It has been brought to my attention that there are certain terms that are often used without definition in the Hellenic blogosphere and even in publication. Here, then, for you, I will create a little glossary. If I am missing a term you would like to have defined, please leave it in the comments.
devotee: someone who is worships a particular god is a devotee of that god – generally, this worship is more than what they give to other gods. people are unlikely to list off more than a few gods that they are a devotee of even if they actively worship dozens
discernment: distinguishing between what is real and what is your imagination
evocation: the calling forth of a god – this may be found embedded in a prayer, and a god’s response or lack thereof is up to them
hymn: a song in praise of a god
matron: a married woman, especially one who is mature and staid or dignified and has an established social position, a woman who has charge of the domestic affairs of a hospital, prison, or other institution, or a woman serving as a guard, warden, or attendant for women or girls, as in a prison – this is not the feminine version of patron
miasma: spiritual pollution – see article
offering: anything that you give to a god
patron: a god who rules over your area of work, the one you would pray to if you were having a problem or needed help (some use this term for their whole life rather than just their work)
PCPG: Peer Corroborated Personal Gnosis – see the definition for UPG for a definition of personal gnosis, but this is basically that which a number of people have found to be true independently of each other (so, it’s not when one blogger writes about it and then a lot of other people believe them) either through intuition or revelation.
prayer: anything that you say to a god – you do not need to pray for something, per se
shrine: this is a place that you build as a “home” or “resting place” for a particular god or group of gods – it is a place where you leave offerings for them and may keep things that you have given to that god that are more permanent in nature. It is often decorated and contains an image or statue of the god.
storax: a type of incense resin also known as styrax that comes from the Turkish Sweetgum tree (liquidambar orientalis), not what is commonly sold as storax (also called benzoin) that comes from a different plant entirely
UPG: Unverified Personal Gnosis – this is something that someone believes to be true about the gods, cosmology, theology, or natural law that they do not have evidence for, neither practical nor historical. It can be from intuition or divine revelation.
working with: People who use the term “work with” usually mean one of two things. The first is that they’re involved in some kind of magical practice and they think a particular god helps them in that endeavor. They may or may not be correct in that line of thinking. The second thing that folks can mean is that a god has some goal in the world, and they need people to do particular things to help them achieve that goal. They will then generally call into service folks with the skill sets they need who also have enough signal clarity to understand what they are to do and who wants them to do it. Occasionally, a person has only one of those features, so a god will set about making the other feature available to them through that person.
worship: to pray and make offerings to