Posted by: Nyxks | February 23, 2007

The Complete Guide to Divination

The Complete Guide to Divination
by Cassandra Eason
© 1998. 2004 Crossing Press
ISBN 1-58091-138-2
Paperback 302 page + Further Reading & Index
$14.95 (U.S.)
Reviewed by: Mike Gleason

I’m not sure about “Complete” since there are only about ten forms of divination listed in the Table of Contents. The “Further Reading” list also seems a bit thin, with only an average of two books per topic.

The author’s style of writing (each chapter is self-contained) is one which makes her books very easy to read. You can pick and choose what you want to read, and in which order. Especially with a topic like divination, this is quite important. You can read about a particular form of divination, put the book down for a week or two to experiment, and then do the same with another form. This makes for a very comfortable feeling.

The chapter devoted to the Tarot is clearly written and easy to understand. It contains reminders to trust your own instincts if in doubt. It tends to be a bit more cut and dried than I might like, but that is a personal bias, which I freely acknowledge.

The chapter devoted to tea lead reading contains descriptions of 200 images but, as Ms. Eason clearly states, “Learning symbols by heart is counterproductive. Trust the magic invoked as you read the leaves.” It is refreshing to see that in print, especially after telling the reader that there is a list of symbols.

There are pluses and minuses in this book. On the plus side, there are a number of different divinatory methods included. On the minus side, most of the information given is quite shallow. While my feeling is that title is a bit grandiose for this work, it is an easy to read and understand introduction to the subject of divination. I do wish, however, a bit more effort had been put into the list of books for further reading. In a field so vast, and as much written about, as divination, twenty-one titles for ten topics is way too short a list.

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