Book Review

Book Of Ordinary Oracles by Lon Milo DuQuette

By Art Rosengarten, Ph.D. 

OK, so you’re not getting married tomorrow? You’re not switching careers from stockbroker to yoga instructor, and you’re not dreading your upcoming ten-year reunion.  No worries, right?  Not so fast, there’s always the “everything else” factor that has a way of insinuating itself upon the normal course of a quiet day. Tasks, choices, calls, people…you know, your L.

The question is: Should you consult a so-called “oracle” when things seem so ho-hum ordinary?  Ask author Lon Milo DuQuette and he’d likely tell you:  “By all means! You’ll probably enjoy it.”   In his highly entertaining and instructive Book Of Ordinary Oracles, DuQuette reveals why these mysterious techniques of prediction really work, and how they make your life a lot more interesting. Says DuQuette: “Oracles don’t show you the future or answer your questions. They are simply devices that announce the status of the Great Now.” Truer words were never spoken.

Coins, cards, charts, as all oracular mediums, are simply practical tools for self-discovery; they force us from our comfort-zones and knee-jerk reactions.  They require us to reconsider daily occurrences from the perspective of high curiosity. And they make us  honor the “luck of the draw” or “just the way the ball bounces.” A window into the present moment has opened.  You must ask yourself  “Is there a lesson here?” How to observe and interpret things that arise seemingly at random is the secret of ordinary oracles. Whether it’s the first line of the next song on the car radio, the natural swirls in a yard of sand, or the flight patterns of a fleet of  birds, a snapshot is taken in the mind. You are now left to ponder questions like: What gathers together in the present moment? What part of myself is mirrored here? What feels like this in my life? 

Your own answers (with a little help and guidance from the oracle) will amaze you for the fine insights generated. These are experiments that you’ll want to try soon. ‘The Book’ demonstrates that ancient mystical practices work just as effectively with modern household items (“pocket change, popsicle sticks, the tv remote, etc…”).  Who needs Houdini or Hogwarts when the real arts can be mastered in the comfort of your own livingroom?

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 [Tarot D’Amour, written by Kooch & Victor Daniels]



The nakedness of a Tarot reading quickly transports the seeker of self-knowledge to intensely private places. Like no other oracle, Tarot commingles the flames of magic, emotion, wisdom, and visual stimulation much like, well, falling in love. From my own 25 years with the art, I have observed that always the best readings, the truly urgent divinations, invariably invoke the subject of love and its concatenations.  But this should come as no surprise.  Reliable roadmaps are virtually non-existent, perhaps due to the highly messy nature of this territory.  Kooch and Victor Daniels offer one such roadmap in their original and tasty new book, TAROT D’AMOUR.

The book is a competent and readable introduction to the cards and adds to the usual occult correspondences with astrology, Jungian archetypes, color symbolism, and chakra centers, etc.  plus the interesting new breakdowns, Affects, Sexual Links, Anatomical Influences, Sex and Spirituality.  But where this book comes most alive for me is in its witty, insightful, and sexually comfortable extended lexicon wherein two pages are dedicated to each of the 78 tarots.  Discussions are supplied for cross-sections like: Romantic Interpretation, Emotional Interpretation, Sexual Interpretation, and Reversed Card Interpretation. The lucky 22 majors are given the additional column of Sexual Play. The most graphic divinations come from this last category, as for example with The High Priestess:

Awake in the ecstasy of the moment, The High Priestess may use feathers or fur to tickle playfully her partner’s love spots.  With gentle cat bites, she nibbles on sensitive places to arouse her partner’s passions, and then sits astride her magician in a kneeling position where she can freely move her thighs up and down on his magic wand.

Not simply savory, however, there are equal parts savvy in the eros of Tarot D’Amour. The Fool, we are told, when reversed “often indicates the error of being spontaneous and open without listening to your own wisdom about what suits you and what doesn’t, what’s dangerous and what isn’t.” You will probably wish you had read it before launching your last misadventure as I wished.  In the ‘Sexual Interpretation’ of the Seven of Cups, we learn: “You don’t want to say yes today and regret it tomorrow…On the other hand, this may be a time to move beyond confusion, doubts, or inhibitions to ignite fiery, emotional alchemy.”  Now who hasn’t drawn that card at least once?  Be truthful.

But like the Tarot itself, in every card a tangy new detail, angle, or strategy quite magically seems to motion you over to its raison d’etre like the stacked blond in the red convertible. Advice given by the authors is always psychologically smart, if at times, “playful.”  There is so much to learn here. Tarot D’Amour is the perfect companion volume to the “full catastrophe,” as Zorba lamented, of love itself.  

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Re: The “Kobe/Shaq Problem”


Dear Coach Jackson: (October 1, 2003)

I’m a licensed psychologist, author, dharma practitioner, and lifelong Lakers fan.  I am also a scholar and professional reader of Tarot cards.

On the following page, I have included my quick commentary on an impromptu reading just completed. The subject matter is ‘The Kobe Situation,’ a topic all Lakers fans are concerned about, vis-à-vis the rape trial, his mental state at this trying time, and his conflicts with other players in the organization.

Because of your well-known affinities with alternative healing techniques, Zen, Native American ritual etc.  I thought there might be some interest on your part.  As for my background, I have discussed the power and relevance of Tarot as a regular featured guest on Coast To Coast AM with George Noory, the largest late-night talk radio market in the world, as well as in my book TAROT AND PSYCHOLOGY: SPECTRUMS OF POSSIBILITY.  My approach emphasizes not so much a forecast of the future, as a deep penetration of “the present.”

If you find interest in this sort of information, please consider me as an occasional resource to you and the Lakers organization as the need for these special services may arise. As a licensed psychologist , I am well-versed in the ethics of confidentiality, and skilled in psychological assessment and intervention.

I know little about professional basketball beyond being a fan (and weekend hoopster) and claim no technical knowledge of the game whatsoever. What I do well, however, lies in the access of the “hidden sides” of situations that supersede rational and general observation.  Tarot can be used strategically for game and competition strategies, or psychologically for assessment and intervention.

Regarding basketball, as a kid I was also an avid Knick fan, and in the mid-sixties went to many games at the old Garden; I have followed your career, obviously, for quite a long time.  My favorite Knick in the late sixties was Emmett Bryant, a brilliant ball handler in his time, and in my humble opinion, one of those great unsung Knick contributors.  Now, by the way, I hate the Knicks as do all good Lakers fans.

Good luck on the coming season Phil, it should be quite interesting to say the least!


Dr. Art Rosengarten


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