Divination is the most commonly performed type of magic on the planet
What is Divination
Divination is the process of using a tool such as Tarot, Runes, Crystal Balls to gather information from the energy all around us in nature, things and events to read and interpret the possible future, seek the past or to help answer a question.
By using the psychic mind to contact the collective unconscious you use your mind to see the past, present and future. The tools you use help you to focus and "read" your subconscious mind to see past what the conscious mind is seeing.
Other methods involve interpreting dreams, discovering omens in natural events, casting lots, consulting oracles, horoscopes and palm reading. Divination is found in all societies, ancient and modern. Divination has long been viewed as the art of specially gifted persons, such as prophets, shamans, and magicians. Divination is essential before any magic work.
Divination can NOT tell you what is going to happen. Divination is guidance, help with deciding on an answer or a path. Every path we take has so many possible turns that there is no way to exactly tell the future. We use Divination to ask if we are on the right path at that moment, or to gain guidance on a problem or question at that time.
Beware charlatans those who say "I can tell the future". No one can (if they could, wouldn't there by many more lottery winners??)
About Divination - Methods and History
There are very many methods of divination too numerous to mention. It is one of the oldest arts and the most widespread throughout history. Today, it can be found all around the world, many of us have heard of the popular divination methods like tarot, crystal balls, tea leaf reading, runes and palmistry.
Back in the mists of time. Nature was at the heart of divination. Most of us will have heard of casting the bones, but there were also those who watched how leaves fell or studied the moon and stars, how a pile of twigs lay on the ground, the way a stream flowed or how animals behaved.
Those who use divination where known as Shaman, seer, diviner, or soothsayer. All looked to read the future, the reason why, the decision to be made, the reason it happened. the most common diviners were Shaman. Their origins go back to the dawn of mankind, probably they are the birth of spiritualism. Their task was to interpret signs and omens as well as healing. The I-Ching by the Chinese is thought to be the oldest recognised type of recognised divination in the world. It has recorded history going back to 1000 BC. even the Bible mentions casting lots to indicate the will of God. The Bible itself is used as a divination tool by some, as are many other religious holy books from around the world.
From caveman to modern man, the same question has been asked throughout history "What is the future for me?" We read our stars and horoscopes in the hope that something positive will come our way. There is a deep-seated desire to know our future.
In every culture there are hints and remnants of divination. Ancient oracles read the stars and today we still read them in our horoscopes, even if we don't believe them, we still look to see the prediction. in a way, we cannot help but look. Is it something hidden deep within us? Is it our need to know what is going to happen, what is our future, and where are we going, why are we here?
Common types of Divination
This method uses the position of the stars and planets to give a reading of what is ahead as well as a map of a persons life through use of a birth chart based on the positions of solar objects at the time and place of birth.
This is gazing into a crystal ball to see images of the future that you then interpret. This is generally associated with Gypsies. As well as a crystal ball you could use bowl of water, a mirror or even a fire or flames. This method is also called Scrying.
These are general focus tools used to see into the future. Sometimes full images and scenes will play themselves out in the depths of the reflections. Sometimes you will only see symbols. Other times it may be a fog or clouds that move one way or another in answer to your questions.
Similar to Necromancy this is divination with the aid of demons.
This method uses scattered small stones, twigs or seeds on the ground. The shapes and patterns they form are then read. This is called Feng Shui in China.
Known as the Book of Changes, this method of Divination uses a system of trigrams that represent yin and yang.
This is a dark art of calling spirits of the dead.
This is using the dead for divination like a tarot reader uses tarot cards. If a spirit responds you can ask them questions about the future. This is a form of divination used to communicate with spirits of the dead, and must not be entered into lightly.
The spirits of the dead are said to have answers to past and future, because the dead have no conception of time so have the ability to see all things at all times, past, present and future.
Palm reading or Palmistry is a fascinating art bringing the image of gypsies and rovers to mind. In modern time it is turning into a science, deciphering the meanings of these lines on your palms. Our palms are perhaps the most accessible parts of our body. In history a palm is said to depict many things like your life expectancy, health, happiness, and even events in your past.
Palmistry begins with looking closely at the palm noting the texture, colour, flexibility, the fingers, the nails, size and so on. The study of Palmistry then moves on to the various lines on the palms. Apart from these lines, there are various mounts on the hand, which stand for certain qualities. These are also important, as are the lines that are on or emerge from these mounts. Looking at a persons palm, every one has different lines and marks. Looking at the positions, line lengths and whether they are broken or joined all can be read to give the future of that person
This is a form of divination using fire or flame. Often substances are thrown onto the flames to give the result to read.
Runes are believed an ancient Germanic alphabet, used for writing, divination and magic and were used throughout northern Europe, Scandinavia, Iceland and the British Isles from about 100 B.C.E. to 1600 C.E. The word "rune" means mystery or secret and each rune has a special meaning aw well as properties associated with it.
Runes are usually carved onto small bits of wood, clay or stone. There are also Rune cards much like the tarot cards, each displaying a different rune. As with all things magical they are attuned to you so you must not share your runes.
Runic divination, or "Runecasting" is not fortune telling. Runecasting works deeply with the subconscious. Runes are usually used as an oracle for seeking advice and are said to work best on asking a certain question taking care to explain clearly the details of the circumstance.
The Runes are mixed into a bag or enclosed bowl, and the questioner draws them out. They are then read in the order in which they were drawn.
Scrying is an ancient form of divination, dating back thousands of years. It is as effective to use just about any reflective or similar items including a Crystal ball or sphere, black or silver Mirror, a bowl of water or water coloured with ink, Candle flame, Clouds and Fire. Simply focus on the item and concentrate on what is before you, look for Images, symbols, colours, through the haze. Both images and colours have their own meanings. (See Crystal Balls)
Tarot & Oracles:
Tarot and Oracle decks have been around for centuries or even longer and is of the most popular and well known of the Divination methods. Using a Tarot Deck, cards are placed in a set pattern depending on the question. The cards are then read in the order of the layout to give the answer to the question asked.
Tarot cards are slightly different to Oracle cards. Tarot consists of a set of 78 cards, The Minor and Major Arcana. The major Arcana contains 22 cards and primarily depicts major archetypes like death, temperance and the fool. The minor Arcana is based on the traditional playing card deck of 52 cards. In it are the four suits; pentacles or disks, cups, swords and wands.
Each suit has ten numbered cards, ace to ten, plus the four court cards. These are page, knight, king and queen. Some but not all tarot decks have picture images on each of the numbered cards.
Oracle cards are usually, but not always, a set of 22-45 cards. These cards are used to provide an insight and positive outlook for those seeking answers to their most inner questions or a guiding thought, an element to consider or something that needs to be evaluated in new light. These cards have symbolism on each that gives messages and guidance depending on the set.
When choosing a deck of Tarot or Oracle cards, you must look at the cards and choose carefully. If you get a deck that you are not in tune with then you will find them difficult if not impossible to work with. Take your time with your choosing and pick the deck that "feels" right to you and you shouldn't go wrong.
All the decks on this site are the ones I own and are truly suited to my darker gothic side as each has a mystic dark beauty about them. Each page will show you the range of cards in the deck as well as a description about the set.
Numerology is based on mathematical formulas that have rarely altered over the ages. The theory is that every name and every birth date can be reduced down to a single number. By adding the numbers together in your birthday i.e. 25th March 1964 would be (2+5+0+3+1+9+6+4=30 then 3+0 giving a vibrational number of 3.
Although numerology has been practised for centuries, in modern times it really does have some practical applications particularly if you are interested in some psychological self-investigation. It can also be used to predict high and lows in your life as well as determine what makes you (and others) tick. Perhaps its greatest value is in its capacity to help you assess your personal strengths and weaknesses as well as provide you with an intuitive snapshot of another person's traits.
To help you get a handle on the key traits that are symbolized by each number here is a selection of 20 key words that describe each one.
The Number One:
The Creative, Male, Dominant, Alpha, Leader, Ambition, Initiation, Individualism, Self, Arrogance, Aggression, Attainment, Happiness, Fulfilment, Glory, Fame, Birth, Fire, Unique, Omniscience
The Number Two:
The Submissive, Female, Dualism, Cooperation, Consideration, Cooperation, Balance, Mediation, The Other, Love, Flexibility, Adaptability, Grace, Dance, Harmony, Devotion, Obedience, The Subconscious, Water, Soul Mate,
The Number Three:
The Divided, Triangle, Multiples, The Holy Trinity, Faith, Hope and Charity, Expression, Speech, Wit, Society, Art, Culture, Sensuality, Sorrow, Immaturity, Passion, Air, Surprise, Spontaneity, Change, Sex
The Number Four:
The Builder, Foundation, Stability, Patriarchy, Power, Progress, Earth, Justice, Ability, Manual Dexterity, Practical, Law, The Conscious Mind, Civilization, Traditional, Profit, Wisdom, Commerce, Health, Conviction
The Number Five:
The Visionary, Expansion, Opportunity, The Matriarchy, Adventure, Imagination, Story-telling, Symbols, The Subconscious Mind, Individualism, Freedom, Healing, Miracle, Choices, Unconditional Love, Mercy, Kindness, Invention, Resourceful, The New Age, Assistant.
The Number Six:
The Protector, Provider, Healer, Nurturing, Children, Empathy, Intuition, Sympathy, Quality, Sustenance, Love of Community, Unconditional love, Circulation, Economy, Agriculture, Charity, Balance, Grace, Evolution, Simplicity, Sorcery.
The Number Seven:
The Analyst, Thinker, Science, Learning, Education, Study, The Written Word, Logic, Alchemy, Secrets, Myth, Religion, Ritual, Understanding, Knowledge, Isolation, Chastity, Dignity, The Collective Consciousness, Genius.
The Number Eight:
The Manifesting, Wealth, Power, Riches, Status, Material, Pragmatism, The Ego, Provision, Aggregation, Dictatorship, Multiples, Business, Investment, Employment, Appearance, Customs, Skills, Exchange, Reality, World Transformation.
The Number Nine:
The Humanitarian, Religious, Charitable, Philanthropic, Duty, Calling, Mission, Obligations, Hardship, The Higher Self, Spirit Guides, Mysticism, Faith, Angel on Earth, Faith in Mankind, Optimist, Suffering, Self-sacrifice, Karma, Enlightenment, Divine Wisdom.
Uncommon Divination Methods
Casting the Bones