The East corresponds to the element Air, to the mind, dawn, spring, to pale, airy colors, white and violet, to the eagle and high-flying birds, and the power of knowledge. It is connected to the rising of the sun and moon. East is the portal to enlightenment. Some Witchcraft Traditions orient their altars toward the East, while others have them facing North.
The East usually corresponds to the element Water, to emotions, to dawn, autumn, to deep blues, and sea greens, to sea serpents, dolphins, fish, to the power or strength to dare. However, in my old Coven - the 'Circle of the Mystic Moon' - like many others on the West Coast of Australia, we used the 'standard' Northern Hemisphere Corrospndances for East and West. Some Covens orient their altars toward the East, while others, including my old Coven, have them facing South.
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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