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Glossary of Wiccan, Neo-Pagan and Occult Terminology

THOTH (aka 'Thothi', 'Tahuti', 'Khonsu', 'Djehuti', 'Theutys')


The Egyptian equivalent of Hermes, Thoth, "Keeper of knowledge", was the Egyptian god of Magick.   Thoth in his Khonsu aspect is a lunar god.   Believed to guide the intellect, wisdom, magick, clarity, writing and magickal and other record-keeping.   He was a stable sage and arbiter of the gods, their constant advisor, and Wizard.   It was his magical formulae that the dead needed to know in order to pass through the Underworld unscathed.

Thoth is far more than the God of language.   It is in the invention of language that both the phenomenological and the material worlds are born.   But language is the connection we make with the millions of things in the universe and, similarly, Thoth is the connection or Fohat of the Gods to their creative acts.   He is the neter of the neteru.

In Egyptian mythology, Thoth is the product of a homosexual union between Set (Seth) and Horus.

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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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