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I’ve had a few people ask about divination, so I thought that’s what we would talk about this week. Many people want to know what life has in store for them, and they have a wide variety of options to choose from to use to find out. There are people who will do any number of types of readings for you; however, most who follow a pagan path prefer to choose and use their own method, even if they do have others read for them on occasion. You may find that you read for others on occasion as well.
A definition is always a good place to start, so
Dictionary.com defines divination as
Anthropologists have discovered evidence of divination tracing back thousands of years, but with the coming of Christianity, the only accepted type of divination became church “prophecy,” and other kinds of fortune-telling and divination were branded evil. However, as with many things the church condemns, there are still many adherents, and pagans are often followers of those practices.
As a result, those practices are alive and well today for us to use to look at the circumstances surrounding us, what is to come if things continue on their current path, and even steps we can use to change the outcomes. These divination methods are our way to connect to the universal consciousness, the divine, and/or whatever divinity you connect with.
Most, importantly, however, it is a way to connect to our inner beings, that core within us that is part of the divine. Between the day to day business of going about life, and all the craziness going on today, many of us need some help to focus on opening ourselves to the eternal energies, so we use different divination tools to chart our paths.
The thing to remember about divination is that the outcomes revealed are simply the likely outcomes based on the current situation. If we don’t like what the cards tell us, we can act to change the outcomes. We chart our own paths.
Here are brief definitions of a few of the most common, so you can see what might interest you:
There is even one called
Because it’s so popular, we’ll talk about Tarot next time. If you have questions about Tarot or any other method of divination, please let me know. As time goes on, we’ll cover all the methods above and more.