Sher Christian: Poetry for Divination

What do poetry and divination have in common? The answer is Sher Christian, my Wise Woman Storytime guest this week.

Just as there are probably as many definitions of poetry as there are poets, there are a myriad of tools available for guiding us as we seek answers and unravel life’s most challenging questions.

Sher Christian combines the two.

Carl Sandburg said, “Poetry is an echo asking a shadow to dance.  Edgar Allan Poe wrote “Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.  Wordsworth defined poetry as “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings;” And Emily Dickinson said, “If I read a book and it makes my body so cold no fire ever can warm me, I know that is poetry.”

People use the tarot, I-Ching, Runes, pendulums, Ouiija Boards, crystal balls, even tea leaves to gain insight into a question or situation.

Sher Christian’s book, Star Kissed Shadows, Divining Poetry certainly can be enjoyed for the beautiful, sensuous and evocative imagery she word paints. Yet, the book is designed as a divining tool, an aid in  receiving guidance, clarity and support for transcending life’s challenges.  Ask a question or focus on a situation that needs clarification and randomly choose a page.  It’s a simple process with the potential for profound insights.

Sher and her musician husband John combine their talents and are available for parties, groups and celebrations offering music with poetry divination.

Sher hosts the Third Sunday Poetry Open Mic at Coffee Catz in Sebastopol.

Star Kissed Sahdows and Diving Poetry and Sher and Johns’s music CD Sweet Tongue, Assorted Poetry,are available at her events and through her blog at

Enjoy the audio of Sher’s guest appearance below.

You can reach Sher at

By Roberta Teller