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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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Macrocosm

Macrocosm

The world around us.

Added: 02/12/2001

Maenads

Maenads

In Greek mythology, maenads were the female followers of Dionysus (Bacchus in the Roman pantheon), the most significant members of the Thiasus, the god's retinue. Their name literally translates as "raving ones".

Added: 08/04/2012 11:55:00

Magick

Magick

The projection of natural energies (such as personal power) to being about needed change. Energy exists in all things; us, plants, stones, colors, sounds, movements, words. Magick is the process of raising this energy, giving it purpose, and releasing it. Magick is a natural, not supernatural, practice, but is little understood. Magick is neither black nor white. It simply is. What the magician decides to do with the magick is another matter… [read more »]

Added: 02/12/2001

Magick Circle

Magick Circle

A sphere constructed of personal power in which rituals are usually performed. Within it the witch is protected from outside forces. The sphere extends both above and below the surface of the ground.

Added: 02/12/2001

Magickal System

Magickal System

The basic set of guidelines relating to the worship of specific Gods and Goddesses or cultural traditions.

Added: 02/12/2001

Magnum Opus

Magnum Opus

The Great Work (Magnum opus) is an alchemical term for the process of creating the philosopher's stone.

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

Male Mysteries

Male Mysteries

Pagan study which attempts to reclaim the power and mystery of the old Gods for today's Pagan males.

Added: 02/12/2001

Malleus Malificarum

Malleus Malificarum

Malleus Malificarum, was written in 1486 by Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger, and first published in Germany in 1487.

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

Mamacocha

Mamacocha

Mamacocha (Inka Goddess) - Goddess of the ocean, her name literally means "mother ocean." She is a source of health and provider of food. She is sometimes shown as a whale Goddess. To the Q'eros, many of whom will never even experience the ocean, she represents the largest expression of the living energy of water. Smaller water deities that inhabit lakes rivers and streams are known as Phasi Runa.

Added: 30/04/2012 13:17:00

Manes

Manes

The spirits of the dead, regarded as minor supernatural powers in ancient Roman religion.

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

Mano Cornuta

Mano Cornuta

Mano Cornuta 'making horn' was to avert the evil eye, holding up the first and the little finger the other two being held down by the thumb.

Added: 12/02/2012 13:11:00

Mano in Fica

Mano in Fica

Mano in Fica 'the fig' a feminine sign representing the goddess, made by clenching the thumb and pushing the thumb between the first and second finger. It was generally used as a blessing.

Added: 12/02/2012 13:11:00

Mares of Diomedes

Mares of Diomedes

The Mares of Diomedes, also called the Mares of Thrace, were four man-eating horses in Greek mythology. Magnificent, wild, and uncontrollable, they belonged to the giant Diomedes (not to be confused with Diomedes, son of Tydeus), king of Thrace, a son of Ares and Cyrene who lived on the shores of the Black Sea. Bucephalus, Alexander the Great's horse was said to be descended from these mares.

Added: 30/04/2012 13:17:00

Matrifocal

Matrifocal

Term used to denote pre-patriarchal life when family clans centered around and lived near or on clan matriarch.

Added: 02/12/2001

May Pole

May Pole

Sexual symbol of Beltane representing the phallus.

Added: 02/12/2001

Meditation

Meditation

Reflection, contemplation- turning inward toward the self, or outward toward Deity or nature. A quiet time in which the practitioner may either dwell upon particular thoughts or symbols, or allow them to come unbidden.

Added: 02/12/2001

Megalith

Megalith

A huge stone monument or structure. Stonehenge is the best-known example of a megalith.

Added: 02/12/2001

Melpomene

Melpomene

Melpomene is the Greek Muse of Tragedy, she was originally the Muse of Singing.

Added: 28/01/2012 18:05:00

Menhir

Menhir

A huge stone probably erected by early peoples for religious, spiritual, or magickal reasons.

Added: 02/12/2001

Mercuralia

Mercuralia

Mercuralia is a Roman celebration known also as the "Festival of Mercury". Mercury was thought to be the god of merchants and commerce. On May 15 merchants would sprinkle their heads, their ships and merchandise, and their businesses with water taken from the well at Porta Capena.

Added: 30/04/2012 13:21:00

Metroon

Metroon

Metroon was the name given to a building dedicated to the mother goddess, Cybele, Rhea, or Demeter, in Ancient Greece.

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

Microcosm

Microcosm

The world within us.

Added: 02/12/2001

Mnemosyne

Mnemosyne

The Greek Goddess of Memory and mother by Zeus of the Nine Muses.

Added: 28/01/2012 17:59:00

Moddy Dhoo

Moddy Dhoo

(Manx - black dog), A ghostly black spaniel that haunted Peel Castle on the Isle of Man.

Added: 28/01/2012 17:59:00

Moirai

Moirai

In Greek Mythology they were the Three Fates, their names are; Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos.

Added: 28/01/2012 17:56:00

Mola Salsa

Mola Salsa

In ancient Roman religion, mola salsa ("salted flour") was a mixture of coarse-ground, toasted emmer flour and salt prepared by the Vestal Virgins and used in every official sacrifice. It was sprinkled on the forehead and between the horns of animal victims before they were sacrificed, as well as on the altar and in the sacred fire. It was a common offering to the household hearth.

Added: 30/04/2012 13:22:00

Monotheism

Monotheism

Belief in one supreme deity who has no other forms and/of displays no other aspects.

Added: 02/12/2001

Mother

Mother

The aspect of the Goddess representing motherhood, mid-life, and fertility. She is represented by the full moon, the egg, the colors red and green. Her Sabbats are Midsummer and Lughnasadh.

Added: 02/12/2001

Museum

Museum

Originally comes from the Greek Mouseion, which was a place or temple to the Muses.

Added: 28/01/2012 18:05:00

Muspelheim

Muspelheim

In Norse mythology, Muspelheim, also called Muspell, is a realm of fire. It is one of the Nine Worlds and it is home to the fire jötunn or the "sons of Muspell", and Surtr, their ruler. It is fire; and the land to the North, Niflheim, is ice. The two mixed and created water from the melting ice in Ginnungagap.

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

Myth

Myth

Cycles Body of lore about any land or people that makes up their mythology.

Added: 02/12/2001

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