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Divination for Beginners: Discover the Techniques That Work for You (For Beginners (Llewellyn's)) Paperback – 29 May 2003

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  • 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)

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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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This book has seen several names and printings; "The Art of Divination" and "The Pocket Guide to Fortune Telling", but any way you look at it, it is Scott Cunningham exploring the different ways and tools we use for divination.
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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x99a00960) out of 5 stars 26 reviews
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HASH(0x99a07630) out of 5 stars A little bit of everything 12 Dec. 2005
By Monarch - Published on Amazon.com
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Intriguing read, wonderful content for future reference. Scott Cunningham's grace throughout, and concise introductions to an unbelievable number of divining techniques. Although this book won't really help one to become proficient in any particular art, it gets them started, and points a person in the right direction. I especially liked the neat idea of using Scrabble pieces to divine. Walmart sells just the scrabble pieces with a pouch in their scrapbooking section, a perfect purchase to go along with this divination suggestion.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a5b23cc) out of 5 stars Looking for all kind of oracles? This is your choice. 25 Oct. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Art of Divination by Scott Cunnihngham provides more divination sources you could ever possibly imagine. But certainly, the best part of the book is the first chapter, providing you useful information regarding time, symbolism and future modification. If you are intrigued for your future, this book will help you to responsibly find an alternative way to look at it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99f9d8dc) out of 5 stars Great for a primer! 27 Dec. 2013
By Avarasai - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a great primer for divination. Yes, I realize it is for beginners (yes, I was one at the time I purchased and read it). No, it does not cover many of the subjects that I've had to look elsewhere to learn about, and the ones it does cover are not as in-depth as I expected from a Cunningham book. I also greatly disagree, in hindsight, with many of the classifications of the various techniques. For example, tarot is under the 'advanced techniques' portion of the books with only a small section (5 pages not including card descriptions, the majority of which is history) and no spreads offered despite being arguably the most popular form of divination today. Pendulums, as another example, receive two pages in the 'other techniques' section. Compare these with the section on mantic arts involving water, which spans more than 10 pages.

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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99fb9b88) out of 5 stars Not what I expected 12 Mar. 2014
By Elle - Published on Amazon.com
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The book provides a number of types of divination, but didn't really explain well how to do them. If you're interested in the origins of certain divinations, this is a good book. If you want to learn divination, then keep looking...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99a0790c) out of 5 stars great introductory 29 Feb. 2012
By tarotqueen - Published on Amazon.com
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This book covers a lot on divination. This is the one you go to when you want to try divination but don't know what you want. It has some like my personal favorite the tarot, and it also covers some forms that seem like superstitions but cool they're covered and discussed any how. Definately fun to read.
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