16 September 2008

The Occult Significance of Magpies

Update: New article discussing magpie divination

The magpie rhyme is a quaint bit of folk superstition. There are many versions, but one of the more common goes like this:

One for sorrow, two for joy
Three for a girl, four for a boy
Five for silver, six for gold
Seven for a secret never to be told

The idea is that if you happen to see a group of magpies, their number will tell you your future. Whether it has ever been used very seriously for fortune telling is not known, but it does seem a little unlikely. But why not? I wrote a little article which discusses a possible way to actually use the magpie rhyme for divination purposes, based on ideas from traditional occultism. (I first started to write a blog post on the topic, but it grew much too long and I decided to make it into a page of its own.)

This also marks the creation of a new section for articles on spiritual and occult topics. For now it'll be just a subsection of the Elcalen's Homepage area, as it's still quite small.

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