The practice of divination is global and as old as time itself. It spans every known culture and spiritual practice. From biblical prophets to pagan priests and many more.
Although scientific communities and others often dismiss divination as mere superstition or its results as mere coincidence, it’s interesting to note that the US Military has experimented with remote viewing and other forms of psychic intelligence. Members of the government have also been known to solicit the advice of astrologers and other similar professionals.
So what exactly is divination?
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, divination is “the art or practice that seeks to foresee or foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge usually by the interpretation of omens or by the aid of supernatural powers”.
In my experience, as a general rule, divination offers a glimpse of a possible outcome if the current course of action is continued. It is not set in stone. Instead, it is a guide, similar to having a lantern on a dark path. It illuminates our path just far enough ahead so we are empowered to make decisions about our choices. This is a very general and oversimplified flow, but it gives us a place to begin:
1) Situational Overview
2) Possible Outcome(s)
3) Reflection, Intuition, Choice
Please keep in mind that we are in control of our own destiny, our choices create our experiences. In a series of articles coming soon, we’ll delve into mindfulness and energy work that you may find helpful in this vein.
Many people practice forms of divination often without even realizing that they are. Have you ever shaken a Magic 8 Ball, flipped a coin, or plucked the leaves of a flower (he loves me, he loves me not…)? How about reading a horoscope or breaking open a fortune cookie? Most of us have without giving it a second thought.
Let’s review just a few of the more commonly known forms of divination:
Astrology is generally defined as the belief that astronomical phenomena, like the stars overhead when you were born or the fact that Mercury is in retrograde, have the power to influence the daily events in our lives and our personality traits. – Scientific American Have you ever looked at your birth chart, rising sun sign, and so on? Then you have dipped your toes in the vast ocean of Astrology.
At its most basic, tarot tells stories about the cycles of our lives. Shuffling the deck, picking out cards, and laying them out in order reveals what different trials and tribulations we might face during any given journey. However, the cards in the major arcana don’t necessarily represent us in a given reading; they might represent someone else in our lives, or symbolize more general issues. Tarot is a complex language, and every reading is different; similarly, every reader and the methodology they use to interpret the way the cards interact is different. – NBC Think
A simple way to begin working with the Tarot is to draw one card each day. Relax, set an intention if you wish, shuffle the cards until you feel they are ready (you’ll know), and draw one card from anywhere in the deck. Spend some time looking at the imagery on the card. What impressions does it offer you? How does it feel? Write your experience down in a journal and set that journal aside for this purpose only. After reflecting, look up the traditional meaning of the card in its upright position. How does the traditional mean differ from your reflections? Note that in your journal as well. Note: While there are reversed position meanings, but in my experience, it’s best to delve into that after you’re comfortable with the cards in their upright position. Before long, you’ll have a good high-level connection with the Tarot.
This method of divination typically requires a Pendulum and it is one of the easiest forms of divination to learn as it responds primarily to ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions by providing a clear and sometimes definitive answer. A pendulum works by tapping into your intuition and sixth sense. The pendulum acts as a form of receiver and transmitter, from your higher guidance, guardian angels, and spiritual teachers. As the pendulum moves, you gain answers in response to questions – it is best suited to use to answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions. Some people describe the way a pendulum works as being like bringing together the rational and intuitive sides of you (the left and right sides of your brain). When these two elements are brought together, you’re able to make decisions using all the sources, rather than just one of them. – HolisitcShop.Co.UK
A pendulum is my go-to tool for quick yes/no answers, finding misplaced items, narrowing down options such as locations on a map, and much more. The requirements? You, an open mind that is relaxed and a simple pendulum. This is one of the most beginner-friendly forms of divination.
Some additional methods of divination include, but are not limited to, the I-Ching, Lithomancy, Numerology, Scrying, Tasseography, Cromniomancy, Hydromany, palm reading, rune readings, and many, many more. Happy divining!