of divination. The longing for knowledge of what the future will hold is common
to all societies and to all peoples; traditions of divination run across cultures,
nations and time itself. The desire to know where our footsteps will fall next,
the assurance that decisions we have made are the very best, the yearning to
know that things will get better, and if they do not, what exactly to do is as
common as the desire to eat, to be sheltered and to be loved.
Divination is an act of faith, the tools by which we seek the portents of the
future are many and varied. Here we presents a dictionary of divination tools.
Science is currently speculating on the existence of a fourth dimension, that
of time. If theories prove to be right and time, past, present and future,
co-exists, there is certainly reason to believe that many can break through the
veil between history and the future.
Some have natural psyhic ability, others rely on keen intuition and sensitive
appraisals of their surroundings, using their knowledge of human nature to make
predictions which are used to guide them through life.
Unfinished matters from previous incarnations may also be affection your
progress in this life: seeing a past-life therapist who specialises in
regressions can clear a blockage or help you to understand the nature of your
Ultimately, deep self-knowledge will also help you "divine" the
future. Then, if you add tools to the brew, you are raising the kind of
consciousness necessary to tap into the deep knowledge of the collective
unconscious and the pyshic ether.
The important element in all this work is your self and your intent. The power
to divine the future is within you -- with the aid of the tool most empathetic
with your needs, your character, and with which you feel the most affinity, you
are on your way to working in one of the oldest magical traditions there is.
The Tarot, a roaring fire, the cool waters of a lake can all be as effective as
Destiny, in tandem with will, personal choice and reflection will decide how
the wheel of fate will turn for you. Discovering your life direction may be as
simple as preparing your psyche, then applying any of the methods that are
listed here. You merely need to practise again and again, until the raising of
destiny-consciousness becomes second nature.
ASTROLOGY : The art of studying the
destiny of an individual according to the placement of the heavenly bodies
(planets, moon, sun) at the time of their birth. This allows for intricate
analysis of personality as well as ofr long and short term predictions. It also
enables the student to predict the compatibility of partners, friends and
professionals to the individual. Studied in both the west and the east,
astrology is a complex science: far more attuned to specific needs when
seriously undertaken than the daily forecasts in newspaper hint at.
AREOMANCY : Predicting the weather by the
observation of animals and their behaviour. Used regularly in indigenous tribal
peoples -- a science which is canny and accurate.
AMNIOMANCY: The rare and arcane method of
divination by studying the remnants od the mother's placenta over the head of
the newborn baby. A Complete caul is said to be a protection against drowning.
Rarely used in contemporary culture, it was particularly popular in Victoria
England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
ANTHROSCOPY: Attributing meanings to facial
features to determine the individual's luck for the future -- certain shapes,
lines and characteristics having fixed meanings. Popular in the Orient in the
19th century, later used by early anthropologists of the Victorian era -- was
used in a sexist and in a racist fashion on many occasions.
AUSTROMANCY : Testing the direction of the
wind for clues of the future. This works by the attribution of qua;ities to the
directions -- a common feature of both arcane and contemporary Witchcraft.
Related to the art of weather control.
: Arrows are used to predict the
outcome to an event - if the arrow hits the mark, the event will be a positive
one which will bring goodfortune and happiness to the questioner.
BIBLIOMANCY : The art of randomly selecting
passages or paragraphs from books in order to detect prtents of the future.
This seems rare, but think of the recent spate of books where sayings are
printed on each page; the reader is then expected to flick through randomly to
a page and read the words upon that page in order to determine what to make of
their current situation. The
Advanced Guide for the Soul
is only one of
many such books which have become new-age best sellers in recent years.
BOTANOMANCY: A method of divination by
which the future is foretold by using plants -- either judging time frames from
the life-cycle of the plant, taken it as a good or ill omen, or by using the
properties of herbs, oils and flower essences to bring on a pyshic state of
CAPNOMANCY: The shape of plumes of smoke
from ritual fires -- sometimes aided by handfuls of magical herbs being thrown
onto the fire.
CARTOMANCY : This group contains both those
who tell fortunes from ordinary decks of playing cards, which developed from
the tarot deck, said to hold the secrets of Druidic, Egyptain, Hebrew and
Indain magic. Earliest Tarot packs were Chinese and Koren -- the earliest
European packs were recorded in the 13th century. Within the treasures of the
Valley of the Kings, cards resembling the Major Arcana were found -- Aleister
Crowley believed they were derived from the Egyptian book of magic, the
, upon which he based his own deck. There are 22 Major Arcana or major
cards, which represent the 22 Mysteries, and 56 Minor Arcana, or suits, which
represent earth, air, fire and water, people and material, and spiritual
situations we encounter throughout life. According to some tarot scholars, the
Major Arcana represent Causes, while the Minor Arcana represents Effects.
CATAPTROMANCY: Using mirrors to promote a
trance-like state, in order to see deep within the soul of the viewer: visions
of the future may then be produced. Mirrors are often believed to have magical
powers, and are often used in spells and rituals to prmote an altered state of
mind. Generally speaking, any reflective surface may be used for this method.
Studying the shapes formed when molten wax is dropped into cool water -- much
the same as determining the future by the shape of tea leaves or of coffee
grounds left in a pot.
CLAIRVOYANCE : Second sight -- being able to
have a clear image, as a film or scene being played out in the mind of the
Witch, in which events of the future are revealed to the seer. Literally means
CHEIROMANCY : Using the hands -- the laying
on to promote visions, or by assessing the size, shape and qualities of the
hands; similar in this to palmistry, or "reading hands".
CLAIRAUDIENCE : Hearing voices which speak of
coming events, or literally listening in to the future -- being something of a
human radio, picking up the energy field of what has been destined.
CLEDOMANCY : Attributing significance to
off-the-cut comments or to seemingly meaningless events. Accidental
insight -- sometimes not knowing why one knows
that something is meaningful. Not dissimilar to "Freudian slips".
: Divining rods are used to
locate bodies of water; and sometimes are used over objects meaningful to the
individual to assess the outcome of the future.
DREAMS: Dreams have long been held to
contain fragments of our futures, and thousands of books and years of study
have been devoted to attempting to understand and develop a universally
coherent dictionary of symbology for dreams. It is my opinion that we are our
dreams best interpreters -- for it is within our subconscious that the key to
unlock the hidden meanings of our dreams lie. To rely too closely on rote
interpretations could send us in meaningless or random directions that take us
only a very little way down the path of understanding.
Nevertheless there are common symbologies -- water representing the emotions,
for instance. Dream interpreters recommend the keeping of a dream diary to get
intimate with the subterranean currents of your psyche, leading to a greater
understanding of the self and therefore of the outcome of the situations the querent
finds themselves within.
: The raising of clairvoyant
energy by whirling till one loses their balance -- for instance, the Sufi
dervishes use such whirling in their religious ceremonies.
HARUSPICY : reading portents amidst the
guts of dead animal -- common in ritual sacrifices of the ancient world.
I CHING : The revered Chinese art of
divination, which is also a complete philosophical system which takes a
lifetime (or lifetimes) to truly master. Based on the principles of Yin and
Yang (the masculine feminine principles, passive and active), Yang is
represented by a sort straight line, Ying by a broken, short line.
The I Ching can be different to master, so turning to one of the many scholarly
translations will promote understanding.
LAMPODOMANCY : The divination of a flame from
a torch or a candle or a fire will point the seeker in their future direction.
MOLEOSOPHY : Moles on the body -- their
site, colour and size dictate the meaning. Used infamously, and inaccurately,
by the witch-hunters during the burning times.
NECROMANCY : Messages from the souls
of the departed -- Ouija boards are commonly used for this. Reached fever pitch
during the spiritualist movement, led by Madame Blavastky.
ONEIROMANCY : Dreams Interpretation ( see
By using the letters of a
person's name -- one of Linda Goodman's astrology texts' makes great use of
OPHIOMANCY : Using the behaviour of
PALMISTRY : The palms of the hands are
lined -- the art of palm reading relies on the Witch knowing the way in which
to decode the meaning of each hand. The left indicates the individual's
potential: the skills, qualities and stumbling blocks fate has dealt them; the
right indicates the lessons being learned and the way in which the person is
using their talents and being held back by their personal challenges. Fingers,
the palm, the lines upon it, the hands' size, colour and temperature are all
linked in an intricate dance of meaning.
PHRENOLOGY : The shape of a person's head
-- reading lumps and bumps.
PSYCHOMETRY: With this method, one uses an
item belonging to the person you wish to know more about, or the querent
delivers an item to the diviner so that they can forecast the future on their
behalf. Usually a piece of jewellery (not antique) is used, preferably one that
is worn by the person at all times, soaking up their aura, in which the seeds
of the future are already sown.
Some diviner's get in touch with the querent's guides via the jewellery: these
guides then offer information to questions put to them. Others simply deliver
the messages they receive when handling an object. These may be received in the
form of visions, voices or even sensations, depending on the particular talents
of the seer.
PYROMANCY: Seeing shapes and visions
RHABDOMANCY: Using a magical wand.
examination of dung.
SCRYING : Using a crystal to divine
destiny -- the traditional Crystal Ball of the gypsies.
oracles, or people possessed by the God or Goddess. Typical of ancient cultures
are oracles like the Delphic Oracle, or Cassandra, whose warnings of
catastrophe went unheeded.
: The tossing of magical sticks,
and assessing the patterns in which they fall.
habits of animals reveal to some the future path for human beings.