Divination can be defined as the method that is used in determining the cause of certain events and their significance. By using this practice, one can also be able to tell what will happen in the future through several techniques. Divination is a practice that has been around for some time now and is said to be older than writing itself. In modern society, this practice is mostly encountered in the form of crystal gazing, horoscopes, tarot cards, the Ouija board, and astrology.
The ancient form of divination goes back to the Old Babylonian period (ca. 2000 B.C.), where it was used to determine the actions of kings and commoners. The practice mainly involved slaughtering of a sheep, and then removing the liver and reading the markings on it to determine the answer. There have been different forms of divination, but that has changed a lot with time.
What is divination concerned with?
From the Roman culture and beliefs, divination was used to determine the will of the gods, even though that has also changed with time. In modern times, divination has become a common practice among different societies, but not in terms of discerning the will of the gods. In such societies, a godly providence that controls human affairs is not expected, but it’s often thought that humbler spirits can intervene, though in troublesome ways.
Is divination the same as fortune-telling?
Some people think that divination is in so many ways like fortune-telling, but that is not the case. Divination, as put by experts, is not in any way like fortune telling because no one can really tell the future. Instead, divination is all about looking past into the choices that you may have made in the past and then used those choices to progress in life as a co-creator of your future. Divination can, at times, be done instantly by using intuition. However, divination is mostly reliant upon specific tools for the provision of symbols or wisdom which the user is supposed to interpret and then apply in their lives. The traditional form of this practice involves a divination witch who queries a spirit and then provides an answer using the divination.
Different methods of divination
The main idea behind divination is the need to seek more knowledge of destiny by reflecting on the past. If one can decode an omen using the different methods of divination, then they can easily understand the state that corresponds to their present. Nonetheless, here are some of the commonly used ancient and modern divination methods:
- Tea Reading
You may have heard about divination of the future through complex methods such as interpreting coffee dregs. Well, this practice is not so different, as it involves reading of leftover tea leaves even though it involves different and numerous forms. A mountain figure, for example, may be the sign of some obstacles to come later in life, while a figure of a fish can signifies good luck.
- Tarot cards
To most people who are unfamiliar with divination, reading Tarots cards may seem like a way of predicting the future, but that is far from it. Tarot card readers mostly use the cards as a kind of guideline that is meant to give a probable outcome depending on the forces at work. One could think of a Tarot card as a simple tool used for in reflection and self-awareness and not fortune-telling.
- Sand divination
This form of divination has, at times, been thought to be one of the most beautiful art forms. It mainly involves reading vestiges that are found within layers of sand. In this method of divination, there is thought to be “vital energy” when sand is displaced at random in the desert or on a divination board. To get a reading using this method, it’s required of the individual to be conversant with the different codes of geometric figures.
Scrying is an ancient method that has been used for several years as a way of trying to determine how the future might be. In scrying as a divination method, a reflective or absorbing surface is required for the user to stare into. The user can then interpret the images using different ideas such as the “Mirror on the wall.”
Scrying is done using a variety of elemental methods such as:
- Fire: This can be used to scry using different ways such as studying smoke patterns as smoke rises.
- Air: In this method, clouds are observed for shapes, patterns, and images.
- Water: This method involves gazing into water put in a dark bowl at night during the time of the full moon.
- Earth: This is also used for scrying in different ways, and one of them is using a big piece of obsidian as a mirror that is gazed into.
For scrying to be successful, one is required to soften their gaze so that they can get absorbed in the images that they see in an element.
- Divination with grains of corn
This, like sand divination, was quite an advanced method of divination that was combined with the science of meteorology and astronomy. Just like the sand divination method, this was more of a personal divination technique. In this method, grains of corn were thrown onto a surface such as white canvas or even into water. The readings were then translated depending on whether the grains floated or sank. The readings on the surface were made depending on where the grains landed.
This method is quite like the use of Tarot cards. Just like Tarot, runes are also spread out, with each rune representing a letter of the Nordic/Teutonic/Germanic alphabet. Every letter is also linked to certain qualities.
- Pendulum divination
The use of a pendulum is perhaps the easiest and most amazing method used in divination. Pendulums are mostly used in answering yes and no questions, making direct or indirect choices, and indicating health issues or showing missing elements in one’s life.
Different theories try to explain how pendulums work as far as divination is concerned, but one of the best is that pendulums sync with the energy in our bodies. By doing so, the pendulum can then direct the energy towards the choice we were meant to make, but with a little push. One can suspend a stone, piece of wood, crystal, or a bead at the end of a string or chain to create a pendulum.
- The Celtic Ogham
This is a method that is used by many Wiccans and Pagans following a Celtic-based path. This method is named after Ogmos or Ogma, a Celtic god of eloquence and literacy.
- Automatic writing
This has, for a long time, been one of the most common methods used in getting information from the spiritual world. In this divination method, the writer simply used a pencil or pen and wrote whatever is flowing through their mind without giving it a thought or putting effort.
- Reading the bones (Osteomancy)
This method has been used for several years in divination. The use of bones, which can also be referred to as osteomancy, has been employed in different cultures with one main purpose – to predict the future using messages displayed in bones.
This method is mainly applied in most Pagan spiritual traditions as a method of divination. The basics of numerology are that the numbers used a huge magical and spiritual significance. In this method, some numbers are thought to be more powerful and potent compared to others. In addition, a combination of numbers can also be created for magical use.
- Divination with stones
Use of stones for divination, a practice that is also referred to as Lithomancy, has been used in various cultures for some time now. Use of stones for divination was quite common and could be compared to checking of horoscope in the morning paper on a daily basis. Most of the aspects used in this practice have, however, been completely lost simply because not enough information was passed on to newer generations.
What are the basic considerations in divination?
Most people would appreciate if they were able to predict their future, but that is not always the case. With divination, however, one can get a rough idea of their future, but for divination methods to work correctly, there are some basic guidelines to be followed. These guidelines include:
- Get a method that works for you
Divination work most if not all the times, but to get correct results, one must use the methods and tools that fit well with their personality. It’s only after identifying the correct methods and tools that the divination process should be started.
- Acquire the necessary information
The different divination methods also have different interpretation techniques, and it’s important to understand these techniques for divination to work perfectly. Information on how to use the different methods can be acquired through lessons from local pagan groups.
- Try divination on your own
As you probably know by now, divination is quite personal, and can involve trial and error at times. Divination results may not always be as rigid as expected, but that is part of the process. To get better divination results, it’s required that the individual gets to form a bond with the tools they choose.
- Free the mind
When using divination, it’s vital for the user to get into the right state of mind, which means being free of stress, unnecessary emotions, or tiredness. The individual seeking divination must be calm and clear-minded since lots of excited or bad vibes end up ruining one’s readings.
- Pay attention to all vibes and signs
If, for example, you are receiving good vibes but have pulled out a bad card, it could carry an alternative meaning to the standard readings. If there are several bad cards and one of them is good, it could mean that there is light at the end of the tunnel or that the person getting the reading is not who they really are.
- No forcing readings
When one is not feeling so good about their future, it’s common to want to do things in a way that would guarantee a reading. In such situations, it’s common to get tempted to interpret things in a loose manner to get the outcome that you are after. Such actions, however, are highly discouraged since they make someone lie to themselves and end up tossing up their abilities.
- Nothing is set in stone
Divination, as you already know is all about reading different personal energies and feeling jovial about the various outcomes of the readings. In most cases, divination leads to witnessing the most likely outcome and finding out hidden meanings. If, however, you feel like what you are seeing is not something you would like, there is room for improvement. Besides, it’s the future we are talking about in this case, and it’s always bound to change.
- Some people are natural diviners through dreams
In some cases, divination can happen through the realistic and important-feeling dreams that make someone feel that there is something good coming their way. Besides, several people have been able to successfully predict their futures through dreams. All you need to do is get your dreams down on paper and try to decode what they are trying to communicate.
- Never make life choices using readings
As mentioned earlier, divination is not a pure prediction of the future, rather it’s using the past to try and set the future. As such, one can only use the reading they get to try and determine what is likely to happen so that they get ready for it.
Divination is mainly based on the idea that things are connected to each other on an energetic level, so that they form what seems to be more of an interconnecting grid. This practice has been existent for quite some time, and it’s what most people use to try and become better versions of themselves.