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You will notice words throughout Pagan Path are highlighted and linked to these definitions.  To see the full article for each brief entry, just click on the word.  You will find some great information while browsing around this area!

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Talisman

Talisman and amulet are closely related terms, but there are some distinctions between the two. A talisman is a more active item, such as a pentacle pendant engraved with Words of Power.  Talismans are often created by the practitioner like a sigil, but can also . . .

Tenalach

A relationship one has with the land, the air and the water; a deep connection that makes you one with nature and allows you to literally hear the Earth sing.  A word used in the hills and mountains in the west of Ireland.

The Mysteries

The Mysteries are personal encounters with deity or other energies.  These encounters help you to find your own path and can reveal a great deal about you, the nature of the universe or even mundane matters . . .

Thermogenic

Thermogenic means tending to produce heat, Thermogenesis is the process of heat production in organisms.  Humans are thermogenic as are many warm blooded animals.

There are a few remarkable plants that also produce their own heat.  You can read more about them in the PaganPath article: <a href='http://paganpath.com/library/wortcunning/306-padma-heat'>Sacred Lotus & Heat Producing Plants</a>

Thermoregulation

The ability of an organism such as humans and warm blooded animals, to regulate or keep its body temperature within a certain range regardless of the surrounding temperature.

There are a few quite remarkable plants that also display this ability.  Read more about them in the PaganPath article:  <a href='http://paganpath.com/library/wortcunning/306-padma-heat'>Sacred Lotus and Heat Producing Plants</a>

Tisane

A Chamomile TisaneA french word, pronounced somewhat like "Tea is on" but very quickly as "Tee-zon".  Some also pronounce it tee-sayne (rhymes with insane).  A tisane is an herbal tea, meaning that it is any tea made from spices, herbs, flowers and leaves that are not from the traditional caffeinated tea plant, Camellia sinensis.

A tisane can be used magically and medicinally, and are often sweetened with honey.  Many wonderful and delicious blends are available or can be made at home.  Tisanes are usually brewed a bit weaker than an infusion or decoction, and are more often used as a flavorful beverage first, with medicinal properties second in importance.  As an example, look at the Celestial Seasonings brand herbal tea blends at your local grocer or online.  Companies such as this have expert blend creators who specialize in delicious tisanes, but sometimes these have extra medicinal benefits such as their extremely popular "Sleepy Time" tea.

Because tisanes do not contain Camellia sinensis, they are often, but not always, caffeine free as camellia is not the only plant containing caffeine.

An excellent way to understand a plant's spirit, it's purpose and properties, and to open up communication with the plant is to create a mild tisane and imbibe it slowly while touching and smelling the dried plant matter, picturing the plant in your minds eye and opening yourself up.  Of course this technique must be restricted to non-toxic plant materials only!  When you cannot grow a plant and live with it through its full life cycle, touch its leaves as it kisses the sun and rain, a tisane is the next best thing for gaining a deeper understanding of a plant, and bringing its magical and spiritual energies into your own.

Trivia

The Roman Goddess Trivia was known to the Greeks as Hecate or Hekate.Trivia can refer to tidbits of information, or to the Roman Goddess of the crossroads. To the Greeks, she was Hecate of the Moon and Witchcraft.  A triple-phase Goddess, the name Trivia is the plural form of trivia from the Latin trivium, tri = triple, and via=way.  This usually refers to a place where three paths, roads or 'ways' meet. Trivia is also a genus of sea shells similar to cowry shells that are used for divination, protection, and fertility.  

Trivia can be found in several places on PaganPath, and it covers a wide range of interest such as Sabbats, Wicca, Witchcraft, Paganism, divination, gardening, herbs, and more.

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