Rambling our way through the alphabet via the A-to-Z blogging challenge, today finds us visiting the letter R. I’m creating a manifesto of things I believe and find delightful based on unusual words. Today let me introduce you to rhapsodomancy.
Rhapsodomancy is “an ancient form of divination performed by opening works of poetry at random to ascertain information.”
I love this on so many levels. First: poetry! Poetry is an essential part of my life – there is not a day that passes for me that does not include some poetry. Secondly, I really believe that guidance is available to us always and this is a delightful way to invite it in.
I don’t believe we need to turn to others to tell us what to do, and I certainly don’t believe we should give anyone or anything power over us – we are sovereign and capable of choosing in every moment. But I do believe we are supported in every moment and that helpful messages can come to us in extraordinary and ordinary ways. Beautiful synchronicities are what I consider to be cosmic winks and reminders we are never lost.
Thirdly, this is just fun. Did I mention I like fun?
So here’s what I did. There were three poetry books sitting out on the table. I piled them up and took a photo, because hey, book spine poetry! And this happens to be a good one, no?
Then I opened each one randomly and here’s the first bit that appeared:
#1 “We are awakening one another
It does not matter whose heart
still clings on the vine.”
(We Are Awakening One Another, from silent sacred holy deepening heart)
#2 “The red dawn now is arranging the earth
Thought by thought
Beauty by beauty
Each sunrise a link in the ladder
The ladder the backbone
Of shimmering deity
Child stirring in the web of your mother
Do not be afraid
Old man turning to walk through the door
Do not be afraid”
(Morning Song from A Map to the Next World)
#3 “Each night the trees imitate the birds they see flying during the day. They choose
the darkness so they won’t be seen flapping and flouncing like elephants with the souls of ballerinas.”
(The Seduction of the Trees from When People Could Fly)
Taken individually each piece is lovely isn’t it? And each one is something I could be inspired by. But I love, love, love how together they also weave a story – something to consider as a whole as well. Just like a tarot spread does.
I believe rhapsodomancy and the seemingly random messages from poetry, invites us into deeper connection with ourselves and the world around us. There is always magic and nuance, the bold and the only hinted at, waiting to be invited into the dance with us.
What about you? Ever look to rhapsodomancy? Do you use Tarot or oracle cards? Have a favorite poet? Do tell – you know I love to hear.