Divination

A Little Stone Magic from Scott Cunningham – The Bag of Seven Stones


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A Little Stone Magic from Scott Cunningham – The Bag of Seven Stones

 

This spell requires seven stones, of either high or low vibrations. You should have one each of these colors: white, green, red, orange, yellow, brown, and black.

It is best if you can find all of these stones yourself. Stream beds are excellent places to look. If you have difficulty, go ahead and buy them.

Place the stones in a sack made of a natural cloth dyed yellow— cotton is excellent. When you desire a sneak peek into the future, hold the bag, reach inside without looking, and remove one of the stones. The stone reveals present or future conditions:

WHITE: peace, tranquility
GREEN: love, money
RED: passion, arguments
ORANGE: luck
YELLOW: wisdom, lessons
BROWN: objects, possessions, gifts
BLACK: negativity

Earth Power: Techniques of Natural Magic
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WOTC Extra – Divining With Stones


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Divining With Stones

 

This is a simple device used to obtain yes or no answers to pertinent questions. As such, it is a form of divination. Stones have existed for a long time and will be around for quite a bit longer. As such, they are symbols of the wisdom of eternity. They are frequently turned to for answers to important questions.

Obtain three stones. One, of a bright color, should be a high-vibration stone. Another, of a dark color, should possess low vibrations. Select a third that seems to have medium vibrations that are neither high nor low. This should be unusually colored so that it can be easily differentiated from the others. All three stones, in fact, should be of such individual appearances that they are immediately recognizable.

When you need an answer to a yes/ no question, roll the stones in your hands like dice, mentally asking your question, then throw them onto a flat surface, preferably the ground. A table will do.

When the stones have stopped, determine the answer by their positions. If the “yes” stone is closer to the indicator, that is the answer. The same with the “no” stone. If the stones are equally apart there is no answer.

This simple method can be highly accurate, and I have used it for years with good results.

The stones should be kept in a small bag of their own in a protected place and used for no other purposes.

With practice, a more definitive answer can be determined. The positions of the stones, their proximity to the diviner, and the questions asked can all be taken into consideration. The closer the stones are to the indicator the stronger the answer.

Practice and experience will allow you greater accuracy with the divining stones.

Earth Power: Techniques of Natural Magic
Scott Cunningham

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Let’s Talk Witch – Stone Magick


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Stone Magick

 

The magic of stones is one that nearly everyone is familiar with, for most people at least know of the existence of birth stones, the stone said to “belong” to the month of your birth. There is also a wide body of lore regarding the powers and magical uses of precious and semiprecious stones. For years it has been commonly said that pearls cause tears, opals are bad luck for some to wear, and that diamonds represent the constancy of love and that is why they are used in wedding and engagement rings.

Though the lore of precious stones and semiprecious stones is often quite contradictory (some authorities claim pearls cause tears of joy, and that opals are good luck) it isn’t important, because it is an expensive practice few of us could afford.

But the common, everyday stones you see lying on the street or dig up in your yard, those tumbled up on river banks or beaches, or lying scattered as if a giant hand threw them onto the countryside, are possessed of powers and can be used in magic just as can those of tremendous commercial value.

Simply because a stone is valuable does not lend it any special power. True, the rarer the stone the greater the mystique surrounding it. Diamonds are an excellent example of this. But they are not necessary in magic.

Have you ever idly picked up rocks during a vacation, pocketing pebbles for no apparent reason? Or perhaps you bought a shiny piece of agate or onyx at a gift shop or curio store. Did you ever wonder why?

Hundreds of thousands of years ago rocks were used as tools. They— and bones— were the only tools available, and early peoples used them to collect plants for food, to hunt, sew clothing , and perform any tasks they couldn’t accomplish with their bare hands.

Today, rocks aren’t thought of too often, unless a gardener finds them in the ground, and curses silently at the work they’ll mean to him. But they can be valuable tools in magic, and are cheap and easily obtainable. Live in the city? There must be a park somewhere or a vacant lot.

Earth Power: Techniques of Natural Magic
Scott Cunningham

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WOTC Extra – Methods of Divination


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Methods of Divination

 

There are as many different methods for Divination as there are people. What works for one person may not work as well or at all, for another. One of the most famous techniques is called scrying. In this technique, you use an object to focus on. This can be the stereotypical crystal ball, the glowing embers of a fire, or any other object that you can look into. The method is simple, though the practice is a little more complicated . You stare into the object, allowing your mind to go blank. You watch the shapes within the object without putting any meaning to them. This is the hard part. We are wired to recognize patterns , even if they do not actually exist . All optical illusions are based on this fact that we see patterns where none exist.

Personally, I have more success with fire. For this you don’t want any flames, just the glowing coals. The thing about fire is that it is alive, it moves and shifts. You can easily see this movement when you stare into the glowing coals. You sit there comfortably, watching without looking, until images come to you. You enter a form of trance, and you begin to see things that you wouldn’t normally be able to see . It might be the future, it might be the past, it might be someone you know, doing something right now. With practice, you can guide the vision to what you wish to see.

Dowsing, this form of Divination has been an accepted way to detect things for centuries, right up to the present day. I can remember my Dad, who was a programmer at his occupation, and has an extremely analytical mind , up in the mountains at my grandmother’s property, dowsing for water . He did it as an experiment, and we never did build the cabin, so we never drilled a well, but the fact that he, and all my mother’s relatives who were there, all knew what it was, and were willing to try it, tells me that of all the Divinatory arts, this one has some respect.

For this technique, you need either a forked branch, or two L-shaped rods. My Dad used two wire coat hangers that he had formed into the rods. For the forked branch, you grab the two forks and point the root branch straight out ahead of you. You concentrate on what you want to find, and as you cross over it, the point of the fork is pulled to the ground, usually very quickly. To use the dowsing rods, you grab the short leg of the L, one rod in each hand, holding them loosely. You want them to be able to rotate in your hands. You drop your hands so that the rods point to the ground, then bring your hands back up with the rods pointing straight out ahead of you. Again, with the object you want to detect firmly in your mind, you start walking. As you near the unseen object , the rods will begin moving together. When you reach the object, the rods will cross each other. It’s as simple as that. Anyone can do it, though the more you practice, the better you get.

The two methods above are fairly straight forward, and easy to understand and do. There are other methods that are much more complex, and take a very long time to master. Tarot is an example of such a method. In a Tarot deck, you have 72 cards, 20 Major Arcana , and 52 Minor Arcana. Each card will usually have a picture, different decks use different pictures. The Minor Arcana are split into four suits of 13 cards each. The suits are Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles. Each suit corresponds to one of the four classical Elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. Cups will be Water, Pentacles are Earth, some decks have Swords as Fire and Wands as Air, other decks have them reversed.

You are starting to see the complexity of reading Tarot, and I haven’t even told you what any of the card mean. Really, the meaning of each card is going to be determined by whether it comes out right side up, or upside down. Where the card appears in the spread, and what type of spread you use, will also have an effect on its meaning. The 20 Major Arcana cards are Archetypes, they typically depict things that cannot be avoided . The way I read Tarot, the more Major Arcana that appear in a reading, the less choice the person having the reading done, will have in the matter.

In any case, these 20 cards are symbolic. Getting the Death card in a reading does not mean you are going to die anytime soon. The Death card is a card of transformation. It shows the end of one thing so that it can be replaced by another. The Tower is also a card of transformation and change, but change so fast that you may not be able to keep up with it. For a person who knows the cards, their meanings, and is well versed in the type of spread they use to lay the cards out, a Tarot reading can be extremely accurate, even when the question is not asked out loud.

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Let’s Talk Witch – What Is Divination


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 What Is Divination

 

Divination isn’t just about seeing the future. It’s called Divination because it has been believed that the person doing it, was tapping into the Divine somehow, and gleaning information that others just couldn’t see. Through the use of Divination it is said that people can look into the lives of others, seeing what they are doing at the moment. Events large and small can be seen as they happen, if you know to look for them, or happen to be looking in the right place at the right time.

Not only can you see things that are happening, but you can use Divination to detect unseen objects, literally finding the needle in a haystack. For many years, Dowsers or Water Witches were used to decide where to drill wells on a person’s property. These same techniques were used successfully to find oil, gold, and other valuable resources. Divination isn’t something you just do. It’s a skill. The more you practice, the better you get.

Divination is therefore tapping into the Divine to see not just the future, but anything that is unseen.

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WOTC Extra (b) – Talking Stones

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Talking Stones

 

In this technique, stones are struck with knives to produce sound. If the right stone and the right knife are brought together, the sound will be musical and, if repeated, can be used to induce a trancelike state.

 

High-vibration stones are best for this. The technique is simple: hold the stone and strike it gently with a knife blade. Have a wide variety of knives and stones (be careful of the knives— they should be dull for this use).

 

After you have experimented for a while, select the combination producing the best sound. In a candle-lit room or on a wind-swept hill or anywhere, of course, strike the rock and listen to the sound.

 

Repeat in any rhythm you like. Just like the medicine man’s drum or rattle, the sounds and rhythms will work to put you into a relaxed, drowsy state. At this time you can perform divinations, meditation or simply experience the moment and sensations.

 

This should be done out of sight (and hearing) of others. At night beneath a full moon is extremely powerful, and may suggest other uses.

 

The same technique may be used with gongs or bells, but that is outside our area of interest.

 

 

Earth Power: Techniques of Natural Magic

Scott Cunningham

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WOTC Extra (a) – Divining Stones

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Divining Stones

 

This is a simple device used to obtain yes or no answers to pertinent questions. As such, it is a form of divination.

 

Stones have existed for a long time and will be around for quite a bit longer. As such, they are symbols of the wisdom of eternity. They are frequently turned to for answers to important questions.

 

Obtain three stones. One, of a bright color, should be a high-vibration stone. Another, of a dark color, should possess low vibrations. Select a third that seems to have medium vibrations that are neither high nor low. This should be unusually colored so that it can be easily differentiated from the others. All three stones, in fact, should be of such individual appearances that they are immediately recognizable.

 

When you need an answer to a yes/ no question, roll the stones in your hands like dice, mentally asking your question, then throw them onto a flat surface, preferably the ground. A table will do.

 

When the stones have stopped, determine the answer by their positions. If the “yes” stone is closer to the indicator, that is the answer. The same with the “no” stone. If the stones are equally apart there is no answer.

 

This simple method can be highly accurate, and I have used it for years with good results. The stones should be kept in a small bag of their own in a protected place and used for no other purposes.

 

With practice, a more definitive answer can be determined. The positions of the stones , their proximity to the diviner, and the questions asked can all be taken into consideration. The closer the stones are to the indicator the stronger the answer.

 

Practice and experience will allow you greater accuracy with the divining stones.

 

Earth Power: Techniques of Natural Magic

Scott Cunningham

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Let’ Talk Witch – Stone Magic

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 Stone Magic

 

The magic of stones is one that nearly everyone is familiar with, for most people at least know of the existence of birth stones, the stone said to “belong” to the month of your birth. There is also a wide body of lore regarding the powers and magical uses of precious and semiprecious stones. For years it has been commonly said that pearls cause tears, opals are bad luck for some to wear , and that diamonds represent the constancy of love and that is why they are used in wedding and engagement rings.

 

Though the lore of precious stones and semiprecious stones is often quite contradictory (some authorities claim pearls cause tears of joy, and that opals are good luck) it isn’t important, because it is an expensive practice few of us could afford.

 

But the common, everyday stones you see lying on the street or dig up in your yard, those tumbled up on river banks or beaches, or lying scattered as if a giant hand threw them onto the countryside, are possessed of powers and can be used in magic just as can those of tremendous commercial value.

 

Simply because a stone is valuable does not lend it any special power. True, the rarer the stone the greater the mystique surrounding it. Diamonds are an excellent example of this. But they are not necessary in magic.

 

Have you ever idly picked up rocks during a vacation, pocketing pebbles for no apparent reason? Or perhaps you bought a shiny piece of agate or onyx at a gift shop or curio store. Did you ever wonder why?

 

Hundreds of thousands of years ago rocks were used as tools. They— and bones— were the only tools available, and early peoples used them to collect plants for food, to hunt, sew clothing, and perform any tasks they couldn’t accomplish with their bare hands.

 

Today, rocks aren’t thought of too often, unless a gardener finds them in the ground , and curses silently at the work they’ll mean to him. But they can be valuable tools in magic, and are cheap and easily obtainable . Live in the city? There must be a park somewhere or a vacant lot.

 

 

Earth Power: Techniques of Natural Magic

Scott Cunningham

 

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