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The Language of Birds, by Dale Pendell

By Psyche | September 14, 2010 | Leave a comment

The Language of Birds, by Dale PendellThe Language of Birds, by Dale Pendell
Three Hands Press, 71 pp., 2010

Pendell views divination as being directed by spirits or gods, likened to possession or seduction, weaving poetry and meditation through myth and history. Etymologies offer shifting meanings, and we learn “Cicero thought fish too dumb to speak for the gods”.

Interspersed throughout are lists of divination methods, including some rather obscure ones, such as alectryomancy – divination by roosters pecking grain, gelomancy – divination from laughter, myomancy – divination by squeaks of mice, or (my favourite) tiromancy – divination by milk curds or the holes on cheese. Continue reading