A term covering various forms of divination practiced with
the aid of rings. One method resembles the table-tipping or
raps of Spiritualism. A round table is inscribed with the letters
of the alphabet, and a ring suspended above it. The ring, it is
said, will indicate certain letters, which make up the message
required. According to the historian Ammianus Marcellinus
(320–390 C.E.), this method was used to find the successor to
Flavius Valens (d. 378 C.E.); the name Theodosius was correctly
indicated. Solemn religious services accompanied this mode of
Another form of dactylomancy, of which there is no detailed
account, was practiced with rings of gold, silver, copper, iron,
or lead, placed on the fingernails in certain conjunctions of the
Today a wedding ring is most popular for this purpose. Another
way to divine an answer is to suspend the ring near a glass
tumbler so that it touches the glass when swung. A code may
then be arranged, the ring striking the glass once for an affirmative,
twice for a negative answer, and so on. (See also pendulums)
Waite, Arthur Edward. The Occult Sciences. 1891. Reprint, Secaucus,
NJ University Books, 1974.D.O.M.E., the Inner Guide Meditation
D.O.M.E., the Inner Guide Meditation Center, was founded
in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1975 around the teachings of Ed
Steinbrecher who had brought together a group with a diverse
interest in occult matters including astrology, I Ching, the
tarot, Jungian psychology, and meditation. It moved to its
present location in Los Angeles, California, in 1984. D.O.M.E.
stands for a latin phrase, ‘‘Dei Omnes Munda Edunt,’’ translated
as, ‘‘All the Gods/Goddesses bring forth/eat the worlds.’’ The
Inner Guide is described as an individual’s lost teacher who
stands ready to lead the seeker along the inward spiritual path
toward the union with the higher self and to the mystic experience
of oneness. The Inner Guide teaches practical ways to
create harmony and balance by cooperating with the Universal
Archetypes (familiar from Jungian thought), considered the
principles of spirit and nature.
The actual practice of the Inner Guide Meditation Center
is found in Steinbrecher’s book, The Inner Guide Meditation: A
Spiritual Technology for the 21st Century, originally published in
1975. The book introduces the Inner Guide Meditation and
prepares the individual for initiation into the experience in
which he/she is assisted to make contact with a guide and with
some of the universal archetypes.
The center in Los Angeles offers a wide range of services designed
to assist individuals in exploring their inner self. Those
trained in Inner Guide techniques may assist people going
through various distressful life situations such as divorce or lawsuits,
but place an emphasis on helping people develop better
relationships and find success in their business or professional
life. More metaphysical sessions are provided for exploration
of past lives. Inner Guide practitioners also offer a full range
of astrological and tarot counseling, including a special service
for discovering the best dates for important actions (wedding,
signing a contract, beginning a new project, etc.).
The Inner Guide Meditation Center may be contacted at
P.O. Box 46146, Los Angeles, CA 90046-0146. It holds its
meetings at the D.O.M.E. Meeting House (1526 N. Fairfax
Ave.) in Los Angeles. It supports a webpage at http://
D.O.M.E. http://www.dome-igm.com/. May 17, 2000.
Steinbrecher, Ed. The Inner Guide Meditation: A Spiritual
Technology for the 21st Century. 1975. 6th ed. York Beach, Maine:
Samuel Weiser, 1988.