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Ḡāēä ― A phonetically constructed word based on the Archaic Ægean Earth Mother Goddess name Ge; normally spelled Gaea or Gaia in English; who is seen as the Ensoulment of the Planet itself. One of Her primary attributes is normally considered to be: existing as the Birth Mother of Humanity.Ḡāēä, known as Earth or Mother Earth (the Greek common noun for "land" is ge or ga). She was an early Earth Goddess and it is written that Ḡāēä was born from Chaos, the great void of emptiness within the universe, and with her came Eros. She gave birth to Pontus (the Sea) and Uranus (the Sky). This was achieved parthenogenetically (without male intervention). Other versions say that Ḡāēä had as siblings Tartarus (the lowest part of the earth, below Hades itself) and Eros, and without a mate, gave birth to Uranus (Sky), Ourea (Mountains) and Pontus (Sea). Ḡāēä took as her husband Uranus, who was also her son, and their offspring included the Titans, six sons and six daughters. She gave birth to the Cyclopes and to three monsters that became known as the "Hecatoncheires". The spirits of punishment known as the Erinyes were also offspring of Ḡāēä and Uranus. The Gigantes, finally, were conceived after Uranus had been castrated by his son Cronus, and his blood fell to earth from the open wound. To protect her children from her husband, (the Cyclopes and the Hecatoncheires, as he was fearful of their great strength), Ḡāēä hid them all within herself. One version says that Uranus was aghast at the sight of his offspring so he hid them away in Tartarus, which are the bowels of the earth. Ḡāēä herself found her offspring uncomfortable and at times painful, when the discomfort became to much to bear she asked her youngest son Cronus to help her. She asked him to castrate Uranus, thus severing the union between the Earth and Sky, and also to prevent more monstrous offspring. To help Cronus achieve his goal Ḡāēä produced an adamantine sickle to serve as the weapon. Cronus hid until Uranus came to lay with Ḡāēä and as Uranus drew near, Cronus struck with the sickle, cutting the genitalia from Uranus. Blood fell from the severed genitals and came in contact with the earth and from that union was born the Erinyes (Furies), the Giants and the Meliae (Nymphs of the manna ash trees). After the separation of the Earth from the Sky, Ḡāēä gave birth to other offspring, these being fathered by Pontus. Their names were the sea-god Nereus, Thaumas, Phorcys, Ceto and Eurybia. In other versions Ḡāēä had offspring to her brother Tartarus; they were Echidna and Typhon, the later being an enemy of Zeus. Apollo killed Typhon when he took control of the oracle at Delphi, which Ḡāēä originally provided, and then the "Sibyl" sang the oracle in Ḡāēä's shrine. It was Ḡāēä who saved Zeus from being swallowed by Cronus, after Zeus had been born, Ḡāēä helped Rhea to wrap a stone in swaddling clothes, this was to trick Cronus in to thinking it was Zeus, because Cronus had been informed that one of his children would depose him, and so to get rid of his children he had swallowed them, Ḡāēä's trick worked and Zeus was then taken to Crete. Ḡāēä being the primordial element from which all the gods originated was worshiped throughout Greece, but later she went into decline and was supplanted by other gods. In Roman mythology she was known as Tellus or Terra. Ḡāēä is one of the three most frequently used names used for the planet of Humanity's birth, also called Earth and Terra. Some Traditions teach that the term Earth refers to the physical body of the planet, Terra refers to the mental body of the planet, and Ḡāēä refers to the enlightened spiritual body of the planet. And further that there is no separation between the Human's physical/mental/spiritual bodies and the Planet's Earth/Terra/Ḡāēä bodies, not simply reflections of each other, one and the same. Enlightenment could also be described as the ultimate balancing of these three bodies -physical, mental and spiritual.

ḠāēäH̅ēℓ' ℓ ēōs̄ (day of the Week) ― In the Garden of Life Temple Calendar, the Year, being the Year of the Lady, begins, as it always has, on the Vernal Equinox. Each month is named according to the name of the Astrological Sign and begins when the Sun enters that Sign. The Seven Day Week is used though with different names for the days of the Week. ḠāēäH̅ēℓ' ℓ ēōs̄ is equivalent to the day referred to as "Sunday" in the Western mainstream vernacular. The sequence: ḠāēäH̅ēℓ' ℓ ēōs̄, Âʀ̄ṭĭṃĭṡS̅ŭℓēṇH̅êк̣'к̄ŭt̄ā, H̅ēя̇'m̃ēżÆθēñä, Я̅ℎ⃥āä, Åя̄ēżÅя̇ōs̄, Åṗ'f̅я̄ōīṭē, Īäк̣'к̄ōṡК̅я̄ōñōs̄, corresponds to: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Ḡāēäñ ― The adjective form of the above phonetically constructed Goddess Name.

Ḡāēäñ ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents which holds teachings originating in and/or interpolations thereon as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm.

Ḡāēä (nomenclature vulgaris: Earth) (Local Star System Component) ― Ḡāēä is the name used in Garden of Life Astrological Terminology for the component of our local star system, referred to as "Earth" in the Western mainstream vernacular. Garden of Life uses either terms from the earlier Ægean languages or words constructed from root words in those languages for all components of the Cosmos, or at least for those of the local Universe; partially due to a feeling that the earlier terms represent a more exact and purer resonance with the named object, force, and/or field, than the Latinate term commonly used (theory of deterioration of quality in a copy of a copy of a copy, etc.); and partially because, though we sometimes use, within the Temple, terms for these components derived from Ægyptian culture, and in some cases Sanatana Dharma and Sanskrit, and/or other ancient sources, those seemed a bit "over the top" for daily use (but we never can tell). Also there was a desire to rebalance the Feminine and Masculine Energies in the naming of the Planets and other components of the local star system.

Ḡêя̄ōñt̄ē ― Ḡêя̄ōñt̄ē is a phonetically constructed word based on a Greek root word meaning Old Age used within the context of the Temple to refer to the stage of Old Age past regular lucidity, normally characterised by an increasing disengagement and detachment from the Consensus Reality.

Ḡêя̄ōñt̄ē Passage ― Garden of Life considers Werks acknowledging and/or commemorating Passages from one stage of a lifecycle to the next as Pagan Sacraments. The timing of such Celebrations are not determined solely by physical ages but by the Individuals actual attainment of that stage. Ḡêя̄ōñt̄ē Passage and/or the Detachment Transition and/or Perfectioning - the Individual and/or their family and friends may choose to have a formal Circle acknowledging this transition. This period is considered by some to be a preparation for the period between lives and/or the next incarnation.

Ḡя̇æf̅ōṡ'ṡĭñ ― A phonetically constructed word based on the Greek root meaning Writings, in the context of the Temple, the reference is to a person who deals with the Important Writings within a particular Office in a preliminary RecordKeeping manner.

Ḡя̇æf̅ōṡ'ṡĭñç ― Plural of Ḡя̇æf̅ōṡ'ṡĭñ.

Ḡя̇æf̅ōṡ'ṡĭñç Guild

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Gaia Hypothesis ― Some would say that the Name Gaia is one of three terms for our planet including Earth, Terra and Gaia. Within this system Earth refers to the physical body of the planet, Terra refers to the mental body of the planet, and Gaia refers to the enlightened spiritual body of the planet. Enlightenment could also be described as the balancing of these three bodies -physical, mental and spiritual. Understand that there is no separation between the your physical/mental/spiritual bodies and the planet's Earth/Terra/Gaia bodies. They are not simply reflections of each other, they are one and the same! You are from the same total pool of intelligence that creates matter. Choose to remember this fact

Galdr ― When used in reference to an Officiant in Nordic and/or Germanic Tradition Werkings, the term Galdr indicates the vocalizations utilized as part of the Werking, Galdr is a song or howling by which a Poem, Statement of Intent, or Incantation, written in runes is made active, this may include general spell-casting as well (within those Traditions); Galdr are generally specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same.

see also: Forms & Techniques, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Game Theory ― Game Theory when the term is used precisely rather than as a metaphor, indicates a type of mathematical formalism used to study human games, economics, military conflicts, and biology. The goal of game theory is to find the optimal strategy for one player to use when his opponent also plays optimally. A strategy may incorporate randomness, in which case it is referred to as a mixed strategy. Game theory is in part based on the premise that no matter what the game, no matter what the circumstances, there is a strategy that will enable you to succeed. Also as a branch of applied mathematics that studies strategic situations in which individuals or organisations choose various actions in an attempt to maximize their returns.

Garden Design ― When the term Garden Design is used in the context of the various categories of Art, it normally refers to

See also: Spatial Arts, Art

Garden of Life ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents holding the Sacredness of the Earth, and the connections between Sentients, the Belief that there are countless ways for Individuals to commune with Divinity, and that Spirituality requires direct experience with no intermediary necessary as primary or critical parameters of their Spiritual Paradigm. The Garden of Life organization, represented by this website, is a branch of a Spiritual Current, of which the current incarnation began Winter Solstice, Year of the Lady, 11339, or in the vernacular: 21 December 1973ce. It draws from many root Cultures, primarily Ægyptian, Sumerian and Arcadian. A principal emphasis is on Celebration of the various Cycles of Nature. Another is on chosen Community, perhaps a new Tribalism, and the Sacramental nature of communication between sentients. (see also: The Garden of Life Statement of Intent, The Garden of Life List of Sacraments, The Garden of Life Charter, The Garden of Life Creed, and other Formalizing/Founding Documents)

Garden of Life Formalization/Founding Documents
          about the Garden of Life Formalization/Founding Documents
          The Garden of Life Statement Of Intent
          The Garden of Life Handbook Of Ritual Celebration
          The Garden of Life List Of Sacraments
          The Garden of Life Creed
          The Garden of Life Charter
          The Garden of Life Ēк̄'к̄ēç'çēäᴌ Structure
          The Garden of Life Articles Of Organization
          The Garden of Life Bylaws
          The Garden of Life Spiritual Evolution Classification List

GARDEN OF LIFE LIST OF SACRAMENTS:

          CLEARING / CLEANSING

          CONSECRATION

          NEGATIVE CONFESSION

          WERKING

          CATALYZATION

          ANNOINTMENT

          COMMUNION

          EVOCATION / INVOCATION

          MANIFESTATION / SHOWING

          BUILDING

          SENDING

          KAOSIZATION

          KRYSALIZATION

          LETTING-GO

          HEALING

          AFFIRMATION OF ORDINATION

          AFFIRMATION OF CLASSIFICATION

          ACCREDITATION

          PASSAGE

          PERFECTIONING

          JOINING

          SWAN SONG

          ASSISTING IN THE TRANSLATION OF PLANES

Garden of Life Temple Celebrations
          Celebratory Rites and Festivals of Ḡāēä
          Lunar Celebratory Rites and Festivals
          Solar Celebratory Rites and Festivals
          Special Sacramental Celebrations
          Informal Spiritual Celebrations
          Θê'ēäñäд'äs̄ĭż

Garden of Life Temple Terminology ― A special collection of words and phrases, officially designated as terminology to be used within the Garden of Life Temple context. Some words are constructed from original roots, normally from Ægyptian, Sumerian, and Ægean root words. Sometimes a word which is used in a different sense from the way it is used in mainstream parlance, is set aside by a different spelling.

Gardnerian Wicca ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents as such, and holding the Wiccan teachings of Gerald Gardner as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. Gardnerian Wicca is a Wiccan tradition founded by Gerald Gardner, and the first denomination of Wicca to make itself known publicly. It is disputed to be the original form of Wicca versus Alexandrian Wiccan. Gardner claimed to have been initiated into a surviving Coven of Traditional Witches in the New Forest by "Old Dorothy" Clutterbuck in 1939. Gardner was accused of inventing the whole concept of Wicca and of getting Aleister Crowley to write its rituals although the Gardnerian Book of Shadows is a compilation from various sources, much of it actually contributed by Doreen Valiente. The Gardnerian tradition places emphasis on the Goddess over the God, has a degree system of advancement and does not allow for self-initiation. Covens work skyclad and aim to equal numbers of male and female, paired. Covens are autonomous and are found in most countries around the world. Gardnerian Wiccans are considered to be Traditional Witches who trace their line of initiatory descent from Dorothy Clutterbuck through Gerald Gardner and through a line of Gardnerian High Priests and High Priestesses. They adhere to the rituals laid out in the Gardnerian Book of Shadows. Gardnerian-The modern witchcraft revival can be largely attributed to Gardner's publishing his non-fiction book Witchcraft Today in 1954. The repeal of the last English witchcraft laws in 1951 made it possible for Gardner, a retired British civil servant with a long career in the Far East, to openly publicize his 'witchy' religion. Witchcraft Today described a surviving pre-Christian religion that celebrated the seasonal changes with Sabbats and the lunar cycles with Esbats. The model Gardnerian coven consisted of thirteen people who worked together skyclad during fairly elaborate rituals. The High Priest and High Priestess participated in 'The Great Rite' of ritual sex at least in private if not at coven events. Gardner called this religion 'Wica.' Later another "c" was added to Wica to form the word 'Wicca' commonly used today. Wicca is the Anglo-Saxon word for a male witch according to Baker, who notes that this term had been out of popular usage centuries before Gardner adopted it. In the thirty years since Gardner's death in 1964, Wicca has had an amazing growth. This religion obviously fills a need in the lives of people, who seek spirituality but who reject patriarchal and often anti-sexual alternatives. Wicca, or the Craft, is the major path followed by members of a neo-Pagan community now estimated to be 500,000 people by Aidan Kelly, who believes that Wiccans should distinguish between Gardner's Wiccan mythology and its actual history. Gardner's source of information about Wicca came purportedly from the New Forest coven in England where he was initiated as a witch in 1939 by 'Old Dorothy' Clutterbuck. He also traced the roots of the New Forest coven back to pre-Christian times, and stated that a handwritten Book of Shadows was the source of their ancient rituals. However there is some controversy over whether or not this Book of Shadows is authentic, or whether it was written in part by Aleister Crowley, and then later written and rewritten by Doreen Valiente, an initiate of Gardener's.

Gastromancy and Gastroscopy ― When the term Gastromancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using sounds made by the stomach, perhaps in hunger or indigestion.

The term Gastromancy is derived from the Greek words: Γαστήρ (Gastēr) meaning belly, round belly, in some cases pregnant womb, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Gate ― When the term Gate or Gateway is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to a physical representation or visualization of an opening which allows transit between two (or more) levels or realities, in a more permeable manner than a Door for instance; specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Gateless Gates ― Marking posts along the Way to Enlightenment or Transcendence, that have enough in common for many Individuals to make a Body of Information develop from the discussion and analyzation thereof; which may be helpful information for Individuals who have yet to go through that particular portal or Gateless Gate.

Gateway Framework Arrangements ― The term Gateway Framework Arrangement refers to the framework through which an Individual views and perceives their surroundings and that which they may happen across. The ideas of lenses, pixels, and resolution are helpful metaphorically in describing and discussing the utilization of these Gateway Framework Arrangements. Many people view everything through a two pixel resolution lens, good/bad, black/white, yes/no whatever. Beyond this we see three pixels, yes/maybe/no, and five pixels yes/either/both/neither/no. And beyond, different Spiritual, MetaPhysical, and/or Mægikal systems and Traditions attempt to provide and instruct in more complex arrangements; and some individuals explore the available Archetypes and construct their own system. There is of course the obvious thought that the higher the resolution, i.e.: the more cubbyholes which an individual has to sort perceptions into, the more accurate a picture they may have of what has entered their sensorium

Gazor see Divinor

Geis ― That which one has to do. It may be viewed as being placed upon oneself by an outside party, or voluntarily assumed by oneself, or even achieved. Though often in the form of an negative, "That which one must not do", it also exists in positive versions. In it's negative form it differs from the more common Taboo, by being highly individual, and applying to one person, rather than a class, tribe, or intentional community of some sort. If it applies to more than one person, then it applies to each in an individual case, not in a group mode. Similar to the difference between the Nordic Örlög and Wyrd.

Forms & Techniques, see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Gelomancy and Geloscopy ― When the term Gelomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by means of laughter. Laughter of the Querent, the Divinor, or come upon by chance, perhaps in public gathering places known for conviviality, or where there are street entertainers.

The term Gelomancy is derived from the Greek words: Γέλως (Gelōs) meaning laughter, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Gematria ― A system of discovering truths and hidden meanings behind words, using numerical values for letters of the alphabet. Each letter corresponds to a number. The numerical values of words are totaled and interpreted in terms of other words with the same numerical value. Gematria dates back to the 8th century BC Babylon, and has been used by most mystics since that time including the Magi, Gnostics, and Qabalists. Notarikon is a form of Gematria in which the first and last letters of a word or phrase are put together to create a new word, or to turn a word into a phrase. Temurah is a form of Gematria that creates anagrams through systematic letter substitutions. Gematria is related to Numerology.

The term Geomancy is derived from the Greek words: Γᾶ (Ga) meaning earth, soil, surface of the earth, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Gemini (Western Tropical Astrology Sign) ― see: ДēōΣǫя̇'я̄ē

General Semantics

Generalism ― When used in reference to a point of view within the field of Ethical, Value and/or Behavioural Matters, this is a Point of View in which the prime parameter for effectuating a course of action is determined by choosing that which is

Geniism ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents holding belief in an order of beings higher than human but less than deities which are responsible for the well being of individuals and groups and may be interacted with by people through prayer and other similar means as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. There is a belief that each sentient being is connected to one or more personal divine entities. Geniism is in some ways similar to Shintoism in Japan, but with indigenous Sino-Vietnamese roots. The Geniism tradition understands Genies as spirits higher than human beings who had great accomplishments in serving humanity. Each Genie is responsible for the wellness of all living beings of a village. In the old time, there is usually a small temple in each village for local people to come to pray for every thing concerning village interests such as weather, crops, communicable diseases etc. There is some similarity to concepts in Archaic Arcadian Philosophical thought, particularly such as Socartes' idea of the Daemon and/or Genius.

Genital Chakra ― see: Svadisthâna

Geodetics ― Geodetics also called Geodesy (from Greek γεωδαισία – geodaisia, lit. "division of the Earth") is primarily concerned with positioning within the temporally varying gravity field. Somewhat obsolete nowadays, geodesy in the German speaking world is divided into "Higher Geodesy" ("Erdmessung" or "höhere Geodäsie"), which is concerned with measuring the Earth on the global scale, and "Practical Geodesy" or "Engineering Geodesy" ("Ingenieurgeodäsie"), which is concerned with measuring specific parts or regions of the Earth, and which includes surveying. The shape of the Earth is to a large extent the result of its rotation, which causes its equatorial bulge, and the competition of geological processes such as the collision of plates and of volcanism, resisted by the Earth's gravity field. This applies to the solid surface, the liquid surface (dynamic sea surface topography) and the Earth's atmosphere. For this reason, the study of the Earth's gravity field is called physical geodesy by some. Geodesy ( /dʒiːˈɒdɨsi/), also named geodetics, a branch of earth sciences, is the scientific discipline that deals with the measurement and representation of the Earth, including its gravitational field, in a three-dimensional time-varying space. Geodesists also study geodynamical phenomena such as crustal motion, tides, and polar motion. For this they design global and national control networks, using space and terrestrial techniques while relying on datums and coordinate systems.

Geomancy and Geoscopy ― When the term Geomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination utilizing soil, rocks, and/or sand; sometimes by casting the soil onto a surface and then generating figures or lines, by some set procedure, from which the divination may be made. The most prevalent form of divinatory Geomancy involves interpreting a series of 16 figures formed by a randomized process that involves recursion followed by analyzing them, often augmented with astrological interpretations. Geomancy is one of the oldest types of divination known; it's roots go back at least to the Persians, if not further in Mesopotamia, and possibly to preVedic Indian civilizations; most of the earliest extant material on This form of Geomancy is from Arabic texts.

The term Geomancy is derived from the Greek words: Γᾶ (Ga) meaning earth, soil, surface of the earth, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

When considering the categories of divination in Elemental breakdown, most often the reference is to four or five element systems. In the most widely known five element system Ætheromancy (Spirit, Æther, Quintessence) joins Hydromancy (or Aquamancy) (Water),, Pyromancy (Fire), Aeromancy (Air), and Geomancy (Earth), as Elemental Divination Systems. And each of these is a broad category containing a number of Divination Systems itself.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Geometrism ― When used in reference to a point of view within the field of Ethical, Value and/or Behavioural Matters, this is a Point of View in which the prime parameter for effectuating a course of action is determined by choosing that which is

Georgian Wicca ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents holding the Wiccan teachings of George E. Patterson as primary or critical parameters of their Spiritual Paradigm. Georgian Wicca is a Wiccan tradition founded by George E. Patterson in 1970, and chartered by the Universal Life Church in 1972, as The Church of Wicca of Bakersfield. In 1980 they were chartered as The Georgian Church. The Georgians are eclectic, based on Gardnerian-Alexander plus some British Traditional Witchcraft. They are God-Goddess oriented but lean more towards the Goddess. They generally work skyclad but individual groups or individuals may do as they wish. They are both religious and magickal and celebrate the eight Sabbats. Members are encouraged to learn from all available sources. It has been the Georgian Church since the early eighties. Its founder has since passed away, but it is still a highly viable tradition. It is eclectic but heavily influenced by Gardnerian, Alexandrian and Strega (Italian) beliefs with more than a bit of folkloric sources.

Germanic ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents which holds teachings originating in and/or interpolations thereon as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm.

Gestalt Self-officiating Celebrants, ― Such as:

in Energy building Dancing, Energy Dancors - When all the Celebrants become Dancors, both Individually and synergistically in union to build the energy of the Circle and send it forth.

in the Statement of Intent when each Celebrant becomes his/her own Officiant by adding his/her own clear understanding of and agreement to the shared purpose and goal of the Werking, all affirming the same purpose at the same moment.

in the Sacrament of SaltWater Communion in the Circle when in a continuous moment, each Celebrant shares, in turn, and passes on the Communion Chalice. Each becomes his/her own Officiant at that moment and all share in the unity of single purpose.

in the Sending of the Built Energies toward the Intent when each Celebrant engages his/her Will adding power to the sending of the energy from the Making be sent forth, and directed toward the agreed upon intent and intents, sharing in a single moment of Mægik.

in the opening phases of the Circle when the Celebrants all become a single Officiant in the Grounding and Centering. This most often occurs at the beginning of the ritual process as they ground and at ending of Circle with reentry into world and communion with all spirits of the earth. The beginning moment normally occurs when all Celebrants have entered the Circle and the Circle is closed, a harmonizing with the currents of Earth energies is created as the individual Celebrants enter a meditative state and prepare for the Werking. The same sort of moment may occur at the ending of a Circle, when the Werking is done, the energies have been directed and let go, and as the Circle is opened, and the transition begins to the AfterGlow period.

Gestalt Therapy ― A form of Psychology that uses techniques to locate the child, adult and parent parts of the ego. This helps the Gestalt Therapist to identify where a given thought or subjective experience comes from - the child mind, the adult mind or the parental mind. The process of identifying the activated ego component of the mind allows precision and speed in identifying the most appropriate healing and centering techniques for a given experience, thought or sentiment.

Gibbous Moon ― Gibbous Moons occur and are noted in various Astronomical and Astrological ways among a variety of Traditions, secular and religious. When Garden of Life uses the term Gibbous Moon it typically refers to the Celebration of the event, however it might be determined, utilizing the forms and techniques which have become Sacred to our Tradition. Many of these we share in common with the wider Pagan community, ancient and modern; and may be Celebrated in numerous manners from simple personal acknowledgement, to a regular Werking Circle, all points in between and beyond.

Gibbous Moons have a much wider time frame than the Full Moons, the New Moons, and the Half Moons, which all have exact moments, which can be astronomically determined. Some Traditions which Celebrate some or all of the Gibbous Moons, determine them as points halfway between the Full Moon and Half Moons, in any given Cycle, Waxing and Waning. Doubtless other interpretations of the moment the Celebration is tied to also exist. There are many systems of Names for Full Moons, less for New Moons, and even fewer for Half Moons, Crescent Moons and Gibbous Moons, however these Names and Attributes associated with them are important to those Traditions which do assign Names to them.

The annual cycle of Moon phases, varies in relation to the Solar Cycle. It is widely known, due to Meton's public relations staff, that in a nineteen year period you can line up the Solar and Lunar cycles almost exactly, by adding 7 intercalary months,. So by considering this longer period, a Tradition can make sure that both their Solar Observances and the Lunar Observances are Celebrated on appropriate dates and with Cycles which line up with the Ḡāēäñ Vegetative Cycle and Life as we experience it, especially the resonances between the Cycle of the Attributions of the Lunar phases, to the Seasonal variations.

More specific information on Moon Names and Attributes may be found at Moon Names; and examples of Moon Name systems at the expanded entry: Naming of Moons

See also: HolyDay, Garden of Life Temple Celebrations, Celebratory Rites and Festivals of ḠĀĒÄ, Lunar Celebratory Rites and Festivals, Solar Celebratory Rites and Festivals, Θê'ēäñäд'äs̄, Sacramental Celebrations, and Informal Spiritual Celebrations

Gift Bearors ― Individuals who have or have the tendency to develop, one or more of the known MetaPhysical Gifts or Persuasions.

Gift Economy ― In the social sciences, a Gift Economy (or gift culture) is a society where valuable goods and services are regularly given without any explicit agreement for immediate or future rewards (i.e.: no formal quid pro quo exists). Ideally, simultaneous or recurring giving serves to circulate and redistribute valuables within the community. The organization of a gift economy stands in contrast to a barter economy or a market economy. Informal custom governs exchanges, rather than an explicit exchange of goods or services for money or some other commodity. Typically, though not always, this occurs in a cultural context where there is an expectation either of reciprocation - in the form of goods or services of comparable value, or of political support, general loyalty, honor to the giver, etc. - or of the gift being passed on in some other manner. The 'Pay it Forward' meme would fit into this concept. Different variations of Gift Economies are important parts of the theories of different vectors in the Anarchist community.

Various social theories concerning gift economies exist. Some consider the gifts to be a form of reciprocal altruism. Another interpretation is that social status is awarded in return for the gifts.

Sharing of food in a hunter-gatherer society, where sharing is an egalitarian safeguard against failure of any individual's daily foraging. The Pacific Northwest Native American potlatch ritual, where leaders give away large amounts of goods to their followers, strengthening group relations. By sacrificing accumulated wealth, a leader gained a position of honor.

Some have suggested that variations on a gift economy may be the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. This position and the refashioning of all of society into a gift economy is particularly characteristic of Anarcho-Communism. Anarcho-Communists advocate a pure gift economy as an ideal, with neither money, nor markets, nor central planning. This view traces back at least to Peter Kropotkin, who saw in the hunter-gatherer tribes he had visited the paradigm of "mutual aid."

see also:

Gifts and Persuasions ― see- The Gifts and Persuasions )

Girdle ― When the term Girdle is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus and/or Focus it generally refers to a belt, cording, or more elaborate construction which encircles the body in the area between the waist and the hips; specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Glamour ― When the term Glamour is used in the field of Spiritual, MetaPhysical and/or Mægikal philosophy it generally refers to a effectuation of making something appear different than it may be in the consensus reality, from something as simple as making something truly strange seem ordinary and thus unmolested, to making the ordinary seem fantastic. The general force of the process is to affect the perceptions of the observers rather than the true nature of what is presented.

Glamour and Voluptuousness Veil ― When the term Glamour and Voluptuousness Veil is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to the RedOrange Veil of Pleasure and Love, Vitality and Charm.

see also: Veil, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Glamoury ― Spellcraft. A Scottish derivative of the Old French gramaire, probably through the form gramaire. See gramarye, grammar and glamour.

specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same.

Forms & Techniques, see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Glass Arts ― When the term Glass Arts is used in the context of the various categories of Art, it normally refers to working with Glass of various types, beyond the simply functional, though function and exquisite form are often combined.

See also: Ornamental Functional Arts, Art

Globalism

Glossolalia ― When the term Glossolalia is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to the spontaneous bursting out of elaborate and complex strings of syllables, typically while the speaker is in some degree of ecstasy, which are not decipherable as any known language (thus differing from Xenoglossia, in which the language is a known human language, just not learned by the speaker), but may be interpreted either by the speaker or more often by someone with a companion ability of interpretation. The interpretations are generally of an oracular and/or prophetic nature. The speaking also seems to have the patterns and rhythms of language 'Glossolalia' is constructed from the Greek word Γλωσσολαλία , itself a compound of the words Γλῶσσα (glossa, meaning "tongue" or "language") and Λαλεῖν (lalein, "to talk"). The term 'speaking in tongues' is a translation of these two components of the same word. Phrases from Barbarous Tongues - Words specifically put together for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Gnomae ― In the field of Linguistics Gnomae are a form of aphorism, ordinarily considered to be only those aphorisms which deal with ethical and/or important philosophical issues. So of course different people would consider different Aphorisms to be Gnomae. Gnomic was first applied to a group of Greek poet and/or philosophers who flourished in or about the 6th Century, bce; including Theognis, Solon, Phocylides, and Simonides of Anorgos and many others. Many of the Classical Greek, Hellenic, and/or Arcadian Philosopher Poets used aphorism to drive the point of the argument home in a manner they felt would have residual power in the mind of the listener. Heraclitos' work, On Nature, was a collection of gnomae written in an oracular manner. Going outside the Classical Grecian context we find Lao Tzu's: Tao Te Ching and Wittgenstein's: Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus as just two of numerous possibilities. The term Gnomae has come to be applied mainly to any poetic or philosophic aphorism which deals with questions of Ethics and other fields often considered serious Philosophy.
See also: Aphorisms, Garden of Life WordPlay Index, and Word Play in Definitions

Gnomon ― When considered in the context of mathmatical theory the term Gnomon is typified in the writings of Heron of Alexandria, a 1st century AD Greek mathematician, who defined a Gnomon as "any figure which, when added to an original figure, leaves the resultant figure similar to the original." This is the symbol of growth by accretion, or evolution from a seed point. From the ground plan of a Sanatana Dharma temple to the Throne of Osiris, this principle of gnomic expansion, or growth by accumulative increase, has been used throughout history to represent the unfoldment of space/time. The term Gnomon is utilized in the calculation of Figurate numbers, and Figurate numbers were a component of Pythagorean geometry, since Pythagoras is credited with codifying the theories about them and the notion that these numbers are generated using a Gnomon or basic unit. The Gnomon is the piece added to a figurate number to transform it to the next larger one.

See also: Γνώμων

Gnomon ― The term Gnomon as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Γνώμων when used in the context of engineering and technological parts, is the part of a sundial that casts the shadow.

See also: Γνώμων

-gnomy ― When -gnomy is used in English as a suffix it indicates an art or science of judging or determining towards the field or subject indicated by the other root word or words involved in creating the new word. The suffix -gnomy is an Anglicized Greek word which creates a combining form meaning 'knowledge of,' mostly occurring along with other loanwords from Greek and used in combination with other elements of Greek origin, such as in physiognomy; though in a small number of cases the word created involves root words from other languages combined with the -gnomy from the Greek. The suffixes -scopy and -mancy, along with -gnomy are often used interchangeably, however the specific meanings are distinct, and if one wishes to be precise, the terms are there. If nowhere else, in the archaic Greek language, Goddess knows, the architects of the Greek Language certainly wanted to allow for as close to infinite precision as possible. In general the -mancy suffix indicates the 'casting' part of a Divination, however the initial determination is made of the components of the pattern from which the Divination will be made. And the -scopy suffix refers to the Divinors looking, seeing, interpreting, and rendering the results of the Divination. Another way of delineating these first two terms is to apply -mancy to those forms of divination which require human praxis to create that which is divined from (such as in Tarot, Astrology, and Yi King); and to apply -scopy to those forms of divination which consist of observing natural spontaneous events (flights of birds, shapes of clouds, rumblings of volcanos). While the -gnomy suffix may be utilized to delineate the study of the specific process, and a possession of knowledge of it's efficacious application as well.

The suffix -gnomy is derived from the field Greek words including Γνωμηστός (Gnōmēstos) meaning knowledge in-and-of itself, Γνωστός (Gnostos) meaning known, perceived, understood, and Γνωστικός (Gnostikos) meaning o'f or for knowing', cognitive, theoretical science.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Gnostic ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents which holds teachings originating in the teachings of various Gnostic leaders and/or interpolations thereon as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm.

Gnostic ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation toward the Divine, that the attainment of Knowledge is the Path to the Divine.

Goddess

Goddesses

Goddess/God ― Goddess and/or God is a name that Humanity has given to a postulated superhuman force and/or being, the concept includes but is not limited to, any and/or all of these characteristics: Omniscience, Omnipotence, Omnipresence, Omnivalence, Omnibenevolence, Omnicompetence, Omnificence, Omniomphalience, Omnimetechôience, Omnikatamanthanience, Omniepistêmience, and/or Omnisunoidience. In the Fires of the Beginnings, Humanity early on postulated an extreme Nurturing Force, we give Goddess precedence here in the definition because She was First by Millenia to hundreds of Millenia, depending on which, if any, of the current Anthropological heterodoxies one gives credence to. Odd, that Peoples whom one would assume could not have known the planetary shape, kept making those Planetoid Bodies of the Great Mother. God made his early appearances as Her Son but has come to usurp Her position for many of the current passing Æon mainstream Traditions.

Goddess Centered Religion ― When Humanity first organized itself into groups recognizable as Human, some would say ~350,000 years ago, the Mother was the first representative of the Divine Forces recognized. Circa 35,000 BCE saw the emergence of the CroMagnon people, the first recognizable humans. From then until about 8000 BCE, our ancestors organized themselves into hunter-gatherer societies. Humans alone have developed the realization that their life was finite; that they would all die. This and other factors resulted in the development of early religious beliefs. Societies that relied mainly on hunting by men naturally developed hunting gods to worship. Those in which gathering was more reliable generally created vegetative Goddesses. Fertility in crops, in domesticated animals, in wild animals and in the tribe itself were of paramount importance survival. The female life-giving principle was considered divine and a great mystery. Some Goddess statues still survive from this era. One web site contains photographs of Goddess statues from circa 30,000 BCE to 1987 CE. This "old European" culture lasted for tens of thousands of years in what is now Europe. They generally lived in peace; there is a notable lack of defensive fortifications around their hamlets. As evidenced by their funeral customs, males and females appear to have had equal status. Many historians and archeologists believe that:
• Their society was matrilineal; children took their mothers' names.
• Life was based on lunar (not solar) calendar.
• Time was experienced as a repetitive cycle, not linearly as we think of it.
Typical of the archaic and classical world's attitudes toward the Great Goddess is Apuleius', in his writings he has Her say: I am Nature, the universal Mother, mistress of all elements, primordial child of time, sovereign of all things spiritual, queen of the dead, queen also of the immortals, the single manifestation of all gods and goddesses that are . . .Though I am worshipped in many aspects, known by countless names, and propitiated with all manner of different rites, yet the whole round earth venerates Me.

Goddess Syncretic ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents as such, and holding the blending together of all the ancient Goddess personalities into One, as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm.

Godhi ― When used in reference to an Officiant in Nordic and/or Germanic Tradition Werkings, the term Godhi indicates a Priest consecrated to that Tradition. Literally a God-Man. see also Vitke

Gods ― The term Gods tends to represent a state of existence beyond Human and most, if not all, other possible sentient states. Often there is the idea that these beings were at one time Human and through a series of incarnations evolved into a Divine Facet i.e.: a Goddess, God, or Combo/Non Gendered Diety. Perhaps the most sophisticated formulation of this idea is the Neteru concept of the Ægyptians and/or the Annunaki concept of the Sumerians.

Gong ― When the term Gong is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to a bronze plate with turned edges whose resonant penetrating sound when struck with a padded hammer is more pronounced than the ringing itself, usually hung suspended from a frame or cradle, specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. Often utilized for signalling various phases of a Werking.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Gothic Modern ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents holding as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. Gothdom embraces all religions, all denominations and all races, but it is not a religious movement. Many Goths are atheists and a sizable minority are new age spiritualists, Wiccans or pagans, Thelemites, and members of other alternative religious groups. Basically Goth is not about religion, but with the imagery of religion. Modern neo-pagans follow a path based on the ancient agrarian traditions of pre-Christian Europe. Many have the Great Mother Goddess and Her son/consort the Horned Lord as central deities. Pagans look to the Old Religion, folk practices and customs of times gone by. There they find a faith rooted in the natural world, in the cycles of the seasons and the phases of the moon. Why then gothic Paganism? Most (though by no means all) neo-pagans - from Druids to Church of All Worlds Grok-ers to eco-feminists - come from the baby-boom generation. Their 'rainbow' approach to life carries over, creating a Pagan path that focuses on the summer side of the year and the light side of the Wheel. This has earned the derogatory nickname of 'Bambi Wicca'. That sunny mode also serves as a protective coloration of sorts; many in the mundane world still unfairly view pagans as satanic baby-killers. Yet with the gothic emphasis on darkness, combining a gothic outlook with the standard Pagan path does not always flow naturally. When a Goth first experiences the Pagan scene they may feel they do not quite fit in entirely. Goths carry a darkness which is not evil, but rather melancholy and mysterious. This can be jarring when combined with the celebratory, tie-dyed outlook of the 'average' neo-pagan. When asked for their thoughts on the subject, those identifying as both Gothic and Pagan said things like this: Gothic Paganism holds different set of archetypes.. an acceptance and celebration of the darker aspects of human existence and the universe in general. (It) embraces the darkness as a normal and natural balance to the light. a celebration of the full Wheel, rather than (just) the growth/creation cycle and "tolerance" or grudging "acceptance" of the decay/destruction parts of things. Darkness is The Shadow within. Dark implies hidden, ancient; possibly terrifying and cruel. It doesn't however equate with evil. Darkness and light are complementary. Change, wildness, the unknown; sorrow, anger, and culturally unacceptable emotions; the setting of limits; the responsibility of the individual to speak the truth even if it's uncharitable - these "dark" aspects, the "housecleaning" functions of the magical world, are the focus of Gothic Paganism. For those in Generation X and beyond, a darker outlook on life is almost unavoidable. They will spend their entire lives in the shadow of the baby boom, after all. And while the 60s opened up many avenues that allow things like Goth to exist, the 'don't-worry-be-happy' ethic seems somewhat ludicrous to those struggling to make their way in the 90s. Perhaps it has to do with the coming millennium. Granted that it is an arbitrary designation; still, it carries a certain psychic freight in the subconscious of millions in the western world. We are poised on the edge: the gateway between one thousand-year span and the next. Pagans know that at such junctures the veil between the worlds becomes thin; is it surprising then that such a turning point is bringing in a mode of practice and belief that has more to do with Samhain than Beltane? At Samhain, the Green Man becomes the Lord of Death. He crosses into the Other World, the Dark Half, the subconscious mind. This journey is the same as Inanna's descent, which can be seen as an allegorical confrontation with one's inner demons. The Tibetan Book of the Dead describes similar ordeals. For gothic pagans, this introspection is the central focus of their path. We gather and commune with those who are most like us. Similar tastes are what brings us together. We support each other through underground 'zines, net-groups and gothic gatherings such as Convergence and Spellbound. And as we find others like ourselves out there, we are discovering we share a reverence for the wild places left on this earth and the creatures that inhabit them as well as those solemn Elysiums that serve as the final repository of by-gone eras. We do not scorn the midsummer bonfires or the MayPole; but when the drums have died away and the fires burnt down to coals we will be there. We will walk through woods and cemetery, with shadows for our familiars, conversing with those fae spirits who find the sunlit world too choked with human thoughts and emotions. We will light candles and burn thick resins in our solitary chambers long after the mundane world is asleep. And we will honor Death, the Sandman, and the Crow as modern expressions of ancient archetypes. "Death makes angels of us all / & gives us wings / where we had shoulders / smooth as raven's / claws... " - Jim Morrison, An American Prayer

Gothic Traditional ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents holding as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm.

Graal ― When the term Graal is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to a specific type of drinking vessel with a stepped base (there is a connection of nesting sizes, perhaps originally a Graal was one of a set of graduated size vessels) specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. In this context the item is normally of medium size without handle and decorated within and/or without.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Grail Christianity ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, Grail Christianity is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents which hold the 'Grail'and that which is symbolized by the 'Grail' as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. Grail Christianity is a term referring to a type of xTianity which is a blending of the first century ce teachings of xTianity with older strains of what is often referred to as the various Gnostic Traditions; and of which the central symbol is the Grail, seen as the representation of an individual's strivings and eventual attainment of enlightenment. These type of xTians, though widely murdered, officially and unofficially, by the agents and agencies of the Cross Christian Traditions (Catholic, Protestant, and so forth), did manage to survive in small numbers and isolated places, and their ideas have reemerged into more public venues in modern times. Some of their concepts started emeging with the corpus of Arthurian writings, in the Dark Ages, and more extensively after the Renaissance began.

Gramarye ― or Grimoire When the term Gramarye or Grimoire is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to a notebook on Mægikal lore and Mægikal information including wordcrafting, spell-casting, Sacred forms and techniques, celebratory Circle planning information, ritual procedures and synopsi; Mægikal properties of herbs, stones, and other natural objects; and other MetaPhysical, Spirtual, and related information; specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. The term comes from the English term grammar. A Grimoire is similar to a Book of Shadows but there are significant differences. For one Grimoires normally pertain to the Ceremonial Mægik end of things and the Books of Shadows (or the Books of Light) have more relevance to the Natural Mægik arena. Also in many cases the Book of Shadows keeps a continuous and ongoing recording of Celebrations as they go, in addition to the instructions and informational listings found in the Grimoires.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Grammatôeklektômancy and Grammatôeklektôscopy ― When the term Grammatôeklektômancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by alpha or syllabic boards and planchets.

The term Grammatôeklektômancy is derived from the Greek words: Γραμματίζω (Grammatizō) meaning teach the spelling of a word, Ἐκλεκτός (Eklektos) meaning picked out, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Granfalloon ― in the context of the Vonnegutian Bokononist Religion is "a false Karass, a seeming team that [is] meaningless in terms of the ways God gets things done." Examples of Granfalloons are "the Communist party, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the General Electric Company, the International Order of Odd Fellows ― and any nation, anytime, anywhere.

Graphic Visual Arts ― When the term Arts is used in the context of the various categories of Art, it normally refers to Painting, Drawing, WaterColour, Textiles and other

See also: Art

Graphology ― When the term Graphology (or Grafology) is used in reference to a type of Divination, it generally refers to is the study of handwriting and is usually applied under the mind-set that one can determining a person's character by examining a selection of samples of their handwriting. Some individuals believe that one can tell the future from handwriting analysis. Others believe that a handwriting analyst can provide spiritual guidance on situations that they face.

The term Graphology is derived from the Greek words: Γραφή (Grafē) meaning writing, representation by means of lines; and a group of words including Λογομανέω (Logomaneo), meaning to have a passion for study. Λόγος (Logos) meaning computation, reckoning, and Λογεία (Logeia) meaning collection.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Graphos ― When the term Graphos is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to written items (usually a single page, and often ornamented) utilized in a Werking whether by being placed on an Altar or elsewhere in a representative function or in order to be read aloud at some point in the Werking, specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. Graphos may take many forms including but not limited to: written on parchment, drawn on papyrus, carved into clay and placed on paper. In some cases they are kept with the Holy Objects of the Tradition, and in others they may be burned (or otherwise immolated) to release the Energies concentrated on and through them. They range from incredibly elaborate beautiful artifacts to scribbled out notes.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

GraphoSpiral ― When the term GraphoSpiral is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to words, phrases, and/or sentences written in a spiral, either out from the center or in toward the center, specifically prepared for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Graptomancy and Graptoscopy ― When the term Graptomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by studying handwriting, in some cases determining a person's character by examining their handwriting. Sometimes Graptomancy is distinguished from Graphology or Graphomancy, in terms of tense; the Greek Grapto meaning written (or already written) and Grapho meaning writing (or currently being written). So in this delineation, Graphomancy includes observation of the writing as it happens, whereas Graptomancy is concerned only with previously written items.

The term Graptomancy is derived from the Greek words: Γραπτός (Graptos) meaning written, previously written, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Great Architect of the Universe ― Μεγάλο αρχιτέκτονα του σύμπαντος (Megalo Apksitektona ton Oympantos) meaning Great Architect of the Universe. Μεγάλο αρχιτέκτονα του σύμπαντος (Great Architect of the Universe)

Great Celebrations
    Celebratory Rites and Festivals of Ḡāēä
    Lunar Celebratory Rites and Festivals
    Solar Celebratory Rites and Festivals

Great Mystery Traditions ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, the Great Mystery Traditions are primarily defined, usually selfdefined by their members and/or adherents as those rooted in antiquity which deal with Teachings about the Continuity of Consciousness, inside and outside of Incarnation, and such, and holding these Teachings as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. There is a popular mainstream prejudice, among even the so-called learned, that antiquity is synonymous with ignorance. There were however in the ancient world a number of Great Mystery Schools which taught the experience of death and the control of consciousness to a degree which allowed their student initiates to experience both death and rebirth in the here and now. They taught the mystery of the immortality of the human soul. Many of the teachings of later religions refer to Second Births and Second Deaths, and these teachings in general come from partial understandings of the Teachings of the Great Mystery Traditions.Their work was the science of human regeneration.

Great Year ― see The Great Year

Greek Language Problem ― Greek Language Problem - Body/Soul Dichotomy as explored by Dolores Lachapelle in Sacred Land, Sacred Sex: Rapture of the Deep : Concerning Deep Ecology and Celebrating Life, and elsewhere. The Greek language allows for brilliant precision in describing pretty much anything, but it is thought that the sheer fantastic effectiveness of it as a tool of analysis, may sometimes encourage the mistaking the map for the territory. Especially in the sense that simply because we can delineate the Mind and Body and Spirit, in great detail separately, this has no bearing on whether they actually are separate things, or one thing, yet the fact that the descriptions are so detailed and impressive, may tend to make some assume that they are separate things. This may be considered a subset of the issues with the nature of Language in general. We can't communicate very effectively without language, however, there are some things, some very important things which either cannot be communicated through language, or which are extremely difficult to get at by language, even in implication.

Greek Love ― It is difficult to know whether anyone of the current era is even capable of understanding what is meant when people refer to the concept of Greek Love, with all of its myriad components, physical, mental, and spiritual. Even people who have completely distanced themselves from the enormous anti-human-sexuality propaganda edifice erected over the past couple of thousand years by the Abramic religions, are not entirely free from its insidious effects. But if you can imagine a world not labouring under these handicaps, it is possible to understand at least a little. The Ægean cultures which predated and evolved into what we refer to as the Classical Greek or Hellene culture, basically viewed human sexuality as an important and healthy component of human life, both individually and as a society. There was little, if any, community disapproval of any consensual sexual activity. It's not so much about Homosexuality, or Heterosexuality, but more of a Pansexual attitude; though certainly all possible components were present, acknowledged, and incorporated into the community paradigm.

The various Ægean cultures held the concept and actuality of that first flush of manhood, and sexual virility in their young men in extremely high regard, and celebrated this in a variety of ways. There seemed to have been a feeling that this effect in each generation was of critical importance as a reflection and measure of the value of the society as a whole. Though it varied from city to city, most, if not all of these cultures had elaborate and stylized procedures that the young men went through. The general adoration in which they were held was concentrated in their near peers who were just a bit older, and in older men as well. Sometimes the adoration was entirely spiritual and mental, but if it included a physical component, this was not frowned on. In fact in general, if everything was done according to the formulas set up by the community it was celebrated.

Green Witchcraft ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, Green Witchcraft is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents as such, and has several claimants to the name though almost all hold strong Teachings as to the importance of positive Ecological stances as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. Green Witchcraft in most of its vectors, has a strong resonance with Hedge Witchcraft, Wortcunning Women, and most of the multitude of Tribal Traditions of the indigenous population of the Western continents. Rather than a specific named Green Witchcraft, much discussion of Green facets of Witchcraft occurs, and ranges from being components of basic Natural Mægik Traditions to ones which include various amounts of Ceremonial Mægik. [From the book Green Witchcraft: Folk Magic, Fairy Lore and Herb Craft, by Ann Moura, Aoumiel] "The central Green element of all Craft expression is the Goddess as undying, threefold, and associated with the earth, the moon, and the living (sacred) waters, and the God as undying, threefold, and associated with the earth, the sun, and the sky. As God of grain and solar phases, he is also the willing sacrifice who "dies" and is "reborn" in the Goddess in the yearly cycle of the seasons. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit is that concept of the Trinity dating back some 30,000 years to Shiva as the Threefold God. He is both the seed and the eternal energy of life.

Gri-Gri ― The term Gri-Gri or Gris-Gris is usually used in reference to a small bag, worn on the body of a person which contains a mixture of any of the following: herbs, oils, stones, bones, slips of paper of which may have writings on them, hair, nails, grave dirt, feathers, and other small items, and thought to aid them in their MÆgickal pursuits.

See also: Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Grok ― Author Robert Anson Heinlein created this neologism in his paradigm shifting werk: Stranger in a Strange Land of 1961. In Heinlein's view, Grokking is the intermingling of intelligence that necessarily affects both the observer and the observed. From the novel: "Grok means to understand so thoroughly that the observer becomes a part of the observed, . . . to merge, blend, intermarry, lose identity in group experience. It means almost everything that we mean by religion, philosophy, and science, . . . and it means as little to us (because of our 'Earther' assumptions) as color means to a blind man." Often the attainment of a state of Grokking is achieved or enhanced by various relaxation and stress-reduction techniques, which include positive spiritual and mental states and images as well as certain physical processes in the deepening of the experience. Sometimes used to relieve pain, slow the heart rate, and stimulate the body's healing responses. A very successfully introduced word, it has become pervasive in the culture, especially those parts that were originally referred to as the counter-culture. For instance we find in: Grokking the Desert - Grokking the Wonder of Consciousness "A brief definition of "Grok": To understand profoundly through intuition or empathy. An extended definition of "Grok": To achieve a intuitive sense of encounter with an idea, an understanding, and surround it with your beingness of attention, To consume it's perspective, and understand it all at once, to see the wholeness "of a piece".. this is the "long wave" way of knowing, as opposed to atomized, piecemeal, fractionated dissections of knowing.. i.e.: the short wave spectrum of "knowing". The Oxford English Dictionary defines Grok as "to understand intuitively or by empathy; to establish rapport with" and "to empathize or communicate sympathetically (with); also, to experience enjoyment." Other forms of the word include "Groks" (present third person singular), "Grokked" (past participle) and "Grokking" (present participle). And we see on Wikipedia that: "To Grok (pronounced /ˈɡrɒk/) is to share the same reality or line of thinking with another physical or conceptual entity. . . . In an ideological context, a Grokked concept becomes part of the person who contributes to its evolution by improving the doctrine, perpetuating the myth, espousing the belief, adding detail to the social plan, refining the idea or proofing the theory. . . . . the term Grok in his 1961 novel Stranger in a Strange Land as a Martian word that could not be defined in earthly terms, but can be associated with various literal meanings such as "water", "to drink", "life", or "to live", and had a much more profound figurative meaning that is hard for Earthers to understand because of our assumption of a singular reality. According to the book, drinking is a central focus on Mars where water is scarce. Martians use the merging of their bodies with water as a simple example or symbol of how two entities can combine to create a new reality greater than the sum of its parts. The water becomes part of the drinker, and the drinker part of the water. Both Grok each other. Things that once had separate realities become entangled in the same experiences, goals, history, and purpose. Within the book, the statement of divine immanence verbalized between the main characters, "Thou Art God", is logically derived from the concept inherent in the term Grok. Heinlein describes Martian words as "guttural" and "jarring". Martian speech is described as sounding "like a bullfrog fighting a cat". Accordingly, Grok is generally pronounced as a guttural "gr" terminated by a sharp "k" with very little or no vowel sound [a narrow IPA transcription might be [ɡɹ̩kʰ)]."

Grokking ― Grokking is to Understanding like the ability to do new work in a discipline is to the ability to comprehend the issues involved in a discipline.

Grounding ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Process of Experiential Spiritual Methodology, Forms and Techniques, Grounding is the idea of an individual calming and reaching a connection with the Cosmos, often thought of as the local Planet; in Humanity's case certainly Earth, Ḡāēä, the Birth-Mother of our species. This concept does have a strong metaphorical relationship to the electrical concept of grounding, which is likely how the name came to be applied; the focus in part being the idea of being able to utilize large flows of energy without doing damage to the conductive agent, or in this case the individual, and/or group participating in the grounding process.

Guardian ― A Guardian when considered in an Officiant context, is an Officiant who either for a specific Werking, or as their preferred usual mode of Officiation has flavoured their practitioning with the specific qualities of service and security. The Guardian secures or protects the physical, spiritual, or psychological safety of the Werking or the other Officiants and may offer such service beyond the delineation of the Circle. In the context of Werkings, and especially Celebratory Circles, Guardians may be considered as applying some components of the Sacrament of Clearing/Cleansing.

See also: Practitionor, Celebrant, Officiant, The Gifts and Persuasions, Divinor

Guardian of the Gate ― An Officiant who issues a challenge at the entrance to a Circle or other Sacred Space consecrated to a Traditions Werkings in order to help the entering Celebrants acknowledge entering the sacred space with clear and focused purpose.

Guerrilla Theatre ― When the term Guerrilla Theatre is used in the context of the various categories of Art, it normally refers to

See also: Performing Arts, Art

Guided Imagery ― Relaxation and stress reduction technique that uses positive thoughts and images to relieve pain, slow the heart rate, and stimulate the body's healing responses.

Guided Visualization ― Relaxation and stress reduction technique that uses positive thoughts and images to relieve pain, slow the heart rate, and stimulate the body's healing responses.

Gusteal Arts ― Gusteal Arts is a constructed phrase, parallel in manner of delineation to Visual (meaning capable of being input by the sight receptors, translated and transmuted by the Brain and processed by the part of the Mind and Consciousness that processes input from such receptors) Arts, except relating to the receptors and parts of the Brain, Mind and Consciousness that process input from receptors of the Gustatory (Taste) frequencies, meaning Objects of Art which employ Gustatory stimuli in the communication between the artist and the person perceiving the Art.

See also: Art

Gwyddonic Order ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents holding as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm.

Gydhja ― When used in reference to an Officiant in Nordic and/or Germanic Tradition Werkings, the term Gydhja indicates a Priestess consecrated to that Tradition. Literally a Goddess-Woman. see also Vitke

Gyromancy and Gyroscopy ― When the term Gyromancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by spinning around in circles to the point of falling from dizziness. Gyromancy at its simplist would be divination by rounds or circles.

The term Gyromancy is derived from the Greek words: Γῦρος (Gyrōs) meaning ring, circle, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.


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