The ritual procedure of the Sapphomanteion is simple enough. Assemble a workspace including this device, a candle, an offering bowl, holy water of one type or another, and a notebook. Cleanse yourself and the ritual space with the purifying waters. The ancient Greek holy water chernips is made by extinguishing burning herbs in fresh water while praying over the bowl. Light the candle and pray to your own spirit guides as well as to the rightful spirits of the land where you find yourself. Then pray to those spirits from whom you’d seek guidance. Sappho, Adonis, Ariadne, Aphrodite, Ariadne-Aphrodite, the various ancestresses of magical and written traditions, the queer and otherwise beloved dead may all be approached with this system. Make whatever offerings are appropriate to the beings in question – flowers and wine are always good bets. Sing or recite hymns – ancient or of your own creation – and when you can feel the presence of the holy powers, ask your question. Click or tap ‘Roll;’ – this will roll three dice for one line. Roll for as many lines as you intuit are needed. Record the results and whatever meditations and interpretations follow. When you have all the clarity needed, take your leave. Thank the gods and spirits who attended this rite, cleanse again, and close.
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