“All matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration. We are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There’s no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves.”—Bill Hicks
Good luck. Fortune favors the brave.Landing the manager’s job was more down to good fortune than skill.
One’s wealth; the amount of money one has; especially, if it is vast. He’s amassed a small fortune working in the Middle East.My vast fortune was a result of inheritance and stock market nous.Her fortune is estimated at 3 million dollars.
A large amount of moneyThat car must be worth a fortune! How could you afford it?
Society’s current use of this word is far beyond the original meaning. Fortune was never intended to apply to cold hard cash. “For-toon” was originally a sacred word and should return to that root meaning. The idea that only people with excessive amounts of money are lucky is transparent and false. We need to stop measuring bank accounts when it comes to “for-toon”. Fortune was meant for love and other creative ideals, not destructive ideals like greed. Materialism has ushered in a desire to own objects as more important than love. All too often, our lives are guided by fortune instead of ‘for-toon”. You will not find “for-toon” locked away in Fort Knox or any bank vaults. “For-toon” is always with you, you just need to learn how to summon it. The next time you hear a bird sing, or a child laugh; or watch waves crashing on the shore, or feel a cool breeze on your cheek, you will realize that you are very fortunate.
From Latin fortuna (“fate, luck”). The plural form fortunae meant (“possessions”), which also gave fortune the meaning of (“riches”).
c.1300, “chance, luck as a force in human affairs,” from O.Fr. fortune “lot, good fortune, misfortune” (12c.), from L. fortuna “chance, fate, good luck,” from fors (gen. fortis) “chance, luck,” possibly from PIE *bhrtu- and related to base *bher- (1) “to carry.” Often personified as a goddess; her wheel betokens vicissitude. Sense of “owned wealth” first found in Spenser; probably it evolved from senses of “one’s condition or standing in life,” hence “position as determined by wealth,” then “wealth” itself. Soldier of fortune first attested 1660s. Fortune 500 “most profitable American companies” is 1955, from the list published annually in “Fortune” magazine.
“We are a way for the universe to know itself. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star stuff.”—Carl Sagan
1. a magic spell <the girls appeared to be under a glamour — Llewelyn Powys>
2. an exciting and often illusory and romantic attractiveness <the glamour of Hollywood>; especially: alluring or fascinating attraction —often used attributively <glamour stock> <glamour girls> <whooping cranes and … other glamour birds — R. T. Peterson>
1720, Scottish, “magic, enchantment” (especially in phrase to cast the glamor), a variant of Scottish gramarye ”magic, enchantment, spell,” alteration of English grammar (q.v.) with a medieval sense of “any sort of scholarship, especially occult learning.” Popularized by the writings of Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832). Sense of “magical beauty, alluring charm” first recorded 1840. As a verb, by 1830s, from the noun.
We live in a society obsessed with the cult of celebrity. This culture is wholly based on the idea of, fascination with and promulgation of glamour. From the cosmetics industry to Wall Street, nearly every industry in our society is about getting and attaining glamour. This culture is a house of cards built on something that doesn’t even exist. Glamour is something vampires use to make mortals think they did not see something that they did. Inversely, the culture of celebrity uses glamour to make you see something that is not there. It is an adept slight of the hand and a trick of the eye. Glamour does not exist in this dimension. So next time you feel badly about yourself because someone else’s life seems more glamorous than your own, remember that what you are seeing, does not exist. You are only seeing what the other person wants you to see.
Peering the Veil is introducing a new feature called “Wordsmith Wednesday.” Each Wednesday we will post a word or phrase and its definition. We will trace the etymology of the word from its origin to its 21st century reincarnation. Many of these words and phrases barely resemble their original meaning due to warped evolution and modern english slang, while others may be new to you. Hope you have fun discovering the lost meaning of these words and phrases and some new words with old meanings.
“The words ‘Know Thyself’ were written over the portals of the Greek Mysteries as a reminder that the only real magic works from the inside out, and self-knowledge is an absolute necessity to avoid falling into the snares of self-deception and illusion.”—J. H. Brennan, The Magical I Ching