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Glossary of Wiccan, Neo-Pagan and Occult Terminology

WATCHTOWERS

In ancient times, towers were constructed bearing the symbols of the Watchers, as a form of worship and their symbols were set upon the Towers for the purpose of evocation.   These towers were called Ziggurats (cosmic mountains) and were said to have been 270 feet high.   In part they served as primitive astronomical observatories, and were built with seven terraces representing the seven known planets of their era.

In Ceremonial Magick, during the "Rites of Calling" the Watchers symbols were traced in the air using torches or ritual wands, and the secret names of the Watchers were called out.

The Watchtowers from the Enochian branch of Ceremonial Magick, have become incorporated into many Traditions of Wicca, these are the four elemental "directions" or "quarters" (corresponding to the appropriate points on the compass) called to protect the Magick Circle during its establishment.   Each of them have a correspondence between the compass point, an element, and (varying amongst different traditions) colour associated with them.

As such, the term is used to signify four symbolic edifices standing at the compass quarters, north, south, east and west, of the Magick Circle and reflecting four aspects of consciousness which the Wiccan initiate must achieve in order to reach a perfect inner state.

see also: WATCHERS; FOUR QUARTERS, The; WITCHES' CIRCLE


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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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