Divination tools have been used for thousands of years by every culture on earth as a method of predicting future events and to connect with the spirit world.
One particular tool had fascinated me for years, a tool that has quite a colorful reputation. The oil lamp, often depicted as the ‘magic genie lamp’, evokes colorful images of fantastic riches, the magical palaces of the Arabian Nights, Ali Baba and the tale of the forty thieves.
From the age of 16 I have been obsessed with Egypt. I could not get enough of the history, mythology and magic of that ancient culture. A culture which, during that period in history, had been a complete magical society.
I knew that I would have to get an oil lamp to explore the method of divination that was practiced by the priesthood and commoners alike in ancient Egypt. I was soon to find this wondrous object, or rather it found me the way many divination tools have a way of finding you.
Life often turns upon such small things as a flickering oil lamp ~ Scheherezade, Arabian Nights (2000)
It was 1998 and I was leading a spiritual tour to Egypt. We were staying over three days in Cairo, on the first leg of our trip. We would visit the Egyptian Museum and take day trips to the pyramids and Memphis.
After returning from the pyramids, I had my afternoon free and decided to go with a friend to the Khan el-Khalili, the oldest bazaar in Egypt – a favorite haunt of mine. The Khan is an ancient maze filled with shop after shop of everything from food, gold, silver, clothing, souvenirs and whatever else you can imagine. It was in one of these shops that my magic lamp found me.
My friend and I made our way through narrow alleyways towards the oldest part of the bazaar. Wild cats and kittens darted out in front of us, people stared at us from doorways and we were starting to feel as if we were lost. At the end of the alley some ancient stone steps led to a shop above. Steps so old that the center was worn into one big groove. We climbed up two flights to a tiny brass shop.
The shop was crammed full of every conceivable brass item. Brass lamps hung from the ceiling, while brass chains, incense burners, dishes and platters were scattered on every available surface.
Right here, direct from the lamp. Right here for your very much wish-fulfillment. Thank you ~ The Genie, Aladdin (1992)
Overwhelmed I looked at the heaped tables. I was irresistibly drawn to one of them. The dusty brass objects were piled high and gleamed dully. My hand reached into the center of the pile. I felt around then pulled out this fantastic brass oil lamp. Curled and scrolled like the magic lamp of Aladdin it vibrated in my hands. I knew I was holding the real thing!
I clutched the lamp to my chest and debated bargaining with the proprietor. At that moment he eyed me slyly. All thoughts of bargaining for it flew out of my head. When he named his price I paid it without out a word.
There have been many ancient papyruses written on the methods of divination using the lamp. All of them involve invoking the Spirit of the Lamp, which could be where the idea of a ‘genie’ or Djinn came from.
When the priests or priestesses invoked the Spirit of the Lamp, they often used a young boy or girl that had not reached puberty as a go between or channel for the Spirit of the Lamp. The wick of the lamp would be inscribed with spells or wishes for the specific purpose they intended.
An answer brings no illumination unless the question has matured to a point where it gives rise to this answer which thus becomes its fruit. Therefore learn how to put a question ~ Ancient Egyptian Proverb
Not having any prepubescent boys or girls around, to serve as a channel, I decided to wing it on my own. The next day was the full moon and we were scheduled to be in Aswan and the Temple of Isis. I carried my lamp with me and blessed it on the altar in the inner sanctuary of the temple.
That night I prepared the lamp. As in ancient times we painted our eyes with green eye shadow and I filled it with oil. I chanted an ancient invocation to the spirit of the lamp. One by one we looked into the flame.
A mysterious breeze blew through the room. Images appeared and the flame danced back and forth. One by one we asked our questions. Everyone go their answers… and some even got answers to questions that they did not ask.
At the end of the session the flame flickered and went out. We thanked the Spirit of the Lamp. I wrapped it in a pure white cloth and put it aside for another day.
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