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The Book Of Ordinary Oracles: Use Pocket Change, Popsicle Sticks, a TV Remote, this Book, and More to Predict the Future and Answer Your Questions

The Book Of Ordinary Oracles: Use Pocket Change, Popsicle Sticks, a TV Remote, this Book, and More to Predict the Future and Answer Your Questions [Kindle Edition]

Lon Milo DuQuette
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Consulting oracles used to be difficult and dangerous. You had to make a pilgrimage plagued with hardship, trudging through the desert to a holy place or person. Or kill a calf to read its liver or a bird to read its entrails. Or study for years to read ink dropped in water. Who has the time? Traditional methods just aren't convenient today. What's a divine wonderer to do? Funny you should ask.

In The Book of Ordinary Oracles, Lon Milo DuQuette shows us how to use items lying around the house--from pocket change to chopsticks--to divine answer to everyday questions. He also tells us how to ask the right question and interpret the answer. The tools he provides will make consulting oracles as easy as reaching into your pocket or cupboard. Can one use channel surfing as an oracle? You bet! DuQuette's anecdotes illustrate various divination techniques. Laugh your way to wisdom while learning new ways to look at the I Ching and how to read tarot cards for yourself.


This book shows how to use items you have around the house as oracles so you can divine answers without going to the lengths necessary in times past. Laugh your way to wisdom as Lon entertains with hilarious anecdotes illustrating the various divination techniques. Dice, playing cards, dominoes, books, coins can be used to find oracular answers to questions from the mundane to the life-changing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2211 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books (1 Feb 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007X6M6HY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #376,118 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a gem! 28 Aug 2009
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This is a light-hearted and humourous book about different methods of divination. However its easy style belies its profound wisdom and insight. It was a joy to read and a joy to understand.
It will certainly point you in the right direction if you're looking to understand and start divination.
I wish I had discovered this book earlier as it makes a number of books in my library redundant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Ordinary Oracle Book! 25 Feb 2005
By Janet Berres - Published on
Lon Milo DuQuette's Book of Ordinary Oracles is no ordinary book on oracles! It is engaging, humorous, and a spellbinding book -- one that cuts through the routine and often superficial information frequently given in books published on this subject. Lon DuQuette gets to the heart of what divination by an oracle is and why it works. He then offers the reader his many unique ways of consulting the oracles, and, after consulting them, he most importantly reveals exactly how to use that information to answer our most personal questions. Lon's gifts to his readers are a keen sense of humor, years of experience, and his ability to make complicated and difficult information easy to understand. Lon Milo DuQuette takes the occult, hidden world of "telling fortunes" , and makes it accessible to all through ordinary, every day items. I highly recommend this book to all future soothsayers and other questing people. It will certainly occupy a prominent place among my many books on divination.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Wisdom And Livingroom Magic 23 Feb 2005
By Arthur E. Rosengarten - Published on
The Book of Ordinary Oracles presents masterful, original, and truly clever divination experiments which perfectly represent the true intent of oracles and so-called "fortune-telling" practices. As a practitioner and author myself in the divinatory arts, I recommend this enjoyable small book for its playful and astute delivery of large ideas. Once again, author Lon DuQuette applies his rare gift of humor and invention to a wealth of esoteric knowledge without ever diminishing its value.

Oracular practices, we learn, are built upon the lost art of questioning-one's motives, choices, expectations, etc. in matters of self-perceived consequence. "When you actually know the question" writes DuQuette, "the answer is everywhere, and you can see it in anything you observe." This book invites you to play alongside a master soothsayer, discover oracular tools in everyday objects, and learn the necessary perspectives that make divination immediately appealing and relevant to modern sensibility. Though augury has never been this much fun, despite itself the book leaves you primed with more psychic fuel than you ever bargained for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Divination without tears. 15 Mar 2005
By Alan Salmi - Published on
Like all of Mr. DuQuette's books, this one gives important information on a serious subject without being solemn. His writing style is light and humorous and is a refreshing change from the boring, high minded writings on occultism that you usually see. If you are interested in a quick and dirty guide to divination, both in theory and practice, this is it. In fact, it can even ideas for making your own system. I particularly like the emphasis of getting the right question in the first place. Once you have a basic idea from this book, you can, of course go deeper into the I Ching (although his version is much more fun), tarot, fire gazing or sheep's livers (this last being too messy for me). Personal stories of working with the oracles described make the book a fun read and give you an idea of what really working with an oracle can be like, both the good and the bad. Not only should you read this book, you should use it.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fortune Telling for Dummies & other Complete Idiots? 9 Jan 2006
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Not exactly!

Mr. Duquette outlines, with his usual humorous, no-nonsense approach, just how divination works, and how we can make it work for ourselves. There are loads of ideas here, for those that like to be crafty, how to make your own divination devices, as well as how to read the oracular messages in the world around us.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary and Entertaining! 29 Jan 2011
By J. Arena - Published on
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The Book Of Ordinary Oracles is a great book to own. If you flip through it in a bookstore or library, I guarantee that you will decide to purchase it immediately. There are tons of books out there on this subject, however, none I have seen so far have presented the information in such a lighthearted yet effective manner.

The Book Of Ordinary Oracles may well motivate you to take up further study!
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