(previously published on Medium.com January 2016)
In the last blog post, I discussed the basic properties of what most people would call an omen. As a refresher, I argued that if you strip away the cultural and personal significance, most if not all instances of omens have a set of characteristics:
- Omens are subtle
- Omens are natural
- Omens are persistent
- Omens are part of a larger picture or pattern
If we accept these characteristics as being accurate, questions arise. How or why does something that has all characteristics of being part of the natural world have a supernatural connotation? How has the omen become associated with the telling of future events and with divination?
Well, I believe that the answer lies in the idea of communication, and the illusion of separation. Of course, this is only my opinion– your experience and your opinion may be different.