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December 15th, 2004

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10:15 am - Divination = Sex?
When we talk about Divination, we tend to look at it from a modern world-view. Neo-Pagans have their own theories regarding the way divination was used in the ancient world, but we forget that the development of magical thought has coloured our view of what divination was to the ancients.

Divination is something connected directly to the idea of stepping outside the boudaries of the normal social order. In particular in Greece this is the case, where diviners are associated with the outskirts of society, not with its mainstream.

In fact, divination could, potentially, be tied directly to sex. Plato tells us that Eros is the intermediary between the gods and men, and that divination belongs entirely to him.

Curiously, Plato also includes "the art of the priests concerning sacrifice and initiations, just like the incantations, prophecy in general, and magic goeteia."

I think that, really, we need to re-visit the connection of divination and sex, and seriously think about how the two events are similar, if in state of mind or in myth.
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Date:December 15th, 2004 08:46 am (UTC)
re-read the druids by Morgan Lwellyn. she draws attention to sex magic in a fairly interesting way.
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Date:December 16th, 2004 09:16 am (UTC)
Amazing book. Good point.

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