Gabriel Nostradamus

Consult the Oracle

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“If you sing before breakfast you will cry before supper…' In their own words, what it meant for Victorians to dream of actors, April Fools, herrings or a railway ticket — why it was advised to throw a black snail by its horns over the left shoulder for good luck — and why it is essential to inform bees of a death in the family. “If one drops a knife, a woman is coming; a fork, a man is coming; a spoon, a fool.” Tappings on tables, questionable curatives, old wives' tales and whispers from beyond the grave — Victorians were fascinated by the supernatural. Consult the Oracle was where they might have turned when they needed to identify a witch, interpret an omen or dream, required a natural cure or wanted to divine their future with a pack of cards — or simply wished to understand what the supernatural meant to them and their ancestors. First published in 1899, it offered a layman's guide to 'matters magical and mysterious', and today is a quirky glimpse of a supernatural age now lost, by turns haunting and hilarious.
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