It's a bad omen of things to come.
7) that it was an omen of death to dream of seeing one's reflection in water.
During his confinement by Tiberius a like omen had been interpreted as portending his speedy release, with the warning that should he behold the same sight again he would die within five days.
By the powers of the Quadruple Alliance this event was regarded as of the most sinister omen, and the question was even raised of a fresh armed intervention in France under the terms of the secret treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle.
Of all such cases it is enough to say that it is impossible for the serious inquirer to establish any causal connexion between the omen and the event which it is presumed to foreshadow.
Their appearance at sea was regarded as a good omen, for although it presaged a tempest, yet it enabled the sailors to steer for a place of safety.
OMEN (a Latin word, either connected with os, mouth, or more probably with auris (Gr.
The animals, domesticated or wild, like the horse or cow, the guardian dog, the bird of omen, naturally share the same life, and are approached with the same invocation.
Not a few of the astrological and omen tablets in the Kuyunjik collection of the British Museum, however, although found at Nineveh, were executed, according to their own testimony, at Calah for the rab-dup-sarre or principal librarian during the reigns of Sargon and Sennacherib (716-684 B.C.).
The ancient Egyptians symbolized an ignorant person by the head and ears of an ass, and the Romans thought it a bad omen to meet one.
Those who had not yet crossed the river refused, in face of this omen, to follow their brethren; the little band, numbering 400 warriors (according to others, consisting of 2000 horsemen) decided to remain under Ertoghrul, son of the drowned leader.
See also the articles AUGURS, ORACLE, ASTROLOGY, OMEN, &C. Authorities.
That certain Fellows of the College of Physicians (especially in gynaecology) have personally taken operative procedures in hand is some good omen that in time the unreal and mischievous schism between medicine and surgery may be bridged over.
On the other hand, the appearance of the new moon earlier than was expected was regarded as an unfavourable omen - prognosticating in one case defeat, in another death among cattle, in a third bad crops - not necessarily because these events actually took place after such a phenomenon, but by an application of the general principle resting upon association of ideas whereby anything premature would suggest an unfavourable occurrence.
Thus if on a certain occasion the rise of the new moon in a cloudy sky was followed by victory over an enemy or by abundant rain, the sign in question was thus proved to be a favourable one and its recurrence would be regarded as a good omen, though the prognostication would not necessarily be limited to the one or the other of those occurrences, but might be extended to apply to other circumstances.
He is god of omens and ruler of the omen birds; but the hawk is not his messenger, for he never leaves his house; stories are, however, told of his attending feasts in human form and flying away in hawk form when all was over.
It is significant that in the royal collection of cuneiform literature made by King Assur-bani-pal of Assyria (668-626 B.C.) and deposited in his palace at Nineveh, the omen collections connected with the astral theology of Babylonia and Assyria form the largest class.
Johns (Interpreter, April 1 9 06, "The Prophets of Babylonia") thinks that longer discourses moral, and predictive, fully equal to those of the Hebrew prophets, existed in Babylonia as early as the 3rd millennium B.C. but were curtailed into the brief sentences of the omen tablets.
It is said that while the archbishop was blessing the fleet the silver cross of his archiepiscopal staff fell off, but that the omen was disregarded by .the irreverence of the Pisans, who declared that if they had the wind they could do without divine help. They advanced in line abreast to meet the first line of the Genoese, fighting according to the medieval custom to ram and board.
One other cry He uttered, and the end came, and at that moment the veil of the Temple was rent from top to bottom - an omen of fearful import to those who had mocked Him, even on the cross, as the destroyer of the Temple, who in three days should build it anew.
It was the chief town of the Samnites, who took refuge here after their defeat by the Romans in 314 B.C. It appears not to have fallen into the hands of the latter until Pyrrhus's absence in Sicily, but served them as a base of operations in the last campaign against him in 275 B.C. A Latin colony was planted there in 268 B.C., and it was then that the name was changed for the sake of the omen, and probably then that the Via Appia was extended from Capua to Beneventum.
Finally, it may be noted that many immoral acts, such as the use of false weights, lying, &c., which could not be brought into court, are severely denounced in the Omen Tablets as likely to bring the offender into " the hand of God " as opposed to " the hand of the king."
Subsequently the appearance in its vicinity of a white deer carrying a flower in its mouth was deemed so favourable an omen as to more than justify the change of its name to Luh or Deer city.
The interpretation of the evil omen is explained by an allusion to the bondage of the Israelites in Egypt and their return in the fourth generation (xv.
The early explorers of the great Southern Sea cheered themselves with the companionship of the albatross in its dreary solitudes; and the evil hap of him who shot with his cross-bow the bird of good omen is familiar to readers of Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
The first sound which he heard outside was an omen.
To this day there are numerous traces in popular belief, especially in Germany, of respect for the snake, which seems to be a survival of ancestor worship, such as still exists among the Zulus and other savage tribes; the "house-snake," as it is called, cares for the cows and the children, and its appearance is an omen of death, and the life of a pair of house-snakes is often held to be bound up with that of the master and mistress themselves.
Fate was gone, and Gabriel couldn't help thinking the cheerful warning he received was a bad omen.
He makes them see the bad omen with their own eyes.
Ladyhawke was directed by Richard Donner, who got his start in the supernatural, with films such as The Omen and 1978's Superman.
He finished the first lap in 13th place, which proved to be yet another lucky omen.
The omen is also available as part of " The Omen trilogy " box-set.
omen of good luck - the larger the spider, the bigger the rewards.
omen of things to come for the home defense.
omen of bad fortune came as Rangers lost the toss and Crewe chose to attack the School End in the first half.
omen for the future of quality farming in Scotland.
remake The omen and A Prairie Home Companion.
remake of The Omen remains faithful to the 1976 horror classic.
termite hill in the ruins of his kitchen - a terrible omen.
They are regarded as a death omen and should a person see a wraith of themselves then their days are surely numbered.
Sometimes divination took place through vessels filled with water and oil (see Omen and Divination).
Other familiar conceptions identify the soul with the liver (see Omen) or the heart, with the reflected figure seen in the pupil of the eye, and with the blood.
(See Telepathy.) Both among civilized and uncivilized peoples there is a widespread belief that the apparition of a living person is an omen of death; but until the Society of Psychical Research undertook the statistical examination of the question, there were no data for estimating the value of the belief.
Only the Thai king is allowed to possess a white elephant since it is considered such a powerful omen.
As expected, The Omen: 666 is not suitable for young children or people who do not have a stomach for classic Scary Movies.
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Knowing it was a bad omen for the early foundings of a city to be breached so easily, Romulus killed Remus.
omen of death in the family who formerly owned the estate.
omen of doom.
Its invocation with the other nakshatras, remoteness from the ecliptic notwithstanding, was thus due (according to Max Miiller's plausible conjecture)' to its being regarded as of especially good omen.
She gasped, not expecting Kris.s traitorous lieutenant but knowing his presence was an awful omen.
The former of these two appendixes plays an especially important part in hepatoscopy, and, according to its shape and peculiarities, furnishes a good or bad omen.
To hear a cockerel crowing as you set off to work is heralded as an omen of good luck for the day.
ill omen, but Edwin was resolute.
I have since thought it an omen that we should have chosen the semblance of one so ill-fated.
Also debuting over the weekend were horror remake The omen and A Prairie Home Companion.
At the time these unaccountable deaths were considered an omen of war.
The gleaming tarmac of the last 10 km to the Chinese border seemed an omen of things to come.
The sighting was too brief to be sure, but it seemed to provide an omen for the actual tour.
This hadith says that women are part of an evil omen are part of an evil omen.
My good house floats like a cloud; its name too is a favorable omen.
A good omen next time Beckham screws up or gets injured!
8.2; but the latter adds an omen of coming doom, while Acts alone gives a circumstantial account of the occasion of Herod's public appearance.
Among the other means of discovering the will of the gods were the casting of lots, oracles of Apollo (in the hands of the college sacris faciundis), but chiefly the examination of the entrails of animals slain for sacrifice (see Omen).
(See also DIVINATION, OMEN, ASTROLOGY, &C.)
to about 3000 B.C. In Babylonia as well as in Assyria as a direct offshoot of Babylonian culture (or as we might also term it "Euphratean" culture), astrology takes its place in the official cult as one of the two chief means at the disposal of the priests (who were called bare or "inspectors") for ascertaining the will and intention of the gods, the other being through the inspection of the liver of the sacrificial animal (see Omen).
In one system the seat of Mercury, representing divine intelligence as the source of all knowledge - a view that reverts to Babylonia where Nebo (corresponding to Mercury) was regarded as the divine power to whom all wisdom is due - was placed in the liver as the primeval seat of the soul (see Omen), whereas in other systems this distinction was assigned to Jupiter or to Venus.
The Omen (15) John Moore 's remake of The Omen remains faithful to the 1976 horror classic.
Is it an omen of doom that you'll be doing the OBO and our top order will be scythed down this November?
Ants have erected a termite hill in the ruins of his kitchen - a terrible omen.
Schreiber, 39, starred in The Manchurian Candidate and The Omen, among other films.
A few legends hold that this canine spirit is actually a protective entity or a forbearer of good fortune, but most regard the ghostly beast as a bad omen.
Flying dreams: Symbolize freedom and are a good omen that indicate a person will get past their obstacles and find happiness.
For example, if a magpie caws outside your home, then it's a sign or omen that someone will soon arrive with good news that will make you very happy.
First we'll see Liev Schriber, Julia Styles, and a surprisingly evil Mia Farrow in a remake of The Omen released (of course) on June 6 (six, six, oh-six...get it?).
In 1976, audiences were held in suspense by Gregory Peck and Lee Remick in the first of the Omen series of horror movies.
On June 20, you can take the DVD version of The Omen home.
What better movie to release than the remake of the 1976 horror movie The Omen on 06.06.06?
Classics like The Omen, Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre were all originally filmed in the 1970s.
The Celts also held that to see a butterfly flitting about at night was a bad omen, one that foretold of impending death.
Ancient civilizations were not immune to the wonder of the comets over head, add have seen the appearance of them as an omen or sign that the end of the world is upon us; a harbinger of doom.
When a butterfly follows you or crosses your path, many cultures view this interaction as a good omen.
For those who live in a black box, the number 666 is a sign of the devil, and The Omen is the classic tale of Satan's son born into the mortal world to wreak bloody horrors on anyone who gets in his way.
Whether serving as a lucky omen or representing sought-out change and direction, stars appeal to the masses regardless of age, ethnicity, sexual preference or gender.
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