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- to foretell, predict or to make predictions.
- to indicate beforehand.
- to declare or foretell by or as if by divine inspiration.
- to utter in prophecy or as a prophet.
- to make inspired declarations of what is to come.
- to speak as a mediator between God and humankind or in God’s stead.
- Archaic. to teach religious subjects.
Words have meaning, sometimes more then one, but what happens when meaning is lost, or misunderstood? Prophecy is notoriously nonspecific and vague. What if meaning is not understood until after an event has occurred? Is there an opportunity to change something after it has happened? Are there such things as second chances? The Book of Nod is the most famous of these apocryphal, prophetic texts. Believed to be many the story of Caine, it forcasts a bleak future for all the childer of Caine. What if the Book of Nod was not what it appeared to be though, what if it were rather a fragrant of a larger missing text?
Long before the legends and sagas of the earliest tales of human history begin, more then two thousand years before the birth of Abraham in the City of Ur, a rebellious young girl is chosen from among her people to become the wife of a great man, the Priest-King. Athkatla, was her name. Ascending the steps of the mighty ziggurat where her husband dwelt her name vanishes from history, fragments of her story filter down through the ages on a collection of crumbling, cuneiform tablets. Beyond her name, and a vague description of her betrothed almost nothing of who she, or her husband, truly were.
A word in the right ear could mean the difference between victory and defeat on the battlefield, on the campaign trail or in the conference room. Words have changed the course of history. The city state of Carthage was destroyed in 146 B.C. by the Roman Legions, but the resulting devastation was due to words shouted in the Imperial Senate. Appianus Alexandrinus, an Roman Senator, gives witness to Cato the Elder’s tireless campaign against the Carthaginians. Appianus claimed Cato was to have ended almost all of his speeches with, “Carthage must be destroyed and all its population exterminated.” Why was Cato so staunch an advocate of the campaign to have Carthage destroyed? Carthage was in many ways a model of urban culture at the time of its destruction. History tells us that the ensuing war may have had something to do with the bloodthirsty religious rites of Ba’al Hammon. Rumors circulated of human, and even child sacrifice, but this is based on the claims of a Roman slave, a Greek historian named Polybius, the claims of other chroniclers indicate a more mercantile incentive. This second event is much more clearly understood then the first because the Romans were such meticulous record keepers. The principal figures are all well known to history, the names of locations of unambiguous, but still, there is enough uncertainty as to the real causes of the war.
What could any of this possibly have to do with a gypsy, a couple of vampire’s, a seriously dirty cop and a crazy, psycho blood witch in Houston Texas?