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Glossary of Wiccan, Neo-Pagan and Occult Terminology


The ancient Chinese occult study of the hidden currents and forces that cover the surface of the earth, and is known in the West as one branch of Geomancy.

Feng-shui in Chinese means 'wind' and 'water'.   The direction and spiritual qualities of these forces are of paramount importance in determining the suitability of locations for living, burial and religious centres.

The practice is based upon the belief that a house or building should not be built or situated contrary to a neighbouring house.   A corner of one house should not face the side of a neighbouring house, it if does the occupant or owner of the latter believes that a great misfortune will befall him.   Long standing feuds have resulted from such unfortunate actions.

Those who practise the discipline of Feng-shui claim to have an intimate knowledge of the workings of the magnetic Kung-lei ('Dragon paths'), which trace out the powerful earth currents and which appear to be the equivalent of the Ley Lines.

Feng-shui was first written down in the ninth Century by Yang Yun-sung, and other versions followed.

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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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