Divination Arts

"As in the body, so in the Soul, Open the Doors." (An overview on quite a few different methods of "Fortune Telling")

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Divination (from Latin divinare "to foresee, to be inspired by a god", related to divinus, divine) is the attempt to gain insight into a question or situation by way of a standardized process or ritual. Diviners ascertain their interpretations of how a querent should proceed by reading signs, events, or omens, or through alleged contact with a supernatural agency. Divination can be seen as a systematic method with which to organize what appear to be disjointed, random facets of existence such that they provide insight into a problem at hand. If a distinction is to be made between divination and fortune-telling, divination has a formal or ritual and often social character, usually in a religious context, as seen in traditional African medicine; while fortune-telling is a more everyday practice for personal purposes. Particular divination methods vary by culture and religion.

Divination is often dismissed by sceptics, including the scientific community, as being mere superstition: in the 2nd century, Lucian devoted a witty essay to the career of a charlatan, Alexander the false prophet, trained by "one of those who advertise enchantments, miraculous incantations, charms for your love-affairs, visitations for your enemies, disclosures of buried treasure, and successions to estates"[5], though most Romans believed in dreams and charms. It is considered a sin in most Christian denominations and Judaism.

According to Zohar, Naamah is the mother of divination.

Helpful Hints for Scrying & Divinatory Methods
Remove yourself from :
~Outside noise.
~Mental noise (thoughts)
~Physical distractions (discomfort, other humans, animals etc.)
~Calm and center just like you would for a spell, wait until everything stills and quiets in your mind and surroundings. Now take deep breaths and begin to approach your scrying object (visually…you should already have it ready).

~Relaxation is the key, if you think you see something, DON'T PANIC! Simply breath through it. My first time I panicked. I thought it was just too strange to be happening. Do a mental check…and relax.

Other things that are helpful:
~dim lights/candle
~relax, breath deep
~look through the image, not at it-make sure there are no reflections (or at the least amount you can manage).
~let the image come to you and don't worry if it doesn't come right away (or even your first time out).
~don't panic!~write down any images/feelings/emotions that come to you during your scry

Psychologist Julian Jaynes categorized divination according to the following four types:

* Omens and omen texts. "The most primitive, clumsy, but enduring the simple recording of sequences of unusual or important events." (1976:236) Chinese history offers scrupulously documented occurrences of strange births, the tracking of natural phenomena, and other data. Chinese governmental planning relied on this method of forecasting for long-range strategy. It is not unreasonable to assume that modern scientific inquiry began with this kind of divination; Joseph Needham's work considered this very idea.

* Sortilege (cleromancy). This consists of the casting of lots, or sortes, whether with sticks, stones, bones, beans, coins, or some other item. Modern playing cards and board games developed from this type of divination.

* Augury. Divination that ranks a set of given possibilities. It can be qualitative (such as shapes, proximities, etc.): for example, dowsing (a form of rhabdomancy) developed from this type of divination. The Romans in classical times used Etruscan methods of augury such as hepatoscopy (actually a form of extispicy). Haruspices examined the livers of sacrificed animals. Note that augury is normally considered to specifically refer to divination by studying the flight patterns of birds.

* Spontaneous. An unconstrained form of divination, free from any particular medium, and actually a generalization of all types of divination. The answer comes from whatever object the diviner happens to see or hear. Some religions use a form of bibliomancy: they ask a question, riffle the pages of their holy book, and take as their answer the first passage their eyes light upon. Other forms of spontaneous divination include reading auras and New Age methods of Feng Shui such as "intuitive" and Fuzion.

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Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 16, 2011 at 1:31pm
Water Divination

Holding a stone, sit in front of a bowl of water. As a question with a yes/no answer. Drop the stone into the water. Carefully count the ripple that it makes. If there is an even amount of ripples (2, 4, 6, 8, etc.) the answer is yes, if there is an odd amount (3, 5, 7, 9, etc.) the answer is no.
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 16, 2011 at 1:31pm

Take a sprig of rosemary, ask a yes/no question seven times. Then pluck a leaf off of the sprig while saying yes, do it again while saying no. Continue to alternate until the sprig is bare. The last leaf you pluck shall reveal your answer
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 16, 2011 at 1:30pm
Hair Divination

Throw some hair into a fire. It is said to be a sign of long life if the hair flames vigorously. It is said to be an omen of ill health if it simply smolders away.
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 28, 2011 at 1:29pm
Imbolc is a fallow season, when the earth is sleeping and dormant, and for many folks who follow earth- and nature-based religions, it's a time to rest and rejuvenate. In some magical traditions, this is the season where we work on goal setting and divination to see what's lying in store for us once the earth wakes back up. Many people are familiar with Norse runes as a tool of divination, but did you know that with a little practice, you can use any set of stones for guidance?
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 18, 2011 at 2:37pm
Fill  the caludron haif full of fresh water   Float a few buttercup or marrigoldpetals in it.  Light your incense. be careful that candles you use do not reflect in the cauldron or your eyes. Stir the cauldron 3 times with your  ritual knife. while chanting "into the threads of time i cast my thoughts, to catch a glimpse of what will be,O Gods of asgard bring into my mind the lovely gift of prophecy" lay aside your knife look deepinto the cauldron. The prophecies may come in visions , impressions or dreams. this best to be done on the full moon
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 18, 2011 at 11:59am
Snow Oracle

Need a yes or no answer to a question? Give this a shot!

Go outside and form TWO SNOWBALLS of the same size while you are thinking about your question.

Bring them inside and place them each into their own BOWLS. One BOWL is for YES and the other is NO.

Which ever SNOWBALL melts the fastest in a 1 hr period is the answer.
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 11, 2011 at 3:05pm
Bouillon Beau Oracle

Trying to decide between two or more loves? Give this a try!

Fill ONE (non metal) CONTAINER with HOT WATER. Take TWO (or more depending) BOUILLON CUBES (broth) - each one representing a lover.

Drop the CUBES into the WATER. Wait 3 MIN. Check the CUBES. Which ever one dissolved faster is the beau for you!
Comment by CjGuzzi.moaw on November 7, 2010 at 10:08pm
Drago says this is a good place for me. As a Celtic Druid I use runestones. I have studied Tarot and the window of the Self. I would enjoy an oppourtunity. To join your group. Awaiting your response. Rev. cj Guzzi. Call me MAC
Comment by AZureGray on October 31, 2010 at 7:21pm
My favorite kind of divination is the Druid Sticks of the Ogam alphabet. I have had my sticks for a very long time. It uses the Celtic Trees as its divination technique. Each tree, bush, vine is represented by a letter, and it has a particular meaning. In two of D.J.Conways books, Oak,Ash,and Thorn and, Advanced Celtic Shamanismis the Ogam Alphabet with the corresponding definitions, it also has the Celtic god/goddess, stones, month, color and planet for each letter.

At Samhain I do a Branches of the Tree reading for my family members and myself for the new year. I have done this particular stick layout for others at different times of the year as well. But I prefer to it for myself now as it gives me a peek at the upcoming year. Personally I think the reason I prefer the sticks is genetic memory...I am of English/Scots/Irish descent.
Have a happy Samhain everyone,
Goddess Bless,
Comment by AZureGray on September 26, 2010 at 6:26pm
What a wonderful group. My favorite divination method is the Druid sticks...
Blessings to all,

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