We don't vote, but due to our mysteriously esoteric studies we're often asked for oracular predictions of elections. For the result of the 2016 presidential election, we consulted our own Mimetic Oracle, and here's why: politics is a grand pageant, and it's been said that theatre reveals what is behind so-called reality. Our Mimetic Oracle draws from 92 characters in six vintage plays, with 166 spoken lines and 31 stage directions in the mix. With the system, one randomly draws five characters and generates a script to illuminate the current drama of life. (There’s a detailed F.A.Q. which explains how the scripts are created, how to make sense of the dialogues, how to determine whether a reading is positive or negative, what to make of the various characters, and why these specific 6 plays were chosen for the system: http://www.mysteryarts.com/play/.)
Here's what the oracle generated when asked about the presidential election:
Our scene begins with a character called Wishing Man, his pockets full of lucky charms, who symbolizes a voter hoping for his respective candidate to win. Also on stage are the "Dutch Twins," who represent the two Clintons. One of the twins, here named Klinker, is "almost asleep," presumably exhausted from campaigning. A character named Hulda holds a tinsel star, and we interpret her as a delegate appointed to the electoral college. The "Third Spirit" points to the stony ground, as if directing the tinsel comet to fulfill its destiny and let shimmering dreams become the hard facts of reality. Finally, Baby Jumbo enters, dancing to the music, and we need not specify the symbol of the elephant in American politics. Interestingly, the scene comes full circle, with the Wishing Man from the start returning to whisper in the elephant's ear. This is a bit of mystery within the reading -- what is the Wishing Man's secret or request? The elephant's response possibly offers a clue: it raises a front foot and gives the Wishing Man a pill box. Though the nature of the pills is unspecified, we know that the most commonly prescribed drug is hydrocodone, an opioid. Is the implication that the very idea of an election is a political opiate for the masses? As Douglas Herman has asked, "Is voting a patriotic duty, placebo or drug of choice? ... You can vote and feel really, really, really good about yourself. Like a drug addict getting a powerful dose after a long time away. ... Rigged elections are for drugged fools, who believe that to participate is a worthy, patriotic high."