What IS a Divination?
A Its a way of tapping into a higher truth,
of connecting to the divine wisdom.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
a practical level, be wary of becoming dependent on divis:
they are not meant as an alternative to developing our inner
What are the different sorts of divination and how can we
use them in our day to day lives?
A 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:
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
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.
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
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
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:
for a walk
2. Do some gardening
6. Something else
. . . and then DO whichever options turns up from the dice
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
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'.
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:
of flying. (for example)
2. Fear of rejection.
3. Knowing we can't really afford it.
4. Attachment to places we normally go . . . . etc..
comes up helps us to face the truth and thus enable us to
move on and live a fuller life.
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:
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!
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!
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.
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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