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

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

Ṗêя̄æñ ― A phonetically constructed word based on the Greek root meaning pass through.

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Pacifica ― are those substances, natural and/or artificial, from plants, animals, and minerals, as well as elemental chemical processes, which

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: Piper methysticum

Paean ― Paean as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Παιάν a hymn of praise or thanksgiving, song of triumph, any solemn song or chant

See also: Παιάν

Pærirrantirion ― When the term Pærirrantirion is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus and/or Focus it generally refers to a type of whisk which may be used to sprinkle Lustral Waters for purification, cleansing, and/or consecration, before, during, and/or after a particular Werking; specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same.The word Pærirrantirion or Perirranterion is an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Περιρραντήριον A pærirrantirion is a whisk with which to sprinkle khernips, i.e. lustral water for purification before ritual. The word can also refer to the basin of Khernips itself.

Pagan ― Pagan seems a viable umbrella term to designate the Community of Earth-Oriented-Spirituality Traditions but it needs a consensus definition created by Pagans. The term Paganism is used in contemporary times truly but incompletely to refer to nature oriented religions that generally recognize Divinity as immanent within Nature. The dictionary definitions are also not helpful as they tend to define "Pagan" only in terms of what it is not, which is not an adequate type of definition even according to the theories of definition creation.

Pagan Federation ― 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. Pagan Federation was founded in 1971 and formerly called the Pagan Front, Pagan Federation is a London-based organization that seeks to provide contact between the Craft of the Wise and 'genuine seekers of the Old Ways', and to promote harmony among the various European Pagan religions. It works with institutions, governmental bodies and the public to present accurate information on Pagan religious views and rights.

Pagan Hebraic Traditions ― 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 elements of traditional Hebrew culture and traditions, outside of the narrow Yahwist interpretations as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. The ancient Hebrew pantheons included a wide array of Goddesses and Gods, similar in many ways to the neighboring Canaanite, and other cultures. And the continual stamping out, and re-stamping out of the pervasive Goddess worship and celebration in the Hebrew communities, seemed to be the chief, if not only, . . . mission of most of the Yahwist prophets. The making of cakes to the Queen of Heaven continued much longer than mainstream scholars are prepared to admit, if indeed it ever stopped.

Pagan, Occult, Witchcraft Special Interest Group of Mensa ― A special interest group (SIG) of Mensa, the organization for persons scoring in the top two percentile on IQ testing. Only Mensa members can be full members of the SIG but non-Mensans may join as associate members. Their newsletter, Pagana, is considered to be one of the best Pagan journals.

Pagan Traditions

Pagan Way ― 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. PAGAN WAY: An organization started as a movement responding to the high demand for applicants to covens in the 1970's. Pagan Way provided an alternative to the traditional intensive screening programs, and year-and-a-day probationary periods with an open, nature-oriented system that emphasized celebration of nature over magick. Although the Pagan Way organization fell apart in the 1980's, the rituals survived. Some covens run Pagan Way groups as training circles for interested persons and potential initiates. Those who aren't initiated into the coven can remain in the Pagan Way group indefinitely, become solitaries, or form their own Pagan Way group.

Paganism ― includes, but is not limited to: IndigenoPaganism (which itself includes: PaleoPaganism and SocioPaganism/CiviloPaganism), MesoPaganism, Neo Paganism and SurvivalPaganism. One of the prime identifying characteristics of virtually all branches of the Paganism Tree is that they can be described as Earth-Centered Spirituality. While amazing diversity is endemic to all Pagan groups, there is a vast body of concepts held in common, again virtually universally. The Sacredness of the Earth, the possibility of direct experience of the Sacred, and the idea that each Individual has their own perfect path, are among the most prevalent.

Pain of the Obligation ― When the term Pain of the Obligation [in Aleister Crowley's 777 Tables of Correspondences, key number 24] is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to the discomfort which Seekers experience when they necessarily let go of old and outmoded views of the self, as part of the process of experiencing the striven for new and expanded concepts of illuminated life. This is not a one time process, and is often metaphorized in various Traditions using succession of Bubble Bursting images.

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.

Painting 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

Palabra ― Palabra a spoken word.

PaleoPaganism (perhaps a type of IndigenoPaganism) ― includes the original tribal faiths of the World, whether still known to be practiced as intact belief systems, or not. These religious Traditions were originated by Humanity as its members began to live in tribal groups, developed agriculture, language and first domesticated animals. Examples of this type of PaleoPagan Traditions might include the Australian Aborigine Culture, some Polynesian and Oceanic Traditions and the Dravidian Culture of the Indus valley.

Pali Canon Fundamental Buddhism ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by it's 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. This Tradition of Buddhism pulls its teachings directly from part of the Pali canon collection (tipitaka), a total of 12,800 pages. These discourses were compiled almost immediately after the Buddha's death by the thousands of monks the Buddha established during his 45-year ministry. They were committed to writing in 29 b.c. they contain the heart of Buddhist teachings and are recognized by all Buddhist scholars as the oldest in existence. 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 Pali Canon Fundamental Buddhism (also see: the complete entry on Buddhism.)

Palilalia ― Meaningless Repetition of Words or Phrases, Generally Due to Brain Dysfunction. From the Greek roots palin = back or backwards and laleo = talk, chatter, prattle.

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Palindromes ― A Palindrome may be a word, phrase, number and/or any other type of sequence of units that can be read with the same result in either direction, with general allowances for adjustments to punctuation and word dividers (capitalization, punctuation, and spaces between words are typically ignored in qualifying something as a palindrome, and different diacritical marks on matching letters normally allowed). Many more details may be found at the Wikipedia entry for Palindromes. Creating Palindromes is an example of constrained writing. Palindromes seem to be particularly effective when incorporated into Chants that will be used in Werkings. The English word Palindrome is thought to have been coined from the Greek Παλίνδρομος (Palindromos) meaning running forward and back again; further derived from the Greek roots πάλιν (Palin) meaning back or backwards, again, and δρóμος (dromos) meaning running, way, direction, by English writer Ben Jonson in the 1600s. The actual Greek phrase to describe the phenomenon is καρκινική επιγραφή (karkinikê epigrafê) meaning crab (-like) inscription, or simply καρκινιήοι (karkiniêoi) simply meaning "crabs", alluding to the skittering side to side, backward and forward movement of crabs, since the inscription can be read forwards and backwards, or side to side depending on the way you look at it.

See also: Palindromes, Garden of Life WordPlay Index, and Word Play in Definitions

Palingenesia ― Palingenesia as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Παλιγγενεσία (1) rebirth; (2) renewal or regeneration; (3) restoration of fortune, continual re-creation, restoration after exile

See also: Παλιγγενεσία

Pallas Athena Asteroid (Local Star System Component) ― see: Ṗåʟ̣'ʟ̄äs̄ Æθēñä

Pallomancy and Palloscopy ― When the term Pallomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using the pendulum, in some cases a form of Radiesthesia.

The term Pallomancy is derived from the Greek words: Πάλλω (Pallo) meaning swing, sway, or wield, 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.

Palmistry ― When the term Palmistry is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination from observation of the palm of the hand, particularly the lines in the palm, and certain nodes and configurations. It is related to Chirognomy, though its parameters are more narrow.

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.

PanClairEsthesiance ― When the term PanClairEsthesiance is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by receiving sensations outside one's normal range of such perception, ordinarily from the future, but also may be from the past or at a distance in the present. The difference between PanClairEsthesiance and the more widely know ClairVoyance, ClairAudiance, and such, is that instead of just seeing sights, or hearing sounds, from the event which is the subject of the divination, a broad range of sensations is perceived, from combinations of the traditional five senses and others. At it's most complete a PanClairEsthesiance experience will bring together perceptions from all the senses, building a complete experience of the event which is being divined, sounds, sights, scents, tastes, tactile impressions, kinesthetic feelings, as well as engaging the cognitive palette in perceiving ideas about the event and engaging the various types of intelligences.

The English neologism PanClairEsthesiance is a compound of the Greek Πάν (Pan) meaning Pan as a Deity form, and/or as a combining prefix meaning everything, all; the French word Clair meaning clear, clarity; and the rare term Aesthesia meaning "perception by the senses", or "the capacity for feeling or sensation", which comes from the ancient Greek Αἴσθησις (Aisthesis) meaning 'that which is perceived', a perceiving. The Greek word Πάντα (Panta) meaning all things, may be referenced 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.

PanClairSynesthesance ― A type of divination by reception of the complete range of sensory impressions (Visual, Audeal, Oloreal, Gustoreal, Tactile and Kinetic ideally, possibly others) outside one's normal range, ordinarily from the future, but also may be from the past or at a distance in the present but not in their normal context, i.e.: smelling, hearing or feeling colours, seeing sounds, and so forth. One of the Gifts or Persuasions that allows an Individual to receive these stimuli outside normal or even extraordinary range.. see also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions

PanClairSynesthesant ― An Individual who possesses the innate talent or has become a practitionor of PanClairSynesthesance. A person who perceives the complete range of sensory impressions (Visual, Audeal, Oloreal, Gustoreal, Tactile and Kinetic ideally, possibly others) and in some cases blended sensations of nonlocal events, in time and/or space.

PanClairSynesthesia ― One of the Gifts or Persuasions that allows an Individual to perceive the complete range of sensory impressions (Visual, Audeal, Oloreal, Gustoreal, Tactile and Kinetic ideally, possibly others) through direct knowledge rather than through the normal sight, hearing, smell, taste or touch receptors while blending or substituting one or more of the types of sensation for others.

PanenTheism ― A MetaPhysical Orientation toward the Divine, that considers the Totality of Everything to constitute the Divine Force, but with the further stipulation that when considered in combination there is an ineffable "other" ingredient which exists only because of the combination and not separately in the component parts.

PanEsthesiance ― PanEsthesiance is the quality of having an extreme and wide ranging capacity for the experience of sensations and feelings, hypersensitivity.

Pannykhios ― Pannykhios as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Παννύχιος an all night festival

See also: Παννύχιος

Panopliomancy and Panoplioscopy ― When the term Panopliomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using a complete set of something (though obviously complete is subject to interpretation here, as different Traditions and cultural milieux will have divergent opinions on what constitutes complete). Because a panoply is a complete set of diverse components, the word panoply has come to refer to any complete or impressive collection. As heavy armor is rarely worn in the present age, this meaning is the more common in modern usage. A panoply was originally a complete suit of armor. The word represents the ancient Greek Πανοπλια (Panoplia). The Greek word Πάν (Pan) meaning Pan as a Deity form, and/or as a combining prefix meaning everything, all, and Όπλον (Oplon) means 'arms'. Thus "panoply" refers to the full armor of a warrior such as a hoplite or heavy-armed soldier, i.e.: the shield, breastplate, helmet and greaves, together with the sword and lance.

The term Panopliomancy is derived from the Greek words: Πανοπλια (Panoplia) meaning full set of armor and weapons appropriate to a warrior, 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.

PanPagan ― 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.

PanPipes ― When the term PanPipes is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to a particular type of concatenated single tone flutes, in descending sizes, bound together to enable the musician to achieve a greater or lessor series of piping notes, depending on the complexity of the instrument, 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.

Panspermia ― Panspermia as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Πανσπερμία also sometimes referred to as Pankarpia, in its original meaning in Ægean religious Traditions meant: all seeds; seeds everywhere; any mixture of fruits brought to the dead as cakes (in many cases the fruit is eaten, the seeds are left); and/or a mixture of fresh water, oil, and fruits left for Zeus Herkeios Patroos (considered the Deity of the House and Home, the Patroos honorific normally applied to Apollon as the Deity of the Family, considered from a patriarchal viewpoint) in a pantry or cupboard as a token offering.

However, more to our interests, the modern Panspermia Hypothesis, refers to a theory of how Life originated on our planet, or on planets in general. A simplified version of this Hypothesis states that the "seeds" of life exist all over the the known Universe and can be propagated through space from one location to another. Some believe that life on Earth may have originated through these "seeds". This is frequently divided into three vectors called Lithopanspermia, Ballistic Panspermia, and Directed Panspermia, with qualifiers dependent on the nature of the transmission. Directed Panspermia where there is consideration of intent to spread biological life is often the version most heard about. Some of the more common methods for Panspermia to effect its work, include the deflection of interstellar dust by solar radiation pressure and extremophile microorganisms traveling through space within an asteroid, meteorite or comet from the place where it picks up the life components to the place where they are eventually deposited. Panspermia typically does not provide an explanation for evolution or attempt pinpoint the origin of life in the Universe, but it does attempt to solve the mysteries of the origin of life on Earth and the transfer of life throughout the Universe.

See also: Πανσπερμία

Pantacle ― When the term Pantacle [in Aleister Crowley's 777 Tables of Correspondences (sometimes says Pentacle but may be intended as Pantacle, key number 32bis] is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to a practitionor's Ceremonial Pantacle which is usually a Disc with symbols carved or embedded into it used to represent the component of Physical Manifestation, Stability, Protection and Intent in Werkings and to help focus or direct the flow of the Energy created. In most Traditions the Pantacle is considered to generally correspond to Earth Energies. Ideally when a Pantacle is made by an individual or group the intent is for the design to represent the Whole of the Kosmos, in a manner consistent with their current level of understanding. Pantacles differ from Patens in that they usually are based on a Pentagram design (or some other Star type, perhaps different number of points) overall. Pantacles normally are 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.

Pantheon ― A pantheon is a coherent set of Deity Forms, tied together by some shared values and interactions, generally from a particular culture or ethnicity, though sometimes from religious currents which are conceptually focussed, and may represent only one segment of a particular nationality grouping and/or portions of a range of such.

Panticle ― When the term Panticle [in Aleister Crowley's 777 Tables of Correspondences (sometimes says Pentacle but may be intended as Pantacle, key number 32bis] is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to a practitionor's Ceremonial Panticle which is usually a Disc with symbols carved or embedded into it used to represent the component of Physical Manifestation, Stability, Protection and Intent in Werkings and to help focus or direct the flow of the Energy created. In most Traditions the Pantacle is considered to generally correspond to Earth Energies. Pantacles differ from Patens in that they usually are based on a Pentagram design (or some other Star type, perhaps different number of points) overall. Panticles differ from Pantacles in that they normally are inscribed in a Circle upon the Disc itself. Panticles normally are 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.

PanTheism ― A MetaPhysical Orientation toward the Divine, that considers the Totality of Everything to constitute the Divine Force. PANTHEISM: The religious doctrine that all the laws, manifestations and powers in the universe combine to create One Power (God). Pantheism may recognize many gods as aspects of One Greater Being, one God with all things being part of Him/Her, or not identify God as an entity at all but Nature itself. See also: Henotheism, Monotheism, Polytheism.

Pantomancy and Pantoscopy ― When the term Pantomancy is used in reference to a type of Divination, it generally refers to divination using anything and everything, ordinarily used sarcastically by critics and debunkers or tongue-in-cheek by Practitionors not interested in explaining their techniques. The term Pantomancy is derived from the Greek words: Παντός (Pantos), genitive of Πᾶς (Pas), meaning every, all, 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.

Papyromancy and Papyroscopy ― When the term Papyromancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using Papyrus.

The term Papyromancy is derived from the Greek words: Πάπυρος (Papyros) meaning specifically the plant Cyperus papyrus 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.

Papyrus Wand ― When the term Papyrus Wand is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to a Wand or Staff of some sort, decorated with Papyrus Flowers and Foliage, either actual parts of the plant, or representationally, specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. Papyrus Wands have a more closely defined range of meanings than for instance Loti Wands, for which the Colours (at least Green, White, and Blue), set the meanings of each of those to a great degree.

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.

Paradigm ― A Fundamental Model of Worldwide Consensus Reality. Most frequent reference is to Paradigm Shifts that are major changes in one or more of the elements of the Fundamental Model of Worldwide Consensus Reality. The nature of these Paradigms is such that they may operate on unconscious levels in most persons. What is a paradigm? Published by View Parapsychological Association's profile Parapsychological Association on Friday, February 11, 2011

When one speaks about a topic which is controversial to many, such as parapsychology, it is crucial to understand the concept of a paradigm. A paradigm is an underlying worldview. It can be thought of as a framework of beliefs which are so taken for granted that most folks are not even aware they have made any assumptions. A paradigm helps us to make sense of the world around us. But perhaps more importantly, in terms of science, it not only determines what is true, but how truth itself can be determined. There is an obvious catch to this. If one does not recognize the underlying assumptions one makes with a paradigm, it has the potential to limit our perception of the world, what we can discover, and how we can determine that knowledge.

The old paradigm, which many have held since the days of Descartes, states that the subjective and objective worlds are completely distinct, with no overlap. Subjective is "here, in the head," and objective is "there, out in the world." The Cartesian paradigm presupposes that there are objective ways to define and measure the fixed external world--which the proponents of this paradigm would say is the only world that matters. The classical paradigm favors experimental research design, which presumes to measure the world in an objective way.

Quantum theory triggered a fundamental shift in how we understand the world. Physicists suddenly realized that there is always some indeterminacy in our measurements. This is because the act of measurement itself can define and change that which is being measured. Because of this, the experimenter may always part of the experiment, and all our "objective" facts are, in fact, potentially flawed (with ESP making it impossible to ever have a truly "blind" experiment). This insight led to the idea of a paradigm based on nonlocality. And while not all physicists agree, the new paradigm that is emerging is one in which the universe is a single whole, within which every part is connected on some level to every other part. This new paradigm does not "prove" psi exists. However, it is compatible with the possible existence of psi, and may lead to a better understanding the phenomena.

It should be noted that the conflict between these two paradigms is ongoing. Because these belief systems are both widespread and deeply ingrained, topics that touch on these fundamentally different worldviews may give rise to bitter and violent debate, with little or no room for compromise. The lack of common ground between paradigms means that the question cannot be solved by discussion. Ultimately, the answer will have to be determined by which paradigm does the best job of answering the questions raised by research.

Understanding the role that paradigms play makes it easier for advocates of competing worldviews to agree to disagree with mutual respect. If you wish to read more about this topic, you may wish to pick up a copy of Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.

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Parapraxis ― Parapraxis is an error in speech, memory, or physical action that is interpreted within Psychology as occurring due to the interference of some unconscious ('dynamically repressed') wish, conflict, or train of thought. The concept is thus part of classical Psychoanalysis. There is a comparison to simple "faulty action", "misspeaking", or "blunder" , at least on the surface, and usually to the person originating the Parapraxis, however the concept delves much deeper. The concept includes the idea that the person making the "mistake", actually (to a greater or lessor conscious extent) may have a subconscious or other non-normal waking state conscious reason or intent implied by the nature of the "mistake". Derived from the Greek term: Παράπρᾶξις which comes from Παρά (para-) meaning "beside" or "aside" and Πρᾶξις (praxis) meaning "a doing, transaction, business." In psychology, Parapraxis is interpreted as a minor error held to reveal a subconscious motive. The seldom desirable but frequent happening of calling your boyfriend or girlfriend the name of a previous, alternate, and/or idealicly desired paramour, especially in the throes of passion, but is problematic anytime really. And in the workplace consciously repressed issues with the environment may emerge easily in this fashion.

Among his achievements, Freud introduced a wealth of ways to think and talk about meaning and language. You know it as the Freudian slip, but the founder of psychoanalysis called it Fehlleistungen (meaning "faulty actions", "faulty functions" or "misperformances" in German). His theory of the slip, in simple terms, was that your unconscious thoughts and desires override your conscious intention and bam! you say something you'll probably regret.

Psychology popularized this term, maybe because it's easier to say than Fehlleistungen. Its exact definition is "a slip of the tongue or pen, forgetfulness, misplacement of objects, or other error thought to reveal unconscious wishes or attitudes". Freudian Slip -- These slips, of tongue, the keyboard, or the pen, are generally termed "Freudian", but are also known as parapraxis. The specific types of harebrained errors have their own fancy names as well.

You can also thank whoever came up with the following sharp names for various types of parapraxia. Generally, an example of one is called a lapsus. A slip of the tongue is lapsus linguae, literally Latin for "slip of the tongue". A lapsus calami is "a slip of the pen".

Next time you tell someone that a shirt makes them look fat when you intend to say slim, maybe you should try using the excuse that you are "guilty of parapraxia". Just be sure that you don't slip up.

See also: Garden of Life WordPlay Index, and Revenge of the Robot

Paraprosdokians ― Paraprosdokians are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect, sometimes producing an anticlimax. For this reason, it is extremely popular among comedians and satirists.
See also: Paraprosdokians, Garden of Life WordPlay Index, and Word Play in Definitions

Pareidolia ― Pareidolia (play /pærɨˈdoʊliə/ parr-i-doh-lee-ə) is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records played in reverse. The word comes from the Greek para- - "beside", "with", or "alongside" meaning, in this context, something faulty or wrong (as in paraphasia, disordered speech) and eidôlon - "image"; the diminutive of eidos - "image", "form", "shape". Pareidolia is a type of apophenia.

Parental Love ― Parental Love

See also: Love

Parrhesia ― Parrhesia as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Παρρἡσία meaning literally "to speak everything" and by extension "to speak freely," "to speak boldly," or "boldness." It implies not only freedom of speech, but the obligation to speak the truth for the common good, even at personal risk. freedom of speech or frankness; (2) fearless confidence and boldness; (3) cheerful courage

See also: Παρρἡσία

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

PASSAGE (when considered as a Sacrament) ― Garden of Life considers Werks acknowledging and/or commemorating Passages from one stage of a lifecycle to the next as Pagan Sacraments. In a preliminary description Passage may be an Act and/or Process which consists of to acknowledgment and Celebration of and Individual's transitions from one sentient life-cycle stage into another. True Passage occurs within the Individual, however, a Tradition may Affirm and Certify the Accomplished Fact. The Sacrament of Passage usually includes a specifically designed Celebration or Rite of Passage to acknowledge the Tradition's Affirmation that the Individual has made the transition to the lifecycle stage indicated. The timing of such Celebrations are not determined by physical ages but by the Individuals actual attainment of that stage. Some of the Passages that might be Celebrated are: conception, maturation in the womb, birth, walking, learning to read, prepubescence, pubescence, adolescence, young adulthood, adulthood, peak of adulthood, wisdom, detachment and so forth.
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 which consist of a designed Rite of Passage performed to acknowledge and celebrate the transitions in Żōē (Field of Life), from one sentient life-cycle stage into another. Such Process is usually performed by a group of Celebrants led by one or more Officiants, but which may be performed by any Member on the Currently Active Membership Role on Her/His own Progeny or Joined Ones if necessary. In the Temple these are not determined by physical ages but by the Individual's actual attainment of that stage. In our Tradition this Process is recommended to be performed at the transitions of К̅ŭēōñ to Ñêṗēōç to H̅ūēōç to T̅'ʜ̇ēк̣ñōñ to Ḥêв̣āōñ to Ṃĕℓ'ʟ̄ēf̅ēв̄ōñ, to Ēf̅ēв̄ to T̅êℓ'ᴌēōñ to Ēṗ'ṗĭṭ'ṭêℓ'ᴌōñ to Чæm̃'īäк̄ṭē to Ḡêя̄ōñt̄ē.

Passion

Passion Play

'PataPhysics ― 'Pataphysics (French 'Pataphysique) is a philosophy or worldview dedicated to studying what lies beyond the realm of MetaPhysics, in the same way that MetaPhysics studies what lies beyond the realms of Physics. Think of the Russian Матрёшка (Matryoshka) or nesting dolls, exponentially realized in a sort of n = ∞ fashion; or the ubiquitous quotation: "Thinking outside the Box quickly engenders the realization that once you get outside the Box, there is still another Box to get out of, and on, and on". The prefix derived from the Greek Πατά (Pata), which we are told was used in the construction of the term, by the ever curious Monsieur Jarry, is a bit problematic. If it were a Greek root, then we'd have to trust it. If we can't trust Greek roots then there goes a huge chunk of our language, and all of our Sciences. Now the Greek dictionaries try to pass Πατά (Pata) off as a Scythian loan word, a substitute for a Scythian word and then equate it to Κτείνω (Kteino) meaning 'kill' or 'slay'. Without the extra "a", the Greek prefix Πατ (Pat), is a more readily located term with a more readily located meaning of 'Open', or 'to Open' which would make a certain amount of sense, given the context. Jarry mandated the inclusion of the apostrophe in the orthography of 'Pataphysique, he claimed, "to avoid a simple pun", but this may have been a humorous comment in the tradition of this philosophy because the term 'Pataphysics itself is a paronym (considered a kind of pun in French) of metaphysics. Since the apostrophe in no way affects the meaning or pronunciation of 'pataphysics, the term may have been coined specifically to bring to mind various humorous puns in the listener. These puns include patte à physique (leg of physics), as interpreted by Jarry scholars Keith Beaumont and Roger Shattuck; pas ta physique (not your physics); and pâte à physique (physics dough).

The term first appeared in print in Alfred Jarry's play text Guignol in the 28 April 1893, issue of L'Écho de Paris littéraire illustré. Jarry later defined it as "the science of imaginary solutions, which symbolically attributes the properties of objects, described by their virtuality, to their lineaments [Doubtless in all three basic meanings of the word: 1. Often, lineaments. a feature or detail of a face, body, or figure, considered with respect to its outline or contour 2. Usually, lineaments. distinguishing features; distinctive characteristics 3. in Geology. a linear topographic feature of regional extent that is believed to reflect underlying crustal structure.]" (Gestes et opinions du Docteur Faustroll, II, viii). Raymond Queneau has described 'pataphysics as resting "on the truth of contradictions and exceptions." On the tenets of 'Pataphysics, from one of Alfred Jarry's plays: 'Pataphysics deals with "the laws which govern exceptions and will explain the universe supplementary to this one". In 'pataphysics, every event in the universe is accepted as an extraordinary event. Jarry reported Hippocrates of Chios and Sophrotatos the Armenian as the fathers of this discipline. A Practitionor of 'Pataphysics is a 'Pataphysician or a 'Pataphysicist.

In the 1960s 'pataphysics was used as a conceptual principle within various fine art forms, especially pop art and popular culture. Works within the 'pataphysical tradition tend to focus on the processes of their creation, and elements of chance or arbitrary choices are frequently key in those processes. Select pieces from Marcel Duchamp and John Cage characterize this. The most prominent mention of 'pataphysics from this period is in the Beatles's song Maxwell's Silver Hammer. At around this time, the Paris-based Situationist International referred to pataphysics as a new religion.

Paten ― When the term Paten is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to a practitionor's Ceremonial Paten which is usually a Disc with symbols carved or embedded into it used to represent the component of Physical Manifestation, Stability, Protection and Intent in Werkings and to help focus or direct the flow of the Energy created; specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. A Paten is expected to function in a badgelike manner, as a symbol identifying the individual or group. In most Traditions the Paten is considered to generally correspond to Earth Energies. They normally are 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.

Path ― When the term Path is used in the context of an Entity's Spiritual Development, it generally refers to a sequence of physical activities, states of consciousness, and spiritual outlooks and worldviews, that the Individual goes through in a given life cycle, and/or series of life cycles, particularly those that have direct impact upon the Individual's Spiritual Process. A Path may be completely Individual, or may be shared (for varying lengths of time) with a few or many others.

Path of Light ― A term used to identify some traditions where Mægik is never used for destructive purposes. Also known as the Right Hand Path, White Mægik.

Path of Shadows ― A term used to identify some traditions where Mægik is used for destructive purposes. Also known as the Left Hand Path, Black Mægik.

PathConflict

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Patriarchal Society

Patrifocal Society

Patrir ― A Patrir is a male 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 Patrir 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 Columnar Guardians, who may reinforce the currents of energy which network the particular group together in the context of Werkings.

Patri may also concern themselves with the guidance and preparation of newer Officiants. Entering the ranks of the Patri 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 Patri of a group, along with the Matri, 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

Pauti ― Simply put, Pauti is the structure of the MultiVerse and the glue that holds the MultiVerse together. The word Pauti comes from the archaic Ægyptian language and had a large range of meanings. Pauti is the Framework of the Cosmos itself within which all the Elements play and exist and the connective tissue that holds the Framework together; the ancestral body of the land and the tissue that connects all existence. Paut is often translated as Divine Company, while Pauti is the shared characteristics that the company manifests.

According to our understanding, the Pauti (the many of Paut) refers to those characteristics, qualities, or interconnectedness that form, connect, bind, identify, or synthesize into a Paut, a company of Netjeru, a complement of Gods, a host of Heaven, the Limbs of Creation, or a group of deity forms with similar essences. So do the Pauti represent that framework and the living tissue that connects the All.

Thus Pauti contain and allow existence and interaction in a consensus reality. This concept is a little tricky for most of us, but perhaps not for ancient Metaphysicians, historical Egyptologists, or, modern Quantum Physicists.

According to E. A. Wallis Budge, whose seminal work on Egyptian translation has some 19th century biases, paut refers to "primeval matter, the material out of which the gods and the universe were formed" or to "stuff, substance, matter, cakes, or offerings in general" Pauti means "the god of primeval matter, the chief Egyptian god of the Pre-Dynastic Period." However, Budge also discusses the relationship of Pauti with that of the Netjeru, concluding that Pauti represents a conception of deity that is older than that of Netjeru and that the two words must have distinct meanings.

In his translation of the "Book of the Dead", Budge notes that Ptah and Ani are addressing three Netjer as Pauti, or "the company of the gods." They each have an animal head: a hare, a serpent, and a bull. The translator may be using Pauti here as the plural of Paut rather than the way we are using it in this essay. We might say, as Budge does, that "the Egyptians distinguished clearly in their minds (this) difference . . . (in) three sets of three (Netjeru were grouped as) companies or coalitions of gods, each of which contains at least three triads . . . " The implication is that each group shared similar functions within their groups' own range of archetypal essence.

Gerald Massey noted that "In the mythological text from Memphis there is an account of Ptah's creation, in which it is said that all the limbs moved (i.e. as parts of the pauti or company of the gods) when he uttered the word of wisdom which came forth from the tongue and worked a blessing upon all things. Speech caused (or literally became) the making of men and the creation of the gods for Ptah. " Thus at the moment of Ptah's creation, the paut or company of the original body of the gods, the limbs of creation, move. The Pauti, the form or embodiment of creation, forms a synthesis between energy and matter. The multitude of Paut in addition to be connected by their own forms of Pauti, are also part of the Pauti of the Cosmos due to their intrinsic natures, this further complicates the use of the word Pauti.

Modern student of ancient Egypt, Rosemary Clark, noted that the Netjeru were believed to have emerged out of a primeval substance called the Pauti, the "many of the Paut." Interpreting Clark, Robert Berringer beautifully captures the essence of Netjeru, "Netjeru . . . means spiritual force or power. The Netjeru, in particular, distinguish consciously living matter from the unconscious in the cosmologies of Egypt; whatever the period of time or place of origin, the Netjeru were believed to have emerged out of a primeval substance called the Pauti, the "many of the Paut." This original matter of which the Netjeru are entirely composed is wholly conscious and is found to some degree in the physical world and human beings. Outside of the physical world, the Netjeru exists in an ideal condition, without form or impetus, a state akin to timeless perfection. But in spite of this existence in the divine regions, they require the fulfillment of their energetic nature through human life and its endeavors . . . .the purpose of divine life is to reveal itself or 'unfold' in the natural world through time and space.

"Connections answer wider questions than do separations. Similarities are more important to growth than are differences. All say blood is thicker than water or wine. The places where we touch create all we know and value. Thus do Netjeru manifest yet retain essence of Familial Form. Like family ties, all share in the Paut of primal Being, forming a framework of existence from connections in living tissue, binding immortality into companionable Beings." "Seek the living tissue of connections. Strive to share in blood and DNA; in archetypes and symbols; in joy and experience."

Peace Mission Movement ― Based on the teaching of founder Father Divine, which contains elements of New Thought, asceticism, perfectionism, utopian communalism, and denies existence of race and strictly prohibits discrimination among members. Requires all members to turn over all property and income, severing all ties to everything but the Peace Mission. Room, board, and a small allowance for incidentals are provided in exchange for otherwise unpaid labor in Peace Mission owned businesses or projects. Father Divine did not actually claim to be God, but he fostered the belief in his followers, and required loyalty and obedience from them due only to God. The group claims the biblical prophecies about the coming Jewish Messiah and Christ's second coming were all fulfilled by Father Divine. Father Divine, né George Baker (1878-1965), founder of the Peace Mission Movement, believed by his followers to be God.

Peace Pole ― New Age / occult; poles or obelisks around which people sit in order to practice meditation or visualization of World Peace or other topics important to those meditating.

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.

PeaceVision ― Houston, TX Visualization known for the blue and white bumper stickers that read "Visualize World Peace."

Pecti Wita ― 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. Pecti Wita is the study and practice of the religion of the Picts, the pre-Keltic inhabitants of northern Scotland. Pecti-Wita is concerned with all aspects of prosperity, growth, abundance, creativity, and healing, and honors the Keltic Deities. The main tools in Pecti-Wita are the Staff and the Athame or Dirk. Pecti-Witans use a "Keek-Stane" which is, in effect, a scrying stone or the equivalent of a crystal ball. Also known as Pictish Witchcraft, Wita. Pecti-Wita-Worshiping and invoking Pan and the Fates exclusively in Pecti-Wita rites. Celebrating only Four Sabbats throughout the year. They are Samhuinn that according to the Pecti Witan tradition is celebrated on November 11, as the New Year. Next is Feill Fionnain (Yule) on December 22, Bealltainn on May 15, and then Feill Sheathain, or Midsummer on July 5. The Pecti Wita tradition is mostly a solitary one. The Tradition focuses on a Oneness with nature. It stresses the importance of attunement with the earth and all her bounties. The rites are all held outdoors and a balefire acts as the focal point. There is no casting of a circle, nor calling of any quarters, the fire acting as a sort of inner shrine. The focuses of this division of the craft are primarily magickal in nature. The focus is foremost on the practical magickal side and less on the religious ceremonial side. The divine/religious side is the most important part, so Pecti-Wita includes the divine everywhere. There is a bare minimum of tools used in Pecti Wita. The staff is the primary tool. The dirk, or Athame, the mool, which essentially is an earthenware bowl filled with soil. The Quaich (chalice, traditionally a horn or gourd) is also used on occasion. The last piece used by the Witan is the Keek Stane, which is a device made by the Witan for Scrying. All these tools must be cleansed, consecrated and charged before use. Scottish Witchcraft ,as it is also referred as, is very strong on natural remedies and Herbalism. They learn and study Herbs and their medicinal as well as magickal uses. The knowledge of plants and herbs occurring naturally in the world that are edible and safe is a basic "skill" that all Pecti Witans should master. Another important ritual in this tradition is the "survival initiation", or "vision quest". This when a Witan sets out on a 7 day journey into wilderness with nothing but his/her wits and love and reverence for the earth that gave him/her life. This is usually done once and is truly an eye and spirit opening experience. The Witan must make all his/her own shelters, catch and cook all his/her own food, and basically attune him/herself with the earth. Teaching himself/herself respect for all life and the earth by "throwing" him/herself into its arms and trusting that SHE will take care of him/her. Provided the Witan shows the Earth Mother the proper respect and honor SHE deserves, all will be well. The ancient Picts of Scotland also had their own runic alphabet as well as their own method of writing known as Swirl. In Pecti-Wita Yule falls on December 22nd and is called Feill Fionnain. In the Caledonii Tradition Yule is called Alban Arthan and is not considered a fire festival. Ostara: Spring (Vernal) Equinox (March 21st ) In the Caledonii Tradition this holiday is known as Alban Eiler and represents the warrior aspect of the God. This Sabbat occurs in mid-March when night and day are of equal length. It is a celebration of balance - not really Winter but not yet Spring. Summer Solstice (June 21st )Also known as Midsummer Night's Celebration, though the two do not always coincide on the astrological calendar. Pecti-Wita celebrates Feill-Sheathain on July 5th , the Caledonii Tradition hails in Alban Hefin, celebrating the kingly aspect of the God.

Pedomancy and Pedoscopy ― When the term Pedomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by examining the soles of the feet and the lines on the soles of the feet. A more consistently derived name for this praxis might be Podomancy.

The term Pedomancy is derived from the Latin words Pedi, and Pes meaning foot, in the combining form Pedo-, 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.

Pegomancy and Pegoscopy ― When the term Pegomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using a sacred pool, fountain or spring, particularly by the bubbles, thus a form of hydromancy. Pegomancy may be considered a form of Hydromancy using a sacred pool or spring. Sometimes Pegēmancy may be used as the name for these types of divinations.

The term Pegomancy is derived from the Greek words: Πηγή (Pegē) meaning running water, spring, fountain, well-head 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.

Pelagianism ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents holding the Teachings of Pelagius, marked by the rejection of the concept of "original sin", and the assertion that each Individual possesses Free Will including the self-Initiatory ability to attain enlightenment and possibly apotheosis, separate from any need for outside intervention by any deity and/or intermediaries, as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm..

Pelasgian ― about 4,000 b.c. the Greeks were at the same stage as the earliest Egyptian and Near Eastern cities: farming culture, simple citadels, Navajo style pottery, mother goddess figurines this culture (4,000-2,000 b.c.) the classical Greeks called "Pelasgian" (its language, full of words ending in -inthos and -issos, like Cor-inth and labyr-inth and Nark-issos, lasted till c. 400 b.c. but nobody bothered to write it down or study it) They identified the ancient "Pelasgians" as pastoral and simple, compared to their own warrior and hero culture the mythology of the Pelasgians (Argos, home of the first men; Zeus of Dodona, Hera of Argos, Narcissos and Hyacinthos)

Pelasgian Creation Narrative

Pempadikos ― When the term Pempadikos is utilized as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek word Πεμπαδικός, in the context of M Check out G:/Garden_of_Life/ReferenceThel-Z/Thelemic/DionysosThriambos/SacramentalPentad.htm In the Garden of Life Tarot, this concept is embodied, among others, in the five Princes as represented in the keywords attached to each: To Envision (Prince of Vorti - Charioteer of the Quest), To Keep Silent (Prince of Blades - Charioteer of Knowledge), To Expand (Prince of Vessels - Charioteer of the Heart), To Dare (Prince of Rhods - Charioteer of True Will), and To Sensate (Prince of Discs - Rough Charioteer) Πεμπαδικός ( Pempadikos) meaning five-fold.

Pendulum ― When the term Pendulum is used in the context of divination, it generally refers to a device with a flexible cord (string, chain, and so forth) with a weight at the end, so that it may be allowed to swing freely, back and forth, or in a circle, above letter or word markings, or the ground, or a person. or whatever medium in which the divination is to be worked.

The term Pendulum comes from the proper neuter of the Latin adjective Pendulus meaning hanging down, further from Pendere meaning to hang.

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.

Pentacle ― When the term Pentacle [in Aleister Crowley's 777 Tables of Correspondences (sometimes says Pentacle but may be intended as Pantacle, key number 32bis] is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to a practitionor's Ceremonial Pentacle which is usually a Disc with symbols carved or embedded into it, contains a representation of either a Pentagram or a Pentagon and is used to represent the component of Physical Manifestation, Stability, Protection and Intent in Werkings and to help focus or direct the flow of the Energy created. In most Traditions the Pentacle is considered to generally correspond to Earth Energies. There is much discussion within the Pagan community as to the differences if any between a Pentagram and a Pentacle, however the bulk of the support seems to be that a Pentagram is the star shape that can be drawn unicursally, with a single line, whereas the Pentacle is the same symbol enclosed in a Circle.

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.

Pentagram ― From the Greek, Πεντάγραμμον, meaning five lined figure. When the term Pentagram is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to a star shape that can be drawn unicursally, with a single line, hence it is sometimes called the Endless Knot (though many unicursal figures have been referred to this way). The Pentagram and Hexagram have many connected uses in Mægikal Werkings, and notably if they are combined or conflated, one does end up with eleven points in some configuration, Hendecagram or otherwise, which gives another level of potence to the symbol. The Pentagram may have first emerged into Humanity's brace of Symbols in recognition of the pattern the the planet Venus makes when recording the successive inferior conjunctions of Venus against the Zodiac, a fact which many ancient Human cultures were of, long before modern mainstream historians are comfortable admiting that they could have been. It is found in the early tablets of the Sumerians, noted for their astronomical knowledge, and in almost every other civilization. The pentagram appeared in the earliest Ægean cultures, was known to the ancient Greeks as the PentAlpha, due to the fact that it can been seen as being formed from five letter A's. The German scholar Walter Burkert, as translated by Edwin L. Minar, Jr., in Lore and Science of Ancient Pythagoreanism, reports that the Pentagram had a secret significance and power to the Pythagoreans, and may have been used as a password or symbol of recognition amonst themselves. The Oentagram was also associated with the golden ratio (which it includes), and the dodecahedron, the fifth Platonic solid, which has twelve pentagonal faces and was considered by Plato to be a symbol of the heavens. The Kelts ascribed the Pentagram especially to the chthonic Goddess Morrigan. The Pentagram appears in may Symbolic contexts in the corpus of the various Authur stories and the Graal Traditions. The Pentagram was important to the Templars, and has a significance to them which has been widely speculated on. In the old folk-song Green Grow the Rushes,O! there is a line: "Five is the symbol at your door" which may refer to the use of the Pentagram when mounted above doorways as a symbol of recognition and protection.

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.

One of the most complete explanations was found at: http://www.strega.org/pent.html though that site does not appear to be still extant. We quote it in full below (with some extra notes):
The Pentagram has long been associated with mystery and magic. It is the simplest form of star shape that can be drawn unicursally, with a single line, hence it is sometimes called the Endless Knot. Other names are the Goblin Cross, the Pentalpha, the Witch's Foot, the Devil's Star and the Seal of Solomon (currently more correctly attributed to the hexagram, though it may have been originally actually the primary image representing the 'The Seal of Solomon').

It has long been believed to be a potent protection against evil and demons, hence a symbol of safety, and was sometimes worn as an amulet for happy homecoming. The old folk-song: Green Grow the Rushes, O! refers to the use of the Pentagram above doors and windows in the line: "Five is the symbol at your door".

The potency and associations of the Pentagram have evolved throughout history. Today it is an ubiquitous symbol of Neo-Pagans with much depth of magical and symbolic meaning.

The Pentagram symbol today is ascribed many meanings and deep significance, though much of this is very recent. However, it has been used throughout history and in many contexts.

The earliest known use of the Pentagram dates back to around the Uruk period around 3500 BC at Ur of the Chaldees in Ancient Mesopotamia where it was found on potsherds together with other signs of the period associated with the earliest known developments of written language. In later periods of Mesopotamian art, the Pentagram was used in royal inscriptions and was symbolic of imperial power extending out to the four corners of the world. Amongst the Hebrews, the symbol was ascribed to Truth and to the five books of the Pentateuch. It is sometimes, incorrectly, called the Seal of Solomon (see- Hexagram) which is based on 6 verti rather than 5, though the Pentagram's usage was often in tandem with the Hexagram. In Ancient Greece, it was called the Pentalpha, being geometrically composed of five A's. Unlike earlier civilizations, the Greeks did not generally attribute other symbolic meanings to the letters of their alphabet, but certain symbols became connected with Greek letter shapes or positions (e.g. Gammadion, Alpha-Omega). The geometry of the Pentagram and its metaphysical associations were explored by the Pythagoreans (after Pythagoras 586-506BC) who considered it an emblem of perfection. Together with other discovered knowledge of geometric figures and proportion, it passed down into post-Hellenic art where the golden proportion may be seen in the designs of some temples.

Early Christians attributed the Pentagram to the Five Wounds of Christ and from then until medieval times, it was a lesser-used Christian symbol. Prior to the time of the Inquisition, there were no evil associations to the Pentagram. Rather its form implied Truth, Religious Mysticism and the work of The Creator. The Emperor Constantine I who, after gaining the help of the Christian church in his military and religious takeover of the Roman Empire in 312 AD, used the Pentagram, together with the chi-rho symbol (a symbolic form of cross) in his seal and amulet.

However, it was the cross (a symbol of suffering) rather than the Pentagram (a symbol of truth) that was used as a symbol by the Church which subsequently came to power and who's manifest destiny was to usurp the supreme power of the Roman Empire.

The annual church feast of Epiphany, celebrating the visit of the three Magi to the infant Jesus as well as the Church's mission to bring truth to the Gentiles had as its symbol the Pentagram, (although in present times the symbol has been changed to a five-pointed star in reaction to the Neo-Pagan use of the Pentagram).

In the legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the Pentagram was Sir Gawain's glyph, inscribed in gold on his shield, symbolizing the five knightly virtues - generosity, courtesy, chastity, chivalry and piety.

In Medieval times, the Endless Knot was a symbol of Truth and was a protection against demons. It was used as an amulet of personal protection and to guard windows and doors. The Pentagram with one point upwards symbolized summer; with two points upwards, it was a sign for winter. During the long period of the Inquisition, there was much promulgation of lies and accusations in the interests of orthodoxy and elimination of heresy. The Church lapsed into a long period of the very diabolism it sought to oppose. The Pentagram was seen to symbolize a Goats Head or the Devil in the form of Baphomet and it was Baphomet whom the Inquisition accused the Templars of worshipping. The Dominicans of the Inquisition moved their attention from the Christian heretics to the Pagan Witches, to those who only paid lip-service to Christianity but still followed an Old Religion and to the wise-ones amongst them. In the purge on Witches, other horned Gods such as Pan became equated with the Devil (a Christian concept) and the Pentagram, the folk symbol of security, for the first time in history, was equated with evil and was called the Witches Foot.

The Old Religion and its symbols went underground, in fear of the Church's persecution, and there it stayed, gradually withering, for centuries.

In the foundation of Hermeticism, in hidden societies of craftsmen and scholarly men, away from the eyes of the Church and its paranoia, the proto-science of alchemy developed along with its occult philosophy and cryptical symbolism. Graphical and geometric symbolism became very important and the period of the Renaissance emerged.

The concept of the microcosmic world of Man as analogous to the macrocosm, the greater universe of spirit and elemental matter became a part of traditional western occult teaching, as it had long been in eastern philosophies, As Above, So Below. The Pentagram, the Star of the Microcosm, symbolized Man within the microcosm, representing in analogy the Macrocosmic universe.

The upright Pentagram bears some resemblance to the shape of man with his legs and arms outstretched. In Tycho Brahe's Calendarium Naturale Magicum Perpetuum (1582) occurs a Pentagram with human body imposed and the Hebrew for YHSVH associated with the elements. An illustration attributed to Brae's contemporary Agrippa (Henry Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim) is of similar proportion and shows the five planets and the moon, at the center point, the genitalia. Other illustrations of the period by Robert Fludd and Leonardo da Vinci show geometric relationships of man to the universe.

Later, the Pentagram came to be symbolic of the relationship of the head to the four limbs and hence of the pure concentrated essence of anything (or the spirit) to the four traditional elements of matter, earth, water, air and fire - spirit is The Quintessence.

In Freemasonry, Man as Microprosopus was and is associated with the five-pointed Pentalpha. The symbol was used, interlaced and upright for the sitting Master of the Lodge. The geometric properties and structure of the Endless Knot were appreciated and symbolically incorporated into the 72 degree angle of the compasses, the Masonic emblem of virtue and duty. The origins of Freemasonry are lost in the depths of history, obscured by the traditional Craft secrecy of the order, but there are signs throughout history of the associations of craftsmanship and ritual and symbolism that have remained known only to a few, and the history of the Pentagram has remained occluded in the same kind of mystery. The women's branch of Freemasonry uses the five pointed Eastern Star with two points up as its emblem. Each point commemorates a heroine of biblical lore.

No known graphical illustration associating the Pentagram with evil appears until the nineteenth century. Eliphas Levi Zahed (actually the pen name of Alphonse Louis Constant, a defrocked French Catholic Abb) illustrates the upright Pentagram of microcosmic man beside an inverted Pentagram with the goats head of Baphomet. It is this illustration and juxtaposition that has led to the concept of different orientations of the Pentagram being good and evil.

Against the rationalism of the 18th century came a reaction in the 19th century with the growth of a new mysticism owing much to the Holy Qabalah, the ancient oral tradition of Judaism relating the cosmogony of God and the universe and the moral and occult truths of their relationship to Man. It is not so much a religion as a system of understanding based upon symbolism and the numerical and alphabetical interrelationships of words and concepts, the Gematria.

The Golden Dawn did much to advance and disseminate the roots of modern Hermetic Qabalah around the world in its time of strength (from 1888 to around the start of the First World War), and through the writings and work of a number of its adepts and adherents have come some of the most important ideas of todays Qabalist philosophy and magic. In the 1940's Gerald Gardner adopted the Pentagram with two points upward as the sigil of second degree initiation in the newly emergent, Neo-Pagan rituals of Witchcraft, later to become known as Wicca. The one-point upward Pentagram together with the upright triangle symbolized third degree initiation. (A point downwards triangle is the symbol of First Degree Initiates).

It was not until the late 1960's that the Pentagram again became an amuletic symbol to be worn. Co-incidentally with the rise of popular interest in Witchcraft and Wicca and the publication of many books (including several novels) on the subject, there was a reaction to the Church.

In its extreme, one aspect of that reaction was in the establishment of the satanic cult - The Church of Satan - by Anton LaVey. For its emblem, this cult adopted the inverted Pentagram after the Baphomet image of Eliphas Levi. The reaction of the Christian church was to condemn as evil all who took the pentalpha as a symbol and even to condemn the symbol itself, much as had been the post-war attitude to the swastika.

The distinction between the point-upwards and point-downwards Pentagram forms became accentuated in the minds of Pagans and led to the concepts of white Witchcraft and black. Those who took on board the strong personal ethical code of Wicca, the Wiccan Rede of 'An it harm none, do what you will' did not wish to be tarred with the same brush as the Satanists who's philosophy is one of the domination of the spirit by the physical body - the priority of matter and physical existence.

Hence, despite the use and the different meaning of the inverted Pentagram as a symbol of Gardnerian initiation, other Wiccans, notably in the USA where the fundamentalist Christians are particularly aggressive to those who do not share their beliefs, are against any usage of the symbol. It is sad to say that even the use of the upright Pentagram gives rise to social discrimination against Pagans in some communities.

Otherwise, the Pentagram or pentacle has become firmly established as a common Neo-Pagan and Wiccan symbol, acquiring many aspects of mystique and associations that are today often considered to be ancient folk-lore !

The antiquity of the Pentagram is certain; its meanings and associations have evolved and richened throughout its history. Its use within modern Neo-Paganism as a group symbol is as important as the cross has been in the history of Christianity and it is in the ubiquity and the attributed meanings of the symbol that its potency lies rather than in its antiquity. From the Earth aware attitudes and respect of life of modern Pagans has already come the movement towards protecting and conserving the ecology and resources of our planet. Perhaps they will see the dawn of a real new age of hope or perhaps just the end of an age of humanity.

PentaKore ― A specific type of Dance, derived from the archaic Ægean cultures, performed in varying numbers of clusters of five persons in each cluster. They clasp forearms, skipping a person, so that from above their arms make a Pentagram. Then they lean back and go around as fast as they can, in one direction or the other, depending upon the desired symbolic nuance. Obviously, this process can be adapted to clusters of any odd number of Dancors.

Perfection billows around Her Veil ― When the term Perfection billows around Her Veil is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to the Purple and Gold Veil of Connection to Ultimate Potential Perfection.

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.

PERFECTIONING (when considered as a Sacrament) ― Garden of Life considers Perfectioning a Pagan Sacrament. In a preliminary description Perfectioning may be an Act and/or Process which dedicates the focus Individual to Her/His Own Ultimate Potential Perfection, whatever that may be. Perfectioning may also act as an acknowledgment of the Individual by the Tradition. The Sacrament of Perfectioning usually includes a specifically designed Celebration to focus energy to dedicate the Individual to Her/His Own Ultimate Potential Perfection, and follows a pattern that has become Sacred to that Tradition.
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 which ordinarily both dedicate the One to be Perfected to Her/His Own Ultimate Potential Perfection, and acts as Rite of Passage into the Temple, claiming the Individual Becoming Quintessentially Perfected, to Membership in Her/His Tribal unit and the Garden of Life. Such Process is usually performed by a group of Celebrants led by one or more Officiants, but which may be performed by any Member on the Currently Active Membership Role on Her/His own Progeny or Joined Ones if necessary. In our Tradition this Process is recommended to be performed as soon after physical birth as practicable (and can be done at any time at the Individual's request), and in approximate three year intervals until the Rite of Passage to T̅êℓ'ᴌēōñ is performed.

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

See also: Performing Arts, Art

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

See also: Performing Arts, Art

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

See also: Art

Perfume ― When the term Perfume [in Aleister Crowley's 777 Tables of Correspondences, key number 9] 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.

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

See also: Oloreal Arts, Art

Periapt ― Under Talismen When the term Periapt is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to a charm worn on or as a necklace as protection against mischief and disease; an amulet; generally of an elaborate costruction. [French périapte, from Greek periapton, from periaptos, hung around : peri-, peri- + haptos, fastened (from haptein, to fasten or clasp).]

See also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Amulet , Talisman, 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.

Periodization ― Periodization is the attempt to categorize Universal History or divide time into named blocks. The result is a descriptive abstraction that provides a useful handle on periods of time with relatively stable characteristics. However, determining the precise beginning and ending to any "period" is often a matter of debate. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Periodization

Perpetual Virginity ― A philosophical and metaphysical position that Virginity is in the Mind and attitudes, connected to the idea of "going naked and unafraid into each experience".

Persephone (Local Star System Component) ―           - disambiguation: see: К̅ōя̄ā (nomenclature vulgaris: Persephone Asteroid)
                           , see also: Êя̇ĭs̄ (nomenclature vulgaris: Eris (Transpluto) Dwarf Planet beyond Pluto

Persian ― 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.

Persian (PreSufic) - When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by it's members and/or adherents holding as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm.

Persian (see also - Zoroastrian) - A MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents which holds teachings of Zoroaster and/or interpolations thereon as a as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. Zoroastrianism: The religion of the Persians before their conversion to Islam. According to tradition, Zoroaster founded it in the 6th or 7th century BCE. Its principles, contained in the Zend-Avesta, include belief in an afterlife and the continuous struggle of the universal spirit of good, Ormazd, with the universal spirit of evil, Ahriman.

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Personae ― Personae Masques different from Personality in the levels of truth. Any Individual may have any number of Personae in a given incarnation. Some have more, others less, this is qualitatively different from the mental difficulties specified in the 'Multiple Personality Disorder', primarily because one is in control of turning these Personae on and off. You might display one Persona at work, another with your family, another with a best friend of the opposite sex, another with a best friend of the same sex, a completely different one with casual aquaintances, and/or out partying alone, and it all be perfectly contained within the ever changing boundaries, of even what the mainstream culture thinks is "normal".

Personal Altars ― When the term Personal 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; 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.

Personal Unconscious

Personality

Personality Cult ― Although perhaps Persona Cult would be more accurate, depending upon the authenticity of the cult object.

Personhood ― Personhood

Perspicacity, Perspicaciousness ― Having or showing penetrating mental discernment; clear-sighted. See synonyms at shrewd. Having a ready insight into and understanding of things [From Latin perspicāx, perspicāc-, from perspicere, to look through. See perspective.] perspicacity - judgment: the capacity to assess situations or circumstances shrewdly and to draw sound conclusions perspicacity - intensity of judgment or observation perspicaciously per'spi·ca'cious·ly adv. perspicaciousness per'spi·ca'cious·ness n. clear-eyed: mentally acute or penetratingly discerning; acutely insightful and wise; "much too perspicacious to be taken in by such a spurious argument"; "observant and thoughtful, he was given to asking sagacious questions"; "a source of valuable insights and sapient advice to educators" Thesaurus: Having or showing a clever awareness and resourcefulness in practical matters: astute, cagey, canny, knowing, shrewd, slick, smart, wise1. Informal savvy. See ability/inability, careful/careless. Definition: observant, perceptive Antonyms: dull, ignorant, inattentive, unobservant, unperceptive

Pessomancy and Pessoscopy ― When the term Pessomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination from pebbles or occasionally beans. Perhaps a more accurate transliteration from the Greek would be Psefomancy or Psefoscopy, but Pessomancy is widely used. The two main types of Pessomancy are divination using marked pebbles drawn out of a bag or jar usually for the purpose of voting or selection; or pebbles (which may be either all of one type or diverse, depending on the Tradition) cast, with or without some sort of shaker (cup, bowl, or hollow animal horn). If cast the results are scanned for readable patterns, if the pebbles are of diverse type, the different juxtapositions may be important. Pessomancy or Psefomancy has some similarities to Psephomancy, which is also a form of Sortilege. Pessomancy is divination with pebbles (or beans). Often, the pebbles are marked with symbols and colours, which are interpreted by the pessomancer. It is an ancient form of divination practised worldwide, but was particularly favoured by the ancient Greeks and the ancient Egyptians. In one form of pessomancy, the prediction is taken from an interpretation of the pebbles after they have been cast on to the ground from a bag (or something similar like a bowl). The pessomancer then looks for symbolic messages in the patterns formed by the scattered pebbles. In another method, the stones are picked out of the bag at random one at a time. Under another method, a person asks a question of the stones and then casts them on the floor. The nearest stone is interpreted by the Pessomancer to reveal the prediction.

The term Pessomancy is derived from the Greek words: Ψῆφος (Psefos) meaning oval pebbles used in a game such as draughts, 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.

Petal Dropping Lotus and Papyrus ― see Stazôanthomancy

Petasos ― When the term Petasos is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to πέτασος petasos A petasos or petasus (Greek: Πέτασος) is a sun hat of Thessalian origin worn by the ancient Greeks, often in combination with the chlamys cape. It was usually made of wool felt, leather or straw, with a broad, floppy brim. It was worn primarily by farmers and travellers, and was considered characteristic of rural people. As a winged hat, it became the symbol of Hermes, the Greek mythological messenger god (Roman equivalent Mercury).

A type of metal helmet worn by Athenian cavalry was made in the shape of a petasos. Some examples have holes around the outer edge of the brim, presumably so a fabric cover could be attached. These are known from reliefs and vase paintings, with at least one archaeological example found in an Athenian tomb.

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.

Peyote ― Hallucinogenic used by some Native American and New Age groups as a sacrament in order to produce altered states of consciousness.

Peyote Way Church of God ― Anne L. Zapf, Willcox, AZ Native American rituals, use the drug peyote as a sacrament. Publishes The Sacred Record newsletter.

Phallomancy and Phalloscopy ― When the term Phallomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by observation of male reproductive organs, especially the penis. Phallomancy in the ancient world was often divination by the observation of a bull's penis.

The term Phallomancy is derived from the Greek words: Φαλλος (Phallos) meaning the penis 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.

Phantastica ― are those substances, natural and/or artificial, from plants, animals, and minerals, as well as elemental chemical processes, which

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: Banipsteriosis, Psychotria viridis, Psilocybe cubensis, Peganum harmala, DMT, Phalaris arundinaceae, Arundo donax, Desmanthus illinoensis, Claviceps purpurea, LSD, Ipomoea, Rivea spp., Stipa robusta, Lophophora williamsii, Trichocereus pachanoi, Bufo alvarius, Bufo marianus.

Pharmako Dynamis ― Pharmako Dynamis or Pharmaco Dynamics

Pharmako Gnosis ― Pharmako Gnosis

Pharmakon ― Pharmakonas an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Φάρμακον a complex term meaning sacrament, remedy, poison, talisman, cosmetic, perfume or intoxicant. From this, the modern term "pharmacology" emerged.

See also: Φάρμακον

Pharmako Poeia ― Pharmako Poeia

Pharmakos ― Pharmakos as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Φάρμακος and referencing the central figure in a complex scapegoat scenario which was performed in times of disaster to expiate community guilt. The interesting thing about this term is its interplay with Φάρμακον, only one letter different and seemingly tied to the other word, according to numerous essays and theories, in a variety of ways.

See also: Φάρμακος

Phenomenism ― A MetaPhysical Orientation toward the Divine, that the Divine is revealed through sensory Experience.

Philadelpheos ― Philadelpheos as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Φιλαδελφίος meaning Love either between Siblings who are generally well disposed towards each other or Love between people which emulates such a Sibling bonding.

See also: Φιλαδελφίος, and Love

Philallelos ― Philallelos as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Φιλαλληλίος meaning (Mutual Affection)

See also: Φιλαλληλίος, and Love

Phileos ― Phileos as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Φιλέως meaning (Friendship) be fond of regard with affection, to treat affectionately or kindly

See also: Φιλέως, and Love

Philosopher

Philosophical 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. 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 Philosophical Buddhism (also see: the complete entry on Buddhism.)

Philosophy ― A Field of Study of or relating to the Love for and Pursuit of Wisdom, underlying Causes and Principles of Reality, the study of the principle of Human Nature and conduct and the investigation of Natural Phenomena, primarily through Logical Reasoning. It is often divided into MetaPhysics, Epistemology, Ethics, Politics and Æsthetics, with MetaPhysics being the study of Existence and the nature of Existence; Epistemology being the study of knowledge and ways of knowing; Ethics being the study of proper Actions; Politics being the study of how humanity should interact in social context; and Æsthetics being the study of Art and what constitutes a Good Life and/or a Beautiful Life. While defining the term Philosophy is in and of itself problematic, it is possible to make several helpful observations: Originally, "philosophy" meant simply "the love of wisdom." "Philo-" comes from the Greek word philein, meaning to love, and "-sophy" comes from the Greek sophia, or wisdom. "Philosopher" replaced the word "sophist" (from sophoi), which was used to describe "wise men," teachers of rhetoric, which were important in Athenian democracy. Some of the first sophists were what we would now call philosophers. At its beginnings, the scope of philosophy was all intellectual endeavor, but the academic meaning of the term has come to be: the primarily abstract and detached study of what is perceived as reality or humanity's context, the study of the meaning and justification of beliefs especially about the most general, or universal, aspects of things. The introduction of the term "philosophy" is generally ascribed to the Greek thinker Pythagoras. A individual's philosophy is their WorldView; it is the selfdefined context out of which their thoughts and actions emerge into the consensus reality. When Philosophy is mentioned the general referrence is to the intellectual endeavor involved in creating or delineating Philosophy. Science concentrates on learning new facts about the reality in through an experimental, confirmable methodology. Art explors and endeavors to communicate the diversity and similarities in the Human experience. Philosophy attempts to develop a context of thought out of which all Human activities may emerge in a more consistent and volitional manner. Of all of one's possessions, surely one's mind is the most treasured, and the most intimately connected to one's being. Therefore it is natural and desirable to make one's thoughts the best that they can be. Admittedly there is some "mill-wheel grinding", or hard and dry work that must be done to gain some basic skills in clear thinking. But the benefits of philosophy are irreplaceable. Some people get an intellectual rush of pleasure from spotting new inferences and insights, and creating new ideas. It is through new ideas that great changes in society are made. Ayn Rand. He who has no tincture of philosophy goes through life imprisoned in the prejudices derived from common sense, from the habitual beliefs of his age or his nation, and from convictions which have grown up in his mind without the cooperation or consent of his deliberate reason. As soon as we begin to philosophize, on the contrary, we find that even the most everyday things lead to problems to which only very incomplete answers can be given. Philosophy...is able to suggest many possibilities which enlarge our thoughts and free them from the tyranny of custom. Bertrand Russell. Because the development of Philosophy requires indepth immersion into the most fundamental components of Reality (and all that resembles it), and those symbolic essences which are often called Archetypes the mere entry into the field inculcates an expansion of mental functioning and capabilities even on the most dilitante level. The definition of philosophy is a philosophical question in its own right. Philosophy is the --a study which is ordinarily carried out not by experimentation or careful observation, but instead typically by formulating problems carefully, offering solutions to them, giving arguments for the solutions, and engaging in the dialectic about all of the above. Philosophy studies such concepts as existence, goodness, knowledge, and beauty. It asks questions such as "What is goodness, in general?" and "Is knowledge even possible?" Probably the most famous philosopher in western civilization is Socrates, and indeed in his "Socratic method" he created the underpinnings of all that we refer to as Philosophy in the West today. In the vernacular the word "philosophy" is often used to refer to any school of thought which is perceived to contain wisdom, particularily when considered separately from any religious component which the school of thought might or might not contain., any individual's perspective on life or WorldView and/or the basic principles behind or method of achieving something. One of the most lovely things about Philosophy is that it allows and encourages the questioning of all things. Philosophy has several sub-disciplines, including:

Metaphysics     Study of Existence     What's out there?
Epistemology     Study of Knowledge     How do I know about it?
Ethics     Study of Action     What should I do?
Politics     Study of Force     What actions are permissible?
Æsthetics     Study of Art     What can life be like?

Many people tend to think of Philosophy as an extra in life, something considered if you have time to or even a frivolous thing, however the truth is that individuals act from their own philosophical context based on their ideas and beliefs about reality whether it is something they have consciously considered and determined for themselves or something merely accumulated from society. Ayn Rand, was an extremely clear and penetrating thinker, never more so than when she said Philosophy is inescapable. Your philosophy is your worldview, which is a backdrop for all thought and a context for all knowledge. The decision about examining philosophy is between: 1) to make your philosophy explicit, or 2) to be a slave to the subconscious notions, principles, and other people's philosophies picked up throughout life. To ignore the topic of philosophy is to be doomed to the second choice. Examining your philosophy will allow you to discover and root out all errors and contradictions and allow you to more easily acquire knowledge and to think in concepts rather than concretes. A philosophic system is an integrated view of existence. As a human being, you have no choice about the fact that you need a philosophy. Your only choice is whether you define your philosophy by a conscious, rational, disciplined process of thought and scrupulously logical deliberation -- or let your subconscious accumulate a junk heap of unwarranted conclusions, false generalizations, undefined contradictions, undigested slogans, unidentified wishes, doubts and fears, thrown together by chance, but integrated by your subconscious into a kind of mongrel philosophy and fused into a single, solid weight: self-doubt, like a ball and chain in the place where your mind's wings should have grown. from Philosophy: Who Needs It.

Philothereos ― Philothereos as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Φιλοθηρίος meaning (Romantic and/or Sexual Love based on the Appeal of the Chase)

See also: Φιλοθηρίος, and Love

Phoenician ― (see also -Canaanite) Phoenician in general usage refers to a particular Levantine cultural Tradition from the Western edge of Mesopotamia on the Eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, out of the many that developed there, however, 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 Traditions developed in that area as primary or critical parameters of their Spiritual Paradigm. Some historians, anthropologists, and/or archaeologists consider the more northern of the city-states Phoenician and the more southern ones Canaanite, but we have been unable to discern any wide-spread consensus.

Phoenix ― see- Benu

Phoenix Wand ― When the term Phoenix Wand is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to wand with stylized head of a Phoenix at the top, Benu being an approximation of an Ægyptian word for a Phoenix like bird, the wand is sometimes called the Benu Wand.

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.

Phonetic

Phonetic Language Project

Phonetic Constructed Words

Photography 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

Phrenology ― When the term Phrenology is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using bumps on the head.

The term Phrenology is derived from the Greek words: Φρόνημα (Fronēma) meaning mind, spirit; 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.

Phyllomancy and Phylloscopy ― When the term Phyllomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using leaves, often the rustlings of leaves on a particular type of tree or bush, or specific Sacred Trees.

The term Phyllomancy is derived from the Greek words: Φύλλον (Phyllon) meaning leaf , 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.

Phyllorhodomancy and Phyllorhodoscopy ― When the term Phyllorhodomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by Rose Petals, though sometimes the entire bush is considered. Often Phyllorhodomancy is utilized to determine the chances of luck in love, perhaps by clapping rose petals against the palm and noting the sounds made and/or the resulting appearance.

The term Phyllorhodomancy is derived from the Greek words: Φύλλον (Phyllon) meaning leaf, Ῥόδον (Rhodon) meaning Rose, 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.

Physics

Physiognomancy and Physiognoscopy ― When the term Physiognomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination effectuated by studying and interpreting the face and/or facial features. Often the shapes and relative sizes of the features, the symmetry of lack there of, the colour and evenness of the colouration of the complexion are considered. Unveiling mysteries about a person's character and future by reading the features or his or her face. Physiognomantics often include interpretations of the lines, wrinkles, moles, and warts on the face, a practice that even Aristotle wrote about. Physiognomancy may be thought of as a facial variant of Chiromancy and precursor of Phrenology. Physiognomancy: An alternate term for the more common word Physiognomy, the study of the face, to gain insight to a person's character; and to gather information about their future.

The term Physiognomancy is derived from the Greek words: Φύσις (Physis) meaning Nature and Form, Γνώμων (Gnomon) meaning meaning judge or interpreter, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

Different aspects of your face cover different areas of your personality, and some of them have Divination Systems based on them by themselves. Some fairly common attributions of traits to the various features are:
• The ears are considered to determine how one interact with others, one's level or risk-taking and longevity.
• The hairline is thought to display the manner in which one socializes.
• The forehead is thought to show one's way of thinking and parental influence.
• The brow bones are thought to show issues to do with self-control, or the desire to control others.
• The eyebrows are thought to show one's passion, sense of pride and levelness and intensity of temper.
• The eyes are thought to reveal how open one is to life and new experiences as well as one's intelligence.
• The cheeks are thought to represent one's level of confidence.
• The cheekbones are thought to indicate how one asserts one's authority.
• The nose is thought to indicate one's money situation and the way work, ego, drive, and power interact.
• The tip of one's nose is thought to reveal one's inner emotions.
• The mouth is thought to show the way one communicates with language.
• The lips are thought to reveal one's sensuality and how one physically express oneself.
• The chin is thought to indicates one's level of assertiveness, character and will power.
• The jaws are thought to indicate the intensity of one's determination.

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.

Physiognomy ― Facial features

see also: ,

Physiolatrous ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation of Experiential Spiritual Methodology, devotion to the physical realities of the Cosmos and/or the perceptions of such

Pictish-Elven ― 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.

Pictish Witchcraft ― 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. Pictish Witchcraft is the study and practice of the religion of the Picts, the pre-Keltic inhabitants of northern Scotland. Pecti-Wita is concerned with all aspects of prosperity, growth, abundance, creativity, and healing, and honors the Keltic Deities. The main tools in Pecti-Wita are the Staff and the Athame or Dirk. Pecti-Witans use a "Keek-Stane" which is, in effect, a scrying stone or the equivalent of a crystal ball. Also known as Pecti-Wita, Wita. Pictish Witchcraft-"Pictish-Elven" is meant to signify a subset or offshoot of the so-called Feri or Fairy Tradition as adumbrated by Victor Anderson and represented by the late Gwydion Pendderwen, Starhawk (especially in the first book), and Francesca De Grandis, author of the recent Be a Goddess. Although it is a word strongly rooted in Germanic and Scandinavian Pagan belief and language (fairy is more common and older in the British Isles and where English overlays a Keltic substratum as with Ireland, Scotland, etc.), "Elven" is meant to carry a higher, nobler, more awe-inspiring nuance than "fairy," even while doing the job of a synonym. The "Pictish" element is meant to bring back to the fore one central thread of the Tradition, as taught by Victor, about which, for some reason , none of the aforementioned authors has even whispered so much as a single word. I refer to the legend that the Feri Tradition carries on and embodies the legacy and lineage of the pre-Christian mystery cult of the Picts, the pre-Scottish inhabitants of what is now Scotland. Francesca De Grandis, in her book Be a Goddess does (briefly) discuss the Blue God "Dian-y-Glas," but does not point out that the name is supposed to be in Pictish or address any of the issues dependant thereof. This tradition is very old and intense. And very hard to find competent information on. Mostly web information that is eclectic in nature.

Pilot ― When the term Pilot is used to indicate a Practitionor who may Officiate at a given Werking

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

Pine Cone Wand - see Thrysos

Pisces (Western Tropical Astrology Sign) ― see: T̅êℓēōṡṭēŭç

Planchette ― When the term Planchette is used in reference to a type of Divination, it generally refers to a type of selecting device which is used with a Talking Board, or Alpha – Syllabic Board to receive answers to questions. Ordinarily, the fingertips of the Sittor or Sittors are rested lightly on the edges of the Planchette, with the intention of connecting their energies to each other and the Planchette so that it will spell out, letter by letter, the answer which is given. It is thought that the answer comes from a disincarnate entity of some type, the subconscious or unconscious mind of the Sittor, and/or the combined subconsciousnesses or unconsciousness minds of the Sittors. Ouija Boards, typically come with Planchettes, the higher end ones with wooden Planchettes, and the less expensive ones with plastic Planchettes. Ouija Boards commonly seen in today's world consist of flat board marked with the letters of the alphabet, the numbers 0-9, the words "yes", "no", "hello" and "goodbye" and various symbols and graphics such as pentagrams, the sun, the moon, and stars.

The Planchette is usually vaguely triangular with the two lower angles rounded off, though other shapes are seen, rectangular, diamond shaped, round, and even square. Most Planchettes have short legs to hold them up a bit from the Board. Sometimes the Planchette is solid and the letters are picked out by the top point, pointing at them. In other cases the Planchette has a hole, sometimes with a glass lens, occasionally a magnifying glass lens over the hole, and then the letters are picked out by appearing under the hole. Practitionors who frequently use Planchettes may choose to make their own, providing a stronger connection and channel for their energies; in these cases wood is most frequently used for the body of the Planchette, the type of wood determined by traditional Mægikal associations, and/or personal resonances with the Practitionor.



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.

Planetary Network Community of Like-minded Sentients

Plastromancy and Physiognoscopy ― When the term Plastromancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using the plastrons of Turtle shells; the nearly flat part of the shell structure of a tortoise or other animal (normally covering the bottom, or front of the animal), often similar in composition to the Carapace (dorsal or upper section of the exoskeleton or shell). Plastromancy is a form of Pyromantic divination using the plastron, or undershell of a turtle. It was mainly used in ancient China, especially the Shāng dynasty. This gradually fell out of use during the Later or Eastern Hàn dynasty. The plastrons were first prepared through the boring of shallow pits partway through the interior (flesh-side) surface. During the divination session, the diviner then applied a heat source to the pits, causing cracks to appear on the exterior surface. These cracks were then read as portents or answers to the topic of divination at hand. During the Shāng dynasty, the date, diviner's name and topic of divination were generally written on the plastron, sometimes along with prognostications. Occasionally, verifications about the event or day in question were later added as well. This record was then usually incised into the plastron's surface.

The term Plastromancy is derived from the Greek words: Ἐμπλαστρώδης (Emplastrōdēs) meaning like a plaster, Ἔμπλαστρον (Emplastron) meaning salve, from Ἔμπλαστος (Emplastos) meaning daubed on, plastered, from Ἐμπλασσειν (Emplassein) meaning: to mould, form. 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.

Pleonasms ― Pleonasms are word structures that contain more words or word-parts than is strictly necessary for clear expression. Pleonasms are often on bad report as being unnecessary, or even deleterious to communication (though not by anyone who we would wish to have anything to do with). In fact Pleonasms may even aid in achieving a specific linguistic effect, be it social, poetic, or literary, and add nuance of meaning to discourse. In particular, Pleonasms sometime serve the same function as rhetorical repetition, in that these word constructions may be used to reinforce ideas, provide built-in contention or questioning, and otherwise render writing or speech clearer and easier to understand.
See also: Pleonasms, Garden of Life WordPlay Index, and Word Play in Definitions

Pluto (Local Star System Component) ― see: Äēдōñōs̄

Pneumancy and Pneuscopy ― When the term Pneumancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by blowing or breath, most familiar as blowing out candles (still practiced today with birthday cakes).

The term Pneumancy is derived from the Greek words: Πνεῦμα (Pneuma) meaning wind [the diminutive Πνευμάτιον (Pneumateon) meaning more precisely breath as a 'little wind'] 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.

Pneumatosophy ― From the Anthroposophy teachings of Rudolf Steiner. "Pneumatosophy" (wisdom of the spirit) can be seen as part of his teachings on spiritual science and approaches the human spirit in terms of truth and error and the meaning and the effects of imagination, intuition, and inspiration. In some cases it will be difficult to understand the context between the subject matter and what is here termed pneumatosophy. Pneuma (Greek) literally "breath" or "wind", usually translated as "spirit." The suffix sophy stands for knowledge.

Podomancy and Podoscopy ― When the term Podomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using the feet, including the overall shape and condition of the feet, various lines on the top and bottom of the feet, and/or the length, or relative length of the toes.

The term Podomancy is derived from the Greek words: Πούς (Pous) meaning foot, using the combining form Pod, 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.

Poetry ― Whether written or spoken, Poetry is Rhythmic Language which has Emotional Impact. There is no True effective way to define Poetry, however one can hint at it: language that formulates concentrated imaginative awareness of experience, created, chosen and arranged to evoke and/or invoke a specific emotional response through its meaning, sound and rhythm, and excites the imagination of the reader and/or listener and gives a sense of heightened and more meaningful sense of existence with spontaneity and grace.

See also: Linguistic Arts, Art

Poltergeist ― From German ("rattling ghost"); an apparently supernatural disturbance attributed to a ghost or spirit. Usually associated with the visible movement of physical objects by an unseen spiritual (that is, occult) force. See Demon, Spiritualism, Necromancy.

Poluēkhiamancy and Poluēkhiascopy ― When the term Poluēkhiamancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using sounds, all types of sounds which may occur and be available for interpretation.

The term Poluēkhiamancy is derived from the Greek words: Πολυηχία (Poluēkhia) meaning a variety or range of sounds, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination. This is sometimes referred to as Alveromancy, meaning conjuring with sound, but the Fonēomancy, Keladomancy, and Poluēkhiamancy designations seem much more precise and to the point, and we could not locate the etymology for Alvero.

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.

PolyAmoury

Polygamy ― Polygamy (from the Greek πολύς γάμος (polys gamos), translated literally in Late Greek as "multiply married") is a marriage which includes more than two partners. When a man is married to more than one wife at a time, the relationship is called polygyny, and there is no marriage bond between the wives; and when a woman is married to more than one husband at a time, it is called polyandry, and there is no marriage bond between the husbands. If a marriage includes multiple husbands and wives, it can be called group marriage. The term is used in related ways in social anthropology, sociobiology, sociology, as well as in popular speech. In social anthropology, polygamy is the practice of a person's making him/herself available for two or more spouses to mate with. In contrast, monogamy is a marriage consisting of only two parties. Like monogamy, the term is often used in a de facto sense, applying regardless of whether the relationships are recognized by the state (see marriage for a discussion on the extent to which states can and do recognize potentially and actually polygamous forms as valid). In sociobiology and zoology, polygamy is used in a broad sense to mean any form of multiple mating.

Polynesian and Oceanic ― 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.

Polyptych ― Polyptych as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek (polyptychos) thence from Πολύ (polu-) meaning "many" and Πτυχή (ptychç) meaning "fold"] is an object, normally an art object which has a number of parts hooked together is some adjustable manner, Accessing both the nominal meanings of fold in English, i.e.: the quality of foldedness, and the quality of quantity (or manyness within)

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PolyTheism ― A MetaPhysical Orientation toward the Divine, that postulates many Faces of the Divine Force, or many Divine Entities. PolyTheism is the doctrine and worship of many gods as separate conscious entities. The belief in the existence of a plurality of gods, in contrast to monotheism (one God) or atheism (no God or gods). Examples include Greek, Roman and Norse mythology; ancient Egyptian, Babylonian, and Assyrian religions; and some forms of neo-paganism, Wicca, and New Age belief. Some forms of Hinduism combine polytheism with pantheism (all is God). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches a form of Christianized polytheism, since it holds that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three Gods and that human beings can become exalted to Godhood.

Pool-Pah ― in the context of the Vonnegutian Bokononist Religion is translated both as "shit storm" and "wrath of God".

Pool Scrying or Skrying ― When the term Pool Scrying is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by gazing into a Pool, typically a Naturally Occurring Pool, then interpreting whatever impressions may form. Often the Pools used for this type of divination have a long history of being used and considered Sacred to a Tradition, or a group of Traditions. Mostly these are Water Pools, some certainly of a high mineral content, though sometimes Naturally Occurring Alkaline Pools, and even Oil Pools, and Tar Pits, may be used.

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

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.

Portal ― When the term Portal is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to an opening between levels and/or realities which may be viewed through, though not typically passed through, visualized and/or represented by constructed artifact, frequently considered to be circular in shape; 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.

Portal Altars ― When the term Portal 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; specifically, which are related to the processes that a particular Tradition utilizes as Celebrants enter and leave a Circle or other Sacred Space; 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. Portal Altars in many Traditions may be used to hold the items used in Smudging, such as the Smudge Sticks or Braids, Abalone Shells, Fans, and such.

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.

Portents ― In the context of Divination, the term Portents tends to be used to indicate occurrences and/or thoughts which are indicative of some maleficent coming phenomena, and Portents generally relate to important or broadly affecting phenomena; more properly used rather than the term Signs which is often used about occurrences which affect only individuals or a few people. Unlike Omens, which may be for good or for ill, or perhaps a special case, the use of the term Portents is considered to intrinsically imply 'Portents of Ill', or notice of coming harmful events or atmospheres.

The term Portents derives from the Latin term Portendere meaning foretell, originally meaning to stretch forward, from por- (variant of pro-) meaning forth, forward, and tendere meaning to stretch, extend.

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.

PostHumanism

PostMonotheism

PostPolytheism

Postulate

Potential ― The Field of unmanifested possibility, ordinarily indicating more the degree of effectual potency of the object discussed than the intent.

Potentiation

Pothos

Pouches ― When the term Pouch is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to small to medium sized closeable bags made of natural materials, such as leather, linen, silk, wool, and/or cotton, normally used to be accessible yet protective of small items used in Werkings; 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.

Power Doctor 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. In the Ozarks region of the United States, power doctors are backwoods healers who use charms, amulets, incantations and magick to cure illness. They cannot charge a fee, but may accept gifts and offerings. Power doctors must learn their Craft from a person of the opposite sex who is not a blood relative. They may in turn teach two or three others the Craft, but that they would lose their abilities should they teach more.

PowWow ― 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. POWWOW: The magickal system of healing used by the Pennsylvania Dutch who elicited the help of the Indigenous people in Pennsylvania to help them find the herbs and roots in the area that could be used in the Old Country traditions. Pow-Wow Also known as Pennsylvania Dutch Country Tradition and/or Hexcraft. In Northern Pennsylvania, German settlers began arriving in the late 17th century, the bulk of them immigrating in the first half of the 18th century. The term Pennsylvania "Dutch" is a corruption of the German word "Deutch" meaning German. Silver RavenWolf lives in Pennsylvania and describes this magical tradition in HexCraft. She has Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors, as I also do. Two distinct groups of German immigrants came to Pennsylvania. The Fancy Germans, or Lutherans, brought their elaborate folk history with them, including the ornate customs of Christmas and Easter, the Yule tree and log, colorful decorations, baskets, and pictures of bunnies. The other German group was the Plain or Pietist Germans. They included members of the Mennonite, Amish, Dunker, and Brethern denominations. The Plain Germans wore distinctive clothing and tried to live a simple rural life-style guided by their interpretation of the Bible. Some of the pow-wowers Silver RavenWolf interviewed were Brethren, Mennonites, and Dunkers. South central Pennsylvania was fertile and not physically isolated, as were the southern Appalachians. Hexcraft, or pow-wow, as it is locally called, survived because of the tendency of both Fancy and Plain Germans to live in tightly knit communities, where they preserved their customs and language into the 20th century. Native Americans were present, at least initially, when the Germans arrived and the term pow-wow was possibly derived from the early settlers' observations of Indian pow wows. Silver RavenWolf thinks the word pow-wow may also be a derivative of the word power or may come from the Native American pow wow definition meaning "he who dreams." Pow-wowing includes some charms and incantations dating from the Middle Ages plus elements borrowed from the Jewish Qabala and Christian Bible. Pow-wowing generally focuses on healing minor health problems, the protection of livestock, success in love, and the casting or removing of hexes. For over 200 years, pow-wowers have considered themselves to be staunch Christians endowed with supernatural powers to both heal and harm. Hex signs are the most widely recognized symbols associated with pow-wow magic. The word hex means a spell or bewitchment and comes from the German word hexe for witch. Hex signs are round magical signs and symbols used primarily to protect against hexerie (witchcraft). They were used by the Fancy Dutch but not the Amish and strict Mennonites. Some hex symbols and designs originate in the Bronze Age. Ancient Keltic and Germanic tribes put emphasis on the energy patterns of the divine Source rather than its representation as a human archetype. The Source was depicted in universal designs that assisted in focusing power either toward or away from the design. The basic pattern found in the original hex signs is the double rosette, which is found at many ancient European holy sites.

Practitionor ― One who practices or follows a particular Tradition or school of thought in their MetaPhysical praxis, Philosophical, Religious, Spiritual, Mægikal and so forth. Practitionor is a term used within Garden of Life as a generic umbrella word for all types of Spiritual Werkors, formally within the context of organized Circles and other events, and in any other type of Werking in any setting, whether Solitary, in a small group, or in a large group Celebration. As posted on the Category Component Characteristics page for Types of Officiants in the Rose Recension Correspondences Codex, and elsewhere on the Garden of Life website: there is a broad range of Practitionor vocations available within general Pagan context and specifically within particular Traditions.

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

Pragmatos ― Pragmatos as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Πραγματος meaning (Pragmatic Love, Marriages of Convenience)

See also: Πραγματος, and Love

Pranayama (One of the Eight Limbs of Raja Yoga from the Traditions of the Indus Valley) ― regulation or control of the breath. Padmasana (the familiar Lotus Asana) is often used during Pranayama sessions. Asanas and Pranayama form the sub-division of Raja Yoga known as Hatha-Yoga

Pratyahara (One of the Eight Limbs of Raja Yoga from the Traditions of the Indus Valley) ― withdrawal of the senses in order to still the mind.

Praxiologism ― When used in reference to a point of view within the field of Ethical, Value and/or Behavioural Matters, this is a Point of View in which the prime parameter for effectuating a course of action is determined by choosing that which results in the most desired praxis, rather than trying to fit praxis to preconceived dogma.

Praxis ― Praxis (Praksis) as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Παράπρᾶξις which comes from Παρά (para-) meaning "beside" or "aside" and Πρᾶξις (praxis) meaning "a doing, transaction, business, that which is done, procedures". Sometimes there is an inference of a way of doing things and/or how they are done.

See also:

Preceptor ― When the term Preceptor is used in the context of Practitionor, Officiants and Bearors of the Gifts and Persuasions, it is to indicate a person who helps teach and/or train someone just coming into a particular type of Practice, but has the additional meaning, that they werk with them, participating in the activity in addition to discoursing on it. The term is most frequently used in the Medical professions, for an expert or a specialist, such as a physician, who gives practical experience and training to a someone who is attempting to enter their field, and who the Preceptor feels has some aptitude for the field. The term Perceptor has much wider applications. Subtly different than mentor or guide, it seems especially appropriate in the fields of the Gifts and Persuasions.

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

Precession of Equinoxes ― see The Precession of Equinoxes

Precognition ― When the term Precognition is used in reference to a type of Divination, it generally refers to inner paranormal knowledge of the future. Use of the term Precognition does not specify a particular source for this knowledge, so it may involve any and all of the 'Clair' gifts and persuasions, such as ClairAudiance, ClairCognizance, ClairGustorance, ClairKinesthesance, ClairOlorance, ClairSentience, ClairSynesthesiance, ClairTactealance, ClairVoyance, and/or PanClairEsthesiance.

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.

Pre-enactment ― The term Preenactment is used to refer to performing an event or happening, before its official time of expected occurrence. In part it might be thought of as a rehersal

PreIslamic Sufi - When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by it's members and/or adherents holding as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm.

Preliminary Discipline ― When the term Preliminary Discipline [in Aleister Crowley's 777 Tables of Correspondences in reference to the obtainment of Discipline over one's self as a preliminary to Mægik, key number 19] is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to

Premiss

Premonition

Prenestine Lots ― When the term Prenestine Lots is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by lots, then interpreting whatever results are obtained. The typical procedure involves writing the letters of an alphabet or syllabary and/or special additional symbols on pieces of paper or some other form of token, and putting them in a bowl, sometimes an urn. The tokens are then drawn and placed face up until a word is formed. Another way is by writing a list of words, messages or symbols on pieces of paper and simply pick one to get the answers or predication. Specifically Sortes Prenestinae, or the Prenestine lots, as they were used in ancient, classical, and modern Italy was somewhat more random. The letters of the alphabet were placed in an urn and shaken; they were then turned out upon the floor, and the words that they accidentally formed were received as omens, so whatever words or phrases were formed by the throw, rather than being drawn and placed.



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.

Prepatory Guide ― When considered within the context of Officiation, a Prepatory Guide is an Officiant who specializes in helping new Celebrants learn and understand how they may participate in Werkings of a particular Tradition. Practitionor, Celebrant, Officiant, The Gifts and Persuasions, Divinor

PreSentience ― When the term PreSentience is used in reference to a type of Divination, it generally refers to an advance sense of events and/or feelings for such, in the emotive sense rather than tactile. PreSentience is similar to ClairSentience, though the parameters are more narrow, since PreSentience refers only to impressions from the future in a given timeline, whereas ClairSentience may be towards past events, other dimensional happenings or characteristics, or events in a particular Present, but separated by distance.

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.

Presleyterianism ― First Presleyterian Church of Elvis the Divine.

PreSocratic

Priest ― An Officiant performing a Leadership function, particularly in Celebratory Ritual, generally of a Manifestory, Showing and/or Sending Nature.

An Officiant whose actions reflect the function of serving as a conduit or vessel of the masculine 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 Priest role in Circles includes a sending 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.

Entering the Path of the Priest is an option open to any who choose to do so. In Garden of Life, if you refer to someone as a High Priest, this indicates that one has, through their own experiences, seen that Individual function in a Circle, effectively representing the Divine Forces in a manner that communicated this to them. In other Traditions there are doubtless a wide variety in the application of these designations. Additionally while the Priest Officiant always represents the AndroDivine Forces, in some Traditions the path and practice is not restricted to persons of the masculine gender.

Some Priests either initially or throughout their tenure follow the pattern of a particular precursor in the Priest path who is known to have successfully navigated the fields of apotheosis, such as Dionysos, Ptah, or Utu through the practice of Invocation [any practice and/or action with the intended goal of inculcating assistance from divine forms with whom one has resonance]. Others may follow the patterns of combinations of these Archetypal figures, either serially or in parallel. Still other votaries of the Priest path may follow the method of Evocation [a practice aimed at bringing out submerged potentialities in the individual] and Manifest their own Ultimate Potential Perfection, that which they shall at some future point be continually. Doubtless there are other approaches.

In addition to this primary métier, there are many particular ways of werking within this path, for instance Stellar, Solar, Lunar, or various positional places such as in reference to the specific Chakras or Directions.


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

Priestess ― An Officiant performing a Leadership function, particularly in Celebratory Ritual, generally of a Manifestory, Showing and/or Building Nature.

An Officiant whose actions reflect the function of serving as a conduit or vessel of the feminine 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 Priestess role in Circles includes a weaving together, and directing the building of the energies of the Celebrants for the purpose of sending out, as well as representing (through various procedures identified as: Invocation, Evocation, Manifestation, Incarnation, Drawing Down the Moon, Parting the Veil, and in many other ways.) the Divine.

Entering the Path of the Priestess is an option open to any who choose to do so. In Garden of Life, if you refer to someone as a High Priestess, this indicates that one has, through their own experiences, seen that Individual function in a Circle, effectively representing the Divine Forces in a manner that communicated this to them. In other Traditions there are doubtless a wide variety in the application of these designations. Additionally while the Priestess Officiant always represents the GynaecoDivine Forces, in some Traditions the path and practice is not restricted to persons of the feminine gender.

Some Priestesses either initially or throughout their tenure follow the pattern of a particular precursor in the Priestess path who is known to have successfully navigated the fields of apotheosis, such as Isis, Inanna, or Diana through the practice of Invocation [any practice and/or action with the intended goal of inculcating assistance from divine forms with whom one has resonance]. Others may follow the patterns of combinations of these Archetypal figures, either serially or in parallel. Still other votaries of the Priestess path may follow the method of Evocation [a practice aimed at bringing out submerged potentialities in the individual] and Manifest their own Ultimate Potential Perfection, that which they shall at some future point be continually. Doubtless there are other approaches.

In addition to this primary métier, there are many particular ways of werking within this path, for instance Stellar, Solar, Lunar, or various positional places such as in reference to the specific Chakras or Directions.


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

Prionomancy and Prionoscopy ― When the term Prionomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination utilizing a saw or saws.

The term Prionomancy is derived from the Greek words: Πρίων (Priōn) meaning saw, 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.

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

Privacy Value

Process Church of the Final Judgement ― Robert de Grimston Occult, Three Great Gods who are Jehovah, Lucifer, and Satan. Dualism-unity of Christ and Satan, both are equally good and should be loved. Grimston who wrote, As It Is, was ousted in 1974. Several splinters formed. Charles Manson was reported to be a member at one time.

Process Theology ― Built on the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead, process theology is a heresy within liberal Christianity that holds that reality is becoming rather than being - in process rather than static. The Bible has a relative authority in that it concurs with one's own self-evident experiences, rather than having absolute authority over all human experiences and beliefs, as in evangelical Christianity. Process theology teaches panentheism (God is in all), which is to be distinguished from pantheism (God is all). Panentheism teaches that even though God is somehow transcendent, He also includes the world within Himself. Therefore, God is in "process," evolving along with creation into future possibilities. Some New Agers (e.g., Matthew Fox) and some Mormons have found value in process theology.

Proclus Society and Neo-Pythagorean Gnostic Church ― Chicago, IL Mixture of occult, Theosophy and Rosicrucianism; teaches yoga, and astrology.

Prognosticator see Divinor

Project X ― See Jamilian University of the Ordained.

Projection ― When used in reference to the field of Analytical Psychology the unconscious displacement of psychic contents onto other people or objects. The projected contents may be unacceptable emotions and qualities or they may be beneficial and valuable. Both Shadow and Soul-image projections are carried by real men and women. The recollection and integration of projected contents is an important part of analysis and of the individuation process.

Projective Hand or Power Hand ― When the term Projective Hand or Power Hand is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to the dominant hand of a specific individual. One way of determining the power hand is to consider the hand with which one normally writes, or performs most of the strength and dexterity tasks that one does. This is the right hand if one is right-handed, or the left hand if one is left-handed. So named the power hand because this is the hand from which personal power energy is sent from the body. The dagger and wand should be held in the power hand during ritual and spellwork.

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

Pronoeômancy and Pronoôscopy ― When the term Pronoeômancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by psychic impressions, in combination with projected reasoning.

The term Pronoeômancy is derived from the Greek words: Προνοέω (Pronoeō) meaning to consider in advance, to take thought for, to consider the possible long-term effects of an action, circumspection for oneself and one's surroundings, 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.

Pronoia ― is fueled by a drive to cultivate happiness and a determination to practice an aggressive form of gratitude that systematically identifies the things that are working well. But it is not a soothing diversion meant for timid Pollyannas strung out on optimistic delusions. It's not a feel-good New Age fantasy used to deny the harsh facts about existence. Those of us who perceive the world pronoiacally refuse to be polite shills for sentimental hopefulness. On the contrary, we build our optimism not through a repression of difficulty, but rather a vigorous engagement with it. We understand that the best way to attract blessings is to grapple with the knottiest enigmas. Each fresh puzzle is a potential source of future bliss—an exciting teaching that may usher us to our next breakthrough. Do you want to be a pronoiac player?Blend anarchistic rebelliousness with open-hearted exuberance. Root your insurrectionary fervor in expansive joy instead of withering hatred. Enjoy saying "no!" but don't make it the wellspring of your vitality. Be fueled by blood-­red yeses that rip against the grain of comfortable ugliness.

Prophet see Divinor

Propitiatory ― A MetaPhysical Orientation of Experiential Spiritual Methodology, which is ordinarily characterized by much emphasis being placed on offerings, with the intent of diverting what is believed to be coming in the normal course of things. actions intended as negotiation in the sense of supplication and with the implication of submission as interaction with disincarnate forces for specific ends. Actions intended as negotiation with disincarnate forces for specific ends.

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

See also: Linguistic Arts, Art

Proselytization ― The behaviour of attempting to convert persons from one school of religious or MetaPhysical belief to another.

Proskedes ― Proskedes as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Προσκηδής meaning general kindness, affection, tendency to bring people into alliance, a strong positive emotion of regard and affection, Simple Affection as with acquaintances or the general population.

See also: Προσκηδής, and Love

Prosōponomancy and Prosōponoscopy ― When the term Prosōponomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination based on observations of Human Faces. In addition to the various Divination Systems which utilize the Face, this is, in a sense, so deeply rooted in human behaviour as to be almost involuntary, when we see someone's Face, we immediately believe that we know certain things about who they really are, often, though not always these things turn out to be true.

The term Prosōponomancy is derived from the Greek words: , Πρόσωπον (Prosōpon) meaning face, countenance, 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.

Protean Family 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. A Wiccan tradition based on Gardnerian Wicca that is the lineal descendants of Proteus Coven in New York City. The High Priestess of Proteus, Judy Harrow, founded the coven in the Gardnerian practice during the early 1980's. In late 1985, after a series of internal conflicts over some of the changes of practice instituted by Harrow, a body of Gardnerian Elders indicated a desire to disassociate with Proteus and her descendants. In the early 1990's, Harrow declared the Protean Family to be a "self-aware subgroup" of the Gardnerian line.

Proteleios ― Proteleios as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Προτέλειος before consecration, preliminaries

See also: Προτέλειος

Protestant Christianity ― Often used generically of all Christian churches that are neither Roman Catholic nor Orthodox, the term more specifically refers to the movement that originated in the 16th century Reformation. Luther, Zwingli, Calvin and others led efforts to correct, reform or "protest" the errors in doctrine and practice that they saw in medieval Roman Catholicism. The 16th century Protestants saw their main doctrinal differences with Catholicism to include Soli Deo Gloria ("only to God's glory," God's wisdom and glory as opposed to church/papal sovereignty); Sola Scriptura ("Scripture only," the authority of the Bible over official Papal interpretation and tradition), and Sola Gratia (salvation "by grace alone," eternal life received from God as a free gift by grace through faith in the imputed righteousness of Christ rather than by works, rituals, or sacraments).
Orthodox Christianity
Generically the term orthodox refers to traditional, conservative forms of Christianity, upholding the traditional Christian beliefs about God as a Trinity and about Jesus Christ as taught in the church's early creeds. In this sense orthodox Christianity includes conservative Roman Catholics, and Protestant, evangelical Christianity, and is opposed both to liberal Christianity within Christian denominations and to the teachings of the cults. More specifically, the term Orthodox (with a capital O; or, Eastern Orthodox) refers to the state churches of Eastern Europe and the eastern Mediterranean who split with Roman Catholicism of the West largely over the issue of papal authority.
The Reformation
The 16th century movement initiated by Martin Luther, initially intended to correct, protest, or reform the doctrines and practices of Roman Catholicism. Luther's efforts (later joined and expanded by Zwingli, Bucer, Calvin and others) quickly developed into a complete break with Catholicism. The reformers' major doctrinal issues included a rejection of: the authority of the following: the authority of the Pope, church control of Bible translation and interpretation, a distinction in value between laity and clergy, and salvation being a product of the church and its sacraments (salvation by works). A more thorough (and in some cases unorthodox) reform occurred with the Radical Reformation-the orthodox Anabaptist movement being an example. To various degrees, virtually all Protestant denominations today share a common heritage concerning the issues of the Reformation.

Protogenoi ― Protogenoi as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Πρωτογενοι (1) first born Gods; (2) the basic components of the universe which emerged at creation: Earth, Air, Sea, Sky, Fresh Water, Underworld, Darkness, Night, Light, Day, Procreation and Time

See also: Πρωτογενοι

Prytani 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.

Prytanis ― Prytanis as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Πρύτανις president, by extension a member of a set of directing council for an organization

See also: Πρύτανις

Psephomancy and Psephoscopy ― When the term Psephomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using cast or drawn pebbles, lots or markers by drawing from a pile, in some cases by a chicken, a type of Sortilège. The pebbles would be marked in some way or some would have intrinsic differences from others, so that once drawn or cast the pebble or pebbles could be interpreted.

The term Psephomancy is derived from the Greek words: Ψῆφος (Psephos) meaning pebble, worn rounded stone, 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.

Psionics ― See First Universal Church of God-Realization

Psuchôpaiônomancy and Psuchôpaiônscopy ― When the term Psuchôpaiônomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using Shamanic methodology. The term Shaman was already pretty much the same in archaic Greece, being Σαμάνος (Samanos or Shamanos). Psuchôpaiônomancy refers to the Spirit-Healing or Life-Healing function of the Shamas as one who travels in their Spirit-Body between the planes, typically for the benefit of another person who does not have this ability. One of the principle techniques of the Greek Shamen and many other Shamanic Practionors is ecstatic, meditative practice of these healer-prophets was Ἐγκοίμησις, (Enkoimesis) normally translated as incubation. Sometimes the climbing of a symbolic or an actual ladder, is involved in the forms and techniques of a Shaman’s ecstatic ascent to the overworlds and descent with the desired answers. More than just a medical technique, incubation reportedly allowed a human being to experience a fourth state of consciousness different from sleeping, dreaming, or ordinary waking: perhaps 'consciousness itself' and possibly similar to the Turiya or Samādhi of the Sanatana Dharma Yogic Traditions.

The term Psuchôpaiônomancy is derived from the Greek words: Ψύχω (Psüchō) meaning breath as the sign of life or spirit, breathing out, Παιων (Pāēōn) meaning healing or healor (the name of the physician to the Olympians), 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.

Psyche and Psychic Energy ― When used in reference to the field of Analytical Psychology by psyche, Jung means the whole of our being, conscious and unconscious. His analytical psychology attempts to reveal a structure and dynamics of the psyche and to create a typology of psychic energy - attitudes, functions, types and so on. Psychic energy can flow in a number of channels - biological, psychological, spiritual and moral. It will change direction and flow into another channel if it is blocked in any one channel. A shift in the flow of energy has purpose and functions to maintain a balance in the psyche as a whole.

Psychedelic Venus Church ― San Francisco, CA Paganism, goddesses Venus and Aphrodite.

Psychedelic ― Psychedelics are those substances, natural and/or artificial, from plants, animals, and minerals, as well as elemental chemical processes, which enhance the functioning of the mammalian brain and the nervous system.

"What psychedelic means is getting your mind out in front of you by whatever means necessary, so that you can relate to it as a thing in the world, and then work upon it." Terence McKenna. The word "psychedelic" is derived from two Greek words when translated literally, means "to manifest the soul." The prime feature of a psychedelic experience is characterized by perceiving aspects of one's mind that were previously unknown. Although recent use of the word psychedelic often conjures up experiences elicited only by a specific group of chemical agents known as psychedelics, psychedelic states actually embody any altered state of consciousness arrived at through an array of techniques such as sensory deprivation, trance dance, sweat lodges, sensory stimulation as well as the ingestion of psychedelic substances and plants. Spirituality, in its simplest terms, is that which connects each one of us to our soul. Not unlike the word "love," this word often feels too broad to pin down and define, but speak to virtually any human and they will have an opinion as to whether or not they are spiritual. Spirituality, in a wide variety of cultural and religious concepts, is often seen as incorporating a path that has the goal of a higher state of awareness, wisdom or communion with God, the Divine, the Source Consciousness, or a plethora of other terms used to describe that which first conceived of, guided, or brought humans into being. Psychedelic Spirituality seeks to explore, discuss, and celebrate the psychedelic experience as a deeply spiritual one despite of the scientific research that seeks to quantify the mechanics involved in the creation of this specific state of consciousness within the brain. We at Psychedelic Spirituality applaud the advances in scientific research that are revealing the mechanics of and mechanisms involved, but despite similarities to similar experiences such as lucid dreaming or visual hallucinations created by the interference patterns that psychedelic experiences can evoke, our mission is to remind ourselves that, as Albert Einstein said; "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." Furthermore, ecstatic experience through psychedelics can engender direct, unmediated experience of the divine in oneself and in all of nature. Psychedelics deconceptualize and deconstruct entrenched value systems and, therefore, authority over truth is destabilized. So let's add that those who socially engineer and control populations don't much care for that sort of thing. It becomes a real problem for those in power when people tap into a larger, more satisfying and holistic sense of reality, endemic to their own true natures, accessed intuitively. He speaks of his own transformation through psychedelic experiences and how it altered his personality theory and views on personal growth and change. He describes a step-wise developmental process with dramatic growth to a new level of development after periods on a plateau. In essence, he says the issue is not to change a pathology, but to form genuine trusting relationships through which his clients can re-identify with their core selves. The person you were born, before you "punted" to a compensatory Plan B, personality, to get by in early childhood, is who you really are. Healing is getting back to that core self. There is a hunger in our culture (with its resistance to all things mystical) for the ritual and ceremonial context in which the hallucinogen Ayahuasca is taken by tribal peoples from the rain forests of South America; and this is likely why Ayahuasca has become so popular in North America in recent years. The scientific approach is valuable, Davis upholds, because of the nagging questions it prompts us to ask about the brain. For instance, if you're going to coin terms like "neurotheology" as a way to account for the experience of God, then you must also account for déjà vu, clairvoyance, and many other experiences of the mind.

For scientists to be seriously engaged in psychedelic research they eventually must take the psychedelics themselves. And that could just stimulate changes in the scientific approach itself. We may find ourselves up against our culture's addictions to limiting ideas.

Psychēpatassōmancy and Psychēpatassōscopy ― When the term Psychēpatassōmancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using astral knocking. This was a very large component in the early Spiritualism movements, in their séances and other communications with shades and spirits of the dead. In the Spiritualism context the knocks would often come from the walls, under the floor, above the ceiling, and such, during or around the time of a session or séance. In some of the earlier, and indeed ancient manifestations of Psychēpatassōmancy the knocks would be heard coming from inside of natural rock, rock spring sources, or elder trees, these spots would normally be dedicated to a particular Tradition by the culture on whose territory they were discovered.

The term Psychēpatassōmancy is derived from the Greek words: Ψυχή (Psychē) in its meaning of departed spirit, ghost, entity, Πατάσσω (Patasso) meaning to beat, knock, to knock at the door, 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.

Psychiatrists ― Medical Doctors, MDs, that can dispense medications and whose primary training is medical. (Psychologists and Psychotherapist can not prescribe medication.) They are physicians and, therefore, vary greatly in their therapy training. Some are great with therapy and some mostly prescribe medication.

Psychic Ability ― Inside or outside of the context of divination the term Psychic Ability is a very broad umbrella term which covers an enormous range of Gifts and Persuasions, perhaps all those which are not based in the physical realm or that of the five traditional senses operating in their normal spheres of influence.

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.

Psychic Reality ― When used in reference to the field of Analytical Psychology a major concept for Jung. The psyche functions in psychic reality. Life is experienced as psychic reality, and even "illusory' experiences are real from this point of view. Both the inner and outer world are perceived by us in images, and as evidence of this, we tend to personify unconscious contents. So Christ, for example, is a collective image of the Self and has a real psychic force, quite independent of the historical question of Jesus.

Psychic Vision

Psychokinesis ― Supposed ability to control movement of physical objects by the power of the mind alone, apart from the laws of natural physics.

Psycho ― Psycho

Psychoanaleptics ― Psychoanaleptics

Psychodysleptics ― Psychodysleptics

Psycholeptics ― Psycholeptics

Psychoeuleptic ― are those substances, natural and/or artificial, from plants, animals, and minerals, as well as elemental chemical processes, which enhance the functioning of the mammalian brain and the nervous system

Psychography ― When the term Psychography is used in reference to a type of Divination, it generally refers to Automatic Writing which is writing which the writer states to be produced from a subconscious and/or spiritual source without conscious awareness of the content. See the entry at Automatic Writing.

The term Psychography is derived from the Greek words: Ψυχή (Psychē) in its meaning of departed spirit, ghost, entity, and Γραφή (Grafā), meaning representation by lines. 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.

Psychologist ― Require a doctorate degree and are primarily trained in psychotherapy. Many if not most, have specialties like mind-body-spirit, ADHD, or survivors. Training is supervised and licensed. Both Psychiatrists and Psychologists are possibly covered by insurance.

Psychomancy and Psychoscopy ― When the term Psychomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by entity's souls, spirits, affections, wills, religious or moral dispositions, in some cases those of noncorporeal beings.

The term Psychomancy is derived from the Greek words: Ψυχή (Psykhē) meaning many things besides being a Goddess name, including life, breath, mind, soul, understanding, sometimes shades of the departed, 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.

Psychomantium ― When the term Psychomantium (or Psychomanteum) is used in reference to a type of Divination, it generally refers the physical mirror-lined room in which certain types of mirror-gazing divinations are performed, sometimes called a Ghost-closet or Ghost-booth, of ancient origination as well as current praxis. The Greek Εἴσοπτρον (Eisoptron), meaning mirror; Ξώρημα (Khorema) meaning room or space; and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination; suggests that Eisoptokhoremamanteos might be a more accurate title for this item.

The term Psychomantium is derived from the words: and the Greek Ψυχή (Psychē) in its meaning of departed spirit, ghost, entity, and Μαντεῖον (Manteīon) meaning the seat of an Oracle.

See: Scrying, Catoptromancy, Catoxtromancy, Eisoptokhoremamanteos, 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.

Psychometry ― When the term Psychometry is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination which allows the Practitionor to receive information about a person or event by holding or touching an object that was once in contact with the subject of the divination. One of the recognized Gifts and Persuasions which may be a born talent and/or increased by training. Psychometry, which is the handling of another's personal item to gather vibrations, is another way of looking at it. The science of divination through measurement in the sense of "Taking the measure of". An interdisciplinary science concerned with the interactions of mind, body, matter, environment, energy and consciousness. The ability to discover facts about an object or an individual connected with it, by being close to, or in contact with, the object that was once in physical contact with the individual or object.

The term Psychometry is derived from the Greek words: Ψυχή (Psykhē) meaning many things besides being a Goddess name, including life, breath, mind, soul, understanding, sometimes shades of the departed, and Μέτρον (Metron) meaning that by which anything is measured, from the ProtoIndoEuropean root *me- "to measure" (cf. Gk. Μέρος (Metros) meaning share, lot, portion, Sanskrit मिति (Miti) meaning measure.

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.

Psychoneuroimmunology ― The idea behind Psychoneuroimmunology is that good thoughts have beneficial effects on the body. There has long been anecdotal evidence that negative mental states have a deleterious effect on the body. New research suggests that positive spiritual thoughts may have an enormous effect on a person's ability to heal or stave off disease. And now scientists -- including those at the National Institutes of Health -- are engaging in research to uncover whether a person's thoughts can affect another person's body. Centers around the world are tackling healing in this revolutionary way. Mind-body medicine has become so widely accepted today that it is difficult to recall when it was considered fantasy. For ordinary Americans, the conviction that your thoughts or emotions affect your body gained traction in the 1950s in part due to the popularity of Norman Vincent Peale's book, The Power of Positive Thinking, and others along similar lines. But it was not until the 1970s that scientists finally began to acknowledge a connection between thoughts and emotions and the condition of the body.

Psychopomp ― A Psychopomp when considered in an Officiant context, is an Officiant, most clearly drawn from the Ægean Traditions, whose primary function is to lead the Celebrant through Werkings, in any of many forms such as simply going in advance, lighting the way, or dancing the Celebrant through the various aspects, phases, or gates of the particular Werking.

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

Psycodunamy ― When the term Psycodunamy or Psychodunamy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination and other types of praxis which are involved with 'Animal Magnetism'; and may include various movements and gestures on the part of the Practitionors including what is referred to as 'laying on of the hands'; more generally, it signifies the utilization of the sympathetic attraction which occurs normally between people. Practitionors of Psycodunamy or Animal Magnetism generally claim to effect cures for chronic ailments by their ability to redistribute the magnetic or nervous fluid circulating through a patient's body, frequently inducing a trance-like somnambulistic state in the persons so treated. Magnetized patients might be impervious to pain, obey the Practionor's suggestions, or display abnormal abilities. using Psycodunamy also avoids some confusion since in modern usage the term Animal Magnetism, has come to mean a person's sexual attractiveness or raw charisma.

The term Psycodunamy is derived from the Greek words: Ψυχή (Psykhē) meaning many things besides being a Goddess name, including life, breath, mind, soul, understanding, sometimes shades of the departed, and Δύναμις (Dunamis) meaning might, power, marvelous works.

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.

Psychosis ― When used in reference to the field of Analytical Psychology an invasion of consciousness by unconscious contents where the conscious Ego becomes overwhelmed, splitting the individual off from social responses and conventional reality. Consequently, it is difficult for psychotic patients to respond to psychotherapy. The same process that produces madness in one person may be allied to genius in another. Psychotic states can be part of religious conversion and intense inspiration.

Psychotherapist ― Promotes self-awareness of mental and emotional disorders through counseling and analysis. May or may not be covered by insurance. Usually has a master's degree of training, such as a social worker or a licensed professional counselor. Quality of work depends more on the individual's experience and training.

Psychotropes ― The term Psychotrope is used to indicate substances which enhance the functioning of the mammalian brain and the nervous system

Psykhe ― Psykhe as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Ψυχή breath, especially as the sign of life, life, soul, and/or spirit, sometimes the World Soul.

See also: Ψυχή

Psykhopompos ― Psykhopompos as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Ψυχοπομπός (1) conductor of souls to the place of the dead; (2) the spiritual guide of a (living) person's soul

See also: Ψυχοπομπός

Ptykhe ― Ptykhe as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Πτυχή meaning foldness such as in the case of threefold, fourfold, fivefold and so forth, particularly in relation to an object, of art or otherwise. It is also interesting to note the initial pT sound similar perhaps to the pT sound with which the name of the Ægyptian Deity Form Ptah commenced. A polyptych [from the Greek Πολύ (polu-) meaning "many" and Πτυχή (ptychç) meaning "fold"] generally refers to a painting (usually panel painting which is divided into multiple sections, or panels. There is a different view when the wings are closed. There are accepted names in the Art World for pieces having a varying number of panels connected into what is considered to be a single work: diptych describes a two-part work of art; triptych describes a three-part work; tetraptych describes 4 parts; pentaptych describes 5 parts; hexaptych describes 6 parts; heptaptych describes 7 parts; and octaptych for an 8 part piece, enneatych indicates 9 parts, decatych for 10 parts, hendecatych referrences 11 parts, and dodecatych 12 components. This may be compared to: Τρεισκαιδεκαπλασίων (Treiskaidekaplasion) thirteen-fold, though this word springs from a different group of roots. Polyptychs typically display one panel which may be considered central, or primary, and that is usually the largest of the components, while the other panels may be called "side" panels, or "wings." Sometimes, part of the concept of the piece includes the idea that the connected panels or pieces may be varied in physical arrangement, due to hinges or other fasteners, to create different appearances.

See also: Πτυχή

Puns ― Puns or Paronomasia, are a form of word play which exploit numerous meanings of a statement, allowing it to be understood in multiple ways for an intended humorous, rhetorical, and/or poetic effect. These ambiguities can arise from the intentional use and abuse of homophonic, homographic, metonymic, or metaphorical language. Puns must be deliberate, an unintentional substitution of similar words is called a malapropism.
See also: Puns, Garden of Life WordPlay Index, and Word Play in Definitions

Pure Land or Shin 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. Pure Land's goal is eternal after death paradise called the "Pure Land of the West"
Some of the other beliefs in Pure Land Buddhism include:
      * many Buddhas and other divine beings, some called Bodhisattvas, some called Dhyani Buddhas (these were never human but dwelt in heaven and can help humans)
      * Amitabha is most famous Dhyani Buddha and presides over the western paradise called the Pure Land
      * emphasis on faith in Amitabha, just uttering his name is of aid
      * priests can marry, have children, eat meat, live in world, organized into churches, Sunday schools with sermons and prayers
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 Pure Land Buddhism (also see: the complete entry on Buddhism.)

Pygosomancy and Pygososcopy ― When the term Pygosomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination which utilized the observation of the buttocks in order to develop the reading. If they are Kallipygos like those of Ἀφροδίτη(Aphrodite), and/or her lovely son Ἔρως (Eros), so much the better.

The term Pygosomancy is derived from the Greek words: Πυγή (Pyge) meaning buttocks, 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.

Pyramid ― From the Greek word, Πυραμίς, a Pyramid is a structure where the outer surfaces are triangular and converge at a point. The base of a pyramid can be trilateral, quadrilateral, or any polygon shape, meaning that a pyramid has at least three triangular surfaces (at least four faces including the base). The square pyramid, with square base and four triangular outer surfaces, is a common version. Pyramids have a long rich history of Symbolism. The square based variety built by the Old Kingdom Ægyptians were the most massive structures on the planet for a very long time, and had a long time to embed themselves in the ideas of Humanity. Some of the recently excavated Mayan pyramids may actually be even more massive.

Pyramid ― When the term Pyramid is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to anything, visualized, constructed, and/or modelled which has a square base and four basically triangular sides, typically isosoles triangles, 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.

Pyramid of Fire ― When the term Pyramid of Fire [in Aleister Crowley's 777 Tables of Correspondences, key number 31] is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to the honed Will of the Practitionor, perhaps visualized in a Tetrahedral Pyramid rather than the more often seen square based one; 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.

Pyrphoros ― Pyrphoros as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Πυρφόρος the fire bearer

See also: Πυρφόρος

Pyromancy and Pyroscopy ― When the term Pyromancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by fire or flame, often the divination also involves substances and/or items thrown into the flames; various minerals, especially flammable ones, fabrics, oils, leaves, twigs, and/or incense may be thrown or placed into a fire, and changes in color, shape, and intensity of the flames may be considered and interpreted.

The term Pyromancy is derived from the Greek words: Πῦρ (Pyr) meaning fire, Πυρή (Pyrē) meaning any place where fire is kindled, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination. The term has more recently come to us through the Old French Pyromancie, from the Late Latin Pyromantia.

Some of the most well know types of Pyromancy are: Alomancy, divination by salt, one type of which involves casting salt into a fire; Botanomancy, divination by burning plants; Capnomancy, divination by smoke; light, thin smoke that rose straight up was a good omen; otherwise, a bad one; Causimomancy, divination by burning (non-specific as to the object burned); Daphnomancy (also, Empyromancy), divination by burning laurel leaves; Osteomancy, divination using bones, one type of which involves heating to produce cracks; Plastromancy, divination using turtle Plastrons, in China, this was done by heating pits carved into them; Scapulimancy, divination by scapulae, in Asia and North America, this was done Pyromantically; and Sideromancy, divination by burning straw with an iron (Greek:Sideros)

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


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

Pyropaprimancy and Pyropapriscopy ― When the term Pyropaprimancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by burning a sheet of paper on a white surface and examining the resulting stains. There are different procedures, simple and complex for obtaining the result.

The term Pyropaprimancy is derived from the Greek words: Πῦρ (Pyr) meaning fire, Πυρή (Pyrē) meaning any place where fire is kindled, 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.

Pythagorean ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by it's members and/or adherents holding the teachings of Πυθαγόρας ὁ Σάμιος(Pythagoras of Samos)as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm.

Pythia see Divinor

Pythoness see Divinor

Pythoness Utterance ― When the term Pythoness Utterance is utilized in the context of a specific Tradition, it generally refers to statements, either prepared or spontaneous which a Pythoness makes, almost invariably of a prophetic nature. The Traditions in which a Pythoness may operate are those with a strong relationship with the energies of Pythons, whether physical, or non-corporeal, or even historical. Most of these Traditions, in their formative years were dedicated entirely to the Mysteries of the Earth Mother, and included believing in the special sanctity of caves and caverns and other natural entryways into the Earth.

The term Pythoness, being an Anglicization of Pythia, is derived and directly absorbed from the original Greek terms, with the meanings pretty much intact, revolving around Prophetesses and really large non-poisonous snakes, which were kept, cared for, and revered in many of the extremely ancient temples dedicated to the Earth-Mother, most particularly Ḡāēä, but also under other Names. The Πυθία Ἱέρεια (Pythia Hīereia) meaning Pythian Priestess, was most often used in referring to the Δελφοί (Delphi Oracle)

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


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