Saturday, February 13, 2016

Geōmanteía

“Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way.”  - Alan W. Watts


Shamanic Divination is defined as the art of seeing and interpreting signs in the world around us.  In it's original form it was a way of searching for answers to those spiritual/existential questions which seem to have plagued mankind ever since we crawled out of that primordial gloop.  As we look back at it now these ancient forms of soul-searching, meditation or self-reflection have long been decried as pseudo-scientific, and have mainly been reduced to parlour games such as fortune telling, or become systems for any number of easy-answer offering, self-help guru. 


I would have to disagree with Fox Mulder when he says "The truth is out there".  The only truth is to be found within us, and perhaps the more people who become aware of this the less reliance we may have on the psychiatric or psychological crutches of our post-modern age.  It is not too much of a stretch to claim that the gradual erosion of self-awareness and imagination suits the power system with which the world finds itself.  Now I don't believe in any sort of secret world government or illuminati conspiracies.  We got to this place through a slow cultural and social evolution, a blind transfiguration from age to age, the wax and wane of struggles between disparate groups and ideologies.  Rampant capitalism, corporate greed, depletion of natural resources, climate change; these are just a few of the issues we have found ourselves facing and as the recent results of the Paris Climate Change Conference shows us, at this point in time we cannot reach a consensus on positive and meaningful action in the face of an apparent and imminent crisis.  Instead we get the usual political response of non-binding commitments and a lack of enforcement mechanisms.


And here today in 2016 there is still the prevalent belief that the world is how it is because that is the way it was made, because that is the way it has always been, the way it is supposed to be. This of course is a fallacy, but we as a species seem to lack the collective imagination to actually take control of the ship and steer it onto our desired path.


Geōmanteía is inspired by the art of casting rocks and earth and the reading of signs in placements and alignments. So to paraphrase Fox Mulder, "The signs are out there"... We just need to re-learn how to read them.


“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern.” - William Blake




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