A “Cheat Sheet” for Divining

A “Cheat Sheet” for Divining

Divination is essential for any medicine worker. We need to have a way to ask in to situations that need addressing and understand what to do to facilitate healing, clearing or effect change. Following is a simplified list of how to go about divination in general.The essential questions for divining are who, what, where, why, and when?These are the questions to direct any inquiry we enter into. It is also helpful to return to them when we feel overwhelmed by information that is coming in during a divination and are getting a bit lost in the deluge. Each medicine person is schooled in their own particular way to ask questions and receive answers. This is what I mean when I speak of divination and divining. If you have absolutely no training, begin to listen in your own way and take the the following as a broad guide.

Seeing the Unseen

Seeing the Unseen

In a dream circle a few weeks back we began to sense a pattern emerging. People had dreamt of people from their childhood who had hurt them, they had dreamt of small children who were in essence on their own in the world through no fault of their own. One woman had had a powerful dream of stumbling stones in a dark forest*. This pattern felt so strong to all of us we decided we would need to divine into the dreams to gain more information. The divination revealed a need for our attention to be drawn to the unseen; the unseen beings from our past who vie at our essence desperately, the unseen children of this world who are struggling, the unseen ones whose lives were lost in mass tragedy and many more.

Revising My Reality

Revising My Reality

Growing up in the modern West has been a painful spiritual struggle for me. The culture that I have been raised in follows the Cartesian split of spirit vs body. I am stuck between two polarized ontologies: the ‘modern’ and scientific one that argues everything can be explained by science and the religious one that argues for the presence of God, but a God who is firmly situated outside of earth and all matter and embodiment. These warring visions of reality have both caused deep psychic wounding in me and have made my struggle to find my own path all the more difficult. They both completely obscure any way other than these two choices, and as it turns out, my way is neither of these. Writing in the first century, Plutarch observed that the theologians of his day argued that God was the cause of everything, while scientists and philosophers argued that science and its laws were the cause of everything, but he pointed out that they were both wrong due their incomplete understanding, “Hence the reasoning of both parties is deficient in what is essential to it, since the one ignores or omits the intermediary and the agent, the other the source and the means.”⁠[1]

Q & A with Seer and Diviner Annie Dintino

Q & A with Seer and Diviner Annie Dintino

Annie is a seer, Italian wise woman and diviner in the Dagara stick tradition. She grew up in southwestern New Hampshire and still practices her medicine in her ancestral hometown there. Annie answered the call of becoming an initiated diviner in order to bring a unique earth-based healing to those in her community as well as others in need.

Annie has been on the path to becoming a diviner since the age of twenty. She was first called to the path in a stick divination years ago. From there, her Aunt who is also a stick diviner and an Italian Strega mentored Annie.