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LAW OF IDENTIFICATION or IMITATION

"It is possible through maximum association of the elements of one's own metapattern and those of another being's to actually become that being, at least to the point of sharing its knowledge and wielding its power."

The Law of Identification or Imitation is where one entity assumes the characteristics of another.   The more the first entity knows about the second the better the imitation.   If this produces a strong association between both entities it might almost involve becoming the other entity itself.   A temporary identification can be considered a divine or spirit possession.

This law is used by Wiccans when invoking the spirit of the Mother Goddess to enter the high priestess (see DRAWING DOWN THE MOON) and Cernunnous to enter the high priest.

see also: LAWS OF MAGIC


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PLEASE NOTE:
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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