House of the Rose Glossary

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AD - anno Domini or “Year of Our Lord.” Christian dating convention assuming the birth of Jesus Christ as year 0.

afreet - in Arabic mythology, a powerful, evil djinni, demon, or monstrous giant

AH - After Hegira (the Hegira was the flight of the Prophet Mohammed and his followers from Mecca to Medina). Muslim dating convention. (see Islamic Calendar)

Albigensians - see Cathars.

amphora - a large pottery storage jar with a pointed bottom, used to ship or store wine, oil, and other liquids.

animalcules - microscopic organisms

Angelus - Christian prayer, traditionally recited morning (6:00 a.m.), noon, and evening (6:00 p.m.) throughout the year except during Paschal time, when the Regina Coeli is recited instead.

Apkallu - in Babylonian tradition, there were seven ‘wise men’ or ‘sages’ who lived before the Flood. After it, the Apkallu restored civilization. They are depicted in stone carvings as men, winged bird-headed men, and men wearing large fish. In the House of the Rose, the name for the original set of seven djinn, who ruled mankind’s first cities . The Apkallu are the most powerful of the djinn. (see Cities of the Plain, djinn, Flood, Sumer)

Appointing - the formal oath-taking ceremony marking acceptance by the House of a newly-Transformed djinn as Protector. An Appointing is customarily is held on the evening of the first full moon after a solstice. (see also djinn)

arte medicus - Latin for “knowledge of medicine.”

aura - in the House of the Rose, the energy manifestation of a properly bound body-soul linkage. Humans show minor auras because their souls don’t have time to learn how to utilize the world energy well in a short mortal lifetime. Djinn manifest large, brilliant auras because, having lived in djinn bodies for long periods of time, their souls learn more efficient usage of the conducted world energy. Djinn are able to manipulate their auras to perform work of various kinds. House of the Rose people show a particular flare of aura energy after being Raised and Named, because their past-life memories have been accessed, and this manipulation of the soul-body connection creates an energy pathway visible to djinni and psychics. (see also djinn, memory, Raising and Naming, soul, world energy)

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bahariz - “people of the sea,” another name for the Mameluks (see Mameluk) ‘Bahr’ or “sea” is a descriptive of the Nile River. The Mameluk headquarters was located on an island in the Nile near Cairo.

barbe - a linen covering for the head, chin, and throat worn by medieval European women

bellissima - Italian for “most beautiful”

bezant - a gold coin minted in the Byzantine Empire, worth approximately two livres.

blancmange - a sweet milk pudding usually flavored with almonds

braies - a garment similar to a loincloth.

Byzantine – of or having to do with Byzantium or the complicated and devious politics of that Empire.

Byzantium – originally the name of a Greek city on the Bosporus (the strait between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea); after Roman Emperor Constantine founded the city of Constantinople on the site in AD 324, it became another name for the Eastern Roman Empire. Modern-day Istanbul.

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Caliph - a Muslim leader considered to be a political successor to the Prophet Mohammed

catarrh - inflammation of the throat or the nose’s mucous membranes

Canonical Hours - approximately 3 hour periods dividing a day and night

Lauds: the Christian prayer service at daybreak; the first of the seven canonical hours. (performed before or after Prime depending on when dawn occurs)

Prime - the first hour in the day for medieval Europeans; the second canonical hour of prayer (approximately 6 am)

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