A term derived from Alchemy and used.to denote the supposed liquid, a draught of which would give eternal life or some similar required extension or intensification of being.
While in popular imagination the Elixir is regarded as being a liquid, the early alchemical manuscripts also often describe it as a powder. The origin of the term is probably Arabic, for a word of similar sound denotes a powder used for healing wounds.
Sometimes it was believed that the Elixir was the so-called Philospher's Stone, which could be used to turn base metals into gold or silver.
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 defintion 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 differring practices amongst Christians concerning Baptism and the different attitudes towards women in the clergy.
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