Many of our temple members practice some form or other of divination to seek guidance and we sometimes include the practice in our rituals. The word literally means to “let the divine realm manifest.” Divination connects you with your subconscious mind or inner knowledge. Some also believe it serves as a link to divine wisdom or that answers lie embedded in the cosmic web that weaves together the seen and unseen worlds. Divination gives us access to information that we might not perceive through ordinary means.
Astrology has been around for as long as humankind has watched the movements of stars and other objects in the skies. To link the movement of the planets and stars to our own human lives isn’t as far fetched an idea as it might seem on the surface. After all if the heavens are a macrocosm to our own physical being, the microcosm, then seeking guidance in them as a mirror to our existence has a great deal of merit. The word astrology means “knowledge of the stars” and an experienced astrologer sees the stars and planets as representing life forces which are experienced by each of us. It’s more than just knowing your sun sign on the zodiac and reading your daily horoscope in the newspaper though. Getting a personalized astrology chart gives you a much deeper insight into your personal circumstances and influences.
Although these days often seen used as being synonymous with divination it was originally the art of foretelling the future by means of signs, particularly by the flight of birds. Used here, we mean it as interpretation of omens based on the appearance and behavior of animals in general.
“The western form of Numerology, the Pythagorian system, is among the most enduring and popular of all self-help methods ever created. The Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Hebrews, Egyptians, Phoenicians, early Christians, Mayans and Incas all employed number systems to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the universe.
Pythagorian Numerology was organized by Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras, who combined the mathematical disciplines of the Arabic, Druid, Phoenician, Egyptian and Essene sciences. Since then, it has continued to evolve. It formed the spiritual basis for many secret societies, such as the Rosicrusians, Masons, Anthroposophists and others.
Today, its popularity continues to grow. Numerology columns now appear regularly in newspapers and magazines. Numerologists are consulted with increasing regularity for everything from personal romance to business decisions. As the industrialized world becomes more computerized and dependent on numerical systems, the fascination with this ancient spiritual science only grows.”*
* The preceding is an excerpt from ‘Numerology: Key to Your Inner Self’ by Hans Decoz’s.
Palm reading, palmistry or chiromancy, is practiced all over the world. It is said to have come from Indian astrology and Roma fortune-telling. The purpose is to deduce a person’s character and/or future by studying the lines in the palm of their hand. The four major lines are: The heart line running horizontally nearest the fingers, the head line also running horizontally underneath the heart line, the life line running in a curve from near the web between the thumb and the forefinger down towards the center of the palm ending above the wrist and the fate line which only some people have crossing the life and heart line in a vertical line parallel with the life line.
The word rune itself comes from the old Norse word Runa meaning a secret or mystery. No one knows for sure just how old the runes are but symbols similar to runes have been found in cave markings from the late Bronze Age. Their use in ritual and as an Oracle for consultation probably predates their use for writing or the two uses may have come about simultaneously. Out temple High Priest posts a new rune from his personal daily divination each day on the forum. If runes interest you then you might also find his article on Runes My Way worthwhile.
Scrying is accomplished by focusing your gaze on some object, like a crystal ball or a black mirror in which you can see symbols or maybe scenes that might give you insight on the past, present or future. Scrying has a long history as a valued divination skill and its history may go back as far as the dawn of spiritual ritual itself according to some sources.
Tarot cards are a great tool for guidance and divination. The symbology and artwork gives each card a meaning of its own. Picking a tarot deck is a very personal matter for some and many people become very attached to their deck of choice. The more you practice with your deck and the more familiar you become with the cards the better your readings will be. Like other forms of divination, it’s a highly intuitive thing, so while books and charts are great tools when you are initially learning them, the best way to actually become proficient with your cards is to handle them, and feel what they are telling you. The so called Rider Waite deck (artwork by Pamela Colman Smith) is the most used deck and it’s format is the standard for many other decks. It is made of of 22 Major Arcana cards and 56 Minor Arcana cards for a total of 78 cards in the deck.
Also known as tasseography, tasseomancy or tassology is a divination method that interprets patterns in tea leaves, coffee grounds, or wine sediments at the bottom of a cup. The word tasseography derives from the French word tasse for cup, which itself comes from the Arabic word tassa. In the Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology, Fifth Edition, Vol. 2, edited by J. Gordon Melton, notes:
“After a cup of tea has been poured, without using a tea strainer, the tea is drunk or poured away. The cup should then be shaken well and any remaining liquid drained off in the saucer. The diviner now looks at the pattern of tea leaves in the cup and allows the imagination to play around [with] the shapes suggested by them. They might look like a letter, a heart shape, or a ring. These shapes are then interpreted intuitively or by means of a fairly standard system of symbolism, such as: snake (enmity or falsehood), spade (good fortune through industry), mountain (journey of hindrance), or house (change, success).”
There are many other methods of divination to choose from. We advise you to explore as many as you are inspired to and use those which work for you.