Though many of us suspect that there is more to the physical world than meets the eye, reading diviner Joe Cassidy's story, simply called The Diviner, is still both amazing and inspiring - an experience akin to reading Lorna Byrne's biography Angels in my Hair.
Joe Cassidy connects with what lies beneath the surface. He knows a side of life that is at once familiar, mysterious and powerful. In his work he sees the terrible consequences of curses placed on houses, or of ancient sacred sites destroyed. He has a unique insight into the torments caused to the living by trapped spirits and natural phenomena that stress the landscape.
In The Diviner, Joe explains the ancient art he practices. He describes how he discovered his gift and why he resisted it for many years, suffering the consequences in stress and ill-health. Over a decade ago he realised he had to accept his destiny and despite having a young family, he began working as a diviner. Since then has worked on over five thousand cases.
Joe does not advertise but somehow people find him. Everyone from housewives and lorry drivers, to lawyers and record company executives, turns up at his door. What they each sense is that Joe's timeless insights can help with a problem that appears insoluble.
The Diviner is a story of listening, divining and healing that throws a light on a side of life that is both ancient and still very much part of modern life. And it is a fascinating and uplifting story of a life less ordinary.
Joe Cassidy lives with his wife and family in Co. Kildare and is in his fifties. His daughter is the author, Laura Jane Cassidy. He has been practicing as a diviner for the past ten years.