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Different Ways of Divination

Divination is the practice of determining the hidden significance or cause of events, sometimes foretelling the future, by various natural, psychological, and other techniques.

Methods Of Divination

Tarot Cards and Readings

To people unfamiliar with divination, it may seem that someone who reads Tarot cards is “predicting the future.” However, most Tarot card readers will tell you that the cards simply offer a guideline, and the reader is simply interpreting the probable outcome based upon the forces presently at work. Think of Tarot as a tool for self-awareness and reflection, rather than "fortune telling." Here are some of the basics to get you started on reading and using Tarot cards in your divinatory practice.

The Norse Runes

Long ago, according to the epic sagas of the Norse people, Odin created the Runes as a gift to mankind. These symbols, sacred and holy, were originally carved into stone. Over the centuries, they evolved into a collection of sixteen letters, each with a metaphorical and divinatory meaning. Learn how to make your own set of Runes, and how to read what they say.

Reading Tea Leaves

There are numerous methods of divination that people have used since time began. One of the most iconic is the notion of reading tea leaves. This divination method isn’t quite as ancient as some of the other popular and well-known systems, and appears to have begun around the 17th century.


A pendulum is one of the simplest and easiest forms of divination. It's a simple matter of Yes/No questions being asked and answered. Although you can purchase pendulums commercially, ranging from about $15 - $60, it's not hard to make one of your own. Typically, most people use a crystal or stone, but you can use any object that's got a bit of weight to it. There are several different ways you can use a pendulum for divination — you'd be surprised what you can learn with "yes" and "no" answers. The trick is to learn to ask the right questions.

Osteomancy- Reading Bones

The use of bones for divination, sometimes called osteomancy, has been performed by cultures the world over for thousands of years. While there are a number of different methods, the purpose is typically the same: to foretell the future utilizing the messages displayed in the bones.


Scrying, also known by various names such as "seeing" or "peeping", is the practice of looking into a suitable medium in the hope of detecting significant messages or visions.

Water Scrying

A very popular method of scrying involves the use of water. While this can be a large body of water, such as a pond or lake, many people simply use a bowl. Nostradamus used a large bowl of water as a scrying tool, and put himself into a trance to interpret the visions he saw. Many people also incorporate the reflections of the moon into their scrying—if you're someone who feels more aware and alert during the moon's fullest phase, this might be a good method for you to try!

Water scrying is sometimes referred to as hydromancy. In some forms of hydromancy, the practitioner has a bowl of water in front of them, and then touches the flat surface of the water with a wand to create a ripple effect. Traditionally, the wand is made from the branch of a bay, laurel, or hazel tree, and has resin or sap dried upon the ends. In some practices, the dried sap is run around the edge of the bowl, creating a resonating sound, which is incorporated into the scrying appearance.

Fire/Smoke Scrying

Fire scrying is exactly what it sounds like—staring into the flames of a fire to see what sort of visions might appear. As with other methods of scrying, this is often very intuitive. By relaxing your mind and focusing only on the flames, you may get messages telling you what it is you need to know.

Watch as the fire flickers and flashes, and look for images in the flames. Some people see clear and specific images, while others see shapes in the shadows, mere hints of what is within. Look for images that seem familiar or for those that may repeat in a pattern. You may even hear sounds as you watch the fire—and not just the crackling of wood, the roar of larger flames, the snapping of embers. Some people even report hearing faint voices singing or speaking in the fire.

Crystal Scrying

We’ve all seen images of the old fortune teller woman peering into a crystal ball, hissing, “Cross my palms with silver!” but the reality of it is that people have used crystals and glass for scrying for thousands of years. By focusing on the ball, which is usually made of a clouded glass, a medium may be able to see visions that foretell not only the future but unknown aspects of the present and past.

Mirror Scrying

Mirrors are easy to make, and easily transportable, so they’re a very practical scrying tool. Typically, a scrying mirror has a black backing on it, which allows for better reflective properties. Although you can certainly buy one, it's not hard to make your own.

When you are finished gazing into the mirror, make sure you have recorded everything you saw, thought and felt during your scrying session. Messages often come to us from other realms and yet we frequently don't recognize them for what they are. It's also possible that you could receive a message that's meant for someone else—if something doesn't seem to apply to you, think about who in your circle could be the intended recipient.

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