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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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Pagan/Neo-Pagan

Pagan/Neo-Pagan

General term for followers of Wicca and other magickal, shamanistic, and polytheistic Earth-based religions. Also used to refer to pre-Christian religious and magickal systems.

Added: 02/12/2001

Paganing

Paganing

When a baby is presented in circle to the Goddess and God, and given a craft name which s/he will keep until about 13 and can choose their own at their Coming of Age celebration.

Added: 02/12/2001

Panaceia

Panaceia

In Greek mythology was one of the daughters of Epione and Aesclepius. She was a Goddess of Healing.

Added: 28/01/2012 18:09:00

Pantheism

Pantheism

Belief in many deities who are really one because they are all merely aspects of the single creative life source. Paganism is pantheistic.

Added: 02/12/2001

Pantheon

Pantheon

A collection or group of Gods and Goddesses in a particular religious or mythical structure.

Added: 02/12/2001

Paracelsus

Paracelsus

The named coined for himself by the Swiss physician Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim (1493-1541), implying that he was superior to Celsus, the 1st century write and physcian. He studied chemistry and Alchemy and, after learning about metals and minerals by working in the mines of the Tyrol, became a medical practioner.

Added: 15/12/2001

Paraphenalia

Paraphenalia

From the Greek para 'beside' and pherne 'dowry'; and literally meant: all that a married woman could legally own.

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

Parcae

Parcae

In Roman Mythology, the Three Fates where the Parcae and their names were Nona, Decima and Morta.

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

Parilia

Parilia

Parilia, in honour of Pales

In ancient Roman religion, the Parilia is an agricultural festival performed annually on April 21, aimed at cleansing both sheep and shepherd. It is carried out in acknowledgment to the Roman deity Pales, a deity of uncertain gender who was a patron of shepherds and sheep.

Added: 30/04/2012 13:14:00

Passion Over Ritual

Passion Over Ritual

Ritual observed when a loved one has dies.

Added: 02/12/2001

PAST-LIFE REGRESSION

PAST-LIFE REGRESSION

Act of using meditation or guided meditation to pass through the veil of linear time and perceive experiences encountered in a previous existence.

Added: 02/12/2001

Patera

Patera

A patera was a broad, shallow dish used for drinking, primarily in a ritual context such as a libation.

Added: 08/04/2012 11:29:00

Path Working

Path Working

Using astral projection, bi-location, or dream time to accomplish a specific goal. Also called vision questing.

Added: 02/12/2001

Patriarchal

Patriarchal

Term used to apply to the world since the matrifocal clans that worshipped Goddesses were supplanted by codified religions that honor all-male deity(s).

Added: 02/12/2001

Pendulum

Pendulum

A divinatory device consisting of a string attached to a heavy object, such as a quartz crystal, root, or ring. The free end of the string is held in the hand, the elbows steadied against a flat surface, and a question is asked. The movement of the heavy object's swings determines the answer. The Pendulum is a tool which contacts the psychic mind.

Added: 02/12/2001

Pentacle

Pentacle

A circle surrounding a five-pointed, upright star (pentagram). Worn as a symbol of a witch's beliefs. Many witches consider wearing it inverted to be blasphemy of their faith and is commonly associated with Satanism.

Added: 02/12/2001

Pentagram

Pentagram

The basic interlaces five-pointed star, visualized with one point up. It represents the five elements; Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit. It is a symbol of power and protection.

Added: 02/12/2001

Personal Power

Personal Power

The energy which sustains our bodies. It originates within the Goddess and God. We first absorb it from our biological mother within the womb, and later from food, water, the Moon and Sun, and other natural objects.

Added: 02/12/2001

Piacenza Liver

Piacenza Liver

Piacenza Liver, a bronze model used in haruspical divination.  The Liver of Piacenza is an Etruscan artifact found on September 26, 1877 near Gossolengo, in the province of Piacenza, Italy. It is a life-sized bronze model of a sheep's liver covered in Etruscan writings. The writings on the liver are names of Etruscan deities. It is believed that the bronze model served as a tool for priests when they practiced haruspicy.

Added: 30/04/2012 13:20:00

Pillar of the Boatmen

Pillar of the Boatmen

(1st century AD), It originally stood in a temple in the Gallo-Roman civitas of Lutetia (modern Paris).

Added: 28/01/2012 18:16:00

Polarity

Polarity

The concept of equal, opposite energies. The Eastern Yin Yang is a perfect example. Yin is cold; yang is hot. Other examples; Goddess/God, night/day, Moon/Sun, birth/death, dark/light, psychic mind/unconscious mind. Universal balance.

Added: 02/12/2001

Polyhymnia

Polyhymnia

Polyhymnia is the Greek Muse of sacred poetry, sacred hymn and eloquence as well as agriculture and pantomime.

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

Polytheism

Polytheism

Belief in the existence of many unrelated deities each with their own dominion and interests who have no spiritual or familial relationships to one another.

Added: 02/12/2001

Poppets

Poppets

Anthropomorphic dolls used to represent certain human beings in magick spells.

Added: 02/12/2001

Porta Capena

Porta Capena

The Porta Capena was a gate in the Servian Wall near the Caelian Hill, in Rome, Italy according to Roman tradition the sacred grove where Numa Pompilius and the nymph Egeria used to meet.

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

Portunes

Portunes

In Roman mythology, Portunes was a god of keys, doors and livestock. His festival, celebrated on August 16, was the Portumnalia, when keys were thrown into a fire for good luck.

Added: 08/04/2012 11:41:00

Praxidike

Praxidike

In Greek mythology, Praxidike is the goddess of judicial punishment and the exactor of vengeance.

Added: 08/04/2012 11:40:00

Projective Hand

Projective Hand

The hand thought to be the point through which personal power is sent from the body. Normally the hand used for manual activities such as writing, dialing the phone, etc. It is also the hand in which tools such as the athame and wand are held.

Added: 02/12/2001

Prytaneum

Prytaneum

A Prytaneum was the building in ancient Greece were the central hearth and sacred fire were housed.

Added: 12/02/2012 13:19:00

Psychic Mind

Psychic Mind

The subconscious, or unconscious mind, in which we receive psychic impressions. It is at work when we sleep, dream, and meditate. It is our direct link with the Divine, and with the larger, nonphysical world around us.

Added: 02/12/2001

Psychism

Psychism

The act of being consciously psychic, in which the psychic mind and conscious mind are linked and working in harmony. Also known as psychic awareness.

Added: 02/12/2001

The Peg Powler

The Peg Powler

The Peg Powler is a hag from English folklore with a green skin, long hair and sharp teeth who is said to inhabit the River Tees. She grabs the ankles of those who wander too close to the water's edge, especially naughty children, and pulls them under the water and drowns them.

Added: 12/02/2012 13:19:00

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