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MYTHOPHRENIA: GLOSSARY

 

 

@mazon Burger — Upscale burger and martini bar within Democracity Proper, frequently patronized by Koch Enterprise employees and a favorite lunch spot and client for Jivana Jacqueline Thoreau.

 

acoustics — The branch of physics that deals with sound and sound waves. The qualities or characteristics of a room, auditorium, stadium, etc., that determine the audibility or fidelity of sounds in it.

 

adrenaline — A hormone secreted by the adrenal medulla upon stimulation by the central nervous system in response to stress, as anger or fear, and acting to increase heart rate, blood pressure, cardiac output, and carbohydrate metabolism.

 

adumbration — A foreshadowment, prefigurement, or disclosure.

 

agate — A variegated chalcedony showing curved, colored bands or other markings. A microcrystalline, translucent variety of quartz, often milky or grayish.

 

aikido — A Japanese form of self-defense utilizing wrist, joint, and elbow grips to immobilize or throw one's opponent.

 

amaranthine — Of purplish-red color. Also, of or like the amaranth plant; unfading. Everlasting.

 

ambrosial — Exceptionally pleasing to taste or smell; especially delicious or fragrant. Worthy of the gods. Divine.

 

amoeba — Any of the numerous freshwater, marine, or parasitic one-celled protozoa of the order Amoebidae, characterized by a granular nucleus surrounded by a jellylike mass of cytoplasm that forms temporary extensions, or pseudopodia, by which the organism moves, engulfs food particles, and forms food vacuoles.

anamnesis — The recollection or remembrance of the past. Reminiscence. In Platonism, it is the recollection of the ideas, which the soul had known in a previous existence, especially by means of reasoning.

 

Anthropocene — A proposed term for the present geological epoch (from the time of the Industrial Revolution onwards), during which humanity has begun to have a significant impact on the environment.

 

aphotic — Lightless.

 

apogetic kisses — The pentagram shape of the design formed by the points where the Earth and Venus are at their farthest distance from each other as they orbit the Sun. See End Note section for a video that describes this phenomena.

 

atramentous — Black as ink.

 

aura — A subtly pervasive quality or atmosphere seen as emanating from a person, place, or thing.

 

auricleBotany, Zoology. A part like, or likened to, an ear.

 

awe — An overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, or extremely powerful.

 

AWOL — Away from military duties without permission, but without the intention of deserting. To absent oneself without explanation.

 

bestow — To present as a gift; give; confer (usually followed by “on” or “upon”):

 

biophobia — Opposite of biophilia, which is a noun describing a love of life and of the other life forms in the living world.

 

boisterous — Rough and noisy. Rowdy. Clamorous.

 

caveat — A warning or caution; admonition.

 

cellophane — A transparent, biodegradable paper-like product of viscose, impervious to moisture, germs, etc., used to wrap and package food, tobacco, etc..

 

cessation — A temporary or complete stopping. Discontinuance. A cessation of hostilities.

 

CGI — Computer-generated images / computer-generated imagery. Digital graphics used in visual media, often in the form of 3D animation.

 

chakra — From tantric yoga traditions. Any of the points of spiritual power located along the body, usually given as seven in number. The points are personified by gods and can be released through the proper exercises.

 

Cheshire Cat grin — A reference to the 1951 version of “Alice in Wonderland” by Disney. The cat first appears as a crescent moon, which is its grin.

 

communion — Intimate communication. Participation. Association. Fellowship. Interchange or sharing of thoughts or emotions. The act of sharing, or of holding in common.

 

consciously — Acting with awareness of one's own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, deliberations, intentions etc.

 

consciousness — The state of being conscious. Awareness of one's own existence; the thoughts and feelings, collectively, of an individual or of an aggregate of people. Philosophy. The mind or the mental faculties as characterized by thought, feelings, and volition.

 

consensus reality — The dominating cultural consciousness.

 

Consumerica — The dominating, commercially-driven aggregate of global, Capitalistic states.

 

cuddle puddle — A group of people cuddling en masse, usually to comfort one another or express mutual friendship.

 

cymballic — Used in Jivana as a play on words. The sound-producing music instrument, the cymbal, as the symbol for the symbolic.

 

defoliation — Destruction or the cause of widespread loss of leaves (in an area of jungle, forest, etc.), as by using chemical sprays or incendiary bombs, in order to deprive enemy troops or guerrilla forces of concealment.

 

dejected — Depressed in spirits. Disheartened. Low-spirited.

 

Dystraxion ® — The Koch Enterprise-owned news and entertainment mega-conglomerate.

 

eidetic — Of, relating to, or constituting visual imagery vividly experienced and readily reproducible with great accuracy and in great detail. Of or relating to eidos.

 

eidos — The formal content of a culture, encompassing its system of ideas, criteria for interpreting experience, etc..

 

entheogen — A term derived from the Greek 'entheos', directly translated to mean “having God (theos) within”, or more loosely translated as “inspired", and 'genesthe' meaning "to generate”. 'Entheos' was typically used to describe poets, musicians, and other artists who were believed to receive their gifts from the divine. The word “entheogen” thus exposes itself as meaning "that which generates God/the divine in a person". It is also often thought of as meaning to “see the God/dess within”. The term was first coined in 1979 as a replacement for 'psychedelic' and 'hallucinogen' which both carry with them certain denigrating connotations. “Entheogen” is a term to be used in strict reverence of substances that act as divine sacraments and facilitate transcendent experiences.

                    

eradicate — To remove or destroy utterly; extirpate: to pull up by the roots.

 

ether — The upper regions of space; the clear sky; the heavens. The medium supposed by Western ancients to fill the upper regions of space. Physics. A hypothetical substance supposed to occupy all space, postulated to account for the propagation of electromagnetic radiation through space.

 

Etruscan — Pertaining to Etruria, its inhabitants, civilization, art, or language. Etruria was an ancient country located between the Arno and Tiber rivers, roughly corresponding to modern Tuscany in West Italy.

 

euphoria — A state of intense happiness and self-confidence.

 

evil — The perceived wicked or immoral part of someone or something.

 

fairy — One of a class of supernatural beings, generally conceived as having a diminutive human form and possessing magical powers with which they intervene in human affairs.

 

firmament — The vault of heaven; sky.

 

flight instructions — Slang for tips on how to party safer; including instructions on drug use meant to reduce potential self-harm.

 

fluorite — A common mineral, calcium fluoride, CaF2, occurring in green, blue, purple, yellow, or colorless crystals, usually in cubes. The principal source of fluorine, used also as a flux in metallurgy and for ornament.

 

fluffies — Bellbottom-shaped, furry, boot covers that can be worn with regular shoes.

 

foal — A young horse, or mule, especially one that is not yet one year of age.

 

galvanometer — An instrument for detecting the existence of small electric currents and determining their strength.

 

gambol — To skip or frisk about, as in dance or play; to frolic.

 

gangster — A member of a gang of criminals, especially a racketeer.

an organized illegal activity, such as bootlegging, or the extortion of money from legitimate businesspeople by threat or violence.

 

genre — A class or category of artistic endeavor having a particular form, content, or technique.

 

genuflective — Expressing a servile attitude.

 

giclee — A printmaking method using an ink-jet printer for photographic images of paintings to produce high-quality reproductions.

 

Goddess — A female god or deity. A woman of extraordinary beauty and charm. A greatly admired or adored woman.

 

hallelujah — A shout of joy, praise, or gratitude.

 

harmonious — Marked by agreement in feeling, attitude, or action.

A harmonious group. Pleasant to the ear. Tuneful. Melodious.

 

harrow — An agricultural implement with spike-like teeth or upright disks, drawn chiefly over plowed land to level it, break up clods, root up weeds, etc.. To disturb keenly or painfully; to distress the mind and feelings.

 

Harrow — A bar in Democracity that high-level Koch Enterprise employees patronize.

 

heartfire — In many esoteric traditions, there is a concept of fire living in the heart.

 

Heartland Express — The touchable hologram of an old-fashioned train filled with peacock coal, inside of Exigent Square, the public access area of the Koch Enterprises building in Democracity.

 

Hercules — In classical mythology, a celebrated hero, the son of Zeus and Alcmene, possessing exceptional strength. Astronomy. A northern constellation between Lyra and Corona Borealis.

 

Hierophanta — In Jivana, a female DJ that is part of the New Moon Collective. A hierophant in ancient Greece was an official expounder of rites of worship and sacrifice. In modern times it can be any interpreter of sacred mysteries or esoteric principles; a mystagogue.

 

Hermes — The ancient Greek herald and messenger of the gods.

 

heroic — Having or displaying the character or attributes of a hero. Extraordinarily bold. Altruistic.

 

Shero — A term for a female hero as used by the bloggers of THINX.

 

holster — A sheath-like carrying case for a firearm, attached to a belt, shoulder sling, or saddle.

 

hydroponic — The cultivation of plants by placing the roots in liquid nutrient solutions rather than in soil.

 

ichor — In classical mythology, an ethereal fluid flowing in the veins of the gods.

 

immemorial — Extending back beyond memory, record, or knowledge.

 

intuition — Direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process. Immediate apprehension. A keen and quick insight. The quality or ability of having such direct perception or quick insight. Philosophy. An immediate cognition of an object not inferred or determined by a previous cognition of the same object. Any object or truth so discerned. Pure, untaught, non-inferential knowledge. In linguistics, the ability of the native speaker to make linguistic judgments, as of the grammaticality, ambiguity, equivalence, or nonequivalence of sentences, deriving from the speaker's native-language competence.

 

jazzercise — Vigorous dancing done to jazz dance music as an exercise.

 

je ne sais quoi — A pleasant quality that is hard to describe. It means “I don’t know what” in French.

 

jostling — Bumping, pushing, shoving, brushing up against, or elbowing roughly or rudely. Driving or forcing by pushing or shoving. Unsettling. Disturbing.

 

kaleidoscope — An optical instrument in which bits of glass, held loosely at the end of a rotating tube, are shown in continually changing symmetrical forms by reflection in two or more mirrors set at angles to each other. A continually changing pattern of shapes and colors.

3. A continually shifting pattern, scene, or the like.

 

kenspeckle — Conspicuous. Easily seen or recognized.

 

Kevlar — A trademarked brand of para-aramid fiber sometimes worn by security, military, and police. The high-strength material was first commercially used in the early 1970s as a replacement for steel in racing tires. Currently, Kevlar has many applications, ranging from bicycle tires and racing sails to body armor. It is 5 times stronger than steel.[2] It is also used to make modern drumheads that withstand high impact.

 

 

Koch E. — Standing for Koch Enterprises, one of the largest mega-conglomerates in the Consumerican marketplace.

 

kombucha — A variety of fermented, lightly effervescent, sweetened, black or green tea drinks that are commonly intended as functional beverages for their supposed health benefits. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a "symbiotic 'colony' of bacteria and yeast" (SCOBY).

 

Koyaanisqatsi — “Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance” is a 1982 American experimental film directed by Godfrey Reggio with music composed by Philip Glass and cinematography by Ron Fricke. The film consists primarily of slow motion and time-lapse footage of cities and many natural landscapes across the United States. The visual tone poem contains neither dialogue nor a vocalized narration: its tone is set by the juxtaposition of images and music. Reggio explained the lack of dialogue by stating "it's not for lack of love of the language that these films have no words. It's because, from my point of view, our language is in a state of vast humiliation. It no longer describes the world in which we live."[3] In the Hopi language, the word “Koyaanisqatsi” means "unbalanced life".[4] The film is the first in the “Qatsi" trilogy of films: it is followed by Powaqqatsi (1988) and Naqoyqatsi (2002). The trilogy depicts different aspects of the relationship among humans, nature, and technology. “Koyaanisqatsi” is the best known of the trilogy and is considered a cult film. However, because of copyright issues, the film was out of print for most of the 1990s.[5]

 

lamented — Mourned for.

 

labyrinth — An intricate combination of paths or passages in which it is difficult to find one's way or to reach the exit. A maze-like pattern inlaid in the pavement of a church. Any confusingly intricate state of things or events.

 

lucid dreams — Any dreams during which the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming. During lucid dreaming, the dreamer might be able to exert some degree of control over the dream characters, narrative, and environment. The term 'lucid dream' was coined by Dutch author and psychiatrist Frederik van Eeden in his 1913 article “A Study of Dreams”, though descriptions of dreamers being aware that they are dreaming predates the term.

 

mandala — A spiritual and ritual symbol in Indian religions, representing the universe. In common use, "mandala" has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the general shape of a T. Mandalas often exhibit radial balance. The term appears in the Rig Veda as the name of the sections of the work, but is also used in other religions and philosophies, particularly Buddhism. In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of practitioners and adepts, as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction.

 

maniacal — Crazed excitement or enthusiasm.

 

matriarch — The female head of a family or tribal line. A woman who is the founder or dominant member of a community or group. A venerable old woman.

 

medical scrubs — The uniform of medical personnel.

 

meditation — Continued or extended thought. Reflection. Contemplation. Devout religious contemplation or spiritual introspection. A practice to help the meditator to go beyond their thought processes, not always to clear their mind but to get in touch with the aspect of themselves as the Observer of the thoughts and not identify themselves as the mind that creates the thoughts. Meditation can also be induced through activity such as breathwork, or ecstatic dance that help the person get into a trance-like state whereby they can have communion with what is beyond their mind, their everyday consciousness.

 

megawatt — Electricity. A unit of power equal to one million watts. Abbreviation: MW.

 

Memory Hole — A memory hole is any mechanism for the alteration or disappearance of inconvenient or embarrassing documents, photographs, transcripts, or other records, such as from a website or other archive, particularly as part of an attempt to give the impression that something never happened.[1][2] The concept was first popularized by George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984, where the Party's Ministry of Truth systematically re-created all potential historical documents, in effect, re-writing all of history to match the often-changing state propaganda. These changes were complete and undetectable.

 

messiah — Any expected deliverer.

 

mime-act — A form of entertainment in which a performer plays a character or tells a story without words by using body movements and facial expressions.

 

misdirection — A wrong or incorrect direction, guidance, or instruction.

 

moonboot -- A slang name for a chunky-soled boot, popular in rave culture, meant to inspire the idea of an astronaut boot. There are also “Moon Boots”, which have a registered worldwide trademark and were first made in the 1970’s.

 

Moop — A neologism, used by Burning Man attendees, for trash. It stands for “matter out of place” and is used to educate people to pick up after themselves and others.

 

mosquito helicopter — Small, one or two seat, ultra-lightweight personal helicopters.

 

nag — A female horse considered old and no longer useful.

 

napalm — A flammable jelly used in warfare. It is a mixture of a gelling agent and either petroleum or a similar fuel. It was initially used as an incendiary device against buildings and later primarily as an anti-personnel weapon, as it sticks to skin and causes severe burns when on fire. Napalm was developed in 1942 in a secret laboratory at Harvard University, by a team led by chemist Louis Fieser. Its first recorded use was in the European theatre of war during World War II. It was used extensively by the U.S. in incendiary attacks on Japanese cities in World War II as well as during the Korean War and Vietnam War.

 

neoteric — Modern. New. Recent.

 

NOAA — American scientific agency within the United States Department of Commerce, focused on the conditions of the oceans and the atmosphere. NOAA warns of dangerous weather, charts seas, guides the use and protection of ocean and coastal resources, and conducts research to improve understanding and stewardship of the environment. In addition to its civilian employees, 12,000 as of 2012,[3] NOAA research and operations are supported by 300 uniformed service members who make up the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps.

 

oenomel — Something combining strength with sweetness. A drink made of wine mixed with honey.

 

ommatidia — One of the radial elements composing a compound eye.

 

optical illusion — In psychology, a perception, as of visual stimuli (optical illusion) that represents what is perceived in a way different from the way it is in reality.

 

ore — A metal-bearing mineral or rock, or a native metal. A mineral or natural product serving as a source of some nonmetallic substance, as sulfur.

 

Orange Sunshine — In Jivana, the name of Dr. Rave’s MDMA, and previously the name of his LSD.

 

otic — Of or relating to the ear; auricular.

 

paranoid — Baseless or excessive suspicion of the motives of others. Also, a mental disorder characterized by systematized delusions and the projection of personal conflicts, which are ascribed to the supposed hostility of others, sometimes progressing to disturbances of consciousness and aggressive acts believed to be performed in self-defense or as a mission.

 

permagrin — The seemingly permanent smile that someone has after spending time with someone that they are very fond of, or doing something that they enjoy.

 

pescatarian — A person whose diet is mostly vegetarian but includes fish and seafood. Of or relating to pescatarians or their diet.

 

phoenix — A mythical bird of great beauty fabled to live 500 or 600 years in the Arabian wilderness, to burn itself on a funeral pyre, and to rise from its ashes in the freshness of youth and live through another cycle of years. Often an emblem of immortality or of reborn idealism a person or thing of peerless beauty or excellence. Paragon. A person or thing that has become renewed or restored after suffering calamity or apparent annihilation.

 

pixelated — In computer graphics and digital photography, the breaking up of an image into pixels, as by over-enlarging the image.

 

phonically — Of or relating to speech sounds.

 

Pi — The 16th letter of the Greek alphabet (II, π). Mathematics. The letter π, used as the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter and also the ratio itself: 3.141592….

 

pierian — Of or relating to the Muses. Of or relating to poetry or poetic inspiration.

 

plateau — A land area having a relatively level surface considerably raised above adjoining land on at least one side, and often cut by deep canyons. A period or state of little or no growth, or of decline.

 

plethora — Overabundance. Excess. Or, simply, a very large amount.

 

plushie — Another term for a stuffed animal.

 

primeval — Of or relating to the first age or ages, especially of the world.

 

prism — A transparent solid body, often having triangular bases, used for dispersing light into a spectrum or for reflecting rays of light.

 

psychedelic properties — Of or noting the chemical properties that induce a mental state characterized by a profound sense of intensified sensory perception, sometimes accompanied by severe perceptual distortion and hallucinations, and by extreme feelings of either euphoria or despair. Resembling, characteristic of, or reproducing images, and sounds experienced while in such a state.

 

psychonauting — Referencing the behavior of a person who intelligently experiments with mind-altering chemicals, sometimes to the extent of taking exact measurements and keeping records of experiences. Also, a person who explores, experiences, and studies their subconscious and reality through the use of hallucinogenic drugs. Many psychonauts also believe that hallucinogenic drugs have mystical and spiritual powers.

 

pyroglyphic — An image created through pyrography.

 

quaffing — Drinking (a beverage, especially an intoxicating one) copiously and heartily.

 

quinoa — A tall crop plant, Chenopodium quinoa, of the amaranth family, cultivated mainly in Peru, Bolivia, and Chile for its small, ivory-colored seed, which is used as a food staple.

 

radiocarbon dating — The determination of the age of objects of organic origin by measurement of the radioactivity of their carbon content. Also called “carbon-14 dating”.

 

RAM — Random-access memory is a form of computer data storage. A random-access memory device allows data items to be accessed (read or written) in almost the same amount of time irrespective of the physical location of data inside the memory. In contrast, with other direct-access data storage media such as hard disks, CD-RWs, DVD-RWs and the older drum memory, the time required to read and write data items varies significantly depending on their physical locations on the recording medium, due to mechanical limitations such as media rotation speeds and arm movement.

 

redeeming — Offsetting or counterbalancing some fault or defect.

 

regency — The office, jurisdiction, or control of a regent or body of regents exercising the ruling power during the minority, absence, or disability of a sovereign.

 

revelation — Something revealed or disclosed, especially a striking disclosure, as of something not before realized. In Christian theology, “God's” disclosure of “Himself” and “His” will to “His creatures”. An instance of such communication or disclosure.

 

reverberations — A re-echoed sound. Something that is reverberated. Reverberations from the explosion were felt within a six-mile radius. In physics, the persistence of a sound after its source has stopped, caused by multiple reflection of the sound within a closed space. The act or process of subjecting something to reflected heat, as in a reverberatory furnace.

 

revivalist — A person who revives former customs, methods, etc.

 

revolution — An overthrow or repudiation and the thorough replacement of an established government or political system by the people governed. In Sociology, a radical and pervasive change in society and the social structure, especially one made suddenly and often accompanied by violence. A sudden, complete or marked change in something. A procedure or course, as if in a circuit, back to a starting point.

 

rhapsodic — Extravagantly enthusiastic. Ecstatic.

 

roid-like — Slang for steroid-like. The effects of using steroids, a performance-enhancing drug, to cause large amounts of (muscle) growth very quickly.

 

sacraments — Something regarded as possessing a sacred character or mysterious significance. A sign, token, or symbol. An oath. Solemn pledge.

 

Saguaro — A tall, horizontally-branched cactus, Carnegiea (or Cereus) gigantea, of Arizona and neighboring regions, yielding a useful wood and bearing an edible fruit. Still locally common, though some populations have been reduced.

 

San Pedro — A fast-growing, columnar cactus native to the Andes Mountains. Uses for it include traditional medicine and traditional veterinary medicine, and it is widely grown as an ornamental cactus. It has been used for healing and religious divination in the Andes Mountains region for over 3,000 years.

 

scopious — Having a wide scope. Spacious.

 

shaka — The shaka sign, sometimes known as "hang loose", is a gesture often associated with Hawaii and surf culture. It consists of extending the thumb and smallest finger while holding the three middle fingers curled, and gesturing in salutation while presenting the front or back of the hand; the hand may be rotated back and forth for emphasis. The shaka sign was adopted from local Hawaiian culture and customs by visiting surfers in the 1960s, and its use has spread around the world.

 

sinewy — Of or like tendons, the source of strength, power, or vigor. Tough, firm, braided, or resilient.

 

sistar — A term of endearment emerging from girls/ women who identify themselves with the rise of the Goddess power. The saying acknowledges unity with fellow women as cosmic sisters, not being sisters just of this world but recognizing that an aspect of our being is made of stardust as well.

 

spectrum — An array of entities, as light waves or particles, ordered in accordance with the magnitudes of a common physical property, as wavelength or mass: often the band of colors produced when sunlight is passed through a prism, comprising red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. This band or series of colors together with extensions at the ends that are not visible to the eye, but that can be studied by means of photography, heat effects, etc., and that are produced by the dispersion of radiant energy other than ordinary light rays. Compare band spectrum, electromagnetic spectrum, mass spectrum. It can also mean a broad range of varied but related ideas or objects, the individual features of which tend to overlap so as to form a continuous series or sequence. Ex., the spectrum of political beliefs.

 

splendiferously — Splendidly. Magnificently. Fine.

 

spirulina — Any of the blue-green algae of the genus Spirulina, sometimes added to food for its nutrient value.

 

staccato — Composed of or characterized by abruptly disconnected elements; disjointed. Rapid-fire, staccato speech.

 

steed — Horse, especially a high-spirited one.

 

stoic — Impassive. Characterized by a calm, austere fortitude befitting the Stoics (of or relating to the school of philosophy founded by Zeno, who taught that people should be free from passion, unmoved by joy or grief, and submit without complaint to unavoidable necessity).

 

sunstone — Reddish variety of oligoclase feldspar, used as a gem, having a red and bright-yellow play of color.

 

supernova — The explosion of a star, possibly caused by gravitational collapse, during which the star's luminosity increases by as much as 20 magnitudes and most of the star's mass is blown away at very high velocity, sometimes leaving behind an extremely dense core.

 

synchronicity — Coincidence in time; contemporaneousness; simultaneousness. The simultaneous occurrence of causally unrelated events and the belief that the simultaneity has meaning beyond mere coincidence. In physics, pertaining to electricity, it is the state of being synchronous, having the same frequency and zero phase difference.

 

tai sabaki — A term from Japanese martial arts, it relates to 'whole body movement', or repositioning. It can be translated as “body-management”. It is a term used widely in kendo, jujutsu, aikido, judo, karate, and ninjutsu. Tai sabaki is usually used to avoid an attack, such that the receiver of the attack ends up in an advantageous position. It is often wrongly referred to as “evasion”. An example of tai sabaki is “moving off the line” of attack using irimi and tenkan movements rather than to “move against” the attack. This implies the use of harmony rather than physical strength.

 

tenebrous — Dark. Gloomy. Obscure.

 

terra firma — Firm or solid earth. Dry land (as opposed to water or air).

 

threshold — Any place or point of entering or beginning. The sill of a doorway. The entrance to a house or building. Also called “limen”. Psychology, physiology. The point at which a stimulus is of sufficient intensity to begin to produce an effect. Ex., the threshold of consciousness or a low threshold of pain.

 

touché — From fencing, an expression used to indicate a hit or touch. In common expression, used for acknowledging a telling remark or rejoinder.

 

tourbillion — A whirlwind or something resembling a whirlwind. A firework that rises spirally.

 

troubadour — One of a class of medieval lyric poets who flourished principally in southern France from the 11th to 13th centuries, and wrote songs and poems of a complex metrical form in langue d'oc, chiefly on themes of courtly love. Any wandering singer or minstrel.

 

tube lights — Mesh tubes that clip into the hair, often made with LED lights. Bouncy, light-up, synthetic mesh-dreadlocks.

 

undecipherable — A poorly done or partially obliterated writing whose meaning is difficult or impossible to understand. Anything obscure or difficult to trace or understand, or a secret message.

 

vegan — Vegetarian who omits all animal products from the diet and other consumer habits, such as the buying of leather or wool. Of or relating to vegans or their practices.

 

vegetarian — A person who does not eat or does not believe in eating meat, fish, fowl, or, in some cases, any food derived from animals, as eggs or cheese, but subsists on vegetables, fruits, nuts, grain, etc.. Of or relating to vegetarianism or vegetarians.

 

vernacular — The native speech or language of a place. The language or vocabulary peculiar to a class or profession. Noting or pertaining to the common name for a plant or animal as distinguished from its Latin scientific name.

 

vortex — A whirling mass of water, especially one in which a force of suction operates, as a whirling mass of air, especially one in the form of a visible column or spiral, as a tornado. Also, a whirling mass of fire, flame, etc.. It can refer to something regarded as drawing into its powerful current everything that surrounds it. Cartesian philosophy. A rapid rotatory movement of cosmic matter about a center, regarded as accounting for the origin or phenomena of bodies or systems of bodies in space.

 

voyeur — In Jivana, a person who appreciates from afar or engages in pleasurable activities that might invoke a reverence for something perceived as sensual or sexual but necessarily for sexual gratification. Outside of Jivana, Voyeurism has been used to mean the practice of obtaining sexual gratification by looking at sexual objects or acts, especially secretively.

 

whimsical — Fanciful notions. Capricious. Erratic. Unpredictable.

 

whirligig — Is an object that spins or whirls, or has at least one member that spins or whirls. Whirligigs are also known as pinwheels, buzzers, comic weathervanes, gee-haws, spinners, whirlygigs, whirlijig, whirlyjig, whirlybird, or plain whirly. Whirligigs are most commonly powered by the wind but can be hand-, friction-, or motor- powered. They can be used as a kinetic garden ornament. They can be designed to transmit sound and vibration into the ground to repel burrowing rodents in yards and gardens.

 

womyn — Changing the letter ‘e’ to a ‘y’ helps create a more independent and empowered term as the typical “women”, is felt by feminists, to make “women” only a subset, thus potentially a lower class, of men.

                    

Zeus — The supreme deity of the ancient Greeks, a son of Cronus and Rhea, brother of Demeter, Hades, Hera, Hestia, and Poseidon, and father of a number of gods, demigods, and mortals. The god of the heavens, identified by the Romans with Jupiter.

 

 

Glossary Reference List

Personal Experience (rave, light gloving, light shows)

Dictionary.com (mostly)

UrbanDictionary.com

We’Moon.us

Wikipedia.com

@mazon Burger — Upscale burger and martini bar within Democracity Proper, frequently patronized by Koch Enterprise employees and a favorite lunch spot and client for Jivana Jacqueline Thoreau.

acoustics — The branch of physics that deals with sound and sound waves. The qualities or characteristics of a room, auditorium, stadium, etc., that determine the audibility or fidelity of sounds in it.

adrenaline — A hormone secreted by the adrenal medulla upon stimulation by the central nervous system in response to stress, as anger or fear, and acting to increase heart rate, blood pressure, cardiac output, and carbohydrate metabolism.

adumbration — A foreshadowment, prefigurement, or disclosure.

agate — A variegated chalcedony showing curved, colored bands or other markings. A microcrystalline, translucent variety of quartz, often milky or grayish.

aikido — A Japanese form of self-defense utilizing wrist, joint, and elbow grips to immobilize or throw one's opponent.

amaranthine — Of purplish-red color. Also, of or like the amaranth plant; unfading. Everlasting.

ambrosial — Exceptionally pleasing to taste or smell; especially delicious or fragrant. Worthy of the gods. Divine.

amoeba — Any of the numerous freshwater, marine, or parasitic one-celled protozoa of the order Amoebidae, characterized by a granular nucleus surrounded by a jellylike mass of cytoplasm that forms temporary extensions, or pseudopodia, by which the organism moves, engulfs food particles, and forms food vacuoles.

anamnesis — The recollection or remembrance of the past. Reminiscence. In Platonism, it is the recollection of the ideas, which the soul had known in a previous existence, especially by means of reasoning.

Anthropocene — A proposed term for the present geological epoch (from the time of the Industrial Revolution onwards), during which humanity has begun to have a significant impact on the environment.

aphotic — Lightless.

apogetic kisses — The pentagram shape of the design formed by the points where the Earth and Venus are at their farthest distance from each other as they orbit the Sun. See End Note section for a video that describes this phenomena.

atramentous — Black as ink.

aura — A subtly pervasive quality or atmosphere seen as emanating from a person, place, or thing.

auricleBotany, Zoology. A part like, or likened to, an ear.

awe — An overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, or extremely powerful.

AWOL — Away from military duties without permission, but without the intention of deserting. To absent oneself without explanation.

bestow — To present as a gift; give; confer (usually followed by “on” or “upon”):

biophobia — Opposite of biophilia, which is a noun describing a love of life and of the other life forms in the living world.

boisterous — Rough and noisy. Rowdy. Clamorous.

caveat — A warning or caution; admonition.

cellophane — A transparent, biodegradable paper-like product of viscose, impervious to moisture, germs, etc., used to wrap and package food, tobacco, etc..

cessation — A temporary or complete stopping. Discontinuance. A cessation of hostilities.

CGI — Computer-generated images / computer-generated imagery. Digital graphics used in visual media, often in the form of 3D animation.

chakra — From tantric yoga traditions. Any of the points of spiritual power located along the body, usually given as seven in number. The points are personified by gods and can be released through the proper exercises.

Cheshire Cat grin — A reference to the 1951 version of “Alice in Wonderland” by Disney. The cat first appears as a crescent moon, which is its grin.

communion — Intimate communication. Participation. Association. Fellowship. Interchange or sharing of thoughts or emotions. The act of sharing, or of holding in common.

consciously — Acting with awareness of one's own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, deliberations, intentions etc.

consciousness — The state of being conscious. Awareness of one's own existence; the thoughts and feelings, collectively, of an individual or of an aggregate of people. Philosophy. The mind or the mental faculties as characterized by thought, feelings, and volition.

consensus reality — The dominating cultural consciousness.

Consumerica — The dominating, commercially-driven aggregate of global, Capitalistic states.

cuddle puddle — A group of people cuddling en masse, usually to comfort one another or express mutual friendship.

cymballic — Used in Jivana as a play on words. The sound-producing music instrument, the cymbal, as the symbol for the symbolic.

defoliation — Destruction or the cause of widespread loss of leaves (in an area of jungle, forest, etc.), as by using chemical sprays or incendiary bombs, in order to deprive enemy troops or guerrilla forces of concealment.

dejected — Depressed in spirits. Disheartened. Low-spirited.

Dystraxion ® — The Koch Enterprise-owned news and entertainment mega-conglomerate.

eidetic — Of, relating to, or constituting visual imagery vividly experienced and readily reproducible with great accuracy and in great detail. Of or relating to eidos.

eidos — The formal content of a culture, encompassing its system of ideas, criteria for interpreting experience, etc..

entheogen — A term derived from the Greek 'entheos', directly translated to mean “having God (theos) within”, or more loosely translated as “inspired", and 'genesthe' meaning "to generate”. 'Entheos' was typically used to describe poets, musicians, and other artists who were believed to receive their gifts from the divine. The word “entheogen” thus exposes itself as meaning "that which generates God/the divine in a person". It is also often thought of as meaning to “see the God/dess within”. The term was first coined in 1979 as a replacement for 'psychedelic' and 'hallucinogen' which both carry with them certain denigrating connotations. “Entheogen” is a term to be used in strict reverence of substances that act as divine sacraments and facilitate transcendent experiences.

eradicate — To remove or destroy utterly; extirpate: to pull up by the roots.

ether — The upper regions of space; the clear sky; the heavens. The medium supposed by Western ancients to fill the upper regions of space. Physics. A hypothetical substance supposed to occupy all space, postulated to account for the propagation of electromagnetic radiation through space.

Etruscan — Pertaining to Etruria, its inhabitants, civilization, art, or language. Etruria was an ancient country located between the Arno and Tiber rivers, roughly corresponding to modern Tuscany in West Italy.

euphoria — A state of intense happiness and self-confidence.

evil — The perceived wicked or immoral part of someone or something.

fairy — One of a class of supernatural beings, generally conceived as having a diminutive human form and possessing magical powers with which they intervene in human affairs.

firmament — The vault of heaven; sky.

flight instructions — Slang for tips on how to party safer; including instructions on drug use meant to reduce potential self-harm.

fluorite — A common mineral, calcium fluoride, CaF2, occurring in green, blue, purple, yellow, or colorless crystals, usually in cubes. The principal source of fluorine, used also as a flux in metallurgy and for ornament.

fluffies — Bellbottom-shaped, furry, boot covers that can be worn with regular shoes.

foal — A young horse, or mule, especially one that is not yet one year of age.

galvanometer — An instrument for detecting the existence of small electric currents and determining their strength.

gambol — To skip or frisk about, as in dance or play; to frolic.

gangster — A member of a gang of criminals, especially a racketeer.

an organized illegal activity, such as bootlegging, or the extortion of money from legitimate businesspeople by threat or violence.

genre — A class or category of artistic endeavor having a particular form, content, or technique.

genuflective — Expressing a servile attitude.

giclee — A printmaking method using an ink-jet printer for photographic images of paintings to produce high-quality reproductions.

Goddess — A female god or deity. A woman of extraordinary beauty and charm. A greatly admired or adored woman.

hallelujah — A shout of joy, praise, or gratitude.

harmonious — Marked by agreement in feeling, attitude, or action.

A harmonious group. Pleasant to the ear. Tuneful. Melodious.

harrow — An agricultural implement with spike-like teeth or upright disks, drawn chiefly over plowed land to level it, break up clods, root up weeds, etc.. To disturb keenly or painfully; to distress the mind and feelings.

Harrow — A bar in Democracity that high-level Koch Enterprise employees patronize.

heartfire — In many esoteric traditions, there is a concept of fire living in the heart.

Heartland Express — The touchable hologram of an old-fashioned train filled with peacock coal, inside of Exigent Square, the public access area of the Koch Enterprises building in Democracity.

Hercules — In classical mythology, a celebrated hero, the son of Zeus and Alcmene, possessing exceptional strength. Astronomy. A northern constellation between Lyra and Corona Borealis.

Hierophanta — In Jivana, a female DJ that is part of the New Moon Collective. A hierophant in ancient Greece was an official expounder of rites of worship and sacrifice. In modern times it can be any interpreter of sacred mysteries or esoteric principles; a mystagogue.

Hermes — The ancient Greek herald and messenger of the gods.

heroic — Having or displaying the character or attributes of a hero. Extraordinarily bold. Altruistic.

Shero — A term for a female hero as used by the bloggers of THINX.

holster — A sheath-like carrying case for a firearm, attached to a belt, shoulder sling, or saddle.

hydroponic — The cultivation of plants by placing the roots in liquid nutrient solutions rather than in soil.

ichor — In classical mythology, an ethereal fluid flowing in the veins of the gods.

immemorial — Extending back beyond memory, record, or knowledge.

intuition — Direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process. Immediate apprehension. A keen and quick insight. The quality or ability of having such direct perception or quick insight. Philosophy. An immediate cognition of an object not inferred or determined by a previous cognition of the same object. Any object or truth so discerned. Pure, untaught, non-inferential knowledge. In linguistics, the ability of the native speaker to make linguistic judgments, as of the grammaticality, ambiguity, equivalence, or nonequivalence of sentences, deriving from the speaker's native-language competence.

jazzercise — Vigorous dancing done to jazz dance music as an exercise.

je ne sais quoi — A pleasant quality that is hard to describe. It means “I don’t know what” in French.

jostling — Bumping, pushing, shoving, brushing up against, or elbowing roughly or rudely. Driving or forcing by pushing or shoving. Unsettling. Disturbing.

kaleidoscope — An optical instrument in which bits of glass, held loosely at the end of a rotating tube, are shown in continually changing symmetrical forms by reflection in two or more mirrors set at angles to each other. A continually changing pattern of shapes and colors.

3. A continually shifting pattern, scene, or the like.

kenspeckle — Conspicuous. Easily seen or recognized.

Kevlar — A trademarked brand of para-aramid fiber sometimes worn by security, military, and police. The high-strength material was first commercially used in the early 1970s as a replacement for steel in racing tires. Currently, Kevlar has many applications, ranging from bicycle tires and racing sails to body armor. It is 5 times stronger than steel.[2] It is also used to make modern drumheads that withstand high impact.

Koch E. — Standing for Koch Enterprises, one of the largest mega-conglomerates in the Consumerican marketplace.

kombucha — A variety of fermented, lightly effervescent, sweetened, black or green tea drinks that are commonly intended as functional beverages for their supposed health benefits. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a "symbiotic 'colony' of bacteria and yeast" (SCOBY).

Koyaanisqatsi — “Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance” is a 1982 American experimental film directed by Godfrey Reggio with music composed by Philip Glass and cinematography by Ron Fricke. The film consists primarily of slow motion and time-lapse footage of cities and many natural landscapes across the United States. The visual tone poem contains neither dialogue nor a vocalized narration: its tone is set by the juxtaposition of images and music. Reggio explained the lack of dialogue by stating "it's not for lack of love of the language that these films have no words. It's because, from my point of view, our language is in a state of vast humiliation. It no longer describes the world in which we live."[3] In the Hopi language, the word “Koyaanisqatsi” means "unbalanced life".[4] The film is the first in the “Qatsi" trilogy of films: it is followed by Powaqqatsi (1988) and Naqoyqatsi (2002). The trilogy depicts different aspects of the relationship among humans, nature, and technology. “Koyaanisqatsi” is the best known of the trilogy and is considered a cult film. However, because of copyright issues, the film was out of print for most of the 1990s.[5]

lamented — Mourned for.

labyrinth — An intricate combination of paths or passages in which it is difficult to find one's way or to reach the exit. A maze-like pattern inlaid in the pavement of a church. Any confusingly intricate state of things or events.

lucid dreams — Any dreams during which the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming. During lucid dreaming, the dreamer might be able to exert some degree of control over the dream characters, narrative, and environment. The term 'lucid dream' was coined by Dutch author and psychiatrist Frederik van Eeden in his 1913 article “A Study of Dreams”, though descriptions of dreamers being aware that they are dreaming predates the term.

mandala — A spiritual and ritual symbol in Indian religions, representing the universe. In common use, "mandala" has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the general shape of a T. Mandalas often exhibit radial balance. The term appears in the Rig Veda as the name of the sections of the work, but is also used in other religions and philosophies, particularly Buddhism. In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of practitioners and adepts, as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction.

maniacal — Crazed excitement or enthusiasm.

matriarch — The female head of a family or tribal line. A woman who is the founder or dominant member of a community or group. A venerable old woman.

medical scrubs — The uniform of medical personnel.

meditation — Continued or extended thought. Reflection. Contemplation. Devout religious contemplation or spiritual introspection. A practice to help the meditator to go beyond their thought processes, not always to clear their mind but to get in touch with the aspect of themselves as the Observer of the thoughts and not identify themselves as the mind that creates the thoughts. Meditation can also be induced through activity such as breathwork, or ecstatic dance that help the person get into a trance-like state whereby they can have communion with what is beyond their mind, their everyday consciousness.

megawatt — Electricity. A unit of power equal to one million watts. Abbreviation: MW.

Memory Hole — A memory hole is any mechanism for the alteration or disappearance of inconvenient or embarrassing documents, photographs, transcripts, or other records, such as from a website or other archive, particularly as part of an attempt to give the impression that something never happened.[1][2] The concept was first popularized by George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984, where the Party's Ministry of Truth systematically re-created all potential historical documents, in effect, re-writing all of history to match the often-changing state propaganda. These changes were complete and undetectable.

messiah — Any expected deliverer.

mime-act — A form of entertainment in which a performer plays a character or tells a story without words by using body movements and facial expressions.

misdirection — A wrong or incorrect direction, guidance, or instruction.

moonboot -- A slang name for a chunky-soled boot, popular in rave culture, meant to inspire the idea of an astronaut boot. There are also “Moon Boots”, which have a registered worldwide trademark and were first made in the 1970’s.

Moop — A neologism, used by Burning Man attendees, for trash. It stands for “matter out of place” and is used to educate people to pick up after themselves and others.

mosquito helicopter — Small, one or two seat, ultra-lightweight personal helicopters.

nag — A female horse considered old and no longer useful.

napalm — A flammable jelly used in warfare. It is a mixture of a gelling agent and either petroleum or a similar fuel. It was initially used as an incendiary device against buildings and later primarily as an anti-personnel weapon, as it sticks to skin and causes severe burns when on fire. Napalm was developed in 1942 in a secret laboratory at Harvard University, by a team led by chemist Louis Fieser. Its first recorded use was in the European theatre of war during World War II. It was used extensively by the U.S. in incendiary attacks on Japanese cities in World War II as well as during the Korean War and Vietnam War.

neoteric — Modern. New. Recent.

NOAA — American scientific agency within the United States Department of Commerce, focused on the conditions of the oceans and the atmosphere. NOAA warns of dangerous weather, charts seas, guides the use and protection of ocean and coastal resources, and conducts research to improve understanding and stewardship of the environment. In addition to its civilian employees, 12,000 as of 2012,[3] NOAA research and operations are supported by 300 uniformed service members who make up the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps.

oenomel — Something combining strength with sweetness. A drink made of wine mixed with honey.

ommatidia — One of the radial elements composing a compound eye.

optical illusion — In psychology, a perception, as of visual stimuli (optical illusion) that represents what is perceived in a way different from the way it is in reality.

ore — A metal-bearing mineral or rock, or a native metal. A mineral or natural product serving as a source of some nonmetallic substance, as sulfur.

Orange Sunshine — In Jivana, the name of Dr. Rave’s MDMA, and previously the name of his LSD.

 

otic — Of or relating to the ear; auricular.

 

paranoid — Baseless or excessive suspicion of the motives of others. Also, a mental disorder characterized by systematized delusions and the projection of personal conflicts, which are ascribed to the supposed hostility of others, sometimes progressing to disturbances of consciousness and aggressive acts believed to be performed in self-defense or as a mission.

 

permagrin — The seemingly permanent smile that someone has after spending time with someone that they are very fond of, or doing something that they enjoy.

 

pescatarian — A person whose diet is mostly vegetarian but includes fish and seafood. Of or relating to pescatarians or their diet.

 

phoenix — A mythical bird of great beauty fabled to live 500 or 600 years in the Arabian wilderness, to burn itself on a funeral pyre, and to rise from its ashes in the freshness of youth and live through another cycle of years. Often an emblem of immortality or of reborn idealism a person or thing of peerless beauty or excellence. Paragon. A person or thing that has become renewed or restored after suffering calamity or apparent annihilation.

 

pixelated — In computer graphics and digital photography, the breaking up of an image into pixels, as by over-enlarging the image.

 

phonically — Of or relating to speech sounds.

 

Pi — The 16th letter of the Greek alphabet (II, π). Mathematics. The letter π, used as the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter and also the ratio itself: 3.141592….

 

pierian — Of or relating to the Muses. Of or relating to poetry or poetic inspiration.

 

plateau — A land area having a relatively level surface considerably raised above adjoining land on at least one side, and often cut by deep canyons. A period or state of little or no growth, or of decline.

 

plethora — Overabundance. Excess. Or, simply, a very large amount.

 

plushie — Another term for a stuffed animal.

 

primeval — Of or relating to the first age or ages, especially of the world.

 

prism — A transparent solid body, often having triangular bases, used for dispersing light into a spectrum or for reflecting rays of light.

 

psychedelic properties — Of or noting the chemical properties that induce a mental state characterized by a profound sense of intensified sensory perception, sometimes accompanied by severe perceptual distortion and hallucinations, and by extreme feelings of either euphoria or despair. Resembling, characteristic of, or reproducing images, and sounds experienced while in such a state.

 

psychonauting — Referencing the behavior of a person who intelligently experiments with mind-altering chemicals, sometimes to the extent of taking exact measurements and keeping records of experiences. Also, a person who explores, experiences, and studies their subconscious and reality through the use of hallucinogenic drugs. Many psychonauts also believe that hallucinogenic drugs have mystical and spiritual powers.

 

pyroglyphic — An image created through pyrography.

 

quaffing — Drinking (a beverage, especially an intoxicating one) copiously and heartily.

 

quinoa — A tall crop plant, Chenopodium quinoa, of the amaranth family, cultivated mainly in Peru, Bolivia, and Chile for its small, ivory-colored seed, which is used as a food staple.

 

radiocarbon dating — The determination of the age of objects of organic origin by measurement of the radioactivity of their carbon content. Also called “carbon-14 dating”.

 

RAM — Random-access memory is a form of computer data storage. A random-access memory device allows data items to be accessed (read or written) in almost the same amount of time irrespective of the physical location of data inside the memory. In contrast, with other direct-access data storage media such as hard disks, CD-RWs, DVD-RWs and the older drum memory, the time required to read and write data items varies significantly depending on their physical locations on the recording medium, due to mechanical limitations such as media rotation speeds and arm movement.

 

redeeming — Offsetting or counterbalancing some fault or defect.

 

regency — The office, jurisdiction, or control of a regent or body of regents exercising the ruling power during the minority, absence, or disability of a sovereign.

 

revelation — Something revealed or disclosed, especially a striking disclosure, as of something not before realized. In Christian theology, “God's” disclosure of “Himself” and “His” will to “His creatures”. An instance of such communication or disclosure.

 

reverberations — A re-echoed sound. Something that is reverberated. Reverberations from the explosion were felt within a six-mile radius. In physics, the persistence of a sound after its source has stopped, caused by multiple reflection of the sound within a closed space. The act or process of subjecting something to reflected heat, as in a reverberatory furnace.

 

revivalist — A person who revives former customs, methods, etc.

 

revolution — An overthrow or repudiation and the thorough replacement of an established government or political system by the people governed. In Sociology, a radical and pervasive change in society and the social structure, especially one made suddenly and often accompanied by violence. A sudden, complete or marked change in something. A procedure or course, as if in a circuit, back to a starting point.

 

rhapsodic — Extravagantly enthusiastic. Ecstatic.

 

roid-like — Slang for steroid-like. The effects of using steroids, a performance-enhancing drug, to cause large amounts of (muscle) growth very quickly.

 

sacraments — Something regarded as possessing a sacred character or mysterious significance. A sign, token, or symbol. An oath. Solemn pledge.

 

Saguaro — A tall, horizontally-branched cactus, Carnegiea (or Cereus) gigantea, of Arizona and neighboring regions, yielding a useful wood and bearing an edible fruit. Still locally common, though some populations have been reduced.

 

San Pedro — A fast-growing, columnar cactus native to the Andes Mountains. Uses for it include traditional medicine and traditional veterinary medicine, and it is widely grown as an ornamental cactus. It has been used for healing and religious divination in the Andes Mountains region for over 3,000 years.

 

scopious — Having a wide scope. Spacious.

 

shaka — The shaka sign, sometimes known as "hang loose", is a gesture often associated with Hawaii and surf culture. It consists of extending the thumb and smallest finger while holding the three middle fingers curled, and gesturing in salutation while presenting the front or back of the hand; the hand may be rotated back and forth for emphasis. The shaka sign was adopted from local Hawaiian culture and customs by visiting surfers in the 1960s, and its use has spread around the world.

 

sinewy — Of or like tendons, the source of strength, power, or vigor. Tough, firm, braided, or resilient.

 

sistar — A term of endearment emerging from girls/ women who identify themselves with the rise of the Goddess power. The saying acknowledges unity with fellow women as cosmic sisters, not being sisters just of this world but recognizing that an aspect of our being is made of stardust as well.

 

spectrum — An array of entities, as light waves or particles, ordered in accordance with the magnitudes of a common physical property, as wavelength or mass: often the band of colors produced when sunlight is passed through a prism, comprising red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. This band or series of colors together with extensions at the ends that are not visible to the eye, but that can be studied by means of photography, heat effects, etc., and that are produced by the dispersion of radiant energy other than ordinary light rays. Compare band spectrum, electromagnetic spectrum, mass spectrum. It can also mean a broad range of varied but related ideas or objects, the individual features of which tend to overlap so as to form a continuous series or sequence. Ex., the spectrum of political beliefs.

 

splendiferously — Splendidly. Magnificently. Fine.

 

spirulina — Any of the blue-green algae of the genus Spirulina, sometimes added to food for its nutrient value.

 

staccato — Composed of or characterized by abruptly disconnected elements; disjointed. Rapid-fire, staccato speech.

 

steed — Horse, especially a high-spirited one.

 

stoic — Impassive. Characterized by a calm, austere fortitude befitting the Stoics (of or relating to the school of philosophy founded by Zeno, who taught that people should be free from passion, unmoved by joy or grief, and submit without complaint to unavoidable necessity).

 

sunstone — Reddish variety of oligoclase feldspar, used as a gem, having a red and bright-yellow play of color.

 

supernova — The explosion of a star, possibly caused by gravitational collapse, during which the star's luminosity increases by as much as 20 magnitudes and most of the star's mass is blown away at very high velocity, sometimes leaving behind an extremely dense core.

 

synchronicity — Coincidence in time; contemporaneousness; simultaneousness. The simultaneous occurrence of causally unrelated events and the belief that the simultaneity has meaning beyond mere coincidence. In physics, pertaining to electricity, it is the state of being synchronous, having the same frequency and zero phase difference.

 

tai sabaki — A term from Japanese martial arts, it relates to 'whole body movement', or repositioning. It can be translated as “body-management”. It is a term used widely in kendo, jujutsu, aikido, judo, karate, and ninjutsu. Tai sabaki is usually used to avoid an attack, such that the receiver of the attack ends up in an advantageous position. It is often wrongly referred to as “evasion”. An example of tai sabaki is “moving off the line” of attack using irimi and tenkan movements rather than to “move against” the attack. This implies the use of harmony rather than physical strength.

 

tenebrous — Dark. Gloomy. Obscure.

 

terra firma — Firm or solid earth. Dry land (as opposed to water or air).

 

threshold — Any place or point of entering or beginning. The sill of a doorway. The entrance to a house or building. Also called “limen”. Psychology, physiology. The point at which a stimulus is of sufficient intensity to begin to produce an effect. Ex., the threshold of consciousness or a low threshold of pain.

 

touché — From fencing, an expression used to indicate a hit or touch. In common expression, used for acknowledging a telling remark or rejoinder.

 

tourbillion — A whirlwind or something resembling a whirlwind. A firework that rises spirally.

 

troubadour — One of a class of medieval lyric poets who flourished principally in southern France from the 11th to 13th centuries, and wrote songs and poems of a complex metrical form in langue d'oc, chiefly on themes of courtly love. Any wandering singer or minstrel.

 

tube lights — Mesh tubes that clip into the hair, often made with LED lights. Bouncy, light-up, synthetic mesh-dreadlocks.

 

undecipherable — A poorly done or partially obliterated writing whose meaning is difficult or impossible to understand. Anything obscure or difficult to trace or understand, or a secret message.

 

vegan — Vegetarian who omits all animal products from the diet and other consumer habits, such as the buying of leather or wool. Of or relating to vegans or their practices.

 

vegetarian — A person who does not eat or does not believe in eating meat, fish, fowl, or, in some cases, any food derived from animals, as eggs or cheese, but subsists on vegetables, fruits, nuts, grain, etc.. Of or relating to vegetarianism or vegetarians.

 

vernacular — The native speech or language of a place. The language or vocabulary peculiar to a class or profession. Noting or pertaining to the common name for a plant or animal as distinguished from its Latin scientific name.

 

vortex — A whirling mass of water, especially one in which a force of suction operates, as a whirling mass of air, especially one in the form of a visible column or spiral, as a tornado. Also, a whirling mass of fire, flame, etc.. It can refer to something regarded as drawing into its powerful current everything that surrounds it. Cartesian philosophy. A rapid rotatory movement of cosmic matter about a center, regarded as accounting for the origin or phenomena of bodies or systems of bodies in space.

 

voyeur — In Jivana, a person who appreciates from afar or engages in pleasurable activities that might invoke a reverence for something perceived as sensual or sexual but necessarily for sexual gratification. Outside of Jivana, Voyeurism has been used to mean the practice of obtaining sexual gratification by looking at sexual objects or acts, especially secretively.

 

whimsical — Fanciful notions. Capricious. Erratic. Unpredictable.

 

whirligig — Is an object that spins or whirls, or has at least one member that spins or whirls. Whirligigs are also known as pinwheels, buzzers, comic weathervanes, gee-haws, spinners, whirlygigs, whirlijig, whirlyjig, whirlybird, or plain whirly. Whirligigs are most commonly powered by the wind but can be hand-, friction-, or motor- powered. They can be used as a kinetic garden ornament. They can be designed to transmit sound and vibration into the ground to repel burrowing rodents in yards and gardens.

 

womyn — Changing the letter ‘e’ to a ‘y’ helps create a more independent and empowered term as the typical “women”, is felt by feminists, to make “women” only a subset, thus potentially a lower class, of men.

                    

Zeus — The supreme deity of the ancient Greeks, a son of Cronus and Rhea, brother of Demeter, Hades, Hera, Hestia, and Poseidon, and father of a number of gods, demigods, and mortals. The god of the heavens, identified by the Romans with Jupiter.

 

 

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