15 Types of Divination: An Introduction

Posted by Bellisana 08/09/2019 0 Comment(s) Bellisana's Blog,

Hi everyone,

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

  • the practice of attempting to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge by occult or supernatural means.
  • augury; prophecy: The divination of the high priest was fulfilled.
  • perception by intuition; instinctive foresight.


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:

  1. Tarot: Uses a 72-card deck of Tarot Cards. Has a Major Arcana that aligns more closely with the Archetypes of Jung, and a Minor Arcana that shows us our daily lives
  2. I Ching: Also called the Book of Changes, an ancient Chinese divination text. This type of divination, in which six numbers between 6 and 9 are turned into a hexagram, and then looked up in the I Ching book. The passage reveals patterns of change through introspection.
  3. Tea leaves: Interpreting the meaning of tea leaves, coffee grounds, or wine sediment
  4. Palmistry: Reading and interpreting the lines and sometimes the structure of the hand.
  5. Scrying: Seeking a vision while gazing into a transparent, translucent, or reflective objects. Includes Crystal gazing
  6. Premonition:  A warning surrounding a future event, often an accident or disaster.
  7. Prophecy: A vision or revelation of the future, often provided by a priest as a conveyance from a deity.
  8. Ouija Board: A board printed with the alphabet and numbers that uses a planchette to spell out messages.
  9. Lithomancy: Divination using crystals or semi-precious stones, either interpreting the light from them or by casting them and interpreting their placement as they fall.
  10. Cybermancy: Divination through computer
  11. Bibliomancy/Stichomancy: Divination by randomly chosen passages in books, often religious books, but any kind that has meaning for you will work as well..
  12. Dowsing: using a rod to determine the location of water
  13. Geomancy: interpreting the lines and figures traced in the earth.
  14. Pallomancy: Divination using a pendulum to answer questions.

There is even one called

  1. Phyllorhodomancy: Interpreting the sound made by slapping a rose petal against the hand.


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.








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