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Term: Hieros Gamos

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Hieros Gamos: A Greek term referring to a “marriage” (or more especially, the wedding night and intercourse) between a human and a deity. This could be enacted with a person taking the role of a deity or entirely symbolically. See Great Rite.


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The Great Rite
THE GREAT RITE is a term for a sexual union, either actual or symbolic, that is usually part of the third-degree initiation ceremony in many Wiccan/Witchcraft Traditions. The Great Rite is the wedding of the masculine and feminine, the God and ...
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Divinatory Practices
There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of different forms of divination and clairvoyant practice. The following lists organize some of the more familiar by the major styles. It is a preliminary effort. Analytical Tables of Clairvoyant & ...
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