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Gabba
A Goddess of the "Abyss", a crone aspect of the "Dark" All Mother, and one of the Dark Queens. She is mysterious and works in such ways. Her magickal symbol is the Celtic endless weave or knot.
Gaea/Gaia
The earth, seen as a living, though supernatural, entity.
Gaian
One who believes in focusing their spirituality on the Earth (Gaia). May include some Pagans, Wiccans, Creation-Centered Christians, Scientific Pantheists and others.
Gardner, Gerald B.
The man credited with the Pagan revival in England in the 1950's. The first person to declare himself a witch since before the Persecutions. He has written many, many books on the topic, actually making him one of the forefathers of modern pagan literature and texts.
Gardnerian
Of or relating to Gerald Gardner, who is credited with reviving Wicca in modern times.
Garnet
A magickal stone whose qualities are that of physical strength, imagination, flow, love, and passion.
Garter
A band of cloth, leather, or metal that is worn on the arm or around the leg. The Garter is also used in certain Traditions of witchcraft as a symbol of rank in the clergy. There are many variations on exactly how a garter should be made based on design and materials and these variation depend on the Tradition.
Gastromancy
Ancient form of ventriloquism whereby the voice is lowered to a sepulchral tone and prophetic utterances are delivered in a trance state.
Gebo
This is the Norse rune symbolizing the giving and receiving in life. Written like an X it represents the giver and the taker, is also the coming together of two elements that work together.
Geis/Gwelt
(Geisa pl.) Prohibition against doing something, but at the same time a source of power.
Geller Effect
One or more psi talents (including bonding control) that enable the user to bend metal objects without touching them, named after this century’s best known user, Uri Geller. The effect is real and has been done by Geller and others under impeccable laboratory controls, regardless of the disputes by Geller’s detractors.
Geloscopy
Divination from the tone of someone’s laughter.
General Extrasensory Perception
(GESP) A term used when two or more forms of ESP are operating at the same time.
Genethlialogy
Divination by the influences of the stars at birth.
Gentry
The way elves and faeries prefer to be referred.
Geomancer
Someone who practices the art of geomancy, which is a system of divination that consists of making a random number of marks either on paper or a shallow box filled with earth, then constructing a pattern of dots from those marks, which are then interpreted for the answer.
Geomancy
Divination by interpreting dots on dirt particles or marks on the Earth.
Geomantic System
Any system that draws its interpretive values from the earth's configurations or patterns. Soil scattering, cloud scrying, Feng Shui, and similar systems are all geomantic.
Germ Theory
1In Tantra, the theory that every entity has a germinal or root sound, the repetition of which can create that entity. 2In the West, a folk belief that all diseases are caused by miniature demons called “germs” or “viruses.”
Germatria
A practice that attaches a number equivalent to each letter in a word. Germatria was initially connected to the Hebrew language; however its tenets can by applied to any language.
Ghost
An astral body or spiritual entity showing itself as a human being, only hazy or less dense than a physical body. Most often a soul that has transitioned to death, but does not want or does not know they have passed. Seen always in full form from head to toe. Can also be called a phantom.
Glainnaider/Glain-nan-Druidhe
"Druids glass," a magickal amulet.
Glam-Dichenn
A satire.
Glamour
A magickal illusion used to disguise.
Glyph
A design depicting a principle or concept.
Gnomes
An “entity” or “elemental” that dwells in the plane of Earth or is associated with the Earth Element.
Gobannon
Also "Govannon", "Goibniu". A blacksmith God of magick. His magickal symbols are blacksmithing tools and the 'transforming' fire.
Goblet
The ritual Cup of Love. It has a stem that separates the base from the cup. Traditionally, this sacred object is made of metal or clay (glass), symbolizing the element of Water (and the Goddess). (See Chalice)
God
Masculine aspect of deity. (See Lord)
“God or Goddess, Thou Art”
A statement of divine immanence common among Neopagans, originally from Robert Heinlein’s book, Stranger in a Strange Land. Most especially used within the 'Church of All Worlds'.
God Voice
Building up force and intoning a word or sound from deep within.
Goddess
Feminine aspect of deity. (See Lady)
Goddess Mother
A Wiccan godmother.
Godling
A young or minor deity.
Goetia
Pertaining to non-religious magical methods or systems, hence many forms of spell craft.
Golem
An artificial person given life by the carving of a Sacred Name upon his or her forehead and usually used as a slave. Has deeper meanings in real Hebrew Mysticism, in which we are all golems in some sense.
Gothic
Of the Northern-European Pagan traditions and/or cultural tribes other than Celtic. These include Norse, Germanic, Icelandic, Dutch, Swedish, etc.
Grail
A magickal cup cauldron or horn used primarily in Celtic and European traditions. Utilized as a grail, these vessels hold elixirs for healing, wines for ceremonial rituals, or as a symbol of the 'water of life'.
Grain Dolly
A figure usually woven at Lammas from dried sheaves of grain collected the previous harvest. The dolly is traditionally burned at Yule. (See Corn Dolly)
Grand Druid
The leader of the High Council of Nine. This is the "Pope" of Celtic Druidism.
Grandfather
The third, and eldest, aspect of the God.
Graphology
Analysis of character through handwriting.
Grave Goods
Is not stuff dug up from graves or grave stones. This is a collection of memorabilia, collected for someone who has just passed over, often then contained in a bag, then buried or cremated when the person is done. It can be things like pictures or herbs to 'good wishes' and spells of an easy transformation.
Gravity Control
A psychic talent for altering the gravitational fields in a particular location, such as in a room or around an object or being.
Gray Magic
Magic that is neither “black” nor “white,” hence morally neutral, at least according to those who use these quaint terms.
Great Adventure, The
The cycle of life: Birth, Life, Death, and Rebirth.
Great Days
These are the names the ancient Celts gave to the times of the year when the Sun and the Earth are aligned in specific positions, in particular the solstices, equinoxes and cross-quarter days, they are known as the Sabbats.
Great Rite
Symbolic sexual union of the Goddess and God that is generally enacted at Beltane in many traditions. It symbolizes the primal act of creation from which all life comes. It may also be used to bind a person to the land, in which case it is frequently referred to as the sacred marriage.
Great Spirit
Often associated with Native American terminology, this is a label assigned to the Divine force of all creation. Like the God/Goddess of the Pagan, the Great Spirit symbolizes all aspects of the Universe. Can also be associated to Celtic beliefs as the Great Spirits, making the word plural to fully recognize that all things are part of the Divine forces of all creation.
Green Man
Another name for the God, referring to his aspect as Lord of the Woodlands.
Grimoire
A magickal workbook containing ritual information, formulas, magickal properties of natural objects and preparation of ritual equipment. Often used interchangeably with Book of Shadows.
Grounding and Centering
The process of connecting oneself to the Earth (grounding) and aligning one’s own energy flow (also called centering). It is absolutely necessary to Ground and Center before one does any work at all involving energy or power. If you don’t, you are likely to have a simply horrific headache, at the very lease. You may also faint dead away, or become quite ill.
Group Mind
1A section of the Switchboard consisting of two or more metapatterns linked into an identity circuit. Term is used for those formed telepathically in rituals but can also be used to refer to mobs or other cases of crowd hysteria. 2The establishing of perfect love and perfect trust among a group of individuals.
Grove
1An organized group of Pagans. 2A clearing in a woodland or forest in which Witches have their covenstead. Sacred land of a pagan, witch, or coven.
Guardian Angel
An angelic being who watches over the souls of several individuals simultaneously. A force that can be called upon for protection, assistance in rituals or for help in gaining clarity on issues in ones life.
Guardians
The creatures or angels that protect the four corners (the elements) of the Circle.
Guides
A spiritual being who assists an individual through certain aspects of their life. There are four types of spiritual guides in ones life: Spirit Guide, Relative Guide, Guardian Angel, Master Teacher. Always seen from head to torso, floating on air; never with legs and feet.
Gwalchmei
Called the "Hawk' or 'Falcon of May", as the son of the Goddess "Mei". He is a God of love and music. His magickal symbols are raptors and the fields at hunting times — early morning and late afternoon.
Gwyddon
Magician; Wise One, Astrologer, and/or Healer.
Gwyddonic Druidism
A Druidic pagan tradition which focuses greatly on the concept of Oneness. (See Oneness.)
Gwydion
Is the son of Danu ("Don"). He is a God of kindness, the arts, eloquence, and magick; a master of illusion and fantasy, and helper of humankind. He is the brother of Gobannon and Amaethon. He is brother and Consort to Arianhrod. A bard and magician, Prince of the powers of Air, and a shape-shifter. He is a great enchanter and healer and his magickal symbol is the harp.
Gwyn ap Nudd
Also "Gwyn". A God of the Wild Hunt, of the death chase, and of the Otherworld. He is the hunter of souls and lord of the unmanifested. His magickal symbol is his companion; a large white hound with red ears named "Dormarth".
Gyromancy
Divination procedure where a person walks in a circle marked with letters until they become dizzy and stumble at different points, thus spelling out a prophesy.
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