Listening to the Oracle; The Ancient Art of Finding Guidance in the Signs and Symbols All Around Us

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9780062514448: Listening to the Oracle; The Ancient Art of Finding Guidance in the Signs and Symbols All Around Us

Oracles--wise messengers that help steer our lives--come to us from sources such as dreams, divination, patterns in nature, chance words overheard in a crowd, and inspired wisdom-speakers. Ancient peoples revered oracles as communications from the sacred life maxtrix. But in modern times, we need a little help attuning to the signs and wonders all around us.

Dr. Skafte rekindles our oracular knowing by exploring oracle traditions from many time periods and applying their wisdom to our own lives. Topics include: Preparing to receive oracles; The arts of divination, Sibyls; The oracle of Delphi; The shadow side of oracles; and Communications from animals and nature. Discussions are based on extensive historical research. The book contains over 400 indexed citations. Every chapter contains useful exercises and practices.

The ancient oracles haven't stopped speaking, Skafte says. We've just forgotten how to listen. But they warmly await our return.

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About the Author:

Dianne Skafte, Ph.D. (University of Colorado), is a past Academic Dean of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara and has taught depth psychology for 12 years. She is the author of three books and 25 articles in the fields of psychology and transpersonal studies. Dr. Skafte lives in Santa Barbara with her family.

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"It is a fascinating, intriguing work of beauty and philosophy, hard to put down, and a great pleasure to read." -- Libble Hale, Ph.D., APRT Newsletter, Volume 18, number 4, Fall 1998

"Provocative and original. Essential reading for anyone seeking to penetrate the mysteries of human consciousness." -- Robert A. Johnson, author of He; She; We. May 5, 1997, Back cover of book

"Well-crafted and infinitely engaging...the reader is invited to commune, to explore, and above all, to be comforted." -- Daphne Stephens, Ph.D. The Salt Journal, Spring, 1999

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