Glossary - P


Refers to any of the pre-Christian, polytheistic religions, or those who practice them. Wicca is one Pagan religion, as is Asatru, Santeria, Voodoo, or Shamanism. Pagan religions are often referred to as "nature-oriented" but that is a misconception. Asatru is an example of a Pagan religion that has no sense of nature-worship associated with it.


The belief that Deity exists in all things, and does not have an independent existence. In other words, the universe IS God.


A group of deities that belong to one specific culture and/or time period. The Egyptian pantheon consists of deities such as as Isis, Ra, Osiris, and Anubis. The Norse pantheon has Odin, Thor and Freya.


Pentacle or Pentagram
Many who are not familiar with Wicca use either term, but there is a difference. A pentagram is a 5-pointed star, and the pentacle is a 5-pointed star in a circle. The pentacle is always oriented with one point upwards. The points each represent an element, and the 5th (topmost) point is the spirit.

Pagans of many paths wear the pentacle as a sign of their faith, and there is no relation to Satanism. In some traditions, an 'upside down' pentacle represents a 2nd degree Wiccan.


The spiritual belief in many Deities (usually both Gods and Goddesses). Hard polytheism means the belief in the Gods as unique and individual beings, whereas soft polytheism means the belief that the many Deities are just facets or aspects of a single entity (also known as pluralistic monotheism).


A poppet is a small doll or figure that represents a person in a ritual or spell. These items are NOT evil things for you to stick pins into. Poppets are frequently used in healing spells, and are usually hand-sewn and stuffed with the appropriate herbs. Magick of this kind is common in Santeria.

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