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Pagan Glossary

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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B.C.E.

B.C.E.

Before Common Era. Synonymous with B.C. without religious bias.

Added: 02/12/2001

Balefire

Balefire

A fire lit for magickal purposes, usually outdoors. They are traditional on Yule, Beltane, and Midsummer.

Added: 02/12/2001

Bane

Bane

That which destroys life, which is poisonous, destructive, dangerous.

Added: 02/12/2001

Banish

Banish

To magickally end something or exorcise unwanted entities. To rid the presence of.

Added: 02/12/2001

Belisama

Belisama

In Celtic polytheism, Belisama was a goddess worshipped in Gaul and Britain. She was connected with lakes and rivers, fire, crafts and light. The River Ribble in England was known by the name Belisama in Roman times.

Added: 08/04/2012 11:32:00

Bells

Bells

Often used as ritual tools. They can be used to invoke directional energies, to ring in the sunrise on a Sabbat, or to frighten away faeries and baneful spirits.

Added: 02/12/2001

Bendis

Bendis

Bendis was a Thracian goddess of the moon and the hunt whom the Greeks identified with Artemis.

Added: 28/01/2012 18:17:00

Besom

Besom

A witch's broom.

Added: 02/12/2001

Bi-Location

Bi-Location

A type of astral projection during which you maintain awareness of your present surroundings.

Added: 02/12/2001

Bind

Bind

To magickally restrain something or someone.

Added: 02/12/2001

Black Annis

Black Annis

Black Annis, (Black Agnes), is a bogeyman figure in English folklore. She is a blue-faced crone or witch with iron claws and a taste for human flesh. She is said to haunt the countryside of Leicestershire, living in a cave in the Dane Hills, with an oak tree at its entrance.

Added: 12/02/2012 13:16:00

Blood of the Moon

Blood of the Moon

A woman's menstrual cycle. Should this cycle occur over a Full Moon or New Moon, she is far more powerful than during any other time of the month, as long as she acknowledges this strength within herself.

Added: 02/12/2001

Bodach

Bodach

A bodach is a mythical spirit or creature, rather like the bogeyman.

Added: 12/02/2012 13:16:00

Boggart

Boggart

Boggarts were mischievous spirits responsible for mishaps and poltergeist activity within the home and in the countryside. They would rearrange furniture, break pots and generally be blamed for 'things that go bump in the night'.

Added: 04/09/2008 23:17:00

Boline

Boline

A white handled knife for practical use such as cutting herbs and inscribing candles, corresponds to the same element and direction as the Athame.

Added: 02/12/2001

Bona Dea

Bona Dea

Bona Dea ("The Good Goddess") was a divinity in ancient Roman religion. She was associated with chastity and fertility in women, healing, and the protection of the Roman state and people.

Her rites allowed women the use of strong wine and blood-sacrifice, things otherwise forbidden them by Roman tradition. Men were barred from her mysteries and the possession of her true name.

Added: 30/04/2012 13:24:00

Book of Shadows

Book of Shadows

A witch's book of spells, rituals, magickal lore. Much akin to a magickal cookbook. Also known as a BOS.

Added: 02/12/2001

Boreas

Boreas

In Greek mythology was the god of the North Wind and the wind itself. The Wind of Death and Change. Boreas is known to bring destruction and "cold", sudden, or unexpected change.

Added: 12/02/2012 13:08:00

Borvo

Borvo

In Lusitanian and Celtic polytheism, Borvo was a healing deity associated with bubbling spring water.

Added: 08/04/2012 11:30:00

Bowl of Hygieia

Bowl of Hygieia

Bowl of Hygieia is one of the symbols of pharmacy. Hygieia was the Greek goddess of health. The bowl of Hygieia has been used as a symbol of the pharmacological professional at least as far back as 1796, when it was used on a coin minted for the Parisian Society of Pharmacy.

Added: 12/02/2012 13:26:00

Bran The Blessed

Bran The Blessed

Brân the Blessed (Welsh: Bendigeidfran or Brân Fendigaidd, literally "Blessed Raven") is a giant and king of Britain in Welsh mythology.

Added: 08/04/2012 11:54:00

Buggane

Buggane

In Manx mythology, a Buggane was a huge ogre-like creature, said to be covered in black hair, with claws, tusks and a large red mouth.

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

Burning Times

Burning Times

Reference to a historical time from around 1000 C.E. through the 17th century when it is said that up to nine million people were tortured and burned by church and public officials on the assumption that they were the Christian version of Witches. This turned into an extremely profitable venture, as all land and property was seized from the accused individual and portions given to the accuser (in reward fashion) and the remainder seized by the church officials. Historians indicate that the majority of people tortured and murdered were woman and children.

Added: 02/12/2001

The Black Lady of Bradley Woods

The Black Lady of Bradley Woods

The Black Lady of Bradley Woods is a ghost which reportedly haunts the woods near the village of Bradley, Lincolnshire, England.

Added: 12/02/2012 13:17:00

The Black Sun

The Black Sun

The Black Sun in alchemy and hermetic tradition is a hidden sun of pure philosophical gold, consisting of Fire and aether.

Added: 28/01/2012 18:10:00

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