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Author Topic: Divination in Hellenic Polytheism  (Read 10060 times)
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« Reply #2: March 27, 2007, 03:31:15 pm »

Randall mentioned in his initial post using "divination when needed" as a part of daily practice.  What sort of role should divination play?  When and in what contexts should it be used?  Are there methods of divination that would be preferred, from a Hellenic perspective, over other methods?

I think certain forms of divination practiced in the ancient world -- such as the various formal oracular setups -- aren't exactly practical in modern culture, not least for the distressing lack of pits with fumes of rotting monsters conveniently wafting above.   Smiley  However, I think that there are adaptations that can be made, such as divination-oriented trancework, perhaps, for situations in which oracles would have been consulted.  There's also some "low-magic" forms of divination, such as casting knucklebones, which is especially associated with Hermes.

I also think there's some value in using whatever form of divination the practitioner is most comfortable with -- Tarot, pendulum, tea leaf reading -- in situations where the ancients would have used divination.  Some of that might be not historically appropriate to the Hellenic world, but may make up for that in the accuracy of the actual information divined, if that makes sense.  Me, I suck at all divination methods beyond Tarot, and I'll spring for "*actual* accuracy" rather than "historical accuracy," if it will work better.  But then, I'm a Hermes follower, and he is nothing if not supremely adaptable.     
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