“The unexamined life is not worth living” is a famous dictum supposedly uttered by Socrates at his trial for impiety and corrupting youth, for which he was subsequently sentenced to death. The dictum is recorded in Plato’s Apology (38a5–6) as ho dè anexétastos bíos ou biōtòs anthrṓpōi (ὁ δὲ ἀνεξέταστος βίος οὐ βιωτὸς ἀνθρώπῳ). (Source: Wikipedia)
Carl Jung, a Swiss psychotherapist, came up with the idea of synchronicity in the 20th century. He said it was a “meaningful coincidence” when two or more things happen at the same time and it’s not just a matter of chance. In other words, these events seem to have nothing to do with each other, but they happen at the same time in a way that gives them a deeper meaning than what you might expect from random chance. This idea is often a big part of different spiritual or magical practices, like divination.
On the other hand, intuition is a mental process in which decisions or insights are made without using logic or conscious thinking. It’s often called a “gut feeling” or a “inner voice,” and it’s thought to come from the mind’s processing of past experiences and subconscious knowledge that it hasn’t brought to conscious awareness yet.
Divination brings it all together
When it comes to divination, both coincidence and feeling are very important. Divination is a way to try to figure out the answer to a question or understand a situation by figuring out what omens, signs, or events mean. This can be done in many ways, including but not limited to reading tarot cards, astrology, the I Ching, or making runes.
In astrology, the idea of synchronicity is often used as a guideline. The diviner or seeker might see the “coincidental” arrival of certain signs or symbols as meaningful and important. For example, a tarot reading can be seen as a synchronistic event if a certain card is pulled from the deck at a certain time for a certain question. The divination is based on how this card is read in regards to the question being asked.
The same goes for intuition. Most of the time, diviners use their intuition to figure out what the signs or images they see mean. Even though some symbols, like tarot cards or astrological signs, have meanings that have been around for a long time, the diviner’s intuitive reading, based on the question or situation, is often what gives the most meaningful insight. Here is where the diviner’s skill and experience come into play.
Triggering insight for personal growth
Synchronicity and insight can be helpful ways to learn about yourself and grow spiritually. Synchronicities can help people see connections and trends in their lives that they might not have seen otherwise. As people think about these trends and what they mean, they can learn more about themselves.
Intuition, on the other hand, is a way to get in touch with your inner knowledge and understanding. Getting in touch with and listening to one’s intuition can help a person learn more about themselves and gain personal understanding. It lets people get in touch with their unconscious minds and find answers that rational thinking might not find.
Divination brings synchronicity and intuition together. In divination, people often think about their own lives, thoughts, and feelings as they look at various symbols and try to figure out what they mean. This can help you learn more about yourself and grow as a person. Divination is like looking in a mirror to see what’s going on in your subconscious mind. It helps you understand yourself better.
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Different people have different ideas about synchronicity, intuition, and the practice of divination, and that their validity and value are often based on what they believe. But many people find that these ideas and habits help them think about themselves and grow as people.