It was William Wordsworth who said: “To Begin, Begin,” which is what I have pinned above my computer because, when I return to it (to check out what I’ve, already, written) it feels like a new beginning. One of the very first songs which made an early impression on me was ‘Beguin the Beguine,’ a dance, with very similar words, but going off into another kind of interpretation. Sometimes that’s what writing feels like, as we dance about with the Words. Go seeking one of the classic Big Bands, like Artie Shaw’s, and tune into its musical inspiration: and then compare your response when you’re listening to, say, one of the sweeping symphonies of Elgar, Vaughan-Williams, Sibelius. It’s Music, but in a different kind of a vocabulary.
The most up to date number of words in the second edition of the twenty volumes of the Oxford English Dictionary contains 171, 476 in current usage, with 47,156 obsolete ones, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t more coming into being, even though it’s a sure bet they’ll lack the elegance of those that carry nuances going way back into ancient times. What more beautifully simple are the words of Genesis compared to those describing the functions of, say, a mobile phone? But, who among us, will be able to understand them , if our language isn’t up to their appreciation?
It’s said that a reasonably educated person has a vocabulary of between 20,000 to 35,000 words; but that around 3000 will cover 95% of everyday writing but quite a few of them will not. necessarily, give you the nous to translate what is being picked up by an Astrologer, a Psychic Reader, a Medium, or a Clairaudient: or one familiar with Synaesthesia.
And this is where I begin. because this is the language I’ve been studying for a very long time, and involving the use of gathering (and transmitting) information, gained by heightened perceptions, and extensions of the basic senses-including instincts. The symbols illustrated in Tarot Cards are another kind of tool (in some ways being like pictures being worth a thousand words, but still having to be properly read) while Runes are read from a set of alphabets, used to write down a variety of Germanic languages, long before the adoption of the Latin alphabet, which created a big divide between priest and scholars and the masses (with any forms of divination being regarded as ‘abhorrent’ and ‘sinful’) just one of many ways to keep knowledge hidden from public view.
Astrology is a rather different kind of language, involving the study of the positions and particular movements of celestial bodies to discover interpretations on how they influence human behaviour; as well as predicting future events: but it is a language; and very closely linked to Mythology.
We must never ignore the language of mythology, and how it is embedded in our different cultures and traditions, in a kind of ‘betwixt and between’ link between words and symbols. More importantly, it acts as stepping stones to the recreation and transformation of our abilities, to perform new tasks; and to access higher levels of understanding. And, for anyone of Us, who ‘hears the call’ to become an Interpreter in any of the Psychic Fields, never doubt that it carries the weight of a substantial responsibility.
Not all of us are born with an innate ability to become multi-lingual, but whether this is connected with having that (once natural facility) and what our Creator did to stop us trying to climb back up to Heaven, is a mute point. And while some say that all of us is capable of making psychic connections, it takes a long apprenticeship to gain the necessary competence in interpretations. Who was it who said “Many are called, but few are chosen?” And, when we are, be sure that we’ll be accompanied by an invisible Guide, to keep us right.