I've decided to take on the challenge of familiarizing myself with the Nordic runes to the point that I can successfully divine with them, at least in a non-professional way. I bought Lisa Chamberlain's introductory book on the subject and have elected to pursue the more traditional approach of Edred Thorsson and Nigel Pennick and … Continue reading Edging Up to the Runes
In his book The Horary Textbook, John Frawley makes the point that divination shouldn't be attempted unless the querent (who is often oneself) has a legitimate need to know the answer. Anything other than that is just idle curiosity about circumstances that don't directly concern us, and therefore a misuse of the method. I've been … Continue reading Why Do It?
During my long career as a technical and legal writer, my personal goal was to explain complex matters in comprehensive but still entirely lucid language, since to do otherwise could have led to serious human error and/or regulatory exposure for my company. These objectives would seem to be at odds, since completeness and clarity may … Continue reading A Question of Style
My head is crammed with allusions this morning. The title refers to the Masonic, Rosicrucian and Neo-pagan benediction at the end of a ritual or prayer, where "mote" means "may" or "might." I'm thinking that "it might happen" is often the best we as diviners can muster when trying to fathom the likelihood of projected … Continue reading So Mote It Be
The title has a certain "ring" to it. This is another chapter in my ongoing inner debate over mysticism vs. empiricism. Warren Zevon once wrote a song called Desperados Under the Eaves that included the lines: And if California slides into the ocean Like the mystics and statistics say it will Although those mystics probably … Continue reading Mystics With Statistics