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Bibliomancy

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Dogmatix, Aug 8, 2006.

  1. Dogmatix

    Dogmatix New Member

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    Here's something fun. In my e-mail box this morning from A Word A Day.

    This week's theme: words related to forecasting and divination.

    bibliomancy (BIB-lee-o-man-see) noun

    Divination by interpreting a passage picked at random from a book,
    especially from a religious book such as the Bible.

    [From Greek biblio- (book) + -mancy (divination).]

    If you are having a hard time deciding between turning groupie and
    following
    your favorite band around or to stay put in your accounting job, help
    is at
    hand. Try bibliomancy. Here's the step-by-step method:

    1. Pick a book you trust a lot.
    2. Put it on its spine, and let it fall open.
    3. With your eyes closed, trace your finger to a passage.
    4. Interpret the passage as your lifemap to the future.

    You could even add more randomness to the process. To do that at the
    macro
    level, visit a library and pick a book at random from the shelves. At
    the
    micro level, instead of interpreting a passage, pick a single word and
    let
    it point you to your path.

     
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    Always heard of it, never knew what it was called.:)
     
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    What if you read your books so carefully that no book would ever be able to fall open when placed on its spine? :eek:
     
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    Depending upon the book that you use, this exercise could get very interesting. Perhaps use a dictionary and force yourself to use the first word on the page that you open in the middle every hour of the day?
     
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    The classic example why one should use one's God-given discernment for this is: 1st verse-God told Saul to kill the bad guys, sparing no one, young, old, male and female..2nd verse: Go and do likewise...:p
     
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    I gave this a go, using one of my current reads - Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene. I counted down to the 7th line (7 because it was the 7th yesterday) and it read:
    "You don't realize - they want you"

    :eek: Who are they? Why do they want me? Should I be scared?:D
     
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    I know exactly what you mean, most of mine just fall over. :p Should that be taken as a message too?
     
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    I've done this with Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell that I'm currently reading (a hardback..definitely necessary to do this fall open thing) and closed my eyes and pointed to:

    "The truth was he was beginning to feel decidedly uncomfortable."

    Hmm. Am I? But then, I'm not a he either. I must protest.
     
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    I just tryed it with Dune and it worked. I pictured the test of young Paul. I opened my eyes and I saw he was questioning why he was to take the test.
    that was cool!
     
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    I like the idea. I'll have to try it.
     

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