The Role of Divination
The many items used during a reading
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Why is it that we use divination? What are the benefits?
Divination has a very important role in Vodou. Divination is the most sought after service from a Houngan or Mambo. Naturally, it is also the most popular service I perform. The most common method of divination in Haitian Vodou is the use of playing cards. This is also the method I use to divine most often; it is extremely effective and has shown itself to be far superior to tarot cards. Houngans and Mambos may also invoke the possession of a lwa to give the reading.
Divination allows me to see what your problem may be, the true root of your problem (because the cause of the problem may be something different than the surface problem), what lwa are involved or interested in the situation, and what the best solution for your problem is. Having divination before commissioning a wanga will give you (and me) a great advantage. In this way, I can discover what the most effective way to solve your problem is.
It is really interesting, what will sometimes turn up as the root of someone’s problem. Sometimes the root has nothing to do with the surface problem at all! Many times, the client does not know the root of the problem. For example, a problem in your relationship may be manifesting itself because of an angered or jealous lwa, an aggressive wanga sent to you, your own undoing, jealousy, a mother or father in law, etc. There are a million different possibilities, but usually by identifying and fixing this root problem, everything else falls into place. Divination will assist in doing your work. A leson (reading) is definitely worthwhile when it comes to helping you.
Divination is used all the time! Sometimes it is done before the wanga (to see what the best route is), after (to see how it will turn out), to identify the lwa met tet, to see if so and so likes the client, etc.
I strongly recommend that a client get a reading before he or she decides to have any wanga done. This allows us both to seek the best course of action. Not only that, but it also tells us how complex, how strong the wanga needs to be. A reading is of huge help in diagnosis!