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Gaia Hypothesis

The Gaia Hypothesis is an ecological theory named for Gaia, the Greek EarthMother Goddess. It was first scientifically formulated by Dr. James Lovelock, a scientist for NASA who was engaged in studies relating to the search for life on Mars and it was initially published in journal articles in the 70s and popularized by his 1979 book Gaia: A new look at life on Earth The hypothesis originally developed as a way to explain those chemicals in the atmosphere that could support life in the right...

Gem Elixir

A gem elixir, or crystal elixir is an elixir created using one or more gemstone or mineral. The essence of the crystal is absorbed into a medium such as water or oil and the elixir is then used for therapeutic or magical purposes. A crystal's vibration is believed to be easily transferred to water. This charged water can then be programmed to a specific purpose that aligns with the crystal's vibrations or used as-is to get the general benefits of the crystal. This base elixir is call the Mother...

Green Witch

A Green Witch is a witch whose practice focuses on nature, using natural materials and energies. Green Witches are often skilled herbalists and may enjoy gardening and wildcrafting as part of their practice. Green Witches are often quite attuned to the cycles of nature and may (or not) practice astrology as a way to enhance this connection. A Green Witch is often also dedicated to an environmentally friendly lifestyle. To a Green Witch, all natural places are sacred and reducing her damaging...


A Grimoire is a magical manual or a magician's instruction book. It is much more formal than a Book of Shadows. While a Book of Shadows is more journal-like, a grimoire is specifically a book of instructions for performing magickal tasks, creating magical objects and symbols and interacting with spirit beings, such as angels and demons. It is generally believed that the word grimoire came from the Old French word grammaire, a term used to describe Latin texts. Later the word was used in...


Grounding is the process of connecting with and becoming aware of our physical body and its connection with the Earth. It allows us to siphon excess (nervous) energy into the Earth while allowing us access to the limitless energy of the Earth. Grounding has the effect of settling the mind and body and allowing the practitioner better focus and is considered by many to be a foundational spiritual activity. As a daily meditative practice, grounding is said to improve and maintain health; physical,...

Grounding And Centering

While grounding and centering are two different things, they are often combined into a single magickal technique or ritual element. See Grounding and Centering Sacred Tree Meditation for one example.

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