Neolithic Structure-/ Creative Commons 2.5 Attribution




What is a diviner? In western culture we think of a diviner as being one who uses divining rods and looks for water on land. In the mountains, early divining rods were constructed of forked branches or sticks. The diviner used these tools to discover minerals and water under the ground. In other cultures, and in ancient times, the diviner used tools that were specific to the beliefs of the culture such as rocks, sticks, pendulums, and cards. Most importantly,the diviner practiced careful observation through whatever technology he or she was using. There were early seers who looked at the night sky every night and carefully observed the constellations, as well as the position of the moon. Careful observation and what might have been measuring methods of calculating distance and mass were technologies that we know little of today, and yet, we can  look to the physical evidence of these ancient people to realize that there was more to their lives than just surviving the harsh physical environment in which they lived. The diviners and the early seers provided the best counsel for when to plant, or when to construct, or give offerings. The pyramids provide the tangible evidence that there was an expanded vision and wisdom that was perhaps more sophisticated than we want to acknowledge.

Other structural indicators of diviners being significant are expressed in the stone structures in Ireland where the sun shines through the narrow passage like a beaming blaze of light on one significant day of the year; the winter solstice. These structures date back 5000 years during the Neolithic time. Newgrange is one such prehistoric structure located in eastern Ireland. Although their purpose is unknown, what is evident, is that someone in that time was a close enough observer to witness exactly and precisely, when the sun would be rising on the winter solstice, and precisely where it would beam light through these structures that are like cathedrals of a megalithic time. There must have been a diviner among the crowd, for why would they move stones that weighed 200,000 tons up a hill to these sites? These stone structures predate other significant structures in the world by many years. They were constructed 1000 years before Stonehenge, and are 100 years older than the Great Pyramids in Egypt. The structures initiate a curious wonder about the diviners of the Neolithic time, and the technologies that were developed to observe with such precision. So, what is a Diviner? My limited definition would be that a diviner is one who sees and observes that which we do not see and the diviner brings these things to our attention for the purpose of assigning meaning to beliefs, or to understand the mystery of nature and the universe.


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