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Examples of omens from the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493): natural phenomena and strange births.
Examples of omens from the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493): natural phenomena and strange births.

An omen, or portent, is a phenomenon that is believed to foretell the future, often signifying the advent of change. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 580 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1596 × 1650 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 580 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1596 × 1650 pixel, file size: 1. ... Depiction of God creating the world Juvenal The Nuremberg Chronicle is one of the best documented early printed books. ... 1493 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Look up Future in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Interpretation of omens and prophetic signs is a form of divination. This article is about the religious practice of divination. ...

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Good or bad

Omens may be considered either good or bad depending on their interpretation. The same sign may be interpreted differently by different people or different cultures.


For example, a superstition in the United States indicates that a black cat is an omen of bad luck, while in the United Kingdom it is considered a good omen. Comets also have been considered to be both good and bad omens.[citation needed] The number 13 is often avoided in public buildings, also floors, doors and this Santa Anita Park horse stall. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Comet Hale-Bopp, showing a white dust tail and blue gas tail (February 1997) A comet is a small astronomical object similar to an asteroid but composed largely of ice. ...


In ancient Rome

Ancient Roman religion employed two distinct types of professional omen readers. Augurs interpreted the flights of birds, while haruspices employed animal sacrifice to obtain the entrails necessary for divination. Religion in ancient Rome combined several different cult practices and embraced more than a single set of beliefs. ... The Augur was a priest or official in ancient Rome. ... The bronze sheeps liver of Piacenza, with Etruscan inscriptions In Roman practice inherited from the Etruscans, a haruspex (plural haruspices) was a man trained to practice a form of divination called haruspicy or hepatoscopy. ... A sheep is led to the altar, 6th century BC Corinthian fresco. ... For the Physics term GUT, please refer to Grand unification theory The gastrointestinal or digestive tract, also referred to as the GI tract or the alimentary canal or the gut, is the system of organs within multicellular animals which takes in food, digests it to extract energy and nutrients, and...


Astrology

See also: Eclipse cycle, Metonic cycle, Saros cycle, Comets

In the field of astrology, solar and lunar eclipses (along with the appearance of comets and to some extent the Full Moon) have often been considered omens of notable births, deaths, or other significant events throughout history in many societies. Time-lapse series of photos of the lunar eclipse of October 2004 as seen from Northern California. ... The Metonic cycle or Enneadecaeteris in astronomy and calendar studies is a particular approximate common multiple of the year (specifically, the seasonal tropical year) and the synodic month. ... A Saros cycle is a period of 6585 + 1/3 days (approximately 18 years 10 days and 8 hours) which can be used to predict eclipses of the sun and the moon. ... Comet Hale-Bopp, showing a white dust tail and blue gas tail (February 1997) A comet is a small astronomical object similar to an asteroid but composed largely of ice. ... Hand-coloured version of the anonymous Flammarion woodcut (1888). ... This article discusses astronomical eclipses. ... Comet Hale-Bopp Comet West For other uses, see Comet (disambiguation). ... Composite image of the Moon as taken by the Galileo spacecraft on 7 December 1992. ... Childbirth (also called labour, birth, partus or parturition) is the culmination of a human pregnancy with the emergence of a newborn infant/s from the mothers uterus. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Princess Diana is sometimes cited as an example of such phenomena, due to several eclipses which occurred on or near days of significant events in her life [1] . July 29, 1981, the day of her wedding to Prince Charles, was the date of a solar eclipse; June 21, 1982, the birth date of Prince William, was another. A lunar eclipse occurred on December 9, 1992, the date of her formal separation from Prince Charles. Another solar eclipse occurred on August 31, 1997, one day before her death. Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances Mountbatten-Windsor, née Spencer) (1 July 1961–31 August 1997), commonly, but incorrectly, known as Princess Diana, was for fifteen years the wife of HRH The Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. ... July 29 is the 210th day of the year (211th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Prince Charles may refer to: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, current heir-apparent to the British throne Any of the previous British royals named Charles, Prince of Wales The former Belgian regent, Prince Charles of Belgium This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that... Photo taken during the 1999 eclipse. ... is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... HRH Prince William of Wales William Arthur Philip Louis His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales (William Arthur Philip Louis Mountbatten-Windsor) (born June 21, 1982) is a member of the British Royal Family, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and first son of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales. ... December 9 is the 343rd day of the year (344th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 243rd day of the year (244th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Skeptics of astrology, divination, and clairvoyance frequently contend that such occurrences are coincidence, or that meaningful events can only be associated with portents after they have already occurred, thereby negating their value as a means of prediction. Skepticism (Commonwealth spelling: Scepticism) can mean: Philosophical skepticism - a philosophical position in which people choose to critically examine whether the knowledge and perceptions that they have are actually true, and whether or not one can ever be said to have absolutely true knowledge; or Scientific skepticism - a scientific, or practical... This article is about the religious practice of divination. ... Clairvoyance, from 17th century French Clair meaning clear and voyant meaning seeing, is a term used to describe the transference of information about an object, location or physical event through means other than the 5 traditional senses (See Psi). ... A prediction is a statement or claim that a particular event will occur in the future in more certain terms than a forecast. ...


References

  1. ^ Kollerstrom, Nick. "The Jupiter Cycles of Lady Diana." Skyscript.

See also

Death-warning, a term used in psychical research for an intimation of the death of another person received by other than the ordinary sensory channels, i. ... Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (1990) is a fantasy novel written in collaboration between Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. ... Three Kings, or Three Wise Men redirects here. ... “Good luck” redirects here. ... This article is about the religious practice of divination. ...

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Omen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (332 words)
Omens or portents are signs encountered fortuitously that are believed to foretell the future.
Omens may be considered either good or bad depending on their interpretation.
The haruspex sought omens in the entrails of sacrificed animals.
Good Omens - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (652 words)
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (1990) is a fantasy novel written in collaboration between Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
The Dutch translation of Good Omens contains an ironic preface by the translator wherein he asserts that no extra footnotes were added to clarify matters that might be unclear to a modern audience — annotated with footnotes explaining omen and Crowley.
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