Ivatos was first intuited in 1991 in Sedona, Arizona, by Gari Gold Richardson in waking meditation in response to her request for a divination tool that was easy, new and clean. In about two weeks of intensive writing and time in her jewelry studio to fabricate the first ivatos set, she began to develop what she now calls "The Ivatos Project". The Map of Consciousness was developed nearly simultaneously with the signs. The map was developed to make visible the inner map we unconsciously hold within. It is the platform to read the pattern of the signs when tossed.
The signs were the first to become clear to Gari. After allowing the signs to come together as a group and after making the first set out of very heavy gauge fine silver, she said, to no one in particular, "Now, what do I do with these?" The images came easily and immediately. These are placed, cast or thrown on to the map in order to create a reading of the present. The interaction of the seeker, the map and the signs is synergistic and results in an externalized view of the internal process. In other words, create a toss and and you can read what is happening in your life, feelings and more, in and around you, now.
The Map of Consciousness images have changed very little since that initial understanding. The first map was on a looseleaf notebook paper and in pencil all sorts of attributes were given to the sectors. Then the testing began. In about 2007 a seventh sign the spiral was added to the set. A nagging feeling that there was something missing in ivatos, has abated. For now.
After twenty two years, ivatos is as informative and alive as ever.