The Art of Divination: Practices From Around the World By Didier Blau


    The main problem with this is that I can't tell who it's written for. It's too elementary for anyone with a serious interest in divination. It covers completely different systems from different areas of the world so it's not for anyone interested in a particular tradition. It doesn't have enough information for someone who actually wants to practice one of the methods. It's so divorced from each tradition's history and cultural significance that it's both culturally appropriative and useless for someone who wants to read it for research or information. There's no real narrative element for someone who wants to read it for curiosity or entertainment.

    The only thing that works with an overview this slight and oversimplified is that it's for someone who just wants to play a little.

    One thing it is not, as I quickly discovered, is just for reading start to finish. The Art of Divination: Practices From Around the World This has instructions for divination games based on cultures ranging from the European Tarot to the Chinese I Ching and modern New Age numerology, with varying levels of appropriativeness.

    It's a very pretty and well-designed book, and it includes some divination systems that I haven't seen explicated anywhere else. Unfortunately, it also doesn't give any citations and has almost no context for any of them, so I'm not sure I have any reason to believe they were actually used culturally in anything like the way the book describes them. Also, it's very clear from the methods I *do* know something about that this book is making very little effort to reproduce anything like the complexity or significance or, you know, actual meaning of any of the systems it describes. And then there's the errors, like the place where the color blue is labelled Pink and the place where the months of year go jan, feb, mar, apr, mar, jun, which makes me doubt the accuracy in places where the mistakes would be less blatantly obvious.

    That said, it gets three stars because if you are interested in making decisions based on a combination of semi-random choices and personal interpretation of vague descriptions, it has a good variety of those, and they are all set out in such a way that you can play them with nothing but the book, a few coins, and a paper and pencil, and they're kind of entertaining. So as a gamebook rather than a book that contains information it's not bad. The Art of Divination: Practices From Around the World Zulu Sky Compass = Is a fascinating system !

    However, it's origins as being 'The Matchstick Oracle' in which Eighteen 'Coffee Stir Sticks' one can get at a STARBUCKS, does seem to have an interesting use of CYCLES of life / death / rebirth of #13. However ZULU NUMEROLOGY would determine if a placement of FIVE CHARACTERS, ( Chief, Warrior, Cattle, Man & Woman ) are in good or bad placements... don't confuse this system with GEOMANCY, nor relate this to ASTROLOGY or PLANETARY positions.

    Keep this system, SIMPLE and observe how it's practiced - in South Africa.
    ( I don't know if anyone would try to THRUST ANOTHER SYSTEM upon this one... however, The Mechanics, remind me more with using DOUBLE TWELVE DOMINOS to further study this further.)

    I haven't seen this utilized in The United States at all...
    ( Is this System - ready for telling the difference between 'Fake News' and 'Which Soccer Team is most likely to Win ? )

    The Author - didn't go further... such as 'what if you're doing a relationship reading' or 'how stable is one's household / community ?' I felt the need to used PICTOGRAMS, or another RUNIC or HEIROGLYPHIC depiction and simply add on to that. The Art of Divination: Practices From Around the World

    Methods of divination presented in this book have been adapted to the modern world. The Art of Divination: Practices From Around the World

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