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January 31st, 2012


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12:33 pm - Divination by liminal, long-necked water birds
This morning, I spent a bit of time working through a new divination set: Divination by Crane. The set is (currently) 18 tiles, each with a silhouette of a crane on it in a different position. Some of the tiles might be too similar-looking (expect to see a picture of the set soon, but not yet, since I'm still trying to make it all work), but they include cranes in many positions (right now, there are also herons, storks, and egrets in the mix, thus the title of this post) and a meaning with many of them.

Some of the tiles include the following:
  • Warning - Bravery, danger
  • Soaring - Ease, new heights, rising above
  • Landing - Endings, home, and stillness
  • The Siege - Community, togetherness
  • The Waters - Chaos, potential, subconscious
  • The Land - Grounding, safety/vulnerability
  • Taking off- New beginnings, direction, sureness
  • Descent - Slowing, winding down (temporary)
  • Ascent - Accelerating, preparing (temporary)
  • Crane Dance - (my favorite!) Joy, love, and bliss
The plan is to have them all on wood and (of course) available for sale in the near future.

Creating the rather intricate balance of natural forces that is required for any good divination set is the most difficult part, though I'm tempted to use the "Magic 8 Ball formula;" that is, 1/2 positive, 1/4 indeterminate, 1/4 negative. It seems to bear itself out in other forms of divination pretty readily, though not perfectly.

Part of the fun was designing the tiles. I expect that they'll get a bit nicer as time goes on, but the first set will just be silhouettes, because that's my skill set right now. I don't know if we'll use them in ritual (I might need a volunteer or two to test them out and see how they go), or if they'll just be something fun, but so far, I'm enjoying them quite a bit.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: artistic
Current Music: "Take it Back", -JB

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From:dandelionlady
Date:January 31st, 2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
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This sounds very cool. Though I tend toward more fondness for the swimming sort of waterbirds. :) I'm trying to figure out what The Siege is. I'm waffling between thinking of trebuchets and sedge marshes. Or possibly trebuchets in sedge marshes. Hmm... muddy.
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From:chronarchy
Date:January 31st, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
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A "siege" is the collective noun for a number of cranes :) "Sedge" is an alternate collective noun for it. I love it :)

Are you in need of a "duck oracle" version, perchance?
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From:dandelionlady
Date:January 31st, 2012 09:24 pm (UTC)
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LOL. No duck oracles, thanks. I've got it covered. 1 quack for yes, 2 quacks for no, 3 quacks for where's my bread crumbs?!
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From:chronarchy
Date:January 31st, 2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
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A raft of ducks in the water, a skein of ducks in flight.
A plump of ducks all around us, a tasty meal tonight.

Or so I hear.
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From:dandelionlady
Date:February 1st, 2012 03:38 am (UTC)
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yum.
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From:skylark913
Date:January 31st, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
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This sounds very cool! If you are need of a guinea pig, I know this girl ;). I'm excited to hear more as you continue with it.
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From:chronarchy
Date:January 31st, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
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I'm sure that I'd be more than willing to experiment with you. I mean, let you play with them. I mean, have you experiment with my 'divination set.' I mean. . . you know what I mean. :)

Hopefully, we'll have a working copy in a week or two!
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From:spottedtoad
Date:February 2nd, 2012 01:12 pm (UTC)
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If only there was some sort of religious order, maybe in ADF, that was devoted to the Crane. If there was such an order, members thereof might be willing to test such a system. If only...
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From:chronarchy
Date:February 2nd, 2012 01:24 pm (UTC)
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Worry not, as soon as the product has survived initial contact with ritual, I will roll it out to the OOtC :) there is a paper copy winging its way out west as I type this, too, so consider it "coming to a Crane near you!"
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From:spottedtoad
Date:February 3rd, 2012 11:56 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm, I wonder if it is a Crane I know.

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