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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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Gaea/Gaia

Gaea/Gaia

Mother Earth.

Added: 02/12/2001

Galdr

Galdr

Galdr is one Old Norse word for "spell, incantation", and which was usually performed in combination with certain rites by both women and men.

Added: 08/04/2012 11:51:00

Genius Loci

Genius Loci

Genius Loci means 'spirit of the place' and refers to the geological/gaian spirit of place. It is transfixed to a place – being an embodiment of the collective intelligence of the place.

Added: 08/04/2012 11:53:00

Ginnungagap

Ginnungagap

In Norse mythology, Ginnungagap ("mighty gap") was the vast, primordial void that existed prior to the creation of the manifest universe.

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

God

God

Masculine aspect of deity.

Added: 02/12/2001

Goddess

Goddess

Feminine aspect of deity. [read more »]

Added: 02/12/2001

Goetia

Goetia

Goetia refers to a practice which includes the invocation of angels or the evocation of demons. The 17th century grimoire The Lesser Key of Solomon, features an Ars Goetia as its first section. It contains descriptions of the evocation of seventy-two demons.

Added: 08/04/2012 11:47:00

Gowk

Gowk

(From Old Norse gaukr) The Cuckoo, and hence a fool or simpleton. Hunting the gowk: Making someone an April Fool.

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

Grain Dolly

Grain Dolly

Figure usually woven at Imbolc from dried sheaves of grain collected at the previous harvest. The dolly is traditionally burned at Yule and a new one made the following Imbolc.

Added: 02/12/2001

Grannus

Grannus

In the Celtic polytheism of classical antiquity, Grannus (also Granus Mogounus Amarcolitanus) was a deity associated with spas, healing thermal and mineral springs, and the sun. He was regularly identified with Apollo as Apollo Grannus.

Added: 08/04/2012 11:31:00

Great Rite

Great Rite

Symbolic sexual union (also sacred marriage) of the Goddess and God that is enacted at Beltane in many traditions, and other Sabbats in other traditions. It symbolizes the primal act of creation from which all life comes.

Added: 02/12/2001

Green Man

Green Man

Another name for the God. A Green Man is a sculpture, drawing, or other representation of a face surrounded by or made from leaves.

Added: 02/12/2001

Grimorie

Grimorie

A magickal workbook containing ritual information, formulae, magickal properties of natural objects and preparation of ritual equipment. Often used interchangeably with Book of Shadows.

Added: 02/12/2001

Grounding

Grounding

To disperse excess energy generated during magickal work by sending it into the earth. It also means the process of centering one's self in the physical world both before and after any ritual or astral experience.

Added: 02/12/2001

Grove

Grove

Synonymous with coven.

Added: 02/12/2001

Gruagach

Gruagach

In Scottish folklore, meaning the long-haired one, was a Brownie who works on farms in exchange for small gifts or food.

Added: 28/01/2012 18:14:00

Gruagach Stone

Gruagach Stone A hollowed stone where offerings of milk were left to appease the Gruagach.

Added: 28/01/2012 18:13:00

Guardians

Guardians

Ceremonial magicians use the Guardians of the Watchtowers or Four Quarters. Some witches use them, too.

Added: 02/12/2001

Gytrash

Gytrash

A legendary black dog known in northern England, said to warn of the impending death of a close relative or friend. Other names for the Lancashire Black Dog are: Barguist, Padfoot, The Grim, Shag, Trash, Striker or Skriker.

Added: 28/01/2012 18:19:00

Isobel Gowdie

Isobel Gowdie

Isobel Gowdie, the renowned "Queen of Scottish Witches" (Wedeck 202), confessed in 1662 she had frequent dealings with faeries. Gowdie claimed to have often journeyed to Faerieland, entering through various mounds and caverns. The entrance of the land of Faerie was populated by elf-bulls, whose "roaring and skoilling" always left her frightened. Gowdie met often with the Queen and King of Faerieland.

Added: 04/09/2008 23:38:00

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