There’s probably a lot of layers here I could be trying to parse, but I’m going to be perfectly honest and say that I’m far too tired to attempt it. I’ve had a few unexpected late nights at work, so I’m pretty wiped out. That’s also why this post is going to be short.
But, there is something here in omens and oracles. I gotta say, for a book that is routinely used to decry magic and divination, the Bible certainly has a lot of it.
At any rate. So there’s smoke and oracles and I find myself wondering, just what is in that smoke?
Now, I’m not saying that you couldn’t receive answers from smoke alone. Smoke scrying is a non-unusual divinatory tool, and actually a pretty cool one. But oracles also would often burn incense that might induce altered states.
The Oracle at Delphi, for example, is supposed to have used a blend of bay leaf and cinnamon. And I’m not advising anything one way or the other, but I’m just going to suggest that if one were to try burning such a blend in a small room, one might experience some interesting sensory experiences.
Hypothetically, of course.
At any rate, it makes me wonder about the oracles. Are they uniquely from God? Are they aided by divinatory tools or hallucinogens? All joking aside, I’m typically wary of any mind-altering substances. But I do have a belief that other tools — like scrying, dowsing, signs, omens, dreams, cards, shells or what have you — can be a legitimate channel to the influence of the divine. Especially in modern times as we are more removed from a sense of awe and wonder. How does the divine speak to us? How can we tap into that line of communication?