Divination 101

When I first got involved in the metaphysical, divination was something that caught my interest, thought I knew very little about. Derived from the Latin word divinare, meaning, “to foresee”, divination is the practice of seeing into the future. Having roots that date back thousands of years, it has been practiced by many cultures throughout the world. Ancient Egyptians would scry or crystal gaze, while some African tribes would use animal bones for divination purposes.

There are many different ways to practice the art of divination. I’ve compiled some common ways that people have used to foretell the future:

Tarot Cards – Tarot cards are a deck of 78 cards, a major arcana and minor arcana consisting of four suits, with specific images on each card. The used of tarot cards started in Europe during the 15th century as a card game.

Runes – Meanings associated with certain symbols are etched onto small pieces wood, bone, or stone and are pulled typically out of a bag or bowl, telling the future. Commonly used by Norse, this method has been around since before the Bronze Age.

Tasseography (Tea Leaves Reading) – This involves interpreting patterns/symbols in used tea leaves, coffee grounds, or wine sediment. The symbols each have different meanings. While tea reading is popular in European cultures, Middle Eastern methods involve coffee grounds.

Pendulum – A pendulum is a long string/chain with some weight (usually a brass or crystal) at the end. Asking the pendulum questions and based on the movement of the swing will decide the future event. It was used as a method for midwives to determine the sex of an unborn child by using the pendulum over a pregnant woman.

Scrying – Commonly known through crystal ball gazing, scrying is peering into some form of crystal, whether it be a flat disc or ball and obtaining visions. It is one of the oldest forms of divination, being dated to China in 3000 B.C., Egypt in 2500 B.C., and Greece in 2000 B.C.

Numerology – This is the practice that numbers coincide to specific events. This can range from calendar dates to your name and the meanings behind them. This was practiced by ancient Egyptians and Greeks.

Astrology – This is the method of divination based on the alignment of the stars and planets and how they affect us. It ties into the zodiac associates with horoscopes. There is the Western version, which has the twelve zodiac symbols: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, etc. There is also the Eastern version, which instead of based upon the months, follows the years: Ox, Rat, Pig, etc.

Palmistry – This is the practice of looking at a person’s palm and seeing the future based on the mounds and lines in their hand. Palmistry has heavy history in Eurasian cultures such as Indian, Persian, Chinese, and Tibetan.

Since divination is tapping into your Third Eye chakra and your own psychic abilities/intuition, find a method that works best for you. For me, I enjoy Tarot cards and have connected strongly to that tool. There is no “right” way to practice divination. Every person’s experience is different, and based on how open your Third Eye is, it could take more time to develop your divination abilities. In all, be patience and have fun!


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