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Ōṿêç (nomenclature vulgaris: Aries) ― Ōṿêç is the name used in Garden of Life Astrological Terminology for the Astrological Sign on the Ecliptic in the Zodiac in reference from our local star system), referred to as "" in the Western mainstream vernacular. Though this does not indicate where the Constellation from which it takes it's name is currently on the Ecliptic, since Signs in Tropical Astrology are determined in sections from where the Vernal Equinox occurs against the Ecliptic rather than by the Constellation's current position. These names may help to make the separation of the two concepts seem more intuitive. Garden of Life uses either terms from the earlier Ægean languages or words constructed from root words in those languages for all components of the Cosmos, or at least for those of the local Universe; partially due to a feeling that the earlier terms represent a more exact and purer resonance with the named object, force, and/or field, than the Latinate term commonly used (theory of deterioration of quality in a copy of a copy of a copy, etc.); and partially because, though we sometimes use, within the Temple, terms for these components derived from Ægyptian culture, and in some cases Sanatana Dharma and Sanskrit, and/or other ancient sources, those seemed a bit "over the top" for daily use (but we never can tell). Also there was a desire to rebalance the Feminine and Masculine Energies in the naming of the Planets and other components of the local star system.

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― Ǫōḡē'êēäк̄öя̄ōç is a term used by Garden of Life for the Body of Healors within a Tradition, a Healor, Sensator and Sortor School, both in the archaic sense of an assembly of Officiant Healers, Sensatives and Sorters and in the more modern sense of a School for younger or newer Healors, Sensators and Sortors, the term may also be applied to any specific lands and/or buildings primarily used for those purposes. The Name Ǫōḡē'êēäк̄öя̄ōç is a phonetically constructed Institutional Name based on the Archaic Greek root words: Ύγίεια meaning Health; and χῶρος meaning Country or clearly defined space for. In Temple context, a specifically designated space for the study of and learning of Health Issue Processes, the Application of the Life Force Mægikal Energies that are usually referred to as the Healing Energies; and the Body of Persons, attached to or Werking from or through that place.

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Oath ― When the term Oath is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to an emphatic statement of Will concerning the parameters of one's proposed actions, and sworn to by that in which one believes, but primarily by one's higher Genius, or Ultimate Potential Perfection; specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. Any Oaths that one takes should be rigorously vetted against the possibility of later becoming foresworn, if there is any such possibility, it is better that the affected provisos not be included in the Oath.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Obdurate ― the inertia of physical reality

Obea ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents holding as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. Obea is a polytheistic religion and magickal system of West African origin found in the Caribbean, South America and North America today. It recognizes that there are a multitude of gods and ghosts who each have their own myths, rites, offerings, taboos, and magical forces. Obeah is a healer god, who can also be invoked to bring illness and other calamities to one's own enemy. Also known as Obea, Obeah, Obi, Oby, and Jamaican Voodoo. Obea, Obeah, Obioby: The polytheistic religion and magickal system of West African origin found in the Caribbean, South America and North America today. It recognizes that there are a multitude of gods and ghosts who each have their own myths, rites, offerings, taboos, and magical forces. Obeah is a healer god, who can also be invoked to bring illness and other calamities to one's own enemy. Also known as Obi, Oby, Jamaican Voodoo.

Obeah ― When the term Obeah is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to the Mægik of the Secret Light with special reference to Acts; specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. Obeah is also the name of one of the folk religions of hte West Indies, but when referred to as a Mægikal Implement or a component of Werkings, it normally is to the Acts thereof, and the Secret Fire with which they are imbued.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Objective Realist ― When used in reference to a point of view within the field of Ethical, Value and/or Behavioural Matters, this is a Point of View in which the prime parameter for effectuating a course of action is determined by choosing that which is

Objectivism ― When used in reference to a point of view within the field of Ethical, Value and/or Behavioural Matters, this is a Point of View in which the prime parameter for effectuating a course of action is determined by choosing that which is

Oblavita ― When the term Oblavita is used in reference to a type of Divination, it generally refers to one of the two great sub-categories of types of Divination in one system of their taxonomy; Oblavita includes those types of Divinations which are produced by observing and interpreting Natural occurrences that do not require human participation to begin the process, such as the observation of Clouds, flights of Birds, Meteors and so forth. Oblavita is considered in contrast to Impetrativa which includes all those types of Divination where human participation is required to begin the process, such as Astrology, Tarot, Yi King and so forth. Some types of Divination are difficult to place in one of these two sub-categories, such as those involving Dream interpretation, since there are diverse opinions on how Dreams are produced. When the term Oblavita is used in reference to a type of Divination, it generally refers to these are the sorts of omens which occur independent of human agency. Oblavita, or "given" - these are the sorts of omens which occur independent of human agency. Examples include lightning, the movement of birds, the appearance of comets, and the such. In some classification systems the names for the Methods of reading such omens usually end with the -scopy Suffix.

The term Oblavita is derived from

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Occult ("hidden, concealed") ― Secret, esoteric; term used for magick and other esoteric arts and sciences, such as astrology or alchemy.

Oculomancy and Oculoscopy ― When the term Oculomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by inspection of the eye.

The term Oculomancy is derived from the Latin word Oculus meaning eye, and the Greek words Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Odhinnism ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents which holds teachings originating in and/or interpolations thereon as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. Odhinnism is a form of Norse Paganism that recognizes only the Aesir, the Sky Gods, including Odin, Frigga, Thor, Loki, Balder and others. Odhinnism does not acknowledge the Vanir, the Gods concerned with earth, agriculture, fertility and the cycle of death and rebirth.

Odontomancy and Odontoscopy ― When the term Odontomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using teeth. One of the common forms of Odontomancy is divining the future of a person by interpreting the quality, structure, and alignment of their teeth. It also refers to divination by interpreting aches and pains of the teeth.

The term Odontomancy is derived from the Greek words: Ὀδόντων (Odonton) meaning tooth (plural masculine) and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Oenokhoos ― Oenokhoos as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Οἰνοχόος wine pourer

See also: Οἰνοχόος

Oenomancy and Oenoscopy ― When the term Oenomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by studying the appearance, and any of the other discernible characteristics of wine, and of the patterns made by wine when poured over a given substance.

The term Oenomancy is derived from the Greek words: Οἶνος (Oenos) meaning wine, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Of the First Water ― In some original systems of grading Diamonds, which were more metaphorical that the currently accepted rather clinical terms, 'Of the First Water' indicated certain exceptional stones.

Officiant ― Within the Temple context: One who is trained and qualified (or accepted and/or Affirmed as Qualified) to Officiate at Celebrations or Events; and/or Administer any and/or all of the Sacraments of Garden of Life. An Officiant is defined as any Individual performing a Leadership function including a specifically Spiritual Aspect, within a Tradition which holds group participation occurances, within the context of that group's forms and techniques, however formally or informally they may be set out. Such function having primary effect most often (but not limited to) at a Werking (Manifestation, Focalization, Facilitation, and others).

See: Priestess, High Priestess, , Matrix, , Magi, Witch, Guardian of the Gate, Sacred Spatial Architect, Advocate, Disputant, Opposor, Psychopomp, Sebkh·t Netjer Nek·chem Shäpsī'sē, Kaositor, Krysalisator, Ksenos Teloson, Circle Portal Protector and Introit Agent, Prepatory Guide, Matrir, Patrir, Crone, Sage, Gydhja, Godhi, Vitke, and The Eyes of Anpu

See also: Practitionor, Celebrant, The Gifts and Persuasions, Divinor

Officiant Utterance When the term Officiant Utterance is utilized in the context of a specific Tradition, it generally refers to statements, either prepared or spontaneous which a given Officiant makes either in the happening of a Werking or specifically 'as an Officiant'. These Utterances may or may not relate to any type of Divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Oikos ― Oikos as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Οἶκος (1) house, household; (2) a family [plural Οἶκοι (Oikoi)]

See also: Οἶκος

Oil ― When the term Oil is used in reference to Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools and/or Foci it generally refers to any of various substances that typically are unctuous viscous compounds, often combustable liquids or solids easily liquefiable by warming, which produce pronounced (or do not) fragrances corresponding to certain concepts and/or forces, often specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Oil Scrying or Skrying ― When the term Oil Scrying is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by gazing into a pool of Oil, then interpreting whatever impressions may form. The Oil used may be a simple everyday type of Oil, though sometimes essential Oils may also be used by some Scryors. If essential Oils are used, then the affinities of the particular Oil may be matched to the Question and/or Querent

The word Oil goes back at least to the Greek Ἐλαία (Elaia) meaning olive, olive tree, by extension olive oil. The word Skrying or Scrying comes from the old English word Descry meaning 'to see" or "to observe", possibly meaning "to make out dimly" or "to reveal", (further descended from the Old French descrier meaning 'publish, proclaim', perhaps confused with obsolete descry meaning 'describe') ; thus, Scrying or Skrying is most accurately accorded to those types of Divination Systems which rely on the sense of Sight, and involve Gazing.

see: Scrying

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Oimelc ― The name used within a wide variety of Pagan Traditions to indicate a HolyDay usually, though not universally Celebrated on February 1st - 2nd in the Northern Hemisphere. Many of the modern Pagan Traditions associated with this HolyDay originated in Ireland as a holy day for Brighid (pronounced "breed"), the Great Mother Goddess, viewed in the form of a bride for the returned Sun God. Oimelc ("ewe's milk" in Scottish Gaelic) is also known as Imbolg (Irish Gaelic for "in the belly"), Candlemas; Feast of Torches, Lupercalia and Brigid's day. Holiday around the Peak of the Winter Cycle, set by the time of the annual freshening of milk in sheep.

Old Saharan ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents which holds concepts believed to originate in the cultures and Traditions which existed in the area presently occupied by the Sahara Desert, at a time before it was a desert and/or interpolations thereon as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm.

Ololyge ― Ololyge as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Ὀλολύγε indicates a crying out, shouts of exaltation, and/or ululation, within a ritual context, normally, though not always by the women involved, there are associations to the breathings and sounds to aide in the birthing process. Like the Paean, it usually represents a joyous state.

See also: Ὀλολύγε

Ololygmancy and Ololygscopy ― When the term Ololygmancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using the howling of wolves or dogs.

The term Ololygmancy is derived from the Greek words: Ὀλολύζω (Ololuzō) meaning to cry aloud to the Gods, an out-of-control screeching, Ὑλαγμός (Ulagmos) meaning howling, barking, baying, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination. The term Ololygmancy uses the root more specific to unconstrained human howling, perhaps Ulagmomancy would more precisely fit the concept of divination from the howling of wolves or dogs, but Ololygmancy is the term most frequently used.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Oloreal Arts ― Oloreal Arts is a constructed phrase, parallel in manner of delineation to Visual (meaning capable of being input by the sight receptors, translated and transmuted by the Brain and processed by the part of the Mind and Consciousness that processes input from such receptors) Arts, except relating to the receptors and parts of the Brain, Mind and Consciousness that process input from receptors of the Olfactory frequencies.

See also: Art

Olympian Tradition ― A MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by it's members and/or adherents as such, and holding reverence for some or all of the archaic Hellene Divinities and the Teachings concerning them especially from Classical and/or Archaic sources as primary or critical parameters of their Spiritual Paradigm. Mount Olympus was the seat of power and the abode of the great Gods in Grecian mythology in Homer and Hesiod. Such heavenly abodes are usually associated with mountains, such as the Hindu Meru, the Greek Atlas, and the Hebrew Sinai; in this case the name was given to the summit of the range dividing Macedonia from Thessaly, but there were other mountains called Olympus. Later philosophers, perhaps more mystically minded, placed Olympus in the zenith, as the abode of the divinities. There were many Olympi, the references in story occasionally being to the higher globes of the earth-chain, and in a cosmic sense the higher planes of the solar system. At one time in Greek legend both the gods and their abode had a character of voluptuousness, comparable wit the Hebrew Eden (which means "delight"), the heaven of Indra, or the abode of the Arabian houris; but this was when degeneracy had set in and the people had forgotten the significance of the deities, and lost the key enabling them to interpret the myths and allegories forming their respective mythologic religions. Although in Greek mythology the gods are said to dwell on Olympus, three of the main Olympian divinities, Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades (or Pluto), had their habitats respectively in what may be called heaven or the inmost world of spirit, the cosmic spaces or the waters of space, and the underworld of the universe. Yet these three same divinities, because of their permeating cosmic forces or energies, and strictly on the law of analogical reasoning, had the same functions and occupy the same relative places in the minor forms of their respective manifestations: as, Zeus in the sky, Poseidon in the oceans of the globe, and Hades or Pluto in the underworld of our earth. Or again, the twelve great gods of the Mediterranean peoples may be considered to be the twelve main cosmic and intelligent powers who-permeate nature and activity is as apparent in the universe itself as in every atom or minor division thereof. In the mystic language of ancient time, a holy mountain universally signified a school of esoteric teaching. Just as a mountain on earth raises its summits towards the free heaven, and therefore mystically towards spirit and the gods, so in the ancient esoteric schools the training and the initiations conducted raised the neophytes or initiates towards the spirit, both cosmically and inner, and hence likewise towards the gods. See also Parnassus (n.) A mountain in Greece, sacred to Apollo and the Muses, and famous for a temple of Apollo and for the Castalian spring. a mountain in central Greece where (according to Greek mythology) the Muses lived; known as the mythological home of music and poetry; "Liakoura is the modern name of Mount Parnassus" The Greeks, according to Plutarch, had five different traditions of the Deluge, that of Deucalion being the most important. According to this, Prometheus warned his son Deucalion of the flood which Zeus had resolved to bring upon the earth by reason of its wickedness. Accordingly, Deucalion constructed an ark and took refuge in it, but with his vessel was stranded on Mount Parnassus in Thessaly, whereupon they disembarked and repopulated the earth by the fantastic process revealed to them by the goddess Themis of throwing stones about them, those which Deucalion threw becoming men and those which Pyrrha threw becoming women. Lucian's form of the legend, however, is less fantastic and more nearly in line with Semitic tradition. In the Greek legend as in the Semitic, a dove is sent forth which returns both a first and a second time, its feet being tinged with mud the second time, intimating the abatement of the flood. But neither Homer nor Hesiod have this tradition. Probably it was borrowed from the Semites or the Hindus. Parnassus, mountain, central Greece, rising to an altitude of 2457 m (8061 ft). In Greek mythology, Parnassus was sacred to the god Apollo, whose oracle, Delphi, was situated at its base. It was also believed to be a favorite habitation of the Muses and a center of musical and poetic inspiration. Parnassus was also the site of worship of the gods Pan and Dionysus. Puthon (poo'-thone) from Putho (the name of the region where Delphi, the seat of the famous oracle, was located); in Greek mythology the name of the Pythian serpent or dragon that dwelt in the region of Pytho at the foot of Parnassus in Phocis, and was said to have guarded the oracle at Delphi and been slain by Apollo

(some of the information presented is drawn from a WebSite created by Aaron Atsma at http://www.theoi.com/ )
Classification of Divinities
The Ancient Greek divinities can be divided into six classes:
The First of these were the Protogenoi or First Born, consisting of those elemental beings that made up the fabric of the universe including -
          Gaia (Earth), Pontos (Sea), Ouranos (Sky), Nyx (Night),
          Ourea (Mountains), Khaos (Air), Aither (Upper Air), Potamoi (Rivers),
          Okeanos (River Ocean), Okeanides (Clouds), and so forth.
          (As well as being their element they could also appear simultaneously in an anthropomorphic form. For example Gaia was always the earth itself but would also manifest herself as a comely woman in her dealings with the younger gods.)
The Second were the nature Daimones or Spirits including -
          Naiades (Fresh Water Nymphs), Satyroi (Fertility Spirits), Dryades (Tree Nymphs), Nereides (Sea Nymphs), etc.
The Third were the Immortal human-affecting Daimones or Spirits including -
          Hypnos (Sleep), Keres (Violent Death), Elpis (Hope), Eris (Strife),
          Ploutos (Wealth), Eros (Love), Peitho (Persuasion), Tykhe (Luck), etc.
The Fourth were the Lesser Gods including -
          Pan, Persephone, Helios (who also falls into the first category as the Sun),
           the Titanes, Hekate, Hestia, etc.
The Fifth were the twelve Greater or Olympian Gods who ruled and were served by all of the other divinities -
          Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Aphrodite, Athena, Artemis, Hermes, Dionysos, Apollo, Ares, Hephaistos
The Sixth were the Giants and the Monsters, some mortal, some immortal and all unusual in appearance including -
          The Hekatonkheires, The Kentauroi, Typhoeus, Hydra, Kerberos,
          Sphinx, The Gorgones, Pegasos, The Kyklopes,
          Antaios, Kharybdis, Minotauros, and so forth.
Amongst the Pantheon there were many divinities who fell into more than one of these categories. Tykhe is a good example, she was worshipped as a goddess and therefore could be classed as one of the lesser gods, she was also a spirit of the Third category who walked the earth unseen dispensing good fortune, and lastly she was one of the Okeanides (Clouds), and so belonging to the First or Second categories as well. The sea was present at creation. In perhaps the oldest Greek creation myth, according to Carl Kerényi in The Gods of the Greeks, all living things were born of the union of the Sea-Mother, Tethys, and Oceanus, god of the river Ocean surrounding the outer edge of Earth.
Tethys and Oceanus shared with most other Greek sea deities their non-Olympian status. Possibly these goddesses and gods remained as relics of worship from tribes before the Greeks.
Certainly the Minoan Cretans were known as seafarers, as were the early Shore Dwellers from whom the northern Greek horsemen took the mainland. In classical times, the non-Olympian sea deities existed beside and even seemingly in ignorance of Olympian Poseidon, their nominal king.
Lovely Aphrodite, the foam-born, mistress of several islands, also had obvious connections to the sea. She shared titles with sea-goddesses, particularly the Oceanids, such as Peitho, "persuasion." She conducted her first love affair beneath the waves, with Nereus's son Nerites, who mated with her in cockle-form. One myth engendered Aphrodite from the contact of sea-water with the severed genitals of Uranus; another gave her for mother the goddess Euonyme, consort of Cronos. Kerényi calls Euonyme a corruption of Eurynome, the name of the Oceanid who with Ophion ruled the Titans before Cronos and Rhea, which rulership they lost when their rivals tossed them into the sea. Ophion had a serpent's body and seems another Old One of the Sea, like Phorkys and Nereus. In another creation myth, Eurynome and Ophion made the world. However Aphrodite was born, she was a child of the sea.
The ruling gods of the Greek Pantheon were the twelve Olympians - Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Athene, Hephaistos, Ares, Aphrodite, Apollon, Artemis, Hermes, Dionysos.
These twelve gods demanded worship from all believers.
Those who failed to honour any one of the Twelve with sacrifices and libations were duly punished.
Artemis, Aphrodite and Dionysos, the gods with the least privileges (spheres of power), were especially vigilant in this regard.
The Twelve gods governed all aspects of human lives. Their privileges included, amongst other things-
     * Zeus - Fate, Kingship, Weather
     * Hera - Women, Marriage, Childbirth
     * Poseidon - The Sea, Horses, Earthquakes, Rivers
     * Demeter - Agriculture, The Afterlife
     * Athene - Crafts, Counsel
     * Hephaistos - Metalworking, Fire
     * Ares - War
     * Aphrodite - Love, Sex
     * Apollon - Music, Prophecy, Healing & Disease
     * Artemis - Hunting, Wilderness, Children
     * Hermes - Travel, Trade, Livestock
     * Dionysos - Wine, Madness, The Afterlife
The numerous other Gods and Daimones of the pantheon fell within the spheres of one or more of the Olympians.
The other major god Hades was often incorrectly numbered among the Olympians. As the ruler of the dead he had no role in the lives of the living and was not usually worshipped. Indeed it was Demeter (with her daughter Persephone) and Dionysos who were worshipped through their Mysteries as the gods of the Afterlife.
Iconography - Usual attributes of the Olympian Gods in Greek Vase Paintings
     * Zeus - Lightning bolt, Lotus staff, Eagle
     * Poseidon - Trident
     * Hera - Lotus staff, Crown, Lion
     * Demeter - Grain, Lotus staff, Torch
     * Athene - Helmet, Aigis, Spear
     * Hephaistos - Hammer, Prongs, Donkey
     * Ares - Helmet, Spear
     * Aphrodite - Eros
     * Apollon - Lyre, Laurel wreath, Bow & arrow
     * Artemis - Bow & arrows, Hunting spears, Lyre, Deer
     * Hermes - Petasos, Kadukeos, Winged boots
     * Dionysos - Thyrsos, Vines, Panther
The Titanomachy was a war between Zeus and the Titans. This war lasted for 10 years. Zeus had the Cyclopes, Hecatonchires, Themis, Prometheus , and the Olympian pantheon an his side. The Titans were defeated and placed in Tartarus. There to be guarded for eternity by the Hecatonchires.

Olympioi ― Olympioi as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Ὀλύμπιος (1) the Olympians; (2) the Shining Ones

See also: Ὀλύμπιος

Omens ― In the context of Divination, the term Omens tends to be used to indicate occurrences and/or thoughts which are indicative of some coming phenomena, and Omens generally relate to important or broadly affecting phenomena; rather than the term Signs which is often used about occurrences which affect only individuals or a few people. In Divination, the term Omen is utilized in a more generic way to refer to any occurrence that may be utilized by one or more of the Divinatory Systems; and be interpreted as having meaning within the wider consensus reality; or that which may have prophetic significance for good or for ill, or simply for more information about future occurrences.

The term Omen comes directly from the Latin word Omen, meaning foreboding, from Old Latin word Osmen, of unknown origin.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Omeunos ― Omeunos as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Ὄμευνος a partner of the bed, consort, one who sits by one's side

See also: Ὄμευνος

Omnibenevolence ― "All – Good" is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as "unlimited or infinite benevolence". adj. All-loving, or infinitely good, usually in reference to a deity or supernatural being, for example, 'god'. Its use is often with regards to a divine triad, whereby a deity is described to be simultaneously omniscient, omnipotent and omnibenevolent. Benevolent toward all. The condition of identity with, containing and/or exemplifying unlimited graciousness and well intended promotion of happiness and prosperity for all, and/or having this characteristic in totality.

Omnicompetent ― The condition of identity with, containing and/or exemplifying unlimited ability to perform all actions and/or having such ability in totality.

Omniepistêmient ― The condition of identity with, containing and/or exemplifying unlimited knowledge of the mechanics of the Cosmos including the manner in which things are known, and/or having this characteristic in totality. The term Omniepistêmient comes from the Greek word epistêmê general knowledge, to have knowledge of, especially scientific knowledge, science

Omnificent ― The condition of being unlimited and/or having total Creative power, and by extension, the condition of having Created all.

Omnikatamanthanient ― The condition of identity with, containing and/or exemplifying perception of everything that occurs in detail and with understanding, and/or having this characteristic in totality. The term Omnikatamanthanient comes from the Greek word katamanthanô to observe well, examine closely, to learn thoroughly, to perceive, understand, to discover, find, to learn thoroughly, and to have learnt, to be aware, to consider.

Omnilegent ― The condition of having read everything, or being in the process of reading everything. The term Omnilegent is one of the few "Omnis" which is not necessarily a divine characteristic.

Omnimetechôient ― The condition of identity with, containing and/or exemplifying unlimited capacity to share and mutually partake in with those with which it is in contact, and/or having this characteristic in totality. The term Omnimetechôient comes from the Greek word metechô to partake of, enjoy a share of, share in, take part in, to partake of a person's friendship, tôn pentakischiliôn to be members of the 5000 in turn, metechô tinos tini to partake of something in common with another.

Omniomphalient ― The condition of identity with, containing and/or exemplifying a condition where the center, source or point of view is everywhere, and/or having this characteristic in totality.

Omnipotent ― The condition of identity with, containing and/or exemplifying unlimited capacity, power, authority and infuence, and/or having this characteristic in totality.

Omnipresent ― The condition of identity with, containing and/or exemplifying unlimited existence in all places at all times, and/or having this characteristic in totality.

Omniscient ― The condition of identity with, containing and/or exemplifying unlimited possession of universal or complete knowledge, and/or having this characteristic in totality.

Omnisunoidient ― The condition of comprising and/or existing as a pool of universal joint-knowledge consciousness. The term Omnisunoidient comes from the Greek word sunoida to share in knowledge, be cognisant of a thing, be privy to it, heautôi suneidenai ti to be conscious of a thing; emautôi oud' hotioun sophos ôn --with part., which may be; xunoistha g' eis em' ouk euorkos ôn to be conscious that,; emautôi ouden epistamenôi I am conscious that I know nothing; xunoid' Orestên se ekpagloumenên I know well that thou admirest him, suneidos suneidêsis, joint knowledge consciousness.

Omnivalent ― The condition of identity with, containing and/or exemplifying unlimited capacity to attract, unite, react and/or interact with that which it is in contact with, and/or having this characteristic in totality.

Ōmoplatomancy and Ōmoplatoscopy ― When the term Ōmoplatoscopy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by observing cracks in burning scapulae.

The term Ōmoplatoscopy is derived from the Greek words: Ὠμοπλάτη (Ōmoplatē) meaning shoulder blade, scapulae, and Σκοπέιν (Skopein), which means 'to look', or 'to examine', possibly 'to aim'; or Σκοπέω (Skopos) to behold, contemplate; and/or Σκοπεῖα (Skopeīa) meaning instruments of observation.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Omphalomancy and Omphaloscopy ― When the term Omphalomancy (sometimes Omphilomancy) is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination utilizing observation of the navel, and/or inspection of the condition and if present knots in the umbilical cord. This may be pursued in a number of ways. Often it is included in divinations which are performed immediately after the birth of a child, but some methodologies are centered on interpretation of the naval placement and characteristics in adults.

According to some Chinese lore, the best belly button is a concave one, rather than a protruding one, and the deeper the belly button the more children you will have. In these days of reliable contraception, the prediction relates more to the ability to have many children, rather than the inevitability. Dreaming of your own belly button is traditionally associated with starting up a new venture with possible long-term benefits, and dreaming of someone else's navel denotes a new love affair.

The word Omphalomancy comes from the Greek roots: Ὀμφαλός (Omphalos) meaning navel and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Oneiromancy and Oneiroscopy ― When the term Oneiromancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by or from the interpretation of Dreams. Related to the Greek Oneiromantis or interpreter of dreams.

The term Oneiromancy is derived from the Greek words: Ὄνειρος (Oneiros) meaning Dream, sleeping Vision, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Onokefalomancy and Onokefaloscopy ― When the term Onokefalomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using the head of an ass or donkey, sometimes by boiling the head and using the boiled head or skull once all the meat is removed. A related method uses the head of a goat. Often referred to as Kephalēonomancy, which makes no real sense, being based on the Greek general word for head, not the head of an ass, or any other animal for that matter.

The term Onokefalomancy is derived from the Greek words: Ὀνοκέφαλος (Onokephalē), meaning head of an ass or donkey, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Onomancy and Onoscopy ― When the term Onomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using a donkey or ass.

The term Onomancy is derived from the Greek words: Ὄνος (Onos) meaning Ass (wild), and perhaps as a subgrouping Donkey (domesticated), and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Onomatomancy and Onomatoscopy ― When the term Onomatomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination utilizing the sounds in a name or of the letters therein. In certain variations, divination to obtain the appropriate name for someone, or something.

The term Onomatomancy is derived from the Greek words: Ὄνυμα (Onoma) meaning Name, Ὀνομασια (Onomasia) meaning name, in the sense of a noun, Ὀνομαστός (Onomastos) meaning to be named, influenced by Ὀνοματολόγος (Onomatologos) meaning telling people's names, and Ὀνοματοποιέω (Onomatopoieō) meaning to coin names, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Onomatopoetics ― Onomatopoetics is the art or science that deals with words and phrases that imitate or suggest the source of the sound that it describes.
See also: Onomatopoetics, Garden of Life WordPlay Index, and Word Play in Definitions

Ontological Ethicist ― When used in reference to a point of view within the field of Ethical, Value and/or Behavioural Matters, this is a Point of View in which the prime parameter for effectuating a course of action is determined by choosing that which is

Ontology ― A Field of Study (Branch of the Science of MetaPhysics) relating to the Nature of the Being, including but not limited to the component parts of Existence and the relations of such with the Cosmos.

Onychomancy and Onychoscopy ― When the term Onychomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using observation of the fingernails.

The term Onychomancy is derived from the Greek words: Ὀνυχός (Onuksos) meaning talon, claw, finger-nail, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination,

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Oomancy and Ooscopy ― When the term Oomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using eggs, in some cases divination of the future sex of a child by incubating a hen's egg between the mother-to-be's breasts and noting the sex of the chick.

The term Oomancy is derived from the Greek words: ᾨόν (Ō'on) meaning egg, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Oo'wast ― In an Ægyptian Paradigm the Oo'wast has independent existence but also functions as a component of a sentient Being during a particular incarnation and/or series of incarnations. When discussed in reference to a particular Individual within a specific incarnation the Oo'wast may be considered as the primal level of strength of the Entity, the raw force, separate from goals or results. When the Oo'wast functions within the field of the Mægikal forces it is sometimes referred to as a component of the Secret Force. If considered within a Sanatana Dharma Chakric context, the Oo'wast might be considered to work in the arena of the Svadisthâna Chakra or what is often called in the West, the Sexual Chakra. A more complete listing of the various component parts in this particular system of reconstituted Ægyptian Parts of the Entity.

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Ooup S'Sha ― In an Ægyptian Paradigm the Ooup S'Sha has independent existence but also functions as a component of a sentient Being during a particular incarnation and/or series of incarnations. When discussed in reference to a particular Individual within a specific incarnation the Ooup S'Sha may be considered as the Opened Mouth, characterized most specifically as the ability to effectively communicate with other Entities, to learn and offer teachings. Even a highly developed Entity in all other ways, with a weakly developed Ooup S'Sha, will not be able to affect to any great extent, any of the levels that are outside the internal workings of that Entity. If considered within a Sanatana Dharma Chakric context, the Ooup S'Sha might be considered to work in the arena of the Vishuddha Chakra or what is often called in the West, the Communication Chakra. A more complete listing of the various component parts in this particular system of reconstituted Ægyptian Parts of the Entity.

Oomancy ― A type of divination using eggs, in some cases divination of the future sex of a child by incubating a hen's egg between the breasts of the mother to be. see also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions

Opener of the Ways Veil ― When the term Opener of the Ways Veil is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to the Green and Yellow Veil of Perfect Understanding.

see also: Veil, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Opening the Circle ― At the end of a Werking, the reintegration of the Sacred Space with the Global Consensus Reality.

Ophic ― Pertaining to Serpents. Oph from the Greek root ophis = snake and the suffix -ic. See -ic. see also: ,

Ophidian ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents holding as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm.

Ophidian Traditional Witchcraft ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents holding as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm.

Ophidiarium ― A Home for Snakes. From the Greek root ophidion, diminuative of ophis = snake and -arium = place where something is kept . see also: ,

Ophidiomancy and Ophidioscopy ― When the term Ophidiomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by observing the behaviour of Snakes.

The term Ophidiomancy is derived from the Greek words: Ὀφίδιον (Ofideon), a diminutive of Ὀφις (Ofis) meaning snake, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination,

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Ophiomancy and Ophioscopy ― When the term Ophiomancy is used in reference to a type of Divination, it generally refers to Augury using colour and movement of snakes, especially their coiling and uncoiling, sometimes additionally the sounds that they make as well.

The term Ophiomancy is derived from the Greek words: Ὀφις (Ofis) meaning snake, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Opposor ― An Opposor when considered in an Officiant context, is an Officiant who specializes in polemicist stances, particularly in rites of passage and initiations, where the Werking is centered on an individual Celebrant.This is an office, not necessarily based upon the individual's actual ideas about any situation, but rather upon the effectuation of countering the initiate candidate for whom they are performing this office. It is similar in some ways to Disputant Officiation, but is based more on action rather than rhetoric, and does not necessarily include argumentative verbalization. This type of officiation may be used in a variety of werkings, but most often shows up in plans for Initiations, Ordinations, and some Rites of Passage, (possibly extremely problematic Joinings?).

Oracle ― When the term Oracle is used, it generally refers to a person whom the Divine Forces communicate with the world at large. The Oracles may be women or men, and may or may not also function as Priestesses or Priests in addition to their Oracular occurrences. The Officiation of Oracles appears to stretch back to the earliest of Human societies at the least. In the modern West, probably the Oracle at Delphi is the most widely known, the later Apollonian ones at least; of the earlier Ḡāēäñ Oracles at Delphi almost nothing is known. Some Oracles explain their own pronouncements, others depend on separate Officiants who specialize in interpreting their Utterances. Oracles that divine information coherently have no need for interpreters for they are coherent enough during the divining to interpret their own findings. Enigmatic verses for instance needed to be translated for seekers of prophecy for the Oracle of Delphi.

Many see Oracles to solely have the ability of precognition, but this is only the mainstream version of divining. Oracles at Delphi were chosen based on their potentials to interact with the gods in an entranced state. At Delphi, Oracles would directly inhale ethylene gases and sway in a euphoric trance to enhance intuition. She would continue by answering question in an ecstatic and wild manner in a complete incoherency. In many Traditions, Oracles begin their Path in childhood, and may or may not have shown any precognitive or clairvoyant talent before they became Oracles, though it was somehow determined that they had the potential to be communicated through. Other Oracles are born with the ability to prophesy and have an unbreakable heritage. These Oracles are raised from early childhood by their spirit guides due to their extensive abilities such as Precognition (future sight), Postcognition (past sight), Clairvoyance (to see the unseen), ClairSentience (to sense the insensible), ClairAudiance (to hear the inaudible) and Psipathy (based on still images and detailed emotions). It is their past, their present and future life. At any time they can choose to wander from their growth, their path, but these abilities can be to overwhelming to live a normal life for the gifts can out grow the Oracle.

Oracles never receive all the information asked, rather all the information necessary. They divine what is needed to be known at the time, not necessarily what actually is the truth. Oracles are raised in a community of people and have set belief systems that are ever growing. Oracles offer their prophecies to their community and never ask for anything in return. Oracles, such as the one at Delphi, are allowed to accept donations. The calling and faith of an Oracle is precious to them and their laws are never undermined without consequence. An Oracle does not know all such as in myth, they only learn from what they ask and they only answer in detail if the question was in detail as well. (vagueness results in vagueness). Basically, they only know what they need to now. For questions of great standing value one "must" choose their question wisely and the format in which it is given. The modern Oracle is an individual who speaks to divine beings such as archangels or gods, but rarely the dead. The Oracle bases their reception of information in the "heavens" not in the "underworld". The modern Oracle is an individual of heritage, a strong belief structure, a community, of charity and of many gifts.

Nany individuals believe Oracles to be fictitious and their prophecies if correct are merely seen as an auspicious coincidence. Those who lack in intuitive awareness tend to be a constituent of this belief. Whether or not an oracle is believed by anyone external to their community is irrelevant. It is supremely their only need to be accepted unconditionally by their community. The Oracle in history has been a right-hand to many kings and queens. They are of great importance to political, financial and generalized community matters. Thus is the same today in the modern world. Many communities all over the world including the USA and Britain have Oracles either as royal advisors equal to that of Shamans. They are also help highly as leaders of smaller communities. In these communities they better their people’s futures by foretelling the major movements in their system. They are still seen as priest and priestesses and aide consistently in the ever advancing belief system for the area. Oracles also involve themselves in the societies moral or laws of the community. The Oracle adjoins their localized accepted belief system and formulates just laws accordingly. Since the diviner preforms his or her services with out a salary the community takes care of him or her and supplies the oracle with everything she or he requires to continue preforming this great service. Keep in mind a diviner in a community setting is not of control and seizure rather of innovation, growth and revision. Oracles are not only utilized to look into the future, but to also be utilized in protection and healing. Protection is done spiritually and the healing is both mental, by entering the deep recesses of the mind through their guides aide, and of a physical nature. However, their primary function is to protect those of their community unconditionally.

The term Oracle in Tibet is used to describe the spirit that is speaking through the person rather than the person delivering the Utterances. The Oracle in this case would be a medium between the physical and metaphysical spirit world. In Tibetan culture they are known as Kutens or "the physical bases". It is thought that in Tibet there were once thousands of Oracles, today only a few are known, including those consulted by the Tibetan government.

The term Oracle may be related to the Greek Ὀρθαγγελέω (Orthangeleō) meaning announce rightly and truly, and Ἀράομαι (Araomai) meaning to invoke, entreat, pray.

See Divinor


See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Oracle Bones ― When the term Oracle Bones (Chinese: 甲骨) is utilized in the context of a specific divination Tradition, it generally refers to the utilization of pieces of shell or bone in these divinations, most frequently whole or fragments from ox scapulae, or turtle plastrons, in archaic Asian cultures, attested in ancient China, dating back at least to the Shang dynasty, 4000ish years ago. Questions might be carved onto the pieces of bone or shell often in Oracle Bone Script (Chinese: 甲骨文) using some sort of sharp tool, sometimes a tool specially dedicated to this task. The bone or shell was then subjected to intense heat until cracks developed. The diviner would then interpret the pattern of cracks and sometimes write the prognostication upon the piece, as well, though sometimes they were kept separate, or not written down at all. The questions could cover any range of topics, though they seemed mostly concentrated to issues that affected whole nations or areas, rather than individual concerns.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Oracle Decks

Oracular Trance

Oracular Utterance ― When the term Oracular Utterance is utilized in the context of a specific Tradition, it generally refers to statements, either prepared or spontaneous which a given Practitionor makes, normally of a prophetic nature. These Utterances are usually made to an Individual or small number of people, and in a place specifically consecrated for such Oracular activity.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Orb ― When the term Orb is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to a sphere of some symbolic material, with or without some type of handle, banding, and/or decoration; specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents holding as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm.

Order of the Thelemic Golden Dawn ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents holding as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. Order of the Thelemic Golden Dawn: http://www.tgd.org/ Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. There is now established in the world a New Order of the Golden Dawn. It is a Magical-Religious-Scientific Order dedicated to the teachings of Aleister Crowley. The principal function of the New Order is to assist in the initiation of aspirants into the Magical Life of Thelema. It is a Magical Order of the New Aeon wherein men and women, by the essential aids of Science and Religion, can participate in the Great Work of Thelema.

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Ordo Anno Mundi ― http://www.oam.clara.net/ "The arts of Traditional Witchcraft, which flourished amongst our Pagan and Heathen ancestors in ancient Europe, are preserved and passed on by the OAM (Ordo Anno Mundi), a magical order of Initiates dedicated to the training of its members in the arcane sciences of nature." (from site)

Ordo Argentum Astrum ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents holding as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm.

Ordo Templi Astarta ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents holding as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm.

Ordo Templi Orientis ― see- Typhonian Ordo Templi Orientis, Society Ordo Templi Orientis, Caliphate Ordo Templi Orientis and "Necessity of Securing the Lineage") When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents holding Aleister Crowley's reinterpretation of the teachings of an ancient mystery school and secret society known as Ordo Templi Orientis and interpolations thereupon as primary or critical parameters of their Spiritual Paradigm.

Oreomancy and Oreoscopy ― When the term Oreomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination by separating the top and bottom of Oreo™ cookies, and observation of the patterns made in the way the icing breaks and attaches to the two sides; as always, it is considered offensive to the Gods to utilize generic imitations; if the Oreo™ cookie is dipped in milk, it should go without saying that it is requisite that this be organic milk, from totally free-range contented (if not blissful) cows.

The term Oreomancy is derived from the Greek words: and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Orgia, Orgy ― Orgia as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Ὄργια is the plural form, Ὄργιον (Orgion) being the singular. But the reference is to any secret rites, and ecstatic form of worship characteristic of some mystery Traditions. The Ὄργιον (Orgion) is in particular widely known and celebrated ceremony of Dionysos, celebrated widely in Arcadia, featuring unrestrained masked dances by torchlight and animal sacrifice by means of random slashing that evoked the God's own rending and suffering at the hands of the Titans.In ancient Greek religion, an orgion (Ὄργιον, more commonly in the plural orgia) was an ecstatic form of worship characteristic of some mystery cults. The orgion is in particular a cult ceremony of Dionysos, celebrated widely in Arcadia, featuring "unrestrained" masked dances by torchlight and animal sacrifice by means of random slashing that evoked the god's own rending and suffering at the hands of the Titans. The orgia that explained the role of the Titans in Dionysos's dismemberment were said to have been composed by Onomacritus. Greek art and literature, as well as some patristic texts, indicate that the orgia involved snake handling. Orgia may have been earlier manifestations of cult than the formal mysteries, as suggested by the violently ecstatic rites described in myth as celebrated by Attis in honor of Cybele and reflected in the willing self-castration of her priests the Galli in the historical period. The orgia of both Dionysian worship and the cult of Cybele aim at breaking down barriers between the celebrants and the divinity through a state of mystic exaltation:Originally applied to the worship. In modern parlance orgy usually refers simply to a revel of Unrestrained Indulgence, Usually Sexual. The original meaning of the word orgy in English was to describe the secret rites of the ancients.

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Orgiamancy and Orgiascopy ― When the term Orgiamancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divinations performed involving observing and/or participation in the occurrences at a mystically oriented revel of unrestrained indulgence, and Spiritual intent, usually though not universally sexual; or possibly divinations requiring the specific atmosphere and ambiance of energy flow which occurs during one of these events. These events were primarily concerned with the attainment of Union with Divine Forces, by individual members. Membership typically being required for attendence, the rites not being open to any but initiates, though they might or might not know each other. Orgia differ from typical Werkings most noticeably in the pervasiveness of the intense Altered States of Consciousness, throughout all or most of the Celebrants participating, in contrast to more well known Circles and Werkings where the intense Altered States of Consciousness often only affect one or more of the Officiants. The original meaning of the word Orgy in English was to describe the secret rites of the ancients, though it came to concentrate solely on the activities possible in the venue of sexual freedom, and lost the mystical underpinnings which were the actual raisons d'être of the events in the first place.

The term Orgiamancy is derived from the Greek words: Ὄργια (Orgia) meaning ecstatic and unrestrained secret rites, aimed at achieving altered states of consciousness and union with Divine Forces, in a variety of (mostly) Mystery Traditions, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Orgiophantes ― Orgiophantes as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Ὄργιαφάντης a teacher or revealer of secret rites

See also: Ὄργιαφάντης, Practitionor, Celebrant, Officiant, The Gifts and Persuasions, Divinor

Orgone ― When the term is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool and/or Focus it generally refers to a type of Energy manifesting as a massless, omnipresent substance, similar to luminiferous aether, but more closely associated with vital, living energy than inert matter. Orgone would coalesce and create organization on all scales, from the smallest microscopic units - called bions in orgone theory - to macroscopic structures like organisms, clouds, or even galaxies. specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. The term and concept is attributed to Wilhelm Reich, who originated the term to describe a universal life force. Reich, originally part of Freud's Vienna circle, believed that Freud's concept of libido had an actual biological basis, and developed a therapeutic practice that was ostensibly designed to open up this bodily energy.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Oriental Astrology see Asian Astrology

Original Source ReConstructionist Buddhism ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by it's members and/or adherents as such, and holding the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, and/or interpolations thereon as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm. Some postulate that there is no monolithic Buddhism as such, but that there are Buddhisms such as Sinhala Buddhism or more precisely Sinhala Theravada Buddhism, Siam or Thai Buddhism, Myanmar or Amarapura Buddhism and so forth. The complete entry on Original Source ReConstructionist Buddhism (also see: the complete entry on Buddhism.)

Ornamental Functional Arts ― When the term Ornamental Functional Arts is used in the context of the various categories of Art, it normally refers to

See also: Art

Ornithomancy and Ornithoscopy ― When the term Ornithomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination from the observation of flight and/or feeding patterns of Birds.

The term Ornithomancy is derived from the Greek words: Ὄρνις (Ornis) meaning bird, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Oroboros ― The Image of a Serpent or Dragon Eating Its Own Tail, is ancient and appears in numerous Traditions and Cultures. More detailed information may be found at the Wikipedia entry. Also sometimes spelled Ouroboros (or Uroborus). The name originates from within ancient Greek language; Οὐρά (Oura) meaning tail and Βόρος (Boros) meaning eating, devouring, or perhaps gluttony. Oroboros is a direct Greek word, meaning devouring its tail from the roots oura = tail and boros = gluttonous.

The Oroboros represents the perpetual cyclic renewal of life, and infinity, the eternal return, and represents the cycle of life, death and rebirth, leading to immortality, as does the phoenix or Benu in a different way. In fact, occasionally you will come across an example where the snake is twisted into a figure eight or infinity sign.

It can also represent the idea of primordial unity related to something existing in or persisting before any beginning with such force or qualities it cannot be extinguished. The Oroboros has been important in religious and mythological symbolism, but has also been frequently used in alchemical illustrations, where it symbolizes the circular nature of the Alkhemist's Great Werk. It is also often associated with different forms of Gnosticism, and Hermeticism.

Carl Jung interpreted the Oroboros as having an archetypal significance to the human psyche. The Jungian psychologist Erich Neumann writes of it as a representation of the pre-ego "dawn state", depicting the undifferentiated infancy experience of both mankind and the individual child.

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Orphic ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents which holds teachings originating in and/or interpolations thereon as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm.

Orthodox Discordian ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents holding as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm.

Orthodoxy ― When used in reference to a point of view within the field of Ethical, Value and/or Behavioural Matters, this is a Point of View in which the prime parameter for effectuating a course of action is determined by choosing that which conforms to widely accepted and approved form of any theories, doctrine, philosophy, ideology, particularly in reference to schools of thought which insist on strict adherence to their rules and regulations.

Orthopraxy ― When used in reference to a point of view within the field of Ethical, Value and/or Behavioural Matters, this is a Point of View in which the prime parameter for effectuating a course of action is determined by choosing that which reflects their own internally developed system of values, while finding value in joining in Spiritual and MetaPhysical activities and praxis with other individuals whose beliefs may or may not be similar to theirs.

Orthoskosmeômancy ― see Qimancy

Oryctomancy and Oryctoscopy ― When the term Oryctomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using excavated objects, and raw minerals. Or in certain cases by the patterns left by digging in general, when the digging is not done to predetermined design.

The term Oryctomancy is derived from the Greek words: Ὀρυκτός (Oryktos) meaning dug, or formed by digging (as opposed to a natural ditch or channel), and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Osho ― Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (1931-1990) was born Rajneesh Chandra Mohan in Kuchwara, a town in central India. One source states that "Bhagwan" means "The Blessed One" and that "Shree" means "Master". At the end of his life, he changed his name to Osho. His parents' religion was Jainism. However, Osho never subscribed to any religious faith during his lifetime. He received "Samadhi" (enlightenment in which his soul became one with the universe) on 1953-MAR-21 at the age of 21. Rajneesh obtained a master degree in philosophy from the University of Saugar. He taught philosophy at the University of Jabalpur for nine years and concurrently worked as a religious leader. In 1966, he left his teaching post and gave his full attention to teaching his sannyasins (disciples) while pursuing a speaking career. He had an apartment in Bombay where he often met individuals and small groups, where acting as spiritual teacher, guide and friend. Most of his Sannyasins came from Europe and India in the early years. In 1974, Osho moved from Bombay southward to Pune, India. Some anti-cult groups have claimed that this decision was made because of local opposition from the public in Bombay. In reality, it was to establish an ashram (place of teaching) which would provide larger and more comfortable facilities for his disciples. The ashram consisted of two adjoining properties covering six acres in an affluent suburb of Pune called Koregaon Park. Some estimate as many as 50,000 Westerners spent time seeking enlightenment there with the guru. In 1979, he saw his movement as the route to the preservation of the human race. He said: If we cannot create the 'new man' in the coming 20 years, then humanity has no future. The holocaust of a global suicide can only be avoided if a new kind of man can be created." He taught a syncretistic spiritual path that combined elements from Hinduism, Jainism, Zen Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, ancient Greek philosophy, many other religious and philosophic traditions, humanistic psychology, new forms of therapy and meditation, etc. Osho developed new forms of active medication. The best known is Dynamic Meditation that often starts with strenuous physical activity followed by silence and celebration. These were expected to lead the individual to overcome repression, lower their personal inhibitions, develop a "state of emptiness", and attain enlightenment. The person then would have "no past, no future, no attachment, no mind, no ego, no self." Prior to 1985, the disciples wore red robes, and a necklace of 108 beads that had an attached picture of Rajneesh. Osho assigned a new name to each of the disciples. Men were given the title "Swami"; women were called "Ma". Although most members lived a frugal, simple lifestyle, Rajneesh himself lived in luxury. His collection 27 Rolls Royces, given to him by his followers, was well known. (Some sources say he had as many as 100 cars). Anti-cult groups claimed that he urged his disciples to sever their connection to their families of origin. It is true that he felt that the institution of the family was out of date and that it should be replaced with alternate forms of community and ways of caring for children. However, he actually encouraged individual disciples to make peace with their families. Many became disciples themselves, including Osho's own parents. He taught a form of Monism, that God was in everything and everyone. There is no division between "God" and "not-God". People, even at their worse, are divine. He recognized Jesus Christ as having attained enlightenment, and believed that he survived his crucifixion and moved to India where he died at the age of 112. Osho was noted for reading very offensive jokes; some were anti-Semitic; others were anti-Roman Catholicism; others insulted just about every ethnic and religious group in the world. He explained that the purpose of these jokes was to shock people and to encourage them to examine their identification with and attachment to their ethnic or religious beliefs. His contention was that national, religious, gender and racial divisions are destructive.

Ossomancy ― See Osteomancy

Ostara ― The name used within a wide variety of Pagan Traditions to indicate a HolyDay usually, though not universally Celebrated on March 19th - 23rd in the Northern Hemisphere. Ostara, or Spring Equinox marks the first day of True Spring. On Ostara the hours of day and night are equal. Light is overtaking darkness. Symbols of Ostara include eggs and rabbits. Ostara is the Saxon name for a maiden goddess of spring, loosely connected to Astarte and Ishtar.

Osteomancy, and Osteoscopy, Ossomancy, and Ossoscopy, ― When the term Osteomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using bones.

The term Osteomancy is derived from the Greek words: Ὀστέον (Osteo) meaning bone, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination. Ossomancy is derived from the Latin words Os, or Ossis, meaning bone.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Ostrakodermomancy and Ostrakodermoscopy ― When the term Ostrakodermomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using any type and number of seashells; and there are a number of terms which fit within this category as sub-categories, in the vast arena of Divination Systems.

The term Ostrakodermomancy is derived from the Greek words: Ὀστρακόδερμος (Ostrakodermos) meaning sea-shells and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Otherism ― When used in reference to a point of view within the field of Ethical, Value and/or Behavioural Matters, this is a Point of View in which the prime parameter for effectuating a course of action is determined by choosing that which is

Ōtomancy and Ōtoscopy ― When the term Ōtomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination utilizing observation of the ears.

The term Ōtomancy is derived from the Greek words: Ὠτό (Ōto) a combining form meaning ears, or related to, or like ears, Ὠτίον (Ōteon) meaning little handle, metaphorically ear, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Ouija Board ― see also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions.

Ouija Board ― When the term Ouija Board is used in reference to a type of Divination, it generally refers to a specific type of Talking Board, or Alpha – Syllabic Board on which answers to questions may be received spelled out letter by letter as the planchette moves with the fingertips of the readers placed lightly on the top edges of it. Ouija Boards commonly seen in today's world consist of flat board marked with the letters of the alphabet, the numbers 0-9, the words "yes", "no", "hello" and "goodbye" and various symbols and graphics such as pentagrams, the sun, the moon, and stars. The modern version of the Ouija Board and Planchette was created by businessmen Elijah Bond and Charles Kennard. They filed a patent on 28 May 1890 and received it on 10 February 1891 to sell the board with a planchette. Bond was an attorney and was an inventor of other objects in addition to this device. An employee of Kennard, William Fuld took over the talking board production and in 1901, he started production of his own boards under the name "Ouija". Kennard claimed he learned the name "Ouija" from using the board and that it was an ancient Egyptian word meaning "good luck." When Fuld took over production of the boards, he popularized the more widely accepted etymology, that the name came from a combination of the French and German words for "yes".

Often thought of as a game, and certainly it can be used in that manner, using wooden board and pointer which spells out messages from noncorporeal entities and/or from normally inaccesible areas of the participants' consciousnesses, in some cases from the dead (which would of course be a form of Necromancy). Many such messages are derived from the subconscious of the operators; however, there is always potential for influence of a beneficent, malignant or neutral type. Due to various sensationalist presentations, the Ouija Board is one of the most widely known instances of the usage of Grammatôndialegômancy, or divination utilizing alphabetical or syllabic boards and planchets (or some other form of indicator).

Serious modern Practitionors who wish to use a Ouija type board and planchette as a Focus for their Divinations, often make their own boards out of actual solid wood (as opposed to contact paper covered fiber board), or some other natural material, to enhance the potential of the board, and of course allowing them to include any special personal symbols to customize the Tool.

There may be some resonance between the Ouija Board and earlier planchette automatic writing type of Divination Apparati such as the automatic writing method found in China around 1100 CE, in historical documents of the Song Dynasty. The method was known as 扶乩 (Fuji) meaning planchette writing. The use of planchette writing as a means of ostensibly contacting the dead and the spirit-world continued, and, albeit under special rituals and supervisions, was a central practice of the Quanzhen School. Several entire scriptures of the Daozang are thought to be works of automatic planchette writing. Comparable methods of mediumistic spirit writing have been widely practiced in ancient Egypt, Sumer, India, Greece, Etruria, Rome, and among the indigenous Peoples of the North and South American continents.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Our Lady of Enchantment ― The primary public presences of Our Lady of Enchantment is represented by a School of Wicca and the Magikal Arts in Clearlake, California and online. Led by Lady Sabrina. From their website (http://www.wiccaseminary.org/beliefs.htm), their doctrines include: "Our doctrine teaches that nature, or God, is the Supreme Being. We call this Supreme Being the "God Force" and recognize it as the ultimate source of all dynamic energy. The "God Force" is without gender, physical attributes or emotion, always was and always will be. Because the "God Force" has to rule, or oversee, such a vast universe It has no time to directly involve Itself with the affairs of mankind. Therefore, it is considered that the "God Force" rules in absentia." "This is done by the projection or expression of Itself though the feminine, masculine, and natural principles of the universe. In other words the "God Force" expresses its nature through the many different Gods and Goddess who represent, in part, segments of Its true nature." "Through sacred myth, a reverence for deity and an acceptance of reincarnation we create continuity, balance and learn the truth of life. We feel the most effective way to reach inner harmony is through the Gods and Goddesses who oversee our lives. We reach or communicate with them through sacred ritual and magical ceremony. By personal contact with deity we raise our spiritual consciousness and level of action, to a higher realm of awareness, which brings benefits and blessings to our material lives." (see- Wicca), "the craft," goddess worship, moon festivals, psychic powers.

Ouranomancy and Ouranoscopy ― When the term Ouranomancy is used in reference to a type of divination, it generally refers to divination using the heavens.

The term Ouranomancy is derived from the Greek words: Οὐρανός(Ouranos) meaning the sky, the heavens, the materials of the heavens, and Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination.

See also: A general Divinatory System list with short definitions, Divination, Divinatory Systems, -mancy suffix, Μαντεία (Manteia), meaning divination, -scopy suffix, Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci, and Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

Ousia ― Ousia as an Anglicized term from the actual Greek Οὐσία (1) being or beingness; (2) essence, denoting that which is shared: essence, form, and nature,

See also: Οὐσία

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Out-of-Body Experience (OBE) ― Any experience in which a person believes that his or her spirit has temporarily left the physical body and then returned to that same body. Some OBEs are associated with near-death experiences; others are induced through occult or mystical practices, especially in Astral Projection.

Out-of-Context-Problem ― Out-of-Context-Problem Marcus tells Rosen that the Alphas are an "out-of-context problem...no one saw us coming, so the response is instinctual. Panic. Violent." Rosen says it doesn't have to be that way, talking about Marcus's "gift." Marcus says that gift nearly got his head cut open, given how afraid Singh was. "And maybe he was right." Rosen insists that Marcus is better than this, and Marcus almost wistfully says he misses Rosen's ability to see how things can change even after the dominoes are already falling. "You're the variable," Marcus tells Rosen. "You still have one move left to make." What, falling? No, Marcus says, "Kick over the chessboard." The other Alphas roll up, just as Marcus planned, so they can see what happens.

Outer Robe of Concealment ― When the term Outer Robe of Concealment is used in reference to a Mægikal Implement, Sacred Object, Ceremonial Tool, Ritual Apparatus, and/or Focus it generally refers to an overrobe which represents the Enfoldment Formulæ in accord with their beliefs, and in line with the Tradition in which they practice or wish to practice; specifically made for general or particular Mægikal Werking, and/or consecrated to the same. In many Western ceremonial traditions, the robe is either white or black, the former symbolizing the Outer Robe of Concealment and the latter the Inner Robe of Glory. This outer apparel at best only hints at the eloquence and beauty of the magical personality as it appears on the astral level.

see also: Mægikal Implements, Sacred Objects, Ceremonial Tools, Ritual Apparati, and/or Foci , Τέλεσμα (Telesma) which is an Ægean 'umbrella' term indicating: any object consecrated for future utility, through specific religious, mægikal, and/or spiritual Werking, and/or through its own intrinsic nature.

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Oxford Golden Dawn Occult Society ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents holding as a primary or critical parameter of their Spiritual Paradigm.

Oxymora ― Oxymora (from the Greek Ὀξύμωρα meaning sharp-dull) are figures of speech that combines terms that would ordinarily be considered contradictory. Oxymora appear in a variety of contexts, including inadvertent errors such as extremely average, deliberate puns like same difference or pretty ugly, and literary oxymorons crafted to reveal paradoxes. Oxymora exist on a sliding scale of objectivity and subjectivity. Opinions will vary, but some Oxymora are acceptable by almost everybody as being Oxymora, whereas others are extremely subjective and vary in popularity from one world-view clump to another.
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Capital A with ring aboveÅ   Capital A with macronĀ   Capital A with breveĂ   Capital A with diaeresisÄ   Capital A with circumflex   Capital A with dot aboveȦ   Capital A with inverted breveȂ   Capital A with tildeà   Capital A with ogonekĄ   Capital AE ligatureÆ   Capital AE ligature with tildeÆ̃   Capital Glottal Stop   Capital Palatoalveolar Click   Regular English AA   Script Capital L   Capital L with macron above   Capital L with dot below   Capital L with stroke, Dark L Ł   Regular English LL   Capital WHω   Capital W with macron above   Capital W with dot below   Regular English WW   Capital Slide H with reverse solidusℋ⃥   Capital H with macron above   Capital H with dot below   Aspirate   Slight Pause   Very Slight Pause   Regular English HH   Capital S with macron above   Capital S with dot above   Capital SH sign   Capital SKΣ   Regular English SS   Hard and Deep Capital DД   High and Light Capital D   Regular English DD   Capital O with ring above   Capital O with macronŌ   Capital O with breveŎ   Capital O with diaeresisÖ   Capital O with solidusØ   Capital OE ligatureŒ   Capital O with Cyrillic Round OmegaѺ   Capital OI   Capital O with ogonekǪ   Capital O with double oo top   Regular English OO   Capital EZJHʑ   Capital Z with macron below   Capital Z with dot aboveŻ   Regular English ZZ   Capital K with macron aboveК̅   Capital K with dot below К̣   Capital Hard KHχ   Capital KHƙ   Regular English KK   Capital V with macron above   Capital V with dot below   Regular English VV   Capital G with macron   Capital G with dot aboveĠ   Capital GNΓ   Capital GRЖ   Capital GWCapital GW   Capital Uvular Voiced ImplosiveϘ   Regular English GG   Capital rolled R with macronЯ̅   Capital rolled R with dot aboveЯ̇   Capital R with macron above   Capital R with dot above   Capital R with ogonek   Regular English RR   Capital C with cedillaÇ   Capital CHЧ   Regular English CC   Capital N with macron above   Capital N with dot below   Capital N with tildeÑ   Capital NGŋ   Capital NG with macron aboveŋ̅   Regular English NN   Capital Y with macron above Ȳ   Capital Y with dot above   Capital Y with yaw aboveЎ   Regular English YY   Capital J with macron aboveЈ̅   Capital J with dot belowЈ̣   Regular English JJ   Capital U with a ring aboveŮ   Capital U with macronŪ   Capital U with breveŬ   Capital U with circumflex aboveÛ   Capital U with diaeresisÜ   Regular English UU   Capital F with macron above   Capital F with dot above   Regular English FF   Capital Q with macron above   Capital Q with dot above   Regular English QQ   Capital B with macron   Capital B with dot below   Trilled BTrilled B   Regular English BB   Capital M with macron   Capital M with dot below   Capital M with tilde   Capital MBCapital MB   Capital MG   Regular English MM   Capital X with macron above   Capital X with dot above   Regular English XX   Capital I with macronĪ   Capital I with breveĬ   Regular English II   Capital T with macron above   Capital T with dot below   Capital TH voicedΘ   Capital TH voicelessÞ   Capital TSЦ   Capital TSCHЩ   Regular English TT   Capital E with macronĒ   Capital E with breveĔ   Capital E with circumflexÊ   Capital schwa Ə   Regular English EE   Capital P with macron above   Capital P with dot above   Capital pTCapital pT   Regular English PP

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