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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Pagan Glossary

Pagan Glossary

Introduces words and concepts that are a central part of most Pagans. This Pagan Glossary is designed to be a useful resource on common - and not so commonly used words, people and objects.

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Aboriginal

Aboriginal

Pagan tradition of the native Australian people.

Added: 02/12/2001

Abundantia

Abundantia

In Roman mythology Abundantia was the goddess of abundance and prosperity, she is often depicted with a cornucopia.

Added: 28/01/2012 17:55:00

Achelous

Achelous

In Greek mythology he was the patron deity of the silver-swirling Achelous River, said to be the son of Gaia or Tethys and Oceanus.

Added: 28/01/2012 17:55:00

Acolyte

Acolyte

One who attends or assists religious rituals.

Added: 27/02/2003

Adept

Adept

An individual who through serious study and accomplishments is considered highly proficient in a particular magickal system.

Added: 02/12/2001

Adranus

Adranus

Adranus or Adranos was a fire god worshipped by the Sicels, an ancient population of the island of Sicily. Adranus was said to have lived under Mount Etna before being driven out by the Greek god Hephaestus, or Vulcan.

Added: 08/04/2012 11:45:00

Aesir

Aesir

(Old Norse ęsir, ' gods ') The collective name of the 12 Gods of Scandinavia, who lived in Asgard. Their composition varies, one such list includes: Odin, Thor, Tiu, Balder, Brag, Vidar, Hoder, Hermoder, Hoenir, Odnir, Loki, and Vali.

Added: 15/12/2001

Air

Air

Air, one of the Five Elements of Magic. In magickal terms, Air is the power of the mind, the force of intellect, inspiration, imagination. (East, yellow)

Added: 22/08/2008 01:13:00

Akasha Spirit

Akasha Spirit

The fifth element, the omnipresent spiritual power that permeates the universe.

Added: 02/12/2001

Alchemy

Alchemy

(Arabic al-kimiya, ' the transmutation ') A branch of High Magick developed in the Middle Ages which sought to magickally and/or chemically turn base metals into gold by means of the Philosophers Stone, a universal solvent or Alkahest, a panacea and an Elixir of Life. Ben Johnson wrote a play called The Alchemist inn 1610. [Image: William Fettes Douglas - The Alchemist]

Added: 27/02/2003

Alexanderian

Alexanderian

A tradition of Witchcraft descended from the teachings of Alex Sanders.

Added: 27/02/2003

Alfheim

Alfheim

Alfheim (from Old Norse meaning elf home) is one of the Nine Worlds and home of the Light Elves in Norse mythology and appears also in Anglo-Scottish ballads under the form Elfhame (Elphame, Elfame) as a fairyland, sometimes modernized as Elfland (Elfinland, Elvenland).

Added: 12/02/2012 13:24:00

Alkahest

Alkahest

A sham Arabic word attributed to Paracelsus, used for the universal solvent sought by Alchemists.

Added: 15/12/2001

Alpha et Omega

Alpha et Omega

Alpha et Omega was an occult order, initially named the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, co-founded in London, England by Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers in 1888.

Added: 12/02/2012 13:14:00

Altar

Altar

A special, flat surface set aside exclusively for magickal workings or religious acknowledgment.

Added: 02/12/2001

Altar of the Twelve Gods

Altar of the Twelve Gods

The Altar of the Twelve Gods was an ancient altar dedicated to the twelve gods worshipped in ancient Greece (Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Hestia, Apollo, Artemis, Hephaestus, Athena, Ares, Aphrodite and Hermes).

Added: 08/04/2012 11:37:00

Amulet

Amulet

A magically charged object which deflects specific, usually negative energies. A protective object.

Added: 02/12/2001

Analemma

Analemma

Analemma is a figure 8 shaped curve, showing the declination of the sun and the equation of time for each day of the year.

Added: 28/01/2012 18:20:00

Angitia

Angitia

Angitia was a goddess associated with healing arts and snake-charmers.

Added: 08/04/2012 11:38:00

Animism

Animism

The belief of the divine within everything.

Added: 27/02/2003

Ankh

Ankh

An Egyptian hieroglyphic widely used as a symbol of life, love, and reincarnation. It is a cross with a looped top.

Added: 02/12/2001

Anthesteria

Anthesteria

Anthesteria, one of the four Athenian festivals in honour of Dionysus (collectively the Dionysia), was held annually for three days, the eleventh to thirteenth of the month of Anthesterion (the January/February full moon); it was preceded by the Lenaia. At the centre of this wine-drinking festival was the celebration of the maturing of the wine stored at the previous vintage, whose pithoi were now ceremoniously opened, and the beginning of spring.

Added: 08/04/2012 11:57:00

Arbor Felix

Arbor Felix

A tree (arbor) was categorized as felix if it was under the protection of the heavenly gods (di superi). The adjective felix here means not only literally "fruitful" but more broadly "auspicious". Macrobius lists arbores felices as the oak (four species thereof), the birch, the hazelnut, the sorbus, the white fig, the pear, the apple, the grape, the plum, the cornus and the lotus. The oak was sacred to Jupiter, and twigs of oak were used by the Vestals to ignite the sacred fire in March every year. Also felices were the olive tree, a twig of which was used to fix the hat of the Flamen Dialis, and the laurel and the poplar, which crowned the Salian priests.

Arbores infelices were those under the protection of chthonic gods or those gods who had the power of turning away misfortune (avertentium). They typically had fruit or berries of a dark or purplish colour, including the black fig, the wild pear, the agrifolium, the pruscum rubrum.

Added: 30/04/2012 13:19:00

Arcana

Arcana

The two halves of a tarot deck. The Major Arcana consists of 22 trumps, the Minor Arcana consists of 56 suit cards (sometimes called the lesser or lower Arcana).

Added: 02/12/2001

Arcane

Arcane

Ancient or secret wisdom; requiring secret or mysterious knowledge.

Added: 27/02/2003

Archetype

Archetype

Ancient universal images and symbols, commonly used to represent gods etc in forms we can all understand on a subconscious level.

Added: 27/02/2003

Ares

Ares

Ares is the Greek god of war. He is one of the Twelve Olympians, and the son of Zeus and Hera.

Added: 28/01/2012 18:03:00

Argenteum Astrum

Argenteum Astrum

The Argenteum Astrum is a magical order that was created in 1907 by Aleister Crowley and George Cecil Jones after they left the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

Added: 08/04/2012 11:50:00

Asgard

Asgard

(Old Norse Asgarthr, from ass, ' god ', and garthr, ' enclosure ') The realm of the Aesir or the Northern Gods. It is said to be situated in the centre of the Universe and to be accessible only by the rainbow bridge, Bifrost.

Added: 15/12/2001

Aspect

Aspect

The particular principle or part of the Creative Life Force being worked with or acknowledged at any one time.

Added: 02/12/2001

Asperger

Asperger

A bundle of fresh herbs or a perforated object used to sprinkle water during or preceding ritual, for purification purposes.

Added: 02/12/2001

Astral Plane

Astral Plane

A place which is generally conceptualized as an invisible parallel world which remains unseen from our own solid world of form.

Added: 02/12/2001

Astral Travel/Projection

Astral Travel/Projection

The process of separating your astral body from your physical one to accomplish travel in the astral plane or dream time.

Added: 02/12/2001

Astrology

Astrology

The study of and belief in the effects the movements and placements of planets and other heavenly bodies have on the lives and behavior of human beings.

Added: 02/12/2001

Asynja

Asynja

The Goddesses of Asgard, the feminine counterparts of the Aesir.

Added: 15/12/2001

Athame

Athame

A cleansed and consecrated ritual blade. Usually double edged, and black handled. It is never used to cut anything on the physical plane. Pronounced several ways. Ah-THAM-ee ATH-ah-may ah-THAW-may.

Added: 02/12/2001

Atropos

Atropos

One of the Three Fates, she was the one who severed the thread of life.

Added: 28/01/2012 17:57:00

Aura

Aura

The life-energy field which surrounds all living things.

Added: 02/12/2001

Automatic Writing

Automatic Writing

Form of divination where the channeler uses a pen, paper and an altered state of consciousness to receive messages.

Added: 02/12/2001

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