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Doing it by the book- Easy divination through bibliomancy

Have you ever opened a book at random to gain information or insights about an issue?

“Bibliomancy” is the term for opening a book at random to obtain guidance on a theme or question, or an indication regarding the quality of days or events.

In different cultures and historical periods, people have reverted to bibliomancy for guidance. Abraham Lincoln reportedly used his family Bible to obtain a message for the day, or a fresh perspective on a dream. In Iran, people use the text of the poet Hafiz for guidance for issues that concern them. Known as fal-e Hafez ( ‘divination via Hafez’), the tradition involves consulting the poet – known as Lesan ol Gheyb (‘Tongue of the Unseen’) – for questions about the future, as well as guidance regarding difficult decisions and dilemmas. The Torah has been used for centuries for guidance in this way.

I’ve known people to use a dictionary, their family Bible, or their own dream journals for guidance. You can actually play the game with any book at all – even at the library or bookstore - or raid a friends book shelf. New Years Day or other important dates can also help to focus a question for the books… or just any time. Some people find that books that they have spent a lot of time within the past, are easier to connect to and get meaningful messages from.

I select a page at random from any book I feel drawn to. I look the other way so I can’t “cheat” by looking, and focus on my question. Then use my finger to locate the relevant lines. (Using just a line or verse is more specifically called stichomancy, divination by line or verse.)

The advantage of bibliomancy is that it is relatively easy and inexpensive to perform. Also, you can obtain detailed textual answers to your questions.

In both active dreaming and reality transurfing, we can navigate life by signs and indications that we find in our world. The difference between sleeping and waking begin to blur and we become aware that we are in fact dreaming all the time.

I just now asked a random book for my collection what would be a good verse for my blog readers today. This is what I found in “Taliesin: The Last Celtic Shaman” by John Matthews.

“Hard is their toil when (people) of learning find not

The bright threaded artistry of illustrious scholars,

To whom belonged the mystic import of words.”

“The Empty School,” Trans. O. Bergin

(A poignant Seventeenth Century poem, author unknown)

So let’s find the “mystic import of words” through bibliomancy and avoid “hard toil” as we seek knowledge!

Now, it’s your turn. Grab your nearest book, open it at random, and before you look, point to a paragraph that can tell you something you need to know.

I invite you to share your results on my Facebook page:

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