Divination, Synchronicity and Fate
Guild of Pastoral Psychology Lecture No 263, March 1998
Journal of Religion and Health, Fall 1998, Volume 37, No. 3
Divination means discovering what is hidden by irrational means and making something divine by connecting it with a god, spirit or archetype. This encounter with the unknown can be expressed through several key words: Dao, the way or path; De, the power and virtue that allows a thing to exist fully; Junzi, the Realizing Person who uses the oracle to follow the Dao and accumulate the power and virtue to become who he or she is meant to be; Guishen, the ghosts and spirits we encounter in divination; Xiang, the symbol used by the shen to move the gui; Ming, the Bright Omen that is our fate; and Yi, the synchronistic process of change.