Divination: Kahina Stones by Rebecca Hamilton

A Pagan, Rebecca Hamilton developed “Kahina Stones: The Wise Woman’s Companion.” The concept of the Kahina Stones is of a wise woman counseling a troubled person, as done in her husband’s culture. (Among the Lqba, her husband’s people (Note 1.), a woman who “keeps the magic” is called a “Kahina.”) Hamilton’s goal was to have a traditional system that would fit into the Pagan world view.

In creating Kahina Stones, Hamilton writes that she based her divination system on research, instinct, and respect. She asks the diviner to treat the Stones with love and respect. In return, the Kahina Stones will offer honesty and honor to the diviner.

Hamilton divides the Kahina Stones (Note 2.) into three aspects: Fruitful (blue), Unfettered (yellow) and Drought (red). Fruitful means “plenty,” while Drought means “void, the darker side of life.” Unfettered is “freedom of choice that is neither positive nor negative.” “Fish as Fruitful” is security since fish feed the people, while “Fish as Drought” is fear of failure. (No fish means famine.) “Lizard as Fruitful” is a sign of protection since they eat pests. “Lizard as Unfettered” means “prudence and discernment,” since they have a habit of falling on people’s heads.

As a diviner, I believe that for any divination system to work, it needs to be rooted in two worlds – this one and the one beyond the waking world. For me, divination is a conversation between the two. Moreover, the system has to move beyond the creator and their particular ideas. For ease of use, the system has to be intuitive so that others can understand it. I have found that the Kahina Stones meet these requirements.

In using the Kahina Stones, Hamilton says that they have two quirks. One, they do not always answer the question asked. Two, they never mitigate a difficult answer. As a diviner, I have found this to be true. Like a “Wise Woman,” the Stones do not give easy solutions but instead offer insights to ponder. I have used them for problem solving, since they are best at doing that.

Note 1: In North Africa, the Kabyle, the Tuareg, and the Moors are referred to collectively as Berbers. These peoples call themselves, the Imazighen. Hamilton’s husband’s people are the Lqba (the Kabyle), from Algeria.

Note 2. The Stones themselves are symbols painted on colored tiles (each color has a particular meaning). Twenty-six symbols are employed on thirty-three tiles, with some of the symbols having multiple meanings.

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Twins: Astrology and Astronomy

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Astrology is divining by the stars. Astrology began when people sought to understand the correlation between the events on earth and in the heavens. How did the various heavenly bodies effect what happened on the earth? Astrology developed to be a window to the future by explaining this particular relationship. One could say that it is the merger of astronomy and mythology. It maps the movement of the stars and anchor points in myths.

The astrologers of Babylon became experts in interpreting the omens presented by the weather, the sky, and the stars. Astronomy and Astrology became fraternal twins. In order to understand how the skies affected them, people had to first study the heavens. The first astrologers, the Babylonians collected data on the stars, planets and other heavenly bodies. They noted the cycle of eclipses and what happened afterwards. They had to solve practical problems such as setting up a calendar. To understand the cycle of the stars and planets, a method of reliably counting time was needed. The Babylonians developed stellar geography to relate the planets to the moon and stars. The compilation of their work, the mul.Apin contained data on fixed stars, the seasons, the moon, and comets. The mul.Apin also had the correlations of the events on earth with the data.

Notable astronomers Johannes Kepler and Galileo were also military astrologers. Since they realized there were problems with the earth-centered universe, both men wanted to reform the Astrology of their times. Kepler found that the orbits of the planets were elliptical, and not circular. This does affect how the planets relate to each other, an important consideration in Astrology. Kepler’s aim was to use Astrology to avoid wars. Meanwhile Galileo wanted to expand the knowledge of how Astrology affected the politics of Italy. His major aim was to improve the interpretation methods of his Astrology.

Although Astrology and Astronomy go hand in hand, their focus differs. Astronomy has the sun at the center of the cosmos, and with its focus beyond the skies. It does not examine the numinous (powers not of this material world) and their relationship with the heavens.

Astrology has the earth at the center, with the focus on the affairs on the earth. Astrology seeks to understand the numinous powers of the heavenly bodies. One way of communicating between these powers and people was through omens that the stars bring. Astrology is a conversation between the two.

Works Used:
Baigent, Michael, “Astrology in Ancient Mesopotamia.” Bear and Company: Rochester (VT). 1994.
Gillett, Ray, “The Secret Language of Astrology.” Watkins Publishing: London. 2011.
Hall, Judy, “The Astrology Bible.” Sterling Publishing: NY. 2005

Divining by Chipmunks

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I first learned to divine by studying animals and noting what they did. I would comment on what they did, and if it was abnormal. Also, I documented anything that happened afterwards when I saw the animal. I wanted to establish any correspondences between the animal and an event. Included in my journaling were their natural history, folklore and myths.

Although I live in the city, I do see a variety of animals on a regular basis. Some like flies are more common than others like opossums. I see many squirrels but few chipmunks. Since chipmunks prefer living in hilly and rocky areas, they are not regular inhabitants in urban areas. The ones that I see in the city live under bushes by rock walls. I have seen some chipmunks sitting on fences or climbing tree trunks. Therefore for me, seeing a chipmunk is a memorable event. When one pops out of a bush, I note it.

Seeing this striped little mammal is always a surprise for me. Sometimes they will freeze, and then zip off with their tails up like exclamation points. At other times, they chirp loudly, and scurry under parked cars. Rarely, do I see one with their cheeks full or gnawing on seeds. Sometimes, after surprising each other, we would both freeze, and stare blankly at each other.

After taking enough notes, I finally sorted out my chipmunk sightings. Usually one or two meant a package in the mail. A chipmunk with seeds stuffed in their cheeks indicated money coming my way. One gnawing on seeds predicted bills in the mail. This association all stemmed from the chipmunk’s propensity to store seeds.

One sunny fall day, I was swarmed by chipmunks. They popped up on fence posts and under trees. They were everywhere I went. I could not escape the rabid furriness that enveloped me. I counted twenty of these chittering, scampering rodents. Unnerved by this experience, I went home to escape the horror. Then I got a call from my bank telling me that I had overdrawn by a substantial amount. After that, I associated chipmunks with money and finances.

Identifying a Psychic Attack


To evaluate whether I was under attack or not, I decided to do two divinations. For one divination, I used was the Ogham, and for the other the Runes. (Note) I wanted to test whether the information would be the same. Both methods said nearly the same thing. I was not under attack, but I did need to shore up my defensives. Moreover, the Runes said stop asking the same question again. I should just do one divination and study the results.


Coll (Hazel), Fearn (Alder), and Nuin (Ash)
Coll means “wisdom and intuitive knowledge.” If I was under attack, I would know it. Fearn indicates listen to my intuition. Since ash (Nuin) was used for weapons, I believe the message of Nuin is to strengthen my boundaries. The Ogham says that I am not under attack, but I do have weak defenses.


Berkana, Pertho, Isa and Nauthiz. (I drew the last two together.)
Berkana indicated that I am protected. Pertho pointed to following my intuition because I have good luck. The emphasis of Isa and Nauthiz was to stop asking. As with the Ogham, the Runes implied that I needed to reinforce my perimeter.

Note: The Ogham is a Celtic divination system and alphabet based on trees.

The Runes is the Norse writing system used for divination and magic.

Taking Time out of Time: Prophecy

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Psychology Professor Marc Seifer offers a holistic view of Time. He sees the Past, Present, and Future as inter-connecting circles. In each overlapping circle, he correlates the physical, mental, and psychic aspects of each “sector.” He places in the Past, archaeology (the physical), retrocognition (mental), and clairvoyance (psychic). (Note 1) The Present is normal perception, telepathy, and “thought transference.” (Note 2) (Note 3) The Future is prediction, precognition, and prophecy. (Note 4) According to Seifer, people receive messages from both the Past and the Future, with each bleeding into the Present. Experiences of the Past blend with the Present as does those of the Future.

Time is expressed in the physical realm as a progression of events. Archaeology is the relic of past events. Normal perception of what is happening now is the event of the Present. Prediction is of an event that will occur in the physical future.

The mental realm of Time can permeate the physical. By an act of mental will, the Present will decide the Future in a physical act. In other words, our past decisions will determine our futures. Seifer writes, “Determinism, a force from the past, creates the chain of cause and effect; however events emanating from the past are also influenced by future goals.”

Psychical researcher, H.F. Saltmarsh (1881-1943, U.K.) divided Time into two dimensions – the mental and the subliminal or psychic. Saltmarsh claimed that precognition is commonplace, and theorized that the surface self has a limited perception of the actual present. For him, the Present encompassed the conscious and unconscious. “The second dimension of time does not necessarily manifest itself in the first dimension of actuality.”

Meanwhile, noted mathematician P.D. Ouspensky (1878-1947, Russia) developed a theory of time that explains Jung’s (and mine) time travels. He concluded that beside the three dimensions (height, width, and depth), a fourth dimension that of the mind exists. This dimension both transcends and crosses three-dimensional space. He stated, “The greater part of one’s being exists in this fourth dimension, in which lies, dreams, prophecy, and time travel.”

Note 1: Seifer defines retrocognition as the obtaining of information from the past. Clairvoyance is the retrieval of information through paranormal means. Mark Seifer, “Transcending the Speed of Light.” Rochester (VT): Inner Traditions. 2008. p. 221-226.

Note 2: Seifer defines telepathy as “the awareness of the thoughts of another person.” “Thought transference” is defined as mediumship for the past and psychic ability in the present. (Seifer p.221- 226.)

Note 3: In her writing, Ellen Dugan, the Garden Witch, equates telepathy with “thought transference.” However, she defines mediumship as a form of psychic communication between the Living and the Dead. She adds that psychic ability is the capability to receive information beyond the nonphysical senses in the present. Both she and Seifer agree that clairvoyance encompasses retrocognition, telepathy, and precognition. Ellen Dugan, “The Natural Psychic.” Woodbury (MN): Llewellyn Publications. 2015. (p.11, p. 166.)

Note 4: Prediction, according to Seifer, is based on the five senses. Precognition is the mental sphere receiving information from the future. Prophecy involves receiving paranormal information from the nonphysical dimensions of the future. (Seifer p.221- 226.)

Works Used:

Clegg, Brian, “How to Build a Time Machine.” New York: St. Martin’s Press. 2011.

Dugan, Ellen, “The Natural Psychic.” Woodbury (MN): Llewellyn Publications. 2015.

Nahin, Paul, “Time Travel.” Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. 2011.

Seifer, Mark, “Transcending the Speed of Light.” Rochester (VT): Inner Traditions. 2008.

Wittmann, Marc, “The Inner Experience of Time.” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. 31, May, 2009. Web. http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/364/1525/1955.full.pdf.