Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Divination Tools

Divination tools have been used for thousands of years from the old bones of animals, to tarot cards, to runes. These can be traced throughout history and practically in every religion, philosophy, and culture across the world. I wanted to touch on some the most popular forms in this blog in case someone is wishing to learn about these practices. Personally, I use tarot cards and rune stones although I don't use them very often for myself. Occasionally, I will place a tarot card or rune stone upon my altar in ritual if it is representative of what I am trying to accomplish or of a deity I am acknowledging and receiving blessings from.

Tarot Cards - Tarot cards do not necessarily predict the future as black and white. They are typically referred to as oracles and give out a guideline by which there is a future possibility. Your future changes all the time with the decisions you make, the opportunities you choose to take or not take. One of the oldest decks used in the Wiccan tradition is the Rider-Waite deck which I use. I also have another set that I like to use as well. Find the one that calls to you. There are also many layouts you can use with these cards so test out some of the books out there. Usually when you by a deck, it comes with a book specific to the deck as well.

The Celtic Ogham - This divination tool involves the Celtic alphabet and was named after the Celtic God of eloquence and literacy, Ogma or Ogmos. Usually, the alphabet is written on staves and these staves are laid out and tossed to predict future outcomes. The staves are either read from left to right or from bottom to top and each letter represents a certain knowledge.

The Norse Runes - According to Norse mythology, Odin created the runes as a gift to man after hanging upside down from the World Tree for nine days. Usually, these images are carved into small stones but can be carved onto wooden staves or slices. Each rune has a meaning and can be further studied in books and kits.

Reading Tea Leaves - I think this one is super fun! It's not a particularly old tradition. Basically, you see pictures in the tea leaves after you drink the cup of tea. Here's a link on how to read your tea leaves here.

Pendulum Divination - For this method, predicting the future all amounts to how the pendulum swings. You can get these at any metaphysical store or by just attaching a string to small heavy object such as a stone. To use this, you have to ask your pendulum to show you the pattern or circle for yes or no, then you ask yes or no questions and just look for the pattern it showed you. Usually, it will swing in a clockwise or counterclockwise circle.

For further information on different methods (believe me there are plenty more than this list), I would encourage everyone to visit this link here.

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