Had a very productive meeting with my advisor today. Without going into specifics, he suggested some books for me to check out that I had been unaware of, as well as pointing to a section in a book that I own, but have yet to read. It turns out that one of the assumptions under which I had been approaching my reading of late was vastly mistaken and I had fallen victim to the trap of imposing my modern mindset onto 'medieval' thinkers. Part of what I have been doing lately related to the seeming contradiction between the acceptance by 12th-15th century warrior writers of the concepts of battlefield divination and prognostication and the rational empiricism they displayed in other contexts. The point where I went wrong was assuming that they would view prognostication and the reading of portents as irrational; that, and I did not fully take into consideration the interplay between prognostication and autonomous action.
In any event, I have some reading to do during the next few days in preparation for another meeting next week. Sometimes I forget how knowledgeable Shinkawa-sensei is and how helpful even short audiences with him can be. I left his office feeling renewed and invigorated and ready to spend the next few days buried in the books...after I finish watching Empire Falls, that is.