Happy new year, everyone!
Increasingly, people at this time of year look back at predictions made by public psychics and mediums to see just how well they’ve done. Some are surprisingly accurate while others, well, let’s say they aren’t very good (are you listening, spirit of Criswell?).
One of the important skills of magicians is being able to perform divinations. Often magicians do this using the runes, Tarot, a crystal ball, or other such “assistants.” As I’ve described in Modern Magick, the ability to perform divinations is important for working magick. After all, you logically would not want to perform a magickal act when the result might be negative or even harmful to yourself or others.
I also pointed out that the success of a divination is often inversely proportional to time. This takes a bit more of an explanation.
As magicians, we realize that we can alter our futures. This means that even though we may, at any one moment, have a particular fate in our future, through the performance of magick we can prevent negative outcomes or encourage and speed-up positive fates. Therefore, our “fate” is changeable and not written in stone. It may also change over time because so many influences can come into play. That’s why a divination concerning ten years in the future is likely to be much less accurate than one for the next few months.
I’ve made a proposal to the highest authorities (my supervisor) and been authorized to hold a contest to see just how good your predictions can be. I believe that many people who are not BNPs (Big Name Psychics) are every bit as good or better than the big names at predicting future events. Here is your chance to prove me right!
The prize for this contest will be a FREE TAROT DECK OF YOUR CHOICE.
If you win the contest, you will be able to choose any Tarot deck published by Llewellyn. Of course, there are some rules…
This contest will run from January 1, 2013–December 15, 2013.
1. You may only enter once. We don’t want someone to throw out 100 predictions in the hope that one, by chance, will be accurate.
2. Decision of the judge (that’s me!) will be final.
3. There are two factors that will be considered in choosing the winner of this contest:
……A) Time: A prediction made in January for an event that occurs in December will be deemed better than a prediction made on June 1 for an event that will occur on June 5. The greater the length of time between the prediction and the fulfillment of the prediction, the better.
……B) Lack of Obviousness: Something that is less likely to occur (such as space aliens landing on the White House lawn) will be deemed better than something obvious (such as the Democrats and Republicans in Congress will disagree on something resulting in nothing being done).
4. This will not be a “dead pool.” Predictions of deaths, no matter how accurate they may be, will not be accepted.
5. Closer will be considered better than farther. A prediction that space aliens will land on the White House lawn will count as a partial “hit” if they land near Topeka, Kansas, and be considered better than if they land in Moscow, Russia.
And that’s it. All entries must be made in the Reader Comments section below and be published on or before December 15. Please be patient as all comments are moderated before they appear and it may take some time before they are approved. On Monday, December 16, I will announce the winner in this blog and contact him or her in order to determine which deck they want. I will also announce those who had successful predictions but that were not as good, according to the rules above, as the winner.
Do your best and make your entry. You can also go to this LINK to see all of the decks we offer. You can think about which deck you’d like. But don’t choose yet…we going to be publishing more decks this year!