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Glossary of Wiccan, Neo-Pagan and Occult Terminology


In its largest sense the word means simply "clear-hearing."   In occult thought, Clairaudience is a spiritual faculty, that is, the perception of sounds, voices and music not audible to normal hearing.   The phenomenon occurs in mystical and Trance experiences - shamans, prophets, priests, saints and mystics throughout history have been guided by clairaudient voices, usually interpreted as the voice of God, angels, spirit guides or some other spiritual or divine essence.   The ancient Greeks believed that Daimons, intermediate beings between human beings and the gods, whispered advice in the ears of men.

Clairaudience, which is similar to clairvoyance, is the psychic ability to hear things from afar.   Both phenomena can occur in normal state of consciousness, but also can be induced by drugs, fasting, illness, hyperesthesia, or scrying.

Many New Agers hold that the power to hear with the inner ear enables you to hear anything you will, and at whatever distance, whether on Mars, or on the Sun, or on the Moon, or on Jupiter, or perhaps even on some distant star, or easily anywhere on Earth.   Having this spiritual clairaudience, it is claimed by some that you can hear the grass grow, and that hearing will be to you like a symphonic musical poem.   Some claim that one can hear the celestial orbs singing their songs as they advance along their orbits through space, because everything that is, is in movement, producing sound, simple or composite as the case may be.

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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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