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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Divination By the Bible

The Holy Bible has long been used in the practice of magic and to tell the future. Of all the books which make up the Bible, the Psalms are arguably among the most popular verses used in the practice of magic. These verses are often uttered in faith during the course of casting a spell. Typically, verses are often chosen according to tradition or for a personal interpretation of a certain Psalm.

The bible is also a popular medium used in the practice of Stichomancy, or divination by books, although any book can be used in this practice. Practitioners often have their own systems of operation but generally speaking a question is posed while holding the book, it is then opened to a random page with eyes closed and one's finger is also randomly placed onto a page. The passage on which one's finger falls is then read and interpreted.

I know of one person who suggested that you use a pin or needle to blindly point to a spot in the book with enough force to pierce the page. He then advised that you look at not only the word on which the point landed on that page but also every word that the pin perforated. The words would then be scrambled in order to make a coherent sentence from which to divine your answer. Some folks even suggest that the better you know your Bible, the better this system of divination will work for you.

During the Burning Times ( a period in history when Christians persecuted and tortured witches and alleged witches) many 'tests' were employed to determine a person's guilt or innocence. Many of these tests were death sentences in and of themselves. Tests were designed so that in order to prove your innocence you had to die, as in the infamous “swimming the witch” test. The test was performed as follows. An accused individual was bound, gagged, and thrown into a body of water. If, for whatever reason, the accused floated then he or she was found guilty of witchcraft and sentenced to death. However, if the accused sank he or she was declared innocence but invariably drowned.

Another test involved weighing the alleged witch against a copy of the bible. If the accused was heavier than the book it was considered sure sign of their wickedness as their guilt was weighing them down. If, however, the bible was proved heavier they were declared innocent and set free.

In the magical tradition of the granny women of the Appalachian mountains if a girl wished to know if her boyfriend loved her she would hang a bible on a string and recite a Ruth 1:16-17 (where you go there shall I follow....) followed by the name of her beloved. It is said that if the bible turns on the string so that the open end would face the girl, then her sweetheart loves her and that they will one day marry. Similar procedures have also been reported for discovering a thief as well as taking off a spell.

Finally, some folks say that if you can balance a Bible on the end (that is, make it stand up without falling over) then the Lord is with you. Although I could not find the bible used exactly as described as above, I believe it to be a modern version of earlier practices. Symbolically to balance a bible on end would represent being in balance with the will of god or of being upright (i.e. morally just).
As we have seen the use of the Bible in magic and divination is unquestionably a very old practice. Like any other form of divination I feel that it must be utilized by the individual to determine if this form of divination works for you.

Happy Hoodoo-ing 


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