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Glossary of Wiccan, Neo-Pagan and Occult Terminology


A vibration that is issued or comes from a single source.   In mysticism the world is sometimes considered to be the most physical, dense, or "gross" emanation of the godhead.   The mystical cosmologies of the Kabbalah, Gnosticism and Neo-Platonism conceived the Creation process in this way.

In the Kabbalah, for example, there are ten emanations, or sephiroth, fcrom Air Soph Aur - the limitless light.   These emanations are manifested through Four Worlds, which were successively more dense.   They were named Atziluth, Briah, Yetzirah, and Assiah, respectively.

see also: KABBALAH

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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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