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This page features two overlapping concordances of Foucault's Pendulum, the first by chapter, the second alphabetical.

Contents

By chapter

From a deleted Wikipedia page

This is a list of obscure subjects mentioned in Foucault's Pendulum. The words and subjects herein are widely considered archaic or esoteric. This list is by no means definitive, as some links (in red) are fictitious, misspelled, or have yet to be discussed in Wikipedia. Among these subjects, many are in other languages, and need translation.[1]


Aside from a concordance of sorts, the page also features many citations which are found at the beginning of every chapter.

Front matter

  • "Only for you, children of doctrine and learning, have we written this work. Examine this book, ponder the meaning we have dispersed in various places and gathered again; what we have concealed in one place we have disclosed in another, that it may be understood by your wisdom." -Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim, De occulta philosophia

KETER

The first section of Foucault's Pendulum refers to Kether. It means crown, and symbolizes will.

Chapter 1

Quote (in Hebrew): "When the Light of the Endless was drawn in the form of a straight line in the Void...it was not drawn and extended immediately downwards, indeed it extended slowly - that is to say, at first the Line of Light began to extend and at the very start of its extension in the secret of the Line it was drawn and shaped into a wheel, perfectly circular all around." - Philip S. Gruberger (ed.) - The Kabbalah: A Study of the Ten Luminous Emanations from Rabbi Isaac Luria with the Commentaries Sufficient for the Beginner. Vol. II, Press of the Research Centre of Kabbalah, Jerusalem, 1972-1973, p. 7., ISBN 0-943688-09-4

Chapter 2

Quote: "Wee haue divers curious Clocks; and other like Motions of Return....Wee haue also Houses of Deciets of the senses, where we represent all manner of feats of juggling, false apparitions, Impostures and Illusions...These are (my sonne) the Riches of Saloman's House. - The New Atlantis by Francis Bacon.

CHOKHMAH

The second section refers to the sefirot of Chokhmah, which refers to wisdom.

Chapter 3

Quote: De arte cabalistica by Johannes Reuchlin- In hanc ufilitatem clementes angeli saepe figuras, characteres, formas et voces invenerunt proposueruntque nobis mortabilus et ignotas et stupendas nullius rei iuxta consuetum linguae usumásignificativas, sed per rationis nostrae summam admirationem in assiduam intelligibilium pervestigationem, deinde in illorum ipsorum venerationem et amorem.

Chapter 4

Quote: "He who attempts to penetrate into the Rose Garden of the Philosophers without the key resembles a man who would walk without feet." -Atlanta Fugiens by Michael Maier

Chapter 5

Quote: "And begin by combining his name, YHWH, at the beginning alone, and examine all its combinations and move it and turn it about like a wheel, front and back, like a scroll, and do not let it rest, but when you see its matter strengthened because of great motion, because of the fear of confusion of your imagination and the rolling about of your thoughts, and when you let it rest, return to it and ask it, until there shall come to your hand a word of wisdom from it, do not abandon it."Abulafia, Hayye ha-Nefes

Chapter 6

Quote: Jorge Luis Borges, El Golem

BINAH

The third section refers to the sefirot of Binah which refers to understanding.

Chapter 7

Quote: "Do not expect too much of the end of the world." -Stanisław Jerzy Lec, Aforyzmy

Chapter 8

Quote: "Having come from the light and from the gods, here I am in exile, separated from them." Fragment of Turfa'n M7

Chapter 9

Quote: "In his right hand he held a golden trumpet." Johann Valentin Andreae

Chapter 10

Quote: Cesare della Rivera

Chapter 11

Quote: Emil Cioran

Chapter 12

Quote: Fama Fraternitatis

Chapter 13

Quote: Chronique à la suite du roman de Favel

Chapter 14

Quote: Aimery de Villiers-le-Duc

Chapter 15

Quote: Jean de Joinville

Chapter 16

Quote: Étienne de Provins

Chapter 17

Quote: Victor-Emile Michelet, Martinism

Chapter 18

Quote: Thomas Burnet

Chapter 19

Quote: "After Beaujeu, the Order has never ceased to exist, not for a moment, and after Aumont we find an uninterrupted sequence of Grand Masters of the Order down to our own time, and if the name and seat of the true Grand Master and the true Seneschals who rule the order and guide it's sublime labors remain a mystery today, an impenetrable secret known only to the truly enlightened, it is because the hour of the Order has not struck and the time is not ripe.... - Manuscript of 1760, in G.A. Schiffmann

Chapter 20

Quote: Julius Evola

Chapter 21 & 22

Quote: "The Graal...is a weight so heavy that creatures in the bondage of sin are unable to move it from its place." - Wolfram von Eschenbach Parzival, IX, 477

HESED

The fourth passage is named for the sefirot Chesed, which refers to loving-kindness.

Chapter 23

Quote: Eliphas Levi

Chapter 24

Quote: Joséphin Péladan

Chapter 25

Q: C.-L. Cadet-Gassicourt, Le tombeau de Jacques de Molay

Chapter 26

Q: Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin

Chapter 27

Quote: Collin de Plancy

Chapter 28

Quote: Corpus Hermeticus

Chapter 29

Quote: Heinrich Neuhaus

Chapter 30

Quote: Christof von Besold(?), Appendix to Tommaso Campanella, Von der Spanischen Monarchy, 1623

Chapter 31

Quote: Rene Guenon

Chapter 32

Quote: Tertullian

Chapter 33

Quote: Papus

GEVURAH

Gevurah symbolizes strength.

Chapter 34

Q: Picatrix

Chapter 35

Q: Purgatorio, Dante

Chapter 36

Q: Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy

Chapter 37

Q: Talmud, Hagigah

Chapter 38

Q: Scottish Rite

Chapter 39

Q: Grades of the Ancient and Primitive Memphis-Misraim Rite

Chapter 40

Q: Shakespeare, Julius Caesar (play)

Chapter 41

Q: Dion Fortune, The Mystical Qabalah

Chapter 42

"But you must know we are all in agreement, whatever we say." - Turba Philosophorum

Chapter 43

Q: Joris-Karl Huysmans

Chapter 44

Q: Israel Regardie

Chapter 45

"And from this springs the extraordinary question: Did the Egyptians know about electricity?" - Peter Kolosimo

Chapter 46

Q: Aleister Crowley

Chapter 47

Q: Giulio Delminio

Chapter 48

Q: Piazzi Smyth, Charles Piazzi Smyth

Chapter 49

Q: Henry Corbin

Chapter 50

Q: Nag Hammadi

Chapter 51

Q: Thomaso Garzoni

Chapter 52

Q: Saint Yves d'Alveydre

Chapter 53

Q: Josef Hoëné-Wroński

Chapter 54

"The prince of darkness is a gentleman." - King Lear

Chapter 55

Q: Robert Fludd

Chapter 56

Q: Johann Valentin Andreae

Chapter 57

Q: Johann Valentin Andreae

Chapter 58

Q: Johannes Trithemius

pg. 344

Chapter 59

Q: Paracelsus

Chapter 60

Q: Artephius

Chapter 61

Q: Jean d'Espagnet

Chapter 62

Q: M. Raoult

Chapter 63

Q: Joseph Heller, Catch 22

TIFERET

tiferet means beauty, harmony

Chapter 64

Q:Gerolamo Cardano

Chapter 65

Q: Johnathan Swift

Chapter 66

Q: Michael Baigent, Holy Blood, Holy Grail

Chapter 67

Q: Sampayo Bruno

Chapter 68

Q: Abulafia

Chapter 69

Q: Jules Bois

Chapter 70

Q:Fama Fraternitatis

Chapter 71

Q:Fama Fraternitatis

Chapter 72

Q: Effroyables pactions faicetes entre le diable & les pretendus Inuisibles

Chapter 73

Q: J. Duchaussoy

Chapter 74

Q: Guillaume Postel, Ignatius of Loyola

Chapter 75

Q: Julius Evola

Chapter 76

Q: Renè Le Forestier

Chapter 77

Q: Johannes de Rupescissa

Chapter 78

Q: Athanasius Kircher

Chapter 79

Q: Alexandre Chayla

Chapter 80

Q: Dom J. Pernety

Chapter 81

Q: Ferdinand Ossendowski

Chapter 82

Q: H.P. Blavatsky

Chapter 83

Q: Alfred Korzybski

Chapter 84

Q: Christian Huygens

Chapter 85

Q: Michael Lamy, Jules Verne

Chapter 86

Q: L. Charpentier

Chapter 87

Q: W.C.F. Wigston

Chapter 88

Q: Madame Blavatsky, Charles Southeran

Chapter 89

Q: Marquis de Luchet

Chapter 90

Q: Abbé Barruel

Chapter 91

Q: Captain Simonini to [uinytilks] for nonstudying peoples Barruel

Chapter 92

"There can no longer be any doubt. With all the power and the terror of Satan, the reign of the triumphant King of Israel is approaching our unregenerate world; the King born from the blood of Zion, the Antichrist, approaches the throne of universal power." - Sergei Nilus

Chapter 93

Q: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

Chapter 94

Q: F.N. de Bonneville

Chapter 95

Q: Mons. Leon Meurin, S.J.

Chapter 96

Q: ?

Chapter 97

I am that I am. - Exodus 3:14, "Ego sum qui sum. An axiom of hermetic philosophy" - Madame Bavatsky, "'Who are you?' three hundred voices asked as one, while twenty swords flashed in the hands of the nearest ghosts...." - Alexandre Dumas, père

Chapter 98

Q: Rene Alleau

Chapter 99

Q: Guenonism, Pauwels and Bergier

Chapter 100

Q: J. Cleves Symmes of Ohio, Lands Beyond (1952) by L. Sprague de Camp and Willy Ley

Chapter 101

Q: Pico della Mirandola

Chapter 102

Q: Odorico da Pordenone

Chapter 103

Q: Hasan as-Sabbah

Chapter 104

Q: Kamal Jumblatt, Johann Valentin Andreae

Chapter 105

Q: Lucretius

Chapter 106

Q: Woody Allen

NEZAH

Netzach (Kabbalah) means victory.

Chapter 107

Q: Faust

Chapter 108

Q: Nesta Webster

Chapter 109

Q: Le Coulteux de Canteleu

Chapter 110

Chapter 111

Q: Jacques Cazotte

HOD

Hod means splendor.

Chapter 112

Q: John Heydon

Chapter 113

Q: Ja'far as-Sadiq, sixth Imam

Chapter 114

Q: Mario Salvadori, features equations

Chapter 115

Q: Talmud, Zeraim, Berakhot, 6

Chapter 116

Q: Blaise Cendrars

Chapter 117

Q: Sebastian Brant

YESOD

Yesod means foundation

Chapter 118

Q: Karl Popper

Chapter 119

Q: Johann Valentin Andreae

MALKHUT

Malkhuth means kingdom

Chapter 120

Alphabetic

This page features an incomplete concordance to Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco as translated by William Weaver. It was taken from Wiktionary[2] in August 2013.

A

B

  • Bacon: Francis Bacon, Elizabethan writer, sometimes credited with writing Shakespeare's plays - a theory Eco plays with.
  • Baconian: In the story, a member of an imaginary group of esoteric plotters supposedly founded by Bacon, and mostly English.
  • Badoglian
  • Balneum Mariae: a large pot or kettle full of hot water into which a smaller pot with food (or alchemical contents) is placed in order to cook it gently.
  • banality
  • Baphomet: ugly idol supposedly worshipped by the Templars, according to the historical documents of their trial.
  • batida
  • benedictive: with a blessing
  • Bhagavad Gita
  • Bibelots: collectible decorative objects.
  • bier
  • blanch
  • bombardon: a brass instrument resembling a tuba, but with a lower pitch
  • braggart
  • bravura
  • Breguets airplane

C

  • caboclo - a person of mixed Brazilian Amerindian and European descent. a specific type of mestiço.
  • caftan - A (cotton or silk) cloak with full sleeves and sash reaching down to the ankles; worn by men in the eastern Mediterranean
  • Cagliostro: Joseph or Giuseppe Balsamo, an 18th-century con man who claimed mystical powers and a very long life.
  • calcination
  • Cambone
  • Cambronne
  • Candomble
  • canter - A smooth 3-beat gait; between a trot and a gallop
  • caparisoned - Clothed in finery (especially a horse in ornamental trappings)
  • Capuchins
  • Carbonari
  • carbuncle - An infection larger than a boil and with several openings for discharge of pus; or, a beautiful red-colored stone popular in medieval legend.
  • Carmelite scapular: Piece of cloth worn by Carmelite nuns and priests, but also a small version worn by laymen.
  • carpathians
  • Carpocrates
  • catafalque - A decorated bier on which a coffin rests in state during a funeral
  • Cataplasm
  • Catechism: boiled-down easy-to-memorize doctrine of the church.
  • catechist - One who instructs catechumens in preparation for baptism
  • cathar/catharism:an adherent of a dualist view of the universe, condemned as a heresy in medieval Europe.
  • catoptric
  • Cavalos
  • Celine: Louis-Ferdinand Celine, French author.
  • centenarian - Someone who is at least 100 years old
  • centenary - The 100th anniversary
  • Chaldean
  • chanoine Docre - a satanic priest
  • Chaomantium
  • Chartres Cathedral: holds a famous relic, the Sancta Camisa, said to be the tunic worn by the Virgin Mary at Christ's birth.
  • chasuble - a liturgical vestment
  • chelae - A structure like a pincer on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods, A Hindu disciple of a swami
  • Cheops: Egyptian ruler who built a pyramid.
  • Chermish
  • Chez Guermantes: "The Guermantes Way," part of Proust's novel; the Guermantes family is aristocratic.
  • Chocs
  • chthonian - Of the underworld
  • ci-devant
  • Clairvoyance
  • Clavichords
  • cloister - Residence that is a place of religious seclusion (such as a monastery), A courtyard with covered walks (as in religious institutions)
  • Combray: Town where the narrator of Proust's //Remembrance of Things Past// spent his childhood.
  • commanderies
  • compunction - A feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
  • Comte de Champagne: Count of Champagne. Very powerful position in the Middle Ages.
  • Comte Saint Germain: 18th-century gentleman who was supposed to be a magician and also immortal.
  • concatenation - The state of being linked together as in a chain; union in a linked series, The linking together of a consecutive series of symbols or events or ideas etc, A series of things depending on each other as if linked together, The act of linking together as in a series or chain
  • contretemps - A situation that conflicts with what one wants to do
  • Conventicler
  • Copernican- relating to Copernicus's model of the universe, with the sun at the center of our solar system.
  • Corcovado
  • Cosmognosis
  • Cossack: members of military communities in Ukraine and southern Russia
  • Couchette: train compartment where there are pull-down bunks for sleeping.
  • countenance - Formal and explicit approval The appearance conveyed by a person's face
  • Couscous
  • Crepuscular
  • Cyclical crises
  • Cyclotron: an accelerator in which charged particles are propelled and move in a circle by an alternating electric field and a constant magnetic field perpendicular to it

D

  • Dachshund
  • damask - A fabric of linen or cotton or silk or wool with a reversible pattern woven into it
  • De Gaulle(Charles) - French president.
  • Debussy
  • Decans
  • Demiurge - divine creative principle, divine mind, the first emanation of "the One."
  • demur - Take exception to
  • Deontologically
  • detritus - The remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
  • Diablotines
  • diabolus
  • dissimulation - The act of deceiving
  • dolmen - A prehistoric megalith typically having two upright stones and a capstone
  • Druids: the religious leaders of the ancient Gauls and probably the British as well. Revived in modern times both as an initiatory society, as a set of neo-pagan rituals, and also as a philosophy of protecting the ecology and ancient monuments.

E

  • ecclesiastical - Of or associated with the Christian Church
  • Ein Sof - Jewish infinity
  • elect - An exclusive group of people
  • eleusinian - Pertaining to the mystery cult of Eleusis, in or near Athens.
  • embouchure - The aperture of a wind instrument into which the player blows directly. Also, the musculature which the player acquires in his/her mouth by playing the particular instrument, which enables him/her to play well.
  • Ennoia -another name for Sophia, the female creative principle, virgin and whore.
  • entomologist - A zoologist who studies insects
  • envoûtement - bewitchment
  • eolopile: see Aelophile
  • Epicurean - sensual, devoted to culinary or fleshly pleasures. Ancient Epicureans believed that nothing was real but matter, and that all things, even life and spirit, could be reduced to the shape, motion, etc., of ultimate particles (atoms). Named after Epicurus (Greek), made famous by the De Rerum Natura of Lucretius (Roman).
  • Epistolary: in the form of letters.
  • equitation - A rider's ability to ride correctly with a strong, supple position and effective aids.
  • The Essenes: Jewish sect which flourished at the time of Christ and who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls.
  • Esthetes: or aesthetes. People for whom beauty is morally important.
  • Etruscan - Civilization that flourished briefly on the Italian peninsula before the rise of Rome
  • Eucharist - A Christian sacrament commemorating the Last Supper by consecrating bread and wine
  • evanescent - Tending to vanish like vapor
  • evince - Give expression to
  • exculpate - Pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
  • expurgate - Edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
  • Exu
  • ex-voto - a votive offering to a saint or divinity

F

  • Fabian -British socialist group founded in 1884.
  • Famuli: Latin for "servants", used also of witches' familiars.
  • fauteuil: A style of open-arm chair with a primarily exposed wooden frame originating in France in the early eighteenth century
  • finis austriae: eastern limits, Eastern ends of the earth.
  • firedamp - A mixture of gases (mostly methane) that form in coal mines and become explosive when mixed with air
  • Fortian Sciences
  • Fulcanelli: a pseudonym assumed, in the early 20th century, by a French alchemist and esoteric author, whose identity is still debated.

G

  • Gematria
  • gendarme - A French policeman
  • geomancy - Divination by means of signs connected with the earth (as points taken at random or the arrangement of particles thrown down at random or from the configuration of a region and its relation to another)
  • Geomantiam
  • Geronimo - Apache chief who led resistance to US.
  • gira
  • goety - witchcraft. See goetia.
  • Golconda
  • Grand Guignol -Very bloody and bizarre theatrical spectacle. Named after a French theatre famous for such.
  • grimoire: magician's handbook.
  • Guenonism: doctrine of Rene Guenon, that all religions are based on a truth which can be understood without them.
  • gymnosophy - The doctrine of a sect of Hindu philosophers who practiced nudity and asceticism and meditation

H

  • halcyon adj. Idyllically calm and peaceful; suggesting happy tranquillity
  • hallouines - French spelling of "Halloweens" though in context it seems to refer to a Druid priestess.
  • hauteur - Haughty manner or spirit; haughtiness; pride; arrogance
  • Hepatoscopy: looking at livers. A form of prophecy, divining by sacrificing animals and examining their livers.
  • Hermetic - Completely sealed; completely airtight. Also, pertaining to the alchemical tradition (from Hermes Trismegistus).
  • Herostratus: or Erostratus, said to have burned down the great Temple of Ephesus in order that people would remember his name.
  • hieratic - A cursive form of Egyptian hieroglyphics; used especially by the priests
  • Hippomene
  • Hofmannsthal: Hugo von Hofmannsthal(1874-1929), Austrian poet & dramatist
  • Holderlin
  • Homeopathy: a supposed cure by the 'hair of the dog' method.
  • homunculus - tiny man (or human). One theory of human reproduction in ancient and modern times was that the sperm contained a homunculus which grew inside the woman's womb.
  • Hydromantium: divining or prophesying the future by looking at water.
  • hylic: from the Greek term hylos, meaning "forest"; refers to the material world or the chaos of physical matter without spiritual content.
  • Hyperboreal - To the far north; literally beyond the north wind. Ancient Greeks thought there might be a warm and sunny land there.

I

  • ibises - Wading birds of warm regions having long slender down-curved bills
  • idee fixe: French for "fixed idea", a dominant mania.
  • ignominy - A state of dishonor
  • impotentia coeundi- sexual impotence, inability to copulate (Latin)
  • incredulous - Not disposed or willing to believe; unbelieving
  • infula: A ritual headband worn by priests or dignitaries
  • Ingolf Document: piece of paper on which a character in the book named Ingolf copied a laundry list he found in a well beneath the Tithe Barn (Grange-aux-dimes) in Provins, France.
  • insufflate - Breathe or blow onto as a ritual or sacramental act, esp. so as to symbolize the action of the Holy Spirit, Treat by blowing a powder or vapor into a bodily cavity, Blow or breathe hard on or into
  • internecine - Characterized by bloodshed and carnage for both sides
  • inviolable - Not capable of being violated or infringed
  • ipsissimus: Latin, meaning something like "extremely identical with itself" or "exactly the same."
  • Isis - A goddess in Ancient Egyptian religious beliefs, whose worship spread throughout the Greco-Roman world
  • ithyphallic - Lustful; lewd; salacious; indecent; obscene

J

K

  • Kali Yuga: the last of the four stages that the world goes through as part of the cycle of yugas described in the Indian scriptures.
  • Kardecism
  • Kelley: Edward Kelley, an associate of John Dee in the time of Elizabeth I. He claimed to be a great alchemist and was said to have no ears.
  • Keter: first of the Sefirot.
  • King Dagobert: one of the Merovingian kings of France.
  • Konigsberg: former name for the Russian city, Kaliningrad.
  • Krupskaya: the name of Vladimir Lenin's wife.

L

  • Lalique
  • languorous - Lacking spirit or liveliness
  • Lantenac
  • lapis exillis: or lapis ex caelis. A term used by the medieval German poet Wolfram von Eschenbach to refer to the Grail in his romance Parzival. It means a stone of exile or from the sky.
  • Laplace: French philosopher.
  • Larboard: Left
  • le vierge le vivace et le bel aujourd'hui: "The virginal lively and lovely today," a line of poetry by Stephane Mallarme.
  • legerdemain - An illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers. Translation for "Lightness of Hand" or "Light of hand"(French), and misheard and misused in the English as "Sleight of Hand".
  • lemure
  • lepidopteral: relating to butterflies.
  • lethargy - A state of comatose torpor (as found in sleeping sickness)
  • libertinage - The quality of being lewd and lascivious Licentiousness
  • Libidinal
  • Lilith the Talmudic: a wife of Adam according to Hebrew legend.
  • litany - Any long and tedious address or recital
  • liturgy - A rite or body of rites prescribed for public worship
  • locus (pl. loci) - The scene of any event or action (especially the place of a meeting)
  • Lord Chandos
  • Louche: improper, off-color, naughty (French)
  • Lourdes: famous shrine in France, where the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette; known for healing waters.
  • Ludibrium - plaything
  • Lumpenproletariat: the poor, considered socially beneath the proletariat or working class.

M

  • Maalox
  • Machu Picchu: an Inca city in Peru.
  • macumba - A Brazilian religious ritual of African origin
  • mae-de-santo
  • Magdeburg hemisphere
  • Magiam: Latin for magic.
  • majolica - Highly decorated earthenware with a glaze of tin oxide
  • Manel Tekel Phares: or mene tekel upharsin, mysterious words written on the wall by a hand with no body in the Old Testament book of Daniel.
  • Mannerism - style of painting which followed Michaelangelo's achievments, often exaggerating parts of the anatomy.
  • Marlowe: Christopher Marlowe, playwright, contemporary of Shakespeare, author of Faust.
  • Marzipan: almond-paste candy made at Christmas time, often shaped and tinted in very bright colors.
  • massacre of Tsarskoye Selo: the shooting of the Russian emperor Nicholas II and his family by Russian revolutionaries.
  • Mayakovski: Russian revolutionary poet.
  • Medicinam adeptam
  • menhir: large stone, taller than it is wide, erected in ancient times, particularly in the northwest part of France.
  • Mensur
  • mentula-Latin for the male genitalia.
  • mercurial chemistry: alchemy, Mercury being the Roman name of the Greek god, Hermes.
  • Mercurial Radames
  • mésalliance - marriage with a person of inferior social position.
  • Metacyclosynchroton
  • metempsychosis - After death the soul begins a new cycle of existence in another human body
  • Middlemarch:Middlemarch is a novel by George Eliot, a pseudonym for the female author Mary Ann Evans. Reverend Edward Casaubon is a character in the book
  • Moebius: a moebius strip is a piece paper twisted and glued so that both sides of the paper form a single surface. Belbo adopts the pseudonym Dr. Moebius to write reviews.
  • Mondrian: Piet Mondrian, painter who developed a style dependent on perpendicular lines.
  • Morass: marsh, bog
  • Morgan le Fay-sister of King Arthur, a sorceress who often opposed him in the stories but took him away to Avalon when he was mortally wounded.
  • mot juste: (French) "right word"
  • Motakallimun
  • Mountebank: fraud, scoundrel.
  • Murano
  • mythomane-French term, meaning "mythomaniac", a psychological disorder characterised by lies, pretence and a tendency to concoct fantastical scenarios

N

  • naiad - Submerged aquatic plant having narrow leaves and small flowers; of fresh or brackish water .(Greek mythology) a nymph of lakes and springs *and rivers and fountains
  • nave - The central area of a church
  • necromancy - Conjuring up the dead, especially for prophesying
  • Nefertiti: Egyptian queen, wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten
  • neophyte - A new convert being taught the principles of a religion. Any new participant in some activity.
  • New Atlantis - Francis Bacon's book describing a utopia: a prototypical scientific research community
  • Nibelungs: or Niblungs, Niflungs. A legendary Germanic family to whose saga belong the stories of Sigurd the Dragon-Slayer, the early Burgundians, and even Attila the Hun. Wagner's four Ring operas are based on the legend.
  • Nostradamus - author of cryptic prophesies in the Middle Ages
  • notarikon
  • nought - nothing, zero
  • Novaya Zemlya
  • noxious - toxic, poisonous, harmful
  • numinous - Evincing the presence of a deity

O

  • obsequious - Attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery, Attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner
  • Ogã - a man with a position of responsibility in a house of candomblé (Chapter 27) [3]
  • Ogdoades
  • ogive
  • onomancy: probably divining or predicting the future based on names.
  • Ontological - pertaining to the ground of being, what really exists
  • opalescent
  • Opus Dei - God's work, God's creation. The name of a Catholic organization founded by Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer (1902-1975), similar to the Jesuits in that it answers to the Pope.
  • Ordo Templi Orientis
  • ordure - excrement, dung
  • orgone: human erotic energy, as described by the psychologist (?) Wilhelm Reich, who built boxes in which people were to sit to concentrate and accumulate their orgone.
  • orthogonal - Having a set of mutually perpendicular axes; meeting at right angles
  • Osiris - An Egyptian god, usually called the god of the Afterlife, underworld or dead
  • ostentatious - showy, extravagant
  • Oxossi - the deity or Orisha, (also spelt, Orisa or Orixa), of the forest, and one of the three warrior Orishas "Ibori" in the Yoruba religion

P

  • pai-de-santo - ? (chapter 26)
  • paleography - The study of ancient forms of writing (and the deciphering of them)
  • Palladians
  • Pancho Villa: Mexican revolutionary.
  • Panta Rei
  • Pantagruelian: like Pantagruel, the jolly but wise giant who is the hero of Francois Rabelais' novels. He drinks a lot and has a huge appetite.
  • Pape Satan Pape Satan Aleppe: Nonsense spoken by Pluto in Hell, Dante's Inferno canto 7. Possibly means "Pope Satan Pope Satan Aleppo".
  • paralogism
  • Parmenides - A presocratic Greek philosopher born in Italy; held the metaphysical view that being is the basic substance and ultimate reality of which all things are composed; said that motion and change are sensory illusions (5th century BC)
  • Parquet
  • parricide - Murder of your own parents
  • parzufim
  • pedantic - Marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects
  • penumbra A fringe region of partial shadow around an umbra; Almost complete darkness
  • perennial - Recurring again and again
  • pergola - A framework that supports climbing plants
  • philately - The collection and study of postage stamps
  • Philistine: one of a Biblical people inhabiting present-day Gaza, also a barbarian
  • philologist - A humanist specializing in classical scholarship
  • philology - The humanistic study of language and literature
  • philosophers stone: a substance sought after by alchemists
  • Philter: potion
  • phlogiston
  • phonurgic
  • Physiognosis
  • pieds noirs: people of French nationality who had been born in or lived a long time in French Africa and came back to live in France, but were nostalgic for Africa.
  • Pilade: character in the book, owner of a bar in Milan.
  • Pio Bo: character in the book, another kid who can't play the bombardon from Belbo's childhood.
  • Plerome
  • plexus - A network of intersecting blood vessels or intersecting nerves or intersecting lymph vessels
  • Plotinus
  • pneumatic: related to the breath, hence spiritual, mystical.
  • pogrom - Organized massacre of an ethnic group (especially Jews in Russia)
  • pointillism - A genre of painting characterized by the application of paint in dots and small strokes; developed by Georges Seurat and his *followers in late 19th century France
  • polygenesis - origin from multiple sources: origin from more than one species, line of ancestors, or source
  • polyphony - Music arranged in parts for several voices or instruments
  • pompiers: firemen (French).
  • Pontos: a ancient kingdom in Asia Minor.
  • poulains
  • proboscis - the human nose (especially when it is large)
  • prefect - A chief officer or chief magistrate
  • prehensile - Adapted for grasping especially by wrapping around an object. Having a keen intellect. Immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. *wealth
  • preto-velho - spirits that are presented in the body of old Africans that lived in the slave quarters
  • priory - Religious residence in a monastery governed by a prior or a convent governed by a prioress
  • proglottides
  • provost - A high-ranking university administrator
  • psychopomp: deity who leads the soul to the other world after death.
  • Psychopompe: French for psychopomp.
  • Psychurgy
  • puerile - Of or characteristic of a child
  • Pute: French slang for whore.
  • pyramid of Cheops: pyramid built by Cheops (Khufu), the Great Pyramid of Giza.
  • Pyromantiam: divining or predicting the future by looking at fire.

Q

  • qelippa - shell (pl. qelippot)
  • quatrefoil - Having four leaves. A design having four lobes or leaflike structures radially arranged about a center.
  • querulous - Habitually complaining
  • queste du graal: "The Grail Quest."

R

  • rachitic - Of or relating to or resulting from rickets
  • Ratatouille - a vegetable stew with eggplant and tomatoes.
  • Rebis: "thing-two", a word for a hermaphrodite or person both male and female.
  • redivivus: come to life again.
  • Regal: kingly
  • reliquaries - A container where religious relics are stored or displayed (especially relics of saints)
  • residuum - Something left after other parts have been taken away
  • Reshimu
  • revelatory - Prophetic of devastation or ultimate doom
  • rocaille:
  • Rosicrucian: a secret society of mystics, allegedly formed in late medieval Germany
  • Rotary: an international club for community service.

S

  • Sacerdotalism - A belief that priests can act as mediators between human beings and God
  • Sacerdotal - Associated with the priesthood or priests
  • Sacristies - A room in a church where sacred vessels and vestments are kept or meetings are held
  • Sagacious - Acutely insightful and wise. Skillful in statecraft or management
  • Saint Martin-des-Champs: church in Paris.
  • Samoa
  • Sanhedrin: A Sanhedrin (Hebre סנהדרין‎; Greek: συνέδριον, synedrion, "sitting together," hence "assembly" or "council") is an assembly of 23 judges Biblically required in every city.
  • sapiential: having to do with wisdom.
  • satyr - Man with strong sexual desires
  • Sclerotic - Of or relating to the sclera of the eyeball. Relating to the hardening of tissue.
  • scrofula
  • Sefer Yesirah: One of the oldest of the Qabalistic texts.
  • Sefirah: The ten attributes that God created through which he can project himself to the universe and man.
  • sepulcher - A chamber that is used as a grave
  • Shklovski
  • Siakra
  • Sibylline Books
  • Simoom - A hot wind
  • Simsun: or zimzum, the breathing of God which creates the world.
  • somnambulism - Walking by a person who is asleep
  • Solomon's Temple: the first temple of Jerusalem, built by King Solomon in the 10th century B.C. and destroyed about 400 years later.
  • Solon - Politician and law-giver of ancient Athens.
  • Sorbonne - Europe's premier theological school in the Middle Ages, in Paris. The Renaissance writer *Rabelais satirized the Sorbonne theologians mercilessly.
  • sorcelery: Frenchified way of saying sorcery or magic spell.
  • Sostoris: mentioned in Belbo's fictional fragments about Kelley. She originates as a fortune-teller in T S Eliot's The Wasteland and these passages "plagiarise" Eliot several times - ironically since Kelley claims to be plagiarised by Shakespeare.
  • speleologist - A person who explores caves
  • Spinoza: (Baruch) a Jewish philosopher who promoted pantheism.
  • steep - Engross (oneself) fully
  • Striate – To mark with any of a number of tiny parallel grooves such as: the scratches left by a glacier on rocks or the streaks or ridges in muscle tissue
  • Sub umbra alarum tuarum: (Latin) "Under the shadow of thy wings"
  • sumptuous - Rich and superior in quality
  • sycophant - A person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage
  • Sylloges
  • Synarchy: "harmonious rule", said to be the goal of Martinist secret societies (incidentally a phrase used by American political theorist, Lyndon La Rouche).
  • Syncretism - the mixing together of belief systems

T

  • tachycardial
  • tatterdemalions - A dirty shabbily clothed urchin
  • tauroboliaste
  • telluric - Of or relating to or inhabiting the land as opposed to the sea or air, Of or relating to or containing the chemical element tellurium. Teluric currents are low-frequncy currents in the Earth's crust.
  • temple of Karnak - ancient Egyption temple
  • Temurah
  • terraqueous: on land and sea
  • terreiro - a piece of land that lies in front a farm house
  • tesseract: a four-dimensional space.
  • tete-a-tete: conversation between two people.
  • Tetragramaton: the name of God as written in four Hebrew letters (Yahweh).
  • thaumaturgy - The act or art of performing something wonderful; magic; legerdemain
  • Therapeutae
  • theurgy
  • thurible: elaborate device involving a ball with burning incense inside and a set of chains, used to perfume a church service.
  • tikkun
  • topology - science of shapes and surfaces
  • Trier region: place in Germany. In the text this occurs as a reference to the birthplace of Karl Marx which describes Marxism as a millenarian cult.

U

  • Umbanda
  • umbra - A region of complete shadow resulting from total obstruction of light
  • unassailable - Able to withstand attack
  • urchin - Poor and often mischievous city child

V

  • varicolored - Having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly
  • verdigris - A green patina that forms on copper or brass or bronze that has been exposed to the air or water for long periods of time
  • Verdurin salon - a fictional group in Paris society in the novels of Marcel Proust.
  • verulam - Francis Bacon. Bacon was granted the title Baron Verulam when he was made Lord Chancellor in 1618.
  • vice anglais: French for "the English vice," meaning homosexuality.
  • Vichy: A French town. The government which collaborated with the Nazis during World War II had its capital in Vichy, so it often refers to that government. Vichy is also famous for springs of digestive water.
  • vicissitude - A variation in circumstances or fortune at different times in your life or in the development of something. Mutability in life or nature (especially successive alternation from one condition to another)
  • vieux jeu - old-fashioned.
  • vis movendi
  • votive - Dedicated in fulfillment of a vow
  • Voyante: a woman who sees the future.

W

Y

Z

  • Zhivago: hero of Boris Pasternak's novel Doctor Zhivago. He is a gentle observer of the Russian Revolution.
  • Zohar, The: the foundational work in the literature of Jewish mystical thought known as Kabbalah.


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