- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S.; 2nd edition (29 May 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738703842
- ISBN-13: 978-0738703848
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Divination for Beginners: Discover the Techniques That Work for You (For Beginners (Llewellyn's)) Paperback – 29 May 2003
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About the Author
Scott Cunningham practiced magic actively for over twenty years. He was the author of more than fifty books covering both fiction and non-fiction subject matter; sixteen of his titles are published by Llewellyn Publications. Scott's books reflect a broad range of interests within the New Age sphere, where he was very highly regarded. He passed from this life on March 28, 1993, after a long illness.
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The book is a collection of the various forms we use to call upon our abilities to foretell events and has some wonderful history associated with these various styles and tools. Divination is explored in various cultures and with various tools.
Also explored are the ways we can use these ways of divination and how to practice the various arts. While the more common ways of divination, tarot cards and crystal balls and such, are discussed, Scott also presents us with mirrors, herbs, cloth and other non-traditional ways of foretelling future events.
All of this is done with Scott's careful research, simple style of explanation and the usual wit and wisdom he applied to everything he wrote.
There is a good bibliography, the book has been indexed and there are diagrams and graphics that work well with the written material.
While this book addresses those who are beginners to the art of divination, there are little gems of information that could be appreciated by all levels of practitioners and the histories and lesser known methods of divination will interest all.
This is a good addition to your library if you do not have this already as one of the other titles. However, even if you do, you may want a copy to replace the worn one on your shelves or just to keep to lend out. My lending copies always seem to find a good home and I need to replace them on a regular basis.
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The information offered is also slightly skewed in favor of history and theory rather than actual technique. I found the amounts to be disproportionate, as there are roughly 75 pages of history and 125 pages of practical technique (each of which includes a detailed history of the particular art). The last 40 pages are a glossary, appendix and index. This is personal opinion, of course, but I expected more practical information.
Overall I do not regret the purchase and am happy to have it in my personal library (Cunningham is a phenomenal author and I view his works as essential to my collection), but I did have to explore several other sources in order to get a grip on even the basics of divination.