Awakened is the adjective used to describe an individual who is aware of the existence of magick or, more significantly, who has magickal powers himself. It is also the collective term for all humans with magickal abilities, including Mages, Werecreatures, Vampires, and Ghouls.
Awakening is the process by which a non-magickal human becomes a Mage. The process is little understood, even by Mages themselves, but a small percentage of humans have the mysterious ability to become awakened, while the vast majority do not. Even for those capable of becoming Awakened, their actual magickal ability may not manifest itself until some traumatic experience, such as puberty or witnessing a supernatural event, triggers the awakening.