Casting Lots: Ancient Hebrew Divination Magic (Paperback)
“In Casting Lots, Elisheva Nesher does not just present the system of using the aleph-beit to cast lots for spiritual guidance and wisdom, she also shows the range of divine beings and spiritual practices in ancient Canaan/Israel, as well as the modern polytheist revival. There is a warmth and generosity here towards all sides that we all can learn from.” —Rachel Pollack, author of Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom and A Walk Through the Forest of Souls
Lots are an ancient Hebrew form of divination and magic that may also be used for healing, blessing, cursing, meditation, and spiritual interaction. A set of lots contains twenty-two small discs, each one bearing one of the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In a manner similar to runes, these lots are then cast and interpreted. Though lots were once so common that explanations of how to cast them were unnecessary, over the centuries their methods and uses fell into obscurity.
In this practical guide, author and seer Elisheva Nesher has reconstructed the ancient art of lot casting for modern times. Her book contains explanations for each of the twenty-two lots and explores their meanings, both mystical and mundane. It also includes detailed instructions on how to cast, as well as craft your own set of lots. In addition to divination, Casting Lots explores the magical gifts of the lots as well as how to use them to contact and interact with the Hebrew spirits, such as Asherah. A brief guide is included for those unfamiliar with these spirits.
Casting Lots is a complete instruction manual for mastering the art of lot casting.
Elisheva Nesher, the elected leader of Am Ha Aretz (Primitive Hebrew Assembly), has been a spiritual teacher and mentor since the 1990s. A teacher, public speaker, and seer, she has served as a consultant to Pagan spirituality groups. Elisheva studied archaeology in Tel Aviv. A professional translator, she maintained a private psychotherapy practice until 2017.
“In Casting Lots, Elisheva Nesher not only clearly details the history and current practice of Hebrew lot casting, but also offers a rare glimpse into a non-rabbinic, earth-based approach to Jewish spirituality. This book will be a valuable resource to anyone interested in spiritually working with the Hebrew letters, different approaches to divination, magickal ethics, Jewish magick, and Jew-ish earth-based spirituality.”
—Kohenet Ketzirah haMa’agelet, founder of Devotaj Sacred Arts
“A beautiful and inspiring book, it includes many beautiful gems that can be sprinkled into any kind of Jewish, Hebrew, or Mediterranean magic, as well as serving as inspiration for almost limitless variations that could enrich virtually any magical or divinatory practice. Elisheva’s long practice, deep knowledge, and genuine love for these topics shine through on every page. I feel lucky to have encountered her work when I was first starting to forge my own Jewish/Pagan practice twenty years ago, but I wish I’d had this book then, too.” —Sara Mastros, author of The Big Book of Magical Incense and Orphic Hymns Grimoire
"Elisheva Nesher lays out a fascinating neopagan approach to lot-casting using the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. All the knowledge that she shares with respect to each letter's meaning would be helpful in any practice that involves using the Hebrew alphabet." —Harold Roth, author of The Magic of the Sword of Moses
“Elisheva Nesher’s Casting Lots is a very sophisticated book and contains many gifts for diviners working in any divination system. Elisheva’s chapters on ethical divination and working magic in partnership with the Hebrew letters and their associated divinities are so brilliant that they should be required reading for all diviners. Casting Lots is a must-read for diviners of all types and for anyone interested in the pre-monotheistic spirituality of the ancient Hebrews." —Caroline Kenner, co-founder of the Fool's Dog Tarot app company