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Glossary of Wiccan, Neo-Pagan and Occult Terminology

DEW

In ancient times this was considered to be a fertile substance left by Eos, the Goddess of the Dawn.   The Goddess Diana was known as The Dewy One.

In the dry warm climate of southern Europe the dew was essential for plant life.   That this life-giving and fertile quality of liquids was believed to be under the power of the Goddess as is apparent in an ancient fertility rite from southern Europe:   A woman who wishes to become pregnant would lie nude on her back, beneath the full moon until sunrise.   Thus was she covered with a bath of dew; considered to be a powerful Potion for fertility.


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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.

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