What is an Oracle?
How do we Interpret ?
What kinds of Oracles are there?
Let us begin by defining what we mean by the term Oracle here at The Magic Wheel. The term ‘Oracle’ comes from the Latin oraculum, a type of orare, meaning ‘to speak’, or ‘say’, as we see in the word ‘oration’. The idea in recent times dates back to Greek and Roman antiquity in the West, but has been a function of cultures all over the world as far back as written records convey – at least 6000 years, and very likely far beyond the first beginnings of written records.
An Oracle refers to any type of instrument, an agency, or means by which a god was understood to speak or indicate his/her will. For example an ancient Greek priest or priestess, inspired(breathed into) by a deity/god would respond to enquiries about the future, or the best way to pursue or go about a particular undertaking. Of course the enquiry on behalf of the querant would have to be formulated carefully, and in exact response to the question, a reply would come in some form. The Old Testament prophets as gifted individuals were inspired to speak fourth what they heard intuitively, and these operations were written down as the product of the meditations. A gifted individual in a particular community would be a reference for guidance prior to the prophets, and so on back into prehistory a wise individual would be sought out as helper in decision-makings in reference not only to the community but also its citizens and subjects.
The Oracle priest, priestess, or gifted individual may also use some kind of ‘medium’, such as bones, stones, sticks, or even natural apparitions such as the way clouds or smoke would form, to improve the clarity of direct information. Over time the types of ‘medium’ became more concrete and more definitive, up to the present time where marked stones, or sticks, cards or dice, & coins have a precise and somewhat fixed meaning.
Here at The Magic Wheel a number of types of Oracle are used from time to time and place to place. In a public forum such as a market or festival the oracles we use employee clearly defined mediums and give quick and general information. At private appointments more precise information can be gleaned, because of more definitive questions about clients’ particular aims and purposes.
The way that an Oracle is interpreted is subject to the structure of the Oracle, and also, where a person is involved, the particular depth of knowledge resident. Mostly here at The Magic Wheel coins, dice, and cards have a fixed and precise meaning. The querant throws the coins or dice, or selects the cards, and subject to the question about which the person requires information, an answer is provided on the day. It is important to be precise with questions, ensuring that questions do not have vagueness or the potential outcome of a double meaning. Where you are enquiring of an Oracle, be precise with your question, ask simple questions, and lots of them, rather than one large general question which will give a large amount of general information rather than particular information.
It is also important to remember that the best interpretation comes from ‘self–interpretation’ – if the Oracle gives some kind of general information to your particular specific question, you yourself will have a better insight into the information given, in contrast to the Oracle which is speaking. Use your own judgement and do not be blind to whatever is presented. Try to interpret the information in the light of your own experience. How you act in response to the information gleaned is your responsibility, and where the information is misinterpreted, or badly applied, the Oracle is not to be blamed. Use intelligence and you will be rewarded intelligently.