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Consult the Oracle

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781908402738
Author(s): Gabriel Nostradamus
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Dimensions: 123 x 25 x 182 (w x l x h)
Pages: 168

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'If you sing before breakfast you will cry before supper...' In their own words, what it meant for Victorians to dream of actors, April Fools, herrings or a railway ticket - why it was advised to throw a black snail by its horns over the left shoulder for good luck - and why it is essential to inform bees of a death in the family. 'If one drops a knife, a woman is coming; a fork, a man is coming; a spoon, a fool.' Tappings on tables, questionable curatives, old wives' tales and whispers from beyond the grave - Victorians were fascinated by the supernatural. Consult the Oracle was where they might have turned when they needed to identify a witch, interpret an omen or dream, required a natural cure or wanted to divine their future with a pack of cards - or simply wished to understand what the supernatural meant to them and their ancestors. First published in 1899, it offered a layman's guide to 'matters magical and mysterious', and today is a quirky glimpse of a supernatural age now lost, by turns haunting and hilarious.

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