By Xi O'Teaz
There is a general feeling in the magickal-occult community that, in order to be a balanced Magi/Wiccan/etc, you must know not only Enchantments, but also a “Divination system”–i.e., one must also learn Tarot, Runes, I Ching, Pendulum, Astrology, etc as a Divinatory Tool. “Divination system” is here used to represent a comprehensive symbolic set, used to gather information from the exterior of one’s Selves.
Whilst I don’t disagree that the Path of Divinatory systems has merit, I Believe that there are other, equally valid Paths to receiving Information from one’s Reality.
I must confess that I have never Practiced/”gotten good” with a Divinatory system, as described above. I am a lazy Shaman, so I just like to involve my convenient, 24/7 Reality in “reception of incoming Information”. In other words, I don’t like the idea of having to carry around a deck of cards, rune set, etc, to do divinations. Oh, I “learned” many systems, but primarily use them only for Enchantments. This is because, at the same time, I want to have a way to be able to check my Deep Mind for opinions whilst away from my Temple. Some way I could access my Deep Mind no matter where I was, in a quick and relatively innocuous manner.
(I suppose I should qualify my lack of Divinatory systems with the fact that I have gotten pretty good at “reading Omens”, but that reading Omens really isn’t a “system” per se’, as much as an aspect of my intuition speaking *to* me.)
MyIntuition is kinda like one of my Selves. I don’t really know how to describe him/her/It (does the gender matter?). It is a Self that “looks out for me,” as most Selves do. It is especially Adept at receiving Information from my external Reality. To be Honest, until I began writing this little essay, I never thought of MyIntuition as anything other than a voice in my head. Even though I’ve talked about “my intuition” to others before (which doesn’t sound like anything other than a statement regarding one’s “skills”), not until *typing* “MyIntuition” did I realize the full Selfhood It exhibits.
It took me quite a while to be able to distinguish MyIntuition from the Ego’s various vocal guises, e.g. Expectations, Doubts, Worries, Wishes, etc. But once I was able to generally distinguish MyIntuition from the other Voices, it has been fairly smooth sailing.
Here is how Our Communication generally works:
If “I” have a question for MyIntuition, I simply think of the question, and I then generally get a visceral reply from said Self (in NLP, I’m known as a “kinesthetic” person–others may experience the message primarily through other senses). I also Believe it takes Trust (in one’s Selves), Awareness (of successful “predictions”), and Experience/Practice to be Accurate in assessing the incoming info from MyIntuition.
If MyIntuition wishes to get *my* Conscious Attention, It will send a visceral message in some cryptic (and often objectively irrelevant) way. E.g., I may see 3 Ravens hopping about–I am then immediately struck by feelings I should Listen to my Magickal Self for advice on (whatever question/puzzle/etc I was pondering on). Perhaps, in this instance, the 3 Ravens represented “3 Coyotes Dancing” (as opposed to the Myriad of other Selves).
To use another example: frequently, if I am expecting to hear my roommates get home (by driving up), I will hear a “drive-up” sound about 1-3 minutes before they *actually* pull into the driveway. But it isn’t “clairaudience” per se’, because the way that MyIntuition “gets my Attention” can vary according to the situation. In this particular example, it is a form of Communication that MyIntuition and my other Selves have agreed on (through repetition), and generally represents the same thing. This particular symbol (hearing my roommate’s car pull up before he actually gets home) is fairly consistent, but that is only because of the repetitiveness of the “question” (“alert me when my roommates get home”).
Generally speaking, I often find that if MyIntuition wishes to get my Attention:
Step 1: My Attention is generally *grabbed* via some Random occurrence in my Reality (perhaps this is the EnTrance-ment stage? Am I being momentarily Possessed by MyIntuition?)
Step 2: I then become Aware of InComing Information from MyIntuition–anything from a mundane reminder (e.g., “hey man, don’t forget about the pizza in the oven”), to an Answer about MuchGreaterThings (e.g., “continuing with this job is pointless”).
Step 3: I then Decide to either Accept the situation in question, or Change it via Magickal or mundane means.
-Matter of fact, MyIntuition is almost rude in It’s interrupting my Conscious thoughts about various things, some things I rather wished I didn’t know about. But even though *Ignorance* is Bliss, I’d still rather take *Aware* any day, thank you.
I enjoy having another opinion/voice–one to Counter/Complement my Logical Self. I take both opinions (or more) on whatever the topic is, and “transcend” them both, as is implied in the number “3″.