The divinations answered some questions I had and, more tellingly, made it clear that I lack any form or oracular means for divination at the moment. This has been on my mind and I have given thought to what I could adopt as an oracle to use alongside devotional work.
Runes I have used before, like 15 years ago, and quite liked them at the time. I do though feel hesitant in using them as they fall outside my current cultural religious framework. I am not averse to things Scandinavian as it were, I just don’t currently worship or venerate any of those gods and taking a tool from that cultural/religious framework and slapping it into my own practice doesn't sit well with me. Ogham I just don’t like and Coelbren; no, just no fucking way. Tarot; I really struggle with remembering the meanings and making use of them.
This is where Sannion’s method comes into it – and I have blatantly and shamelessly adopted his method here – he uses dice and various Hellenic hymns (I think) to divine an answer.
Just to quickly mention the awenydd; they would go into trance and utter poetry from which meaning could be derived, so we have precedent in the ancient British cultures (hooray!) for poetry as a vehicle for oracular work.
So, I took certain poems that stood out to me as being meaningful and with the magic of excel created 200 odd lines of poetry with a mean of ‘divining’ a line from 3 rolled dice.
This evening whilst doing some other devotionals I asked Gwyn ap Nudd if monthly devotionals at the dark of the moon were an acceptable piece of praxis, his answer:
“As always, I have questions”
Taken on its own this was almost like we were having a conversation right there and then. So I rolled again to see what that question might be;
“The wren who stood upon the shoulder of a giant”
“Thy wanderings on Gwibir Vynyd”
At this point I was struggling to put these next two divinations into a context and get an interpretation (largely because I have no idea what Gwibir Vynyd means), so I asked for clarification and got;
“He will lead us to where the horizon ends”
This actually made things a lot clearer. My interpretation is that he will ask something of me – the devotionals perhaps – and in return, on my wanderings, he will lead me to where I need to be/want to be.
The wren thing I am not sure on, though I have my suspicions. Anyway, this was fascinating and worked out really, really well. I can see me definitely making use or oracular work if things continue like they have with this though given that the poetry in question is dedicated to and features Gwyn I think future oracular work will be via him, of course making use of the old sage request:
Gwyn ap Nudd, you who are yonder in the forest, for love of your mate, permit us to enter your dwelling