Fortune teller, Albert Anker, 1880

Fortune teller, Albert Anker, 1880 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oracular vision
May not be of the future
But merely seeing
The present at long distance
As the eagle view sees
Distant objects approaching
Before one sees the other
Perhaps the oracle sees
The distillation of
Probabilities, telepathically
From each moment in time

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24 Responses to Oracles

  1. Brian Hughes says:

    The Celtic Cross method works for me every time.

  2. Interesting. I’ve always wondered about how oracles worked. More for my writing than the reality of it though.

    • I just developed this theory from reading tarot cards and finding they often do foretell things…I then thought perhaps its all telepathy, but kind of serial telepathy from one person to another, so you kind of see things like an eagle might see two distant cars approaching one another on intersecting roads, long before they see each other…so it ‘sees’ the future, but it’s really just the present at long distance. πŸ™‚

      • I went to college with a lot of tarot readers. I thought the trick was to make things vague enough for the person being read to make their own conclusions. Sort of like creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.

      • Well I don’t read cards with any ‘tricks’ and I was as surprised as anyone else when very specific things I said came true over time, and with a variety of people..hence why I tried to work out how it might work. It freaked me out a bit, I don’t like the thought of a set future, so the telepathy thing seemed a better way to view it.

        But speaking as someone who reads cards primarily as a meditative exercise, but at the request of friends from time to time because things do seem to come true, and not general things or things just within their control that they could self-fulfil, I kind of take offence at the more general view of some people that everyone who does this is a charlatan or something. I never charge money and I really don’t care about’s just that when it seemed to work I wanted to understand why.

      • I’m not saying people who do this is a charlatan, but like most magic and illusion there is a sense of mesmerism. That in itself is something. The reason I say this is that I was the guy whose tarot readings never came true. For me, the opposite always happened, which is why my friends stopped reading me. They told me something bad was going to happen and something great would happen. If they said I’d have a good week, something would go horribly wrong. I think part of it was that I tired very hard to stop the ‘bad weeks’ and laid back too much on the ‘good weeks’. Again this is just me and my Wiccan/Pagan/Whatever friends listed me as an anomaly for multiple reasons. That was just one.

        Apparently, if you want to freak out a bunch of nature-loving Wiccans, point out foxes in the shadows and pet a skunk without getting sprayed.

      • Fair enough. As I said I started reading cards as a meditative exercise then got freaked out when very specific things came true, and often not just about the people I read for but also people around them and so forth. The whole thing seemed very weird.

        I have had people read for me that were uncanny also…and again very specific and some that were so vague the reading could have fitted anyone.

        But I guess when someone says the ‘trick’ in doing something is… implies that they think everyone who does this is trying to trick someone. So my point is, not all of us are. and I find the whole thing quite mysterious, but not something that I would live by. As I said in a comment under my poem ‘Stars’, which is about astrology…who really knows what reality is?

      • True. I can only go by my experiences and I have yet to meet anyone that read me with any level of exactness. It’s always been vague and led me to my own conclusions. I’m sure there are people out there who can do them because anything is possible. So, I do apologize for the generalization.

      • That’s cool – I understand, its just that I genuinely find the whole process so odd because it does seem to work uncannily at times. I went to one reader who, before I said anything other than hello, and before she even got me to shuffle the cards, held some crystals for a few moments and then proceeded to outline the issue I’d come about in intimate detail (I hadn’t told anyone about it at all and it wasn’t the usual boyfriend issue/life changes or career issue, it was something very strange and very specific)…and she even told me things about it I didn’t even know till later…it was truly spooky.

        I just sometimes think the nature of reality is so much weirder than perhaps we think, but who knows? πŸ™‚

      • It is, but I think there are people that overestimate the weirdness. Not you. I’ve met some people that believe in everything from ghosts (I do) to dragons sleeping under the earth causing natural disasters.

      • LOL, yes, some healthy skepticism is always good, and science can explain quite a lot really. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      • Ooh – I like this explanation – the present, just at a long distance. I always call it “seeing from above” – being able to see a much bigger picture. Nice example. πŸ™‚

      • Thank you! It’s a mysterious process! πŸ™‚

  3. Good stuff here as always sis! huggggs πŸ˜‰

  4. Yes. I know how that works.

  5. Sabrina Glidden says:


  6. It is all now–just a now that some of us can’t see.

  7. Your poetic style is truly awe-inspiring! I love reading your blog and have nominated you for the “Beautiful Blogger Award”

    • Thank you so much, that is so kind! I’m no sure I’ll have time to follow the nomination rules but I do so appreciate you thinking of me…it is very generous of you! πŸ™‚

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