Casting with the Wise Fool

For the past three years I’ve been fascinated with the art of early game boards and their ultimate goal of teaching young players moral lessons via symbol and what I like to call divine play.  Something quite different from today’s average Playstation experience. This fascination has made its way into this month’s casting calendar which borrows from the 1814 game, the Swan of Elegance: A New Game Designed for the Instruction and Amusement of Youth.

What I love about this particular board are the etchings seen in the upper corners. To the left is Apollo and on the right Minerva.  Both represent a powerful combination of cunning wisdom and the foresight needed to win the game.  This symbol of wits is repeated in the two coins placed at the bottom of the board. Below Apollo is Pegasus with the word Genius, and to his right we find the Owl of Minerva with the word Wisdom.

My hope in presenting this wisdom charged calendar (and on All Fool’s Day no less) is that diviners will take the lead from Apollo, Minerva, and their feathered friends and adopt wisdom and genius as their guides. After all, we could all use a little wisdom while navigating the month of the Fool. Here’s how it works:

(Click, print and divine)

Magpie Oracle April 2014 Casting Calendar

Cast your Magpie Oracle or Lenormand Revolution deck over the calendar and take note of where they land.  You may also choose to randomly select, or consciously assign a charm or card for each day of the month.  Just make sure to log your findings either in your journal or directly on this calendar.  Keep your calendar out where you can view it daily to track your results.

Magpie Oracle keywords can be found here.  A free printable Lenormand deck here and here.

May genius and wisdom ever guide you.