Thursday, 06. March 2008
Yijing Dao - Calling Crane in the Shade


What’s the difference between Yijing and I Ching?

'Yijing' is the more modern pinyin transliteration of the two Chinese characters, 'yi' (change) and 'jing' (book or classic) that used to be represented in the old Wade-Giles system as 'I Ching'. Mandarin (putonghua) pronunciation of both – since they are merely alphabetic variants of the same Chinese characters – is 'ee jing' rather than 'eye ching'. Some diehards still refer to the text as 'Yi King', which often reflects that their interest stems from the works of Aleister Crowley, who used the James Legge translation (Peking was always pronounced Beijing in China).

Similarly, 'dao' is the pinyin equivalent of 'tao' and more accurately reflects how it is pronounced. The Daodejing for instance is the Tao Te Ching. Dao is the same character as the Japanese 'do' in judo, kendo, meaning 'way'. The Japanese Samurai code of bushido for example means 'way of the warrior' – in Chinese bushido is wushi dao, a 'wushi' these days being a person good at martial arts (wu as in King Wu, the martial king, and shi as in 'army', the tag of hexagram 7). 'Dao' is the character on the right of the three at the top of this page, the other two being 'yi' and 'jing'. By 'Yijing Dao' I do indeed intend to imply a martial arts approach to Yijing.

Yijing Dao - Calling crane in the shade by Joel Biroco.

A very exciting Daoist experiment!

Category: Readings & Divination | Tarot & Oracles |

Friday, 25. January 2008

Tasseography (also known as tasseomancy or tassology) is a divination or fortune-telling method that interprets patterns in tea leaves, coffee grounds, or wine sediments.
Did you know that your coffee cup holds clues about yourself, your present and your future?


Coffee Tasseography:
Fortune Telling with Coffee

It has been done for more than a thousand years in many areas of the world. The most common form of tasseography that is done today is tea leaf reading. Normally, I prefer to do tea leaf reading. I think that the tea leaves are a little bit bigger and it is a less messy process. Sometimes, however, people will specially request coffee-ground reading. Both work the same way: after drinking the liquid, the grounds of coffee or leaves of tea that are left behind in the cup create the symbols that, interpreted well, may be the psychic key to a person's future.

This activity requires at least two people. Although some people believe that they can read their own fortune, many do not. I don't even bother trying to do my own. To me, it's only entertaining as a group activity.

Many people consider this an occult practice. Personally, I don't think that there is anything supernatural or evil about it, but I also don't recommend putting much faith in it either way. I advise that it be enjoyed as entertainment only. Please don't make important decisions based upon fortune-telling of any kind.

Image with permission from PS-Magazine

Setting up
Choose the old-fashioned kind of coffee cup, similar to a tea cup. It should be rather shallow and wide. You should choose a white or light-colored porcelain cup; never use a black mug.

Preparing the Coffee
Normally, by the time you drink your coffee, there are no grounds in your cup. So I'll tell you how to go about preparing the coffee.

Boil water. Use the same amount of coffee that you normally use. You should not attempt to do this with pre-ground, canned or instant coffee - the coffee will probably taste unbearable and you may end up drinking too many coffee grounds, leaving you with nothing to work with.

Measure your coffee. 1 tablespoon for every 6 oz. of water is a good ratio, but you make it to your own taste. Boil the coffee on the stove top. This doesn't make the best tasting coffee, but if you don't boil the coffee grounds, the grounds will float in your coffee cup and make it difficult for you to drink the coffee.

Pour the coffee into the cup without filtering the coffee grounds. Most of the coffee grounds should settle to the bottom of the cup. If you don't have enough to obscure the bottom of the cup, you can manually add a spoonful of grounds from the coffee-pot into the cup. Add sugar and milk to taste. You can stir the drink as much as you'd like. This will stir up the grounds, but they'll re-settle on the bottom of the cup a moment later.

Image with permission from PS-Magazine

Drinking the Coffee
Drink the coffee and enjoy a good conversation. As you near the bottom of the cup, try not to swallow the grounds. You can use your lips as a sieve to strain the coffee. One technique that I recommend is to try to stay ahead of the coffee grounds. When you are trying to consume the last of the liquid, turn the coffee cup slowly while you are drinking so that you can strain the liquid from the grounds. Drink as much of the liquid as possible.

The Ritual
People seem to like a certain amount of ritual to their entertainment, so I've created one, although I don't think that it is required. After drinking the liquid, I have the subject turn the coffee cup over onto the saucer, then turn the coffee cup three times to the right. The subject should then put his or her hands on the cup and make a wish.

Part of "fortune telling" in general, and coffee cup reading in particular, is tuning into the "vibes" of the subject.
For me, it's a a pulsing of my blood and a feeling of warmth, as if a wave is running through my arm. If you don't feel anything, you might try to jumpstart the process. Ask the subject to concentrate on his/her wish, and to send that message to you through his/her arm and hand into your body.


Symbols and Significance
The interpreter (or psychic, as the case may be) should hold the cup in one hand, and hold the left or right hand of the subject. The interpreter will be looking for images in the coffee grounds. The process is similar to gazing at clouds and "seeing" symbols and images in your mind's eye.

When I read a person's cup for the first time, I usually see some sort of a tree. Sometimes it is an oak, sometimes a willow or palm. I interpret this to be the person's tree of life. A heavy root structure (or lack of it) tells me that about the person's relationship with the family. Sometimes I'll see a tree that leans to one side or that is lopsided, indicating that the subject is concentrating too much energy in one area of his/her life.

Other symbols can be interpreted, with varying significance. I usually use my imagination and past experiences to interpret the symbols. Here is a (very) short list of my interpretation of some common symbols.

Apple: Fertility and creativity.
Arch: Money in business matters.
Bread: Nurture your desires, hopes and dreams.
Bridge: A major decision needs to be made - which way should you go?
Camera: Someone is attracted to you.
Coins: Money is on the way.
Diamonds: A marriage proposal is expected? If the person is married, this may be a symbol of money and material wealth.
Flowers: Flowers indicate happiness.
Genie Lamp: Your wish will be granted.
Harp: Traditional romance.
Heart: A love affair, if the heart is broken or misshapen then the person is broken-hearted.
Knots: Concern over something, take care that it does not negatively affect your health.
Road: Creative opportunities are bringing you to another level.
Ship: A business opportunity is presenting itself.

[Note: See the link to the symbol guide below]

Meaning and Time
Not all cups tell the future. If the subject is wary of "fortune telling," the cup will be a general cup, and often the cup will be general if this is the first reading for the subject. Sometimes too, the cup may not be about what will actually happen, it will instead reflect what the subject wants or fears will happen in the near future.

Image with permission from PS-Magazine

If the cup holds overwhelmingly negative symbols: symbols of death and treachery, the cup is probably a manifestation of the subject's fears, not what will actually happen.

If the cup is about the future, however, the placement of the image in the cup is important to understand. I believe that the cup relates to only about 4 months into the future. The images at the bottom of the cup relate to something that is farther away, while the rim represents the present time.

I don't believe that events are predetermined; I think that people make their own reality and future based upon a series of everyday actions and decisions. The reading merely represents an opportunity for the subject to examine the way that subject spends his/her energy. Thus, fortune telling gives the subject insight into him/herself in a new way. Your coffee clutch will really enjoy this fun little exercise, and it can start some unusual discussions that give you great insight into the hopes, dreams, concerns and fears of friends.

Source: Coffee Tasseography – Fortune Telling with Coffee by Margaret Wallauer.


You may also like:
Tasseography - How to Read Tea Leaves, with huge Symbol Guide.

Tea-Cup Reading, and the Art of Fortune-Telling by Tea Leaves by 'A Highland Seer', from Project Gutenberg.

Telling Fortunes By Tea Leaves by Cicely Kent, 1922.

The Future In A Cup: Tea, Or Coffee? by Sahar Huneidi.

Turkish Coffee Cup Reading by PS Magazine.


Category: Readings & Divination |

Saturday, 18. August 2007
Color Divination

A profusion of color surrounds me as I sit on my deck: the bright-orange day lilies lining my street, the deep-blue summer sky, the forest-green trees reflected in the lake, plus the red, yellow, orange and rose flowers in my own yard. Colors provide us with some of life's simple pleasures, as Alice Walker rightly noted in her novel The Color Purple: "I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it."


As a major component of visual symbolism, color has played a significant role in the world's religions. Seasonal colors adorn shrines — think of Christian churches with their purple altar cloths at Easter or red and green at Christmas. Color designates a person's religious station — consider the saffron robes worn by Buddhist monks or the red miters of Roman Catholic cardinals. Color marks the sacred directions in many indigenous cultures — for instance, the Lakota association of white for north, red for east, yellow for south and black for west.

It has symbolic significance on religious paintings — for example, on Tibetan thangkas, medieval Christian canvasses, and Hindu yantras. It shouldn't surprise us to learn that color can also connect us with our inner vision in divination.

Visual stimuli contain two main elements: shape and color. Many visual divinations depend on identifying shapes. Color can provide similar oracular guidance, but I think it affects us in a deeper, more emotionally charged way. Why else would we talk about feeling blue? seeing red? being green with envy? calling someone yellow (cowardly)?

Divination Methods

Anchor yourself firmly in the here and now in preparation for your color divination. Once you've decided on your question, begin by relaxing and attuning yourself to the energies of earth and sky, using your favorite means of grounding and centering. When you have finished, thank the universal energies as well as the palpable presence of color for the guidance you have received.


For Color Cards, Clothes Oracle, Food Colors ...
Category: Colours & Flavours | Readings & Divination |

Saturday, 11. August 2007
A French Method of Fortune telling by Cards

The methods of divination by cards are sufficiently numerous in France, as they are in other countries, including England.


Our own, however, are chiefly of continental origin, while, so far as it is possible to speak with any positive opinion upon so dubious and involved a question, it would appear that the French systems are largely particular to themselves, subject of course to the fact that proceeding in all cases on certain general principles, to that extent they may be said to derive from one another, or at least from a common root. I have selected for inclusion one system which -- although it first came into notice at the beginning of the nineteenth century -- is likely to be new to my readers.

It is worked with a piquet set of ordinary playing cards, which, as most people will know, consists of the usual picture-pieces and the ace, 10, 9, 8 and 7 of each suit, excluding the lower numbers.

A French Method of Fortune telling by Cards by Arthur Edward Waite.
(PDF, 10 pages)
Category: Readings & Divination | Tarot & Oracles |

Saturday, 04. August 2007
Crystal Vision through Crystal Gazing

Fascinating! This book is more than a guide to crystal gazing. It is a warning for those who do not take things of a spiritual nature seriously. Ant it is a treatise on spiritual growth and finding out who you really are - whether you do it in meditation with your legs crossed or by staring at a crystal, the results are the same for the student of truth.


Crystal gazing is a way to get into trance, where you stare at a shiny object for a longer period of time. If done right, the person will receive visions of various nature.

The trance can be achieved with any shiny object. In popular media, a crystal ball is often used, typically by an old gypsy woman.

The study of Crystal Gazing without a Crystal would appear very much like the study of a "Bill of Fare" without troubling to obtain the material food described thereon. The mere reading of a book on a subject of this nature without an attempt to put into practice the processes described -- step by step -- from the very beginning, is futile and a mere waste of time.

In olden times, and even up to the last few years, crystals were the cherished possessions of those well advanced upon the Path and kept by them from the eyes of the so-called profane. Only after having found the way, often with difficulty, to the presence of these Seers, did an opportunity occur to get even a glimpse of such a magical link with the invisible spheres. Fortunately for the modern aspirant, however, this difficulty has been removed and it has been found that more good may result by a proper study of this science so as to develop one's own latent powers, than ever a mere visit to a Seer could produce. Man has made a considerable advance on the road to Attainment. Self-development and self-initiation are beginning to play a much more prominent part than formerly. Man is no longer content to believe what he is told, he at last desires to know from his own experience. The Crystal is a stepping-stone towards Self-knowledge.

We should select our crystal with great care; the more perfect its quality, the more we should desire it as the means of our development.

It should be neither too large, nor too small, and here our natural intuition should be allowed to guide us, but I may say that it is not well that the Sphere be less than two and one-half inches in diameter, and it is not necessary that it be more than four. We should choose this crystal, I might almost say, lovingly; at least, if a selection is presented to us we should take the one to which, after a moment of silent consideration, we feel most attracted; and this -- if possible -- regardless of the material consideration of its cost. We should not, however, purchase a globe which is far beyond our material means, so that other obligations would suffer thereby; otherwise, lurking at the back of our consciousness whenever we use it, may be the feeling of having acted wrongly in that connection from the very start.

Dr. John Dee, 1581 he began to experiment with crystalomancy or crystal gazing, a mode of divination using a globe, a clear pool of water (the method that Nostradamus used to collect his quatrains) or any transparent object.

Crystal Vision through Crystal Gazing by Frater Achad. (PDF, 46 pages)
Or the Crystal as a Stepping Stone to Clear Vision. A Practical Treatise on the Real Value of Crystal Gazing.

Dedicated to Those Who Having Realized the Difficulties of the Path Have Sworn to Overcome All Things.

Contents: The lesser crystal sphere; The greater crystal sphere; Universal crystalline sphere; A consideration of the ancient methods; Further considerations the methods of Dr. Dee and Sir Edward Kelly; Attainment of crystal vision; The ultimate crystal.
Category: Books & Magazines | Meditation & Mind | Readings & Divination |

Saturday, 14. July 2007
Made in the Image of the Heavens: The Cosmology of the Hand

For many centuries, the idea that mankind is made in the image of the heavens has been the essence of European culture. This idea is embodied in the numerous depictions of zodiacal man, where the sequence of the zodiacal signs is connected to the different parts of the body, starting with Aries ruling the head and concluding with Pisces ruling the feet.

Perhaps the most beautiful example in European art is the depiction of zodiacal man in De Duc De Berry's Les Trés Riches Heures, (see below).


Here the central figure is unusually surrounded by the ovoid shape of the vesica piscis. Analogous to a vulva, the vesica piscis is a powerful symbol of the Universal Mother. Within the labia or lips of the womb are found the zodiacal signs in the heavens.

The placing of zodiacal man at the centre of the vesica piscis, provides a potent symbolic image of mankind quite literally being born from the universe. Furthermore, the zodiacal signs in the heavens can be seen to correspond with the different zodiacal parts of the body, demonstrating the Hermetic principle of 'As above, so below'.

In particular the hand has long been regarded as a microcosm of an individual's creation, and its interpretation is invaluable for revealing a person's inner potential. As the bible says:

"God has placed signs in the hands of all the Sons of men, that all the Sons of men may know His work." - Job 37:7

This is the basis of 'cheiromancy' which, deriving from Greek, literally means divination through the hand. The underlying premise of hand-reading is that the shape, structure and features of the hand are a symbolic expression of a person's innate psyche.

Astrology and hand-reading are sister disciplines that have explored this macro/microcosmic relationship from opposite poles; astrology illuminating the macrocosm of the planets in the heavens, and cheiromancy revealing the microcosm within the hand. As a consequence, the cosmology and symbolism of the elements, planets and zodiacal signs are common to both disciplines and a number of astrologers in former times were also known to read hands. It is likely that they used cheiromancy to refine their interpretation of natal charts, and to see how the chart was specifically acted out in the life of the individual.

In European culture cheiromancy is integrally linked to the spread of Hermetic teachings. Appropriately enough in zodiacal man, the two arms and hands are ruled by the double-bodied sign, Gemini. In turn the hands are also connected to the planet Mercury, reflecting their importance for translating ideas into action. Mercury is also linked to Hermes Trismegistus, the philosopher/sage reputed to be the source of Hermetic teachings. Cheiromancy has therefore been used as a mnemonic for communicating Hermetic teachings, in a similar way to the ritualised hand positions, called mudra, being used to express spiritual principles within the art of oriental religions.

The Hermetic philosophers visualised the universe as having four distinct realms, in accordance with the four elements: Fire, Air, Water and Earth respectively. Their cosmology is based upon the Three World View, whereby existence consists primarily of a Realm of Light (Fire) or God, from which the Three Worlds are created. Out of the Light the Intellectual World (Air) is generated. Next the Celestial World (Water) descends From the Intellectual World. Finally the Elemental World (Earth) precipitates from the Celestial World.

Each world has its own rulers; The Intellectual World - or heaven - is ruled by angels and archangels, the Celestial World is ruled by the planets, and the Elemental World - or Mother Earth - is ruled by the elements.

Figure 1: Robert Fludd's Three World View

The process of creation as perceived within Hermetic philosophy is shown by Robert Fludd's illustration of The Three World View in figure 1 above. The spiral pattern describes the descent of Light from God (Deus) into matter. In this descent, three distinct Worlds are formed. Commencing with Mens, the universal mind, the spiral leads down through the Intellectual World indicated by the various angels and archangels: Seraphin, Cherubin, Dominationes, Throni, Potestates, Principatus, Virtutes, Archangeli, Angeli. Below the Caelum Stellatum - 'the stars in the heavens' - the spiral leads down through the Celestial World indicated by the planets: Saturnus, Jupiter, Mars, Sol, Venus, Mercuri and Luna. Finally the spiral leads down through the Elemental World indicated by the elements: Ignis, Aer, Aqua and Terra. In the spiral, Fludd also connects the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet with each of the rulers of the Three Worlds as the spiral of Light descends to Earth. The rulers of the worlds are used as symbolic tools for understanding matters corresponding to that particular World.

When this cosmology is transposed into Man:

  • the Elemental World corresponds to the body

  • the Celestial World corresponds to the soul

  • the Intellectual World corresponds to the spirit

Category: Astrology & Astronomy | Readings & Divination |

Tuesday, 26. June 2007
The Runic Journey

Runes are an alphabetic script used by the peoples of Northern Europe from the first century c.e. until well into the Middle Ages. In addition to their use as a written alphabet, the runes also served as a system of symbols used for magic and divination. Runes fell into disuse as the Roman alphabets became the preferred script of most of Europe, but their forms and meanings were preserved in inscriptions and manuscripts.


The primary characteristic which distinguishes a runic alphabet from other alphabets is that each letter, or rune, has a meaning. For example, whereas "ay", "bee", and "cee" are meaningless sounds denoting the first three letters in our alphabet, the names of the first three runes, "fehu", "uruz", and "Þurisaz" are actual words in the Germanic language, meaning "cattle", "aurochs", and "giant", respectively. Runes also have magical and religious significance as well, thus transforming the simple process of writing into a magical act. They are also used for divinatory readings and to create magical spells.

Today, runes have been rediscovered as a symbolic system and have gained immense popularity as a means of divination. They are, however, much more than a curious alternative to Tarot cards for telling fortunes. They provide a key to understanding the lives and beliefs of the ancient people who created them, and have much to teach us about a way of life that was perhaps more inimately connected to the natural world, and to the realm of spirit, than our own.

The Runic Journey (PDF)
This pdf includes: History and Origin of the Runes, The Meanings of the Runes, Runic Divination & Rune Magic

Related Entry: Runes
Category: Readings & Divination | Tarot & Oracles |

Tuesday, 31. October 2006
The Eye of Midnight & The Vault of Mystery

Not only for Halloween ...

This Mysterious Fortune-Telling Pendulum is ready to answer whatever questions you might wish to ask. The unblinking eye will spin above the center of the answer disc for a little while, slow untill it's nearly motionless ... and then mysteriously begin to swing either in a circle or a straight line. The direction of either motion will reveal the answer to your question, as the eye swings above the eerie finger-bones on the answer disc.
It's quick and easy to build and it WILL actually swing to give you a responce to your questions. Print it out and you're on your way to a VERY interesting experience!

The Eye of Midnight Fortune Telling Pendulum



This method of spirit communication is based upon a very old ritual known as 'rolling the bones'. Just toss the three Answer Cubes into the Vault of Mystery, shake well, concentrate on the question you want answered, and pour the cubes out onto any flat level surface. The cube that lands closest to you will reveal the answer to any question you might ask. The vault and cubes are quick and easy to build, so make a set before sundown and let the communications begin!

The Vault of Mystery

More Haunted Paper Toys by Ray O'Bannon.
All free for you to print out and enjoy.
Category: Games & Humor | Readings & Divination |

Thursday, 17. August 2006

Palmistry is often thought of as the art of reading the lines in the hand. The lines tell only one part of the story that is etched into the hands. A skilled Palmist looks at palmar lines and ridges, the shape and length of each finger, the mounts and bumps on the hand as well as skin color, warts, cuts, blisters, scars and the subject's own unique calling card, the fingerprints.


The astrological map of the hand is key to palm reading. Without an understanding of the qualities that correspond to each part of the hand and each finger, the lines, dots, squares, cuts, hollows and bumps are meaningless.

A star on the mound of Apollo has a very different meaning than a star on the mound of Mars. A person with a large thumb and a long, straight Jupiter finger will behave very differently than a person with a large thumb and a short, twisted Jupiter.

The Astrology in your Hand
by Leslie Zemenek.

Palm reading was (and still is) a predominantly Asian and Oriental skill, and this knowledge has only in relatively recent times been analyzed and written down, rather than passed on verbally. The connection of ideas between palmistry and astrology makes more sense when we look at them both from the viewpoint of astrological ideas that pre-date Jungian psychology, and also as they are considered in the East.

The traditional names of the various parts of a hand are linked to the seven visible planets—the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

Palmistry & Astrology - a wonderful three part feature by Sasha Felton.


In this article, I will do my level best to explain how scientific astrology and Hand Analysis (Scientific Palmistry) can help people to be better professional managers and business leaders.

Astrology, Hand Analysis, Management Science and Business Prospects
by Yaschpaule, who practices Indian Astrology and Palmistry.
Category: Astrology & Astronomy | Readings & Divination |

Friday, 19. May 2006
Art and Oracle

Oracle Figure (Kafigeledjo)

A hybrid creation that lies outside the realm of anything recognizable in nature, this oracle figure deliberately provokes anxiety through its shrouded anonymity and the sense of suffocation and entrapment it suggests. Such works and the ritual practice in which they are used are both known as kafigeledjo, a term that is variously translated as "he who speaks the truth," "tell the truth," or "saying true things." The figures give visual representation to invisible bush spirits and function as divination devices. In contrast to the sublime humanism of works of Senufo Sando divination, they clearly embody a wild and unsettling anti-aesthetic.

Kafigeledjo divination is used to uncover misdeeds, false testimony, and culpability. Like the tyeli divination technique practiced by Sandobele, this pursuit of truth ultimately seeks to preserve and uphold Senufo social guidelines concerning descent. It does so by unveiling illicit behavior and by punishing with supernatural sanctions those who violate rules pertaining to forbidden sexual relations and exogamous marriage.

Its complex character as an image derives from its ability to simultaneously unsettle and reassure through its suggestion of unparalleled spiritual might. Its efficacy as a divinatory tool served to safeguard Pende communities from sorcery being practiced against them and other dangers.

According to Pende cosmology, Maweze (God) created a world divided into two parallel realms of existence—the realm of the living and, beneath it, "the other world" (kalunga)—with life conceived of as a cyclical journey between the two. Responsibility for overseeing the prosperity of the living was delegated to the dead, who monitor human reproduction, agriculture, and the hunt. In order to facilitate communication between the two realms, the ancestors designate "transistors," known as mahamba (singular, hamba), who provide the living with access to the omniscience of the collective dead.

When a family suffers an unusually high rate of illness, death, or other such serious problems, the dead will sometimes intercede in order to assist them in their time of need by divinely ordaining a member to serve as their mouthpiece. More typically, though, problems are addressed through professional diviners (nganga ngombo), usually male, who have pursued the study of wanga, the manipulation of physical and metaphysical forces for personal advantage.

Njinda Divination Figure (Ngombo)

Art and Oracle: African Art and Rituals of Divination
by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (English)
Category: Art & Visions | Readings & Divination |

Monday, 14. November 2005
Nostradamus - Time Travel and Prophecy


It is generally accepted that we live in the present. The past has passed and the future is still to happen. Therefore:
We cannot change our past and the future is still uncertain.

That means also that nobody can really know what will happen in the future. You could make educated guesses but knowing it is impossible, as that would require that in some way or another the future should already exist.

The idea that the future already happened is impossible to comprehend. Besides, the thought that the future is known, fixed or pre-defined could easily lead to wide spread fatalism.

If the future however, is not fixed, it cannot be known and then predicting it with accuracy is consequently impossible and as a result true prophecy cannot exist either. However, history tells us about many prophets that supposedly received true prophecy.

The well-known prophet Michel Nostradamus, born 1503 in France, left us with almost a thousand prophetic quatrains. The book of Nostradamus has recently attracted renewed interest as people link current world events to his prophecies, suggesting that he knew our future. But how can that be possible? If he really did know, then how did he get that information? According to his own writing he used occult practices to receive messages from an occult source, although he never revealed in detail how he managed to do such thing.

Nostradamus - Time Travel and Prophecy (English)


Check also the links to websites dedicated to Nostradamus.
Category: Readings & Divination |

Wednesday, 17. August 2005

Runes are an ancient Germanic alphabet, used for writing, divination and magick. They were used throughout northern Europe, Scandinavia, the British Isles, and Iceland from about 100 B.C.E. to 1600 C.E. Runic inscriptions of great age have even been found in North America, supporting stories that the Vikings arrived in the Americas long before Columbus.

Tacitus, in Chapter X of his Germania, describes a form of divination used by Germanic tribes:

"To divination and casting of lots, they pay attention beyond any other people. Their method of casting lots is a simple one: they cut a branch from a fruit-bearing tree and divide it into small pieces which they mark with certain distinctive signs and scatter at random onto a white cloth. Then, the priest of the community if the lots are consulted publicly, or the father of the family if it is done privately, after invoking the gods and with eyes raised to heaven, picks up three pieces, one at a time, and interprets them according to the signs previously marked upon them."
I've been working with Runes since 1994, when I was introduced to their use at a family reunion. I'm of Norse heritage. I believe that this is why I found a natural affinity to runes, although one certainly does not need to be Scandinavian to use them.

© Oswald the Runemaker

Runes are an oracle from which one seeks advice. They work best if you detail your current circumstances and then ask a specific question. Rune readings are sometimes obscure. They hint toward answers, but you have to figure out the details. This is when the rune casters intuition becomes paramount. Some times the Runes "sing" to me, and their meaning becomes instantly clear.

Runes, Alphabet of Mystery
Explain everything about runes

© Oswald the Runemaker

The first step in understanding rune lore is the understanding of the concept rune. Runes were in use by the Nordic and Germanic tribes of Northern Europe. A rune is not merely a letter in an old Germanic alphabet, but it bears the primary definition of "secret" or "mysteries." There were many different runic alphabets in use throughout Northern Europe over the centuries. The most common is the Germanic or Elder Futhark. This system may have begun as early as 200 B.C.E. The Elder Futhark contains 24 letters divided into three groups of eight, called tt (aettir, plural). The first eight is called Freyja's tt, the second Heimdall's tt and the third Tyr's tt.

Futhark Runes
Study of the Runic Elder Futhark and norse mythology.

The Futhark Alphabet, which is essentially a set of glyphs representing sounds and ideas, is derived from the Hieroglyphs of the remote Ancient Egyptians. The term "Hieroglyph" was coined by the Ancient Greeks to describe the "Sacred Writings" of the Ancient Egyptians. Hieroglyphs of Ancient Egypt, which represented sounds and ideas, were considered "Sacred" not only in the religious sense, but also because they conveyed a "Secret Meaning".

Ancient Egyptians and the Futhark Alphabet
An exploration of the Ancient Egyptian origins of the Runic glyphs and their astronomical meanings.

Click on a rune icon or rune name to find out its meaning: Rune Caster by Hyperflame.
Free online runecast with viking runes icons and information.

Oswald the Runemaker
Historical and modern runes, runemaking, and artistic interpretations and products. Includes photographs and descriptions of rune monuments.

© Oswald the Runemaker

Category: Readings & Divination | Tarot & Oracles |

Sunday, 14. August 2005


In the News:

Glen Johnson said he once used his dowsing rod to communicate with a lost cat. The cat came back the very next day, he said. Welcome to dowsing in the 21st century. The 73-year-old North Berwick, Maine, resident and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard retiree said he has been dowsing for 50 years. He picked up his first divining rod - cut from a wild cherry tree - after a Grange meeting in Wells, Maine, a half-century ago. Practicing with his first forked stick that night, he found water, said Johnson.

Dowser seeks divine power with his divining rods by Portsmouth Herald. (English)
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Here I will try to gather resources - links, articles and other info to get you started on this exciting journey - dowsing! It is in it's early stage now and I will try to add to it as we go along. Please remember - there is no single technique that is right for everybody, so try them all and choose whichever feels the most comfortable for you.

Dowsing Resources & Techniques by Divining Mind (English)

The Ancient art of dowsing has been practiced throughout millennia, although the names used to identify it may have changed in different cultures and eras, the techniques have not.

Dowsing: Ancient History by Lloyd Youngblood. (English)

You start by learning how to use your Pendulum, especially the signals needed for accuracy and the correct method of asking questions. Learn to make your home healthy and prevent diseases. You can accomplish water divining, improving water quality, and locating people and objects .

Dowsing with Your Pendulum by Great Dreams. (English)

Dowsing is the attempt to find buried, hidden, or lost objects through the use of a locator "device" that is said to operate through no means known to science. Any instances where these devices have been proven to function as claimed are also unknown to science.


The Matter of Dowsing by James Randi Educational Foundation. (English)
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Wednesday, 08. June 2005
The History of Handreading

Chiromancy, palmistry, hand-reading, hand analysis, chirology. For centuries the features of the hands have fascinated scholars, sages, theologians, doctors and laymen alike.
Discover the secrets of the hand as we take you through the years.
The History of Handreading website will tell you the story of the study of the human hand.
Authored by Christopher Jones MA (Oxon)

The History of Handreading


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Monday, 23. May 2005
Phrenology - Phrenologie

Phrenology was a science of character divination, faculty psychology, theory of brain and what the 19th-century phrenologists called "the only true science of mind." Phrenology came from the theories of the idiosyncratic Viennese physician Franz Joseph Gall (1758-1828).

The History of Phrenology by Dr John van Wyhe (English).

Phrenology and the Fine Arts at The Boston College Fine Arts Department. Draws on Charles Colbert's book, A Measure of Perfection, Phrenology and the Fine Arts in America (1997). Nice collection of American phrenological images from S. Wells. (English)


An Exhibition on Phrenology: Reading Heads & Ruling Passions by the Macleay Museum. Very good overview. (English)

The Phrenology Page by a modern believer in phrenology, Peter Van den Bossche, Ph.D. (English)

Gute deutsche Seiten zu diesem Thema sind rar.

Hier eine kurze Übersicht: Phrenologie - oder die Lehre des Geistes und seinen Organen von Edda Affeldt. (German)

Lesenswerter Artikel von der Zeitschrift FACTS: Die Beulen der Elite (German)
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