ENCAUSSE, Gerard (1865-1921)
Best known as Papus, author of a standard textbook on the Tarot (The Tarot of the Gipsies), he was something of an occult 'all-rounder', famous for his talent as an alchemist, astrologer, healer and ritual magician. (see also RITUAL or CEREMONIAL MAGIC)
His other books are now difficult to obtain; they include 'The Knowledge of the Magi', 'The Kabbala' and a 'Treatise on Practical Magic'.
During the First World War Papus made several predictions about German strategy which are said to have been remarkably accurate.
The members of his Ordre des Inconnus Silencieux are thought still to meet in Paris.
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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