DIVINATION: "A LOST WORLD OF SOUL
When you hear word 'divination', chances are that certain images-- will spring to mind: dark gypsy fortune-tellers, tea-leaves, and crystal balls; a scene in a movie when Ace of Spades falls in a card game or a strange figure draws Tarot trump Death; charlatans, ouija boards, and phony swamis; or, perhaps, witch doctors and medicine men chanting around a fire. If you look a little deeper, you might see another kind of image lurking in background: dark magicians in graveyards seeking forbidden knowledge, conjuring demons and spirits of dead.
These images express attitudes - ridicule and fear - with a long history. For well over a thousand years, divination was a mortal sin and a capital crime in Western culture, a 'conversation with devil' that was banished along with old gods and wise women. Divination is a central part of pagan culture and pagan sense of a cosmos or 'living- world'. With rise of Church to political power in late antiquity, old gods of this culture became devils and living world became their work. With rise of our modern 'scientific laws' of cause and effect, devils in turn became superstitions, tales told by those considered to be marginal or uneducated such as women, lunatics, criminals, and savages. In spite of our inherited assumptions, divination is not a collection of superstitions. It is an outlawed way of knowing and speaking with a living world, a world ensouled and full of spirit.” (1)
Every aspect of life and many of things considered to have no life or soul have been used in telling intent and flow of nature. To say there is no destiny is common among artists or scientists of each divinatory method and all understand part we have to play. In world of 'seems to be' that focuses on material and 'real' causes that MUST be seen (what can be called "Toilet Philosophy") there is more superstition and destiny type of ideologies. Astrology is a refined mathematical method that has been considered a science even during proscriptions against divinatory methodology and rulers often were engaged in doing that which they tried to stop others from doing. We have dealt with some general divinatory methods such as 'divining rods' in 'Science' and we will cover others as we move along. The art and talent of knowing yourself and your 'center' or soul is clearly something 'free' and beyond acceptance of interpreters or priests. It was necessary to stop this freedom in order to gain total power or as close to it as possible. This book has an Orisha practice that is used in supposedly Christian Santeria. Having studied use of what they call 'El Coco' or casting of coconut shells I made a point to look for it. To my surprise I saw a word that looked much like Ogham or Ogam, which are variations of Ogham. The word 'ogun' was part of process in what I think was one of earliest methods of divination outside personal judgement or intuition.