Glossary of Terms
(This is an ongoing accumulation of relevant terms to the OSS)
Atropos: (noun) (female)
Definition: From Greek mythology, one of three beings known as the Fates. The duty of Atropos is to sever the threads which represent the lives of men, spun and measured by her sisters. She represents the Third of the “Great Acts”.
Aquila Infernalis: (noun) (female – nonrelative)
Definition: In the ancient Roman Empire, the “Aquila” was an eagle or the wings of an eagle atop a battle standard held at the head of an army or legion. In the case of the Order, the Aquila is a bastardization. Where in substitution of the eagle’s wings there are the leathern wings of a bat or dragon. Loosely translated Aquila Infernalis means “Eagle of Fire” or “Eagle of Hell”. The seal is used as the most formal representation of the Order in symbolic form.
Caduceus: (noun) (gender masculine – nonrelative)
Definition: A symbol developed by the ancient practitioners of Hermetic Magick, philosophical disciplines, and Alchemical Arts. Generally depicted as a serpent entwining a staff or cross. Variously adopted in different forms by the scientific and medical communities as a representation of knowledge, wisdom, and healing.
In the case of the Order, the symbol represents the triumph of science and reason over myth and superstition.
Cenobite: (noun) plural ‘cenobites’ (gender neutral)
Definition: Member of a monastic order or community
Clotho: (noun, proper) (feminine)
Definition: Name of the Fate from Greek mythology who is responsible for the spinning of thread which represents each human life.
Dame-Sister: (titular noun) (feminine)
Definition: Refers to a female acolyte of the Order. “Dame” is the term for a woman of nobility. It is the female equivalent of the title “Knight”.
ET CONGREGATI PRETIO: (titular noun) (neuter) (Latin, Modernized)
Definition: “The Collected Orders of Writ” a document detailing the defining values of the Order. Also known as “The Nobis Iri”
ET SACRAMENTORUM TE PRAEBE: (titular noun) (neuter) (Latin, Modernized)
Definition: “The Valued Sacraments” a series of brief essays on the indulgences of the Order
Knighted-Brothers: (titular noun) (masculine)
Definition: Refers to a male acolyte of the Order. We refer to our brothers as “Knighted” as we are inspired toward nobility in thought and deed.
Lachesis: (noun, proper) (female)
Definition: From Greek Mythology. One of three sisters known as the “Fates”. Lachesis is responsible for the measuring of the threads which represent the lives of men. She represents the Second of the “Great Acts”.
Lilitu: (noun) plural and singular identical (gender neutral)
Definition: Babylonian variant of “Lilith”, the offspring of the same. Often referred to as “the abominations” in Hebrew and Christian apocrypha.
Lilith: (proper noun/name) singular (gender female)
Definition: Lilith is the first woman, made from the same dust as the biblical Adam; and thus, his equal. The Lilitu are her children, born after she was cast down for her refusal to obey Adam as her husband. She was relegated to the status of demoness, and her children, the same. As an archetype, she is central to the Order’s cosmology and is the encapsulation of the feminism at its core.
Mistress of Ikons and Relics: (titular noun) (feminine but can be modified to masculine)
Definition: From the Artisan Class. This position is held by either Dame-Sister or Knighted-Brother and is an artist or creative individual responsible for producing objects specific to the Order. Although the Order eschews all supernaturality, the artwork produced by this Cenobite is regarded as something to be treasured; their talent, revered.
Nobis Iri, the: (noun) (neuter) (Latin, Modernized)
Definition: Translated from Latin to English, it is “Our Meaning, Deconstructed”. Another name for the “Collected Orders of Writ”.
Ordo Sororitatis Satanicae: (noun) (gender – female)
Definition: Translated from the Latin to English, it is the “Order of Satanic Sisterhood”.
Personal Alchemy: (noun) (nongendered)
Definition: The process of developing one’s self through education and experience. The mythical process of transmuting lead into gold has often been attributed to the practitioners of Alchemy; a forerunner to many scientific disciplines and medical advancement. In the case of the Order, this is the process by which one evolves for the better… figuratively transforming oneself from a baser nature to one of virtue, knowledge, charitable works, and noble acts.
Sibling: (noun) (nongendered)
Definition: General term for members of the Order. Can be used in place of “Cenobites”, or in conjunction with it i.e. “Sibling-Cenobites”.
The Three Great Acts: (titular noun) (nongendered)
Definition: A primary function of the Order. The Acts are a duty performed for the benefit of society. The Order equates each Act with one of the Three Fates, mythical figures responsible for spinning, measuring, and severing threads which represented the individual lives of men and women. For a more detailed description of this series of sacraments, the “Collected Orders of Writ”.
Tribunal Council: (noun) (nongendered)
Definition: The deciding body of the Order, consisting of three “Sibling-Cenobites” who’s task is to create policy, develop appropriate socio-political actions, review supplicant petitions, and lead stylized ceremonies and rituals for the Order. These individuals consist of three of the Order’s founding members.
Tribune-Father: (titular noun) (masculine)
Definition: Governing position for a Knighted-Brother. Tribune-Father refers to their position in the Tribunal Council of the Order.
Tribune-Mother: (titular noun) (feminine)
Definition: Governing position for a Dame-Sister. Tribune-Mother refers to their position in the Tribunal Council of the Order.