Spontaneous Divination

Searching for “a method by which to scry using the Internet as a whole …”

The Library of Babel … uses a small set of characters, lower case letters, no digits, and the only punctuation marks are comma and period. here is how i use it. i type in my search string, which for the purpose of demonstration will be my entire post. next i look at the results page and examine the options. the third option down shows where your string is found, padded with random english words. choose more random word matches and then scroll down the list of matches until one finds a number which is appealing. click that number. see the search string in bold. look at the words to either side. ta da.

The Library of Babel (link).

(Other than it being a ‘data’ anagram, I’m not getting much from “ta da”.)

Yoga Bared

Beyond the downward dog:

Despite the modern innovations in meditation and exercise, “yoga” remains a flexible term that need not be bound up with notions of health and self-actualization. In truth, in ancient India, “yogis” were considered to be witch doctors that practiced dark arts to harness unnatural powers such as the ability to control other humans both living and dead, and to fly using human corpses as vehicles, as well as tele-vision, mind-melds, shape-shifting, immortality, extra-sensory perception, and indestructible adamantine bodies. If these sound like cool superpowers, know that yogis are considered evil. Even today, as [David Gordon] White points out, yogis form stock villains in Bollywood films and disobedient children are told “Be good or the yogi will come and take you away.”

Among White’s translations of Patanjali’s four-word definition of yoga (yoga-citta-vritti-nirodha):

Yoga is the icy silence of post-disintegration.


A useful list is provided here. Much of the material in this tradition is of highly-questionable practical value, for example:

The Grand Grimoire (Red Dragon): (Circa 1522):
The Red Dragon or Le Dragon Rouge is a black Grimoire, also known as a Grand Grimoire. First published in 1822, it is said to have been originally produced around 1522, however this cannot be substantiated. […] From a practical perspective its only value, if you can call it that, is a way of making a pact with the Devil (Lucifer). […] The first part of the Grimoire, gives instruction for finding hidden treasures by the evocation of an evil spirit. In the second part the magician is required to fully submit himself, body and soul, to the demon who will serve him!