Hey guys-- I know you're used to seeing a spellcast around this time, but we're super busy getting ready for the Yule Fair. We hope you'll forgive us the lapse this week and accept this article instead! We were going to do a spellcast on divination, so here's an overview on that subject by Robyn.
What is Divination?
First off, what is divination? Divination is a way of looking at a situation-- past, present, or future-- and seeing more details and aspects of it then you normally would see. A lot of people seem to think that this means that you can use divination to see an exact outcome, but it is my personal experience that you will get details about what may happen, or what you need to do to bring about a favourable outcome.
That said, there are a bajillion ways to divine. What I’m going to do is talk a little about a few of them, though I don't have enough space to do a 'how-to' for each of them here. Hopefully sometime soon we’ll be adding some downloadable workshops to the site, so keep an eye out for that. In the meantime, here’s some different ways to divine!
Tarot and Oracle Decks.
Tarot is the most popular and the most well-known form of divination, I think, and it is also usually the first method people try when they just getting into divination. Tarot is a system of divination that uses cards that represent various possible aspects of a situation. Traditionally, there are 52 cards that are divided into Major Arcana and Minor Arcana, as well as the four suits of Cups, Swords, Wands, and Pentacles.
A popular offshoot of the Tarot is oracle cards, which work on a similar principle. Each card represents an different aspect or clue to a situation, but the cards in oracle sets are all different from one to the next, and have no unified system to tie them together. Tarot decks will always have the same number of Major and Minor Arcana and will have almost all the same card names, regardless of art differences.
Palmistry is the art of reading the lines on the palm of the Querent's hand to know more about their past and future.
Though crystal balls are less in style than they used to be, they are still a staple of any TV show or movie that wants to show off a psychic. Crystal balls are pretty much what they sound like-- crystal, glass, or stone that has been shaped into a sphere. With practice, the diviner can learn to see images in a crystal ball, and learn how to interpret them. It takes a lot of practice and trusting your instinct, as this is a more abstract method of divination than a card that has a clear definition.
Runes and the Ogham.
These systems of divination are from Norse and Celtic traditions. They use stones or pieces of wood carved with symbols that have specific meanings and omens attached to them. In many ways, the runes are not unlike the tarot, but because there are no symbolic pictures, some people have difficulty memorizing the meanings.
This is a favourite of mine, and one taught to me by author Patricia Telesco. Take a box, any box, and fill it with all kinds of stones like citrine, rose quartz, amethyst-- you get the idea. The stones you pull from the box will reveal what is involved in a situation, and what is needed to resolve it.
I-Ching or Coin-Tossing.
This is a mix of tarot and runes in some ways. The I-Ching is a method of divination that comes from China. It involves throwing down specially marked coins; interpretation depends on whether they land on one side or the other, and in what combinations they land near each other.
Another favourite of mine! In case you haven’t clued in by now, I like tea. With tea leaf reading, you leave some loose tea in your cup as you drink it and focus on a question. Once you finish your tea, you look at the leaves at the bottom to see what images have been formed by the leaves to get an idea of what will happen or what you need to know or do.
There are so many other forms of divination out there that I can think of from the top of my head: pendulums, ink and water-scrying, looking for signs in nature… and it can get even more personal and obscure. I hope that I've at least given you a little taste of what you can try out and experiment with, if you're looking for answers. Do you have a favourite way of doing divinations that I didn't mention? Write to us on Facebook, comment on our blog, or twitter us to share your experiences!
We'll see you next week for our regularly-scheduled spellcast!