The Role of Divination

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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!

Truth about Met Tet Readings

Met Tet Readings? Is it true?

I have been receiving many emails asking me whether or not I can perform a Met Tet reading for a person, or whether or not Met Tet readings are real. Well . . . I am going to put an end to some of these ideas.

Let’s look at the situation logically.

Now, let’s examine some common knowledge about the Lwa Met Tet. The Lwa Met Tet is one’s Guardian Angel, so to speak. Emphasis is on the word Guardian. Therefore, the Met Tet serves to protect the individual whom it guides. In Haiti, the identity of the Met Tet of an individual is kept secret. Why? simply because if someone knows your Lwa Met Tet, they may use this knowledge to distract your Protecting Spirit, and harm you with greater ease, through the means of aggressive magick. In fact, asking someone who their Met Tet is not done, and is considered very distasteful. It will raise suspicion as to whether or not the inquiring individual is planning on harming the person whom they ask.

The Lwa Met Tet is divined through a special ceremony during a Kanzo/Lave Tet. The ceremony which divines it is a secret in Vodou. During this time, the individual is told who their Met Tet is, as well as the importance of keeping this information a personal secret.

Now, let’s use our thinking caps ; )

Thousands of Lwa exist in Vodou. Some say there are 401 main Lwa, others say that there are many more. In fact, there are 21 nations, nations meaning groups of Lwa. Then there are personal Lwa, djab, etc.
Then you have some people stating that they can divine which spirit it is out of thousands, with a simple deck of 78 cards. LOL. But let’s delve into this idea a little deeper. If your Lwa Met Tet is your guardian, and they can divine this through a simple set of Tarot cards, then what true protection do you have? Those people require their victims to send them a candle, which they have marked with their thumb, in order to leave an “impression” of their energy.

If this is the case, then this simply means that I (or anyone else) could go into the home of my enemy and take a dirty shirt, or something else that belongs to them, and then I can go home, call their name, and throw some cards, and voila! I know their Lwa Met Tet. Then I can serve their Lwa, above and beyond them, and hurt, harm, maim or kill them. Right? That is not very good protection at all, in my book.

If this were the case, then no Houngan or Mambo would have any difficulty in getting rid of his or her enemies, other Houngans/Mambos, competition, etc.

Some people ask, well why can’t I the non-initiate know who my Lwa Met Tet is? The answer is that the Lwa Met Tet protects you by not allowing you to know his/her identity. How is this so? Well, imagine that you are new to the Vodou tradition. Let’s say you don’t know the importance of this Lwa. You don’t know that it is important to keep it a secret and that it serves as your protector. Well, you might then – in order to further understand this Mystery – go to anyone who you think has some knowledge and say “Hey Mambo Such and Such, my Lwa Met Tet is ______, how can I serve it?” and now, if that Houngan/Mambo is not an upstanding individual, he or she may use that new knowledge in order to influence, control, or hurt you.

It is as when you were a child. You knew what a car was, you knew what its function was. You knew that it was there to take you from place to place. But, at seven years old, did your parents show you how to drive that car? NO! Instead, they waited until you were mature enough to understand everything that a car entails. That it is not only a tool to get from point A to point B, but also a weapon, if used in the wrong way.

It is the same with the Met Tet.

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