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List of Title Abbreviations (in alphabetical order)

TG O. -- The fifteenth letter and fourth vowel in the English alphabet. It has no equivalent in Hebrew, whose alphabet with one exception is vowelless. As a numeral, it signified with the ancients 11; and with a dash on it 11,000. With other ancient people also, it was a very sacred letter. In the Devanagari, or the characters of the gods, its significance is varied, but there is no space to give instances.

TG Oak, sacred. With the Druids the oak was a most holy tree, and so also with the ancient Greeks, if we can believe Pherecydes and his cosmogony, who tells us of the sacred oak "in whose luxuriant branches a serpent (i.e., wisdom) dwelleth, and cannot be dislodged". Every nation had its own sacred trees, pre-eminently the Hindus.

TG Oannes. (Gr.) Musarus Oannes, the Annedotus, known in the Chaldean "legends", transmitted through Berosus and other ancient writers, as Dag or Dagon, the "man-fish". Oannes came to the early Babylonians as a reformer and an instructor. Appearing from the Erythraean Sea, he brought to them civilisation, letters and sciences, law, astronomy and religion, teaching them agriculture, geometry and the arts in general. There were Annedoti who came after him, five in number (our race being the fifth) -- "all like Oannes in form and teaching the same"; but Musarus Oannes was the first to appear, and this he did during the reign of Ammenon, the third of the ten antediluvian Kings whose dynasty ended with Xisuthrus, the Chaldean Noah (See "Xisuthrus"). Oannes was "an animal endowed with reason . . . whose body was that of a fish, but who had a human head under the fish's with feet also below, similar to those of a man, subjoined to the fish's tail, and whose voice and language too were articulate and human" (Polyhistor and Apollodorus). This gives the key to the allegory. It points out Oannes, as a man and a "priest", an Initiate. Layard showed long ago (See Nineveh) that the "fish's head" was simply a head gear, the mitre worn by priests and gods, made in the form of a fish's head, and which in a very little modified form is what we see even now on the heads of high Lamas and Romish Bishops. Osiris had such a mitre. The fish's tail is simply the train of a long stiff mantle as depicted on some Assyrian tablets, the form being seen reproduced in the sacerdotal gold cloth garment worn during service by the modern Greek priests. This allegory of Oannes, the Annedotus, reminds us of the "Dragon" and "Snake-Kings"; the Nagas who in Buddhist legends instruct people in wisdom on lakes and rivers, and end by becoming converts to the good Law and Arhats. The meaning is evident. The "fish" is an old and very suggestive symbol in the Mystery-language, as is also "water". Ea or Hea was the god of the sea and Wisdom, and the sea serpent was one of his emblems, his priests being "serpents" or Initiates. Thus one sees why Occultism places Oannes and the other Annedoti in the group of those ancient "adepts" who were called "marine" or "water dragons" -- Nagas. Water typified their human origin (as it is a symbol of earth and matter and also of purification), in distinction to the "fire Nagas" or the immaterial, Spiritual Beings, whether celestial Bodhisattvas or Planetary Dhyanis, also regarded as the instructors of mankind. The hidden meaning becomes clear to the Occultist, once lie is told that "this being (Oannes) was accustomed to pass the day among men, teaching; and when the Sun had set, he retired again into the sea, passing the night in the deep, "for he was amphibious", i.e., he belonged to two planes: the spiritual and the physical. For the Greek word amphibios means simply "life on two planes", from amphi, "on both sides", and bios, "life". The word was often applied in antiquity to those men who, though still wearing a human form, had made themselves almost divine through knowledge, and lived as much in the spiritual supersensuous regions as on earth. Oannes is dimly reflected in Jonah, and even in John, the Precursor, both connected with Fish and Water.

WGa Oannes, the same as Dag or Dagon, the "man-fish". A generic name for the Initiates of Chaldea, corresponding to the Nagas or "Snake-Kings" of the Buddhist legends, who are said to preserve and guard the ancient truths.

SD INDEX Oannes (Chald) biblical Dagon II 139n

described by Sayce II 226
Ea (wisdom) prototype of II 503
leaves waters to teach wisdom II 495n
man-fish I 264, 345, 394, 654; II 54, 139n
taught Babylonian writing II 226
taught early man I 345; II 190
Triton much like II 578
world created out of water I 345

SD INDEX Oannes-Dagon (Chald)

Demiurge II 5
seven divine dynasties & II 366

SD INDEX Oasis I xxxii

Gobi, remnant of inland sea II 220, 502-3

TG Ob (Heb.). The astral light -- or rather, its pernicious evil currents -- was personified by the Jews as a Spirit, the Spirit of Ob. With them, any one who dealt with spirits and necromancy was said to be possessed by the Spirit of Ob.

SD INDEX Ob (Heb), evil fluid of sorcerers I 76n

SD INDEX Ob, or Aub (Heb), serpent or circle I 364n

TG Obeah. Sorcerers and sorceresses of Africa and the West Indies. A sect of black magicians, snake-charmers, enchanters, &c.

SD INDEX Obelisk(s)

in America II 430
Christians destroyed I xli
Herodotus on, at Sais II 395-6
symbolize four cardinal pts I 125

SD INDEX Object, subject, sense, etc I 329-30

SD INDEX Objectivization of Forms I 282

SD INDEX Obliquity, of ecliptic II 408, 726

SD INDEX [O'Brien, H.], The Round Towers of Ireland, "Budh" signifies male organ I 472

OG Obscuration -- This is a word coined by A. P. Sinnett, one of the pioneers in theosophical propaganda. A far better word than obscuration would have been dormancy or sleep, because this word obscuration actually rather obscures the sense. A man is not "obscured" when he sleeps. The inner faculties may be so, in a sense; but it is better actually to state in more appropriate words just what the real condition is. It is that of sleep, or latency -- of dormancy, rather. Thus when one of the seven kingdoms has passed through its seven periods of progress, of evolution, it goes into dormancy or obscuration. Likewise when the seven kingdoms -- from the first elemental kingdom upwards to the human -- have finished their evolution on globe A (for instance) during the first round, globe A then goes into obscuration, that is, into dormancy; it goes to sleep. Everything left on it is now dormant, is sleeping, awaiting the incoming, when round two begins, of the life-waves which have just left it. Again, when the life-waves have run their full sevenfold course, or their seven stock-races or root-races on globe B, then globe B in its turn goes into dormancy or obscuration, which is not pralaya; and the distinction between pralaya and obscuration is an extremely important one. It may be possible in popular usage at times to call the state of dormancy by the name of pralaya in a very limited and particular sense; but pralaya really means disintegration and disappearance, like that of death. But obscuration is sleep -- dormancy.

Thus is it with each one of the seven globes of the planetary chain, one after the other, each one going into obscuration when a life-wave has left it, so far as that particular life-wave is concerned. When the final or rather the last representatives of the last root-race of the last life-wave leave it, each globe then goes to sleep or into dormancy. During a planetary obscuration or planetary rest period, at the end of a round, the entities leave the last globe, the seventh, and enter into a (lower) nirvanic period of manvantaric repose, answering to the devachanic or between-life state of the human entity between one life on earth and the next life on earth. There is one very important point of the teachings to be noted here: a globe when a life-wave leaves it does not remain in obscuration or continuously dormant until the same life-wave returns to it in the next round. The life-waves succeed each other in regular file, and each life-wave as it enters a globe has its period of beginning, its efflorescence, and its decay, and then leaves the globe in obscuration so far as that particular life-wave is concerned. But the globe within a relatively short time receives a succeeding life-wave, which runs through its courses and leaves the globe again in obscuration so far as this last life-wave is concerned, etc. It is obvious, therefore, that a period of obscuration on any globe of the planetary chain is much shorter than the term of a full planetary round.

SD INDEX Obscuration II 703. See also Pralaya

absolute, or atyantika pralaya II 309-10n
described I 172n; II 660n
Mars, Mercury & I 165
one hemisphere awoke fr II 309
pralaya also applies to II 307n
betw rounds I 159, 161; II 47, 704-5, 713n
of spirit in evolutionary cycles II 732
temporary II 705n
betw third & fourth rounds I 182

SD INDEX Observations of Bel, The (Chaldean astronomical work), dates Babylonia 4700 BC II 693

SD INDEX Observatory, The, star changing into a nebula I 596


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What is Occultism?

(From the back cover of Studies in Occultism)

The term OCCULT has noble, but largely forgotten origins. Derived from the Latin 'occultus' meaning 'hidden,' it properly defines anything which is undisclosed, concealed, or not easily perceived. Early theologians, for example, spoke of "the occult judgment of God," while "occult philosopher" was a designation for the pre-Renaissance scientist who sought the unseen causes regulating nature's phenomena. In astronomy, the term is still used when one stellar body 'occults' another by passing in front of it, temporarily hiding it from view. Writing a century ago, when the word had not acquired today's mixed connotations, H. P. Blavatsky defined OCCULTISM as "altruism pure and simple" - the divine wisdom or hidden theosophy within all religions. Occultism is founded on the principle that Divinity is concealed - transcendent yet immanent - within every living being. As a spiritual discipline occultism is the renunciation of selfishness; it is the "still small path" which leads to wisdom, to the right discrimination between good and evil, and the practice of altruism.

SD INDEX Occult. See also Esoteric

anthropology & human eye II 295
arts & sorcery I xl
chemistry approaching the I 544
cosmogenesis, number symbol of I 321
doctrine based on seven sciences II 335
doctrine on races guarded II 693
doctrine synthesis of six Indian schools I 269
forces in nature I 672
inertia greatest, force I 511
interpretation II 112n
Keely's, ideas on color & sound I 564-5
knowledge & lunar mysteries I 228n
law concerning silence I 95
law of dynamics I 644
laws & phenomena I 488n
metaphysics II 116
mysteries seldom divulged I 558; II 124
mysticism II 33
philosophy & modern science I 586
powers in nature II 74
scientific imagination approaching II 137n
symbolism II 335
teachings confirmed by science I 624
theories key to embryology I 223
training & spiritual perception II 288
treatises on seven manus II 308
version of Vishnu Purana II 58-9
virtues of number seven II 312n

SD INDEX Occult Ages, 30 crores or three 300 million-year cycles II 52n

SD INDEX Occult Catechism. See Catechism

SD INDEX Occult Fraternity. See also Adepts, Brotherhood (The), Esoteric School, Initiates, Masters, Occultism, Teachers

secret libraries of I xxxiv

SD INDEX Occult Philosophy. See also Esoteric Philosophy

could learn fr science I 586
divulges but few mysteries I 558
noumenal essences more real in I 274
science & I 586
& word creation I 446

TG Occult Sciences. The science of the secrets of nature -- physical and psychic, mental and spiritual; called Hermetic and Esoteric Sciences. In the West, the Kabbalah may be named; in the East, mysticism, magic, and Yoga philosophy, which latter is often referred to by the Chelas in India as the seventh "Darshana" (school of philosophy), there being only six Darshanas in India known to the world of the profane. These sciences are, and have been for ages, hidden from the vulgar for the very good reason that they would never be appreciated by the selfish educated classes, nor understood by uneducated; whilst the former might misuse them for their own profit, and thus turn the divine science into black magic. It is often brought forward as an accusation against the Esoteric philosophy and the Kabbalah, that their literature is full of "a barbarous and meaningless jargon" unintelligible to the ordinary mind. But do not exact Sciences -- medicine, physiology, chemistry, and the rest -- do the same? Do not official Scientists equally veil their facts and discoveries with a newly coined and most barbarous Graeco-Latin terminology? As justly remarked by our late brother, Kenneth Mackenzie -- "To juggle thus with words, when the facts are so simple, is the art of the Scientists of the present time, in striking contrast to those of the XVIIth century, who called spades spades, and not 'agricultural implements'." Moreover, whilst their facts would be as simple and as comprehensible if rendered in ordinary language, the facts of Occult Science are of so abstruse a nature, that in most cases no words exist in European languages to express them; in addition to which our "jargon" is a double necessity -- (a) for the purpose of describing clearly these facts to him who is versed in the Occult terminology; and (b) to conceal them from the profane.

KT Occult Sciences. The science of the secrets of nature -- physical and psychic, mental and spiritual; called Hermetic and Esoteric Sciences. In the west, the Kabbala may be named; in the east, mysticism, magic, and Yoga philosophy. The latter is often referred to by the Chelas in India as the seventh "Darshana" (school of philosophy), there being only six Darshanas in India known to the world of the profane. These sciences are, and have been for ages, hidden from the vulgar, for the very good reason that they would never be appreciated by the selfish educated classes, who would misuse them for their own profit, and thus turn the Divine science into black magic, nor by the uneducated, who would not understand them. It is often brought forward as an accusation against the Esoteric Philosophy of the Kabbala, that its literature is full of "a barbarous and meaningless jargon," unintelligible to the ordinary mind. But do not exact Sciences -- medicine, physiology, chemistry, and the rest -- plead guilty to the same impeachment? Do not official scientists veil their facts and discoveries with a newly-coined and most barbarous Graeco-Latin terminology? As justly remarked by our late Brother, Kenneth Mackenzie, "to juggle thus with words, when the facts are so simple, is the art of the Scientists of the present time, in striking contrast to those of the seventeenth century, who called spades spades, and not 'agricultural implements.'" Moreover, whilst their "facts" would be as simple, and as comprehensible if rendered in ordinary language, the facts of Occult Science are of so abstruse a nature, that in most cases no words exist in European languages to express them. Finally our "jargon" is a double necessity -- (a) for describing clearly these facts to one who is versed in the occult terminology; and (b) for concealing them from the profane.

SD INDEX Occult Science(s) II 322n, 335

adepts masters of II 280n
blending of, w modern science I 520-1
brought fr higher planes I 516
claim less, give more II 9
consistent, logical II 348
forgotten, perverted II 124
key to world problems I 341
knows true nature of matter I 516
monads & I 632
ridiculed at present I 298
source of all religion & philos II 794-5

SD INDEX Occult Solvent, union of three elements II 113

KT Occult World. The name of the first book which treated of Theosophy, its history, and certain of its tenets. Written by A. P. Sinnett, then editor of the leading Indian paper, the Pioneer, of Allahabad, India.

SD INDEX Occult World. See Sinnett, A. P.

KT Occultism. See Occult Sciences.

FY Occultism, the study of the mysteries of Nature and the development of the psychic powers latent in man.

WG Occultism, the real science of things, now unknown to uninitiated humanity; the science of the unknown astral and spiritual planes; secret knowledge.

OG Occultism -- This word meant originally only the science of things hid; even in the Middle Ages of Europe those philosophers who were the forerunners of the modern scientists, those who then studied physical nature, called their science occultism, and their studies occult, meaning the things that were hid or not known to the common run of mankind. Such a medieval philosopher was Albertus Magnus, a German; and so also was Roger Bacon, an Englishman -- both of the thirteenth century of the Christian era.

Occultism as theosophists use the term, and as it should be used, means the study of the hid things of Being, the science of life or universal nature. In one sense this word can be used to mean the study of unusual "phenomena," which meaning it usually has today among people who do not think of the vastly larger field of causes which occultism, properly speaking, investigates. Doubtless mere physical phenomena have their place in study, but they are on the frontier, on the outskirts -- the superficialities -- of occultism. The study of true occultism means penetrating deep into the causal mysteries of Being.

Occultism is a generalizing term for the entire body of the occult sciences -- the sciences of the secrets of universal nature; as H. P. Blavatsky phrases it, "physical and psychic, mental and spiritual; called Hermetic and Esoteric Sciences." Occultism may be considered also to be a word virtually interchangeable with the phrase esoteric philosophy, with, however, somewhat more emphasis laid on the occult or secret or hid portions of the esoteric philosophy. Genuine occultism embraces not merely the physical, physiological, psychological, and spiritual portions of man's being, but has an equal and indeed a perhaps wider range in the studies dealing with the structure and operations as well as the origin and destiny of the kosmos.

SD INDEX Occultism II 68n, 77, 117, 119. See also Esoteric, Esotericism, Secret Doctrine

on akasa I 487, 536-7
all matter is living I 280-1
astral shadows teaching of II 46
atoms called vibrations in I 633
atoms not uniform I 512-13
attraction, repulsion & I 497, 504, 604
believes in divine dynasties II 194
Cis-Himalayan II 48, 602
condemns phallicism II 85
contains all seven keys I 318
Darwinist theories not held by I 186
differs fr materialism & theology II 449
discerns life in every atom I 225n, 248-9, 258, 260-1
divulged every century I xxxvii-viiin
does not accept "inorganic" I 248-9
does not deny mech orig of univ I 594
Eastern II 85
Eastern student of II 47
egg symbol in I 65
electricity an entity in Eastern I 76
on evolution I 186; II 259, 261-3, 657
Father-Mother one w akasa in I 75-6
force & motion I 512-13
infinite divisibility of atoms I 519-20, 605
on invisible worlds & beings I 604-8
jars nerves of some people II 650
Jews knew little about divine I 230
many substances, names in I 510
matter in I 487, 489, 514
mechanicians behind elements I 594
more logical than science I 154
motion law of I 97
Narada deva-rishi of II 48, 82-3
natural selection not enough II 696
never separates force & matter I 512, 633-4
no above or below in I 605, 671-2
nothing is created I 570
nothing is outside nature II 194
on the one element I 549
origin of life-essence in Sun I 540-1
orthodoxy views, as work of devil II 795
our, is of Central Asia II 565
pantheistic I 317, 569
persecuted by Roman Church I xliv
practical, & geometric figures I 430
practical, & phenomena I 82 &n
pre-Christian mystics practiced I xl
public views, as superstition II 795
repudiates special creation II 157
Rig-Veda corroborates II 606
science &, discussed I 477-81
science drawn into maelstrom of I 124
science must compromise w I 496
Secret Doctrine written for students of I 23
secret books of II 51
self-defense of II 649
senses develop fr within outward II 295
seven is scale of nature I 656n
sorcery, Christianity & I xl
soul of science I 634
space oldest dogma of I 9-10n
spontaneous generation II 718-19
substantial nature of light I 483-4 &n
on the Sun I 530-2, 540-1
supported by universal tradition II 194
three "First-born" & hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen I 623
three kinds of light in II 37-8
three standpoints of II 335
time will vindicate II 718
unity of ultimate essence I 120
universal unity first dogma of I 58
why secrets of, are guarded I 558

TG Occultist. One who studies the various branches of occult science. The term is used by the French Kabbalists (See Eliphas Levi's works). Occultism embraces the whole range of psychological, physiological, cosmical, physical, and spiritual phenomena. From the word occultus hidden or secret. It therefore applies to the study of the Kabbalah, astrology, alchemy, and all arcane sciences.

IU Occultist. -- One who studies the various branches of occult science. The term is used by the French kabalists (See Eliphas Levi's works). Occultism embraces the whole range of psychological, physiological, cosmical, physical, and spiritual phenomena. From the word occult, hidden or secret; applying therefore to the study of the Kabala, astrology, alchemy, and all arcane sciences.

KT Occultist. One who practises Occultism, an adept in the Secret Sciences, but very often applied to a mere student.

IN Occult(ist) (fr Lat occultus, "hid") Concealed, obscured by something else, as in astronomy; a truth seeker, adept in hidden wisdom and knowledge.

SD INDEX Occultist(s) II 11, 38, 46, 92

accused of devil worship II 370n
agree w Vedantins on pantheism I 8
arraigned by public opinion I 298
astral light & II 409
author of nature is nature I 489n
believe in cosmic entities I 106
Bible wisdom grasped by I 316
Brahman & II 72
Christian theology & II 70
deals w cosmic soul, spirit I 589
defend ancient gods fr slander II 354
disregard scorn of science II 725
dugpaship & II 221n
Eastern, & kabbalists I 230, 234n, 243-5, 374
Eastern, objective idealist I 615
endow creation w mental life I 627
on esoteric philosophy II 3
in every age I 484
on evolution & involution II 294
expound ancient traditions I 287
feel & see spirits II 370
force resides in the atom I 511-13
God no-being, no-thing I 352
have no quarrel w facts of science I 636-7
have right to present views I 600
Indo-Aryan II 8
inorganic strange word to I 340; II 672
intelligent law pointed to by I 139
Keely an unconscious I 557
light of spirit & matter to I 481
magic feats of II 179
matter of I 515
medieval I xliiin
myths have meaning for II 138-9
opposes dead-letter interpretation II 202
Paracelsus an I 263
perceive "creators" II 158
physical nature illusory to II 475
properties of Moon known to I 156
prophecies of I 646-7
recap of embryo known to II 187
reject gravity of science I 604
revelation is fr finite beings I 9-10
scientists & I 483
sees in every force its noumenon I 493
seven modes of interpretation I 374
spirit & atman I 226n
study septenate of matter II 592
Sun vehicle of a god I 479
take nothing on trust I 669
theologists vs, re fallen angels II 228
trace cycles merging into cycles II 189
trace man thru vegetable II 187n
on transcendental reality I 281-2
two European, & AIR I 260
unity of life basic law of I 120
Vedantins differ fr I 17n, 62
verified causes & effects I 509
war in Mahabharata real to I 397
will be thought ignoramuses I 479

SD INDEX Ocean(s). See also Chaos

aether the celestial I 75
of carbonic acid I 253n
cede place to continents II 703
chaos in its masculine aspect I 345n
churning of, & amrita I 348; II 381
condensation of, in Laurentian II 159
displacement of, & pole change II 360
floors, breaking asunder of II 314
gaped wide to swallow Atlantis II 494
giants buried under II 277
gods fashion chaos into seven II 704n
of the infinite I 436
of life I 66-8
of matter I 84, 97, 178
periodic shifting of II 325-6
primitive, or chaos I 348
seven, or samudras I 348
of space & Narayana I 458n
of space & pralaya I 371-3
spirit in chaos or, as SPACE II 65
universal, geology records II 715n
violently displaced II 703
washed base of Himalayas once II 572
Wisdom-, Dalai Lama's name II 502n

SD INDEX Oceanic Tribes, some, "were not ready" II 162

SD INDEX "Ocean of Milk," churning of, in satya-yuga I 67-8; II 403

SD INDEX Oceanus (os)

daughters of II 413
father of the gods II 65
one of seven Arkite Titans II 143

SD INDEX [Ochorowicz, Julian], De la Suggestion mentale . . ., G. Richet on science I 640 &n

SD INDEX Octaves, in music, color, elements II 628

TG Od (Gr.). From odos, "passage", or passing of that force which is developed by various minor forces or agencies such as magnets, chemical or vital action, heat, light, &c. It is also called "odic" and "odylic force", and was regarded by Reichenbach and his followers as an independent entitative force -- which it certainly is -- stored in man as it is in Nature.


aspect of all-pervading Archaeus I 338n
light, brightness (Tibetan) I 76n
magnetic or, chord I 555
of Reichenbach I 338n
vital fluid I 76n

MO Od, Odr [[Norse]] (ood, ood-r) [odr wit, intelligence] The higher human soul, spiritually inspired

TG Odacon. The fifth Annedotus, or Dagon (See "Oannes") who appeared during the reign of Euedoreschus from Pentebiblon, also "from the Erythraean Sea like the former, having the same complicated form between a fish and a man" (Apollodorus, Cory p. 30).

SD INDEX Odd Eye II 299, 301. See also Pineal Gland, Third Eye

SD INDEX Odd Numbers, divine (Pythagoras) II 574

TG Odem or Adm (Heb.). A stone (the cornelian) on the breast-plate of the Jewish High Priest. It is of red colour and possesses a great medicinal power.

TG Odin (Scand.). The god of battles, the old German Sabbaoth, the same as the Scandinavian Wodan. He is the great hero in the Edda and one of the creators of man. Roman antiquity regarded him as one with Hermes or Mercury (Budha), and modern Orientalism. (Sir W. Jones) accordingly confused him with Buddha. In the Pantheon of the Norsemen, he is the "father of the gods" and divine wisdom, and as such he is of course Hermes or the creative wisdom. Odin or Wodan in creating the first man from trees -- the Ask (ash) and Embla (the alder) -- endowed them with life and soul, Honir with intellect, and Lodur with form and colour.

MO Odin [[Norse]] [odr intelligence, wisdom] Allfather: the divine principle in all levels of universal life. Consciousness

SD INDEX Odin, Woden (Norse)

before Homer, Veda (Muller) I xxix-xxx
black ravens of I 443; II 100
endows man w life, soul II 97
father of gods, Ases I 427
Loki brother of II 283n
one of the thirty-five buddhas II 423-4
pledged eye to Mimir for knowledge I 402
spirit or, son of Bestla I 427

SD INDEX Odor I 565, 566n

sound &, real substance I 564

MO Odraerir [[Norse]] (ood-reur-er) [od wisdom + raerir rearer] Inspirer of divine wisdom

MO Od's maid [[Norse]] (Freya) The hamingja or higher self of man

TG Odur (Scand.). The human husband of the goddess Freya, a scion of divine ancestry in the Northern mythology.

SD INDEX Odyssey. See Homer

TG Oeaihu, or Oeaihwu. The manner of pronunciation depends on the accent. This is an esoteric term for the six in one or the mystic seven. The occult name for the "seven vowelled" ever-present manifestation of the Universal Principle.

IN Oeaohoo The "7-voweled" sacred name representing the sevenfold root from which all proceeds; parent of the gods.

SD INDEX Oeaohoo I 71-2

equated w Gnostic Ophis I 73n
Hebrew ninth letter teth or I 76
Oi-Ha-Hou permutation of I 93
pictured as serpent (Fohat) I 76
septenary root of all things I 68

SD INDEX Oedipus, legend & Christian God II 540

SD INDEX Oedipus Aegyptiacus. See Kircher, A.

SD INDEX Oelicius (Lat), Elicius or Jupiter Fulgur I 467

SD INDEX Oeloim, Les. See Lacour, P.

SD INDEX Oeon. See Aeon

SD INDEX Oersted [Orsted], Hans Christian

believed in spiritual world I 589
force "Spirit in Nature" I 484

MO Ofner [[Norse]] (ohv-ner) [opener] Odin at the beginning of a cycle

TG Ogdoad (Gr.). The tetrad or "quaternary" reflecting itself produced the ogdoad, the "eight", according to the Marcosian Gnostics. The eight great gods were called the "sacred Ogdoad".

SD INDEX Ogdoad II 580

eight sons of Aditi are I 72n
Gnostic Sophia mother of I 72n
seven (stars) later became II 358n
Sukra's car drawn by, of horses II 31

SD INDEX Ogdoas (Gnos), mother of Iao I 448

SD INDEX Ogygia, Calypso's Isle, Atlantis II 769n

TG Ogham (Celtic). A mystery language belonging to the early Celtic races, and used by the Druids. One form of this language consisted in the association of the leaves of certain trees with the letters, this was called Beth-luis-nion Ogham, and to form words and sentences the leaves were strung on a cord in the proper order. Godfrey Higgins suggests that to complete the mystification certain other leaves which meant nothing were interspersed. [W.W.W.]

TG Ogir or Hler (Scand). A chief of the giants in the Edda and the ally of the gods. The highest of the Water-gods, and the same as the Greek Okeanos.

SD INDEX Og, King, biblical giant II 336

TG Ogmius. The god of wisdom and eloquence of the Druids, hence Hermes in a sense.

TG Ogygia (Gr.). An ancient submerged island known as the isle of Calypso, and identified by some with Atlantis. This is in a certain sense correct. But then what portion of Atlantis, since the latter was a continent rather than an "enormous" island!

SD INDEX Ohio, serpent mound in II 752-3

SD INDEXa Oh, ma pensee, que s'ensuit il? car je desire grandement ce propos. Pimandre dict, ceci est un mystere cele, jusques a ce jour d'hui. Car nature, soit mestant avec l'home, a produict le miracle tres merveilleux, aiant celluy qui ie t'ay dict, la nature de l'harmonie des sept du pere, et de l'esprit.Nature ne s'arresta pas la, mais incontinent a produict sept homes, selon les natures des sept gouverneurs en puissance des deux sexes et esleuez. . . . La generation de ces sept s'est donnee en ceste maniere . . . II 491n (Fr) "Oh, my thought, what is it pursuing? For I greatly desire to know. Pymander says, this is a sealed mystery until today. For nature, in man has produced a marvelous miracle, having that which I have told you, a nature in harmony with the seven of the father, and of spirit. Nature did not stop there, but unsatisfied, produced and reared seven men, according to the natures of the seven governors with power of the two sexes. . . . The generation of these seven happened in this wise . . ." -- The Divine Pymander 1.16; see also Walter Scott, Hermetica 1:123

SD INDEXa Oi d'en Aiguptoi [Hoi d'oun Aiguptioi] muthologousi kata ten Isidos helikian gegonenai tinas polusomatous II 344n (Gk) "Furthermore, the Egyptians relate in their myths that in the time of Isis there were certain creatures of many bodies [who are called by the Greeks giants]". -- Diodorus Siculus, Bibliotheka 1.26.6

SD INDEX Oi-Ha-Hou (whirlwind), force behind eternal motion I 93 &n

TG Oitzoe (Pers.). The invisible goddess whose voice spoke through the rocks, and whom, according to Pliny, the Magi had to consult for the election of their kings.

SD INDEX Oitzoe. See Atizoe

OG Ojas -- (Sanskrit) A word meaning "energy," "vigor," "power." It is often used for the principle of vital heat permeating the human constitution. From this fact, it sometimes is employed to signify virility or the generative faculty. Its use is extremely uncommon in modern occult literature.

SD INDEX Oken, L., urschleim of II 158

TG Okhal (Arab.). The "High" priest of the Druzes, an Initiator into their mysteries.

SD INDEX Okhee Math, cave near I xxx

TG Okhema (Gr.). A Platonic term meaning "vehicle" or body.

FY Okhema, vehicle; Platonic term for body.

MO Okolner [[Norse]] (oo-kol-ner) [unfreezing] The "waters" of space

TG Okuthor (Scand.). The same as Thor, the "thunder god".

SD INDEX Olam, Oulom (Heb), Ulom (Phoen)

born fr ether, air I 461
born fr mundane egg I 365
highest Aeon or time II 490
meaning of term I 336n, 354 &n
visible, material universe I 365, 461

SD INDEX Olaus Magnus. See Magnus, Olaus

OLCOTT, HENRY STEEL -- link to a biography

SD INDEX Olcott, Henry Steel

held electricity is matter I 111n
taught by three teachers I xix
translated Posthumous Humanity II 149n
----- A Buddhist Catechism
on personal God I 635-6

SD INDEX Old Testament. See also Bible, Exodus, Genesis, New Testament

abyss betw New & I 382n
allegory in II 426
borrowed fr Chaldeans I xxxi
chronology of, altered (Whiston) II 395n
connects each event w birth II 544
contradictions in I 414
crucifixion in II 561
dates fr Babylonian captivity II 473
eternity not infinite in I 336n
full of references to zodiacal signs I 649
God creates light in II 37
Ieve (Ya-Va) in II 129
names of God in II 129
not borrowed fr Hindus I xxxi
numerous changes in II 47
old Chaldean & Hindu records & I xxxi
Pentateuch of II 544
phallicism in, & NT I 318
Satan of I 416, 442n
teaches plurality of worlds I 607n

SD INDEX Old World, New World man senior to II 446

SD INDEX Oliphant, Laurence

on churchianity I 479
----- Scientific Religion
q by Moore on future I 560-1

SD INDEX Olive Branch (Noah's) I 444

SD INDEX Oliver, Professor

----- "The Atlantis Hypothesis . . ."
q by Prof Pengelly II 322n, 727
----- Lecture at the Royal Institution
q by Lyell II 783

SD INDEX Oliver, Reverend George

----- The Pythagorean Triangle
anthropomorphic four-letter gods II 601-2
diapason II 601
heptad regarded as virgin II 602
hierogram I 613-14
monochord, tetrachord II 600
Pythagorean numbers, geometry I 616-17; II 599-602
q Greek poet II 603
seven principles of man II 640-1
tetrad II 599, 601
T.G.A.O.T.U. I 613
three, five, seven in Masonry I 113n

SD INDEX Olla (Indian, palm leaf for writing) I 305

KT Olympiodorus. The last Neoplatonist of fame and celebrity in the school of Alexandria. He lived in the sixth century under the Emperor Justinian. There were several writers and philosophers of this name in pre-Christian as in post-Christian periods. One of these was the teacher of Proclus, another a historian in the eighth century, and so on.

TG Olympus (Gr.). A mount in Greece, the abode of the gods according to Homer and Hesiod.

SD INDEX Olympus

Castor, Pollux share in II 123
Eden & II 203
gods of, septiform II 765-72
Hindu II 45n
Mt Meru, Kaph or II 362, 404