The idea of divination has become somewhat maligned in present times, primarily from two opposing currents: a science that places faith entirely in its own material rationalism, and a theology which insists that only God is purely divine, and perhaps worries that seeking knowledge of the future, therefore, opens oneself up to potential evil. While the image of God can harden into literal notions of a super power, a trusted ally, the image remains subject to what fear and desire captures under duress. Rather than a wall, God might also be the veil; the thinning edge transversing dimensions.
Divination than is a practice in which the questions we carry with us come under scrutiny and are refined by experience and the call to love and be loved.


Divination also suffers a malnourished understanding from secular science which does not give any credence to influences and experiences that cannot be anchored to a system of measured repetition. Divination though, as other practices, is an immeasurable qualitative experience much like love and desire. In a world destroying itself through the glut of unending, destructive, over-consumption, why would we not seek out those practices that expand our capacity for love, satisfaction and the sense of both who, I and Thou are?

“Certainty is absence of infinity, infinity is presence of uncertainty.”
Nanamoli Thera

To limit the idea of divination to that of forecasting the future though, is to miss the idea that it is also a way of seeing and participating in the presence, simultaneously, of both the mundane and the eternal. And if the eternal is that which is all inclusive, then it potentially opens us to that which we don’t know. If God knows, or is all, then every time we learn something new, we are already divining. Where does one draw the line as to what is dangerous, subjective or off limits? …and how might it matter? Through the study of astrology, I am learning to question what it is that divination can provide for us moderns, and learning what it once did in the not so distant past.

Love starts in the personal and means me; then it means my soul and my whole being. Then it moves me, my soul and my being into archetypal being, into a sense of interiority: an interior process contained within me, and myself contained within the interiority of a chaotic universe transformed by love into a cosmos.

James Hillman, The Myth of Analysis

To see into eternity then, is to see into the cosmic order, to glimpse the qualities of God, or the gods, and participate in the realm of coming and going. Love is that which creates from infinity, binding the seeming chaos into an expression of life-giving order. We are already seeing, from all that touches and moves us, an archetypal expression of divinity that calls the little self to something beyond. And without losing that smallness, we may enlarge our perspective through the multi-faceted seeing of multiple dimensions.

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The Sacred Arts of Divination

The arts of divination have been revered and practiced by every culture in every time. These practices might indeed seem to some as an attempt to be God, to steal the gods’ powers, and obviously humans have very much been inclined to use and abuse power for a seeming gain, whether personally or collectively, but divination is not in and of itself the danger. That we have trouble discerning the proper and improper use of power doesn’t go away by refusing the attraction to power, but by discerning the consequences and trade-offs of our uses of it.

The aesthetic sense of divining may provide one with skills for course correction by seeing into the possibilities of not only what the future holds, but more importantly, to see more clearly into the present; to see oneself, others and the nature of the world as it is. Not for truth, but for love’s sake. Ultimately, it is the ever-expansive sense of the present that opens one to experience universal truths and the divine – an experience of which gives substance and weight to all that the soul truly desires: love, compassion and acceptance.

When the aesthetic sense is not disregarded as meaningless, care for the past, present and future come to us more readily through awareness of love and beauty.

To live one’s life practicing an awareness of the patterns that we live by, and to seek to align oneself to an ordering of life which values beauty, love, sustainability, and a fuller participation as one among many, accepting the limits of the conditions of life; its joys and sorrows, gains and losses, is itself a divinatory practice.

Personally speaking

Perhaps the natal chart of astrology can display the players and the patterns in my life experience, that to some extent, I remain bound to and bound by. But the continuity of the patterns also serve as windows into eternity. They show me the universal nature of human experience and by seeing them more clearly, I can, on a good day anyway, choose my response. My response may or may not change any outcome, but it can show me that my response matters and that all human exchanges are really calls to share in love’s beauty.

These openings further the possibility of seeing the sacred in all life, and in seeing the the sacred throughout all worlds, divine and sacred, and ultimately as one.

Q&A: Natal Promise and Planetary Transits


Knowledge of the Future

What any divinatory practice brings to the fore, are the questions we have, embedded within a call from the unknown, and how it matters to us. But rather than directly providing the knowledge that we believe we need to know – what will happen tomorrow; will I get the job I applied for; will my children be happy, etc. – beginning the process of asking such questions, provides for each of us, images of the desires that capture our attention, the relationships we experience, and how we tell the story of what is happening to us, and the world around us.

What lies at the other end of our quest to know, is perhaps a greater awareness of the nature of our desires through the images we carry of purpose, hope and expectations. This leads to the consideration of just how much influence we do have over the nature of ourselves, other people and situations that we find ourselves in.

Until these fundamental questions about the nature of ourselves, and of the world are allowed to enter into the narrative of our own telling, it seems unlikely that any idea of the divine, or aesthetic of eternal time will even be desirable to us, let alone offer an understanding of what it is we need to make our way through the mystery of love’s purpose.


At the bottom of every question we ask, friendship we find, house we buy, vacation we take, language we learn, book we read, song we sing, is our perpetual state of want and need. Desire sustains us and belongs to time. We eat, digest, excrete, and we endlessly repeat the cycle. But beyond the desires that sustain us physically, lies a seemingly endless pool of possibilities, just as the starry night seems without bounds or limits. Our relationship to desire feeds, shapes and forms both our character and our destiny on both small and large scales.

Intelligible vs. Omniscience

It is much easier to reject all practices of divination by looking for a failure of omniscience. For then we are off the hook and can stay in our comfort zone. For a true practice, whether of divination, art, writing, music, scientific research or otherwise, requires the courage to move beyond one’s comfort zone and into the unknown. Trust and faith are then necessary and can be found in the everyday world through those who grace our journey, and from the invisible realms of the dream and stream of images that we attend to.

Although it might be true that many who seek out an astrology natal chart or Tarot card reading might be eager to hear “what is going to happen to them,” what might soon become apparent to any seeker is this tug of war between fate and free will. The very act of initiating and submitting to a reading admits one’s fate into the room, as it also invites the idea of “participating via co-operating” with fate by invoking images that “know ahead of time,” or “know at a distance.”

Karma, Fate, and Free Will in Astrology Dr Glenn PERRY

Determinism and Freewill in Astrology Benjamin N DYKES

Objective Versus Subjective Reality in Astrology – Chris Brennan and Benjamin Dykes

8 thoughts on “Divination

  1. I am somewhat familiar with the biblical references and yes, it seems that Astrology has been with us for a very long time, in all cultures.

    Thanks for the Ficino book suggestion. At the suggestion of my teacher, I’m making my way through Pythagoras and Fermicus right now.

    Hope you have a great day!


  2. theburningheart

    The Bible its full of Astrological allusions from the first book of Genesis to Revelations!

    As for Example in Genesis chapter 1:

    14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

    15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

    Also you can read Revelations the whole of chapter 5.

    In Luke 22:10 when Jesus is asked by his disciples where the next ‘Passover’ will be, Jesus replied:

    “Behold, when ye are entered into the city, (the new consciousness) there shall a man meet you ‘bearing a pitcher of water’… follow him into the house where he entereth in.” 11 And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?

    12 And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready.”

    Youtube its full with Astrologers making references to passages in the Bible showing Astrological allusions.
    And no wonder the Jewish people in captivity in Babylon took Astrology with them also, and borrow myths from them all over the Bible.

    I teach and also, have some videos on Youtube, but they are in Spanish.

    Maybe you knew this, so forgive me also I do not remember if you read my post on January 4, 2015 Axial Precession, And Cosmological Religious Cycles?

    A book that I will recommend you its Marsilio Ficino Western Esoteric Masters Series edited by Angela Voss.

    Thank you and Blessings to you Debra. 🙂

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  3. theburningheart

    Well, what can I say, I am an Aquarius born in the cusp at 0 degrees.

    Not even as a child, and I mean five, or six years of age did not question Christian Dogma, and later on, totally bored by narrow materialistic views of the Cosmos, who show more a lack of Imagination, Intuition, Sensitivity, and a donkey with blinders to not see beyond what its in front of him.

    I may sound intolerant, or dismissive, but no, I am just in contempt, and with no desire even to argue against such narrow views, but knowing people are stuck into characters and psychological types, like we all are, we have to learn how to be tolerant of such bores.

    After all its their own inner psychological, and astrological nature , and are without even knowing incapable of seeing their own predetermined psychological pattern, and feel themselves proud of being free of nonsense of hocus pocus, and pseudo knowledge, not able to see themselves reflected into the exact image of their archetype like coming out of a cast mold on the assembly line of an specific character.

    Which its kind of hilarious for those on the know.

    Its the kind of person, who looks into a mirror, and only see what they want to believe to be, rather than what the mirror reflects, and what other people can see plainly.

    I see it as mentioned before not so much a problem of belief, or unbelief, but a problem of lack of sensitivity, and awareness to the subtle patterns of our subjective nature.

    I admire your patience, politeness, and sensibility commenting, so politely on the subject Debra.

    Blessings! 🙂

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    1. Ah, Aquarius on the cusp! Cusp people typically have a lot of energy. Great for your lifelong love of studying and spiritual practices.

      I enjoy the attempt to reframe the complaint some Christians have when it comes to astrology. There’s a very long lineage and kinship between astrology and Christianity, but that thread has been mostly severed in recent years. C.S. Lewis studied astrology, as until recently it was considered one of the arts, like alchemy. The Narnia series in particular has tons of astrological references in the stories.

      Thanks, as always, for adding your voice to the conversation! I hope that you are doing well, Brogido.

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    1. Oh, Ka! Thank you for the kind words. I’ve been working on it since mid-august, shortly after I retired.

      I genuinely wrestle, as I imagine lots of us do, with the question, what is fate, and what are we doing within the practice of divination. It’s an absorbing meditation.

      Hope you and your family are doing well! It’s a stormy full moon evening here in North Carolina.

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