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Synergy

Synergy is the interaction of multiple elements so that the total effect is greater than the sum of the elements.  Expressed simplistically as 2+2=5.  Synergy may be beneficial or harmful depending on the effects.  A coven sending energy toward a specific goal might be more effective when working together than if they worked apart. A commonly known synergistic effect occurs when people combine opiates with alcohol.  Each can cause respiratory depression, but together they can cause respiratory failure.  For example, one dose of an opiate medication may cause some respiratory reaction, two doses may be indicated by your doctor to increase that reaction somewhat.  One shot of whiskey causes some respiratory reaction, two doses increase that reaction.  One dose of opiate medication and one shot of whiskey may cause such serious respiratory reaction that death occurs.  That is some intense synergy!

Talisman

Talisman and amulet are closely related terms, but there are some distictions 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 incorporate natural materials.

Where an amulet may ward off harm, a talisman might be created through ritual, prayer or even offerings to bring opportunities or to draw certain energies.

(See also Amulet)

From French talisman and Greek telesma: \religious rite, payment, consecration, ceremony,\" originally \"completion,\" from telein \"perform (religious rites), pay (tax), fulfill,\" from telos \"completion, end, tax\""

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.  During your studies, you may encounter what is called the Mysteries, or sometimes the Great Mysteries, Wiccan Mysteries or the Mysteries of the Craft.  These encounters cannot exactly be taught, but with good guidance nudging you into circumstances where they may occur, it is possible to \teach\" the Mysteries in a way such as is done in the PaganPath Academy online course in Witchcraft and Wicca."

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>

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