If you want something done, give it to a busy person. And boy, between my usual stuff going on, a new shrine project that came together WAY too quickly for it to have been mere chance, and all the 2019 yearly forecast readings going on (have you gotten yours yet? special ends next Wednesday!), it’s a true blessing that I’ve been snowed in for the past few days and have had the time to actually do everything I need and get some sleep on top of that.
I’ve had it in my mind to make some divination tools for the public to have for a while now, based on some of the tools and methods I use. I’ve written about a bunch on this blog from time to time over the year—granted, most of it is geomancy, which is pretty tool-independent when you get right down to it—and some of them require some specialized tools. In general, most forms of divination, especially practiced in a modern way, don’t really require consecration or blessing, though it never hurts to do so. Tarot readers can just pick up a pack of cards and get to work, but it can often help to cleanse them and spiritually prepare them for the work they’re doing.
However, not all the forms of divination I do are so free-wheeling or powered by my own spiritual sense, but are tied directly to the spirits and gods, a true divinization of divination as it were. To that end, I like to have some of my tools properly prepared, blessed, consecrated, and linked up to the voices of those spirits and gods so that I can read what they say as much as I hear them. For some time now, I’ve been working on how, exactly, to go about doing that for others, but I kept putting it on the back burner. Well, no more of that; a bunch of supplies came in, and I promptly got myself read, got into the right headspace, made the right offerings, and got to Work with the Hellenic god of guides and guide of gods, men, spirits, souls, and heroes, Hermēs.
Long-time readers might remember two forms of divination I use with him:
- The use of four coins to determine yes or no answers, and how strong those yeses and nos are
- The use of five knucklebones (properly, αστραγαλοι astragaloi) to divine guidance, advice, and specific gods to honor (also a bit on ritual and probabilities and study)
Guess what? You can now buy sets of four coins and sets of five astragaloi on my Etsy page, all consecrated, blessed, and ready to go.
Making these was a pleasure and an honor, and they’re specially made for those who work with Hermēs as the messenger of gods and men to communicate to them, and to any to approach them, the best advice in the time they need and the way they need, so that anyone who comes to the gods with sincerity, honor, and reverence may have the proper guidance to go where they must go, know what they must know, do what they must do, and become what they must be. Not only are these tools for you, but they may be used through your service for any who come to you. Just call on Hermēs, and he will answer.
I’ve prepared a bunch of these sets in a batch, which was easy enough for me, but supplies are still limited. I may make more in the future, or I may make more only as special requests and commissions, I haven’t yet decided. If you’re interested, head on over to my Etsy while supplies still last:
- Divination Coins of Hermēs (US$16 plus shipping fees)
- Divination Bones of Hermēs (US$24 plus shipping fees)
I include with the coin sets a short guide on how to use them along with a special prayer, but the bones contain no such guide due to the amount of information they can provide. For that, I would strongly recommend getting one of the following texts:
- Kostas Dervenis, Oracle Bones Divination: The Greek I Ching (Destiny Books, 2013)
- Fritz Graf, “Rolling the Dice for an Answer”, in Mantikê: Studies in Ancient Divination (ed. Sarah Iles Johnston and Peter T. Struck, volume 155, Brill, 2005)
- Franz Heinevetter, Würfel- und Buchstabenorakle in Griechenland un Kleinasien (Breslan, 1912)
Of course, there are other ways you can use the astragaloi, too; one such way is to use them for grammatomancy, the Greek alphabet oracle, which I just so happen to have written about and have a highly useful reference text on, too, also coincidentally available on my Etsy. However, you might also consider getting John Opsopaus’ book, Oracles of Apollo (Llewellyn Publications, 2017), which has that and other divination methods included in it, as well.
So what are you waiting for? Who can deny the blessings of the gods, and who would ignore their guidance? Learn how to communicate with Hermēs and, through him, with the rest of the gods today; get in on these tools while they’re still there to get!