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Glossary of Wiccan, Neo-Pagan and Occult Terminology

KINESTHETIC MEMORY

Kinesthetic memory is the awareness of one's orientation in space, and the way muscular movements combined with movement can be used to heighten awareness of what is generally identified as the Body of Light (Astral Light), the Astral Body or Double.   In this exercise one learns through imagination how to use and sense one's astral body.  

First, the arm is moved slowly while becoming aware of the muscular changes, resistance of air surrounding the arm, and the movement of joints and bones.   After physically doing this several times, one evokes the sensations while imagining his arm moving.   Practice increases the vividness of the sensations.   Then one, using the same method, raises the right arm, then the left, and then both arms; as soon as this becomes easier, then one can likewise manipulate other parts of the body, say the legs.

With the mastery of such manipulations one soon finds that he can freely move about in the body.   The astral body has many magical applications such as rehearsing potentially difficult tasks, Shape-shifting (Metamorphosis), invocations, and exploration of dream and liminal trances.


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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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