Copromancy? Does that mean what it sounds like it means?
That depends upon what you think it means, of course ...
This is an old practice, then?
In the past, seers would attempt to peer into the future by means of lots of methods. In fact, "lots" was one of the methods: the scattering of objects, such as dice, or rocks, the results interpreted according to set principles. Cleromancy is the fancy term that denotes divination by this means. Scryomancy denotes divination by means of a bowl. Copromancy, in this sense, is a form of scryomancy, for it, too, makes use of a bowl.
Copromancy is not a new technique. What is new is old; "there is nothing new under the sun," said Solomon the Wise. The ideas commonly known today as "New Age" are as old as human existence. Thus is it with Copromancy; it's "the new old-fashioned way."
We quote the great Bourke on the subject: "The examination of the urine and feces . . . seems to have obtained in all parts of the world, and among all sorts of people," and notes that the examination had to do with "ideas of divination and forecast, which would make it a religious observance." They were not alone in these matters. In the East, it was the same. For example, in China, it was said:
Isn't the practice of Copromancy a little ... disgusting?
... (pai tu pu yen), which means, "capable of being read a hundred times without becoming stale." One can hardly fail to note the Copromantic application. Similarly, the physicians of Tibet used to churn urine and listen to the sound of the bubbles.
We make no apologies on the ancients' behalf nor on our own.
It all depends upon your point of view. After all, we do not hesitate to use copros to fertilize our crops, fields, or yards, which in turn sustain and support our bodily life. Should we hesitate to use it to fertilize our spiritual lives as well?
Sounds kind of crazy!
Some may balk at these matters we are talking about here, as "dirty" or "low." But the opposition of "high" vs. "low" derives from religions that make a distinction between creator and created. For those who believe in the oneness of all things, there can be no high or low. It was in this vein that Henry David Thoreau wrote (in Walden), "I found in myself, and still find, an instinct toward a higher, or, as it is named, spiritual life, as do most men, and another toward a primitive rank and savage one, and I reverence them both. I love the wild not less than the good."
These matters are so primal and fundamental that they have worked their way into every crack of society. Even children's literature: there is a popular book called Everyone Poops. And, of course, there is Winnie the Pooh. Can all this be coincidence?
The appearance of craziness doesn't bother us. There is a long and honored tradition of so-called "crazy wisdom" (e.g., the great Sufi sage, Mullah Nasrudin). After all, examining eliminatory matter is little removed from examining sheep or bird entrails, an ancient and accepted practice by some of history's most-admired civilizations, such as the Greek and the Roman.
What might be the mechanism behind Copromancy?
Copromancy may seem strange at first glance, but perhaps not so strange, considered in light of other human practices. Archaeologists sift through the garbage of the centuries in quest for knowledge. Even close exposure to corpses and cadavers are not
too much for searchers to endure for knowledge of the past. Can we not endure a little ordure in order to have a chance to see our future? The Copromant has learned the uncommon lesson that offal need not be awful, that order may perhaps be found in ordure. Our society has been termed the "Throwaway Society." In like manner, we may, with the pressing of a handle, be throwing away the knowledge of our very future, closing the lid on it, if you will -- flushing future-knowledge down the stream of forgetfulness.
The same as behind any valid method of divination.
What, after all, would be the mechanism that would cause the stars to have influence over the outcome of earthly events? One would have to suppose it to be the same mechanism controlling the falling of the coins of the I Ching. If the outcome of the coins is controlled by this operation, it is no leap to suppose that it should control a sheep's liver, or the position of falling rods, or a crystal ball, or, yes, the vibration-laden excretions of the human instrument. And if all are controlled by the same force, then it doesn't matter which method of divination one uses. This is what makes possible the tables of correspondences one will see in spiritual books, laying out the meanings of various planets, stars, colors, gemstones, and so on.
Carl Jung's interest in alchemy was based on its vision of interconnectedness (or, in Jungian terms, individuation). If it is possible for us to be interconnected with bodies of fire millions of light-years away from us, why should it be supposed we might not be connected to bodies created by and emanating from our own bodies?
Few would deny the poet's apercu, "No man is an island." Its truth may be almost infinitely deeper. The "New" Physics -- I use quotation marks because, as we have seen, what is new is old, and that is nowhere more true than in physics -- teaches that every atom in the universe (or "multiverse," if you will) influences every other atom, that nothing is isolated, that everything is interconnected. If this is the case, then not only is each individual not an island -- any given atom in the universe is not an island, either.
The teachings of particle physics mirror, in some respects, that of ancient sages and "primitive" folk of old. That things should be so mirrored should come as no surprise to either modern physicist or ancient physic: for both taught the identical doctrine, that of the oneness of all things; that everything mirrors everything else.It is from this that divination based on correspondences is built.
The unattainable dream of materialist science was to divine the position of every atom in the universe for the purpose of prediction and control. The dream of the spiritualist is the same yet different. They also desire to know human destiny -- but their souls are imbued with the vision of wholeness and they therefore know that nothing is too humble for study and reflection. For them, everything that exists is governed and unfolded according to the foundational hermetic truth, "As above, so below."