Divination

 

The most important factor in every divination is the diviner. In our everyday lives we receive orientation from our friends, colleagues, neighbours, inquisitive persons, teachers at school and others, but we should be getting it from people, who really can show us the right direction in life and who are, in doing so, unbiased.

If it is possible to really receive the orientation - direction, based on experiences and knowledge, this is even better.

This is why we have priests called Babalawo, Babalorisha and the priestesses called Iyanifa, Iyalorisha and they are the orientators, whose orientation is based on the instruments of divination, so that they can give us answers to our questions. In our philosophy, these orientators are trained to listen to and understand peoples' problems and to know, how to explain these problems to their clients. They get this information from divinities and are trained to act as mediators for messages between people and divinities. In this way their orientation is not based on their own imagination nor is it adapted to their own personal interests; rather, it is based on a specific information they receive from the divinities via the divination system, here based on the IFA divination (with ikin or opele), the Orisha divination (based on 16 cowries), divination with holy Obi nuts, used also as offering to the Orishas.

It is important that all those, who perform divinations have their own emotional stability and self-control, that they are emotionally and mentally healthy, with a well-developed sense of responsibility and that they have spiritual dignity; furthermore, they should not be irritable or judgmental towards people. 

Nowadays it is difficult to talk about true divination even though this notion was known in all ancient cultures and civilizations. More specifically, there is a lot of the so-called folklore divination out there, but people do not know the difference between these two notions. 

In case of true divination, a person's fate is a mission for the divinator and the client’s improved life is their vow. We believe that divination is intended to make peoples' lives easier and their orientation more precise. 

If you have the possibility of consulting with a person capable of being a spiritual orientator and protector of human life, then such a person can tell you what you should do in your life that is in harmony with your mission; and what not to do. In this way, you can avoid taking wrong steps and prevent things and achievements from being delayed from entering your life because of your own ignorance.

If we knew everything about our lives in advance, we would live completely different lives. Since we do not know everything about our lives, we need someone to direct our thinking in the right direction. 

The success of divination is based on how successfully someone leads us to think and understand our lives properly, to take the right steps in our lives and to reduce the number of mistakes in our lives to a minimum. This is also the fundamental reason for people to take part in the divination.

 

PRACTICAL ASPECT OF DIVINATION IN THE YORUBA – ORISHA PHILOSOPHY

Divinities know our ’predestination‘, but we are usually ignorant of our fate, our time, our lives, our existence, our actions and orientation.

When divinators use the instruments of divination and knowledge of the divinities, they get accurate information about the source of the problem and its potential solutions.     

The success of these solutions depends on the rituals determined by the divination only to a certain degree. To a large degree, however, success depends on the clients’ discipline and their readiness to take the responsibility for their lives.  

An example: It is impossible to expect that a ritual will bring prosperity to our lives while we sit back and wait for the ritual to start working; this is not the way it works. Aje (the divinity of opportunity, work, progress, money and richness) is powerful, but she cannot deposit money on your bank account. With the help of a ritual, we can make someone start to attract specific energy, that good luck is with him and that that person will be capable of recognizing an opportunity when there is one and accept the challenge it brings with it.

The final success, however, is based on this person’s actions. Divinities help people through other people so Aje is going to send a person in this client’s life to offer him a job or a contract; this is why he should not wait for a miracle, because the miracle itself will find him, if only he allows it. Money, however, can only be a consequence of an action, a ritual can only influence the circumstances to be more favourable towards the person, so that the money will start flowing and stay in that person’s life. Many people do not have problems with ’earning‘ money, but with ’keeping‘ money.

The same is true of other most frequently occurring problems, which cause people to seek advice: health, love, success etc.

A true divinator is an educator and how well the client understands the messages from the divinities depends on his experiences, spiritual foundation and wisdom. People like to ignore messages recommending them to change their behaviour and attitude; they all wish to get their solutions on a silver platter. 

We have to be aware that the sweetest victories in our lives are those that include our own efforts. 

 

WHEN TO TAKE DIVINATION?

When you do not find answers to your questions in yourself or do not wish to accept them, when you are turning a new page in your life (moving, new job, illness etc.), when you encounter problems.

Divination is always welcome when you need to look at a problem from a distance because the problem is a part of you, thus, you cannot see it clearly. 

Divination is recommended when you lack orientation and motivation in your life, when you are somewhat static and do not know how to move on.

Divination is not consolation, even though it will console you; it is not a prediction of the future, even though it will predict it and it does not bring excuses, only answers.