Signification and Divination

An Essay on Divinatory Systems and Remote Viewing

No sign is what it
Symbolizes; yet meaning
Is in what it's not!

The shamans of old sought signs in the present to prefigure events in the undetermined future, or to elucidate events of the past.

They expected synchronicities between experiences both present and remote in time and space. Their process was not unlike the experiences of remote viewers in modern times.

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 to the participants) presents to us at another space-time by observing (random) events in the Present (where the participants are ‘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).

This 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 military program of the 1980s were given a random set of numbers which represented an unknown target and which might represent location coordinates. Several teams were involved for each viewing. Each team had a viewer and a minder who also took notes. As part of the protocol the viewer "wrote" a line or squiggle that "contained" the meaning of the viewing. Later the results from each team were compared by another team member and "actionable intelligence" deduced.

Note that each system of divination uses randomness to determine the local part of the experience. This is so whether in the random fall of the shaman's knuckle-bones, random sorting of Tarot cards, the random tossing of the I Ching's coins, or similar randomly generated figures of all such systems. The same random synchronicity is postulated in the system of Trimancy, or Divination by Threes, regarding the random generation of Trimantic Sentences. “Trimancy’ is a system of divination that is based on Three-Valued Logic [Yes, No, Maybe], rather than the two value systems inherent in such systems as the I Ching, or Tarot, with their Yes/No encoding. More about that at www.ShamansSong.com

In this way we have similarity to the remote viewing protocol which started from a random code or sign that triggered a subjective mental experience referenced as “remote viewing”.

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 -- information 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:

"I 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 130/132.

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, psionic or spiritual energy.

A few examples might suffice. The first Rune, Fehu (Fee), symbolizes the horns of bovine wealth. A single upright and two branches reaching upward, like the natural yield of wealth, generating more wealth. Or consider Isa (Ice), a single upright, frozen in its position. Some of the Runes combine other Runes within, taking their energies together. Othala, the Homeland, for example. 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 the signs map energy states while carring 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 May-Yet-Be. Divination and Remote Viewing both aim at “seeing” potential bifurcations of the mental experience of stated experiencers.

The power is not in the sign, but rather, in the perceiving mind. Yet the ancient promise is that through the synchronistic linkage between the present experience and the other experience a greater understanding will arise. Synchronicity is always and only a relationship perceived as significant by a mind.

Jung is quoted (in his Foreword to the Wilhelm/Baynes I Ching) as having said the following about his concept:

"...a 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 allowing the creation of synchronicities. Divination holds out the possibility of manifesting experience, not just predicting it.

Jung explained that one could not will synchronicities, but, one could allow the set and setting wherein synchronicities can occur. He called that “constellating” the conditions or activating the Architypes. [See: Ira Progoff, Jung, Synchronicity, and Human Destiny]. Similarly ritual plays a role in many such systems. Examples include the throwing of the I Ching coins, casting the Runes or the ritualistic preparations for Remove Viewing sessions.

Synchronicity 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 ascension, which means eternal wholeness -- ascending, as did the shaman of old:

My shaman tree's roots
From lower planes grow; smoke-like,
I rise up, climbing...                                   [23 Nov 1986]

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 from the birth world outward... 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.

Consider, therefore, Trimancy, Divination by Threes:  

And the Spirit Temple Work that  I built around it:  http://www.ShamansSong.com .

Rev. Esnur
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