For those that struggle to know the difference between synchronicity and coincidence, read this book. For those that suspect random incidents – some as simple as watching a bird fly by – tell us something about our own lives, read this book. For those who find themselves caught between doubting intuition or applying it in the wrong places, read this book.

If you are in any way a magical thinker, read this book.

Sidewalk Oracles is a glorious, well-told sharing of the phenomena that make up a mystically connected/ psychically open life. It’s about asking for a sign – and then seeing “Eat at Joe’s” and having it lead to a life-changing conversation. It’s about taking into account those seemingly random-yet-relevant comments from strangers as you pass on the street. It’s about chance encounters, beautiful connections, and how what goes wrong can mean everything is all right because it gives us stories to tell. Employing the art of kairomancy (interpretation of omens-in-motion) the author gives readers several exercises to explore different types of it – whether it comes in the form of odd incidents, like a broken leg on a statue, in the form of dreams, or in the form of the wind literally blowing something in a person’s direction. Each of these exercises is expertly woven around an anecdote by the author. As you read, you learn of his earlier career, his death experience as a child, and his adventures as a spiritual educator in adulthood. Reading this book is much like having one of those satisfying, wild conversations with that stranger you sat next to on an airplane – full of surprises, turns that make sense in the moment but that leave you wondering how you got there, and ultimately with some higher purpose at the end.

Highly recommended.

~review by Diana Rajchel

Author: Robert Moss
New World Library, 2015
pp. 261; $15.95

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