I suppose it was only a matter of time. The woo-woos have gotten hold of high tech.
I find this a kind of curious idea, given how they harp so continuously on how their beliefs are Ancient Magick Passed Down From The Elders -- it never occurred to me that they would jump on the "app" bandwagon. But given the utility, ease of use, and low cost of your typical iPhone or iPad app, it was bound to happen.
So, put away your crystals and dowsing rods and sacred knives, and get out your electronic device of choice. Here's a few of the hundreds of apps I found.
Rune Magic ($2.99) - "Rune Magic is a state of the art application for rune divination and
studying. Ask runes about your destiny, fortune, love, health and
business. The application provides four types of runic divination with
the detailed descriptions of rune meanings. The runes will tell you
about the past, the present and the future, and also will give an advice
about your problems. The application is also perfect for studying
runes. A strict compliance with all magical rules makes
application predictions highly accurate. Try it, you would be impressed!
The application is on sale, it is the best time to buy it."
Ouija Board version 6.2 ($1.99) - "A talking board, generically referred as "Ouija Board" and also known as
spirit board, witch board, oracle board, mystic board or channeling
board, is any flat board printed with letters, numbers, and other
symbols, to which a planchette or movable indicator points, answering
questions from people at a séance. The fingers of the participants are
placed on the planchette that is moved by the spirits about the board to
spell out messages. These boards are considered to be a spiritual
gateway used to contact the dead or to receive information from beyond."
New Age Stone and Crystal Guide ($3.99) - "New Age Stones and Crystals Guide provides metaphysical property
information for hundreds of stones and crystals. Search through indexes
of stone names or property types to find the exact stone needed for your
self development. The most extensive virtual stone and crystal guide
available, this application identifies stones helpful for improvement of
spiritual, mental and psychological aspects."
Erzulie's Voodoo ($3.99) - "Learn all about the secrets of Voodoo & Vodou with the world’s FIRST
authentic Voodoo app, from Erzulie’s Authentic Voodoo in the French
Quarter of New Orleans. Erzulie’s Voodoo “Advanced” app delves into the
roots, detailed history, advanced spiritual concepts, Vodou rituals and
magic of this vast and mysterious tradition, written by highly
experienced, initiated, Vodou priests and priestesses. Erzulie’s
Voodoo Advanced App offers comprehensive information on Voodoo beliefs,
performing your own authentic Voodoo spells, extensive sections on the
Divine Voodoo Spirits (Lwa), how they are served in Vodou, and their
Catholic Counterparts plus Magical Veve’s (sacred symbols of the
Spirits), Spiritual Possession, New Orleans Voodoo, Palo Mayombe, Voodoo
dolls, fetishes, Voodoo magic and much more... Perform your very own powerful Voodoo Love Spells, Wealth Spells and
Banishing Spells with our extensive collection of authentic Voodoo
rituals found only in the Erzulie’s Voodoo Advanced App, complete with
their very own detailed instructions and resources."
Goddess Inspiration Oracle (free) - "Get inspired! The Goddess Inspiration Oracle offers a free one card
oracle reading to grant you guidance for your day. It features eighty
goddesses from around the world, all whom offer inspiration and
guidance. These powerful feminine role models range from Abeona, goddess
of gateways, to the Zorya, each of whom are represented in this app
with gorgeous art and inspiring, well-researched text... Since time immemorial, humans have invoked the wisdom of goddesses by
using oracles. Oracles provide an experience of synchronicity, a term
created by Jung to describe a series of random events that connect
within us to gain a deeper meaning. By doing so, the oracle helps us
release information we already possess, thus allowing inspiration to
strike when we most need it."
iTarot Classic (free) - "iTarot Classic provides straightforward two-card readings --"Daily
Tarot" and "Love Tarot"-- with a streamlined design that makes
consulting the Tarot effortless.
• Draw new cards with a simple shake
• Display only a one-card reading, if desired
• Use only the Major (or only the Minor) Arcana
• Allow or prohibit reversed cards
• Draw "Daily" and "Love" cards independently, from separate decks"
And those are just six out of hundreds. I'm kind of overwhelmed, and not just because I'm a Luddite. I just never would have thought that the whole electronic media thing would have caught on with these folks. My question is: do they really think it's the same thing? I mean, isn't the basis of these beliefs that when you handle the crystals, Tarot cards, rune stones, or whatever, the act of touching the objects is what is creating some kind of mystical interconnectedness of being? Can putting your fingers on a touch screen made in China really accomplish the same thing?
Maybe we should try a different app to see if we can get an answer to this question. How about:
Magic 8 Ball ($0.99) - "Magic 8 Ball™ has all the answers! And now it’s available for your iOS device! Ask
it any yes or no question, shake your device (or tap the screen) and,
“without a doubt,” it will give you an answer to life’s most complicated
questions. Inquire about romance, friendship, school, work…whatever! "
Let's see... "Reply hazy, try again."
I shoulda known.