Posts Tagged With: Divination

Herbal Teas and Their Magickal Correspondences

MAGIC HERBAL TEA CORRESPONDENCES



Anise- Calling Spirits
Bergamont- Success
Burdock Root- Purity, Protection
Chamomile- Mediation
Elder Flower- Divination
Eyebright- Mental and Psychic Power
Hyssop- Purification
Lemon (Leaves)- Lust
Lemon Balm- Health, Success
Mugwort- Divination
Mullien- Divination
Rose Hips- Psychic Power and Divination

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The Ogham

The Ogham

The word Ogham (pronounced OH-yam) has been used to refer to:

A group of twenty trees, sacred to the Druids, that give names to the letters of the Ogham alphabet.

An alphabet of twenty-five characters used for inscriptions on magickal tools in Celtic Ireland & Britain.

An alphabet of twenty characters used for divination and hand-signing in Celtic paganism.

A calendar of thirteen months named for each of the sacred trees.

Below you will find a modern-day interpretation of the Celtic tree calendar. Besides using trees as a way of telling the seasons, the druids used them for many other things. These are called Oghams. Linked to this calendar, you will find much more information on each individual ogham or tree, including the meanings of each during divination.

Oghams were often used by the Celts of olde as a tool of divination, yet they were also used as an alphabet to inscribe many things. First, you must make your own set & inscribe each letter on something made of wood. (Some use stone or tile.) Then place them in a bag for storage. Now when you are ready to use them in divination, find a quiet, peaceful place to sit. Meditate briefly on the question that you want to ask. Then draw out 3 of the pieces and see what the correspondences are. This should help you determine the answer to the question. You may also use them to inscribe your name on your magickal tools or to write in your Grimoire or Book of Shadow, just to be on the safe side & so no one can understand your writings. Oghams are also often used on amulets and talismans.

ogham-alphabet

 

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WOTC Extra – Omens from the Flames

Omens from the Flames

 

Various kinds of omens may be read from fire. We often gaze into the fire and see pictures there, and this is a very ancient form of divination. Dion Fortune wrote of the Fire of Azrael made from sandalwood cedar and juniper logs used for the purposes of divination.

Because the fire was so important, portents were often taken from the behaviour of the flames, a practice called pyromancy. For example, when a fire burns all on one side, or falls into two heaps in the grate, it foretells a parting of some kind. If it will not start in the morning it predicts quarrels in the house, and arguments are also presaged by a spluttering piece of coal. A coffin-shaped piece of coal flying out of the fire and into the room foreshadows a death, whereas a cradle-shaped piece means a birth. A cluster of bright sparks at the back of the chimney means good news on the way, and dull sparks mean bad news. Showers of gold sparks indicate money and blue flames in the fire indicate coming frosts.

 

Hearth Witch (The Eight Paths of Magic)

Anna Franklin

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Let’s Talk Witch – Doing Divination with Dices, Huh?

 Doing Divination with Dices, Huh?

 

Some of us love to play dice games (or role-playing games, drinking games, or any combination of the above) and know just exactly where our dice are. If you don’t, go looking for your board games; many games use one or more 6-sided dice to decide how far you move, and you can borrow the dice from there. (Just don’t forget to put them back, or you’ll be really miffed at yourself the next time you pull the game out!) Most discussions of dice divination expect you to have three six-sided dice, but you can use one if you want; as you can see from the lists below, you’ll just have a shorter range of answers available.

 

One die divination can give you nuanced answers to a yes/ no question; 3 dice divination has a range of possible responses that can give answers or suggestions for more general questions. If you have a six-, 10-, or fifteen item list of possibilities, roll one, two (2-12), or three (3-18) dice to determine which list item you should select.

 

1 die divination:

1. Favorable indications

2. Success depends on friendly relations

3. Triumph

4. Disappointment

5. Good news

6. Doubt

 

 

3 dice divination:

3. Pleasant surprises in the very near future

4. Unpleasantness of some kind may occur

5. Plans will come to fruition; wish will be granted

6. A loss of some kind is forecast

7. Possible difficulties in business, money troubles, gossip, and so on.

8. Expect criticism

9. Marriage; unions

10. Birth, either of a child or of a new project

11. A parting, which may be temporary

12. A message of some importance will soon arrive

13. Sorrow

14. Friendship; help from a new friend

15. Begin no new projects for a few days

16. A pleasant journey

17. A change in plans may soon be necessary.

18. Success; a wish will be obtained. *BEST*

 

 

Divination with What You’ve Got

Cobalt Witch.

 

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Let’s Talk Witch – Divination, Got any Playing Cards?

 Divination, Got any Playing Cards?

 

There are a lot of different decks of cards used for divination . Tarot, Lenormand cards and oracle decks are everywhere, with new versions published every day. But if you want to do divination with what you’ve got, a standard 52-card deck of playing cards will work just as well as a fancy, expensive, or hard-to-find deck, and they have been used for that purpose for centuries.

 

There are several ‘layers’ to playing card divination. If you’re looking for yes/ no answers or fortunate/ unfortunate indicators, all you need to do is pull out one card at random and look at the color of the suit. Red is considered favorable, or ‘yes,’ and black is considered unfavorable, or ‘no.’ In general, people represented by red court cards are fair-haired, while people represented by black court cards are dark-haired; but this is not a hard and fast rule.

 

The next layer are the suits themselves. They have evolved their own meanings over the years as people have used them for divination:

 

Hearts signify emotions; love, friendship, happiness, and domestic concerns. Generally speaking, they are “happy” cards.

 

Diamonds signify career and money issues, power and success, hard work and affairs outside the home.

 

Clubs signify business, ambition, achievement and social interaction. They generally indicate success and happiness.

 

Spades signify gossip, challenges, messages, obstacles and upsets. They can be considered warnings.

 

Then there are the meanings of the card numbers. You can combine the meaning of the suit with the meaning of the card number to figure out the meaning of each individual card. There are also specific meanings for each card, and these are included below the general meanings.

 

Kings and Queens are older people or people in authority

 

Jacks are younger people with more vigor and less authority

 

Aces show you alone, making decisions and first steps in a particular direction.

 

Twos are about relationships; meeting another person or force in agreement or conflict. A popular picture used to explain the idea is marriage.

 

Threes are about the synthesis or two creating a third: a child, a project, or an idea. The picture here is family — mother, father and child.

 

Fours are about structure, safety, the work it takes to make a life. The picture is a home, the four walls that keep the family safe.

 

Fives are about stepping out from structure: destabilization, advancement, and sometimes (but not always) conflict. The picture is leaving home.

 

Sixes signify communication and messages.

 

Sevens are inspiration, intervention, spiritual matters, and benevolent outcomes.

 

Eights are about gates; like a three, but setting forth as an adult. Swift activity, new enterprises.

 

Nines show taking the final steps to completion of an idea or project.

 

Tens signify completion of a full cycle, something ending at the same time something new is beginning.

 

Divination with What You’ve Got

Cobalt Witch

 

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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.

Witchcraft 101 – Witches, Wiccans & Pagans, Who They Are, And What They Do
Witchcraft Academy.

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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.

Witchcraft 101 – Witches, Wiccans & Pagans, Who They Are, And What They Do
Witchcraft Academy.

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WOTC Extra – A Fire Divination Spell


Imbolc/Candlemas Comments

A Fire Divination

 

Set a fire and watch how quickly the wood begins to burn. If it catches the flame quickly, it is a good sign, and you should proceed with the divination.

 

If it is hesitant , or if you need to use several matches to get even the smallest twig to light, abandon the project until another time.

 

Some say that if the fire lights quickly, it is a sign that visitors are on their way. Others say that if the fire is difficult to light, rain is expected.

 

Once the fire is actually blazing, watch its flames carefully.

 

If the fire burns to one side of the fireplace, pit, or area, love may be in the air. Much crackling indicates misfortune ahead; perform protective spells.

 

A distinct hollow in the midst of the flames foretells an ending of a problem bothering you.

 

If the fire suddenly roars up the chimney or up into the air for no apparent reason, an argument may soon occur. Watch your words carefully.

 

Sparks on the back of the chimney or, if outside, flying aggressively up into the air mean that important news is on the way. If a loved one is far from home , poke at the fire with a poker or stick.

 

If shafts of flame shoot up, you can be assured that he or she is well, safe, and happy.

 

Finally, if three bolts of flame rise up and burn separately, expect a momentous event to occur in your life soon.

 

 

—Earth Power: Techniques of Natural Magic
Scott Cunningham

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