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M&M Oracle

To: alt.lucky.w
From: (Alan Salmi)
Subject: Re: M&M Oracle
Date: Sun, 18 Aug 1996 13:35:21 -0500

cat yronwode ( wrote:

> Fred Burke wrote:

> > Jonah Thomas ( wrote:

> > > I came up with a method of divination based on the colors of M&Ms
> > > as they come out of a shaken package, and do you think any of my
> > > astrologer friends wanted to hear about it?  Not on your life. 
> > > "Astrology is based on *ancient* traditions, it's based on
> > > Ythousands of years of experience. You're making fun of me."  Or
> > > the more self-assured, "Come back in a few thousand years after
> > > you get it fully developed."

> > Heck, there's plenty of synchronicity to go around! How does 
> > this oracle work?

> I second the request for details. In the 1960s a bunch of us Berkeley 
> science fiction fans and proto-hippies developed The M&M Game, based on 
> Herman Hesse's Bead Game (in the novel "Magister Ludi") and had a lot of 
> philosophical and existential fun with it. Starting with a half-pound 
> bag of M&Ms we could run a game for about a week on the hallroom or 
> entry-way table of a communal house, with each entrant making one move 
> as he or she passed the table. If we got stoned and felt munchy, we 
> could run a half-pound M&M game in a couple of hours on the kitchen 
> table. 

I can think of one way to make an oracle like this: set up a cross on a
piece of cloth, make three concentric circles around the cross.  Each
section of the cross would indicate an element (air, fire, water,
earth), the three circles could represent closeness to the querent (in
time or space  perhaps).  All you would need would be to decide on the
meaning of the M and M colours and there are plenty of color
correspondences to go around.

I would be interested in knowing how Jonah did this however and I would
also be interested in knowing the rules for the game Cat describes above
(or should I just get the book?).

I also think that Jonah ran across some very stuffy astrologers, the ones
that I've been around would probably love this oracle!!

~from:  Alan Salmi, Chicago, IL

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