D I V I N A T I O N
Divination itself is an expression of the Mars-Neptune archetypal complex. Divine, coming from its Latin root, means proceeding from of coming from God, the cosmos, or the universe. Ation as a suffix is used primarily to be a process or action. Therefore Divination means the process or action of having something flow from the universe. It is the practice and process that we use to make this connection happen. Divination employed in this way is not referring to prophecy, fortune telling, or augury, rather a Divination that opens communication with the cosmos; a street that goes both ways. Divination is the process of connecting to and participating with the cosmos.
Our place within the universe is a relational one, and all forms of relationships require some form of communication. Communication of this kind with the cosmos that I have most gravitated toward is through Divination. Divination can be seen as similar to what prayer is; seeking wisdom and knowledge from the universe on what direction to go in, what decision to make, and what action to take.
It is through the archetypal symbol systems and practices of Astrology, Tarot, and the I Chingall with an undercurrent of an astrological point of view––that I have found Divination to be most useful, in not only my life but also in the lives of others around me. These means of communication requires me to expand my imagination as well as requiring an action of my will from me. It is a perfect combination of the transcendent realm and my own will in action––to put it in the form of the archetypes––and the perfect combination of Neptune and Mars.
I do not live in a fatalistic or deterministic universe, rather one that allows, maybe even requires, me to co-create with it and in relationship to it. There is an importance of owning one's fate and destiny through one's agency.
What I am talking about is not divination in the sense that something in the stars or in the cards is simply going to be handed to you as fate. Divination is requiring an action after the communication between the human, inner psyche, and the universe, outer cosmos, has happened. Therefore the Martian energy of the will must aim to align itself with the Neptunian transcendent will and together create what is to come next. And at the same time, the Neptunian realm will be influenced by the action that is taken by the autonomous will.
There is strength in receptivity. This responsiveness, sensitivity, compassion, and imagination is a real strength of the Mars-Neptune archetypal combination. Being grounded in the vision of one's imagination leaves one open enough to be receptive of what is needed to be taken in or communicated from the cosmos. It is with this knowledge that comes in from the Neptunian realm that the Mars can take action. This action can be taken through the arts, through writing, through dialogue with the Divine, through mediation, and an infinite variety of other means and ways of asserting the will of the imagination. The key is that this receptivity is an action in itself, it is something to be practiced.