I’ve been resisting covering this divination tool for some time, because it’s so big—that’s why I haven’t posted anything for most of this month, because I’ve been working on this. Realizing it wasn’t going to get any shorter, however, I decided to bite the bullet and do it. This is another oracular system in the same format as Napoleon’s Book of Fate and it bears some similarity to both that and the Oracle of KAZ. It consists of a pre-established assortment of questions, a procedure for casting the oracle, and a directory of answers. The Wheel of Pythagoras has also been known as the Sphere of Pythagoras, the Sphere of Life and Death, the Sphere of Democritus/Petosiris/Apuleius, and has appeared under the longer and more unwieldy name, ‘The Thirty Questions & Nine Hundred Answers of Pythagoras.’

A key difference between this and the Book of Fate is, answers from the Wheel of Pythagoras are arrived at by an arithmantic equation, whereas answers from Napoleon’s Book of Fate are arrived at by drawing a random number of dots in five lines to form 32 key figures, which then serve as part of the answer key. But like the Book of Fate, this oracle proceeds on the assumption that certain questions, matters or issues will always concern humanity, and constitute things on which they will continue to seek some guidance. The newer divination tool in this format, the Oracle of KAZ, has the inquirer arrive at an answer by a binary process, but the answer section is fundamentally the same set-up as the other two sources.