“Divination tools are like training wheels to intuition” – Slade Roberson
Ouija boards (like we talked about last week) are just one divination tool you can use to tap into the spiritual world. Although I wouldn’t recommend it.
Here’s another divination tool (and an equally weird word!) – and it’s one that’s not scary. Bibliomancy.
I’ve always had a love for books — they open us to new ideas, spark our imaginations, take us to places we’ve never been, across centuries. My bookshelf is stacked with everything from historical fiction to my Angel Numbers books. Aside from teaching us and helping us grow, books can also be used as a divination tool! Who knew?!
Bibliomancy is a form of divination in which you seek spiritual insight by randomly selecting a passage of a book. It’s also very easy to do: Ask a question. Pick up a book. Thumb through the pages, stopping at a randomly chosen page. Without looking at the page, poke your finger anywhere on it. Read what your finger landed on. There’s your answer.
Bibliomancy has been in practice for over 3000 years. In fact, the Ancient Greeks often used Homer’s Iliad or Odyssey for guidance. In the middle ages, Virgil’s Aeneid was a popular choice. The I Ching and the Bible have also been used in more recent times.
You don’t have to use a sacred text or the Iliad to practice bibliomancy, though. Any book will do! Well, all except perhaps “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell”
Having trouble choosing which book to practice with? You might want to close your eyes and run your fingertips along the spines on the shelves until you feel a subtle change in your sense of touch signal for you to pick that book.
Once you’ve picked a book, take a moment to ground yourself and connect with Spirit. Take a few deep breaths, think of your question, and pray for Divine guidance. Then close your eyes as you hold the book on its spin and allow it to fall open. You can also run your fingers along the pages and let them guide you to a page. There’s no right or wrong way.
Keeping your eyes closed, use your finger to guide you intuitively to a place on the open page. Open your eyes and read the word, sentence or paragraph: voila! Your answer.
Since we’re talking about it, I decided to practice some bibliomancy for the readers of today’s article (you!). I walked to my bookshelf, closed my eyes and pulled “A Short History of Nearly Everything” by Bill Bryson. Here’s the sentence my finger landed on:
If this book has a lesson, it is that we are awfully lucky to be here – and by “we” I mean every living thing. To attain any kind of life in this Universe appears to be quite an achievement.
Have you ever practiced bibliomancy? Would you like to try? Experiment and let us know in the comments what you get!
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