We are all psychic but to varying degrees. Even psychic skills face logical limitations; some people are just more sensitive, sensitive in different ways, and more talented than others. Everyone can run, but some people run faster, longer, and with more grace than others. With training, you can improve and maximize the psychic skills you have, just like improving your speed, endurance, and grace as a runner.
Sometimes psychic gifts remain dormant until a specific trigger moment, like a near-death experience, or they are unlocked through concentrated efforts at meditation and mindfulness work. There is also a wide range of talents, from simple intuition to channeling other entities. This section of the Ask Astrology website explores and explains the psychic skill of bibliomancy.
What is Bibliomancy
Bibliomancy is the use of books in divination. The method of employing sacred books (especially specific words and verses) for ‘magical medicine’, for removing negative entities, or for divination is widespread in many religions of the world (Wikipedia). Common texts work just as effectively since it is the psychic skill that directs the practitioner to a useful answer.
According to the Shulchan Aruch (Rema, Yoreh Deah, 179), it is not the sin of necromancy to divine an answer using the goral, the practice of opening the Chumash to see an answer to a question or asking a child for the first piece of scripture that comes to his mind (Wikipedia).
Methods for Performing Bibliomancy
One method is to select a book that holds spiritual truths, like a sacred text. Balance the book on its spine, ask your question or for guidance, and allow it to fall open. Close your eyes, run your hands along with the text, stop, open your eyes, and read the text.
Another method involves setting the text on a table. Close your eyes and place your hand on top of the text. Ask your question. Then run your hand along the side where you can open the book and open it. Once open, run your hand along the page and stop, then read the answer.
Different Sacred Texts
Among Christians, the Bible is most commonly used (in the Sortes Sanctorum), and in Islamic cultures the Quran. In the Middle Ages, the use of Virgil’s Aeneid was common in Europe and known as the sortes Virgilianae. In the classical world, the sortes Virgilianae and sortes Homericae (using the Iliad and Odyssey) were used (Wikipedia).
Other sacred texts include the Vedas and the Upanishads (Hinduism), the Agamas (Jainism), the Tanakh and the Talmud (Judaism), the Kojiki (Shintoism), the Guru Granth Sahib (Sikhism), the Tao Te Ching (Taoism), the Book of Shadows (Wicca), the Avesta (Zoroastrianism), and the Bhagavad Gita (Hinduism).
Using Mundane Texts
Perhaps the most comprehensive mundane text to use is the dictionary. Questions get answered with words. But the best dictionary for bibliomancy is one that also includes examples of the words in a sentence. Really, any text will do, whether it is fiction or non-fiction. You can even use picture books from the children’s category or photographic books, especially ones of a wide variety of animals, where the answer is the animal totem and its meaning.
Type of Book (Hardcover versus Paperback)
Books that are hardcovers, with spines that will allow the book to fall or lay open, work better than paperbacks, which require more effort to open, hold open, and find a passage. The book needs to be able to “fall open” if set on its spine.
Testing for Yourself
This psychic skill is rather easy to test. Just go get a book that fits the “type” criteria and follow one of the two methods above. Ask your question, find a point on a page, and read the results. If you do not find the answers to be clear or obvious, then you might locate a practitioner who does bibliomancy and pay that person to answer your question using this skill.
If you discover you do have the talent, then you have a quick and easy method you can apply to your questions or situation. Bibliomancy, the professional practice, is rare when compared to other skills that have professional practitioners. Still, if you want a quick, clear answer to a question, then getting a bibliomancy reading is an easy way to access messages from spirit or your higher self.
Who to Work With?
If you want to work with someone who has this skill, then it is best to seek out practitioners who, when vetted thoroughly, will be able to show you their skill and professionalism.
No matter what service you seek, a mechanic or psychic, it is always a wise policy to look at their business practice, testimonials, and credentials (both ones from an institution and based on their life experience). Talent can appear very early on, but using the talent wisely requires other life skills and maturity.
If you think or know you have the ability and want to develop it, look for accomplished practitioners who are also willing to teach. High-quality people exist in all professions and they all share similar traits in the way they present themselves to the public and develop their success.