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The Victorian era is renowned for its fascination with the superstitious and the spiritual; the theatrics of the magician, the fortune-teller and the seance astounded nineteenth-century audiences. This illustrated book, first published in 1900, offers a layman's guide to "matters magical and mysterious", including how to interpret dreams, omens of good and evil, palm-readi The Victorian era is renowned for its fascination with the superstitious and the spiritual; the theatrics of the magician, the fortune-teller and the seance astounded nineteenth-century audiences. This illustrated book, first published in 1900, offers a layman's guide to "matters magical and mysterious", including how to interpret dreams, omens of good and evil, palm-reading, using ouija boards and identifying witches.


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The Victorian era is renowned for its fascination with the superstitious and the spiritual; the theatrics of the magician, the fortune-teller and the seance astounded nineteenth-century audiences. This illustrated book, first published in 1900, offers a layman's guide to "matters magical and mysterious", including how to interpret dreams, omens of good and evil, palm-readi The Victorian era is renowned for its fascination with the superstitious and the spiritual; the theatrics of the magician, the fortune-teller and the seance astounded nineteenth-century audiences. This illustrated book, first published in 1900, offers a layman's guide to "matters magical and mysterious", including how to interpret dreams, omens of good and evil, palm-reading, using ouija boards and identifying witches.

30 review for Consult the Oracle: A Victorian Guide to Folklore and Fortune Telling

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gillian Kevern

    FLYING IN THE AIR NOT ILLEGAL Lord Mansfield had an old woman brought before him as a witch, and among other things she was charged with riding through the air. The great judge dismissed the case, observing, "My opinion is that this good woman should be suffered to return home, and whether she do so by walking on the ground or riding in the air must be left to her own judgement; for there is nothing contrary to the laws of English in either." UNCHANGING FACES When people have countenances that neve FLYING IN THE AIR NOT ILLEGAL Lord Mansfield had an old woman brought before him as a witch, and among other things she was charged with riding through the air. The great judge dismissed the case, observing, "My opinion is that this good woman should be suffered to return home, and whether she do so by walking on the ground or riding in the air must be left to her own judgement; for there is nothing contrary to the laws of English in either." UNCHANGING FACES When people have countenances that never conspicuously change, they are very discreet, or very cold, or very dull.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Serge ♆ Neptune

    Love the vintage style. Some parts are ok, some are very cringy and reek of misogyny and toxic masculinity, but I suppose those were the times. Some parts are super-boring. Apparently you can't do anything right without all sort of misfortune befalling you. Love the vintage style. Some parts are ok, some are very cringy and reek of misogyny and toxic masculinity, but I suppose those were the times. Some parts are super-boring. Apparently you can't do anything right without all sort of misfortune befalling you.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    This is a fun book although I wouldn't let the ideas in it control my life. It's a good little book if you need to do research on paranormal beliefs of 1899. In fact, it's a little disturbing that people on the cusp of the 20th Century still believed these things. But, I got a good chuckle out of it. For instance, my indoor cat recently escaped and was gone for a week. She came home really skinny. According to Consult the Oracle she is so thin because witches were riding her around for that week This is a fun book although I wouldn't let the ideas in it control my life. It's a good little book if you need to do research on paranormal beliefs of 1899. In fact, it's a little disturbing that people on the cusp of the 20th Century still believed these things. But, I got a good chuckle out of it. For instance, my indoor cat recently escaped and was gone for a week. She came home really skinny. According to Consult the Oracle she is so thin because witches were riding her around for that week she was missing. The book also has good advice. Don't sleep in a bean field or you'll have bad dreams and possibly go insane. I'll remember this if I ever feel the need to sleep in a bean field. This is a reproduction of an actual Victorian book. If you have need of knowing what it means if you dream of gooseberries or Yorkshire pudding, this book is for you. My plan is to use some of these ideas in a steampunk story I started. By the way, you should always crunch up egg shells after breaking them. If you leave an egg shell in two pieces, witches will sail to sea in the shells and cause all kinds of havoc with ships. Must be really little witches to sail away in an eggshell (and ride cats.)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Liselotte

    It's a funny little book. It's interesting but you won't miss out anything if you don't read it. If you want to know slightly more, I've written a review on this book on my blog ( https://princessliselotte.wordpress.c... ), but because this book is pretty tiny, there's not much more to it. It's great to have for some writing help, but some of the things in this book are still common thoughts today! It's a funny little book. It's interesting but you won't miss out anything if you don't read it. If you want to know slightly more, I've written a review on this book on my blog ( https://princessliselotte.wordpress.c... ), but because this book is pretty tiny, there's not much more to it. It's great to have for some writing help, but some of the things in this book are still common thoughts today!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cheyenne

    A fun read, but some of the superstitions and beliefs in this book seem so goofy! It's crazy to think people believed these things. And it's crazy to think about what future generations will think about our superstitions and what not. A fun read, but some of the superstitions and beliefs in this book seem so goofy! It's crazy to think people believed these things. And it's crazy to think about what future generations will think about our superstitions and what not.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hester

    Not what I was expecting.

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