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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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Sabbat

Sabbat

A witch's festival.

Added: 02/12/2001

Santería

Santería

Santería, also known as Regla de Ocha, La Regla Lucumi or Lukumi, is a syncretic religion of West African and Caribbean origin influenced by Roman Catholic Christianity.

Added: 08/04/2012 11:36:00

Scarab Beetle – Kheper

Scarab Beetle – Kheper

Scarab Beetle – Kheper

Another very popular amulet and magical symbol was the scarab or dung beetle.  This symbol again represents rebirth and renewal of life.  Scarab amulets were made in a whole range of materials, and form a very important sub-group of amulets.  They were usually made from stone or faience, although they are found in other materials.  They were made in varying sizes, from the tiny to the large heart scarabs.  The underside is usually flat and sometimes contains an inscription, the owners name, the king’s or a god’s name, or a special hieroglyphic phrase.  They started out as personal seals, but soon they become magical amulets.

The ancient Egyptians observed these beetles, and they thought that new beetles just emerged from the sand and so believed them to be self-generating.  In reality, the female dung beetle lays eggs in the dung, which it then buries in the sand. But to the ancient Egyptians the scarab beetle came to represent rebirth and was a very powerful magical symbol.

Added: 04/09/2008 23:27:00

Sceadugengan

Sceadugengan

Shadow-goer; are fantastical beasts who are neither living nor dead, and which can shape-shift. They are mentioned in Beowulf.

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

Scourge

Scourge

Small device made from leather or hemp which resembles a whip and is used in flagellation rites within some traditions.

Added: 02/12/2001

Scrying

Scrying

A method of divination. To gaze at or into an object (a quartz crystal sphere, a pool of water, reflections, a candle flame) to still the conscious mind in order to contact the psychic mind. Scrying allows the scryer to become aware of events prior to their actual occurrence, as well as to perceive past or present events through other than the five senses.

Added: 02/12/2001

Sementivae

Sementivae

Sementivae, also known as Feriae Sementivae or Sementina dies, was a Roman festival of sowing. It was held in honor of Ceres and Tellus.

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

Shaman

Shaman

A man or woman who has obtained knowledge of the subtler dimensions of the Earth, usually through periods of alternate states of consciousness. Various types of ritual allow the shaman to pierce the veil of the physical world and to experience the realm of energies. This knowledge lends the shaman the power to change his or her world through magick.

Added: 02/12/2001

Shamanism

Shamanism

The practice of shamans, usually ritualistic or magickal in nature, sometimes religious.

Added: 02/12/2001

Sheela na Gig

Sheela na Gig

Sheela Na Gigs are quasi-erotic stone carvings of a female figure usually found on Norman churches. They consist of an old woman squatting and pulling apart her vulva.

More info on Sheela na Gig »

Added: 04/09/2008 23:21:00

Shillelagh

Shillelagh

Magickal tool corresponding to the staff in other traditions. Usually made from blackthorn wood.

Added: 02/12/2001

Sibyls

Sibyls

Sibyls are female prophets of the antiquity. In Christian times they were supposed to have predicted the arrival of Christ.

Added: 05/09/2008 00:10:00

Sigil

Sigil

Magically oriented seal, sign, glyph, or other device used in a magickal working. Ones you create yourself are the most effective. Sigils can be used on letters, packages, clothing, etc.

Added: 02/12/2001

Simple Feast

Simple Feast

A ritual meal shared with the Goddess and God.

Added: 02/12/2001

Sirin

Sirin

A Sirin is a mythological creature of Russian legends, with the head and chest of a beautiful woman and the body of a bird (usually an owl).

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

Sirona

Sirona

In Celtic mythology, Sirona was a goddess worshipped predominantly in East Central Gaul and along the Danubian limes. A healing deity, she was associated with healing springs; her attributes were snakes and eggs.

Added: 08/04/2012 11:28:00

Sky Father

Sky Father

Shamanistic in origin. It assigns deification to the sky as a male entity.

Added: 02/12/2001

Skyclad

Skyclad

The act of celebrating or performing magickal works in the nude. Considered deeply spiritual, NOT sexual.

Added: 02/12/2001

Sol

Sol

Sól also was called Sunna and Frau Sunne, from which are derived the words: Sun and Sunday.

Added: 28/01/2012 18:07:00

Sol niger

Sol niger

Sol niger can also refer to the result of the first stage of the magnum opus in alchemy, the nigredo (blackening).

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

Solitary

Solitary

Pagan who works and worships alone.

Added: 02/12/2001

Spell

Spell

A magickal ritual, usually non-religious in nature and often accompanied by spoken words. It should be clear, concise, focused and emotional. Need must be present.

Added: 02/12/2001

Spiral

Spiral

Symbol of coming into being.

Added: 02/12/2001

Spriggans

Spriggans

Spriggans are legendary creatures from Cornish faery lore. Depicted as grotesquely ugly, they were found at old ruins and barrows.

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

Staff

Staff

Ritual tool which corresponds to the wand or athame.

Added: 02/12/2001

Stang

Stang

Ritual tool from Pagan Rome which resembles a two-pronged trident. Often used in place of the wand or circle.

Added: 02/12/2001

Subconscious Mind

Subconscious Mind

Part of the mind which functions below the levers we are able to access in the course of a normal working day. This area stores symbolic knowledge, dreams, the most minute details of every experience ever had by a person.

Added: 02/12/2001

Summerland

Summerland

The Pagan Land of the Dead.

Added: 02/12/2001

Sunna

Sunna

The Old High German Sun goddess is Sunna. In the Norse traditions, every day, Sól rode through the sky on her chariot.

Added: 28/01/2012 18:07:00

Sympathetic Magick

Sympathetic Magick

Concept of likes attract. Most common way spells are worked.

Added: 02/12/2001

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