Author: deTraci Regula
Book and Oracle Set
Publication date: July 2001
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The Egyptian Scarab Oracle is a unique divination tool. It is a set of thirty small plastic scarabs (those beetles the ancient Egyptians were fond of). Each scarab has an Egyptian symbol carved on one side. This oracle is read something like runes are read. You place the scarabs symbol side down, mix them up, draw one or more of them, flip the ones you drew over, and interpret the symbols thereon. With thirty symbols, the symbol set of this oracle is slightly larger than that of the runes, but much smaller than the symbol set of even the most symbol poor tarot deck. The symbols on the scarabs include Egyptian deities and items like the ankh and the pyramids.
The creator, deTraci Regula, makes no claims of ancient origins for this oracle. She says she got the idea for it from a very vivid dream in the mid-1990s. She originally published information on this oracle in Llewellyn's 1996 Magical Almanac. She expanded it from 20 to 29 scarabs when she discussed in her her book The Mysteries of Isis. This set is a slight revision from that. One piece was changed and another was added. The scarabs for this set were created by Kerigwen and are excellent. The pictures on the box do not do them justice. The scarabs are small enough to be a choking hazard to small children, however -- as the box clearly states.
The Egyptian Scarab Oracle comes with the above mentioned scarabs, a small bag to hold them, and a 144 page trade paperback book, Sacred Scarabs for Divination and Personal Power. The early introductory portions of this book describe the origin of this oracle and some brief background information on scarabs and on divination and magick in ancient Egypt. The rest of the book covers using the oracle, including scarab layouts and the meanings of the scarabs. Each scarab is described and its possible meanings are given with respect to love, money, career, family, health and spiritual path. A short chapter on using the scarab symbols as amulets rounds out the volume. The instructions and information are presented in a friendly and clear manner.
I found using the Egyptian Scarab Oracle to be somewhat like using the runes. It is an interesting change of pace, but I personally prefer the larger symbol set of a good tarot deck. Those who find the large symbol set of the Tarot overwhelming, and I know there are more than a few reading this who do, should take a good look at this oracle. It has a large enough symbol set to give good basic readings, but one small enough that one can learn it fairly quickly and without feeling overwhelmed. Those interested in an Egyptian feel to their magick and divination will also want to look at this oracle. Overall, the Egyptian Scarab Oracle is an interesting idea, done well.
Reviewed by Randall