The Diviner’s Handbook: Writings on Ancient and Modern Divination Practices

Edited by Robert Scott
Price: $10.99
Publication Date: 26 March 2018
Place of Publication: Asheville, North Carolina
ISBN: 978-1986615204 / 1986615200
Pages: 152 pp
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 5 x 8 

Sticks and Stones and Animal Bones 
Birds and Cards and Far-away Stars 
Welcome to The Diviner’s Handbook, a collection of essays, prayers, artwork, and poetry which deals with both ancient and modern divination practices, techniques, systems, and beliefs.  
This is not the typical how-to manual, however. There are plenty of books like that already. This is not a how to read the signs and work the system book, but rather a how to be a diviner book. It is a collection of prayers to guide you, poems to inspire you, warnings to remind you of your responsibilities, and meditations on the art by those who practice it. With work drawing upon techniques as varied as augury, bone casting, cartomancy, ogam, and runelore, there is something here for nearly every practitioner.  
Divination has ancient roots, but is very much alive in modern times. It is our hope that The Diviner’s Handbook will become a trusted companion to you in all of your oracular work. And may that work be insightful, inspirational, and full of hope.

It can be purchased in paperback format through Amazon, and through Barnes and Noble.  All of the proceeds from The Diviner’s Handbook – as well as many of the other volumes in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina series – will be used to help promote the revival of the worship of the Greek and Egyptian Gods, with a portion of the proceeds given to a worthy charitable organization in their name.  So, not only will you be getting a wonderful book about divination – but your money will be going to do good work and help the revival of ancient polytheistic religions.

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Dedication … 3

Keeper of the Stones: Earth Oracle by Pegi Eyers … 5

Introduction by Robert Scott … 11

From the Desk of the Editor-in-Chief by Rebecca Buchanan …. 17


Odin and the Volva by Lorenz Frølich (1895) … 19

A Series of Prayers for Divination by Rachel Iriswings … 20

Cartomancy Prayers to La Madama by Blue Huntington … 22

Water and Leaves by Jessica McKenna … 23

Prayer to Apollon by Jessica McKenna … 25

Scrying Prayer to Xolotl by Blue Huntington …. 26

Scrying Prayer to Xolotl by Blue Huntington … 27

Prophet by Jamie Houghton …. 28

Prayer to Hermes by Jessica McKenna … 29

bear/carry/suffer across/beyond/through by Alexeigynaix … 30

What Ozymandias Saw by Katie Anderson … 37

The Call

Attic Red Figure Kylix … 39

The Pythia Speaks by Jennifer Lawrence … 40

Delphic Maxims and the Oracle at Delphi: Advice on Divination from the Ancient Oracle by Robert Scott … 42

Words to Seers and Diviners: Following the Delphic Maxims by Robert Scott … 44

Spoken-Word Nostradamus by Katie Anderson … 48

malefica for a false seer by Jennifer Lawrence … 50

Trinitarian Prophesy: An Examination of Oracular Praxis on Mind, Body, and Spirit by Katie Anderson … 52

Cassandra’s Curse by Robert Scott … 63

Searching for Thomas Saxon by J.K. Bywaters … 65

Sticks and Stones and Animal Bones

Bone Casting by Blue Huntington … 75

Rune Poem I by Rebecca Buchanan … 76

Runic Hourglasses by Rebecca Buchanan … 77

birth by Rebecca Buchanan … 85

Fairy Tale Runes by Alura Rose … 86

Using Fairy Tales for Divination and the Creation of Fairy Tale Runes by Alura Rose … 87 

Coed Dau Ddeg (Twenty Trees) by Melia Phosphorou … 90

Ancestral Bone-Casting Rite by Blue Huntington … 96

In the Cards

The Hierophant from the Alchemical Tarot by Robert M. Place … 99

The Hermit by Gerri Leen … 100

Who Are You Covenanting With? by Fay Robertson … 102

The Fool Card by Merit Brokaw … 105

The Cards by Gerri Leen … 106

the trees have died; the pixels never lived by Alexeigynaix … 107

Aesop’s Two of Swords by Merit Brokaw … 112

A Walk in the Wildwoods by Rebecca Buchanan … 113

Hierophant’s Book by Merit Brokaw … 117

Earth Oracle: A Set of Interpretive Cards by Pegi Eyers … 119

Messages From Above

Astrological Clock, Venice … 127

Scorpio Squared by Gerri Leen … 128

Saturn Return by Alexeigynaix … 130

Courting the Crows by Rev. Kimberly Rich … 131

How to Perform an Augury by Rebecca Buchanan … 134

Calchas stands upon the cliff of Aulis by Rebecca Buchanan … 136

Cartomancy Prayer by Blue Huntington … 139

Appendix A: Recommended Reading … 141

Appendix B: Our Contributors … 142

Appendix C: About Bibliotheca Alexandrina 

— Current Titles — Forthcoming Titles … 148