Sortilége: A crow’s stash of divinatory odds and ends
By Monica Bodirsky - 15 August 2018
What’s in the bag?
If you wish to try this method for yourself and experience the secret language of your own sortilége kit, you can begin by collecting a number of small items that have significance or seem appealing to you. You may wish to keep in mind that similarly-weighted items stand a greater chance of being dropped and landing randomly, and you may want to avoid round objects that could roll uncontrollably. If selecting single items from the bag you may include odd sizes and shapes, as well as differing weights. The more varied the selection of items, the better the depth of reading you will receive. Here are a few specific items I use in my sortilége bag and the meanings I ascribe to them:
Bones and teeth I use ethically sourced (usually found) animal bones and teeth from non-endangered animals. For me, each bone has a specific animal spirit and holds very detailed information. If you are vegetarian, vegan, or just find this unsavoury, there’s no need to use them.
Dice Straightforward old-fashioned cubes and modern polyhedral gaming dice both work well. Numbers can be extremely helpful in a reading.
Coins I mainly reference the images on coins, but numbers, country of origin, or date may all have special meaning to you.
Iron nails I have so many types of nails. They sometimes reference building, protection, both defence and threat, being stuck or fixed in a particular place or time. Coffin nails are never a cheery message for me.
Doll parts Years ago I collected many small porcelain doll arms, legs, and heads, and each part has a basic meaning determined by body function. For example, hands can grasp or help, legs help us move, and heads may mean awareness.
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