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arachnomancy

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It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self.
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Etymology

Greek  (arachne), a spider).

Noun

Singular
arachnomancy

Plural
-

arachnomancy (-)
  1. The study of the appearance and behaviour of spiders, or the patterns of their webs (possibly related to the third meaning) for use in divination.
  2. The ability to take control over spiders with the intent to use them for attacking purposes or similar purposes.
  3. Also the divination of patterns, for example in geometric patterns, and tapestries. See third quotation below.
  4. Possibly also the creation of a view using scientific results by separating, and combining of new research. (See fourth quotation below)
  5. There is also another meaning which is yet uncertain, (See fifth quotation below)

Quotations

  • 2004, The Review of the film ‘Sodoma's Ghost’, MonsterHunter
    I suppose I should save my arachnomancy for another time, since you may yet not be convinced that horny Nazi ghosts bothering drunk college kids isn't really nearly as good as you would initially suspect
  • Night Club, Howl Grimm
    Howl allowed the spider to climb up her arm and settle on her shoulder. Howl was well practiced in arachnomancy, and this spider would be useful in her divining.
    She sighed deeply and extended her hand, 'Apology accepted, Alanna.'

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