Geoff Stuttaford wrote:One definition of dowsing is the ability to ask a question and receive an answer (either yes, no or donâ€™t know) by using either a tool, such as a pendulum or an L-rod, or parts of the body, (deviceless dowsing) without using any of the normal five senses to obtain information.
One definition of divination is the attempt to gain knowledge of the future by interpreting a pattern that is produced when using tools such as Tarot, Casting Bones, I Ching, tealeaves or any other similar methods.
Dowsing can be used to obtain info about both past and present conditions but dowsing the future can be unreliable because there are too many variables involved so it is likely that you will not get an answer to any questions involving the future..
Divining can be used to obtain info about the future but, again, there is no surety that what is divined will come to pass. Does this mean that divination is better than dowsing when trying to forecast the future ?
Geoff: dowsing the future can be unreliable because there are too many variables involved
simonwheeler wrote:Geoff: dowsing the future can be unreliable because there are too many variables involved
I agree with Brian- "horses for courses"- but I find that the "variables" issue means that I prefer the use of, for example, Tarot cards for divination. They allow me more flexibility ("they allow" being key, perhaps?) in direction & interpretation. I find the use of metaphor is crucial in this area- and for me dowsing is less appropriate, maybe because it is more literal?
It is an interesting question, and one I have asked of myself on many occasions; and I'm still not sure I have come up with a satisfactory answer- but this is the best I have for now.
Bonnie: Regarding Brian's use of the term "divining rod," that is what L-rods were called where I grew up - not because they were used to predict the future or align with a god, but because they helped to locate that which was hidden (whether an idea or an object).
Geoff: You are the only one so far to use both divining and dowsing for forecasting.
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