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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


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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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Your Horoscopes for Tuesday, September 9th

It’s easy to justify additional analysis now, instead of being vulnerable and simply letting others know what we need. However, messenger Mercury forms a stressful square with domineering Pluto, indicating that we might have to defend our right to keep our feelings to ourselves. Meanwhile, the chameleon-like Pisces Moon enables us to be gentle in the midst of chaos. Nevertheless, we can find our voices again once the Moon fires into warrior Aries.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

It’s not that you are digging up hidden information because you want to create any problems today; you may feel as if you don’t really have a choice. Something isn’t sitting quite right and you won’t be comfortable until you get to the bottom of it. Although you might worry that you won’t like what you discover, your fear is likely blown out of proportion. Dealing with the facts is easier than stressing about the unknown. Fortunately, your current persistence works in your favor, so don’t give up until you have uncovered the entire truth.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

You’re not in a negotiating mood today and could remain unmoved by everyone’s attempts to change your mind. You are tired of hiding your motives but you still don’t want others to know your true feelings just yet. If you are reluctant to engage in emotional interactions, you are not obliged to tell anyone why. Do whatever you can to avoid an outright argument now but don’t compromise your integrity in the process.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

You won’t be coerced into doing anything that is outside of your comfort zone today. You are quite capable of holding your ground now, even if pressure is applied by a powerful adversary. Making your position clear is a good start, but don’t waste words in endless explanations. You can always share more details later on after the intensity settles down. You won’t offend anyone with your silence; in fact, others can’t help but admire your fierce determination.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Your reaction to a loved one’s behavior may be quick and intense now as quicksilver Mercury squares passionate Pluto in your 7th House of Partners. Even the most casual conversation could agitate your feelings and bring a dormant resentment back into awareness. Be extra careful today or you might inadvertently hurt someone if you express your heartfelt anger at the wrong target. A sensible dose of self-restraint goes a long way to keep the peace

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You may attack like a lion if you feel that someone is threatening your financial stability today. Although you could be driven to confront a powerful person, make certain it’s necessary before you start something that could grow into an intense encounter. Take a few deep breaths and consider your alternatives first. If you really want to take care of business now, winning an argument isn’t as important as getting your point across. Waiting a day or two to put all the facts in order might just work to your advantage.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Your words might be sharper than you realize today and could cut like a razor, even if that’s not your intention. You can be very sarcastic as witty Mercury intensifies its intellectual edge in the fires of Pluto’s passions. Unfortunately, your heightened emotional state diminishes your innate objectivity, so it’s important to be as clear as possible in all that you say. However, balancing your message with a bit of compassion is helpful if you want others to respond in a positive manner.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You believe that you are being very rational now that logical Mercury is in your fair-minded sign. However, someone else’s extreme reactions might be spilling over into your life. An emotional outbreak won’t solve anything, and it could leave you feeling unsatisfied and depleted. Fortunately, you can soften the hard energy of the day by making a conscious effort to practice kindness wherever you go. Hopefully, your positive attitude will rub off on everyone around you.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You want to express your point of view in no uncertain terms today as communicator Mercury squares your key planet Pluto. But Mercury has taken up residence in your 12th House of Secrets, raising your anxiety about how much to say and what to keep to yourself. You could become obsessive as you sort out what makes the most sense to reveal. However, there are many ways to draw your boundaries, so it is up to you to decide what you want to handle. Err on the side of saying less now, since you can always choose to go deeper later on once you’ve established a certain level of trust.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You may be quite certain about your decisions today, yet your confidence could turn into rigid self-righteousness if you don’t honor the feelings of others. Unfortunately, you could run into a problem professionally if you provoke a conflict with your boss. It’s a waste of time and energy to think you can change the dynamics of the situation by rationalizing your actions. Go ahead and build your case, but don’t stir up any unnecessary trouble until the emotional uncertainty passes.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Locating the source of your uneasiness is complicated today, but an unspoken truth could resurface again and again in a series of disagreements. However, you might be arguing about something that’s completely irrelevant while the real issue remains just outside of your awareness. Be smart and save your criticism for another day after you’ve had time to calm down and put things into a healthy perspective. Take a much-needed break and do something special to soothe your nerves and lift your spirits.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Something has been bothering you and it won’t go away until you tackle the problem directly. Unfortunately, you may not realize the source of your emotional discomfort now, making it difficult to resolve the situation. Don’t blame anyone else for your extreme reactions. Instead, take full responsibility for your feelings and communicate with as much compassion as possible. Not only will you feel better after you share your heart, but others might also follow your lead.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Your friends may not be very supportive today as they take you to task on an issue that you thought was fairly straightforward. This unexpected disagreement creates additional anxiety because you aren’t sure that you can trust your logical analysis, even if others are demanding that you do what makes the most sense. If your heart continues to tell you something different, follow its message now instead of all the words swirling around in your head.

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WOTC Extra – Reading The Wax Drippings from Your Wax Divination

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Reading The Wax Drippings from Your Wax Divination 

Spirals

The most common, because of the way the wax rotates on the surface of the water, spirals represent reincarnation, the universe, the world, or perhaps a particular life. It could be you need to evolve beyond it, or that it is something from a previous life. Perhaps, depending on the nature of the question, the problem (or its solution) is in the home. This is an excellent example of how interpretation must be a personal thing; no one else can tell you exactly how these symbols relate to you. Usually, the first meaning that comes into your mind is the correct one.

Circles

Circles represent eternity and fertility, and both of these attributes can be interpreted according to the question asked. Fertility would perhaps represent a new activity, financial security, or even a new baby on the way! It may also signify the successful completion of a project. Eternity may mean just that— it will be a long time before something is completed or comes to pass. Circles also represent religion and spirituality, and thus can be seen in this context during interpretation.

Broken Lines

If the wax drops form into lines but they aren’t connected, it represents a scattering of forces, or a lack of focus in your life, business, or other pursuits. It can also signify forces working against you, but don’t take this too literally—such forces may well be within your own being. This isn’t a positive pattern to find, for it is a sign that changes must be made to bring order into your life.

Dots

Unconnected wax drops are sometimes the only thing you can get. As stated before, this sometimes signifies lack of attention on the divination, but it can also mean that the problem is too complex for an answer at this time. If you try wax divination several times with only dots coming up each time , you’re either asking the wrong questions or, if you haven’t asked one, you shouldn’t be seeking a glimpse into the future at this time— at least not through wax and water. It’s probably best to let the candles and water rest , and to attempt a different method— perhaps one mentioned elsewhere in this book.

 

Earth Power: Techniques of Natural Magic (pp. 106-107).

Cunningham, Scott

 

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Herbal Tea Correspondences

Herbal Tea Correspondences

 

Anise- Calling Spirits

Bergamot- 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

Mullein- Divination

Rose Hips- Psychic Power and Divination

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Magickal Pagan Craft for June 12 – Make Your Own Ogham Staves

 

Making Your Own Ogham Staves

 

Ogham staves are a popular method of divination among Pagans who follow a Celtic-focused path. Although there are no records of how staves might have been used in divination in ancient times, there are a number of ways that they can be interpreted. There are 20 original letters in the Ogham alphabet, and five more that were added later on. Each corresponds to a letter or sound, as well as a tree or wood. In addition, each of these symbols has come to be associated with various meanings and elements of the human experience.

To make your own set of Ogham staves, start with sticks or twigs in even lengths. You’ll need 25 of them, or 26 if you want to include a “blank” Ogham. If you have trouble finding sticks that are the right size, you can use dowel rods cut to short lengths. About 4 – 6″ is a good size for Ogham staves. The ones in the photos are made from apple branches.

Sand the bark off the sticks so that they’re smooth. Inscribe each of the sticks with one of the Ogham symbols. You can do this either by carving them into the woods, painting them on, or using a woodburning tool. The ones in the photos were made with a woodburning tool, which cost about $4 at a craft store.

Consecrate your staves as you would a Tarot deck or other magical tool.

There are a number of methods to reading the staves for divination, and you can figure out what works best for you. Many people like to simply keep their staves in a pouch, and when a question comes up that needs to be answered, they place their hand in the bag and pull out a designated number of staves. Three is a good number to use, but you can pick as many or as few as you like. As you pull each stave out of the bag, use the information below to determine its divinatory meaning.

 

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Introducing Palm Reading

Introducing Palm Reading

Palmistry was first practiced in ancient China and India, where it appeared over 3,000 years ago. Like other forms of divination, it originally had other uses—ancient sages used palm reading to make character and personality assessments and to provide counseling. Some professional palm readers still use this method today.

Just about anyone can learn how to read palms—you don’t even need to have psychic ability or powerful intuitive skills. Once you learn the combinations of lines, sections of the hand, and other essential details, you can read any hand (including your own) and make a valid interpretation. And when you start getting good and have some experience, you might even come up with a few new theories of your own.

The most important thing to remember about palmistry is that, like other forms of divination, it’s meant to show you opportunities and possibilities available to you in your lifetime. It won’t tell you exactly the way things are supposed to go. In fact, all professional hand analyzers agree that the lines in your hand change according to life decisions you make along the way. Remember free will? We make our own destiny.

 

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