What is Divination?
Divination simply means “to foresee; or predict”. Throughout the annals of history there have been many shamans, prophets, seers, priests and the likes that have used some form of divination to connect the Spirit World to humanity for guidance and inspiration.
The word divination is from the word divinare which means to “be inspired by a god”. The gods and higher beings have instructed humans on how to connect with the Divine for eons. This is why every culture and civilization has at least one form of divination.
You can attribute signs, synchronicites, sequence of events, or omens to various incorporeal beings or you can say it’s a product of your subconscious mind or the collective unconscious; regardless of the source, divination is very practical for assisting one with decision-making and preparation.
Truly, all we need is a heightened level of intuition to make our soul-journ easier and more fulfilling. Any system or tool is only an extension of that which we have within our true Self. Our true Self is a divine being that is light years ahead of our human brain and intellect. Divination will help you increase your own psychic awareness and intuition.
This article is intended to introduce metaphysics students to divination and outline some common forms of predictive sciences that anyone can use. Though there are many forms of divination, we are concentrating on those that can be used for spiritual self development.
Types & Methods of Divination
Altars – Altars are a gateway or portal from our earthly dimension to the spirit and divine worlds. You can have an ancestral altar or altars dedicated to specific deities, angels, ascended masters and other higher beings. Altars allows us a chance to speak to Spirit directly.
Astrology – Many people know their sun sign (eg. Leo, Taurus, Capricorn etc.). But, Astrology is more in depth than what the newspaper horoscope may portray. There are also different types of astrology including Chinese, Indian, Western, Sri Lankan, and more. Astrology helps us to know ourselves better and sense the energies of future events.
Automatic writing – Automatic writing is exactly what the name entails. Everyone has experienced times when they were writing and it seems as if you are not consciously doing it. Rather you contribute this to Spirit coming through or your subconscious mind at work, automatic writing is an effective way to channel higher information.
Dream interpretation – The dreamstate is a medium between our world and other dimensional realities. We are constantly downloaded information while we are asleep. Write down whatever impressions you receive upon waking up. Practice dream recall and decoding the symbolic language of dreams.
Gematria – Gematria is a Jewish system assigning numeric values to words and phrases. Names, places, and things can be broken down to a number. This number will give you the energy of the corresponding word or phrase. By knowing the energy of words and phrases, you can see how it truly is and/or how it will affect you.
Hypnotism – Hypnosis is a practice of quieting the conscious mind so the subconscious mind can speak. There have been many reports of people seeing their past lives, future lives, and solutions to problems during a hypnotherapy session. Hypnosis is very effective for shedding light on lifelong issues that usually have an influence from previous incarnations.
I Ching – I Ching, also known as the Book of Changes, is an ancient Chinese form of divination.
Ifa – Ifa is a divination system found in Nigeria’s Yoruba tradition.
Literomancy – Literomancy is a form of fortune-telling based on written works of art. One can decode any written material to conclude a message from the text.
Numerology – There are 2 main forms of numerology, the Chaldean and Pythagorean systems. Numerology is the science of breaking down words to usually a single digit. Each single digit number has an archetypal energy that can be associated with the word being used. Also, Numerology reduces a compound digit number to a single digit. The exception is repeating digit numbers like 11, 55, 99.
Oracle cards – Oracle cards are a way of gathering archetypal energies for any question one may have. There are different types of oracle cards from angelic messages to life purpose. All center around providing clarity for an array of situations.
Palmistry – Palmistry, or hand reading, is a way to read the book of your soul. There is much information in every area of the hand incuding the shape, lines and marks, finger length and so on. An experienced palm reader can tell you about past, present, and even future events of your life. Additionally, this includes dermatoglyphics or fingerprint reading.
Scrying – Commonly associated with crystal balls, scrying can use a bowl of water, a lake, a picture or anything else that one can stare at. The act of staring at an object, especially one with spiritual ties, allows one to have visions and insight into pretty much anything. The visions one has while scrying have been attributed to gods, demons, spirits, subconscious mind and hosts of other entities depending upon culture and spiritual beliefs.
Tarot cards – The tarot is similar to oracle cards except the tarot has a set form of symbols. The deck is divided into two parts: major and minor arcana. The major arcana are a powerfully specific archetypal energy while the minor arcana are an emotionally specific sub-energy of the major. The tarot is more of a character-type archetype that has a character and situation for every part in the movie of your life.
Written by S. Ali Myers
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