Telling the future by nature

Nature is highly sensitive and can tell the observant of an impending event.

Apollo (Celtic equivalent is Belenus) was the patron of prophets and soothsayers.  These prophets were experts in revealing the invisible.  Although they used theater to spice up the occasion, they were no tricksters, since such people would have been rejected by the peoples they served.  In human affairs, like chess, there are certain known outcomes from a move or given pattern, thus an educated guess on which way a matter may turn, or could be better dealt with often proved right.

In non-human matters there was a need to know if a harvest would be good, if nature favoured certain outcomes.  The prophet looked to nature to show them signs.  Again, patterns in nature can reveal outcomes later on, for instance I have noted in the last few years how spring flowers in Colchester can emerge in a range of February to May depending upon what happens in the winter, and how this impacts what fruits do well in the late summer and early autumn.

Amongst the Basque is the following of ancient giants:

“Perhaps it was because the basajauns admired the humans for their great cleverness that they used to give the shepherds warning of a coming storm by whistling.”

The Basque suffer many storms that gather in the Bay of Biscay, and perhaps an observation of the natural landscape of a whistling sound indicated such a storm coming.

There is a Basque pony called a Pottok that exists in the mountains, that is able to sense coming bad weather, as they move to the valleys before bad weather, and upland when high pressure builds. A Pottok could probably tell the weather better than any British weather man.

Animals became agitated before an earthquake and tsunami killed 150,000 people in 2005. Scientific evidence is also emerging that dogs can sense cancer in people.


8 responses to “Telling the future by nature

  1. Talking With Bees

    Perhaps, honeybees can tell us the answer … I think they already are.

    • I love honeybees… and their honey… and I am sure they are telling us a lot about the health of the ecosystem, which people seem determined to ignore.

  2. You might like to read this, about Greek thunder divination.

    • Thanks for the link. I think lightning and thunder can reveal trends in nature, but how that can indicate on a certain day that a certain person will die, seems blind superstition.

      • Good point, as with bees, thunder/lightening are omens of change. Bees are ‘harmonically’ similar (same genes, size, birth date, hive et c,) to other bees and any change in one generally portends to a change in the others. Remember the stories about identical twins? how many coincidences they experience. How light bulbs pop all together .

        Keep the light shining !

      • Indeed, nature is linked together, so what happens in one part impacts other parts. The skill is to pick up those interactions, understand what they are saying, and then act upon them.

  3. Whilst reading your entry, I couldn’t help thinking of the stories we hear, or of the way that films portray animals running from impending earthquakes, volcanic event, forest fire, etc…
    I have for a long time thought that there is so, so much we can learn form the world around us if only we would learn to LISTEN!

    • Listen… but importantly observe.
      If people spent more time amongst nature they would naturally become aware of its patterns, and thus will sense something is wrong if those patterns change.

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