Due to our mysteriously esoteric studies, we're often asked for oracular predictions about Hallowe'en. For this year's holiday, we consulted our own Mimetic Oracle, and here's why: Hallowe'en 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 the surreal scenario that the oracle generated when asked about this year's Hallowe'en:
The first line says that "Nobody knows it better than you do." This indicates that your deepest instinct about this year's Hallowe'en will prove correct. Note that two characters in this scene laugh: a lame boy and a constable—a foreshortened leg and the long arm of the law. We interpret this as meaning that high spirits are the long and short of it. At the heart of the scene is a secret. The character Biddy Mary proclaims that if there's anything on earth she does love, it's a secret. She repeats this statement until the end of the scene, as if giving the maximum emphasis possible that a delicious secret will be learned this Hallowe'en. Note that every character in the scene except one is facing left. Biddy Mary is facing right, suggesting that her secret will carry things forward in some way. The scene ends with Enlarged Snookums' own echoing words, "Oh, goody, goody, goody!" This reinforces the positivity of the oracular reading as well as suggests Hallowe'en treats/goodies. It's a profoundly favorable reading with a juicy secret at its heart.