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Patricia Telesco aka Marian Singer is the mother of three, wife, chief human to 5 pets, and a full-time professional author with over 60 books on the market, each of which represents a different area of spiritual interest for her and her readers. Trish travels minimally twice a month to give lectures and workshops around the country. She (or her writing) has appeared on several television segments including Sightings on muli-cultural divination systems and National Geographic Today ' Solstice Celebrations. Besides this, Trish maintains a strong, visible presence in the metaphysical community including having given over 300 radio interviews from coast to coast, writings on the internet through popular sites like: www.witchvox.com, her yahoo club: www.groups.yahoo.com/groups/folkmagicwithtrishtelesco, and various appearances on internet chats and bbs boards. Trish considers herself a down-to-earth Kitchen & folk magician whose love of folklore and worldwide customs flavor every word she writes. Her strongest ethical guidelines are honor, respect, and gratitude in all things.
It's a hard thing to be asked to review a friend's book. Trish is my friend, and even though our friendship developed after I got this book, it predates my reading it.
I'm going to be honest here. This is a book that I think should be in the library of most of the practicing witches out there. It is a very good introduction to the art of divination.
Trish not only goes through the basics of divination, but she does so in such detail that one could sit down and make their own divinatory system from the ideas in this book. Which is a good thing since she also includes quite a bit of instructions on making your own divination tool.
She doesn't stop there. She goes on to break down most of the existing divinatory methods and explores them in brief, as well as mentioning other divination systems that don't exist currently, but which should, given the current state of the art.
The reader must keep one thing firmly in mind while reading this book; these systems are described in brief, not in depth. There is no comprehensive table for tea-leaf reading for instance. The good news is there is enough information that one can extrapolate a table from experience.
This is the key to this book, experience. Most of the information in this book counts on the reader having knowledge of some sort of mystical practice, and being able to hear and understand and/or feel those internal promptings that tell a reader that this is true, that is not.
A complete novice CAN use this book, but if they try to use it as a "one book guide" to the art of divination, they will be woefully lost. It is a reference and it is a good one, but it the equivalent of the last volume of an encyclopedia, it tells you where to find the information you were looking for.Read more ›
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I actually had a hard copy of this book which seems to have been lost so I decided to get a copy I couldn't misplace. I do a lot of tarot readings and have worked with a pendulum as well, but this book offers some other techniques you can use in order to get a fresh perspective. I have used the dominoes divination in a group setting and everyone seemed to enjoy it. If you are looking for new methods of divination, that are easy to follow, you will enjoy this book a lot.
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