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Greetings, dear readers ~ I am excited to present my detailed Intuitive Forecasts (formerly known as CycleCasts) to this blog! Join me for a guided tour of our journey through life's subtle energies, and stay for my musings on arts and crafts, current events, a little of this and that ~

Monday, January 30, 2012

Scapulimancy: Where Divination Comes From

Clearly, since logic tells us there is no known relationship between the patterns of cracks and future events, it is possible that scapulimancy persists simply as a harmless cultural tradition. ... In the case of the Naskapi hunters of the Labrador peninsula, however, there is more going on than meets the eye.

In the 1950s, an anthropologist named Omar Khayyam Moor described Naskapi scapulimancy not as a simple cultural idiosyncrasy, but as an essential mechanism related to the long-term success of Naskapi populations. The problem, Moore explains, is not necessarily in predicting the specific spot where caribou can be found, but rather in making sure that enough variability is introduced into hunting plans so that success comes neither too rarely nor too often. In the long run, adding variability or an element of randomness is the key to success. Imagine a scenario in which a hunter had a run of bad luck. Each day this hunter might venture out thinking he knows where the caribou herds will be found based on previous experience. Repeatedly taking that route, however, can quickly lead to the animals' being sensitized to the hunter's strategy, leading the hunt to eventually fail.

~ Tony Hunt and Carl Lipo, The Statues that Walked: Unraveling the mystery of Easter Island


Jan Says:
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That was an intriguing passage from a fascinating book about the Easter Island statues. It grabbed me on both the prehistoric hunter-gatherer societies and their shamans (okay, I've been there - past lives) and on the utility of randomness. I've long been a fan of randomness - it is, after all, where patterns we see in the natural world (such as star constellations) come from - and seeing it put to practical use in these archetypal human conditions (the hunter-gatherer-shaman communities) gave me an "ah ha!" moment that was quite delicious.
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The book passage goes on to say that, while randomizing our actions can help us survive and succeed, for us humans it's a really difficult thing to do. That's why we have random numbers tables. It's why we sometimes toss a coin when trying to make a decision. For the hunter-gatherers, who apparently hadn't invented coins yet, the randomization came from cracks in an animal bone heated over a fire. Of course, the common assumption is that the hunter-gatherers didn't "know" what they were doing and just primitively thought that the cracks "predicted" where the caribou would be.
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But what if the hunter-gatherers weren't that dense? I tend to think they knew more than we give them credit for - but then, I was there lifetimes ago, so maybe I'm biased. Looking at my own work in divination over this lifetime, it strikes me how many times I've had a reading client say to me, "I need direction." Yes! that's what divination is all about - it's not so much "predicting" the future (although a good reader can tap into the timestream in ways that are uncanny) as granting a direction to help us stop floundering. My readings over the years show again and again, that there are times to sit with the confusion, and times to pick a direction and go for it. Our little human minds have a hard time doing this with clarity, but with the great gifts that divination can give us - even if it's "just" random - we can find an opening to take us out of the maze and get back on our path.


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Sunday, January 15, 2012

New Stuff for Gearheads from Zazzle!

Anyone get a new Ipad for Christmas? Be sure to protect it with one of Zazzle's cool new sleeves! They fit both the regular ol' iPad and the new iPad2!




And, we know how you Gearheads love to carry your gear. Now you can take it all with you, in a cool, customizable new Messenger Bag:


Monday, January 9, 2012

Year-Ahead Energy Forecast for 2012: Thunder in the Morning

Here it is, dear readers - the Big Year 2012 is upon us. Ever since some Mayan stonecarver ran out of room on the calendar (ha!), folks have been looking for big changes on the Earth plane during this year's journey around the Sun. Thankfully, most who pay attention to cosmic cycles have looked for a higher purpose to the transformation this year portends.

By my Star+Gate reading, 2012 will be a Year of Beginnings. That's exciting! It's also a year of power, hence the name for this reading is Thunder in the Morning ~

illustration (c) Jan Burch 2012

Behind us, we we've been aiming for The Star even as the light of Independence shines on us. Giddy like kids at a party, we allowed all this universal energy to impel us right into The Tunnel! Is it the star's light of fulfillment we see at the end? Perhaps, for we have completed a chapter and now we're ready to move on. Emerging from the dark and narrow passageway, we can use the Tunnel's gift of accessibility and inner connection to see what lies ahead. And we're not alone on this journey - The Jester's gift of honesty made gentle with humor is our boon companion. 

Ahead of us, The Lightning calls us to open our eyes on the dawn of a new day. The Morning's freshness inspires us to renew and refresh our dedication to our purpose. Once again, we're Reaching for another new vista, new goal, or new perspective. Take a quiet dip in The Pool when you need to recharge from all this going-forward.

Where we are now, dear readers, is expressed by the contemplative spirit of The Monk. It's time to be disciplined in walking your spiritual path. Helping is The Thunder, which alerts us to that Lightning that lies ahead. Pay attention to your gut feelings and premonitions - you'll know before it happens what's coming down the pike. And it's not time yet to harvest The Rose, dear readers. Our challenge of allowing perfection to unfold naturally is answered by The Leaf. Like those new seedlings you plant in the spring, the Leaf symbolizes growth and vitality - another form of new beginning.

We truly are at the start of a new cycle as 2012 takes its first baby steps of the year. Universal energies are impelling us to move forward and grow spiritually, while we're concerned about how others might see us. Even though lessons of use and misuse of power may present themselves, the major theme of this year will be Knowing and Expansion. Take a deep breath and draw in the ch'i, dear readers. This is the year to practice Living on the Earth while Being in Spirit.

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

How about a nice new Journal for the New Year

New Year, new resolutions - how about nice new journal to write it all down? If you love flowers, blue, and vintage, this could be perfect for you:


I made this Blue Floral Wreath journal using a wonderful vintage image of a wild-rose wreath, which I found on the Graphics Fairy Blog. The covers are lined inside and out, the floral frame on the front is collaged then coated with gloss medium for protection. A strip of coordinating cotton fabric covers the binding, for extra color and durability. The notebook decorations are all handmade by me - because I love making decorated journals for you. See my complete collection of journals and notebooks at Jan4insight Zibbet shop. They make great gifts!

PS: I've added this to The Graphics Fairy's Brag Monday post for 01.08.12!

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