The Herald on Sunday - - HALLOWEEN SPECIAL -

Pa­gan: Pa­gan­ism is de­scribed as “a spir­i­tual way of life” which in­cludes Wicca and other forms of Pa­gan witchcraft, Druidry, Hea­thenry, Celtic Pa­gan­ism, Shaman­ism and God­dess wor­ship. It has its roots in the an­cient na­ture re­li­gions of the world.

Wic­can: a Pa­gan witchcraft tra­di­tion, Wicca com­bines both high magic and spell­craft within a re­li­gious frame­work that has a very strong em­pha­sis on god­dess-wor­ship.

Coven: a small, very close­lyknit, group of witches who wor­ship and work magic to­gether. Some­times th­ese can be hi­er­ar­chi­cal with the high priest­esses and high priests firmly in con­trol. Oth­ers op­er­ate in a more in­for­mal ba­sis.

Hedge witch: Soli­tary witches, who may or may not be Wic­can, hedge witches of­ten have wide range of be­liefs and might tra­di­tion­ally have been de­scribed as a “lo­cal wise woman”. They are of­ten in­ter­ested in the power of plants, heal­ing and mid­wifery.

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