Week 13 – Glossary of Terms

August 18, 2010 at 12:57 pm (Glossary of Terms)

Sacred Space – Space that is used for magickal work or worship. Purpose is to change the vibration of energy. Not the physical place that becomes sacred, but rather the special nature of energy raised by cleansing that creates the sacred space.

Negative Energy – “Negative” energy is energy that detracts from the work that you’re doing or the quality of energy. This is not the same as “evil.” This is unfocused energy. Undirected or polluted with various emotional charges that tend to hamper the free flow of consciously directed energy. Cleanse the area of negative energy for the area in which you’ll be practicing or in your home. Cleanse an area or home with white sage. Cleanse weekly.

Circle Dance – Ancient form of spiritual expression. Joining hands in a circle to raise and transfer energy. Christians called this “caroling.” An unbroken circuit to build energy.  The leader of the dance then throws their hands up to indicate that it’s time to focus the energy into the cone of power and release it.

Ceremonial Magick – Tradition followed by Pagans and Judeo-Christians derived from Hermeticism and Alchemical thought. Precise and dogmatic with a strong emphasis on specific words, actions, and tools. We do not follow this dogma or precision because we create our own practices. Deals with groups of creatures that the magician controls. Wizardry is a form of ceremonial magick.

Androgynous – Characteristics of both sexes. Spirit and matter represent both energies of male and female. Many deities are androgynous including Ishtar. The Goddess before breaking off a piece of her to make the God was androgynous.

Universal Deity – The One Power which encompasses all regional aspects (personal) of deity. The infinite power is Universal Deity.

Personal Deity – Individual aspects of deity portrayed in human terms.

Seven Great Powers – Seven basic archetypes that personal deities tend to correspond.

Pantheon – Grouping of deity associated with specific time or culture. Examples: Egyptian, Roman, Greek, etc.

Patron Deity – Particular goddess/god that one feels at home with. Oftentimes people have more than one, but one will often dominate.


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