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Glossary of Wiccan, Neo-Pagan and Occult Terminology

ELF FIRE

This is Ignis fatuus, or "foolish fire".   It is the name given to fire obtained by rubbing two pieces of wood together, and is used in superstitious ways.   Amongst the Russian peasantry it is believed that these wandering lights are souls of still-born children, who do not desire to lure people from the path, but who get no rest till they find their bodies.


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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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