LAW OF CONTAGION
"Objects or beings in physical or psychic contact with each other continue to interact after spacial or temporal separation."
The Law of Contact or Contagion, the second sublaw of the Law of Association, follows from the Law of Similarity. This law states that things which have once been in contact with each other continue to act on each other at a distance even after physical contact has been severed.
This can be shown by the following example: the something or commodity "C" which is similar to and was shared by thing "A" and thing "B" can after its detachment from "A" and "B" affect or control either or both. The mutual, influencing effect or control these things exert upon each other is dependent upon the greatness with which "C" was shared.
see also: LAWS OF MAGIC
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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