I don't know about you but with the New Year just around the corner, my mind shifts to looking into those new energies by way of divination! If you look up the definition of divination on Google you get the answer: The practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means. I’d like to elaborate on that by defining it differently. In this article, divination is the practice and art of obtaining information not consciously known by tapping into existing patterns of energy (through the use of various mediums such as tarot, runes, tea leaves etc) that have the propensity of manifesting -or have already manifested. Does this mean that using divination can tell us the future? Well, yes and no. What divination can do is read energy. Since the future is ever-changing, it depends on not only our own choices but things out of our control, only part of the pattern is often seen. Simply put, there are a lot of variables in the way the future unfolds. Another way to look at it is in this scenario: A person sits down in front of you wanting to know if they are going to get into Harvard. The first question should be: Have they bothered to apply to Harvard yet? If there is no energy put forth to set the pattern into motion, it is unlikely that the divination tool can tap into that clear yes and no. Exceptional readers may lay the cards and with clarity perceive that there hasn’t been enough groundwork laid to make the inquiry in the first place.
My first experience with divination (1999) involved a woman who was able to use her cards to tell me a secret that no one living knew. It convinced me that it worked, that it was real and more importantly -not all people were charlatans trying to take advantage of people. My mind reeled with questions. How could a person pull information from the air or was it from the mind? Unintentionally, I’d set out on a quest to have a deeper comprehension of the forces behind the skill and art of divination.
There are many forms of divination: tarot, runes, scrying in stones, black mirrors and colored glass or stones. To find what works require dedication and practice. When I first began, I used tarot. I later discovered that I preferred oracle, simple symbols and runes to work with. Asking what sort of divination is right for you is the same as asking what kind of channel to use to receive energy that is being communicated to you. Perhaps your style of divination will be reading bones, tea or coffee grounds or even looking at cloud patterns. Ultimately, with a little experimentation and practice, I found what worked for me for divination and what didn’t. Above, I refer to divination as both a skill and an art; it is so because it requires practice. At some point, it is possible to develop the ability to read energy beyond the use of the tool which echoes the truth that ultimately, the power comes from deep inside -we just need a little help sometimes to tap into the energy. When considering the New Year, I simply focus on the twelve-month cycle and pull one rune or card to represent the energy of the coming months. I make sure to write down the reading and place it in a safe place to reference at the beginning of each month. Happy New Year and happy readings!