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Playing cards have been with us for centuries, but they're less popular in divination today than more famous systems such as the tarot. This is partly because the few definitions we have for reading poker-style decks are very old-fashioned: nearly all of them focus only on work, illness, and marriage (the most important topics at the time!) and their attitudes to women are...well, two or three hundred years out of date. Traditional playing cards are an exciting, unbroken link to our past, but those meanings are just not satisfying to readers who are used to oracles that reflect all of life's situations while containing deep symbolism and wisdom in each image. By contrast, a book of ...

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Dice have a very long history as oracles; they were prominent in ancient Greece and Rome, and popular again in medieval Europe. When you try a dice oracle for the first time, you will notice a big difference from other forms of divination (such as the tarot). It's always a good idea to try new divination systems regularly and see which parts of them we want to bring into our own practice. Quite often this is just the latest deck in a style that we already know, but it's also important to look at entirely different physical tools. One of the most interesting for modern readers is dice. Dice oracles fall into two main styles, which I call "book" and "hand." "Book" systems involve ...

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It's as clear in my mind as if it happened yesterday. I was ten years old, and had been befriended by a middle-aged lady who lived a few houses away. She was a good cook, and regularly invited me in to try her baking. I usually sat in the kitchen with her, but on this day the phone went, and she put me in their library, as it was an important call. I had never been in a home that had a library, and as I was a keen reader, it was exciting to sit in a room with books up to the ceiling on all four walls. I walked around the room, eating cake, and looking at the books. I happened to notice a dozen or more books on palmistry. I had no idea what that was, and when Mrs. Tompkins finished her ...

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The Witch's Runes are simple pictograms that match concepts with symbols that are more understandable in this modern world. I came across the Witch's Runes in my late teen years, and they made an impression on me. They were few in numbers, simple for me to tell apart from one another, and easy to understand. In some ways, the Witch's Runes were a groundbreaking introduction to the concept of abstract symbolism itself for me. Since the Witch's Runes are not an ancient script, they have no special pronunciation or sound; the titles of the runes are in English. There's a lot less to learn here, but they more often than not be used interchangeably with the Elder Futhark in divination. If you ...

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