Bibliomancy involves using books or texts as a means of divination or seeking guidance. It is a form of fortune-telling that involves opening a book at random and interpreting the words or passage that one’s finger lands on. Bibliomancy has a long history, and has been used by various cultures and religions throughout the centuries. It is often associated with spiritual or mystical practices, and is used as a means of seeking guidance or insight from a higher power or the universe. Bibliomancy can also be used as a creative writing prompt or exercise.
Examples of bibliomancy:
In “The Golden Compass” by Philip Pullman, the character of Lyra uses an alethiometer, a device that functions as a form of bibliomancy, to seek answers and guidance.
In the Bible, the Book of Psalms was often used for bibliomancy, with readers opening the book at random and interpreting the passage that they landed on as guidance or inspiration.
In “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” by J.K. Rowling, the character of Hermione Granger uses a Divination textbook that includes bibliomancy as one of the divination methods.
In “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho, the character of Santiago uses a book that he finds in a marketplace as a form of bibliomancy, seeking guidance and inspiration for his journey.
In the film “The NeverEnding Story,” the character of Bastian reads a magical book that serves as a form of bibliomancy, with the characters and events in the book coming to life and impacting the real world.