“Whatever the acknowledged intention of the compilers, [the Prayer Book] can and does add up to an ascetical system of brilliant simplicity. A good deal is said and written about the ambiguity of rubric and the omission of clear ceremonial direction; what is overlooked is the significance of a far greater omission than this. About one-sixth of the Prayer Book deals with sacraments and rites for the occasional necessities of life, including, of course, the initiatory sacraments. All the rest — five-sixths — is concerned with Holy Communion and the Office; and nothing else whatsoever. It is more rigidly ascetical than the Rule of St Benedict!”—Martin Thornton, Feed My Lambs (1960), VI. (via johnthelutheran)
The Chain of Saint Michael is a divination tool that is believed to have originated in Italy, and is probably derived from geomancy practices utilizing four coins. Geomancy itself originated in Islamic North Africa and was introduced to Europe during the Middle Ages. The actual chain of St. Michael is most likely fairly recent, and mostly associated with the Benedicaria tradition.
It’s comprised of four St. Michael medallions and a Sword charm, with four equal spaces of chain linking them together:
There are two basic ways to read the chain, which can be mingled as you see fit. The more “general” reading only takes into account which way the medallions are facing and is meant for yes or no questions. The more complicated method takes into account the way the medallions are facing as well as the pattern they form. Each pattern has a direct correspondence to a specific Saint.
Both methods typically begin with prayer and the sign of the cross, you ask your question then throw the chain. The guide to the more general reading is as follows, with the front (F) of the medallion representing a positive, and the backside (B) a negative:
FFFF= A Yes, but an unexpected one.
FFFB= A Maybe.
FFBB= A definite Yes.
BBBF= A definite No.
BBBB= A No that requires further divination.
For the more complex method there are sixteen total outcomes with each one referencing a specific Saint meant to guide you in your inquiry. It does require some knowledge on the lives of the Saints and their associations, but I’ll try to break it down a bit.
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