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M̅êя̄ē ĕñ H̅êʜ̇M̅êя̄ē ĕñ H̅êʜ̇ is a phonetically constructed term for a Glade of Garden of Life with a predominantly Ægyptian focus. The term is derived from Ægyptian root words and may be loosely translated as "Beloved of Eternity". M̅êя̄ē ĕñ H̅êʜ̇ pre-existed the Formalization of Garden of Life as a Temple, and has been primarily involved with projects in Reconstituted Ægyptian Language and Terminology within Pagan context, and other phonetic language projects.

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Ṃĕℓ'ʟ̄ēf̅ēв̄ōñ ― Ṃĕℓ'ʟ̄ēf̅ēв̄ōñ is a phonetically constructed term based on the Archaic Greek root word: μελλέφηβος, meaning near puberty; though this is also variable from individual to individual, a rough approximation of ~12 years old or so is normally used.

Ṃĕℓ'ʟ̄ēf̅ēв̄ōñ 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. Ṃĕℓ'ʟ̄ēf̅ēв̄ōñ passage and/or the ~12th Year Perfectioning - Community Member Rite of Passage. This is generally the first formal introduction into preparation for the rights and responsibilities of adulthood. All cultures have various ways of dealing with this time of life. Some choose to ignore it, some venerate it. In our Tradition it is recognized as a critical transition. The child/pre-adult now begins to take responsibility for her/his actions, both within and outside the circles of Household, Clan and Tribe. The group no longer "carries" the child, though it still supports. The child is again dedicated to their Ultimate Potential Perfection, whatever that might be. The child is given glimmers of a birth into adulthood. Often the best Mægikal focus for this transition is the use of the Maze or Labyrinth.

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M̃âя̄'я̇ēäñ ― A phonetically constructed Goddess Name based on the Tuatha de Danaan Vegetative Mystery Goddess, normally spelled Marion in English; Her primary attributes are normally thought of as being the Lady of the Wilde Woods, particularly Forests; providing the prototype of the May Queen Archetype; and the counterpart to Robin in the Sherwood Forest Cycle.

M̃ĕя̇äя̄ēt̄'ūя̇'ṇ'ǫ ― The Garden of Life Office of Publications may elect from among its members one Individual to serve as the Garden of Life M̃ĕя̇äя̄ēt̄'ūя̇'ṇ'ǫ Coordinator. This Officer shall have responsibility for the coordination of all efforts regarding Garden of Life Logos and/or other identifying visual representations thereof. Such Officer may also be responsible for guiding the overall æsthetic impression made by any and all Garden of Life generated documents, literature and materials, regardless of the media of such presentation.

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Mabon ― The name used within a wide variety of Pagan Traditions to indicate a HolyDay usually, though not universally Celebrated on September 20th - 23rd in the Northern Hemisphere. Mabon is the Autumnal Equinox. Mabon is a furtherance of the harvest cycles begun at Lughnassad. Once again day and night are equal. Nature's growth cycle declines, moving into the storing up goods for the Winter part of the cycle, and the land lying fallow in preparation of the next cycle.

Machæromancy and Machæroscopy ― When the term Machæromancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination utilizing Blades: swords, daggers and knives. Sometimes an Athamé, dagger, or sword will be spun in a circle of letters and numbers. Or a sickle may be thrown at a board with letters and numbers. A more difficult method consists of throwing sickles (a semicircular blade attached to a short handle, used for cutting grain or tall grass) into the air and watching their movements as they fall back to earth; and interpreting omens and predicting the following year's marriages, births, and deaths from their positions as they are in the air and in which they fall, this type is particularly popular in Scotland where it was traditionally performed on August Eve (July 31). Sometimes spelled Machairomancy.

The term Machæromancy is derived from the Greek words: Μάχαιρα (Makhaira) meaning large knife, blade, 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.

Macromancy and Macroscopy ― When the term Macromancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using large objects.

The term Macromancy is derived from the Greek words: Μακρός (Makros) meaning long in time and/or space, (has become universally used for large in any context), 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.

Maculomancy and Maculoscopy ― When the term Maculomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using spots. The spots may be naturally occurring spots on something, animate or inanimate, spots induced to manifest through some specific procedure, spots appearing before the eyes, or other possibilities.

The term Maculomancy is derived from the Latin Macula meaning spot, and the Greek word 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.

Macumba ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, Macumba is not in itself a religion but the umbrella for the two principal forms of African spirit worship in Brazil, related to Vodoun and Santaria which are Candomblé and Umbanda. Macumba is sometimes used to refer to harmful magick, but that is more properly called Quimbanda. Macumba is also called Spiritism but that is a very general name for a specific group of religions.

Madelainian ― 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.

Madhyamika Buddhism ― 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 the Middle Way in the Buddhist Traditions, holding the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, and/or interpolations thereon as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. The Sanskrit word "Madhyamika" means "one who holds to the middle". The concept of "The Middle Way" in Buddhism begins with the Buddha's description of his path to enlightenment as one which avoids the extremes of indulging in worldly pleasures, on the one hand, and engaging in severe ascetic practices on the other. The Middle Way of Madhyamika refers to the teachings of Nagarjuna, who, at a time when the Mahayana teachings were falling into decline, wrote his Six Treatises, four of which directly expound the doctrine of sunyata, or emptiness. Some postulate that there is no monolithic Buddhism as such, but that there are Buddhisms such as Sinhala Buddhism or more precisely Sinhala Theravada Buddhism, Siam or Thai Buddhism, Myanmar or Amarapura Buddhism and so forth. The complete entry on Madhyamika Buddhism (also see: the complete entry on Buddhism.)

Mægik ― Conscious focusing of the will (thought), form (physical) and emotion (desire) to effect change. Technically speaking, any conscious act is a magickal act. Mægik is neither good nor evil, neither positive nor negative. The practitioner, not the energy form, determines the path and outcome it will take.

Mægikal ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation of Experiential Spiritual Methodology, Mægik is action to effectuate change in accordance with will

Mægikal Circle ― When the term Mægikal Circle [in Aleister Crowley's 777 Tables of Correspondences, key number 10] is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to a Circle drawn or visualized to mark off aSacred Space; specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. The Circle Patterns vary from Tradition to Tradition, and range from the simple to the extremely complex. In some Traditions the same Pattern for all their Werkings, and others match the Pattern that they use to the intent of the specific 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.

Mægikal Energies ― When the term is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus and/or Focus it generally refers to ; 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.

Mægikal Formulae ― Mægikal Formulae

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.

Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci ― When the term Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus is used, it generally refers to items used in the practice of Mægikal and/or MetaPhysical Werkings and/or Research; specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. Almost universal among the Pagan Traditions is the recommendation (and in some cases requirement) that each Individual Practitionor create their own implements if at all possible, and that implements used by Groups be created by members of that Group, in order to keep the Energy bonds as immediate as possible. Also the recommendation and/or requirement to use these items only in Mægikal and/or MetaPhysical pursuits is nearly omnipresent. The Mægikal Circle, Altar, Disc, Cup, Wand, Blade, Lamp, Bell, Candle and Incense are the most universally utilized of the Implements, Objects, Tools and/or Foci across the vast tapestry of the Traditions.

Of course it must also be considered that the utilization of any of the super-category (which needs a name in English, possibly the Greek Τέλεσμα (Telesma) might work.) which includes Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, is a matter of choice. Any individual or group Werking could be performed entirely on the non-material planes, in various meditative and/or trance states with no components outside the Consciousnesses of the Participants. So in a sense Æsthetics comes into play. These items are utilized because the Practitionors desire to use them, and find them, in and of themselves and/or their use to be Beautiful. Thus the Practitionors believe that the utilization of the items is of benefit to their Werkings, and so they are. Additionally there is an emphatic reinforcement by enacting on the Physical Planes, that which perhaps has more to do with the non-material planes, simultaneously as it is being enacted there.

See also: Elemental ImplementsΤέλεσμα (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.

Adder's stone, Ægyptian Amulets and Talismen, Affirmations, Ally, AlpineHorn, Altar, Altar Cloths and Coverings, Altered States of Consciousness, Ampulla, Amulet, Amulet and Talisman Cases, Anklet, Annointment Substance, Antler Digging Tool, Apron, Armlet, Arrow, Aspergillum, Aspersorium, Atmosphere, Baculum, Baetylus, Baldaquin, Balefire, Banner, Barbarous Tongues, Bare Feet, Baresman, Bell, Benu Wand, Besom, Black Mirror Objects, Boat, Boat of Millions of Years, Boledora, Bolline, Bomos, Book, Book of Light, Book of Shadows, Boomerang, Bow, Bow and Arrow, Bracelet, Brazier, Bread, BreastPlate, Broom, Bulla, BullRoarer, Burin, Cabinet, Caduceus, Cakes, Candle, Candle Accoutrements, Candle Holders, Cauldron, Celebratory Tools, Censer, Chain, Chakra Altars, Chalice, Chanting, Chaplet, Charm, Chest, Cingulum, Circle, Circlet, Claiming, Clapping, Clashing Shields, Cloak, Communion Set, Communion Substance, Compass Round, Conch Horn, Cords, Corn Dollies, Cresset, Crook, Cross, Crown, Cruet, Crux Ansata, Crystal, Crystal Ball, Crystals, Cube, Cup, Dagger, Dagoba, Dais, Dipping Stones, Directional Altars, Disc, Divination, Divinatory Systems, Donar Water, Dorje or Vajra, Double Cube Altar, Double Torches, Earrings, Elemental, Elemental Cleansing Set, Elemental Implements, Elf Fire, Energy, Energy Dance, Ewer, Ephesia Grammata, Familiar, Fan, Fascinum, Fetish, Flail, Flute, Foci, Fount, Furnace, Galdr, Gate, Girdle, Glossolalia, Gong, Graal, Gramarye, Graphos, GraphoSpiral, Hair, Headdress, Heka, Hendecagram, Hendecagram Columns, Hex Signs, Hexagram, Hō'mom'ni, Hood, Hook, Hoop and Measuring Line, Horn, Horns, Incense, Incense Accoutrements, Incorporation of Natural Environmental Sounds, Inner Robe of Glory, Inspired Spontaneous Utterance, Intent Sigils, Iynx, Javelin, Juju, Kalas, Kalatha, Kerykeion, Khernibeion, Khernips, Kiste, Knots, Knotted Cords, Krator, Kykeon, Kymbala, Labour of Preparation, Labyrinth, Lamen, Lamp, Lantern, Libation Vessel, Lightning Flash, Liknon, Lingam, Lotus Wand, Lunar Water, Lustral Water, Mægikal Circle, Mægikal Energies, Mægikal Mirror, Mægikal Name, Mægikal Pentagon, Mægikal Square, Mægikal Triangle, Maṇḍala, Manifestory Altars, Mantra, Mascot, Maze, Metate and Mano, Mirror, Mortar and Pestle, Music & Musical Instruments, Name, Necklace, Need Fire, Need Fire Kit, Oath, Obeah, Oil, Orb, Orgone, Outer Robe of Concealment, Pærirrantirion, Pain of the Obligation, PanPipes, Pantacle, Panticle, Papyrus Wand, Paten, Peace Pole, Perfume, Periapt, Personal Altars, Petasos, Pentacle, Pentagram, Perfume, Phoenix Wand, Portal, Pouches, Projective Hand or Power Hand, Pyramid, Pyramid of Fire, Я̄χēt̄ Wand, Rainsticks, Rattles, Readings, Receptive Hand or Sensing Hand, Red Tincture, Responsives (Formulaic and Open), Rhythmic Breathings, Ribbons, Ring, Ritual Apparati, Ritual Consciousness, Robe, Rose Cross, Rose Cross Lamen, RosyCross, Runes, Sacred Objects, Salt, Salt and Water, Sandals, Sceptre, Scissors, Scourge, Secret Fire, Secret Force, Sekhem Wand, Shaking Down of the Hair, ShenuAr or Circle Rocks, Shield, Shrine Altars, Shugurra Crown, Sickle, Sigil, Singing, Sistrum (Shesheta), Sling, Solar Water, Sound as Mægikal Implement, Spear, Sphere, Spoken Word, Sponde, Staff, Stamping of Feet, Standard, Stang, Stellar Water, Stödhur, Stones, Stupa, Sword, Symbolic Gestures, Talisman, Talking Stick, Tau Cross, The Preliminary Discipline, Thelemic Kaaba, Thought Forms, Threshold, Throne, Thrysi, Tomb, Totem, Trance, Trident, Triangle, Tribal Interweaving Altars, Triplicity Altars, Tripod, Twilight of the Place, Uadjet, Ur-Uatchi, Vegetal Celebratory Preparation Materials, Veil, Versicles, Vessel, Vestments, Voces Magicae, Votive Altars, Wand, Wanga, Werking Altars, White Tincture, Wine, Winged Egg, Winged Heart, Winged Sphere, Wings, Witch's Glyph, Xenoglossia, Yantras, and Yoni

Mægikal Mirror ― When the term Mægikal Mirror is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to either an Astral construct which is used in various mental meditation disciplines, or an actual physical Mirror which is specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. One of the examples of Mægikal Mirror, is sometimes called a Soul Mirror, and has the effect of showing the person a visage which reflects their Spiritual condition rather than the more typical Physical face.

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.

Mægikal Name ― When the term Mægikal Mirror is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to a name taken by a Practitionor, and/or given by a group to a Practitionor, specifically created for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. In some Traditions Mægikal Names are only used in Werkings, and other activities related to the Individuals Spiritual development, and others allows more familiar use among a group that Werks together. Also in some Traditions, a Mægikal Name is assumed for the duration, while in others a different Mægikal Name is utilized for each different phase of their evolution.

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.

Mægikal Pentagon ― When the term Mægikal Pentagon is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to an artifact made in a pentagonal shape or with one or more pentagons embalzoned upon it, specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. Mægikal Pentagon may also refer to a shape drawn on the floor or ground in which specific aspects of a Werking may be intended to take place.

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.

Mægikal Square ― When the term Mægikal Square is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to an artifact made in a square shape or with one or more squares embalzoned upon it, specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. Mægikal Square may also refer to a shape drawn on the floor or ground in which specific aspects of a Werking may be intended to take place.

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.

Mægikal Systems ― A basic set of guidelines relating to magickal and cultural traditions, sometimes including religion.

Mægikal Triangle ― When the term Mægikal Triangle is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to an artifact made in a triangle shape or with one or more triangles embalzoned upon it, specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. Mægikal Triangle may also refer to a shape drawn on the floor or ground in which specific aspects of a Werking may be intended to take place.

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.

Mægikian ― When the term Mægikian is used to describe a type of Practitionor, it typically refers to a Practitionor of Ceremonial Mægick, which relies on and requires more formalized and specific procedures than Natural Mægick. In many Traditions there is reliance on the Trivium, indicating the Three Arts of Symbology, Perception, and Manipulation that were the basis of a Magi's knowledge. Being based on complex systems, most Mægikians come from or at least are loosely affiliated with some specific Order, such as the OTO, or Golden Dawn, or more modernly the IOT, or various Kaos Traditions.

Magi ― Magi, when considered as Officiants in a Werking, consist of any Practitionor of the forms and techniques of energy manipulation normally referred to as within the realm of Mægik. Thus when a Werking includes one or more Magi as Officiants, it is indicative that the nature of the Werking may be more toward Ceremonial than Natural Mægik. Of course this is almost always a sliding scale in modern Pagan Werkings. Few Traditions perform strictly Ceremonial Mægik Werkings or completely Natural Mægik Werkings.

Magian ― 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.

Magician's Trivium ― Three Arts of symbology, perception, and manipulation that were the basis of a magus's knowledge.

MahaYana Buddhism ― 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 teachings of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, and/or interpolations thereon as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. In the second century of the common era, there arose in India a new movement that came to be called Mahayana, which means "Great Vehicle." In contrast to the older Theravada schools, the Mahayana placed less emphasis on the accepted texts of the Buddha; inspired adepts from that time, such as Nagarjuna, imbued the Buddha's teachings with new interpretations. The Mahayana schools relaxed the stringent adhesion to the rules and regulations that had been laid out in the monastic code developed by the Buddha some 700 years earlier; the focus instead became the Buddha's teachings on the nature of emptiness and the relationship between form and emptiness. The Mahayana placed great importance on the inherent embodiment of buddha nature-or enlightened mind-by all human beings, and encouraged individual experience to be the basis of insight and attainment in the process of realizing one's own Buddha nature. Some postulate that there is no monolithic Buddhism as such, but that there are Buddhisms such as Sinhala Buddhism or more precisely Sinhala Theravada Buddhism, Siam or Thai Buddhism, Myanmar or Amarapura Buddhism and so forth. The complete entry on MahaYana Buddhism (also see: the complete entry on Buddhism.)

Maitreyan Buddhism ― 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 teachings of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, and/or interpolations thereon as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. Devotees of the Buddha Maitreya existed in early Chinese Buddhism, they described Maitreya, dwelling in the Tusita paradise, as an object of veneration much like Amitabha for the Pure Land School. Some postulate that there is no monolithic Buddhism as such, but that there are Buddhisms such as Sinhala Buddhism or more precisely Sinhala Theravada Buddhism, Siam or Thai Buddhism, Myanmar or Amarapura Buddhism and so forth. The complete entry on Maitreyan Buddhism (also see: the complete entry on Buddhism.)

Malaise ― Malaise is a term used for a difficult to describe feeling of general discomfort or uneasiness, of physical, mental, and/or spiritual nature. Sometimes described of being "out of sorts", and may be a first indication of an infection or other disease. One of the necessary components of the feeling is the uncertainty of it's existence. When there is a component of the Spiritual in the feeling, it is often a precursor to choosing a path of Spiritual Seeking and Growth. The word comes to English directly from Old French and has existed in the French language since at least the 12th century.

Malapropisms ― Malapropisms or Acyrologia are the substitutions of words by words with a similar sound, in which the resulting phrase makes no sense but often creates a comic effect. It is not the same as an Eggcorn, which is a similar substitution in which the new phrase makes sense on some level. Occasionally a phrase, rather than a single word, replaces the original word
See also: Malapropisms, Garden of Life WordPlay Index, and Word Play in Definitions

Maltese (Primal-Dreaming Goddess-Other) ― 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.

Mâna ― Mâna refers more to the mægikal field, or power of various types of objects, or the energy with which they effect their actions, rather than the items themselves

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.

-mancy ― The suffix -mancy is derived from the Greek word: Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination. The suffix - mancy is an Anglicized Greek word which creates a combining form meaning 'divination' mostly occurring along with other loanwords from Greek and used in combination with other elements of Greek origin, such as in Chiromancy, Oneiromancy, and so forth; though in a small number of cases the word created involves root words from other languages combined with the - mancy from the Greek. The common Middle English form that we see this in is -mancie, but we also see -mansi, -maunc and -mauncie. 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.

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.

Maṇḍala ― मण्डल Mandala is the Sanskrit word for sacred circle. The circle is a symbol of wholeness and harmony, a connection to the source of all life which is held sacred in many cultures and faith traditions. Mandalas offer a path to healing and transformative powers through art, light and sound. Maṇḍalas move beyond limitation into the world of possibility, awakening the inner realm of peace, discovering your creative potential, illuminating your soul intuition and sense of self to experience the love of uncovering your inner radiance. Sacred, geometric paintings used for meditation purposes and characterized by a circle and a square which radiate from a central point. Jung interpreted them as an archetypal expression of the Self and wholeness. Mandala images often emerge In dreams and paintings during analysis.

Maṇḍala ― When the term Maṇḍala is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to a symetrical geometric figure representing the universe most frequently in Sanatana Dharma and Buddhist symbolism; specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. Maṇḍala is a Sanskrit word that means "circle". In the Buddhist and Hindu religious traditions their sacred art often takes a mandala form. The basic form of most Hindu and Buddhist maṇḍalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the shape of a T. These maṇḍalas, concentric diagrams, have spiritual and ritual significance in both Buddhism and Hinduism. The term is of Sanatana Dharma origin and appears in the Rig Veda as the name of the sections of the work, but is also used in other Indian religions, particularly Buddhism. In the Tibetan branch of Vajrayana Buddhism, maṇḍalas have been developed into sandpainting. They are also a key part of anuttarayoga tantra meditation practices.

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.

Maneros ― Maneros as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Μανἔρως meaning Highly Emotional intense Sexual based Love; [not to be confused with Ἐρωτομανία (Erotomania) a disorder in which a person has a delusion of a romantic relationship with another person]

See also: Μανἔρως, and Love

MANIFESTATION / SHOWING (when considered as a Sacrament) ― Garden of Life considers Manifestation or Showing a Pagan Sacrament. In a preliminary description Manifestation or Showing may be an Act and/or Process performed by an Officiant when they become a Vessel Filled with Divine Essence, usually for the purpose of Divine Essence having a more direct and numinous presence in the Werking. Manifestation generally occurs at a Celebratory Werking and ordinarily consists of an Officiant Incarnating for the duration of the Circle, a Facet of the Divine Essence, whether from a particular Tradition or that Facet that She/He will one day continually be. In less formal settings or in everyday life this Showing Process may consist regardless of temporal duration, of existing as an Actualized Avatar, with the object of showing others that such a level of existence is possible on the material plane.
Below please find the wording that Garden of Life uses in it's Articles of Organization to delineate this Sacrament:
An Act, Acts, a Process, Processes and/or Series of Acts and/or Processes performed by an Officiant in Becoming a Vessel Filled with the Divine Essence of this Cosmos, usually for the purpose of those Divine Forces having a more direct and numinous presence in the Werking. When performed at a Celebratory Werking this Manifestation Process ordinarily consists of Incarnating for that duration a Facet of the Divine Essence, whether from a particular Tradition or that Facet that She/He will one day be continually. In less formal settings or in everyday life this Showing Process may consist of existing as an Actualized Avatar, with the object of showing others that such a level of existence is possible on the material plane. In our tradition this is sometimes referred to as Being in a Process of F̅ä'êñ'ʜ̅êĭñ.

Manifestations

Manifestory Altars ― When the term Manifestory Altars is used in reference to Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci it generally refers to stands, tables, and/or cabinetry upon which assortments of Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci may be placed, at which Manifestation is expected to take place; specifically constructed for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. Altars may be portable or permanent, and may range from simple table like structures to elaborate cabinetry

see also: Altar, 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.

Manipûra ― the Manipûra - Solar Plexus Chakra ―
      which relates to: Volition, Strength, Sense of SelfWorth, and Personal Power
          and governs: the Upper Spine, Upper Back, Stomach, and Upper Intestines
              with this Colour correspondence: Yellows, Metallic Browns and Grays


Manitariomancy and Manitarioscopy ― When the term Manitariomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination utilizing mushrooms, patterns on the mushrooms themselves, positioning of group growths, locales, and so forth. By extension, Manitariomancy includes systems of divination which involve ingesting psychoactive mushrooms and interpreting the visions for the divination.

The term Manitariomancy is derived from the Greek words: Μανιτάρι (Manitari) meaning mushroom, Μύκης (Mykes) meaning fungus 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.

Mano and Matate ― see Metate and Mano

Manteia ― When the term Manteia is used in reference to a type of Divination, it generally refers to Greek Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, and indicates the overall idea of divination, in all its myriad flavours, which is the reason that the suffix made from it, -mancy is used in the names of so many different types of 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.

Mantis see Divinor

Mantology ― When the term Mantology is used in the context of Divination, it generally refers to the study of the Art or Practice of Divination, possibly including the study of the Practitionors as well.

The term Mantology is derived from the Greek words: Μάντις (Mantis) meaning seer, prophet, divinor; 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.

Mantra ― A devotional phrase that is repeated over and over to reach higher mental and spiritual states. Every mantrum has a physical, audible sound, creating sound waves of a specific nature. The higher vibrational, inaudible sounds in the mantrum create mental and spiritual energy waves. When supplemented with a sincere belief and spiritual attitude, mantrums are effectively used for healing. The word, with the breath and the consciousness, form a vital combination of energies that amplify the results.

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.

Manx ― 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. An Irish tradition deeply connected with the mystical Isle of Man. Manann Mac Llyr, God of the Sea and Fand, a Faery Queen are the principal deities.

Märchen ― Märchen Märchen, plural Märchen, folktale characterized by elements of Mægik or the supernatural, such as the endowment of a mortal character with Mægikal powers or special knowledge; variations expose the hero to supernatural beings or objects. The German term Märchen, used universally by folklorists, also embraces tall tales and humorous anecdotes; although it is often translated as "fairy tale," the fairy is not a requisite motif. Märchen usually begin with a formula such as "once upon a time," setting the story in an indefinite time and place. Their usual theme is the triumph over difficulty, with or without supernatural aid, of

Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms: Märchen [mairh‐yen], the German term for tales of enchantment and marvels, usually translated as fairy tales despite the absence of actual fairies from most examples; also for a single such tale (the singular and plural forms being the same). Märchen have been divided into two categories: the Volksmärchen are folktales of the kind collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in their celebrated Kinder‐ und Hausmärchen (1812), while Kunstmärchen are 'art tales', that is, literary creations like the uncanny tales of E. T. A. Hoffmann.

Oxford Companion to German Literature: Märchen, a fairy-tale in the wider sense, containing a supernatural element, but not necessarily introducing fairies. When such stories derive from popular oral tradition they are termed Volksmärchen. Many of these are of oriental origin. Its basic structural features include a simple plot of mythic or moral import, with archetypal figures, set in an unspecified time and place. Märchen occur among early printed books, and interest in them, after lapsing in the 17th c., revived in the 18th c. and 19th c., notably in the Romantic period (see Romantik). J. K. A. Musäus published Volksmärchen der Deutschen (1782-6), Benedikte Neubert Neue Volksmärchen der Deutschen (1789-93). The outstanding German collection is Kinder- und Hausmärchen (1812-14) of the brothers J. and W. Grimm. L. Bechstein's collections include Die Volkssagen, Märchen und Legenden des Kaiserstaates Österreich (1848). Märchen invented or substantially altered by writers since the late 18th c. are styled Kunstmärchen. Examples have been written by Goethe ( Das Märchen), L. Tieck, C. Brentano, F. de la Motte Fouqué, E. T. A. Hoffmann, and W. Hauff, as well as by many others. Mörike's Märchen vom sichern Mann is in verse.

Mar'rer ― In an Ægyptian Paradigm the Mar'rer has independent existence but also functions as a component of a sentient Being during a particular incarnation and/or series of incarnations. When discussed in reference to a particular Individual within a specific incarnation the Mar'rer may be considered as the embodied True Will, including Intuition and the ability to Discern, or make distinctions. The Mar'rer primarily functions within the field of the Mægikal forces, and is sometimes referred to as a component of the Secret Force. This is the component that reflects the concept of "Every Man and Every Woman is a Star", most recently codified in the Thelemic N'ta. The idea that each Entity has its own perfect place and trajectory in the Cosmos. If considered within a Sanatana Dharma Chakric context, the Mar'rer might be considered to work in the arena of the Manipûra Chakra or what is often called in the West, the Will Chakra. A more complete listing of the various component parts in this particular system of reconstituted Ægyptian Parts of the Entity.

Margaritomancy and Margaritoscopy ― When the term Margaritomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using pearls.

The term Margaritomancy is derived from the Greek words: Μαργαρίτης (Margaritēs) meaning pearl, 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.

Mars (Local Star System Component) ― see: Åя̄ēż

Martelé ― It is within the world of Haute culture that Martelé, a limited, hand-wrought production line of silver, was created and flourished. It was made from 1896 through the 1930s by the Gorham Manufacturing Company of Providence, Rhode Island, the largest manufacturer of silver in the world at that time. The name came from the French verb, marteler, "to hammer," for that is how the silver objects were made. Each began as a flat piece of silver, which was formed into the desired shape with hammering. The metal used in Martelé was softer and purer than the sterling standard in order to make the silver more malleable and easier to work by hand

Mascot ― Mascots (though the term in now mostly used in reference to Mascots of athletic teams and such) are a sub grouping of usually small Τέλεσμα (though obviously they may be any size) which are specifically for the purpose of bringer their possessors luck. Originally the term Mascot was also applied to the hood-ornaments of automobiles, perhaps as a form of luck-bringer there as well. There may be some corolation to the cross-cultural ideas about faces and figurehead busts and full figures on the prow of ships.

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.

Massage Therapy ― Systematic manipulation of the soft tissues. Benefits range from physical, mental, emotional to simply "feeling good." Massage reduces the effects of stress, relaxes tense muscles, increases blood circulation, decreases chronic pain, strengthens the immune system, improves nerve function, improves skin tone & helps you to sleep better. Massage goes much deeper than the skin. It can dilate blood vessels and relieve congestion throughout the body. Massage acts as a mechanical cleanser, pushing waste products and toxins through the lymphatic system. It improves muscle tone and assists in helping to prevent atrophy that results from inactivity. Massage also helps break down fat cells in subcutaneous tissues.
Deep Tissue - Uses techniques to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. Infant - Comforts and soothes newborn babies. Helps baby digest feedings better and sleep more restfully. Baby receives special attention and grows closer. Very beneficial during first month of life.
Lymphatic - A gentle, whole body massage aimed at stimulating the lymphatic system to carry away excessive fluid in the loose connective tissue. Non-invasive, painless therapy intended for conditions such as swelling, neuromuscular disorders, or congestion. Uses techniques to accelerate the movement of lymphatic fluid to healthy parts of the body for re-absorption. It is widely used in Europe and Australia. Focuses on gently moving skin and connective tissue rather than muscle tissue. This stimulates the weakened lymphatic system and allows the stagnant fluid to be shunted to those areas where lymph vessels are healthy and will reabsorb the fluid.
Shiatsu - A Japanese style of massage that involves applying pressure with the balls of the thumbs on acupuncture points to balance Ki (life force energy) which flows through the meridian channels throughout the body. The many forms of shiatsu are all directed at rebalancing ki flow where some areas are deficient (kyo) and others have excess (jitsu) ki.
Swedish - Emphasizes strokes going toward the heart. Uses five main strokes to stimulate the circulation of blood through the soft tissues of the body.

Mathemancy and Mathescopy ― When the term Mathemancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by counting.

The term Mathemancy is derived from the Greek words: Μάθημα (Mathma) meaning 'that which is learnt', a lesson, knowledge, science, especially mathematical learning; 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.

Mathesis ― Mathesis as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Μάθησις learning, the getting of knowledge, desire of learning

See also: Μάθησις

Matriarchal ― When the term Matriarchal is utilized in reference to a particular culture or Tradition, it generally indicates a hierarchical structure where women hold the rulership positions.

Matriarchal Society

Matrifocal ― When the term Matrifocal is utilized in reference to a particular culture or Tradition, it generally indicates a non-hierarchical structure whose values emphasize the feminine and especially the Mother, and the emphasis in on cooperation rather than competition in the community activities.

Matrifocal Society

Matrir ― A Matrir is a female Officiant whose interests and efforts are shifted away from active Officiating at Werkings and toward securing the lineage, forms, and techniques of a specific Tradition. In some Traditions, a Matrir may take responsibility for coordination of the Officiants who have functions which relate to the functioning of the group, in the Intentional Tribe sense, such as Tribal Interweaving Priestesses, who may reinforce the currents of energy which network the particular group together in the context of Werkings.

Matri may also concern themselves with the guidance and preparation of newer Officiants. Entering the ranks of the Matri is determined by each individual Officiant and the general guidelines of that group and includes Officiants who have followed a variety of paths of Officiating within the tradition.

The Matri of a group, along with the Patri, the Crones, and Sages constitute the body of Elders within the group. Elder's purview and responsibilities may vary wildly from group to group, even within a particular Tradition, however, usually they will fall within the area of continuity and the framework of the group.


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

Matrix ― A Matrix when considered in an Officiant context, is an Officiant that specializes in organization and intensification of Circle Energy, often prior to aiding the transference to another Officiant or Officiants, ordinarily when such Officiants are Manifesting and Building or preparing for such Building of Energy.

Matrices are Officiants whose actions reflect the function of serving as a conduit or vessel of the androgynous [in the senses of either, neither and/or both] facets of the Divine Forces. The specifics vary vastly among the Pagan Traditions, but usually include a leadership role in Mægikal Werkings, especially Circles. Often the Matrix role in Circles includes an amplification of the energies built by the Celebrants as well as representing (through various procedures identified as: Invocation, Evocation, Manifestation, Incarnation, and in many other ways.) the Divine. Matrix Werking often includes the Channeling of Earth and Circle Energy into the Officiating Priestess or Priestesses to intensify the Field of Energy that they can draw on for Manifestation or Building and Sending.

Entering the Matrix Path is an option open to any who choose to do so. Becoming successful at it, like any other Officiant functioning is a different matter. The Matrix Officiant function indicates a less direct approach than Priestess or Priest, it partakes heavily of "Walker between the Worlds" nuances. This Officiant position has been utilized in Garden of Life since the beginnings of that current in this incarnation, however we are unaware whether any other Traditions utilize this type of Officiation. While the Matrix as an Officiant always represents the Androgynous Divine Forces, in some Traditions the path and practice is not restricted to persons of androgynous gender. Some other Traditions probably have similar Officiant positions, though they doubtless use different terminology.

The Walker between the Worlds concept is central to many Traditions, primarily in traditions where the shamanic mysteries are paramount, but not limited to those. It is a bridging concept, a second stage of the idea that there are many worlds, universes, planes, dimensions and/or realities. A Walker between the Worlds is able to, or perhaps at her/his most natural when in the connections between these different actualities. And their primary praxis is to go there and back again, flavoured with some lingering in between, but with the purpose of enriching and expanding the scope of their starting consensus reality.

Matrices often specialize in organization and intensification of Circle Energy, prior to aiding the Energy's transference to an Officiant or Officiants, ordinarily when such Officiants are Manifesting and Building or preparing for such Building of Energy. For example: a Celebratory Officiant whose Work is the Channeling of Earth and Circle Energy into the Officiating Priestess or Priestesses to intensify the Field of Energy that they can draw on for Manifestation or Building and Sending.

In addition to this primary métier, there are many particular ways of werking within this path, within the Garden of Life Tradition, we have often chosen to use designations taken from quantum physics, for instance the names of quarks, such as Strange, Beauty, Charm, Truth, Up, Down and so forth.


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

Matrix Printmaking Arts ― When the term Arts is used in the context of the various categories of Art, it normally refers to

See also: Graphic Visual Arts, Art

Maya ― 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.

Maze ― When the term Maze is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to a design or an actual structure which is composed of paths, and many choices where normally only one will lead one either to the Centre, or the Exit, whichever may be the desired outcome. Though multipurpose Mazes with different destinations for different functions are not unknown. Often erroneously conflated with the concept of Labyrinth, the Maze performs quite a different function. Unlike the Labyrinth which only has, however multiply folded, only a Single Path in and thus a Single Path out, thus lending itself representationally more toward the inner-life and meditative end of the Spiritual spectrum; the Maze, even if constructed only in two dimensions (i.e.: on a single plane, with no up and down choices, and where the person traversing it, is not able to see over the walls which make it up, which then may or may not be open to the sky) may have many dead ends, and/or paths which do not lead to the desired destination (for instance: in a Maze where the object is to get to the Centre, there may be paths that lead back to the outside, or in one which the desired object is to get to a specific exit, there may be other paths that lead to a central location, to other exits, and/or back to the beginning.) When built around particular Sacred Spaces used for Werkings in a particular tradition, Mazes may have a multi-purpose function, initiatory for members and prospective members of the Tradition, and misdirection and/or the impeding of the approach by non-members and those who would be hostile to the Tradition's praxis. When a third dimension, Paths that go up and over, and/or down and under the normal plain of the Maze, things may become incredibly complex quickly. And when the fourth and other dimensions are introduced, . . . well, it's better just not to discuss those.

see also: See also: Labyrinths, 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.

(Sumerian MeSumerian term) ― One of the earliest stories of a Goddess, working as a female magician, the story of Inanna and Enki, reflects the archetype of the cunning Woman, who manages to "charm" her way into power. Inanna arrays herself in splendor, and goes to visit Enki, the God of Wisdom. A drinking match ensues, and Enki begins toasting Inanna by giving her his sacred Mĕ, which has been defined by Samuel Kramer (2) as the "fundamental, unalterable, comprehensive assortment of powers and duties, norms and standards, rules and regulations, relating to the cosmos and its components, to gods and humans, to cities and countries, and to the varied components of civilized life." In short, the Mĕ are the emblems of cosmic order, a very "Hod" idea. Enki gifts Inanna with the most precious Mĕ: the high priesthood, godships, all the implements of royalty, the priests and priestesses, truth, the ability to descend to and ascend from the Underworld, the arts of dress and adornment, lovemaking and sacred sexual communion, the art of speeding, the entire art of speech -- both forthright, false, and flattering, music, the arts of the hero and the elder, the art of power, the art of treachery as well as the art of straightforwardness, theft, grief and rejoicing, deceit, kindness, rebellion, travel, secure dwelling, all of the crafts, the rites of the temple and the duties of tending livestock, the perceptive ear, the power of attention, fear, dismay, consternation, the family, procreation, the control of fire, the ability to both kindling and dispel strife, to discern matters and issue decrees, and lastly, to make decisions. To each, she enthusiastically responds with "I take them!!" and after Enki passes out, loads them up in her boat and returns home. (3) Enki later awakes, remembers what has happened and naturally regrets his drunken generosity, but his is unable to reclaim them from Inanna, who then gives them to human civilization, and is blessed by Enki for it. From the long catalog of gifts that Inanna is given, we see the full range of human responses to emotions and creative impulses. She gets the bad with the good, and is given the power to choose between them.

Meconomancy and Meconoscopy ― When the term Meconomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination with opium and its effects; drug-induced sleep, trance, dreams.

The term Meconomancy is derived from the Greek words: Μήκων (Mākon) meaning poppy, 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.

Medicine ― (in the sense of a Native American Tradition) - 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 some variety of Spiritual belief, ordinarily identified as First Families or Native American as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. In a sense, Medicine is a Native American term for Mægik, meaning consciously focusing will (thought), form (physicality) and emotion (desire) to effect change. Technically speaking, any conscious act is a Mægikal act. Mægik is neither good nor evil, neither positive nor negative. The Practitionor, not the energy form, determines the path and outcome it will take.

Medicine Wheel

Meditation ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation of Experiential Spiritual Methodology, Meditation is ordinarily characterized by much emphasis being placed on contemplative focal practice, concentrating one's energies toward some specific and/or toward the absence of such. Technique that focuses the mind and promotes a state of calmness so that mind and God can be brought into greater harmony to facilitate health and healing. A state of thoughtless awareness, where everyday activity of the mind ceases, yet one remains peaceful and aware. All this happens in a quiet relaxed manner without any strain or effort.

Meditation Decks

Meditational Buddhism ― 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 teachings of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, and/or interpolations thereon as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. Direct understanding of sunyata is often described by way of the Greek term gnosis . This gnosis is achieved by means of meditational practices of various kinds, but it is based on a correct inferential understanding of emptiness, which is brought about by reason. The experience in meditational equipoise is rooted in the conceptual understanding of emptiness, but that conceptual understanding is also altered by the meditational experience. There is a feedback loop which can eventually lead the practitioner to the fruits of the path being followed, be it Sravaka, Pratyekabuddha or Boddhisattva. These paths to salvation are unique to Buddhism, as are some of the methods employed on the paths. Some postulate that there is no monolithic Buddhism as such, but that there are Buddhisms such as Sinhala Buddhism or more precisely Sinhala Theravada Buddhism, Siam or Thai Buddhism, Myanmar or Amarapura Buddhism and so forth. The complete entry on Meditational Buddhism (also see: the complete entry on Buddhism.)

Mediterranean ― 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.

Medium ― When the term Medium is used in reference to Divination, it typically indicates a Practitionor, of any gender, who is able to hold séances and provide a voice for non-corporeal entities of various types, in order that they may communicate with those still living, individuals or groups.

See Divinor

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.

Mediumist Trance

Mediumship ― When the term Medium is used in reference to a Practitionor, the inference is that one is referring to a person who is able to contact, and become a vessel for Ability to get in touch with your higher self, spirit guides, departed loved ones, angels, archangels, Master Teachers, totem animals, and earth spirits enabling you to bring forth spirit messages for yourself and others. Receives clarity of vision and purpose in your life to apply to your physical reality to improve your total quality of life.

Megalopsychia ― Greek term for magnanimity or greatness of soul, one of the greatest of the moral virtues in the ethics of Aristotle.

Meher Baba Tradition ― 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.

Mehete and Mano ― see- Metate and Mano

Melancholy ― Melancholy

Meliomancy and Melioscopy ― When the term Meliomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination from observing Honey, forms, colours, purity.

The term Meliomancy is derived from the Greek words: Μέλι (Meli), honey, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See: Khrionomancy

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.

Melissomancy and Melissoscopy ― When the term Melissomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination from watching the movements and patterns made by Bees, particularly Honey Bees. Also possibly the movements and patterns of Delphic Priestesses, should you be in a place to observe such. Actually the use of Bees in Spiritual context, in reference to Priestesses, Religions Werkings, and Divination goes back at least to the Kretan period.

The term Melissomancy is derived from the Greek words: Μέλισσα (Melissa), meaning Bee. 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.

Membraenes between Levels of Existence ― The Boundaries that separate and isolate the Pockets of Order in the Entropic Cosmos.

Memes ― Memes are defined as self-replicating units of cultural meaning. Transmitted socially among individuals of different generations, Memes evolve through processes of mutation and natural selection. Thus, simple instances of Memes include: jingles sung by children while skipping rope, the conventional standards for fashionable dress, and the notions comprising the "common-sense" view of the world are all passed on through time, gradually modifying without any deliberate guidance. Memes, like genes, are replicators - they copy themselves - an amazing property, when you think about it, the basis of life itself. Again like genes, Memes endure and copy themselves with variations, which are naturally selected, and thereby evolve. Like genes, they may be metaphorically characterized as "selfish" - since one of their primary functions is to self-organize themselves in order to maximize the possibilities of their own survival and propogation. Computer viri make a good analogy the workings of Memes. In fact, a computer virus, being merely information stored in, and transmitted between, information processsing systems, is more like a Meme than it is like a biological virus (which is a self-contained physical entity that actually moves between organisms, carrying genetic information with it). Richard Dawkins says that as with genes, we track Memes through populations by their phenotypes [ways of being physically expressed]. Unlike genes, only human (and possibly some primate, cetean, and electronic) brains carry Memes.
See also: Memes, Garden of Life WordPlay Index, and Word Play in Definitions

Mercury (Local Star System Component) ― see: H̅ēя̇'m̃ēż

Meronomy ― A Meronomy is a type of taxonomical hierarchy that deals with part-whole relationships, in contrast to a taxonomy whose categorization is based on discrete sets. These conceptual structures are used in linguistics and computer science, with applications in biology. The study of Meronomy is known as Mereology, and in linguistics a meronym is the name given to a constituent part of, the substance of, or a member of something. “X” is a Meronym of “Y” if an X is a part of a Y

Merovingian

MesoPaganism ― MesoPaganism or "Meso-Paganism" includes those Traditions which attempt to recreate, revive or continue what their founders thought of as the PaleoPagan ways of their ancestors or predecessors. These were often influenced (accidentally, deliberately and/or involuntarily) by the monotheistic and dualistic worldviews of the Abramic faiths: Yahwist Judaism, Christianity and/or Islam. Examples of this type of MesoPagan Traditions might include Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, Theosophy, Illuminatism and so forth. Traditions considered MesoPagan also include groups which have been influenced (accidentally, deliberately and/or involuntarily) by a conquering or successor culture, but which have been able to significantly maintain an independence of religious practice. Examples of this type of MesoPagan Traditions might include many current Native American Indian Traditions, and some forms of Voudon, Santaria, Macumba, etc..

Mesos ― Aristotle's Greek term for the mean or middle way that invariably characterizes virtue.

Messianic Judaism ― is a religious movement, composed of faith groups that are mainly attended by ethnic/cultural Jews. They differ from Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox Jews over their beliefs about the Messiah. Most Jews believe that the Messiah has yet to come; Messianic Jews believe that Yeshua of Nazareth was the expected Messiah. (Christians call Yeshua: Jesus Christ.) The recent roots of Messianic Judaism date from the mid 19th century. Many Jews in Britain who had accepted Christian beliefs questioned why they were expected to forfeit their Jewish heritage and identity in order to accept the Messiah. The Hebrew Christian Alliance and Prayer Union of Great Britain was formed in 1866 to promote the combination of Jewish heritage and Christian theology. A similar group, The Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA) was organized in the U.S. in 1915. Most believers would probably accept the definition of a Messianic Jew as "a person who was born Jewish or converted to Judaism, who is a 'genuine believer' in Yeshua [Jesus], and who acknowledges his Jewishness." 1 • "A tenet of Messianic Judaism asserts that when a Jew accepts a Jewish Messiah, born in a Jewish land, who was foretold by Jewish prophets in the Jewish Scriptures, such a Jew does not become a Gentile. In fact, he becomes a completed Jew -- a Jew who believes Jesus is the Messiah." 2 • Those of the "Evangelic" wing of Messianic Judaism hold theological beliefs which are essentially identical to those of Evangelical Christianity, including: G-d as a Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; the virgin birth; sinless life; resurrection; ascension and future second coming, salvation , inerrancy of the Bible, etc. 3,4 • They believe that their religious practices and beliefs are very similar to that experienced by a 1st century CE Jewish Christian movement (also known as The Way or the Nazarenes). This was one of about two dozen religious movements which were active at the time, including the Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots, followers of John the Baptist, Essenes, Gnostics, Herodians, Pauline Christians, etc. The Jewish Christians was composed of Jewish reformers; their group was founded by Jesus' disciples, lead by James -- the brother of Jesus, -- and largely concentrated in Jerusalem. Historians and theologians differ in their beliefs about the 1st century Jewish Christians: • Many religious liberals believe that the Jewish Christians considered themselves to be a reform movement within Judaism. They sacrificed in the Temple, observed all of the Jewish holy days and dietary restrictions, and circumcised their male children. They worshiped G-d as a unity, and viewed Jesus as a human prophet and teacher, not a deity or part of a deity. • Evangelical Christians generally believe that the Christian movement centered in Jerusalem differed little from the Pauline Christians, except that the former circumcised their male children, observed Jewish dietary laws, and worshiped in the Temple. They viewed Jesus as the Son of God, as one personality within the Trinity, as the Messiah, and as their savior. Messianic Jews generally pattern their beliefs after the Evangelical Christian view of the 1st century Jewish Christians. For this reason, they are generally considered to be Christians by the larger Jewish community. • Some believe that Yeshua will return to earth in the "Second Coming" only when a sufficient number of Jews accept him as their Messiah and Savior. Others believe that Jesus may come at any time.

Metagnomy, Metagnomancy and Metagnomscopy ― When the term Metagnomy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by seeing future events in a hypnotic trance and/or other magickal werkings.

The term Metagnomy is derived from the Greek words: Μετά (Meta) meaning in the midst of, along with, beside; and the suffix -gnomy is derived from the field of Greek words including Γνωμηστός (Gnōmēstos) meaning knowledge in-and-of itself, Γνωστός (Gnostos) meaning known, perceived, understood, and Γνωστικός (Gnostikos) meaning 'of 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.

Metallurgical-Mineralogical Arts ― When the term Metallurgical-Mineralogical Arts is used in the context of the various categories of Art, it normally refers to

See also: Art

MetaPhilosophy ― Branch of philosophy that tries to determine the proper aims, methods, and conditions for the discipline of philosophy itself.

Metaphor ― Metaphors are a type of Figure of Speech, where a word or phrase is replaced with a new word or phrase whereby an analogy between the actual item being described and the item to which the new term would normally apply to, is drawn. Valued for their potential Poetic and subtle additions of levels of meaning, Metaphors accomplish their intended effects by indication of ideas of association, comparison, and or resemblance. The meaning of the word has remained remarkably true to it Greek roots (in the word Μεταφορά), with the idea of something which transfers, or 'carries over between'.
See also: Metaphor, Garden of Life WordPlay Index, and Word Play in Definitions

Metaphysica ― are those substances, natural and/or artificial, from plants, animals, and minerals, as well as elemental chemical processes, which In the field of Pharmakopea, Intimations of that which is beyond the physical, and/or composed of more components in addition to the physical

There are numerous systems of taxonomy of psycho-active substances, we are including terms from poet and ethnobotanist Dale Pendell's system here, as it seems to us to be the most comprehensive and consistent. His system is laid out in his remarkable non-linear trilogy: Pharmako/Poeia, Pharmako/Dynamis, and Pharmako/Gnosis. Noting that as he points out frequently, this is about a Poison Path, and there are numerous dangers to be had, especially for the unprepared and uninformed. But regardless he includes, as representative of this class: Nitrous Oxide

MetaPhysics ― Branch of philosophy concerned with providing a comprehensive account of the most general features of reality as a whole; the study of being as such. Questions about the existence and nature of consciousness, sentience, spirit, mind, body, divinity, space, time, causality, volition, chaos, diversity, unity, identity, and the world are all Metaphysical issues. The direct meaning of the word indicates that the field of study is the field of studying that which is beyond or outside the domain of regular Physics. In many ways Metaphysics is carried on by science, particularly physics, but philosophy is not limited by empirical observation. In Metaphysics we can question what things are real, and wonder if there are other things in the universe that we cannot perceive directly that might be real. Do thoughts exist? Do they exist in the same way that tables and chairs exist? Or, do tables and chairs not exist, but only our thoughts about them exist? Is there anything ultimate and unified about reality? Is the universe organized or chaotic?From Plato onwards, many philosophers have tried to determine what kinds of things (and how many of each) exist. But Kant argued that this task is impossible; he proposed instead that we consider the general structure of our thought about the world. Strawson calls the former activity revisionary, and the latter descriptive. Metaphysics may be thought of as the study of ultimate reality. Includes phenomena such as astral travel, out-of-body experiences, spirit communication, astrology, UFOs, telekinesis (ability to move objects), ESP, spiritual healing, and all forms of precognition.

Metate and Mano ― When the term Metate and Mano is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to a pair of implements which working together are able to grind grains so that they may be further processed for utilization in a Werking. These implements are generally thought most effective when 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.

Metempsychosis ― Metempsychosis as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Μετεμψύχωσις with a meaning roughly corresponding to the common English phrase "transmigration of the soul" and includes a variety of forms of reincarnation; after death, after previous incarnations, in different types of cycles. In some cases the incarnations may be human, animal, or some other type of entity though emphasising the continuity of the soul, not the flesh. The term has been used by modern philosophers such as Kurt Gödel and has entered the English language. Another Greek term sometimes used synonymously is palingenesis, "being born again". The entire concept brings into play some sets of near universal early Human ideas: Ægyptian, Sumerian, Sanatana Dharma, Tibetan, Daoist, Shinto, American First Nations, Keltic, Nordic and others, that entities, usually Human and Divine are made up of different components, some combinations of which are more likely to stay together continually, or in a series of incarnations; and other components which are generated for a specific incarnation and only have associations with that one. As an aside, Μετεμψύχωσις has also been explored in speculative philosophy and fiction in terms of the idea of minds switching bodies either temporarily or permanently, which is often called Mind-swapping, or switching, or may be more accurately noted as Body-switching.

See also: Μετεμψύχωσις

Meteormancy and Meteorscopy ― When the term Meteormancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination based on the observation of Shooting Stars and Meteors.

The term Meteormancy is derived from the Greek words: Μετέωρον (Meteoron) meaning 'high in the sky', 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.

Métier

Metopomancy and Metoposcopy ― When the term Metopomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using the forehead, and/or the lines thereon.

The term Metopomancy is derived from the Greek words: Μετώπιον (Metopion) meaning forehead, 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.

Metrizo ― Metrizo as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Μητρίζω meaning to be possessed by the Mother of the Gods

See also: Μητρίζω

Metriazo ― Metriazo as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Μητριάζω indicates a state of worship for and Celebration of the Rites of the Mother of the Gods

See also: Μητριάζω

Micromancy and Microscopy ― When the term Micromancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using small objects.

The term Micromancy is derived from the Greek words: Μικρός (Mikros) meaning small, little, petty, trivial, slight; 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.

MidSummer's Eve & the night before the exact moment of Summer Solstice

Midsummer's Eve and Summer Solstice ― Midsummer's Eve and Summer Solstic 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 Vernal Equinox 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. One of the Great Celebrations on the Garden of Life Temple Calendar, MidSummer's Eve and Summer Solstice Memorialize and Honour the Peak of Summer at Midnight, DreamTime (The Paradigm shattering and reestablishing Idea of Something that is One Thing and yet another Contradictory Thing at the Same Time without damage to the Flow of Existence); and then the Bursting Through of the Total Power of the Sun. The Key Concept is the Sanctity and Possibility of Getting the Full Grown Goose out of the Bottle that it was Raised in without Breaking the Bottle or Hurting the Goose. It is an Ideal time for Initiations, Pivoting a Krysalization or Kaosization, Major Passages, and Transitions for Persons, Places, Objects, Ideas and Plans. Celebrated by many Traditions, the MidSummer's Eve Celebration is ordinarily held the last whole night before the Summer Solstice, the next day's Summer Solstice HolyDay Celebration centers around the closest calculably accurate time for the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere of Ḡāēä (the procedures for the Southern Hemisphere of Ḡāēä for Garden of Life at such time as there are Garden of Life members planning Celebrations in the Southern Hemisphere. However the seasons are pretty straightforwardly switched out.).

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

MidWinter's Eve & the night before the exact moment of Winter Solstice

Midwinter's Eve and Winter Solstice ― Midwinter's Eve and Winter Solstice 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 Vernal Equinox 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. One of the Great Celebrations on the Garden of Life Temple Calendar, MidWinter's Eve and Winter Solstice Memorialize and Honour the Peak of Winter at Noon, Chronometric Time (The Paradigm strengthening Idea of the Validity and Beneficence of the Consensus Flow of Existence); and then the Triumph of the Total Power of the Winter. The Key Concepts are the Sanctity of Building, Conscious Evolution, the Acquisition of Knowledge and Operations on the Plane of Matter. It is an Ideal time for Werkings, Initiations, Pivoting a Kaosization, Major Passages, and Transitions for Persons, Places, Objects, Ideas and Plans. Celebrated by many Traditions, the MidWinter's Eve Celebration may if practicable be held the last whole night before the Winter Solstice; the next day's Winter Solstice HolyDay Celebration will center around the closest calculably accurate time to figure of the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere of Ḡāēä (the procedures for the Southern Hemisphere of Ḡāēä will be determined for Garden of Life at such time as there are Garden of Life members planning Celebrations in the Southern Hemisphere. However the seasons are pretty straightforwardly switched out.).

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

Milky Way Galaxy ― Our Galaxy, the Galaxy of which our Sun is a member Star.

Millinery Arts ― When the term Millinery Arts is used in the context of the various categories of Art, it normally refers to the design and making of hats, any type of hats, perhaps a certain emphasis on hats which provide adornment beyond the simple functional.

See also: Textile Arts, Art

Mimêsis ― Greek term for imitation or representation. Hence, for Plato, mimêsis is the way in which sensible particulars copy the eternal forms. Although Aristotle rejected the theory of forms, he agreed with Plato that aesthetic experience is fundamentally mimetic.

Mind ― There does not appear to be any definitive or widely accepted definition of what the term Mind may mean precisely, nor even a particularly widely held consensus. It is perhaps at least the arena where Thought occurs, and where Consciousness is realized. For some Traditions and Individuals the Mind is exactly, point for point, identified with the Brain, or perhaps the electrical activity therein. From this point theories, interpretations, and definitions, range across a sliding scale to the point where the Mind is considered to be entirely discreet from the Brain and its activities, though in some cases anchored to or by it. At this end of the spectrum sometimes the Mind is thought of as a type of Field of Energy, which may be looked at as being

See also: Mind, Consciousness, Sentient Entity Component Systems,

Mind Body Dichotomy

Mind Control ― The term Mind Control is used mainly in two diametrically opposed ways in modern parlance. In a positive sense, Mind Control is thought of and taught as a form and technique with which an individual learns to self-program, and reprogram themselves in a manner which may lead to positive evolution of themselves. In a negative sense, primarily differentiated by the fact that the referrence is to one person having Control over other peoples Minds, rather than more control over their own mind it may also be called, Thought Reform, brainwashing, conditioning, and/or deprogramming. The Thought Reform model, suggests that there are specific methods of deception that can be employed by abusive spiritual leaders that may result in a diminished capacity for critical thinking and suppression of autonomy in their followers. These methods are believed to involve an intense social influence conditioning program which may include a closed system of authoritarian control, manipulative, group dynamics, a system of punishment and rewards, induced dissociation or trance induction, information control, fraud, coercion, and double binds. Depending on the number and intensity of undue influence elements, and a person's own unique susceptibilities, one may experience a pseudo personality change and marked debilitation, compliance, and servitude. The Mind Control model should not be automatically interpreted to mean that the subject is not responsible for the consequences of his or her decisions and actions. The Mind Control theory has been used whether properly or improperly, as justification for holding individuals against their will and/or for conducting forcible, involuntary deprogramming. All of these things are only determinable on a case-by-case basis.

Mind Power Technique ― New Age process to read auras and balance chakras.

Mind Sciences ― A generic, general classification of religious groups that hold to the belief that human beings are inherently divine and that mind or thoughts are energy forms that can create and/or alter reality. Most often used in reference to the American religions formed since the middle of the 19th century, especially Christian Science, New Thought, and Religious Science, that deny the actuality of sin, sickness, and/or death and promote health though mental practices.

Minoan Brotherhood ― 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. A Gay Men's tradition of Wicca established in New York by the late Lord Gwydion (Eddie Buczynski) in the mid - 1970's, at the same time as the Minoan Sisterhood was being established by Lady Miw, also in New York. The Brotherhood remains exclusively a venue for Gay men to explore a traditional ritual Wicca, one that can foster a similar, though Gay, sexual mysticism and sense of personal empowerment as in some British traditions of Wicca. As the founder was a Gardnerian initiate, the rituals are roughly Gardnerian, with changes to accommodate a different core mythology and ritual custom. Imagery and deities are those of Ancient Crete and Mycenae. Werking tools and their uses are virtually identical to those of British traditional Wicca. Minoan Sisterhood: The Sisterhood was founded in Manhattan, NY in the mid-1970's. Unlike its counterpart, the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood is not for homosexuals only. Covens are female-only, however. This Tradition claims newly acclaimed author Phyllis Curott as one its initiates.

Minoan Sisterhood ― 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.

Mirror ― When the term Mirror [in Aleister Crowley's 777 Tables of Correspondences, key number 29] is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to a silver backed glass which provides a high-resolution reflective surface 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.

Mirror Scrying or Skrying ― When the term Mirror Scrying is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by gazing into a Mirror, then interpreting whatever impressions may form. This is usually done in a dimly and indirectly lit room and at an angle, as ordinarily the Scryor does not wish to see their image in the Mirror, but rather allow images to develop. Sometimes any ordinary Mirror may be utilized, though often a Mirror Scryor will have a particular Mirror which they use; these Mirrors are often decorated with symbols appropriate to the Tradition, in and on the casing and edges of the Mirror.

The word Skrying or Scrying comes from the old English word Descry meaning 'to see" or "to observe", possibly meaning "to make out dimly" or "to reveal", (further descended from the Old French descrier meaning 'publish, proclaim', perhaps confused with obsolete descry meaning 'describe') ; thus, Scrying or Skrying is most accurately accorded to those types of Divination Systems which rely on the sense of Sight, and involve Gazing.

see: Scrying, Catoptromancy, Catoxtromancy, Eisoptokhoremamanteos, Psychomantium Enoptromancy, and Black Mirror Scrying.

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.

Mithraic ― 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. MITHRAISM: The Persian religion centered on the reverence of Mithra, god of Light. It emphasized the conflict between good and evil and the reward of virtue or punishment of wickedness in the afterlife. It was the principal rival of Christianity in the first three centuries CE and is believed to be the foundation of the concept of hell and Satan in Christianity.

Mittiani ― 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.

Mitzvah

Mixed Media ― When the term Mixed Media is used in the context of the various categories of Art, it normally refers to in Graphic Visual Art, refers to an artwork in the making of which more than one medium has been employed. There is an important distinction between "mixed-media" artworks and "multimedia art".Mixed media tends to refer to a work of visual art that combines various traditionally distinct visual art media. For example, a work on canvas that combines paint, ink, and collage could properly be called a "mixed media" work - but not a work of "multimedia art."

See also: Graphic Visual Arts, Art

Mixing the Levels ― When the term Mixing the Levels is used in the field of Spiritual, Metaphysical and/or Mægikal philosophy it generally refers to actions without understanding and/or with misunderstanding of the context of the actions. Perhaps Confusion of the Levels, might be a more accurate descriptor for these occurrences, When the phrase, Confusion of the Levels, is used in parlance about MetaPhysical and Spiritual praxis, the reference is to a problematic utilization of some act or process which is appropriate in some circumstances, but not to the particular one that it is trying to be used in. The simplest example comes from the physical plane, but is quite applicable across all levels, being about snakes. There are perfectly safe methods of handling poisonous and non-poisonous snakes, with minimal danger. The danger appears when one tries to deal with a poisonous snake as if it were a non-poisonous one, or because one does not know that it is poisonous. There is much helpful elaboration on these themes in the Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea master work: The Illuminatus Trilogy. A further parallel occurs with the metaphor about 'confusing the map for the territory'. This mistake is sometimes called 'Mixing the Levels', but 'Confusing the Levels' seems somehow more precise.

See also: Confusion of the Levels

M'malääå see Divinor

Mo Divination ― In Mo Divinations or Tibetan Bön Mo Divination, a variety of techniques may be used; including various methods of Tibetan Mo divination including examining dough balls, dice, beads or rosary, incidental signs, dreams, fire, butter lamp, mirror scrying, shoulder blades, and sounds. In modern usage, specially crafted dice, designed for this use is the most frequently seen. The Dough-Ball varieties are practiced mainly in the monasteries and temples, by acknowledges practitionors of the Tradition.

In Dough-Ball Divinations all the possible answers to a particular question are written on pieces of paper which are then rolled up into balls of dough. The balls should all weigh and look as much the same as possible. The balls are then normally sealed in a jar or container of some sort and placed on an altar and/or in proximity to items sacred to the Tradition in which the divinations are ensconced, and various specific procedures are followed. At the end of this process the Divinor will rotate the container, thoroughly mixing the balls, and then after opening it, allow one of the balls to fall out. The ball which falls out will be opened and the message read out.

Closely related to Aleuromancy and Stareomancy,

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.

Modalism ― (Patripassianism, Modalistic Monarchianism, Sabellianism, Jesus Only, Oneness Pentecostalism) Originally, a second and third century heresy that denies the doctrine of the Trinity, teaching there is only one Person in the Godhead. While the Trinity doctrine teaches three distinct Persons, modalism maintains that one Person (usually the Father) has manifested Himself at different times under different names (Jesus/Spirit) or modes. Thus, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three names for the same Person. Originally taught in various forms by Noetus, Praxeas and Sabellius. Modified forms of this doctrine can be found in the teachings of William Branham, some Apostolic churches and the United Pentecostal Church.

Mohsian 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 as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. Mohsian Wicca is an offshoot of Gardnerian Wicca, founded by Ed Fitch and several Southern Californian Gardnerians in the late 1970's. The tradition includes Gardnerian material and additional material supplied by the founders. Also known as American Wicca.

Moleomancy and Moleoscopy ― When the term Moleomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using observation of moles on the body.

The term Moleomancy is derived from the English word Mole, and the Greek word Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination. A better derivation would probably produce Indouromancy coming from the Greek words: Ἴνδουρος (Indouros) meaning mole, 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.

Molybdomancy and Molybdoscopy ― When the term Molybdomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by observing the shapes formed by molten lead. The shapes are formed in a variety of manners, depending on the Tradition involved; the molten lead may be poured into water in a particular type container, or a Spring or Stream designated as Holy by the Tradition, or may be poured into natural sea water, in situ, along a Sacred beach; in some Traditions it may be slung across an altar prepared for the process; and of course other possibilities exist.

The term Molybdomancy is derived directly from the Greek word: (Molubdomanteia), and further from the roots (Molubdos) meaning lead and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, Molybdomancy divination from lead Molybdomancy divination using lead, in some cases molten tin or lead Molybdomancy: Molten tin or lead

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.

Monarchianism ― View found primarily in the third century that denied the Trinity, arguing that because God's nature is one He cannot exist eternally in three Persons. The two most popular forms of monarchianism were dynamic monarchianism and modalism.

Monde ― (n.) The world; a globe as an ensign of royalty.

Mongolian ― 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.

Monism ― A Metaphysical Orientation toward the Divine, that all reality derived from and is in the process of returning to the undifferentiated Divine substance of the Cosmos

Monitions of Approach ― When the phrase Monitions of Approach is used the reference is usually to events where a person will see someone who they will in the consensus reality see soon, in the face and body of someone else who they may see by happenstance. It is usually of a very short duration, before the (ususally) stranger's countenance resolves into their own actual appearance, after having had the appearance, to the observer, of the other person. The experience will become more pronounced in the mind of the observer once the person who the Monition was about appears in actuality. The concept involves the idea of an impending meeting with someone, expected or unexpected, and has some relation to the general phenomena of Déjà Vu. It may perhaps be more simply explained as: when you see someone you know only to realize its not them, then just soon after the experience you see the person that you thought the earlier person was. Sometimes Monitions occur in a much more complex or indirect fashion. For example there may be a disembodied voice, seeming internal or external, announcing someone, then the person actually appears. Some think that this may be due to an effect of the astral body of the that person ranging ahead of the physical body, whether for a reason or by happenstance.

See also: The Gifts and Persuasions

MonoTheism ― A Metaphysical Orientation toward the Divine, that holds that there is only one Divine Entity. The doctrine or belief that there is only one conscious entity that is the single and solitary Deity or God, and that this entity is separate and apart from the World.

See Also: Henotheism, Pantheism, and Polytheism.

Monroe Institute ― Robert Monroe, Faber, VA Out-of-Body experiences, Evolution of Human Consciousness.

Moon Names ― The giving of names to the Moon (most frequently the Full Moons, but the other phases also sometimes receive attention), is a widespread and ancient Human behaviour. The intricacies of the Lunar phase cycles in comparison to the Solar year provide plenty of instances to fill a database. Some people concern themselves with trying to determine the best system of Names, while others accumulate systems of Names with the idea that their conjoining affords exponential value on top of the simple additive availabilities. Many of the systems tie the Name of each Full Moon (mostly) to the Astrological Sign which it falls in, though some use the standard months as a framework (though not being related to any actual phenomena, this is more problematic). There are ~13 Full Moons (or New Moons, or Half Moons for that matter) each Solar Year, so sometimes there will be 2 in one Astrological Sign. Some Traditions give different Names to the first and second occurrence when the occur. The most resilient example of this, which many will be familiar with is where the first Aries Full Moon is Named the Wine Moon, and the second Aries Full Moon is Named the Blood Moon. The implication being that once there was, or perhaps in certain Traditions there is a complete system which has separate Names for the first and second Full Moon in each Sign, and by extension names for the first and second New Moon, Crescent Moon, Half Moon, and Gibbous Moon, and/or possibly even more precisely defined Phases. (see for more information, and examples of Moon Name systems at Naming of Moons)

See also: HolyDay, Garden of Life Temple Celebrations, Lunar Celebratory Rites and Festivals

Moral Absolutist ― 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 that all behaviours in all situations are good or bad, to be determined by comparison to a pre-existing list of absolute values.

Morality ― is a Guide to Living Choosing to live is a pre-moral choice, after which, the question becomes "How?" This is the same as "What do I do?" One can either go about it randomly or with a methodology designed for success. That methodology is called morality. An explicit morality allows one to choose rationally among values. It makes the selection of values rational by providing a method to evaluate them. Values are compared to a moral standard, and prioritized according to how well they promote that standard. To make decisions easier, we develop virtues which are moral habits which tend to help gain values. Historically, the concept of morality has often been used negatively as a list of thou shall not's in check against ones actions. The stance taken is often that it doesn't matter what you do, as long as you don't violate any moral edicts; but the source of these moral edicts is often mystical or arbitrary. This is a sort of restricted subjectivism. A list of prohibitions, even if founded in reason rather than mysticism, is not a sufficient outline for success. Morality should be positive rather than negative. Not What shouldn't I do? but What should I do?. The problem with defining morality negatively is that pretty much anything goes provided one avoids a few problem areas. This is not useful because within the sphere of pretty much anything goes, there is no methodical way to choose which action is best, whereas positive morality sets forth habits, i.e. virtues, which lead to the achievement of values and methods for choosing what to value which is the way to live and thrive. With one's own life as the standard of value, morality is not a burden to bear, it is no unfortunate duty, but a prudent and effective guide which furthers life and success. With one's life as the standard of value, morality is transformed from an arbitrary mystical set of duties into a useful set of guidelines for how to live and flourish and achieve the best possible life (Eudaemonia, as Aristotle called it.)

Morgan McFarland Dianic Tradition ― 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 teachings and lineages from Morgan McFarland and Mark Roberts as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. The first Dianic coven in the U.S. was formed in the late19'60s by Morgan McFarland and Mark Roberts, in Dallas, Texas. This branch gives primacy to the Goddess in its theology, but honors the Horned God as Her beloved Consort. Covens include both women and men. This branch is sometimes called 'Old Dianic,' and there are still covens of this tradition especially in Texas.

Moromancy and Moroscopy ― When the term Moromancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by observation of nonsense or foolish people's behaviour.

The term Moromancy is derived from the Greek words: Μωρίων (Mōriōn) meaning fool, dull, sluggish, stupid; 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.

Morpheme ― A Linguistic Unit (Word or Element) That Cannot Be Divided Into Meaningful Parts. see also:

Morphoklasmamancy and Morphoklasmascopy ― When the term Morphoklasmamancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using Fractals, which may be generated in a variety of manners.

The term Morphoklasmamancy is derived from the Greek words: Μορφόκλασμα (Morphoklasma), meaning Fractal [changing fragments] 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.

Morphomancy and Morphoscopy ― When the term Morphomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using the changing of shapes.

The term Morphomancy is derived from the Greek words: Μορφάω (Morfaō) meaning to shape, form, mould; 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.

Mortar and Pestle ― When the term Mortar and Pestle is used in reference to Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools and/or Foci it generally refers to a paired set consisting of a bowl shaped vessel made of a hard substance (the Mortar), and a rod like implement with a rounded head embedded with harder pieces (the Pestle) which may be used to grind substances in the Mortar in a rotating motion. The set is often 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.

Mosaic Arts ― When the term Mosaic Arts is used in the context of the various categories of Art, it normally refers to the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces, usually of colored glass, tile, or stone, but sometimes of other materials. It may be a technique of decorative art, an aspect of interior decoration, or of cultural and spiritual significance. Small pieces, normally roughly cubic (though other standard or irregular shapes may be used), of stone, tile, and/or glass of different colors, known as tesserae, (diminutive tessellae), are used to create a pattern or picture.

See also: Graphic Visual Arts, Art

Mowahhidoon ― Mowahhidoon is the proper designation for those often called incorrectly the Druze or Druse. The Mowahhidoon are a fiercely independent group concentrated in Lebanon around the base of Mount Hermon, and in the mountains behind Beirut and Sidon. A few villages are also located on the Golan Heights, in Syria and just inside the Northern border of Israel. Very little information is certain about the Mowahhidoon. The faith started in the 9th Century CE as a break-away group from Islam. Darazi (a preacher) and Hamza ibn Ali ibn Ahmad (a Persian mystic) were instrumental in popularizing the religion. They announced that God had manifested himself in human form as al-Hakim Bi-amr Allah, (985 or 996-1021 CE), a Muslim caliph from Cairo Egypt. They now believe that Darazi started to distort the message; his writings are now considered blasphemous. They refer to themselves as Mowahhidoon (plural) or Mowahhid (singular) which means "monotheistic". Unfortunately, the rest of the world tends to refer to them as "Druze" or "Druse", a name derived from their fallen preacher Darazi. After the death of their leader Baha al-Din in 1031 CE, their religion became exclusive: they do not accept converts; they do not marry other than fellow Druse; they do not leave the faith. They currently total about 200 to 300 thousand members.

The Druse keep their religion secret, and often pose as members of the locally dominant religion.

Beliefs: • The Druse hold the Qur'an to be sacred, but look upon it as an outer shell, holding an "inner, esoteric meaning". Their religious texts are known collectively as "Kitab Al Hikma" (The Book Of Wisdom). It is a collection of books, of which the first six are most commonly used.
• They are firmly monotheistic, believing in a single God. He has no partner; he is not part of a Trinity.
• They recognize seven major prophets, including Adam, Abraham, and Jesus (who they believe to be the son of Joseph). Each major prophets had seven minor prophets; each of the latter had twelve disciples, including Daniel, Plato and other individuals from Biblical and Greek history. Prophets are not worshipped, although their names may be called out for help in times of trouble. The prophets are considered special people who are free of mistakes and of sin.
• They believe transmigration of the soul: that, at death, one's soul is instantaneously reincarnated (in time and space); it is reborn into another life.
• Through successive reincarnations, the soul eventually unites with the Cosmic Mind "al- aaqal al kulli" The Cosmic Mind is considered as "God's will" and from this cosmic mind the universe came into being.
• They conception of heaven and hell is spiritual in nature. "Heaven is the ultimate happiness that the soul encounters when it unites and meets its creator...Hell is...the bitter feeling of being deprived endlessly of the glorious presence of the Mighty." Ordinary members, Jahill (singular) and Juhaall (plural), do not normally have access to religious texts. They attend only the first part of their religious meetings. The remainder of the meetings are reserved for the Sheiks. There is no actual prohibition of the reading of religious books. It is just that if a person becomes educated in the truth of God and of life and yet does not follow the duties arising from these truths, then their judgment would be worse that if they had remained uneducated.
• The Druse have abandoned the Five Pillars of Islam (recitation of the creed, reciting prayers five times a day, donating to charity, fasting during the month of Ramadan and making a pilgrimage to Mecca). Thus, they are not regarded by Muslims as Islamic.
• Their leaders are a group of ascetics called uqqal (sages)
• Their religious meetings are held on Thursdays.

Mudras ― Hand gestures that direct energies through the body, and the surrounding spaces.

Mûlâdhara ― the Mûlâdhara or Root Chakra ―
      which relates to: Connection to the Earth, Groundedness, Survival, and Physical Needs
          and governs: Back, Feet, Hips, Spine, and Legs
              with this Colour correspondence: Reds or Black


MultiCulturalism

MultiLogue ― Conversation between many usually over a significant period of time.

MultiMedia Arts ― When the term MultiMedia Arts is used in the context of the various categories of Art, it normally includes, by definition, more than one medium, combining one or more types of Graphic Visual Art media in combination with sound art, moving images and/or other media. Some instances may take the form of installation art, found objects presented in an artistic form, or kinetic sculpture, among others. Multimedia art implies a broader scope than mixed media, as in creations combining visual art media with elements usually considered the proper domain of literature, drama, dance, filmmaking, or music. Multimedia artwork also frequently engages senses other than sight, such as hearing, touch, or smell. A multimedia artwork can also move, occupy time, or develop over time, rather than remaining static as with traditional media. Another frequent trait of multimedia artworks is the use of advanced technology, such as electronic or computer-generated sound, video, animation, and interactivity.

See also: Graphic Visual Arts, Art

MultiNational Corporatism

Multiple Intelligences ― Developed in the early and mid 80s by Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University, the theory of multiple intelligences consistently amazes me with its ability to serve as a template in constructing strategies for student success. The original seven proposed were intelligences, briefly described, are: Linguistic: the intelligence of words; Logical-Mathematical: the intelligence of numbers and reasoning; Spatial: the intelligence of pictures and images; Musical: the intelligence of tone, rhythm, and timbre; Bodily-Kinesthetic: the intelligence of the whole body and the hands; Intrapersonal: the intelligence of social interactions; Interpersonal: the intelligence of self-knowledge but also, ("as I move the Seven Levels . . . I speculate the Eighth . . .", Patti Smith) Environmental Intelligence; Patterning Correspondences and/or Symbolic Intelligence.

Multiple Personality ― .

Multiple Time ― .

MultiVerse ― The composite of all extant Universes.

Mummuist ― 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.

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

See also: Art

Music ― When the term Music is used in reference to the Ritual Arts, it normally refers to

See also: Ritual Arts, Art

Music & Musical Instruments ― When the terms Music and/or Musical Instruments is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to

see also: Sound as a Mægikal Implement

My Heart is as a Feather Veil ― When the term My Heart is as a Feather Veil is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to the Royal Blue Veil of Emotion and Honour.

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.

Mycenaean ― 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. On the Linear B tablets from both Knossos and the mainland of Greece we find many deities that are familiar to us from Greek religion of the Classical world: Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Hermes, Eleithyia, the Furies (although here we have only one and in Classical times they were generally thought of as a group). Also, many of the places that were sacred in Classical times are listed here as sanctuaries, for example, Mount Dikte, Mount Ida and Amnisos. Finally, one of the festivals, the festival of the New Wine, may be the predecessor of the Classical Anthesteria, a three-day festival that was centered around the opening and drinking of that season's new wine. There are also some elements that do not show up in Classical religion, such as the Priestess of the Winds and many of the deities who receive gifts on Tn 316 (e.g., Dopotas, Manasa). On other tablets we see deities whose names are not Greek, and therefore most likely represent deities that have actually been taken into Mycenaean religion from the Minoan pantheon. Finally, some deities seem to have changed. For instance in the Bronze Age we actually have a sanctuary for Daedalus while in Classical times he was definitely thought of as a mortal. It is interesting that here on Fp 1 we have the name of the Mistress of the Animals (Therasia), but in Classical times this goddess seems to be subsumed into Artemis, who (by the way) we also find in the tablets. Thus, many changes occurred between the time of the tablets (1200 B.C.) and the historical Greek period (c. 750 B.C.). For one thing, it seems as if many of the deities that were Minoan get dropped. Others though, like the Mistress of the Animals, seem to be incorporated into the Olympian pantheon. It seems then that the Mycenaeans did pick up some of the elements of Minoan religion, and some of these may even have been transported through the Dark ages to Classical times. But it is clear from the tablets that the Mycenaeans had a well-developed religious system of their own which constituted the basis from which Classical religion was formed.

Myesis ― Myesis as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Μύησις The main Greek term for initiation, myesis, is also derived from the verb myein, which means "to close." It refers to the closing of the eyes which was possibly symbolic of entering into darkness prior to reemerging and receiving light and to the closing the lips which was possibly a reference to the vow of silence taken by all initiates.

See also: Μύησις

Myomancy and Myoscopy ― When the term Myomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by the colour, overall appearance, and movements of mice.

The term Myomancy is derived from the Greek words: Μυο (Muo-), the combining form of Μῦς (Mus) meaning mouse, 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.

Myriad Facets The faces of the Jewels of the Divine Essence of this Cosmos where each Facet represents the Ultimate Potential Perfection of each extant Sentient of that Cosmos.

Mysomancy and Mysoscopy ― When the term Mysomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination utilizing the unclean, and/or defiled. In some cases, this may be practiced by the Divinor covering themselves and/or the Querent, with dirt or mud as part of the divination process; though to describe this type of divination, a term derived from Ἰλύς (Ilus) meaning mud or slime, would seem a more direct choice.

The term Mysomancy is derived from the Greek words: Μύσος (Mysos) meaning uncleanness of body, mind and/or spirit, defilement; 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.

Mysophilia ― A Love of Getting Dirty. Probably constructed as an opposite of mysophobia. See misophobia and -philia. see also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, -mancy suffix

Mysophobia ― An Irrational Fear of Being Contaminated with Dirt or Germs. From the Greek root musos = uncleanliness and the suffix -phobia. See -phobia.

See also: ,

Mysteria ― Mysteria as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Μυστήριον meaning the inner mysteries and/or sacraments of a given Tradition

See also: Μυστήριον

Mystes ― Mystes as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Μυστες (pl. mystai) (1) an initiate; (2) one initiated into the mysteries

See also: Μύστις

Mystical Gnostic

Mystikos ― Mystikos as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Μύστικος (1) seeing with the eyes closed; (2) a mystic

See also: Μύστικος

Myth ― "Someone else's religious stories" is an easy, and to some extent accurate, but also incomplete definition of the term Myth. The idea of Myth also contains the concepts which herald and value the primal and widespread honouring of the art of Storytelling. The stories which survive, however embellished, distilled, and/or otherwise modified, through hundreds, possibly thousands of generations of oral transmission, would seem to be those which contain and induce powerful images which resonate with the broad strokes of the Human story and stories. And which have an inchoate Awe inspiring quality.

Mythology ― While there is a certain simple truth to the statement that "Mythology is other people's religions", that is only one dimension of the discussions of the meanings and definition of the word 'Mythology', and not a particularly important dimension at that, leading as it does to no actual growth-inducing discussions but simple negation. Probably more important, and certainly more interesting, are the dimensions of meaning within the concept of Mythology which attach chief importance to the idea of Myth as Stories which inspire Awe, within a broad range of the hearers. Aleister Crowley referred to Myth as the Dream of the Race. Perhaps the Great Myths, which appear, seemingly without cross-cultural dissemination, in many Cultures, in similar form, may be said to be the Dreams of Humanity, resonating with the field of Human Consciousness, parallel to the condepts of the Universal Unconscious, as defined in various Schools of Thought. Joseph Campbell, whose Mægickal Storytelling abilities stand fairly uncontested in the modern world, felt that the ability to inspire Awe was the most important and fundamental characteristic of Mythology. He also defined at least four vectors of functionality for the Myths of Humanity, Groups, and Individuals; those being: Cosmological, Mystical, Sociological, and Psychological. This give Mythology quite an arena to play in, and hints of its importance to the survival of a healthy, integrated, and individuated Humanity. While some use the term Mythology to contest the consensus reality veracity of the happenings described in what are commonly referred to as Myths; the term "Mythic" is still commonly used to indicate some event which is thought by the person using the term to have some overarching importance, and wonderous awakening powers. It is also interesting to look at Euhemerism

Mythopoeic Imagination ― When used in reference to the field of Analytical Psychology the myth-making imagination characteristic of primitive mentality but also, according to Jung, of the unconscious. It is to be contrasted with the discursive and directed thought of consciousness. It appears in non-directed fantasy thinking and dream images, and reflects the preconscious archetypal structure of the psyche.

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Mythos ― Mythos as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Μυθος (1) a traditional tale, story or narrative; (2) a legend

See also: Μυθος


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