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Tony Iacoviello
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Two Thoughts by C. Dayton

I’m on the Pro Shop’s mailing list, so I was able to order this when it was for members only. In fact, I placed an order within minutes of getting the mail about this manuscript.

I’ve done a lot of work in this area and wanted to see if there was a lot of crossover between C. Dayton’s work and my own.

What I received was a 52 page manuscript (the last 2 pages consist of a listing the Pro Shop’s other products). This is the product of 4 years of work and is very impressive.

The manuscript covers using tossed objects for divination and readings.

The first section covers the introduction to the basics and the history of where it came from. He also develops it into a very rich reading platform. The basic system only takes a page to explain, the rest goes into details on using the system, the tossed object variations, a wonderful and practical casting surface that can be used, more advanced variations, and incorporating other work into this. He explains how to incorporate Enrique’s Invisible Readings as a phase of his reading (without tipping Enrique’s work).

The use of a pendulum in conjunction is also explained. C. Dayton also hints at a variety of other variations, encouraging the user to develop his/her own.

The 2nd section “Sortilicious Sortilege” is what will have people very excited. He says “Stones and Bones” are the objects to be used here (in place of what was used in the first section), and he explains how to do this. He also shows photos of his own bone casting set and the pendulum that he uses.

The real exciting part of this section is, once you understand the basics, you can use stones, bones, gems, coins, sea shells, game pieces, jewelry, borrowed objects, just about anything. One can construct themed oracle sets for events or occasions, a hoodoo bag for divination, or use a mixture of borrowed objects (say borrowed during a psychometric demonstration, or impromptu with found/made objects) as a divination/reading tool using a traditional oracular system as the framework.

Next are 3 Appendices:
One (1) detailing the use of a pendulum,
One (2) expounding on the oracular system,
The last (3) showing several pendulum charts that can be coupled with the system (they are actually part of other products, which are listed and linked if there is interest).

C. Dayton uses this for full readings, but it will work for readings of just about any length and is fully customizable/adaptable for just about any venue. It is also expandable (if you feel the need) and can be combined with other systems; C. Dayton mentions several in the manuscript. . This gets a two thumbs up from me.

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Wow, thank you so much.
I'm really glad you liked it, a two thumbs up review from you means A LOT to me.
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Tony --

Two thumbs up on a two thumbs up review!

One minor correction, though: the Enrique Enriquez phase is actually based on the Invisible Tarot, not Invisible Readings.

Based on the strength of C. Dayton's two previous releases (Roses on a Stage and Yes/No+), I got this too, and was not disappointed.

I've looked at casting systems for a while, and this book has convinced me to start incorporating them into my arsenal.

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B. Morrison,

I'm so happy you liked the book and I'm excited that it convinced you to incorporate casting into your arsenal. I think it's a uniquely satisfying type of reading for reader and client and I think you'll like it a lot.
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Just finished to read the manuscript and is really an impressive work!
I LOVE the stone end bones casting and I think it makes also the reading visually appealing for the sitter.
The mansucript is very well detailed and cover all the information you need to give stunning readings.
I highly recommed it!
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Thank you so much Luca, that means a lot coming from you.
I'm really glad you liked it.
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"Love says 'I am everything.' Wisdom says 'I am nothing'. Between the two, my life flows." -Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Tony,
What a great review. Thanks.

This really has my interest .


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I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of this book from Courtney "seadog93" Dayton last week. I spent a very enjoyable few hours reading and digesting the material over the weekend and this review represents my initial reactions. I've not had time to extensively test the systems in the field, but I did have the opportunity to give a couple of readings yesterday applying Courtney's "AD&D" approach. Please read my review with these provisos in mind.

Onwards...


The title: Two Thoughts by Courtney Dayton

The link: http://www.mevproshop.com/two-thoughts.html

The price: $37.00

The blurb: If you are one of the people who loved C. Dayton's innovative "Roses on a Stage" and "Yes/No+", I think you're really going to appreciate the Pro Shop re-release of "Two Thoughts". Originally released privately to a select few in 2011, the newly-updated and expanded "Two Thoughts" highlights the unique and creative approach to the process of presenting readings we've come to expect from the mind of C. Dayton.

Contained within the 54 pages of "Two Thoughts", you'll find two complete systems that can be used separately or together: "AD&D QA: Question Answering with Platonic Solids" and "Sortilicious: A System of Sortilege".

The review: What we have here are two very well thought out systems for providing readings. But scratch beneath the surface and we find these two systems also form a comprehensive and well-written introduction to casting oracles.

Scattering ashes, dominoes, runes, bones or stones is one of the earliest approaches to scrying or fortune telling. And yet, in a world of palms, auras and tarot, it is also one of the most under-explored and under-exploited approaches. So this is a timely publication in many ways.

Both the systems described by Courtney are accessible and adaptable. Novice readers will find "AD&D" immediately within their grasp and capable of growing with their own abilities. More experienced scryers will immediately see how they can apply what they already know and practice to these new systems. The frameworks provide "plug and play" components and ideas that can be popped in and out - used in conjunction with other oracles or swapped out for preferred approaches.

"Sortilicious" in many ways represents the 'coming of age' of "AD&D". It is deep, powerful and pumped up by atmosphere and ritual. And that is an important point about the systems in this book. Courtney clearly understands the importance of ritual and the dramatic role it can play in enhancing a reading experience.

There is a lot to like in these pages and a lot of food for thought. Both systems provide a rich vein of imagery for the reader to mine as he explores ideas with his subject. And that is surely all we can ask from any oracle.

The AD&D readings I gave yesterday flowed nicely and garnered happy reactions from my subjects - which is no mean feat for the first run-out with a new system. It obviously helped that I already had meanings in mind for numbers, colours and elements - but these are things that are easily acquired by any student and they are really all you need to start working the system.

Bottom line: I have found things in the book that I will be using. I have found other things that have made me think hard about my own reading practices. And that makes it well worth a purchase. $37 represents very good value IMHO.
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What wonderful detailed reviews. Thank you so much.
I'm really excited that you've already had a chance to try AD&D QA out and that you liked it.

I like the idea of sortilicious being a coming of age of AD&D QA, it many ways that's exactly what it was. Smile
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All the best seadog93 , cool title Smile

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Lol, thanks Amira! (Great minds think a like Smile )
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"Love says 'I am everything.' Wisdom says 'I am nothing'. Between the two, my life flows." -Nisargadatta Maharaj

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As an update to this: I've just got back from a week in France (it was lovely, thanks for asking) and while I was out there I was asked to read for someone. I didn't have anything on me, but thanks to Courtney's book, I was able to improvise a casting system (using items that are easily found in any café, coffee shop, bar or restaurant) and gave a well-received reading.

This impromptu approach is hidden away in the book and easily passed by - but to do so would be a mistake. Great thinking!
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I'm so glad you were able totry that out and that it worked for you. Smile
"Love is the magician who pulls man out of his own hat" - Ben Hecht

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