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Glossary of Wiccan, Neo-Pagan and Occult Terminology

DAIMONS

Daimon is the Greek derivative for the term demon.   In this sense the term "demon" means "replete with knowledge."   The ancient Greeks thought there were good and bad demons called 'eudemons' and 'cacodemons.' The term 'daimon' means "divine power," "fate" or "god."

Daimons, in Greek mythology, included deified heroes.   They were considered intermediary spirits between men and the gods.   Good daimons were considered to be Guardian Spirits, giving guidance and protection to the ones they watched over.   Bad daimons led people astray.

Socrates said he had a life-time daimon that always warned him of danger and bad judgment, but never directed his actions.   He said his daimon was more accurate than omens of either watching the flights or reading the entrails of birds (see AUGURY), which were two respected forms of divination of the time.

see also: DEMONS


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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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