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The Way of the Oracle
Recovering the Practices of the Past to Find Answers for Today
Diana L. Paxson
ISBN: 9781578634835
Book (Paperback)
Weiser Books
6 x 9
272 pages
March 1, 2012


“Diana Paxson helps priests and priestesses give voice to the spirits with confidence. Not only does she reveal what seers do and how, she also restores the ancient and honored role of oracle to a questioning world.” —Caitlín Matthews, author of Celtic Visions: Seership, Omens and Dreams of the Otherworld

“Makes a complex subject accessible. It will help readers hear the winds rustling the leaves of the sacred oak at Dodona. More importantly, it will help to keep prophesy from becoming a lost art.” —Eileen Holland, author of The Wicca Handbook and The Spellcaster's Reference

“A fascinating journey into the oracular tradition: personal, profound, and enlightening.” —Michelle Belanger, psychic/medium from A&E's Paranormal State; author of The Psychic Energy Codex
Throughout history, the uncertainties of life have driven people to seek counsel from prophets, seers, and oracles on everything from love to livelihood: people want to talk to their lost loved ones, heal old family traumas, find out about work, and determine what the future will bring.

In The Way of the Oracle, bestselling author, scholar, and priestess Diana L. Paxson offers a broad overview of the traditions of famous oracles in history: from the pythia at Delphi, the son of Beor, the Irish druidess, and the Greenland völva, to today’s modern seers who are resurrecting ancient skills to serve their communities.

Paxson identifies the core elements of prophetic practice, her belief in probability rather than predestination, and offers exercises and examples to demonstrate how anyone can be trained to do oracle work. Her methods focus on trance skills and improving communication between one’s unconscious and conscious mind to encourage selfknowledge and decision making.

The Way of the Oracle introduces the practice of oracle work to a wider audience, and shows how exploring the potential of other minds can expand our own.

Diana Paxson is a writer, priestess, and teacher who has been studying and teaching Germanic mythology and religion for nearly 30 years. She is the author of Taking Up the Runes, Essential Asatru, Trance-Portation, and Possession, Depossession, and Divine Relationships. Paxson also pioneered the recovery of traditional Norse oracular practice, described in The Way of the Oracle.
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