When discussing matters of an esoteric nature I will sometimes employ terms and/or phrases that may be unfamiliar to my readers.  This is especially true when I discuss the areas of so-called “Building” and “Scripting” as practiced in the metaversal realm commonly known as Second Life.  I tend to view these through the filter of the arcane arts and my phraseology reflects this.  This manner of speaking is not common to all practitioners of these arts and so may require some translation.  I have, therefore, added this page to my Aetheric Journal as an aid to understanding.  This list is by no means complete; therefore,  if you, dear reader, still find something unclear, please leave a comment and I will endeavor to correct the error.  Please note also, that I may also employ the more commonly understood usage from time to time.

Animus – from the Latin, meaning the mind or soul.  Also, the animating, energizing or motivating spirit.  In Jungian psychology it refers to the archetypically masculine aspects of ones personality.   I have chosen this term to refer to the entity behind, or within, the persona known to you as Onyx Plutonian.  Residents of Caledon commonly refer to this entity as their “typist” in reference to the primary means of communication between the phenomenal, or First Life, and metaversal, or Second Life, realms, i.e. typing on a keyboard.  In a metaphysical sense, I view the relationship between the Second Life avatar and the First Life entity is in many ways analogous to that between our physical selves and what the mystics call variously the Higher Self, soul or Guiding Principle.

Conjure – verb meaning to cause to become manifest, seemingly from nothing.  Residents of the Second Life metaverse have the ability to Create or Build practically anything by manipulating primitive objects (prims) which they can resolve (rez) at will.  Conjuration, therefore is the act, art and practice of Creation or Building in Second Life.

Inscribe – verb meaning to mark with letters, characters or words.  In Second Life they practice a form of wizardry whereby they implant compliations of formulae in their creations giving them a semblance of life, much like a sorcerer animating his homonculi.  These compliations they term scripts and the art and practice thereof is called scripting.  Noting the similar root I term the practice, and the results, Inscription to diferentiate it, and them, from other forms of writing.

LSL – the arcane language of Inscription as practiced in Second Life.  Also known as code.  Practitioners of Inscription learn a singular vocabulary specific to its practice.  This vocabulary includes such words as function, state, event, variable and other such like that may seem familiar but have very precise meanings in the context of Scripting.

formula – a particular arrangement of the elements of LSL that comprise a working whole.  May refer to the compliation, or script, as a whole, a portion thereof or to those words of power known to practitioners as functions.

Code Poet – a term sometimes used to denote a practitioner of Inscription as its useage can more often resemble art than science.

The Aether – refers to the insubstantial medium of communication by which you are able to read this journal.  Known in other realms as the internet.

Aetheric Journal – a term I find in common usage among Caledonians to refer to a collection of writings by a particular author extant on the internets and known thereon as a web log, or more commonly a blog.

Translocation – one of the peculiarities of the Second Life metaverse is that all residents therein have many inate abilities which in other realms are reserved for either the supernatural or the especially gifted.  One of these is the ability to travel instantly from one location to another.  Residents of Second Life may use the term Teleport, often shortened as “tp”, instead.

Published on 13 March, 2009 at 3:13 PM  Leave a Comment  

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