Sat, Aug 05|
Forty-One Brothers & Sisters: An Introduction to Favomancy & Its Sorcery with Katarina Pejović
Available as an individual ticket, part of the Saturday Day Pass or General Admission Ticket.
Time & Location
Aug 05, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
About the event
Kumalak, “gledanje u pasulj”, “falanje u grah”—from Kazakhstan to Bosnia, divination by forty-one beans (or pebbles, corn, coffee, and so on) remains one of the more popular forms of fortune-telling. A remarkably flexible geomantic oracle, it has adopted the local folklore and beliefs of each region, with stories of its origins and uses drawing on Bogomil heresies, Muslim folk tales, and Slavic polytheist magic. While generally, each reading will physically resemble the next—being comprised of a three-by-three grid with one to four beans in each square—the meaning behind the numbers of the beans and each individual quadrant varies entirely depending on method of interpretation, chart style, figures generated, and the advice that comes through in mediumship and spiritual consultation.
This class will go over the procedures behind this popular yet elusive form of divination, the oral charms spoken over the beans; the myths and origins behind their use; a handful of chart styles and their accompanying generated figures; ways to read for love, money, magical success, diagnosing curses, and delivering messages from spirits; and the sorcery that can be done with the beans themselves after a reading has been completed. The aim is to not only present a comprehensive introduction into the history and practice of favomancy, but also to lay the groundwork for anyone to begin to “gaze into” the beans themselves.