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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 21, 2004
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This is not so much a book as it is a divination tool. In fact, it is probably one of the easiest systems of divination to use- you simply concentrate on a "yes or no" question and thumb the pages until your intuition tells you to open it. There you will find your answer- and a little bit more.

Over the years I have used several divination systems (Tarot, I Ching, the Runes, and a couple more) but I was always curious about bibliomancy. It appears to be a form of "controlled synchronicity" as valid as any of the others- though limited to the degree of information that it can impart.

The book itself is a high quality artifact. You would swear that it is antique leather bound volume at first examination. It is a thick volume, but since it lacks page numbers, I cannot say exactly how thick. I know that people can't seem to keep their hands off of it, so it would probably make a great gift. An entertaining gesture might be to send it to a friend anonymously, to add a little mystery to their lives.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Superstitious though it may appear, this is a highly practical and useful guide to highlighting and solving whatever issue you have in mind. Not only does it help you clarify your issue by forcing it into the form of a YES/NO question, it suggests a viewpoint from which it could/should be examined. The wordings on the page you randomly and instinctively choose do neither clearly nor directly indicate THE answer, however, suggests you a way to look at/deal with your issue. With this in mind, you will go back to yourself to ponder untill what is said makes sense within you. Highly reliable in that it concludes that the answer lies in you, nowhere else but within yourself. You will go back to this book again and again, every time you wish to confront your deeper thoughts and hidden intuitions. Recommended!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
(in no particular order)

1. the design is awesome - makes it look like ancient book

2. fabulous conversation piece for any get-together

3. uses all the different kinds of divination

4. ten times better than a magic eight-ball

5. the price is great for a hard cover

All you have to do is ask a question, and randomly flip it open!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend this book for anyone - whether one believes in divination or even if one just wants to have fun reading the answers to their life questions. Ms. Routis Savas is definitely a talented writer and is knowledgeable about both Bibliomancy and human nature overall. She perfected how to magically hook the reader into wanting to continue over and over asking life's questions (whether it's regarding this life or one's next life). She also is a very creative / imaginative writer with intuition into the inner self. Once the reader starts, he/she can't put the book down. I wish my friends and I had this in high school. We would have spent many evenings asking "The Oracle Book" question after question. It's lots of fun and informative. Enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I have given this book to friends, and every single one of them loves it. The thing is, it's not just fun and insightful, AND like having your own fortune teller in the palm of your hand...but it's also very nicely made, with a beautiful, thick hardcover, with sensitively written words on aged-looking pages. The first time I picked the book up, I thought, "This is so nice!" It is not often you say that about just the book itself. It's a definite luxury item for your bookshelf, and your psyche. The author obviously put much care and thought into the words, the research, and the total look of this book, and that's very refreshing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"The Oracle Book" is ok for casual browsing(and replacing your long lost "Magic 8 Ball"), but as referenced by the author in her introduction, the traditional classical works used for the art of "Bibliomancy"(or Sortes) have been: 1.The Bible(both entire and separate books); 2. Homer's "Iliad" and "Odyssey"(used by ancient Greeks); Virgil's "Aeneid"(used by ancient Romans thru to the Renaissance). Modern diviner's also use other philosophical/literary works, including those of Shakespeare, Confucius, Kahlil Gibran, Dickens and others. I also practice this form of divination and find that a good large quotation volume(such as Bartlett's) serves just as well. The best way to perform a reading is to almost "quickly" reach for one of the books kept for bibliomancy(sort of like when the "spirit moves you")and randomly but quickly open to a page, as you let your left index finger pick a passage(without directly looking). Some people even use the TV/Radio in this manner- listening to the first words spoken when turning a set on. However, this form of divination may not work for everyone as well as other forms!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A must have for anyone seeking answers for life's many questions. This book is beautiful in it's writing and craftsmanship. Captivating and magical in it's responses, you will find yourself unable to put in down. As your relationship develops with this most fascinating book it will develop a personality of it's own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If you've ever indulged in stichomancy -- the art of divination by randomly opening a book -- you'll get a big kick out of this one. Specifically designed for that purpose, The Oracle Book consists of almost five hundred pages of brief oracular messages accompanied by charming illustrations. The physical book itself is stylishly made to resemble an ancient tome, and the whole effect is, well, cute. This would make a great gift item.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
What an beautiful book this is! Though the premise is similar to the black plastic Magic 8 Ball that you shake to find an answer, The Oracle Book takes decision-making to a much more stylish and elegant level. I like that the answers are based in Tarot, Astrology, Crystal Ball and other esoteric studies. This is the prettiest package I've seen in a long time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
OK, so you think of a question and concentrate on it. Then you open the book to the place it guides you, and find the answer to your question. There are a variety of sources for answers. And they are a bit ambiguous, so you can see what you are hoping to hear. Then you can interpret your answer. I actually use it often. You never know do you?
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