My head is crammed with allusions this morning. The title refers to the Masonic, Rosicrucian and Neo-pagan benediction at the end of a ritual or prayer, where “mote” means “may” or “might.” I’m thinking that “it might happen” is often the best we as diviners can muster when trying to fathom the likelihood of projected events. “Mote” also alludes to the Biblical parable of “The Mote and the Beam” that has interesting parallels to the predictive arts. Our goal is to remove impediments from our client’s view of the road ahead (the “mote” or “splinter” in their eye) while often failing to recognize that our own vision may be even more obstructed (by the “beam”). Hubris, thy name is divination!
Those of you who have been following this blog know that I’m not in the least religious and have no use for the concept of a personal, anthropomorphic God (“created in the image of Man,” as it were). But I’m a spiritual mystic of sorts and strongly suspect (“faith” plays no part in it) that there is a higher order of consciousness in the Universe that runs the show while taking little overt interest in the private affairs of humanity. Not quite Spinozan immanence, since he retained too much of a theological slant in his philosophy for my taste, but pantheistic nonetheless. There is sensible form in the midst of apparent chaos everywhere we look that, in my estimation, can only come from some kind of overarching blueprint, an innate architecture that allows for endless diversity while still offering a nucleus of coherent purpose. A tree is instantly recognizable for what it is no matter how gnarly or misshapen it becomes, and a dog will never be mistaken for a fish (unless it happens to be a dogfish shark). We can’t put a name to the source or quantify its influence with any degree of precision, but structure abides in all things (that is, they follow certain inherent principles true to their nature) no matter how tenuous their presence in the physical realm (I’m thinking quantum mechanics and “Schrodinger’s cat” here). Our understanding is limited only by our ability to comprehend the extent to which function follows form, and to demonstrate that indwelling causality to our satisfaction. We call it “science” but it is as much inspired guesswork as it is grounded in empirical deduction.
This is where I think divination finds its footing as an alternate path to awareness of “how things work.” The understanding (and hopefully wisdom) we attain through our devices comes to us through subconscious channels of perception that rely on a continuum of subtle knowledge percolating just beneath the surface of objective reality. I prefer to think of our avowed ability to decipher this largely symbolic stream of information with any degree of confidence and reliability as a form of mental physics that we have yet to validate in the eyes of an impartial observer (the so-called “reasonable man test”), primarily because there is no comprehensive database of our successes and failures. Modern science turns up its nose at this imaginative model of the Universe as unsubstantiated rubbish, but I have no doubt that Aleister Crowley (who seems to have been an admirer of Albert Einstein and who was certainly no stranger to paradox) grasped it with impeccable clarity.
In my own practice, I draw the line at making emphatic assertions of unconditional truth; there are too many levels at which the reality of a situation can manifest for us to know with absolute certainty which one will take center stage in the querent’s private drama. All we can do is weigh the probabilities with input from our client and suggest those that are favored by the testimony in front of us. I don’t see this as an attempt to dodge accountability for the accuracy my observations, but rather as an acknowledgement of the fluidity of future circumstances. One person may experience a foretelling as a preview of concrete developments, another might receive a psychological revelation that promotes much-needed awareness, and a third could draw motivational conclusions that lead to positive action. I trust my sitters to make the best use of the insights they receive, and strive to impress upon them that the outcome is in their hands, assisted by any enlightenment they can glean from my counsel.