Inspiring Enchantment & Illumination with Tarot & Intuitive Guidance

Tools of Divination

Evidence of clairvoyance, telepathy, or whatever, are not eccentric, isolated instances occurring in man’s experience, but are representative of natural patterns of everyday behavior that become invisible in your world because of the official picture of behavior and reality.
— Seth

Besides dream questing for our Imbolc intentions, another way to tap into your deep wisdom is to work with tools of divination, like the Tarot, the runes, scrying, and other methodologies.

Many traditions of the Craft require that their initiates choose and become adepts of some divination method. No wonder, then, that oracular materials like the cards, or the stones, are often associated with Witchcraft and Paganism. The tools themselves, of course, are neutral, and work regardless of your religious beliefs. But I daresay most all Pagans and Witches have a divination preference, if not specialty.

So what is divination, anyway? Where does its information come from?

I like the way that Wiccan High Priestess of the Arcadian tradition, Lady Selene, discusses the matter of divination. “Lots of people think it’s a way of avoiding responsibility – if the future is preordained, we might as well go back to bed.

“Of course, that’s not it at all. Divination is the use of any one of several methods to obtain information which is not directly accessible to the conscious mind of the person asking the question. Whether you use cards, crystals, a pendulum, ink, lead, dice, the flight of birds or anything else, what you are really doing is opening your end of a channel to higher wisdom.”

She continues with this daring declaration, “I consider the ‘actual’ source of that wisdom irrelevant and immaterial; it could be one’s own subconscious, the collective unconscious, the Gods’ will, telepathic insight, or a big computer buried in the Balkans. It’s still additional information which is not as tainted by ego and intellect’s limitations as most.

“So what do we do with it? The same things we do with any other information; add it to what we already know and develop a synthesis that can help us do our decision-making.”

Exactly! We do not follow the directive of any divination information as if we are robots. But I have seen first-hand how such methodologies vastly increase our awareness, offering us additional options and clarity about our situations, in order that we may make wiser choices. But those choices are always up to us!

Since divination is the method of wisdom-seeking that has been, not only my preference, but my profession, I may be a teensy bit prejudiced in favor of it. But as I have matured and deepened my various practices, I have also increasingly found my sessions straying outside the lines of conventional interpretation.

In other words, probably like many of you reading this, it is becoming more and more common for me to directly access extraordinary information that “comes through” and which has little or nothing to do with traditional divination, by the book.

More about this tomorrow.

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  • January 29, 2009, 11:57 am Maritzia

    To me, divination is about contacting/talking to the Divine. Rather than a way to know the future, it’s a spiritual tool to help me better understand my self and the circumstances of my life (or the self-knowledge or life of the person I’m doing the reading for). Like anything else, it’s just a tool. Much like Lectio Divina was when I was in the convent.

    The tools used in our spiritual journey do not define our path, they just help us walk it, regardless of the path we actuallyw alk.

  • January 29, 2009, 2:47 pm Beth Owl's Daughter

    Exactly! 🙂

  • January 30, 2009, 9:55 am James Wells

    Not only does divination remind us to listen to our most divine self, by acting discerningly on its wisdom we become even more divine!

  • January 31, 2009, 6:51 am Beth Owl's Daughter

    James – how lovely to see you. Beautifully said! Thank you for visiting – I hope you will regularly!