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Avril and Hailey admired their surroundings as they ventured to join those in reading of the dice.
The practice is to throw dice from a small wooden box held in the left hand. This part of the custom was put aside when all involved decided to allow their own energy flowing from their hands to have an effect on the dice. Far apart deep in the earth by their ancestors long ago were three separate circles twelve inches in diameter. The Elders dressed in blue robes, playing the role of the dicer took their position north at each of the rings to forecast. Hailey and Avril gathered around the younger children tossing two dice for prophecy. The two maidens not wishing to intrude on the moment stood without speaking for a long time, watching a young girl of not more than eight pick up two dice with her left hand. Before shaking the dice with her breath she blew away any and all negative influence from the white surface and black dots. She shook the dice together cupped within both her hands. Deeply concentrating, she mentally spoke a question. From her lips she slowly spoke the magical words:
All within earshot heard the sweet sound ring out:
“Oh dear, oh dear, I owe, oh dear, dear”
The Elder counted the black spots facing up on both dice lying inside the circle on the dirt. She revealed the child’s answer. “The number 3, is a sacred and mystical number. You’re in for a pleasant surprise, it will be one unexpected only if you listened and behaved cautiously.” Eleven more children seated on the ground, facing the Elder followed the process until each received a prophecy.
The young women of the maiden oracle were heard cheering happily as the dice lying in the circle had equal amounts of dots showing on each face. The one who tossed was told good tidings would appear soon. The message would change her life for the good.
Hailey looped her arm through Avril’s and tugged her to a space cleared where there was room enough for the two of them to join the maiden’s oracle. Hailey knelt on the ground. Avril dropped down beside her. They waited in anticipation while one by one the young women tossed three dice having predictions revealed.
Finally, the dice were passed to Hailey who blew on them, speaking only, “Oh Dear” of the magic words and then she tossed them to the ground. Two dice fell outside the circle. The Elder, sensed Hailey’s upset, reassured her that the toss was okay. “A wish will be granted sooner than you think,” she said. “The white light is on your side and the energy will guide you to your desire.” The Elder picked up the dice and blew the dust from the surface and requested Hailey to toss again. After doing as she was asked joy sprang to Hailey’s face. All the dice landed inside the ring equaling seventeen. The Elder spoke her knowledge. “You are well loved, and you are capable of both giving and receiving freely. The number seventeen predicts that soon you will attain fulfillment of your secret wish.”
Hailey thought about that for a moment, then offered the three dice to Avril. Clearing, concentrating, shaking and speaking the magical words, Avril, tossed the dice. One landed outside the circle. Avril looked up at the Elder. “Eventually your wish will come true but only when you put your thoughts into action,” the Elder told her. “Roll the dice again.” Avril picked up the dice and blew the dust from the surface. She shook the dice, and then tossed them to the ground. The Elder waved her fingers over the dice which lay inside the circle. “The number thirteen, sacred to any wises woman, the number of the Esbats, a very fortunate number,” the Elder said supportively. “You will have your share of suitors but only one would enlighten and he would come to you.”
Pleased with the predictions Hailey and Avril left the maiden ring making room for others to have their dice read. The two maidens stood watching and listening as the married women tossed three dice receiving a prediction. Each one seemed accepting of their newfound knowledge until they reached the last member.
Avril could see the last married wise woman to toss the three dice had an aura of great stress. She tossed the dice from her bare hands. All three landed outside the ring. Hastily she grabbed the small wooden box resting on the ground and placed the magickal tool inside. She used the left hand to frantically shake the dice then attempted to be gentle as she made her cast. A whimper was released from her throat as all the dice landed outside the ring again. The Elder reached down with her hand and removed the dice from the dry dirt. The Elder and married woman looked at one another for a long moment. “You have received your answer and now you must listen within before you make your next move in life,” the Elder calmly told the weary one.
Slowly Hailey and Avril watched the married woman leave the group with contemplation upon her face. Avril heard murmurs from behind, the voices sounded close. As she looked over her shoulder Lilith, Marley and their mothers walked towards them. “Dice are only useful when gambling,” Lilith scoffed. “The method is far from complicated and of no more use than tossing a quarter for a yes or no answer.” Shame formed on her mother’s brow. You could see that she loved her daughter, yet to Avril the maiden was exhausting beyond words. As the four came closer an Elder coaxed them into at least a try before judging. Once the mothers tossed Lilith and Marley followed suit. That’s when Hailey and Avril took their cue and left.
“Come on,” Hailey told Avril.
Avril followed Hailey as she approached Lilith and Marley, sitting on a large picnic blanket with eleven older girls. Lilith held in her hands a deck of playing cards. She glanced in Hailey and Avril’s direction with an expression of mild disgust.
“I can see Lilith doesn’t want us near,” Avril whispered.
Hailey shrugged. “Typical,” she said.
“Lilith remove the four Jacks and place them in front of you,” the Elder reading the cards instructed. “Decide a suitor each of the Jacks would represent.”
Lilith flipped her black hair from her face. Not wanting to forfeit her turn and without saying a word Lilith did as she was asked. Hailey and Avril stood and watched while Lilith shuffled the remaining cards, and then fanned them in front of her on the picnic blanket.
The reader spoke a suitor question from a list she held. “Which of the four suitors will ask me out first?”
Lilith concentrated on the question as she waved her flat palm inches above the faced down deck. Finally she chose her first card. She placed the card face up beneath the Jack the suit matched revealing the answer to that particular question. The reader continued to ask a series of suitor questions. Which of the four suitors will make me happiest? Which of the four suitors loves me most? Which of the four suitors will pursue me with good intentions? Which of the four suitors will be a good friend? Which of the four suitors will I enjoy their company? Lilith received answers by matching the suit with suitors building columns running downward.
Along silence followed, during which Lilith stared at the cards not wanting to believe the outcome of the reading.
“Marley, gather the cards and take your turn,” Lilith commanded.
Marley took a deep breath. She quickly collected the deck leaving the Jacks where they lay. Because of the haste in shuffling the chance to clear past influences was lost. Marley nervously fanned the cards and before the reader intervened Lilith shot out an assortment of rude and crude questions. Hailey glanced toward Avril. She leaned over close to her ear. “The cards are being disrespected,” she said in a low voice. “There is no way Marley can receive true answers.”
The Elder reached over and scrambled the cards. “This spread laid is a misdeal,” she announced.
Lilith stood upright. “Come on, Marley,” she said in a huff. “This is an absolute waste of time!”
“You go right ahead and leave,” Avril murmured.
Hailey turned to watch Lilith and Marley walk away, and then looked over at Avril. “Lilith deserves the suitor she will receive. He will be the one with temperamental blood coursing through his veins the same as her,” she said. “I honestly can not comprehend Lilith’s heart and thought patterns. By her words and deeds she has crowned Marley, her only friend the fool. Why would she treat one of the few people who care for her in such a disgraceful manner?”
Avril shrugged. “I don’t know…,” she said in a voice full of pity.
The Elder shot a disappointing glance in their direction. Immediately, Hailey and Avril stopped talking.
“Divination is a spiritual offering,” the Elder said. “The path is illuminated.”
Hailey and Avril sat without speaking for a long time while one by one readings for guidance were given. Hailey leaned over and drew Avril’s attention to a group of females off to the far left. “Let’s go find a spot for the night,” she whispered.
Avril glanced from Hailey to the bonefire back to Hailey. “Okay.”
The night was clear and crisp, and the chirp of crickets echoed in the grassy fields as the two maidens walked to the bonefire. Priestess Angelica greeted the two arrivals and offered a sleeping bag and a place to rest around the fire. Hailey and Avril joined the females young and old that lay comfy beneath the star speckled night sky. The two sister-friends settled in, content to forget the confrontation with Lilith. The Priestess sat herself down close to the fire and spoke of love. “We have spent much time discussing and exploring love as part of your magickal learning. Love is the contentment of knowing. A friendship, growing, maturing with trust; an acceptance of flaws from a nonjudgmental heart; calm and patience for there is no rush; understanding space and time do not separate. An intimate bond built over time; unthreatened; a giving of trust for actions mirror thoughts and words. Love,” she said in a kindly tone, “allows one to be their best. The emotion that is given and received allows one to be them self. Love always makes you want to be better than you were before, highlighting your greater being. Infatuation is the sense of desperation. A fleeting desire; hormones raging; aroused and willing, without thinking; an urgency, can’t be without; a sexual bond, very little in common; turning a blind eye, not wanting to know too much; grasping or illusions surrounding the good times.”
“When apart,” she said, adjusting her sitting position, “you wonder if he or she is faithful, leading to actions resulting in regrets because you do things unbecoming to self.”
Remove the four Jacks from the deck of cards and place them faceup in a row. Each Jack will personify a man of your choosing, so decide which Jack represents which man.
Shuffle the remaining cards. Fan out the cards face down. Concentrate on your chosen question. Randomly pick a card, flip it over and place it with the corresponding Jack. Your question is answered as you deal a card that matches the suit of the Jack. You are building four columns that will run downward. Compare the amount of love (hearts), money (diamonds), arguments (spades), and problems (clubs) you would have with each partner.
To go one step further, interpret the single card meaning for each answer.received
Light & Love