Consult the Oracle

Consult the Oracle A Victorian Guide to Folklore and Fortune Telling

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Synopsis

"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.

Book information

ISBN: 9781783660018
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Imprint: Old House Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 398.20941
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 1 online resource (167 )
Weight: -1g