Diviner

Figures from Easter Island

   What is a Diviner?

 

  Ancient civilizations treated their diviners as special and extraordinary. It was, and is, an art form that requires tremendous practice and sensitivity. Divining is like a

fine craft, that requires study, sensitivity and a realization of the “tools.”  A  Diviner uses various tools to divinate answers to questions that provide guidance in life’s journey. One may ask if a particular route is good to take for a journey, or perhaps one is missing a deep connection to the work that they are doing in the world. Guidance in making decisions is what a Diviner offers through various methods of Divination. The tools for divination are specific to culture, and identity. As an example, the Aztecs, and the Incan civilization used bundles of string called “Quipus” to categorize information, and perhaps to mark the movement of the constellations in the sky. This was important for ancient civilizations to know when to plant crops, and what storms and weather patterns may be coming in the future.

     A Diviner sees patterns in the elements, in the stars, in Tarot cards, in ruins, in tea leaves, in sticks, in divining rods, and numerous other methods. This was not strange or wierd in cultures of the past, and the skillfulness of the diviners marked important passages for individuals as well as the communities within which they lived. As an example, in Burkina Faso, the Dagara still live by the signs and patterns that appear in divination. The Diviner is consulted daily for ways in which to navigate through life’s many decisions and important choices. Ancient mariners knew the importance of watching the sky, and the earliest seers looked to the sky for knowing signs of what would be changing and shifting with water, sun, and wind. The Diviner was the most important consult for these important messages.

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