D is for Dice and Divination Part 2
Guess what time it is?
It’s time for Dice and Divination Part 2. Last week I described an oracle called, “The Book of Doors” in detail. I would suggest reading that post before this one, because it will make more sense in the long run.
I first saw the “Book of Doors” in 2005 and promptly bought it. I was amazed as to how different it was to Tarot. As I taught myself the system, I noticed the readings I performed with the dice did more for me than the readings with the cards. I found the cards worked well for using as icons in rituals and giving imagery to others when I told stories. I tried to learn how to interpret the meanings according to the system. It was very difficult to find a resonance with the concepts as they were stated in the book, but I still worked to figure it out.
A little later, the dice for the oracle was lost and never seen again. I went to the neighborhood Shinders to try and find an eight-sided dice to replace the lost one. They had a bunch of different colors to choose from and I got a few of them to try. I noticed the difference between the “feel” of each one as I used them.
I later discovered a store up in St Cloud, Minnesota called “Paddy’s Game Shop” and it was while I was looking in the store at their bin of dice that I figured out I could make a system based on multiple dice. How the idea came up in the first place, I couldn’t tell you.
The first system used sixteen dice. One set of eight was the “Earth” or “Ta” dice and the second set was the “Heaven” or “Pet” dice. The two sets were used to compare and contrast how the readings went based on the earthly connection and the connection to heaven. This was an emphasis taken from the original oracle but put to a higher place than the alchemy aspect in the oracle. The dice were either rolled one dice two times to place on the square or the whole set was rolled (or better yet cast) to place within each family. I no longer read the meanings based on what was listed in the book, but rather literally based on what I knew about each concept/deity. I would use this system until about 2010 and then another change would happen.
I decided to take the system further and allow more flexibility (or so I thought the end result would be). This systems could utilize up to sixty-dice and was meant to be set up to go back to the “Alchemy” aspect littered throughout the original oracle. Each of the eight families had the other families embedded within them. For example, in Earth there was an Earth in Earth, Water in Earth, Heaven in Earth, Fire in Earth, Sun in Earth, Moon in Earth, Wind in Earth, and Duat in Earth. This was done across all of the families.
As you can probably imagine, the possibilities for readings was endless. There was also an element of individual investment added to this system. Individuals could now have their own dice as a representative for themselves. Now, the types of readings could be endless. As I explored I found that although there was a potential for the system to go far, there was a disconnection I couldn’t put my finger on until a little later in fall of 2012.
I found the disconnection was between my religious “work” and my divination. I was working divination too much as a tool for storytelling and explaining my path and studies rather than a function of self-reflection and assistance ( the oracle pings the top and I wasn’t pinging correctly). My path has been under close scrutiny for some time by myself and (UPG moment) at the level of the Neteru. I hit the point where I felt the need to sit down and figure out what I really wanted to do with everything. I decided it was time to start using divination as divination was supposed to be used and use other facets of my path for the studies and storytelling.
Before this point (to be honestly blunt), the underlying idea was, “I could make this elaborate system shiny and original” but it wasn’t me, and it wasn’t what I feel I needed and wanted from the oracle. It was overkill and didn’t connect with my own practices. I was reading as if it was a story but wasn’t making the connection of what it means outside of “here is some fun facts”. I changed the reading style to look at what attributes from my understanding (somewhat based on the oracle, but for the most part from personal experience and study). For example, rather than saying “This is Aset who is yada-yada-yada” it was “This is Aset, who is blank and this attribute is making itself known because of blank blankity-blank”. The latest system is still in process, but is fairly much complete at the lowest level for the time being.
The name of the last system is “Shen”. I named it based on the idea of encircling, eternity, and the idea of names as embodiments of the people. I have included below the diagrams of the different levels and what is included in each level.
The last level, or the “Ankh” level (which includes a person getting four more of their own dice as listed above) can only be achieved by a few factors: A) I have to trust the person, B) they must have taken the oath to get their Sa dice and have had it for at least three months and have had at least ten readings, and C) have an understanding of what it means to have the parts of their soul labeled/materialized. I want to emphasize both the seriousness and the directness to the people interested. This includes a study guide (an in process project that will be done shortly as I have one person currently interested). After the person hits the point of being able to get their other pieces, a ritual is done to sync them together.
I believe that when others use items that are representations of themselves, it should be taken seriously. If my system works, and I think it does, the person will be walking around with “keys” to their souls. It can be dangerous if not taken responsibly. Becoming Makhaut is not a requirement for the system to function, it just gives a depth.
I wanted to share with others one of the main systems of divination in my practice because the ability to choose and create my relationship to the world, myself, the divine, and others is very important to me. I appreciate any feedback, positive or negative. If someone would like to know more, I could do more detail, but I didn’t want to bore too many people all at once.
Until next time, cheers!
Posted on February 22, 2013, in Divinations, Kemetic, Pagan, Pagan Blog Project and tagged Book of Doors, Dice, Divination, Kemetic, Pagan, Pagan Blog Project. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.