J S Kingfisher



The Muzoracle


The Muzoracle is a music-based system of divination developed by J S Kingfisher. A musical love child of Jeff, the Tarot, and the I Ching, the Muzoracle consists of 89 cards, 12 twelve-sided dice marked with solfége (do, re, mi, etc.) and one die marked with distinct musical pitches. The cards are based on harmonies, musicians, and musical concepts, and are drawn above or below the dice depending on which way the dice land. A completed "casting" consists of dice in a row forming a melody, with harmonies sprouting up or down here and there.

The Muzoracle is not designed for fortune-telling. Users are encouraged to form creative responses to what’s at hand, using the abstract images and musical underscore the system provides as guideposts and starting points. Non-musicians can hear the music their casting generates using "The Casting Engine," a piece of drag and drop software available on the Muzoracle site; musicians, of course, can simply play it. A handful of composers across the planet – Jeff among them, of course – are using the Muzoracle as a compositional tool.

The meanings in the Muzoracle are derived from several sources, though mainly from music theory, the physics of sound, and the cosmology of G.I. Gurdjieff. The system was 4 years in initial development, and continues to grow - users are kept up to date via the Muzoracle Addenda blog. A second edition of the Muzoracle handbook and an e-book detailing its underlying mechanics and cosmology is underway.

For more information regarding the Muzoracle, please visit muzoracle.com.