We’ve all encountered people in the community who get divination results or channeled oracles that perfectly line up with the views they normally express on social media via memes; here are some possible explanations for why that might happen.
The closer we get to a divinity the more our values and choices come to reflect theirs, often on an unconscious level. Thus, without even necessarily thinking about it we may find ourselves parroting our Gods and Spirits.
Like calls to like. Thus devotees are naturally drawn to divinities who possess similar character traits and values as their own.
The divinity may be communicating with their devotee outside divinatory or oracular channels and so the person already knows what the divinity wants before the question is formally posed.
Divinities may communicate different things to different devotees, either because their agendas are large and complicated enough to encompass both positions, because they have specific tasks for each party, because they feel that devotee A is not emotionally capable of handling what is communicated to devotee B, because the divinity is playing both sides against each other, and so forth.
People see only what they want to. Meaning, that message may be there but is just an isolated scene in a larger tapestry and they’re not able or willing to take in the whole or they may extrapolate beyond what was said. For instance a divinity might advise one simply to “care for the suffering” which is then interpreted as promoting a specific political ideology or movement.
Either the devotee is willfully twisting the message to suit their ideology and agenda or else the fault lies with the oracle or diviner, who may be confused, biased or deceitful. Not all who present themselves as mouthpieces of the Gods are as competent or ethical as they should be.
Sort of an extension of the above, but the person may be in contact with something that isn’t what it’s presenting itself as – either a mental sock puppet, or a deceitful and possibly malign Spirit or God that’s masquerading as someone else. Spiritual discernment is decidedly rare in our communities.
People lie. To themselves and to others. It happens all the time, and religious communities are certainly not immune to this, especially not those on the pagan/polytheist spectrum.
Mental illness is also prevalent in our communities. While madness has many blessings it can also make “reality” a little fuzzy.
3 thoughts on “possible explanations”
I am reminded of my former friends who relentlessly read the Tarot and predicted dire things for Donald Trump. They thought the things would happen at once. My feeling was and is that they were and are in a lot of pain. Trump causes them pain for various reasons beyond the usual stuff. They want the pain to go away in a triumphant fashion. That is something that few of us can distance ourselves from – pain, deep pain.
I am also reminded of Beckett’s reporting of what a seer said that Loki told her. Later the seer agreed with Beckett’s interpretation. Again, they were in pain and wanted relief. What they think He said and what He said are two different things. Since I do not know this God, I do not know if what they heard was what Loki was saying. I do know that they had certain things they wanted to hear, and they heard those things.
Then there is the Roman Civil War between Pompey and Caesar over dueling divinations both proclaiming which of them would be the leader of Rome. So even practiced folks have problems.
In fairness a God like Loki could legitimately have given two separate messages simultaneously. But more likely you’ve got a bad case of the game “telephone” going on.
And people got divination wrong all the time in antiquity. My favorite example being Xenophon, who agreed to lead the 10,000 into Persia after consulting an oracle. Not only did Sokrates chide him for asking the wrong question (vs whether he should even go at all) but the oracle told him to placate a particular form of Zeus which he misinterpreted, and sacrificed to the wrong form of Zeus bringing all sorts of calamities down upon the heads of his large mercenary army.
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