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Glossary of Wiccan, Neo-Pagan and Occult Terminology

EOSTRE

(1) An Anglo-Saxon fertility Goddess of Spring and the derivation of the Christian title 'Easter'.   Now part of the modem Neo-Pagan tradition, little detail is known of her cult or personality.

(2) The common American name for the festival celebrated by modem Witches at the Vernal Equinox on 20 or 21 March in the Northern Hemisphere or September 22 or 23 in the Southern Hemisphere.   It is one of eight major annual festivals or Sabbats derived from ancient European Pagan festivals marking changes of the seasons.   British witches continue to call in the Spring Equinox.


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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.

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