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Course in Basic Divination: Details


Course in Basic Divination: Diloggún (Final Details)

Instructor: Ócháni Lele (Stuart Myers)

Email: bstuartmyers@gmail.com

Required Text: Lele, Ócháni. The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination (Destiny Books, 2000).
Suggested Reading: Lele, Ócháni. Teachings of the Santeria Gods (Destiny Books, 2010).

Course Description: This is a seventeen week (four month) course. It will meet once a week via Skype. This course is designed to give the student a basic understanding of the diloggún and the dynamics of divination. The course will supply background information necessary for more advanced coursework in the spiritual science of the diloggún as well as the necessary information related to basic divination. It will cover the manipulations of the oracle, Lucumí prayer and invocation, the concepts of iré and osogbo, proper use of ibó, and the art of marking ebó. Through a series of lectures the twelve root odu Okana (1) through Ejila Shebora (12) will be investigated. This course will involve questions, exercises, and exams to improve critical thinking skills which are essential to the work of a diviner. Material presented in the course will follow the flow of the book “The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination;” however, the material presented will delve more deeply into the material than the written text provides. "Teachings of the Santeria Gods" is a recommended text; the knowledge of patakis is essential to divination.

Prerequisites: Students must be initiates who have successfully completed ebó meta. Iyawós may participate in class with the godparent’s permission, and permission will be verified by the instructor. Proof of ordination and three-month ebó is required to sign up for the course. All initiations must be verifiable.

Course Schedule

As there will be five major exams plus frequent quizzes, the course material is divided into five major units.

Unit I: Manipulating the Diloggún, the Oracle of the Orishas

The material for this series of lectures will come from chapter one of “The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination.” It will be divided into the following units: prayer and invocation, the use of ibó and picking hands, marking iré and osogbo, and marking ebó. 

Unit Two: Okana through Ogundá

The material for this series of lectures will be based on chapters two through four of “The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination.” Lectures will include proverbs, patakís (an essential element not covered in the text), positive and negative meanings of the odu, and essential ebós for the protection of the diviner and the client. There will be a quiz on each unit. Upon completion of the unit (comprised of three separate lectures) a take-home, “blue-book” style exam will be given.

Unit Three: Irosun through Obara

The material from this series of lectures will be based on chapters five through seven of “The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination.” Lectures will include proverbs, patakís (an essential element not covered in the text), positive and negative meanings of the odu, and essential ebós for the protection of the diviner and the client. There will be a quiz on each unit. Upon completion of the unit (comprised of three separate lectures) a take-home, “blue-book” style exam will be given.

Unit Four: Odí through Osá

The material from this series of lectures will be based on chapters eight through ten of “The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination.” Lectures will include proverbs, patakís, positive and negative meanings of the odu, and essential ebós for the protection of the diviner and client. There will be a quiz on each unit. Upon completion of the unit (comprised of three separate lectures), a take-home, “blue-book” style exam will be given.

Unit Five: Ofún through Ejila Shebora

The material from this series of lectures will be based on chapters eleven through thirteen of “The Secrets of Afro-Cuban Divination.” Lectures will include proverbs, patakís, positive and negative meanings of the odu, and essential ebós for the protection of the diviner and client. There will be a quiz on each unit. Upon completion of the unit (comprised of three separate lectures), a take-home, “blue-book” style exam will be given.

Final Exam

After completion of the course, a one-on-one final exam either in person or via Skype will be given. Using a practice set of shells, the student will conduct a make-believe divination session from beginning to end to prove that all skills and course objectives have been met.

Dates, Times, Costs

Dates and times for the course vary between the sections offered. Meeting days and times will be announced when each individual section is opened and will remain the same throughout the class.

 

The cost for the 17 week course is $300.00, payable upon registration. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Refunds will not be issued after orientation; however, if a student needs to drop the class after orientation another seat in a future class will be offered. Class dates and times are determined by the instructor.

A detailed class syllabus will be given to all students on orientation. The detailed syllabus will include reading and writing assignments, homework assignments, test dates, and quizzes Additional material (including power-points) will be emailed to students as needed. Be prepared for a fast-paced, intensive course on divination.

For any questions, or to register, email bstuartmyers@gmail.com.


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