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Noir: (French); Black, dark.
Obsidian Mirror, The: Famous scrying stone of Aztec origin, brought to Europe after the invasion of Mexico and used by Elizabethan astrologer and mathematician, John Dee, as part of his research into the occult. Dr. Dee and his partner, Edward...
Oenghus: Also known as Aengus. The product of an illicit affair between Dagdha, chief of the Irish gods, and Boann, goddess of the rivers, Oenghus was concerned with affairs of the heart, and is considered the god of fatal love. Four birds always...
Oneiza: The beloved of Thalaba the Destroyer, from the 1801 epic poem composed by Robert Southey. Taking its inspiration from Islamic theology and morality, Oneiza is promised to Thalaba, but his duty as a Muslim and God’s champion prevents him...
Order of the Dragon, The: A sinister, 15th century elite society founded by Sigismund, King of Hungary and primarily intended for members of the Balkan nobility. All initiates, or Draconists, took the public stance of protecting the innocent....
Ossa: From the Latin, ‘Os’ and ‘Ossis’; bone, the very soul. Also, the name of the mountain in Thessaly, Greece, or Roman Macedonia, where the Viking Varangian Guards believed their god to live.
Ossa Ravenhead: Viking cult warrior god of wisdom and strength. Adopted as the principle guiding spirit by many elite Scandinavian explorers and warriors, including the famous Varangians, pioneers of Byzantium and Russia.
Ossuary: A large chest or underground chamber in which human bones are kept as part of Jewish and Roman Catholic belief, and often found in areas where burial space is difficult to come by. In some ancient cultures, remains were carried in...
Pauper's Grave: In former times, peasants and poor common people would consider themselves very lucky to be able to be buried in a rude wooden casket, as most would go straight into the dust or mud of a shallow grave.
Pavonine: (Latin); bearing resemblance to the vivid colours and exquisite iridescence of a peacock’s plumage.

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