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CAGLIOSTRO, Alessandro di, Count (1743-95)

His real name was Guiseppe Balsamo but he changed it to Count Cagliostro during his early travels, which took him to Greece, Malta and Egypt.   He also visited Rhodes, where he studied occultism under Althotas.   On returning to Italy he married Lorenza Feliciani, and the happy couple promptly set out on a grand tour of Europe during which they amassed a considerable fortune through the sale of love philtres, rejuvenating Potions and alchemical catalysts.   But things did not always go well for the count; he was incarcerated in the Bastille and later spent time in the Fleet Prison in London.

His luck finally deserted him on a visit to Rome in 1789, when he was arrested and sentenced to death for being a heretic.   The sentence was commuted to life imprisonment, and after enduring great hardship Cagliostro died in San Leo Prison in 1795.


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One of the major problems with 'defining' Paganism and/or its beliefs and practices is that it is an 'organic' movement, in that it is undergoing constant change and re-evaluation from within, and as such any 'one-size-fits-all' approach to understanding Paganism will be found wanting.

Due to the very 'organic' nature of Paganism, and the many differing Paths and Traditions within it, in many cases no one definition may be universally accepted by all Pagans.   Therefore, where such cases of possible conflicting and/or contradictory meanings of certain terms occur I have endevoured to give not only the generally accepted meaning, but also any major 'variations' in belief and/or practice.

Christians who believe this difference in meaning of certain key terms, beliefs and practices to be unique to Paganism need to remember that such conflicts also arise within the Body of Christ - the Church.   Take for instance the differing practices amongst Christians concerning Baptism and the different attitudes towards women in the clergy.

- Jean-Luc



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