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Term: Iron

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Iron: A metal used in countermagick and associated with protection. Items made of iron such as horseshoes and religious symbols were all used to banish evil. Iron is the most easily magnetized metal known and can absorb and retain magnetic charges quite easily. Because of this nature it was believed to rob nearby objects of whatever magickal energy they might contain. Therefore, magickal energy directed against a person or place was absorbed by the iron before it could take effect.
source: Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft, by Raven Grimassi


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