The practice of bibliomancy is an easy, relaxed form of divination, answers, and synchronicity. One asks a question of importance to oneself, then opens a book and looks or puts one’s finger on a passage. The word or passage often has relevance. In early Christian days, bibliomancy was allowed but only with the Bible; other forms of “prediction” through other books or divination practices were not. Divination was taboo. Some have now transcended this belief to know that answers–from whatever source is chosen–are open and available to those who ask.
The morning of Friday, May 6, around 7:30 a.m., I seek inspiration and intention from Robert Moss’ book The 3 Only Things. I turn to pages 70-71 and 72 in which he describes how dreams show us our soul relationship with another, that dreams show us when it’s time to move up in our relationship or move out. At that moment, T arrives and picks up two boxes left at my apartment, one a fixed Bose stereo and the other a Tumi backpack. We discuss the breaking down of boxes for recycling. T leaves and I resume writing and thinking. Within 5 minutes, I open Jung’s book Synchronicity, to page 78 as it turns out (78 is the number of cards in Tarot), and my eyes alight on the following passage: ”The soul of the world therefore is a certain only thing, filling all things, bestowing all things, binding and knitting together all things, that it might make one frame of the world.” There’s that word only. And things (which I only now notice as I’m writing many hours later). I’m intrigued. Who is Jung quoting? Jung is referring to Agrippa, a Platonic Renaissance philosopher who in 1533 wrote De occulta philosophia libri tres, 3 Books of Occult Philosophy.
3. Only. Things.
Not major but subtle. These writers are all interconnected in subject, true, but the emphasis on 3, only, and things strike my curiosity. I continue reading Jung’s comment that “those things in which the spirit is particularly powerful therefore have a tendency to beget their like.”
The idea of only, 3, and things becomes more satisfying, unifying. Its potency is intensified from spontaneous bibliomancy during an early morning read with coffee.
The medieval and Renaissance Platonist ideal of underlying archetypes and correspondences as the basis for coincidences went strongly out of favor during the Enlightenment period of rationality…from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries well into the early 20th. However, synchronicity, coincidence, and correspondences–reborn in the later works of Jung, then, Joseph Campbell with other mythologists and anthropologists–are now being studied. The Synchronicity Project at Yale started in October 2010, a joint program between Yale’s graduate departments of Religion and Technology. The Synchro Project concentrates upon the phenomena of synchronicity, holds salons, conferences, and invites papers. They’ve developed an IPhone app to record synchros. A member of the Project, Joseph E. Cambray, Ph.D., teaching at the Harvard Medical School for Psychoanalytical Studies, authored in 2009 a book called Synchronicity: Nature and Psyche in an Interconnected Universe.