To tell the future

start with a piece of time.

Past, for example, is readily available.

Tear a tiny fraction

for your curio collection. Be careful:

every time you look at it

it changes

—don’t trust it\.

Find your ancestors’ bones

—or, more correctly,

your ancestors’ bones will find you.

Work even with the bones

of those you hate.

Making peace with shadows is

why you cast the bones.

Make sure to add the movement

of a planet. It is, after all, the best way

to travel to the future.

Finally, add an eye.

(it only works if it’s a fake)

You are now ready to cast your bones.

When you do, pay attention to

the things they don’t say.

Keep your ghosts with you. They are what

urges you to ask

what makes you pick up

the bones in the first place.

Ghosts never have answers

—only questions\.

Know that the bones

don’t have answers either.

Every bone only points at

a lesson that might come. The bones

are great teachers.

When others laugh at you for trying

to know what hasn’t happened yet

ignore them. They think that

reading bones is turning inwards

facing away from the future.

They don’t understand

it’s us who love it most, a love so deep

that poisons us. The bones

are the only antidote.

When those who fear the future come

to seek your counsel

heal them. Tell them

what they already know but are

too afraid to listen.

If you catch yourself wanting to cast them

again and again, remember that

they know as much as you do

that they only speak a language

you’re ready to understand.

Be warned: every time you cast the bones

you pay a fee to the universe.

You’re robbed of your present

to know the future.

Pay the price wisely.

Be patient.

The future will come

to meet you halfway.