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Glossary of Wiccan, Neo-Pagan and Occult Terminology

COMMUNION
a.k.a. 'Agapé', 'Cakes and Wine', 'Cakes and Ale'

In Wicca and some other forms of Neo-Paganism, the part of a Coven meeting during which consecrated cakes and wine and/or ale are consumed.

The practice should not be regarded as a parody on the Christian Eucharist, as it has much older, pre-Christian origins and first stemmed from Mesopotamian culture where, in Sumeria, Assyria and Babylon, there existed Traditions of baking cakes in honour of the Queen of Heaven, Ishtar.

see also: LIBATION


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PLEASE NOTE:
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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