RETHINKING THE ART OF DIVINATION
By SENSEI ERWIN L. RIMBAN
Are the divinatory and occult disciplines focusing on prediction still relevant in the hypermodern world of the 21st century? Let us dwell on the consequences to the predictive arts of some of the conclusions of quantum physics regarding Ultimate Reality. And, at the same time, let us learn how the exoteric and esoteric fields can come to a dialogue regarding the nature of man and the universe. Finally, let us understand what the modern psychic counselor should do as he/she gives advice to potential clients, in the context of this complex and modern world.
Reality is complex and multi-faceted. The best and most intelligent quantum physicists are coming to understand more and more that the material universe in particular and Ultimate reality in general is a very complex meta-system, composed of levels upon levels of wholes, all interconnected and building upon each other. This interconnectedness is reflected, for example, in the immense capacity of the human brain. The human brain is composed of billions of neurons but it is the interconnections between them that are the foundations of intelligence. Astrologers, tarot readers, rune masters, psychics, fortune tellers, dream interpreters, archetypal psychologists and the like must understand this complexity of reality and factor as many variables as possible in a divinatory reading. When advising a client on a problem, psychic counselors should not ignore the full context of the situation. Consider as many parameters as possible.
Reality is participatory. Those who probe very deeply into the nature of reality have realized that all the sentient beings of the universe participate in one degree or another in its continuous creation and dissolution. Everyone has a part to play in the great theater of life, the magnificent, awesome drama of reality. When a psychic reader counsels a client, he must not only read his fortune and destiny through the instruments at his disposal but also guide the client into the ways in which he can control his destiny. Every soul must be encouraged to play out his part and never neglect his duties to humanity in particular and the cosmos in general. Also, a psychic reader influences the result of a reading by his mere presence. This would be the application of Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle in the realm of divination. Psychic readers, be aware of this phenomena. Be mindful of the way you enter and influence the world matrix of a client by your mere presence in an divinatory or occult reading.
Reality is a synthesis of structure and spontaneity. Gone are the days when a psychic reader will probe into your future and announce line by line what your fortune shall be in the time frame in question. Such a thing is both irresponsible and a result of narrow sequential or linear thought. It is a limited form of guidance. Rather, an astrologer should explain that destiny is an interaction of both structured and unstructured elements. Some events are predestined because they are a function of the variables of the world matrix where you exist. For example, if a zygote has two x chromosomes, then the infant will turn out to be a female. On the other hand, if a zygote has an x and y chromosome, the baby turns out to be a male. In biology, many events have structured preconditions, based upon the laws of genetics and heredity. However, many events in the universe are creative and spontaneous, the flowering of which is a product of the decision making of its many participants. As an example, suppose two lovers have decided to watch a movie. That specific movie will be a product of their combined aesthetic evaluations at that particular moment in time. The man has certain predilections, the woman has certain sensitivities. The choice of a movie is the result of a dialogue between two minds deciding on a common course of action. Thus, astrologers and their kind must endeavor to strike a synthesis between the announcement of fated events and the interpretations of events which are fluid and dynamic. Life is a combination of fate and chance, structure and serendipity, destiny and creativity!
Reality has symbolic elements. Many aspects of reality can be understood by sophisticated symbolic systems. Examples of symbolic elements are art, linguistic systems, mathematical systems, systems of logic, computer science languages, and the archetypal symbols of psychology. Man has invented symbolic systems to understand reality better. Therefore, fortune tellers, psychic counselors and astrologers must endeavor to understand many kinds of symbolic systems and incorporate those in their guidance and counseling strategies. Archetypal education is a key to psychic development. Those who are into the occult arts, heed this message. Be knowledgeable about the archetypes of humanity. As much as possible, guide the querent into decision-making strategies that reflect genuine archetypal development. Use both elements of the feminine and the masculine mind in this respect. It is your responsibility to educate your clients about the specialized vocabulary you are using. Then, it is up to the client to take control of his life by assembling the vocabulary into the style he wants. You supply the vocabulary; he composes the poem that is his life!
Reality is holographic. Reality is a meta-hologram, conscious of itself and aware of its own evolution. In the same way, all its components are miniature versions of the meta-hologram in varying degrees of clarity, potency and symmetry. Those who are into the occult arts must comprehend this concept very well and integrate them into their guidance and counseling strategies. If you affect a certain component of the whole, then the rest of the whole must adapt and evolve according to the changes that have occurred in that portion. Counsel a human who has a problem and the rest of his network will reflect this change. Affect a part of the whole and the rest will follow. This is because reality is an intricate web of many interacting parts. Reality is one big super hologram!
Reality is evolving. Just because a human has come to you for advice with a strange and complex constellation of problems does not mean that the status quo will hold forever. The mere fact that a client has come for advice means that he has taken the first few steps to understanding his predicament. And he will become stronger because of his evolved understanding of his unique situation. Reality is evolving continuously, at many levels, planes and dimensions. If you are a rune master advising a client and the Isa runes or Nied runes have come up in a reading, then don’t interpret these as negative factors that will persist throughout. Eventually, the client will adopt, master his set of problems and these potentially negative rune casts will be transcended. In the same way, if you are an astrologer counseling two lovers about to marry whose synastry charts don’t seem to be harmonious, then take heart. Transits and progressions will cause the energy patterns in the couple to interact more. Compatibility can be developed through time. All who give advice using occult disciplines must factor the principle of change into the equation. Change is endemic in the planes of matter. Ultimate Reality itself is in the throes of continuous evolution.
Reality is diversity-in-unity. No matter how hard life is, always remember that we are all in this grand adventure as a group pilgrimage. Let us be cheerful because as souls in evolution, the endgame is an assured victory. All divinatory and occult readings, therefore, must emphasize the transcendental nature of consciousness, the educational aspects of soul pilgrimage and above all, the promise of unity and wholeness in the end. All the great archetypal stories of mankind have emphasized that victory will be won in the end, despite the extreme labors of many lifetimes. In the same way, all divinatory and occult practitioners are encouraged always to meditate on unity and wholeness. Reality is a unity. And your positive influence as a spiritual teacher or occult master is to share that unity to your environment. Be a torchbearer of unity. One goal, many paths.
Are divinatory and occult disciplines still relevant? The answer is yes. But, those who are into the arts of divination, prophecy and prediction must themselves evolve and understand the myriad aspects of Ultimate Reality that brilliant quantum physicists have discovered in the past few years. The practices in the Age of Pisces must be upgraded to take into account new revelations and new discoveries in this Age of Aquarius. For Ultimate reality is a complex, evolving, ultra-intelligent, multi-faceted hologram and we are active participants in this complex drama of our lives.