Week 4 – Glossary of Terms

June 2, 2010 at 3:00 am (Glossary of Terms)

Vortices – Energy centers or chakras of the earth. The earth’s energy is stronger and more easily interacted with at these points. Receive and send energy. Used as worship centers just as the chakra points are connected with meridians that transport energy between them, vortices have ley lines between them.

“As above, so below” – Attributed to Egyptian Hermes, Trismagistus whose emerald tablet are the tradition of hermetic teaching. All of creation, grand or small. All forms of divination are present at all levels.

Involution – “God fell into matter.” Slows down energy, physicalizing it. Gives an impression of the Goddess. All things must adopt a highly personal view before widening their view. Going inside, narrowing one’s view to the extremely personal level.

Evolution – Coming out from the separate and personal toward the unified and divine. Evolution increases the vibration and lightens the density. Becoming progressively less physical. Returning to the Goddess and to the perspective of universality. When the involutionary process has reached its end, the next step is evolution as in the sacred labyrinth.

Dark Half – Process of involution, looking inward. Things narrow, appear to become constrained. Night, dark half, waning moon.

Light Half – Process of evolution, looking outward. Things widen. Day, light half, waxing moon.

Wheel of the Year – Yearly cycle of the seasons and the festivals. Personal, seasonal, and divine level.

Sabbat – Major pagan festival. 4 grand (feminine): Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasaddh. 4 lesser (masculine): Ostara, Litha, Mabon, Yule and are reflections of the solar positions. All of the female holidays are on the first of the month. All male sabbats are between 20-22nd of the month.

Esbat – Monthly ceremony tied to the cycle of the moon. 13 full moon esbats in a year. Commonly held at the new or full moon and also dark moon.


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