Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Dark Side Of The Oracular

When most of us think about oracles and divination, we tend to imagine a hooded figure hunched over a spread of tarot cards in a dreary room. We have visions of death cards, bad omens and hard luck. But all of these things are merely concepts steeped in old wives tales and superstition. We must ask ourselves if a deck of cards, or a stone with an ancient symbol painted on it really has the power to predict our fate. Most people would be surprised to find out that the answer to that question is a resounding no. It may appear that some gifted prophet may have the ability to gaze upon an oracle and foretell future events. But the reality of the situation is that you are actually the prophet of your own life. We will now take a look at why this is so.

     We probably all known of someone who has visited a fortuneteller, received a bad reading and watched in amazement as the horrific predictions unfolded in their lives. It seemed that the seer was right about the tough times that were about to come. But what about the individual who went to that same clairvoyant, received an equally bad report, laughed it off, and never seen one of the bleak forecasts come to pass? Was the all seeing psychic right about one person’s future, and so embarrassingly wrong about the next? The truth of the matter boils down to what the person receiving the reading believed. One person may have believed the alarming reading by the psychic. They may have left the reading filled with fear and worry. They may have let the seer’s words haunt them as they thought about it over and over again with much apprehension. The next person may have seen the visit to the psychic as purely entertainment, and not believed a word that fell from the cryptic seer’s lips. The difference was what the individuals receiving the reading believed.

     Fear is a powerful force that can manifest unwanted results just as sure as faith can cause something wonderful to happen. Why is it that a man diagnosed with terminal cancer can happily believe in the curative power of his God, and be miraculously restored to good health? Yet another man who is perfectly healthy will constantly worry about his health and suddenly be stricken with some horrid disease and perish in a matter of weeks. How can one person play with a Ouija board, and claim to have sinister entities haunting them thought it, yet another person will never even get the planchette to move at all. Again, the results are equivalent to what the person truly believed. I personally known of people that could tell Ouija board tales that would make your hair stand on end. They told of ancient witches coming through and claiming the board user as their lover. I have heard stories of furry demons running through people’s houses because the board acted as a gateway that brought them through. A relative of mine even says that her board asked her to make love to it or it would kill her entire family. So many accounts of evil, scary happenings, yet I have personally taken Ouija boards to old forgotten graveyards and haunted locations, and never contacted any such entities. The board remained still and silent and no malevolent ghosts followed me home.

     The most peculiar thing is that devices such as the Ouija board were originally invented as a means to communicate with the wisdom of our subconscious mind. They were known as talking boards, and were said to bring forth our own deepest wisdom from within. So how did such tools then become ghoulish instruments that were supposed to contact the spirits of the dead? I propose that this happened the same way in which the sign of the pentagram became a supposed symbol of Satan and evil. In decades past, the pentagram was used as a sign for meditation, and was at one time even the symbol of the Christian church. The pentagram was used for many positive purposes in years gone by. In fact, the top point of the pentagram pointed upwards, reminding us of the Divine and from where we once came. There was no such thing as a satanic pentagram until modern day Satanists turned the symbol upside down and perverted its meaning for their own uses. There is nothing good on this earth that someone else has not used for dark and twisted purposes.

     In closing, I would like to drive the point home that no oracle is cursed. No deck of cards or set of stones has the power to predict your future. All of these oracular devices were created so that we could bring forth our own deepest wisdom from within. They were tools that were supposed to be used to help us plumb the depths of our own powerful subconscious minds. But somewhere along the line, superstition and fear warped the true meaning of what these tools were meant to be. I would suggest that all of us stay away from any oracular tool that has bleak interpretations for its symbols. Such things can certainly be detrimental to our well being. This is so, because if one feeds fearful information into the subconscious mind, the subconscious mind will begin to draw unfavorable circumstances into their life. Look at your subconscious mind as a computer. What you program into it, is what it will display on the screen of your life. The subconscious mind can also be looked at as a magnet; it will draw to it whatever it is charged with. Therefore, choose wisely when it comes to oracular devices, and do not let anyone read the cards for you who will interpret them in a morbid fashion. Remember the old adage, “garbage in, garbage out.” This is certainly true when it comes to the subconscious mind. What you believe is what you will receive, therefore, stay away from the negative and the fearful. And do not explore the dark side of the oracular; it is like bitter water that should never be ingested.

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