Seeing with Different Eyes: Essays in Astrology and Divination

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Our country from which we came is There… How shall we travel to it, where is our way of escape? We cannot get there on foot; for our feet only carry us everywhere in this world, from one country to another. You must
not get ready a carriage, either, or a boat. Let all these things go, and do not look. Shut your eyes and change to and wake another way of seeing, which everyone has but few use.

The above quotation from Plotinus, which inspired the title of this volume, points to what is perhaps its central thread: namely, that divinatory knowledge involves a mode of insight of quite a different order to normal everyday consciousness. Impervious and even alien to our accepted (and acceptable) human discourses, our familiar frames of reference and our habitual ways of seeing and evaluating the world, it requires a shift in perception. To explore this “other way of seeing” posed by the experiences of diviners themselves—and to allow it to lead to a change of conceptualisation—is a relatively new challenge for academic research, and the essays in this collection, through their various “different eyes”, seek to meet it.



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