Bibliomancy with Kit

Bibliomancy with Kit: “Hero & Leander” (6.46-47)

Bibliomancy with Kit: Hero & Leander (6.46-47)

Hello, my dears! In today’s edition of Bibliomancy with Kit, we’re looking at the following two verses from Hero & Leander:

To snake-foot Boreas next she did remove,
and found him tossing of his ravished love.

Ok, here’s what’s going on here. Leander is proving his love for Hero by being a supreme hero (read: idiot) by attempting to swim one of the most dangerous stretches of water in the world, the Hellespont. It’s where two continents meet, so all kinds of whirling and swirling of energies both physical and metaphorical are going on, and poor Hero has begged the winds to be quiet while Leander swims. In her support, Venus’s whitest swan, Leucote, is flying around asking all the winds to still themselves and not whip up the waves as Leander swims: in these two lines, Leucote goes to snake-foot Boreas (the north wind) and “found him tossing of his ravished love” to stay warm (because he’s the north wind so of course he’s cold, poor thing).

Have you ever asked the elements of nature to help you out? I know in our modern world people don’t do that sort of thing, but actually I did on Saturday. I had received a parking ticket for an illegal park job in the afternoon (it was my own stupid fault, so my bad), and as I was looking at the thing, the wind blew it out of my hand. Now, I’m a rather large physical person and definitely not an athlete, and I just don’t go running around chasing slips of paper through downtown San Francisco’s swirling foggy afternoon winds. But I had to catch the paper because it was a ticket and I didn’t know how I would handle resolving the parking violation without retrieving it. So I prayed to the Orisa of the wind, Oya. Oya and I know each other a little bit, and I asked her to please blow the paper back to me. As I prayed, I kept my eyes on the paper (and the traffic) and walked as fast and with as much determination as I could toward the ticket as it danced around. Sure enough, it slowed down a bit and rolled up onto a sidewalk and out of traffic, and I was able to catch it after less than half a block. Ib’ase Oya!!

So what will you do to ask the natural world for help when you need it? You are a part of a larger system, and as it works, so do you. Make friends with the rocks and trees, and tell the wind I say hello.


Bibliomancy with Kit, 4/23/2014

First off, let’s wish a great and grand Happy 450th birthday to Shakespeare! Hooray!

Now, on to bibliomancy with Our Kit. Today’s offering is from Hero & Leander:

“They granted what he craved, and once again
Saturn and Ops began their golden reign.”
(Hero & Leander, 1.455-456)

The “they” are the Destinies/Fates, and the “he” is Mercury, who is in his guise as thief, trickster, and all-around pain in the ass. He’s trying to get the Destinies to get Jove out of heaven (they boot him into Hell) and replace him with Saturn, which they do because Cupid has made them fall madly in love with Mercury and they’ll do anything he wants. Of course he’s not in love with them, and he couldn’t care less about making them happy. He’s only interested in getting what he wants. What we don’t see here is what happens next: the Destinies realize that Mercury’s been using them, so they not only reverse their actions and bring Jove back, but they curse him with eternal poverty. This, Marlowe explains, is why scholars (whose patron deity is Mercury) are always poor. But back to the main advice for the day: be very careful about the deals you make with the gods. Keep your vows, and do what you say you’re going to do or they will think up the single most creative and painful (and potentially eternal) ways to make you very VERY sorry.


Bibliomancy with Kit (Tamburlaine Part 2, III.iv ll. 56-58)

Bibliomancy with Kit

The question is as usual what good advice does Our Kit have for us today?

“Before whom, mounted on a lion’s back,
Rhamnusia bears a helmet full of blood
and strews the way with brains of slaughtered men;”
Tamburlaine (Part 2, III.iv ll. 56-58)

Although defeated, do not be ashamed to meet your conqueror. You fought well, and there is no dishonor in losing.

Bibliomancy with Kit (Edward II, sc. iv ll. 114-115)

Hi friends! I’ve started doing bibliomancy using the works of Kit Marlowe. I’ve got a volume of his poetry and a volume of his plays, and each day I’ll just blindly pick a verse to answer the question of what is best to be known for the day. This is another experiment, like the Tarot-ku. Yay more experiments!


“And long thou shalt not stay, or, if thou dost,
I’ll come to thee; my love shall ne’er decline.”

Don’t worry, young lovers, if you must part or leave behind that thing you love so much. You will be reunited again soon, either by returning to where you came from, or by your love coming to you. Hurrah!