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              This seems like a fairly good time of year to be talking
      about divination.  What is it, why do we do it, and what's in it
      for us?  Lots of people think it's a way of avoiding
      responsibility - if the future is preordained, we might as well
      go back to bed.
              Of course, that's not it at all.  Divination is the use of
      any one of several methods to obtain information which is not
      directly accessible to the conscious mind of the person asking
      the question.  Whether you use cards, crystals, a pendulum, ink,
      lead, dice, the flight of birds or anything else, what you are
      really doing is opening your end of a channel to higher wisdom. 
      I consider the "actual" source of that wisdom irrelevant and
      immaterial; it could be one's own subconscious, the collective
      unconscious, the Gods' will, telepathic insight, or a big
      computer buried in the Balkans.  It's still additional
      information which is not as tainted by ego and intellect's
      limitations as most.
              So what do we do with it?  The same things we do with any
      other information; add it to what we already know and develop a
      synthesis that can help us do our decision-making.  The easiest
      way to analyze the process is with a concrete (well, maybe jello)
              A young man has been between relationships for some time. 
      He wants very much to link up with the great love of his life,
      but is not aware of anyone on the horizon.  He is putting himself
      in a position to meet new people, presenting himself as
      attractively as he can, and generally taking care of business,
      but no results.  He has to decide whether to take a work-related
      course at night or not.  It will take a lot of time and there are
      not likely to be any women attending.  His progressed horoscope
      is neutral.  He gets his cards read.  They say:
      1.Nothing at all about love, but a lot about skilled craftsman-
      ship and satisfaction through work.  He decides to relax and wait
      for a better time, takes the course, and is rewarded with a
      modest promotion which enhances his satisfaction with his job.
      2.A lot about increasing social activities, leading to the start
      of a new romance, leading to great happiness and satisfaction
      after some difficulties are resolved.  He does not take the
      course, and meets a really nice interesting lady at a party given
      by a friend (which he couldn't have attended had he taken the
      3.That he is overlooking sources of emotional gratification in
      his current situation.  Given the information, he starts looking
      around and discovers that one of his quieter friends is a really
      thoughtful and insightful person who helps him learn to know
      himself better, and that a young cousin needs a mentor and this
      relationship gives him a lot of pleasure and fulfillment.  He
      begins to feel much more ready for a good relationship, and much
      less impatient to have one start.
              These examples illustrate the point made above; divination
      provides you with choices, and you take the consequences, no
      matter what the oracles say.  Treat them with respect, not
      adoration or blind compliance, and may they always show you the
      Blessed Be,
      The Spinster Aunt  ...from RMPJ 12/86

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