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Glossary of Wiccan, Neo-Pagan and Occult Terminology

DANCE

Ritual Dancing

One of the devices of Pagan ritual adopted since prehistoric times to invoke the spirit world: In Wicca it is one of the so-called eight-fold paths, designed to raise supernatural power or to release the latent powers within the human body.

One very famous Wiccan dance is "the Spiral Dance". The term spiral describes the circular and upward movement of the Cone of Power created by the action of the dance which is conducted with alternate male and female dancers joining hands and progressing in a single or, less frequently, double ring.

When a large Magickal Circle is cast, the dancers may move gradually towards the centre, emphasizing the spiral nature of the ritual.


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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.

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