The Sibyls Oraculum

Oracle of the Black Doves of Africa
By (author) Tayannah Lee McQuillar
By (artist) Katelan V. Foisy
The Sibyls Oraculum
Oracle of the Black Doves of Africa
By (author) Tayannah Lee McQuillar
By (artist) Katelan V. Foisy

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Pages : 160

Book Size : 6 x 9

ISBN-13 : 9781620556719

Imprint : Destiny Books

On Sale Date : May 15, 2018

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Illustrations : 44 full-color cards

The Oracle of the Black Doves is a system of divination inspired by the Libyan Sibyls, the African prophetesses of the classical world. The set includes 44 cards featuring full-color paintings and a guidebook that details how to consult the oracle with in-depth write-ups about the meaning of each card.
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About The Sibyls Oraculum

A system of divination inspired by the Libyan Sibyls, the African prophetesses of the classical world

• Includes 44 full-color cards in Latin and English with a comprehensive guidebook

• Details how to consult the oracle, providing in-depth write-ups about the meaning of each card and the symbolic language represented by their imagery

• Designed to directly address the spiritual lessons underlying the seeker’s query and facilitate self-examination and decision-making

• The cards feature full-color paintings in the style of the Libyan mosaics popular with the Roman elite in the 1st century B.C.E.

The Oracle of the Black Doves is a system of divination inspired by the Libyan Sibyls, the African prophetesses of the classical world. According to the Greek Historian Herodotus, two black doves flew away from the city of Waset (Thebes) and established the Siwa Oasis oracle in Libya and the first oracle in Greece at Dodona. These powerful Sibyls were consulted by all levels of Greek and, later, Roman society.

Created by tarot reader Tayannah Lee McQuillar, this contemporary oracle pays homage to the oft forgotten African founding mothers of the sibylline traditions. Drawing on both the African and the Classical traditions, it features full-color paintings by artist Katelan V. Foisy, who created the card art in a style reminiscent of the Libyan mosaics popular in the 1st century B.C.E. In the accompanying guidebook, McQuillar details how to consult the oracle, providing in-depth write-ups about the meaning of each of the 44 cards and the symbolic language represented by each card’s imagery. She demonstrates how there is only one correct way to phrase a question to the oracle, making it nearly impossible to receive a vague or biased response.

Designed to directly address the spiritual lessons underlying the seeker’s query, the oracle facilitates self-examination and decision-making, helping the seeker improve the likelihood of success in all undertakings and choose their best possible future by broadening their perspective of the situation. The author also includes a history of the Sibyls of the ancient world and explores the continuing Sibyl tradition in North Africa today.
Excerpt

Book Excerpt

How to Use the Oracle

The Sibyls Oraculum is not a fortune-telling tool. It is a cartomantic method of divination designed to facilitate self-examination and decision making to improve the likelihood of success in all undertakings.

How the Oracle Works

Using The Sibyls Oraculum to facilitate self-examination and decision-making is accomplished in a three-step process:

1. Focus: on the core spiritual issue underlying the inquiry

2. Reveal and Analyze: what your mind is projecting onto the core issue that may be a help or a hindrance to achieving your long-term goals

3. Comprehend and Manifest: the ideal state of mind and how to immediately move forward for best results

The Sibyls Oraculum was NOT designed to address any of the following:

• the minutia of details surrounding the seeker’s question

• what anyone else “thinks,” “might think,” “might do,” or “will do”

• predicting the outcomes of situations

The Structure of the Oracle

The Sibyls Oraculum is colorcoded on the back according to the three distinct parts:

11 Black Core Issue Cards

11 Copper Projection Cards

11 Blue “Cool” Action Cards and

11 Red “Hot” Action Cards 6

Total: 44 Cards

About the Core Issue Cards

Every challenge has a source and that source is always in the mind of the querent. The core issue card identifies where there is a fracture or a miscalculation in logic related to the question. It is advised to set aside any defensive emotions that may arise upon receiving the message such as anger, denial, or self-deprecation because those emotions are contrary to the purpose of clarification. Receive, reflect, realize, accept, and move on.
About the Projection Cards

The projection cards reflect the rationalizations or justifications in the querent’s mind that are preventing them from seeing the core issue. It is the comfortable mask of excuse that is placed on the truth that if not worked out will eventually cause the querent internal suffering and possibly, external hardships.

About the Action Cards

The Action Cards are the oracle’s advice to the querent about what to immediately do next in relation to the query. The blue action card relate to the suggested internal state of mind the querent should take in relation to their question. The red cards relate to the suggested external response to the situation. The logic behind these divisions is that thoughts always precede an action and therefore are causal agents of which everything that happens afterwards is an effect. Thus, what one thinks is just as much an action as picking up a glass. The Sibyls Oraculum acknowledges this natural two-part process of action and advises the querent accordingly.

Consulting the Oracle

Step 1. The seeker poses a question phrased in a neutral way using a simple “Comment on . . .” method. For example:

• “Comment on getting back together with . . .”

• “Comment on loaning money to . . .”

• “Comment on what lesson I need to master in this lifetime.”

Step 2. The seeker shuffles the entire deck while thinking of their question, selects one black Core Issue card, and sets it aside.

Step 3. The seeker shuffles the deck (excluding the Core Issue card that has been set aside) while thinking of their question, selects one copper Projection card, and sets it aside.

Step 4. The seeker shuffles the remaining deck while thinking of their question, selects one blue “cool” Action card, and sets it aside.

Step 5. The seeker shuffles the remaining deck while thinking of their question, selects one red “hot” Action card, and sets it aside.

Step 6. Once all four cards have been selected the oracle’s response may be interpreted. Read the meaning of each card and jot down any “inner whisperings” that may be giving you more information. Keep in mind that the divinatory meanings provided with each card description are not fixed but are merely a guide to get you started.

Reading Examples

1. Kiara

Dear Tayannah, My boyfriend Sean and I broke up two years ago after I discovered he was cheating on me. He begged for my forgiveness and we got back together a few months later. Our relationship was better than ever but now we seem to be growing apart again and we fight over practically everything. Should I stick it out or break up with him once and for all? Thanks.

Core Issue Card: RHYTHM

Projection Card: PURPOSE

Blue Action Card: SUBMISSION

Red Action Card: STILLNESS

Summary: This reading tells me that your relationship was never accurately defined in terms of harmonious goals and until that is accomplished there will be problems. How do you both exist in the world? What’s your frequency as a couple? Some people can stay together happily for years without knowing this, theirs being a more “jazz improve” type of a situation. That may even work with you and someone else but it will never work with you and Sean, every couple is a unique alchemical experiment. […] My suggestion is to honestly assess if you ever were or remain on a complimentary path physically, mentally, and/or spiritually. If you discover that you are still in sync but just got seriously off track, then both of you need to do what you have to do (whatever that is) to get back on. If you discover that your needs, dreams, etc. are no longer compatible than submit to that knowledge. Once you’ve come to terms with the reality of the situation then consider the consequences of breaking up if there are any. They may be financial, parental, or emotional. Then figure out your next moves and put as many plans into action as possible before announcing it’s over. Just remember this, the time for talking, rehashing, debating, and arguing is over. No more ripples. Now is the time to move and act in silence.
Table of Contents

Table of content

INTRODUCTION
A Brief History of the Sibyls

Awakening to the Sibylline Symbols
Art, Meaning, and the Power of Symbols
How to Awaken Symbols
The Sibyls Mirror: The Significance of Dreams and Omens
Religio-Mythological Associations
The Fundamental Ethics of The Sibyls Oraculum

How to Use the Oracle
How the Oracle Works
The Structure of the Oracle
How to Use the Epigrams
Consulting the Oracle
Reading for Others
A Note about “Negative” Outcomes
Where and When to Do a Reading
Suggested Don’ts for Readings
Reading Examples
Keeping a Sibylline Journal

Applying the Oracle’s Wisdom in Your Life
The Core Issue Assessment
Scoring
The Core Issue Quiz
Reflections on the Core Issue Quiz
Overall Reflections

Fortifying Your Mind against Fear
Designing Your Ideal Life
Creating Your Site Plan
Identifying Your Survival Techniques
Writing Your Mission Statements
Creating Your Personal Motto

CARD MEANINGS
Core Issue (Fundamentum) Cards

MYSTERIA / MYSTERIES
SAPIENTIAE / WISDOM
UNUM / UNITY
ADVERSUS / OPPOSITION
MORTEM / DEATH
TRANSFORMATIO / TRANSFORMATION
CUMULUS / ACCUMULATION
LIMITATIONEM / LIMITATION
NUMERO / RHYTHM
GRATIAM / GRATITUDE
VIBRATIONIS / VIBRATION

Projection (Proiectura) Cards

IUSTITIA / JUSTICE
FUROREM / RAGE
SPECULO / MIRROR
PROPOSITUM / PURPOSE
AVARITIA / AVARICE
COMPLEXIONEM / COMPLEXITY
LIBIDINE / LUST
TUMULTU / CONFUSION
DUBIUM / DOUBT
SUPERBIA / PRIDE
SUFFICIENTIA / CONTENTMENT

Action (Actionis) Cards: Blue “Cool” (Frigus) Set

PRAESIDIO / DETACHMENT
QUESTIO / QUESTIONING
ANALYSIS / ANALYSIS
SYNTHESIS / SYNTHESIS
PRIORITIZING / PRIORITIZING
OBSEQUIUM / SUBMISSION
MENSURAE / MEASUREMENT
CUPIDITAS / DESIRE
OPTIMIS / OPTIMISM
MILITARIUM / STRATEGY
INCEPTUM / INITIATIVE

Action (Actionis) Cards: Red “Hot” (Caldarius) Set

CASTITATE / PURITY
CELERITATE / SPEED
ALMUM / NURTURING
PROGRESSUS / GRADUAL
PROGRESS DEDITIO / ABANDONMENT
TRANSCENDENTIUM / TRANSCENDENCE
SILENTIUM / STILLNESS
VIDEBATUR / AGGRESSION
HABITUM / DISGUISE
LUDERE / PLAY
PRAESIDIUM / DEFENSE

Assessment Answer Key

About the Author

About the Artist

Suggested Reading
Author Bio
Tayannah Lee McQuillar is a tarot reader and researcher of religion, esoterica, and mysticism. The author of several books, including Rootwork, she lives in New York City. Katelan V. Foisy is an artist, circle leader, and tarot consultant who has been featured in the New York Times and Elle Magazine. Her work has appeared in exhibits throughout the United States and UK. She lives in Chicago.
Book Praise

Book Praise

The Sibyls Oraculum is exciting--not only because it is beautifully rendered, which it is, but because it expands and decentralizes our history of magic and mysticism. Tayannah Lee McQuillar and Katelan Foisy have created a work of tremendous intelligence and beauty with thoughtfulness and care, opening up new worlds and ideas for us in the process. This is a project I’ll be returning to again and again in the years to come.” Jessa Crispin, author of The Dead Ladies Project

The Sibyls Oraculum: Oracle of the Black Doves of Africa is a beautiful exploration into a history that few people know about: the mythically shrouded women behind the founding of major centers of oracular divination in the ancient world. The artwork transports you back in time with its rich imagery that pays homage to classic mosaic and frescoes found throughout the Mediterranean. The system itself is timeless, providing a multifaceted tool for illuminating the inner psyche.” Laura Tempest Zakroff, artist and author of Sigil Witchery

The Sibyls Oraculum is a brilliant and unique work of research on the ancient traditions of the oracles of the Sibyls and their true African origins. As a native of Rome and having done extensive research on the black Sibyls from Libya and Ethiopia in connection to the traditions of the Black Madonna in the Mediterranean culture, I found the accurate research conducted by Tayannah Lee McQuillar very informative and enlightening, on a subject that is hardly ever spoken about today in Western society, except among people who are in the classical studies. In my field research I also found that the beautiful mosaic of the black Sibyl from Libya on the pavement of the Duomo of Siena is the only one covered completely today, with no explanation at all. Thus bringing to light that the true tradition of these powerful oracles is indeed African will help shift the common belief of the ‘white Sibyls.’ Creating a special deck of oracles with Katelan Foisy’s powerful images is very helpful in today’s society to connect to an ancient but also new form of divination to bring clarity in our hearts, minds, and souls.” Alessandra Belloni, singer, author, teacher, percussionist, and artistic director

The Sibyls Oraculum truly is unlike other divination systems I have worked with, not just in its images and symbolism, but in its clarity--there is no ambiguity or vagueness, no wiggle room to slant the interpretation to be what you want it to be, rather than what it is. I am intrigued by the Sibyl’s Oraculum, and look forward to working with it!” Anastasia Haysler, Walking in the Iron Wood blog and CEO of Tarot Media Company

This one needs to go up top. (John Dee and the Empire of Angels) "Written in breezy, informal prose, Louv’s overstuffed book will appeal to those interested in angels or the occult." Publishers Weekly
Back Cover

Back Cover Copy

DIVINATION

“Scholarly, meticulously researched, and achingly beautiful.”
--Molly Crabapple, artist and author of Drawing Blood

The Sibyls Oraculum is exciting--it expands and decentralizes our history of magic and mysticism.”
--Jessa Crispin, author of The Dead Ladies Project

“. . . a beautiful exploration into a history that few people know about: the mythically shrouded women behind the founding of major centers of oracular divination in the ancient world.”
--Laura Tempest Zakroff, artist and author of Sigil Witchery

The Oracle of the Black Doves is a system of divination inspired by the Libyan Sibyls, the African prophetesses of the classical world. According to the Greek Historian Herodotus, two black doves flew away from the city of Waset (Thebes) and established the Siwa Oasis oracle in Libya and the first oracle in Greece at Dodona.

Created by tarot reader Tayannah Lee McQuillar, this contemporary oracle pays homage to the oft forgotten African founding mothers of the sibylline traditions. Drawing on both the African and the Classical traditions, it features full-color paintings by artist Katelan V. Foisy, who created the card art in a style reminiscent of the Libyan mosaics popular in the 1st century BCE. In the accompanying guidebook, McQuillar details how to consult the oracle, providing in-depth write-ups about the meaning of each of the 44 cards and the symbolic language represented by each card’s imagery.

Designed to directly address the spiritual lessons underlying the seeker’s query, the oracle facilitates self-examination and decision-making, helping the seeker choose their best possible future by broadening their perspective of the situation. The author also includes a history of the Sibyls of the ancient world and explores the continuing Sibyl tradition in North Africa today.

TAYANNAH LEE McQUILLAR is a tarot reader and researcher of religion, esoterica, and mysticism. The author of several books, including Rootwork, she lives in New York City.

KATELAN V. FOISY is an artist, circle leader, and tarot consultant who has been featured in the New York Times and Elle magazine. Her work has appeared in exhibits throughout the United States and UK. She lives in Chicago.

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