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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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Days of Power

Days of Power

See Sabbat. They can also be days triggered by astrological occurrences - your birthday, a woman's menstrual cycle, your dedication/initiation anniversary.

Added: 02/12/2001

Dedication

Dedication

The process where an individual accepts the Craft as their path and vows to study and learn all that is necessary to reach adept ship. It is a conscious preparation to accept something new into your life and stick with it, regardless of the highs and lows that may follow.

Added: 02/12/2001

Delphin

Delphin

DELPHIN was a dolphin in the service of the god Poseidon. When his master was wooing Amphitrite and she fled, Delphin went in search of the nymph and persuaded her to agree to the marriage. For his service Poseidon placed him amongst the stars as the Constellation Delphinus.

Dolphins were also the messengers of Poseidon, Greek god of the sea, and sometimes did errands for him as well.

Added: 30/04/2012 13:16:00

Deosil

Deosil

Clockwise, the direction in which the shadow on a sundial moves as the Sun "moves" across the sky. Deosil is symbolic of life, positive magick, positive energies.

Added: 02/12/2001

Di Penates

Di Penates

In ancient Roman religion, the Di Penates or Penates were household deities, invoked most often in domestic rituals.

Added: 12/02/2012 13:20:00

Dies Infaustus

Dies Infaustus

The Dies Infaustus, on which old seamen were desirous of not getting under weigh, as ill-omened. Admiral William Henry Smyth.

Added: 28/01/2012 18:12:00

Dion Fortune

Dion Fortune

Dion Fortune, a British Witch and author, she was initiated into the Temple of the Alpha et Omega in 1919.  Her pseudonym was inspired by her family motto "Deo, non fortuna" (Latin for "by God, not fate").

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

Dirk

Dirk

Ritual knife of the Scottish tradition.

Added: 02/12/2001

Dis

Dis

In Norse mythology, a dís ("lady", plural dísir) is a ghost, spirit or deity associated with fate who can be both benevolent and antagonistic towards mortal people. Their original function was possibly that of fertility goddesses who were the object of both private and official worship called dísablót, and their veneration may derive from the worship of the spirits of the dead.

Added: 08/04/2012 11:35:00

Distaff

Distaff

A Distaff is a staff from which the flax was drawn in spinning.

Added: 28/01/2012 17:58:00

Disting

Disting

The Disting is an annual market which is held in Uppsala, Sweden.

Added: 08/04/2012 11:35:00

Divination

Divination

The magickal art of using tools and symbols to gather information from the Collective Unconsciousness. This can be on people, places, things and events past, present, and future. See a range of Pendulums and Tarot Cards in our online shop.

Added: 02/12/2001

Divine Power

Divine Power

The unmanifested, pure energy that exists within the Goddess and God. The life force, the ultimate source of all things.

Added: 02/12/2001

Dowsing

Dowsing

The divinatory art of using a pendulum or stick to find the actual location of a person, place, thing, or element.

Added: 02/12/2001

Drawing Down the Moon

Drawing Down the Moon

A ritual performed during the Full Moon by witches to empower themselves and unite their essence with a particular deity, usually the Goddess.

Added: 02/12/2001

Drawing Down the Sun

Drawing Down the Sun

Lesser-known and lesser-used companion ritual to Drawing Down the Moon in which the essence of the Sun God is drawn into the body of a male witch.

Added: 02/12/2001

Duality

Duality

The opposite of polarity. When used as a religious term, it separates two opposites such as good and evil and places those characteristics into two completely separate God-forms.

Added: 02/12/2001

Dule Trees

Dule Trees

Dule or dool trees in Britain were used as gallows for public hangings.  These Dule Trees were also known as the 'Grief Tree', the 'Gallows Tree', the 'Justice Tree' or simply 'The Tree'.

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

Dying Sun King

Dying Sun King

The Dying Sun King is part of the myth of the Wheel of the Year.  After Midsummer, the Sun King begins to wane, as the days slowly grow shorter, and he sinks lower and lower into the West.  From Midsummer to Lammas, on or around 1st August, he is said to pour his power into the corn to ripen it, and is then cut down or sacrificed with the harvest.  In this way, he gives his life so that the people may live through the bread which is made from the corn (wheat).  The Sun is therefore seen as a cyclic, dying and resurrecting god, who is reborn at Yule on the Nameless Day, the 24th December, when the sun is at its lowest point.  It comes to a standstill on that one day, and then slowly begins to climb higher into the sky once more.

Added: 04/09/2008 23:43:00

Helen Duncan

Helen Duncan

Helen Duncan (November 25, 1897 – December 6, 1956) was a Scottish medium best known as the last person to be imprisoned under the British Witchcraft Act of 1735.  During World War II, Duncan held a seance in Portsmouth at which she indicated knowledge that HMS Barham had been sunk.  The British government denied the vessel had gone down, and wasn't until months later the Barnham was indeed reported lost in an enemy attack. 

Duncan was jailed for nine months, under section 4 of the Witchcraft Act 1735, covering fraudulent "spiritual" activity.  After the verdict, Winston Churchill wrote a memo to Home Secretary Herbert Morrison, complaining about the misuse of court resources on the "obsolete tomfoolery" of the charge.

Added: 04/09/2008 22:46:00

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