Wovoka corresponded with the help of a local merchant with followers, selling them sacred objects and personal effects, and continued to serve as a shaman.
Wu:(Chinese, "nonbeing," "nothingness," "void")
A Chinese philosophical concept for a primordial state before the differentiation of distinct phenomena. First intimated in the Lao-tzu (Tao-te ching), the concept was elaborated by third-century Hsuan-hsueh thinkers such as Wang Pi, fourth-century Buddhists such as Tao-an, and twelfth-century Neo-Confucians such as Lu Hsiang-shan.
Wycliff, John: (1326-84)
English Catholic reformer and theologian who inspired one of the early efforts at translating the Bible into English. A professor at Oxford, Wycliff joined controversies on the authority of tradition, on the Eucharist, and on monasticism. The "Wycliff Bible," though supported by him, was in fact authored by his disciples, Nicholas of Hereford (d. ca. 1420) and John Purvey (ca. 1353-1428).