Tag Archives: divination

Follow the Arrow

Sculpture by John Raimondi Abaris the Hyperborean is one of those mysterious magicians who shows up in multiple sources, and has led to additional speculation and apocryphal stories in more recent times. He was first mentioned in Archaic Greek texts, He is … Continue reading

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What’s the Story, Wishbone?

Beth asked me last night if I knew how the tradition of breaking the wishbone started, and I had to admit I didn’t know. As with most superstitions, it’s difficult to get an exact answer, but there’s a lot of … Continue reading

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Toying with the Occult

Ah, the Ouija Board. Who doesn’t love the idea of a means of possession by evil spirits that you can buy at Toys “R” Us? I’ve never used one myself, but I’ve heard plenty of stories of girls at sleepovers … Continue reading

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