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Glossary of Wiccan, Neo-Pagan and Occult Terminology

EGG, Orphean

The cosmic belief of the legendary hero Orpheus.   He declared, "God, the uncreated and incomprehensible Being, created all things, the ether proceeded from him; from this unshapely chaos and the dark night arose, which covered all things.   The unshapen mass formed into the shape of an egg, from which all things have proceeded".

According to this belief, the whole universe has the form of an egg, and everything in it strives to attain that form.   The Orphean concept of an universal soul permeating the whole of nature has some relationship to animal magnetism as well as other pantheistic beliefs (see PANTHEISM).

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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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