Divination by Dragon by Rachel Manija Brown

One black dragon soaring overhead represents the new beginning, the slate wiped clean. A good time to change careers or dissolve a partnership. Chances of conception are high.

Three or more green dragons playing, diving, darting, nipping at each other’s tails, suggest indecision and frustration. Your lover is not satisfied. Your team will not win the pennant. Stay away from pickled foods.

If you see a one-eyed dragon, look carefully. If the socket is scarred over, your friends are not what they seem. If the eye is marbled white, do not throw yourself against obstacles: creep beneath, or go around. If the lid is closed and there is no scar, the dragon may only be winking. Your project will be a great success, or go down in glorious ruin.

If a dragon speaks to you, never again will you divine by wing and claw. Turn away forevermore, and learn to read the silent cards. Or listen till you understand, and find a new future in the flicker and hiss of your own flames.

Rachel Manija Brown has sold poetry to Mythic Delirium, Star*Line, Abyss and Apex, and Goblin Fruit, and short stories to Strange Horizons, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, and Cabinet des Fées. Her memoir All the Fishes Come Home to Roost: an American Misfit in India was published by Rodale, and her manga-style graphic novels Spy Goddess and The 9-Lives were published by Tokyopop. She also writes for television, and recently sold an animated sf series, Game World, to the Jim Henson Company, in collaboration with Sherwood Smith.

Image: Japanese dragon, colour engraving on wood, Chinese school, 19th Century.