^pArlene Edmonds

^pTribune Correspondent

The Philadelphia chapter of the Ausar Auset Society is scheduled to hold an East meets West religious pluralistic session this weekend.

This will be the “Festival of Divination: An Educational and Demonstration of Ancient Oracle Systems.” It will highlight the modern day interpretations of oracle systems used in ancient Africa and Asia showing how they can be used by African Americans in the 21st Century.

The sessions will be held at the group’s headquarters located at 6008 Germantown Ave., Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26. Friday’s session will include two workshops, “Introduction to Divination” and “Bazi: Four Pillar Astrology.” Friday’s program begins at 6:30 p.m.

“Metu Neter & I Ching Oracles” will be held on Saturday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. This will be followed by the “I Ching and Metu Neter Readings” that will run from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. There is a separate fee for the readings and these are by appointment.

“Now you can enhance your life by receiving infallible answers and guidance to your questions concerning relationships, business, family, legal issues, career, and health,” said Ra Un Nefer Amen, founder of the Ausar Auset Society. “Join us for a weekend of insight and guidance. Learn about the ancient Metu Neter Kamitic Oracle system, which is an integral part of spiritual development. Receive a basic introduction to the ancient Chinese system of communicating with God’s infinite wisdom.”

It was late last year that Amen came to Philadelphia to share his Bazi lessons. At that time he explained that the ancient astrological system predates the contemporary and popular forms of star gazing and horoscope readings. He stressed that this was an oracle system used by ancient civilizations in Africa and Asia for spiritual progression.

Ausar said he often teaches the history and philosophy of Kamitic culture because it helps participants learn about their African ancestry. He pointed out that the traditional Bible is not the only holy text. He said that many cultures in Africa and Asia had their own sacred scriptures and oracle systems.

“This is about healing,” Amen said. “In the Western world [education] is about preparing you for a job, to be a doctor, an accountant, a teacher or banker. There’s no preparation on how to love, how to live and be successful. These courses prepare you for life, so you don’t waste your life by not being prepared.”

At the last session Martina Johnson-Allen of Cheltenham, a retired school teacher, received much new information. “I just wonder how we can get this information to the masses,” she said.

Camara Jordan of Germantown also learned much. “I really enjoyed and was blessed coming in here to hear someone who thinks outside the box. There are so many reasons why everyone should come to Ausar Auset for programs,” Jordan said.

Friday’s schedule will include a two-hour divination introductory session followed by the Bazi introduction at 8:30 p.m. Saturday’s line-up begins with an overview of divination followed by the Metu Neter at 5:30 p.m. and the I Ching at 6:45 p.m. There will also be an “I Ching Praxis: 40 Years of Practical Insights in Spirituality” on Sunday, July 27 at 5:30 pm.

The cost is $10 per day on Friday and Saturday and $20 for Sunday’s lecture. If one opts for all three days, the cost will be $25.

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