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Divination is a practice that many Pagans are involved with. The most popular methods used by Wiccans to foretell the future are tarot cards, scrying and runes. (1)
There are many forms of Divination available. I consider divination to be a type of talent that some individuals have so that they are able to read into whatever they are divining with and interpret those readings. I don’t think that any fortune telling is permanent. I believe that it is only a suggestion or hint of what may come and the person who is getting the reading, is able to change the course of any predictions. It is not in the power of the seers, only their interpretation. Its kind of like a weather man's forecast. With all the computer images and radar, their predictions are hit and miss and so is divining.
I will be listing and describing those types of divination that I have experimented.
The tarot is a deck of cards (commonly numbering 78), used from the mid 15th century in various parts of Europe. From the late 18th century until the present time the tarot has been used by mystics and occultists for divination.
The tarot consists of four suits. Each of these suits has pip cards numbering from one or Ace to ten and four face cards, King, Queen, Knight, and Jack or Knave, for a total of 14 cards. In addition, the tarot has a separate 21-card trump suit and a single card known as the Fool.
Each tarot card has a specific meaning relating to a particular concept of life, or experiences. In a Tarot reading, the cards are shuffled, and then laid out in a ‘spread’ – that is a pattern on a table, where each position represents a particular aspect of life, for instance ‘the recent past’, or ‘current emotions’. The reader then looks at how the meaning of a card corresponds to the position it is in, and tells the client what the spread appears to be saying about their current state of life.
How do the cards arrange themselves into a ‘meaningful pattern’? The basic idea is that the cards are randomly dealt and appear in a totally random order. The effort required to fit the ‘random’ cards into a ‘meaningful’ pattern forces a reader to think outside of their normal limited mindset, and can lead to fresh ideas, insights, and may force their intuition to begin solving problems in new andinteresting ways. Thus although there is nothing ‘meaningful’ about the layout of the Tarot cards, the effort of trying to find meaning helps us gain better and more original insight into our problems.
Let me just add here, I love tarot and love, love tarot cards. I hope to be very efficient at reading them one day...
Scrying is a form of divination but it is also a great tool to use for personal growth and guidance. You can find solutions to problems you are struggling with, learn more about your past lives and maybe see into the future.
As with any form of divination, we are opening ourselves to Spirit, and it is always a wise choice to ask for protection from God/Goddess, angels or spirit guides beginning. We might not be able control what comes through to us, but our spiritual protectors can. Surround yourself with white light and say a prayer of protection and guidance before scrying, or performing any magickal workings.
How to scry:
Scrying is easy to do but it does takes practice. The objective is to try to "see" things in objects, such as mirrors, crystal ball or in a bowl of water. There should be very little light in the room where you will be doing the scrying. Light some candles and soothing incense. Take a few minutes to get into a meditative state. Take some slow, deep breaths and release all tension from your body. When you begin t feel calm and centered, focus on the object you are using to scry with. Allow your eyes
to slightly out of focus. Don't try to force it. Let your thoughts flow freely.
The first few times, you might not see anything (at first I didn't), but keep practicing and eventually you should see something.
The Enchanted Spellboard is a colorful
18” x 18” board and there is an indicator that
is moved around the board to different
symbols to help you interpret their meanings.
Here’s how I use my Enchanted Spellboard...
I do not use the indicator that came with
the Enchanted Spellboard for two reasons.
I never have trusted the person on the other
side if they are purposely moving it around
and also I am a Solitary practitioner, so for
the most part, I have my own way of using
I purchased some little plain, un-decorated, unpainted, non embellished, wooden dice from a craft store and left them plain so that there was no symbolism on the dice. When I want to connect with or receive messages from beyond, I use seven dice (a number I felt comfortable with when interpreting the symbols). I toss the dice on the board and where ever they land, I write down the symbols and interpret what the meaning says to me. It’s been very successful for me. I’ve had
very good interpretations and I think it is because the Enchanted Spellboard is beautifully designed, it kinda just makes me feel happy!
In folklore, the runes were given to humankind by the central God of Norse mythology ODIN, who hung himself upside down on the World Tree - or Yggdrasil - in a self sacrificing ritual. After nine nights of suffering upon the tree, Odin died and passed on to the realm of the afterlife where he gained wisdom and was then reborn. Odin passed on his newly acquired wisdom to his people in the form of Runes.
Runes are an alphabetic script used by the people of Northern Europe from the first century c.e. until well into the Middle Ages when they fell into disuse as the Roman alphabet became the preferred script of most of Europe, however their forms and meanings have been preserved in inscriptions and manuscripts.
The word 'Rune' means 'mystery' or 'secret wisdom' and had magical significance serving as a system of symbols used to create magical spells and fortell the future.
How to make and use the Runes...
There was a wonderful tree in my front yard that gave itself to hurricane Charlie in 2004. Unfortunately, we had to cut the tree down because it was leaning toward our house and wood have fallen onto the roof. From it we saved many branches that I used to make wands, slice with the saw small little ovals to make Runes, and other things. “Thank you, Tree”. Then drew the futhark letters on them and coated them with a sealer so as to preserve them, 24 of the little ovals.
The Runes should be put inside a bag and picked one at a time. When asking questions, try to do it in way that describes the problem, such as difficulty at work or home with relationships, finances, etc..
The Runes should be placed exactly the way they were picked. If they come out face down, turn them face up. Always place them from the right to the left.
There are many sites on the internet and books available to help with interpreting the Runes.
Updated: 12 Sep., 2016