Petroglyph-New Mexico



A diviner mines the depths of the unseen world to explore answers to questions that are mysteries of the living. In many cultures, such as the Dagara from Burkina Faso, divination is an integral part of daily living. The diviner uses a variety of tools such as sticks and cowrie shells to divine answers to questions posed by the individual, the family, and the community at large. The diviner uses these tools to assist in navigating the unseen world, however, the real gift that the diviner holds is the ability to interpret answers in a way that is prescriptive, soulful, intuitive, and gift giving. Answers to questions that are posed are usually given in a way that unleashes what the individual, or family member, or tribesperson cannot see on their own, and yet exists in the world of the invisible. The diviner’s purpose is to articulate what is otherwise inexplicable to the person or group posing the question.

The diviner is one who uses divination tools that are cultural identifiers of beliefs within a particular culture. As an example, the Diviner of Burkina Faso uses tools that are unique to that culture. The celtic people used runes, or stones with symbols inscribed on them to divine answers to questions, and of course there is the tarot, which has unknown origins. The Chinese use coins, and the Incans may have used geoglyphs to communicate with the unseen worlds. There are hundreds of divinations tools, which are only as good as the diviner who employs them to mine answers from the invisible world. Diviners are still active members of many indigenous cultures around the world, and are utilized for past, present, and future questions.

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