The Egyptian Oracle

This wonderful square has been handed down from the old Egyptians. To trace it back to its original source would be a task well-nigh impossible. The marble of it is that it really seems to answer questions. The square, formed of letters, should be copied on a large piece of cardboard and hung up in a room dimly lighted. If possible, let the person who works the Oracle be in Egyptian dress and carry a wand. He commences by asking if there is anyone present who would like to consult the Egyptian Oracle, which answers any question. As everyone will want to do so, they must be dealt with one at a time. 
The Oracle must first ask for the question. having obtained it he writes it down on a piece of paper and hands it to the one who is asking the question. The next requests him to come up to the square and choose a letter. The questioner may select any letter on the square. The Oracle then hands him a pencil and asks him to put down the following letters as called out. We will presume that the question asked is: “Shall I retire from business?” The letter chosen is “S”. The Oracle then places his wand on the letter “S” second column, fourth line, and calls out, “S”. He next takes every fifth letter from there, reading from left to right until he comes around again to the letter from whence he started. Always remember the first letter come to on the top line, as the answer will begin with that letter. Having begun with “s”, the next letter will be “I”, next “t”, next “W”, next I, next L, next L, next D, Next O, next W, next R, next O, next N, next G, next W, next H, next Op[, next D, next O, and finally E. Taking them in order, they read “
sitwilldowrongwhodoe.” This does not make sense until you know the key. As the first letter reached on the top line of the square was the third W, you start with that letter which makes it read, “Who does it will do wrong.”
The greater the air of mystery you throw around it the more you will impress your audience. This Oracle can be used with great success at bazaars, etc. 

 

D

W

W

A

W

O

H

A

B

H

I

O

I

S

O

T

D

T

T

2

W

O

A

A

A

I

E

N

I

I

T

S

D

N

T

H

I

A

A

E

O

T

T

N

T

U

W

T

D

H

T

I

A

E

S

F

L

I

N

U

E

L

N

J

C

A

D

T

O

C

R

O

H

Y

E

O

W

Y

P

E

F

R

W

E

D

I

O

I

A

E

L

N

S

C

T

L

G

H

E

H

 

 

 

 

 


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