I have been best reflecting on how to continue bringing the gift of the Dagara divinations—which were gifted to me by my elders end teachers—to the community. I thank all my teachers, especially Malidoma. I am here to honor the spirit of the work and share it with those who seek it.
To wear the mantle of a diviner in the traditional way, you enter into agreements with the otherworlds and your teachers—human and nonhuman. This is a highly sacred role.
You need to, of course, tend to your body and being so that you are open, grounded, discerning, in order to converse with the ancestors, kontomble, otherkin, energies. The passageways between the worlds need to be tended and opened. All this takes time and effort and other resources, depending on the offerings that are called for. There is an energetic 'bringing down' that needs to happen after the divination. In short, an ancestral or voice divination is not a one-hour enterprise. Even if I am divining for only one person, I need to build in cushion time before and afterwards.
As I have become busier, it has become harder to take out sporadic time for divinations. Since I am still asked to divine—and I want to show up in a good way for all, including the ancestors, myself, and those seeking divinations—I propose to experiment with setting aside a few dates in the year, which are the only days my books will be open.
The next divination date will be February 25. I will add more 2023 dates later.