Omens, Oracles, Visions, and Prophecies
“I strongly believe that everyone’s life is accompanied by prophecies, omens, and visions; but that a great majority of humankind choose not to listen to them – blindly ignoring these dreams, visions, or signs as “an over-active imagination”, “daydreaming”, fantasy, hogwash and/or nonsense. Of course the majority of those who actually believe in visions, prophecy, and omens won’t admit to it for fear of being ridiculed as a ‘quack’. I’ll Leave that to you to decide and think about. What I’m about to summarize below usually involves some sort of faith in some kind of religious view as none of the following is advocated by or explained by science. ”
Prophecy – Is divine inspiration, revelation, or interpretation; otherwise known as psychic predictions. Regardless of one’s religious beliefs or non-beliefs, the concept of prophecy is found throughout the religions of the world, including Christianity and Islam. Its the disclosing of information that is not known to the prophet by any ordinary means. The Rabbi Maimonides describes prophecy as “an emanation sent forth by the Divine Being through the medium of the Active Intellect, in the first instance to man’s rational faculty, and then to his imaginative faculty”. The Catholic Encylopedia states it as “the foreknowledge of future events, though it may sometimes apply to past events of which there is no memory, and to present hidden things which cannot be known by the natural light of reason”. Whether one believes in it or not, we’re all affected by it, as it is one of the greatest motivational influences behind all world religions in the actions they do upon humankind.
Visions – Again, by definition and belief in from a majority of the world religions is the phenomena known as a “vision”. These are often inspirational renderings, generally of a future state and/or of a mythical being, and are believed to come from a Deity, sometimes directly or indirectly via prophets and serve to inspire or prod believers as part of a revelation or an epiphany. Sometimes these are seen as miracles. It can also refer to as the experience of “Energies” of Deity as defined by the Eastern Orthodox Church. Often, visions are the muse to artistic creations or masterpieces, songs, stories, or poetry. Visions have more clarity than dreams but traditionally fewer psychological connotations. In many cultures, visions are generated by entheogens (Peyote, Mushrooms, Acid, Opium, Salvia Divinorum, etc.) Some explain “visions” as manifestions of picture thinking or visual spatial thinking.
Omens – Are part of a phenomena known as portent or presage that tells the future or fortells the advent of change, either good or bad in interpretation. Often Omens are associated with items or the appearance of certain signs or indicators that something will happen. In the United States and some European countries, the appearance of a black cat is an omen of bad luck. Comets are also associated indicators of an omen – sometimes good and sometimes bad. Omens are sometimes revealed through the craft of divination.
Oracles – are usually a person or agency considered to be a source of wise counsel or prophetic opinion or as a revealed prediction or precognition of the future from Deities that is spoken through another object or life-form. In the ancient world, many sites gained reputation for dispensing oracular wisdom and came to be known as the “oracles”.
Divination – is the act of gaining foresight from supernatural or ritualistic means. It is the attempt to gain insight into a question or a situation by way of a standardized process or ritual. Diviners utilize readings, signs, events, omens, and prophecies often by use of tools such as runes, tarot cards, sticks, stones, bones, and other mediums that are used to contact a supernatural agency for a subject who has inquired a question or a future concern. Divination appears in most of the world religions even by those that often shun it. Divination is attacked the most by skeptics, including the scientific community as merely “superstition”. The use of divination is often considered a sin in some Christian denominations and Judaism.
Dreams – are probably the most common form of inspiration, divination, prediction, and thought process that most are familiar with since we all dream. Dreams often are composed of a series of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that are projected in the mind while we sleep. Most of the content and purpose behind these dreams are never fully understood even though it has became a field of study embraced by science since it can be dependably manifested. The scientific study of dreams is called “oneirology”. Always a subject of conjecture and a source of inspiration, dreams have been one of the most common and utilized forms of divination throughout history. Dreams have been described as responses to neural processes during sleep, as reflections of the subconscious, and as messages from God(s) or as predictions of the future.
“Now that I have the technical definitions out of the way, we can begin to proceed on my journey on the investigation of various prophecies, visions, omens, and oracles that have presented themselves upon the lives of myself and my friends; not necessarily to explain or debunk, but to embrace and attempt to understand, digging throughout the ashes of which to find the nuggets of wisdom that they are meant to reveal. As last I have brought to you many fables and tales from explorations in Europe, this time, we take a different journey, across the continent of North and South America, that are revealed within the Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf.
I have many oracles, visions, prophecies, and revelations that deluged my life from my early years as a child being raised as a devout Catholic to my evolution (or devolution to some of you) as an adult into a Heathen. Most of these focused on purpose, career, lifestyle, love, faith, and travels. I’m sure to tell the tale of each of them at some point here in the Chronicles or the Quests or in my upcoming publications. For now, I am to embrace a journey into the investigation of the fables, stories, and legends of prophecies and visions that many of my family, friends, and community reveal to me daily. Again to understand and seek gems of wisdom from, rather than to dispel, debunk, or analyze them. I bring to you, the following video that seems to be the current revelation influencing and shaping many-a-community that I frolick amongst …. the Mythic Call.