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Ka Bala

Ka Bala: The Mysterious Game that Foretells the Future was produced by Transogram in 1967 and is an interesting hybrid balancing roulette talking board combining divination by letters, astrology and tarot that has a pretty fantastic kitschy design. It even glows in the dark.

samstoybox image of the Ka Bala board

samstoybox image of the Ka Bala box

 

There’s a bit of history about the Ka Bala at via the Museum of Talking Boards. An additional page has some captures from the comic that was used to advertize the device. You can even consult the Ka Bala via an interactive online version.

“If there was a contest for the weirdest talking board of all time, ka-bala the Mysterious Game that Foretells the Future, would win unequivocally. From the eerie green glow-in-the-dark board, to the smashed dragon impaled by the Eye of Zohar, ka-bala gives new meaning to the word “bizarre.” You and a partner are instructed to start the game with the chant: “PAX, SAX, SARAX, HOLA, NOA., NOSTRA.” From this point on, anything can happen as the two of you, with your hands on the “Solary Projectors,” roll a black marble around the channel that circles the board and wait for it to come to rest at one of the many symbols. Depending on the “Astral Plane” chosen, the future is revealed by letters and numbers like a talking board, or by Tarot cards placed in specially designed “wells,” or astrologically by the zodiac conveniently spelled out in bas-relief around the perimeter of the board. Care must be taken not to get too carried away as you play since the black marble has a tendency to leave the channel and fly across the room like a bullet. Did I mention that the Eye of Zohar follows your every move? The instruction sheet that comes with ka-bala is especially helpful. All the rules are presented in great detail along with the sage advice that the lights must be on in order to read the Tarot cards.” [via]

The Circumference

Added part II of David Richard JonesIn Operibus Sigillo Dei Aemeth, “The Circumference” to the site today. I’m still proofing this document, but it’s up on the site today so you can take a gander!

“The circumference of the Sigillum is divided into 40 equal segments (of 9° divisions 360/40=9) containing either letters and numbers or letters alone. The letters and numbers are used in a simple algorithm for drawing out divine names from the circumference which will be dealt with in due course. It is presumed that the reader has read through at least Mysteriorum Liber Secundus prior to reading this analysis.”

The Thrones. The Names Drawn from the Circumference of the Sigillum

Added part IV of David Richard JonesIn Operibus Sigillo Dei Aemeth, “The Thrones. The Names Drawn from the Circumference of the Sigillum” to the site today. I’m still proofing this document, but it’s up on the site today so you can take a gander!

“As was pointed out in the last of this series, the letters and numbers that are contained within the divisions of the circumference of the Sigillum form a kind of cipher from which a series of names are derived.”