I am happy to announce the release of the second book in my Tree Medicine Trilogy—Notes From a Diviner in the Postmodern World: A Handbook For Spirit Workers
What does it mean to bring indigenous wisdom to the postmodern world? How do divination and ritual fit into modern society? How does one integrate ancient spiritual teachings into a western mindset while remaining true to the original meaning?
Notes from a Diviner in the Postmodern World: A Handbook for Spirit Workers is a guidebook for both diviners and spirit workers of any tradition. In this book Dintino describes what she calls the landscape of the otherworld, revealed to her through spirits—ancestors, archangels, elemental and light beings—in her divinations.
Whatever your spiritual tradition, there’s always a shared landscape of the otherworld. Understanding the landscape will help you navigate your own spiritual terrain. Learning how to be an effective diviner and spirit worker also means that you must interact fully with the wisdom of the place where you live, which includes learning from all living things including mountains and water.
This powerful handbook teaches you how to heal your world by exploring inter-dimensional realms and ultimately becoming a spiritual steward of the Earth.
Divination is inquiry and conversation. A diviner looks into the spiritual dimensions around another person and delivers to them what they need to know according to the information the diviner is receiving. Many differing energies and entities come to speak. These can be ancestors, elements (Earth, air, fire, water), elemental beings, animal allies, elemental forces, deities, light beings, star beings, or even other parts of the person that are alive in other dimensions. A diviner interfaces with all of these. This interfacing and the rituals that arise from it are often called “medicine.”
When I became a diviner, I did not expect to encounter a landscape in the otherworld that I would become familiar with and navigate more easily as I continued to divine. I am still exploring this landscape, but wanted to share some of the things I have learned in order to help those interested in the dimensional realms understand better what they are seeing. What I have included in this book is not meant to be rigid; it is a conversation and a guide.
We live in the postmodern world, which holds a worldview that is vastly different than the villages, belief systems, and times from where most of the divinatory practices arose. Postmodern diviners must find a way to contextualize the information in the here and now of where we live for those who come to us, all the while being mindful and respectful of the cultures that this information, protocols, and traditions came from.
With the mixing of traditions, the postmodern world has created many of its own gods, goddesses, entities, and belief systems as well. A postmodern diviner may encounter gods and goddesses of all traditions, see chakras that need healing, prescribe herbs or a visit to the allopathic doctor, prescribe rituals that include crystals and colloidal gold as well as ash and stones, encounter Jesus and Mary, vampires, werewolves, and the Anunnaki…all in the same divination!
A broad mixing happens in the divination space for a postmodern diviner that is unlike any that has existed before. This is a formidable job, and one that needs holding, training, and careful guidance.
That is why understanding the landscape can be helpful.
Divination is important and it wants to be here. Many forms of it have landed here from a variety of places, and have been met with much interest. It can bring a point of view that the postmodern world is very much in need of. It awakens our ancient and primal selves. It speaks to the hunger and vacuum created by the postmodern world itself: the longing for connection, belonging, and purpose. Divination can help restore balance to a world very much out of balance by human actions, and to people who often feel out of balance and are looking for a way to heal. As the wedeme have said, it can help us grow from the inside out.
This book is an effort to not only normalize divination in the postmodern world, but to help it thrive.
~Theresa C. Dintino