Sunday, January 22, 2023


Bibliotherapy – The Ladies’ Oracle – Guide on Matters of Love and Life


A Fascinating Book 


Reading can be fun. 

Reading can also be therapeutic. 

Bibliotherapy may be defined as the use of books to help people solve problems.

Yes  you can benefit from bibliotherapy – use books to solve issues that you may be facing at a particular time  

Many of us use bibliotherapy without realizing it. 

Reading is ameliorative in nature – and – an enjoyable read always cheers you up  and puts you in a good mood.

Whenever I am in a blue mood  I browse through my bookshelves and pick up a good book.  

For me  reading is the greatest of all joys.

The moment I start reading a book  I enter a different world  and this change of environment has a positive effect on my mood and emotion  and lo and behold  my spirits are uplifted. 

Those who do not have the habit of reading remain imprisoned in their moods and immediate surroundings.

I have just picked up a delightful little book called  “The Ladies Oracle”  by Cornelius Agrippa from my bookcase.

Here is a picture of the title page of my copy the book: 

THE LADIES’ ORACLE By Cornelius Agrippa

THE LADIES’ ORACLE By Cornelius Agrippa  

Let me tell you about this intriguing book The Ladies’ Oracle and you will see how this book can cheer you up and lifts your spirits too – an ideal book for BIBLIOTHERAPY .

Whenever I buy a book  I write down the date and place of purchase on its first page. 

I have duly recorded that I bought The Ladies Oracle on 14 February 1989 – on Valentine’s Day – more than 28 years ago  on the pavement bookstalls opposite the Central Telegraph Office (CTO) near Hutatma Chowk (Flora Fountain) at Fort in Mumbai (then called Bombay).

I don’t remember what prompted me to buy The Ladies Oracle

Maybe  I wanted to present the book to my darling wife 

Or maybe  because there was no such book as “The Gentleman’s Oracle” – at the pavement bookstall.

But that is not important now.

So  let’s talk more about this amusing little book.


Let’s get down to using this delightful oracle.

First choose a question from the ninety five listed in the book from pages (v) to (viii) numbered 5 to 100

(I wonder where the first five questions are?)

I select question number 35: 

Shall I always enjoy good health...?

Now as per the the instructions  I turn to page (i) – I close my eyes – and I put my finger on the “Table of Signs

I open my eyes and I see that  I have placed my finger on the sign representing a single square.

Now – I consult the table starting from page 10 – I follow the line marked by the number of the question (35th  line)  till I arrive at the column which has the chosen sign over it  and this figure gives me the number of the page (74) on which the answer is written.

I open page 74 – and I look the sign traced by my finger (a single square) – and alongside the sign I find my answer: 

You will always have joy, health and prosperity...!!!


I am feeling good already. 

Bibliotherapy seems to be working.

Now the next question, number 15: 

How many lovers shall I have...? 

I follow the same earlier procedure as stipulated in the instructions – and – the Oracle gives me the answer: 

You will have a great many lovers  but those that have so many lovers – they generally choose the worst...!!!

Hey  I have to be careful in love…!!!

The next question, number 91: 

What opinion has the world of me...?

The Oracle answers: 

You are thought to have had more than one adventure...!!!


Have I really sown my wild oats that much...?

I ask the oracle: 

Shall I be happy in love...? 

And the oracle says: 

You will find more pain than pleasure...!

Oh, Dear…!!!

I better steer clear of falling in love...!!!

So I ask the oracle: 

Will my reputation be always good...?

The oracle answers: 

It will always be as you make it...!!!
I must take care to build up a good reputation!

I ask the oracle: 

Shall I go many long voyages...?

The oracle answers:

You will do well not to voyage farther than round your own room...!!!


That puts an end to all my travel plans...!!!

All I am going to do my entire life is go round and round in my room...!!!

What a gloomy answer...!!!

And I thought browsing books was supposed to lift my spirits...!!!

Okay – just one last question  and the answer better be something good to cheer me up – or else no more ‘bibliotherapy’ for me...!!!

I select question number 74: 

What is the person that I am thinking about doing at this moment...? 

and the Oracle answers: 

She regrets not being with you...!!!


My, My...!!!

It seems to good to be true…!!!

So I call her up (the girlfriend I am thinking about at that moment)

She says in her sweet loving voice:

“What a coincidence. I was just thinking of you and the good times we had together – I wish you were here with me…”


Bibliotherapy really works.

I feel thrilled, jubilant, ecstatic, on cloud nine, in seventh heaven – and right on top of the world – as I rush off to surprise my beloved sweetheart.

And just imagine  I thought that she never even thought about me...!!!

It looks like it is the end of what I thought was my one way unrequited love  and the beginning of a new exciting romantic relationship with her. 

Yes  things are looking up…!!!

Long live The Ladies Oracle

Oh, Yes – The Ladies Oracle is a delightful little book you can consult from time to time on matters of love and life.

Believe me  you will enjoy reading and using this marvellous book.

It may be called The “Ladies” Oracle  but I feel that even men can consult it with satisfying results. 

Dear Reader  why don’t you try it out…?

I am sure you can easily get a copy of THE LADIES ORACLE online or at your bookstore.

It is delightfully entertaining reading  guaranteed to lift your spirits. 

I always carry this oracle in my pocket to enliven my moments of waiting – waiting at airports, railway stations, while travelling. 

Take it with you everywhere and you will never be bored. 

It is a small book  pocket-size  easy to carry everywhere.

Get a copy of this interesting book – The Ladies Oracle 

Then just ask the questions you always wanted to ask  and enjoy the answers…!!!

Do tell us whether you found the oracle useful in matters of love and life.

Long live Bibliotherapy 

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