Esnur on Divinatory Systems and
sign is what it Symbolizes;
yet meaning Is
in what it's not!
01.02.16 - "word" replaced by "sign"]
The shaman of old sought signs in the present to prefigure events in
the undetermined future, or elucidate events of the past.
expected synchronicities between experiences both present and remote in
time. This was not unlike the experiences of remote viewers in modern
I see methodological similarities among all systems of what has been
traditionally considered "divination." This is found in the
ascertaining of what the "divine" (whatever that might signify)
presents to us at another time by observing (random) events in the
present. Similarly remote viewers observe an internal state and that
observation is in a relationship to an external (in either, or both,
space and time).
is too vague so far. Let's
be more specific.
According to published information and private discussions with
participants such as my friend and mentor the late Maj. Gen Bert
Stubblebine, US Army, it can be said that the remote viewers of the US
miiltary program of the 1980s were given a random set of numbers which
represented an unknown target and which might include location
coordinates. Several teams were involved for each
Each team had a viewer and a minder who also took notes. As
of the protocol at the end of the session the viewer "wrote" a line or
squiggle that "contained" the meaning of the viewing. Later
results from each team were compared and "actionable intelligence"
Note that each system of divination uses randomness to determine the
local part of the experience. This is so whether in the
generation of trimantic sentences, the random fall of the shaman's
knuckle-bones or the random tossing of the I Ching's coins, or similar
randomly generated figures of all such systems.
In this way we have similarity to the remote viewing protocol which
started from a random code or sign that triggered a subjective mental
But the relationship between sign and divine has deeper layers than
even the synchronicity between the "this" and the "that" of the
particular process. The signs themselves contain information
like the remote viewer's squiggle.
The broken and unbroken lines of the I Ching hexagrams, the
energy-mapping lines of the Runes, the sand-scribbles of Roman
Geomancy, all similarly encode data -- data for the subconscious mind
as well as the conscious mind.
C. G. Jung, the master of synchronicity, saw great psychological power
in divinatory systems and viewed the Runes as especially potent:
dug up old runes and magical sayings for words never reach men. Words
have become shadows. Therefore I took old magical apparatuses and
prepared hot potions and mixed in secrets and ancient powers, things
that even the cleverest would not guess at. I stewed the roots of all
human thoughts and deeds." ~
Carl Jung, The Red Book, Paragraphs
The Runes were traditionally said to have been "grasped" by Odin during
a nine-day self-sacrifice. Hanging from the World Tree he screamed as
he extracted the Runes from the root substance of Reality.
I see in the Runic line-signs a synchronistic mirroring of the
structure and flow of psychic or spiritual energy.
A few examples might suffice. The first Rune, Fehu (Fee),
symbolizes the horns of bovine wealth. A single upright and
branches reaching upward, like the natural yield of wealth, generating
more wealth. Or consider Isa (Ice), a single upright, frozen
its position. Some of the Runes combine other Runes within, taking
their energies together. Othala, the Homeland, for
It is made of two signs, the top is a square at a 45 degree angle, the
same symbol as the Rune Ingwaz (male potency, fire rune) sitting on top
of a Kenaz (Kenning, fire) rotated 90 degrees. All
signs carry both traditional meanings and synchronistic linkings.
The commonalities among all these systems of approaching the Hidden
Past or the Unknowable Future (because not set in the reality of the
present) mix synchronicity, sign and experience to produce an
understanding of What May Have Been or Will Be.
The power is not in the sign, but rather, in the perceiving
Yet the ancient promise is that through the synchronictic linkage
between the present experience and the other experience understanding
will arise. Synchronicity is always and only a relationship
perceived by a mind.
Jung is quoted (in his Foreword to the Wilhelm/Baynes I Ching) as
having said the following about his concept:
certain curious principle that I have termed synchronicity, a concept
that formulates a point of view diametrically opposed to that of
causality. Since the later is a merely statistical truth and not
absolute, it is a sort of working hypothesis of how events evolve one
out of another, whereas synchronicity takes the coincidence of events
in space and time as meaning something more than mere chance, namely, a
peculiar interdependence of objective events among themselves as well
as with the subjective (psychic) states of the observer or observers."
The interdependence between the random precursor and the synchronistic
observation provides us with a tool to achieve a more complete
understanding of what has been or will be experienced.
Divination is not fortune-telling, though it can do that. Rather, the
process involves the creation of synchronicities. Divination
holds out the possibility of manifesting experience, not just
It is a tool to integrate the present state with past and future states
for the entity that acts as the diviner, and for the present, past and
future entity(ies) that act as the receiver of the synchronicities.
It is a magical tool to achieve that spiritual wholeness needed for the
whole entity, in all its incarnations and bifurcations, to achieve
ascention, which means eternal wholeness -- ascending, as did the
shaman of old:
shaman tree's roots From
lower planes grow; smoke-like, I
rise up, climbing...
[23 Nov 1986]
Consider, therefore, Trimancy,
Divination by Threes:
In these times -- when many seers,
prognosticators and prophets tell us
great changes are happening to human consciousness and culture -- tools
such as divination allow the wise to cope with enormous
uncertainty as humanity reaches outward from the birth
And when your many incarnations and bifurcations are
spiritually unified you will find that you are indeed the god/goddess
that you always have been.