Divination in Latin means divinare, which means to foresee or be inspired by a god. Many people who practice the occult arts, like myself practice divination. There are multiple ways to practice divination like, tarot cards, pendulums , black mirrors/crystal balls, bones, runes, blood, and much more.
Divination is a way of predicting the future or telling the truth using tools/itemd or symbolism. You will be contacting spirits or other energies using this. These types of divination which include contacting unknown entities.
Another great example would be using puzzles as means of divination, with every piece meaning something and blindly uniting them into creating a meaning for the purpose of the act.
There are 78 tarot cards in a tarot deck with two parts to it the major arcana and the minor arcana. The most popular tarot deck out there is the "white rider deck." A simple way to use divination with the tarot cards is to shuffle the cards and ask them a yes or no question. Once you feel ready, stop shuffling the cards and turn over one card. If the card is upside down than that means its a no but if the card is facing downside than that means the answer to your question is yes.
Usually a pendulum is a crystal on a metal chain but to be honest anything can be a pendulum, for example you can tie a ring to a piece of string and that well serve enough as a pendulum. Now you can use pendulums for many things, random yes or no questions, to find missing objects in your house, and even communicate with spirits. To use a pendulum for a yes or no question "ask" the pendulum "what is yes" then "ask" the pendulum "what is no" and it should start either circling around or swing back and forth.
These are quite common and very similar to tarots except different cards and each oracle deck works in different ways. Some oracles are better of for self help while others the future and others for spirit communication. The possibilities for these are endless. All oracles involve contacting deities, entities and oracles but the creatures contacted depend on the deck and the deck will say what is contacted.
This is the most controversial use of divination but they do work and can be used for good. It involves talking to any entities through a board. The board can be made out of anything from glass to paper but the most common is wood. The tool used for contacting the spirits can be made form glass, wood, a cup or just fingers really.
Using this type of divination is dangerous like any other meaning you have to be serious and respectful. A board must be cleansed before and after a session with burning herbs. Holy water and a cross will not cleanse a board. DO NOT ask for when you will die or the future. Negative entities pray on those people who are lonely and desperate.
Runes are a Norse way of casting spells but also famous for runic divination. This is done by drawing, carving or painting runes on natural objects. Then casting them for the result.
Symbolic Divination Edit
The easiest form of divination which is used a lot in the far east. It involves divination using symbols such as animals, phrases or items that pop up in ones daily life. Birds are used frequently in symbolic divination e.g
One: sorrow Two: joy Three: a girl Four: a boy Five: silver Six: gold Seven: a secret never to be told
This is the rules for the divination involved in counting magpies.
Playing Card ReadingEdit
The reading of playing cards is an quick and easy alternative to the reading of tarot cards since they only require a full pack of playing cards.
The Spreads Edit
If you require a quick answer to a question you can just draw a card from the top of the shuffled pack whilst thinking of your question.
However, if you wish for a more detailed answer you would use one of the spreads.
The Three Card Spread Edit
This is where you lay the top three cards from the deck left to right, the first card represents the past, the second represents the present and the third card shows the future.
1 2 3
The Nine Card Spread Edit
A more detailed expansion of the previous spread. The cards are laid in a three by three square, the top row showing the past, the middle shows the present and the bottom row shows the future.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
The Horseshoe SpreadEdit
Using 21 cards, this spread gives a more detailed overview of your life. It is laid as seven groups of three cards in a horseshoe shape and each group represents one of the following categories: 1. The past situation 2. The present situation 3. Developments in the near future 4. The unexpected 5. Those around you 6. Obstacles and opposition 7. The final outcome
The Gypsy SpreadEdit
Again using 21 cards, lay three rows of seven from left to right. the top row shows the past, the middle is the present and the bottom provides insight into the future. This provides a very detailed reading but can be complicated to assemble a meaning from it. Only for the very advanced diviner.
The Card Meanings Edit
Ace: The gift of jewelry. News of money. A letter Two: Love affair and disapproval from others. A business partnership Three: Legal problems, domestic arguments. A legal letter Four: Inheritance, financial improvement. Five: Successful business and a happy family Six: Problems in a second marriage. Seven: Surprise news or gift. Issues with work Eight: Marriage and travelling late in life. financial ups and downs. Nine: Monetary surprise. Business opportunities. Restlessness. Ten: Money and travel highlighted. A change of fortune. Jack: A relative. A very fair haired youth. dishonesty or unreliability. Queen: A woman who loves to party and gossip. A flirt. A very fair-haired woman. King: a stubborn and influential man. Fair haired
Ace: The home, love, friendship, happiness and love Two: Success and prosperity. Engagement or partnership Three: Caution! Watch what you say. Four: A change or relocation (house or business). late marriage. Five: Jealousy surrounds you. Take time making decisions Six: Unexpected luck. Someone helping you out. Seven: An unfaithful or unreliable person. Broken promises. Eight: Visits and visitors. Invitations out. Nine: Dreams come true. Ten: Good luck and joy. Jack: A close friend or good-natured, fair-haired youth. Queen: A kindly fair-haired woman King: A good-natured, fair-haired man. Good advice.
Ace: Wealth, health, love and happiness. A letter concerning money. Two: Gossip. Disappointments and opposition. Three: Marriage to a wealthy partner. Money coming from the partner. Four: Changes for the worse. Lies and betrayal. Five: New friends and a successful marriage. Help from friends. Six: Business success. Getting financial help. Seven: Prosperity and success. Be careful of trouble coming from a person of the opposite sex. Eight: Trouble in relationships, business and personal. Jealousy and greed. Nine: Achievements. A new lover or admirer. Don't be stubborn. Ten: Unexpected money coming in. Good luck. Travel abroad. Jack: A reliable friend. A dark-haired youth. Queen: An attractive, self-confident woman. A dark-haired woman. King: An honest, generous and affectionate man. A dark-haired man.
Ace: Emotional conflict, obsession, death. Things coming to a head. Two: Separation, gossip and deceit. Difficult changes. Three: Unfaithfulness and partings. Be wary in partnerships. Four: Illness. Business and money worries. Broken promises. Five: Happy home but interference from other people. Reversals and opposition but eventual success. Six: Small improvements. Seven: Loss of friendship or loss of a friend. An unexpected burden. A warning against losses and sorrow. Eight: Trouble and disappointment. Plans go awry. Friends let you down. Cancellations. Nine: Bad luck in all things. Depression and low energy. Destruction, deaths. Extreme anxiety. Ten: Misfortune and worry. Imprisonment. Unwelcome news. Jack: A well-meaning but immature and unreliable youth. A very dark-haired youth. Queen: A widow. An unscrupulous woman. A very dark-haired woman. King: An ambitious and authoritative man. A very dark-haired man.
Joker: (optional) New developments, fresh starts, taking a risk.
Note: it can sometimes be difficult to get a clear answer from multiple cards but just try to build up a narrative, you would be surprised how accurate the cards can be!