Hanging Maiden Complete

I’ve been working on the Erigone pendulum oracle I talked about before. I believe I’ve got the rhyme and method hammered out pretty well, although of course there may be later refinements (like some kind of coda to the rhyme, although I’m not sure it’s necessary, since you should stop once you received an indicator). I’ll need to practice with it more to get a better sense of how it works out in reality. No substitute for experience. As I mentioned previously, pendulum divination is best done by someone other than the querent, as it’s too easily influenced by the person holding the line. Before attempting to use a pendulum for divination, you should practice with it quite a bit. Establishing a spin, maintaining it, changing directions by thinking of a direction shift rather than consciously moving your hand to change it. If micromovements of your hand control the swing, then it’s easier for the less conscious and more symbol-oriented parts of your mind to direct it, giving you better and truer answers. The divination does not begin with the querent asking their question aloud. Instead, the diviner sets the pendulum going in a clockwise direction, while chanting the rhyme. The querent can chant along if they know it, too. The chant should be recite sing-song and rhythmically, like a nursery or counting rhyme. You’ll find your own pattern for it as your practice. The line on which the pendulum either goes into a flat swing or stops completely (depending on the preference of the diviner) indicates the topic. (You can stop the chant at that point.) This may be a surprise to the querent, and they should stop to consider for a moment if they are asking the right questions, or if perhaps the situation they want to know about may have a very different dimension. If they mean to ask about their job, and the pendulum stops on a line about pregnancy and childbirth, then things may be about to change very suddenly! Perhaps they or their partner will become pregnant, and they may need to seek new job opportunities because of it, or perhaps their boss will, and they’ll be promoted while the boss is out for maternity leave. That’s a positive line. Or there could just be a party. Use binary questions to find out more. Once the topic has been established, the querent may ask aloud questions they have about it. Now it’s time to play hot-and-cold, as the pendulum gives only yes/no and either/or answers from here on out. The diviner should get a spin going again, then let the pendulum go to a flat swing. A forward-and-back swing is affirmative, a side-to-side negative. For either/or questions, assign an axis to each choice. If it settles into a diagonal flat swing, that’s a maybe or neither. If the pendulum reverses direction and spins in circles the other way, that means the question is entirely wrong, pick another one (this should be quite rare). The rhyme: Erigone Whisper to me Little doll Tell me all What does my future hold? Birth, Death, Heaven’s Dome Love, Hearth, House and Home Wealth, Riches, Money, Fame Strife, Conflict, Trouble, Blame Sickness, Hurt, Accident Health, Healing, Improvement Fate, Chance, Change and Choice Power, Sway, Sounding Voice Lack, Want, Famine and Need Growth, Increase, Planted Seed Bearing, Children, Celebration School, Study, Education Job, Work, or Profession Friends, Help, Wishes and Dreams Fears, Worries, Nightmares, Schemes Now, here’s what those lines mean: Erigone Whisper to me Little doll Tell me all What does my future hold? Invocation Birth, Death, Heaven’s Dome Anything of this world; anything under the sky, from birth to death. This establishes the realms that the divination covers. Despite the hanging maiden and chthonic symbolism, this is not a good method to use for questions about the afterlife or about specifically divine matters. You could, in theory, write a new rhyme for inquiries about the Underworld or the gods, but truly I think there are methods better suited to that. Love, Hearth, House and Home Family, romance, love in all forms, hospitality, guests, physical home. Wealth, Riches, Money, Fame The acquisition or retention of money, possessions, nonphysical types of wealth, and fame. Strife, Conflict, Trouble, Blame Arguments, fights, contests, lawsuits, social clashes, political fights. Sickness, Hurt, Accident Short or longterm illness, disease, injury, any accident that hurts someone, physicians. Health, Healing, Improvement Healing, good health, recovery, remission. Fate, Chance, Change and Choice Things that you have no control over, but also choices that you make that may have unforseen consequences. Things getting away from you. A notice that the gods have some purpose for what you’re experiencing, although what...

Hanging Maiden

So. The Hanging Maiden and her noose are done for the Erigone pendulum. Still working on the rhyme, but it’s getting there. Thought I’d post the picture, though. Crude figure, and it turned out the Sculpey had sparkles in and got slightly swirly, but there it is. Maybe eventually I’ll do a nicer one, if I become really fond of it. This Maiden figure is about 2.5” tall and .5” thick, made out of Sculpey. The noose is, of course, handspun hemp....

Erigone Pendulum

Sannion, talking about developing his divinatory toolkit, mentioned that he was thinking of developing a pendulum divination using a noose or a doll hanged from one, but that he hasn’t done any work with pendula. Well, I have, and am very fond of them, so I’m thinking about developing this. The thing about pendulum divination is that it’s basically used to answer binary questions — yes/no stuff, or you can play hot-and-cold with one, or any either/or question (there’s an old midwife’s divination that hangs a pregnant woman’s wedding ring from a thread over her belly; along her body means a boy, and across means a girl) — or for dowsing, finding, or tracing energy patterns (which all come down to the same thing). I would be inclined, for my own use, to connect it more generally to the Women of the Purple Thread, although still through Erigone. Many of them were hanged or hanged themselves. But using Erigone, who was still young, and in whose memory a girls’ festival was held, suggests that this divination be done in a fashion more like a children’s game. Perhaps start it with something like a counting or clapping rhyme, pendulum spinning, and the line on which it goes to a flat swing or maybe stopped altogether being the first indicator. Then play hot-and-cold, chasing it down with more questions, if necessary. If so, the skill would be in asking the questions. An unweighted noose won’t have enough weight on the end of a rope to make a good pendulum, but a well-weighted doll would. I went looking for the little clay doll that’s a replica of one found in some Greek ruins, I forget which ones, but I’d quite forgotten that my young friend stole it and gave it as an offering to Hermes (who is not inclined to give it up; I asked). I’m poking around for something else to use. It needs to be no more than about 2-3”, well-weighted, and compact to work as a pendulum. I’ve got all the Poppets, but I don’t think those will work for various reasons (starting with them having their own meaning and personality). I suppose might try making a knotted-rag doll and weighting it with beans or something, but that would be clumsy — loose fabric would slow the swing. I have air-dry red clay, and might try my hand at sculpting with that, or with Sculpey or some other more modern material. (I’ve got some two-part epoxy clay someplace, I think.) There wouldn’t be anything wrong with buying one at a toy store, but it would need to be small enough and heavy enough; money’s too tight for me to spend any at all, we’re counting pennies. A fancy doll could also be carved from some dense wood or root, or bone, but I don’t have the skill for that. My modeling skills aren’t good, but they’ll probably do. Of course I’ll be spinning my own hemp for the noose and line, although there’s no reason anybody else who wanted to try it couldn’t just buy twine. One of the really great things about a pendulum is that you can make it from nearly anything. All you need is a weight and a line or string or chain. Pick up a river rock, tie a bit of string around it, with at least four or five inches for it to swing by, or use a fishing weight and line, or a binder clip and thread, whatever you have handy. For this, the symbolism of a doll and noose is significant, but any doll of appropriate size and weight will work. It is important that the line or chain not be too heavy for the weight, that the line be pliable enough, and that the mass of the plumb be compact. One thing to know about pendulum divination, though, is that it’s highly susceptible to influence by the person holding the pendulum. It’s very very easy when divining for yourself to simply pick the answer you want and to unconsciously change the swing. Unless you’re specifically trying to get at answers from your own subconscious, pendulum divination is best worked by someone other than the querent....