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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