Title:Divining The Future: Prognostication From Astrology to Zoomancy
Cover:Hard Back With Dust Jacket
Remarks:B&W Illustrations, Dust jacket and the book is just fine.
Size:190 x 240 mm
The author seems to describe everyone who ever said anything about the future as a psychic or diviner. George Fox, the founder of the Quaker movement, and Mother Ann Lee of the Shakers may have prophesied on the life to come, but they were hardly fortune-tellers or augurs. Describing Jules Verne as a mystic because of his science fiction novels is even more of a stretch. The Chinese practice of feng shui is used to divine suitable locations for buildings, graves, or other constructions, not for divining the future. Verses such as "red skies at night, sailors' delight" are not so much divination formulas as easily transmitted folk knowledge based on observation of the skies by early sailors.The format is dictionary style with both an index and cross-references. Entries range from a brief paragraph to several pages. Each entry has a brief list of further reading. These lists are a disappointment. Such prolific writers as Helena P. Blavatsky and Aleister Crowley do not have works of their own listed. Skeptic James Randi's fine biography of Nostradamus is not mentioned. Many of the sources given can be located in the occult section of chain bookstores. The Donning International Encyclopedic Psychic Dictionary and the Time-Life Mysteries of the Unknown series are frequently cited. Illustrations are not good. The line drawings are adequate, but many of the reproductions of woodcuts and photographs are blurry or too dark.