Frequently Asked Questions about divination.

Q What IS a Divination?
A Its a way of tapping into a higher truth, of connecting to the divine wisdom.

Q Yes, but what IS a divination?
A There are many forms of divination, the most popular being Tarot Cards, Angel Cards and the I-Ching. You can also use Dice, tea-leaves, dowsing, animal cards, words cut from magazines . . . in fact anything!

Q How does it work?
A There are many theories, but all methods rely on using a random or chance event to bring this divine wisdom into a form we can recognise.

Q What happens during a 'divi'?
A We ask a question (e.g. about an issue in our life) or just ask for guidance generally, then choose a card (for example). The actual card chosen will then effectively give an 'answer' to our question.

Q Isn't that fortune telling?
A It can sometimes amount to a similar thing - in that we're identifying options which we may need to consider for ourselves. Few good 'fortune tellers' or divination 'readers' will TELL you what's going to happen or what to do. The better ones will also use their psychic abilities to intuit a deeper significance to the card(s) chosen, to help you understand what it means for you, now.

Q Can we do our own divinations?
A Most definitely, yes! Another way of seeing divination is that it's a way of bringing out the inner truth that's within us . . . of tapping into the divine truth of our own soul and higher self. It probably amounts to the same thing. The cards or dice or other divination technique shows us an intuitive truth, a deeper level of awareness, that our logical mind might miss . . . or not want to see. We always have the answers to our own issues within us . . . and can probably thus interpret divinations ourselves. Having a 'reader' helps in suggesting new interpretations and encouraging us to think outside our conditioned thinking, fears, fantasies, etc.. A partner or good friend might do the job as well as a 'professional', since they KNOW the issues we might otherwise kid ourselves about.

Q Are there risks or dangers in using divis?
Like any tool, it has its dangers. Some consider any form of divination to be the work of the devil. If we consider that 'evil' often rests in our own egos, then it is true that sometimes our egos can hi-jack a given divi. In these cases, we must remember that whatever we end up doing as a result of a divi, is likely to have karmic consequences . . . good or bad.

Divis respond in a very similar way to the Law of Attraction (see here): they respond to our various levels of need and intent. If our intent is honourable, if we're willing to accept our responsibilities then the divi is far more likely to indicate a higher truth than if we're using the divi in an attempt to evade truth or responsibility.

At a practical level, be wary of becoming dependent on divis: they are not meant as an alternative to developing our inner knowing!

Q What are the different sorts of divination and how can we use them in our day to day lives?
Much has been written about the Tarot & I-ching, so we'll concentrate here on some of the other forms of divination - by giving examples of how I use them in workshops . . . and in my own life:

The Celtic Animal Oracle
An excellent example of 'animal cards' - where we can receive guidance from the spirit and characteristics of the chosen animal. We can ask for a card that represents us . . . or somebody else:
For example, we were about to visit our family so drew one card for each of those we'd be spending the day with . . . ALL of them were upside down . . . indicating negative traits to the fore . . . and hard work for us. But we were able to see how their animals related to them and the issues affecting them and were thus forewarned and forearmed. Then we chose animal cards for ourselves - a boar and fox (the right way up), showing that with courage (boar) and cunning (fox) we'd be able to face our day and not let the negativity of others get to us.

Angel Cards
There are an ever increasing range of Angel Cards available, each with a slightly different 'twist'. Use whichever ones you're drawn to . . . or make your own: our Angel Workshops usually include some art as well as divination! Rather than accept the angel qualities of the set's creator, don't be afraid to explore the broader angel messages and meaning - see, for example, our Angel FAQ.

Dice Divi
Divination using dice has been around for centuries. The traditional approach however is, we feel, rather limited . . . and relies perhaps too heavily on pre-determined options and interpretation of them. In the old style dice divis you'd throw one or two die and look up the values obtained in a list. Thus 6 (or possibly 36) options were supposed to answer all possible questions!

In a more flexible version, the person throwing defines the 6 options or possible 'answers' . . . so that they're directly applicable at the time of throwing. For example, we may not be sure how to spend a free afternoon so might write down:

1. Go for a walk
2. Do some gardening
3. Read
4. Write
5. Meditate
6. Something else
. . . and then DO whichever options turns up from the dice throw.

Those of you who have read Luke Rhinehart's The Dice Man will immediately see similarities: we can define option to do things we don't want to do or have never done before, to get us out of a rut - like go to see a ballet or phone our mother-in-law and tell her "I love you". We can include anything we feel like . . . although (unlike the dice man) we advise that we only include options that we're prepared to accept the consequences of!

As with our other divinations, dice divis are used as just one tool for helping us let go our old habitual patterns . . . and to help us tune into what our soul, our higher self, would have us do. We see it as part of the process of relinquishing our ego control whilst accepting that we are part of 'life, the universe and everything'.

We also use the dice to help us understand ourselves and other people, to 'tune into' the higher truth of a situation. For example we can use the dice to help find out why we're avoiding taking a given course of action - saying visiting a new person or place. Options might include:

1. Fear of flying. (for example)
2. Fear of rejection.
3. Knowing we can't really afford it.
4. Attachment to places we normally go . . . . etc..

Whatever comes up helps us to face the truth and thus enable us to move on and live a fuller life.

Music Divi
The universe talks to me through music. I'll often wake up with a song or tune in my head . . . and listening to that piece of music will give me an answer to a question or a direction for the day. OK, so strictly it's not a 'divi' in that I haven't 'chosen a card at random', but it IS a way in which we can receive divine guidance . . . if we're open to it and aware of it. Two examples illustrate the value of such divine guidance:

I woke up with "Blackbird singing in the dead of night" ringing in my ears. It wouldn't go away, even as I got up. I mentioned it to Liz who realised it was on the Beatles 'White Album' which I'd brought her for Christmas. We played the track . . . and she started crying! The song's lyrics were relevant to how effects of events in her early life have continued into the present. So an excellent assistance to our on-going working through of our past!

A few mornings later it was Carol King's "It's too late baby" that sang insistently inside my head. Telling me to remind Liz of a delivery she needed to make. Tuning in, she too sensed the urgency of catching a bus to town and getting on with the day . . . and, because we heeded the song, it ended up NOT too late!

These are just some examples of how God, the universe, our higher self 'talks' to us. When we listen, our path is identified to us or smoothed over for us.

We hope this FAQ has helped you to appreciate the huge resource around us. If you'd like help using divis for your own life or to receive more guidance on divis and how to use them, you may be interested in one of Keith's  workshops.


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