Basic Divination Methods and Devices




Tarot cards have been around for centuries.  They first appeared as playing cards in Italy and France in the 14th or 15th century for a game called tarocchini.  Through time, the name evolved into Tarot and disassociated itself from the game.  This method has been handed down and now is popular in everything from the Lord of the Rings to the New Age phenomenon.

The Tarot deck consists of 78 different tarot cards, divided into the Major and Minor Arcanas or mysteries.  The Major Arcana consist of 22 named cards, The Fool, The Magician, the High Priestess, The Empress, The Emperor, The Hierophant, The Lovers, The Chariot, Strength, The Hermit, The Wheel of Fortune, Justice, The Hanged Man, Death,  Temperance, The Devil, The Tower, The Star, The Moon, The Sun, Judgment and The World.  The minor Arcana consists of 14 cards, Ace (one), Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Page, Knight, Queen, and King from each of four suits, Cups, Wands, Swords, and Pentacles, from the Italian card game Scopa.

To do a reading, the intuitor spreads the cards into a “spread” after a ritual shuffling.  The spread may consist of three cards for a fast reading, or many cards arranged in a variety of layouts.  The position and orientation of the card provides its meaning along with the cards that surround it.  The intuitor uses the Tarot cards with the techniques of cold reading to give the cards meaning. 

The intuitor should learn the basic meanings of the cards to aid in the reading.  For instance, many cards (including The Fool, Death, and The Wheel) can mean "change" or “obstruction” depending on the placement.  No matter what position the card is in the spread, the intuitor can make a completely acceptable statement.  The intuitor can use the idea of a change in the context of the reading by saying:

“The position of the Fool card and its proximity to the 7 of cups shows that there was an abrupt change sometime in your childhood that disorientated you.  Do you still think of it now as an adult?”


Palmistry or Chiromancy is the art of using the analysis of the palm and hand to determine the character of the individual and the foretelling their fate.  Specifically, chirology is the telling fortunes by lines on the palm of the hand or palm reading.

Palmistry was practiced in many ancient cultures, such as India, China and Egypt.  The first book on the subject appeared in the 15th century.  The church tried to put an end to palm reading in the fifteenth century by forbidding its practice and confiscating all written material on the subject.  Palmistry can be traced back many thousands of years shown by the many pictures of hands drawn on cave walls.  The ancient Greeks began practicing palmistry on a regular basis, thus making it a popular practice among the people of that time.  Britain outlawed palmistry in the 18th century.  Interest in palmistry began to make a comeback in the mid 1800s.  Today, it is once again a popular form of divination.

There are many ways to interpret the lines, mounds and shape of the hand.  This section is not intended to be a full guide to palmistry but the give the intuitor an overview of the method.  In the reading, the palmist claims to be able to read the various lines on the hand by looking at what are called the major lines, the life line, the head line, and the heart line.

According to palmists, which hand is read is significant.  The left hand reflects the inner person, how the person feels and perceives the world around them.  The left hand expresses the sitter’s past.  It is part of the sitter’s personal development.  The right hand reflects the outer person, how people and situations affect the sitter.  The right hand is connected the future of the sitter because it is influenced by the sitter’s social environment and spiritual connections.

In the reading, the intuitor uses the techniques of cold reading to point out the meanings of the various lines and their characteristics, their interaction with the other lines and mounds and other observations that apply to the sitter.  Things the intuitor should look for during a reading are the length, breaks in the line, and the proximity to other features.

The Major Lines

The Life Line begins at the edge of the hand between the thumb and forefinger and arcs downward toward the wrist around the thumb area.  It identifies health, both current and past, or the interaction of health with its interaction with other lines such as the heart or head.

The Head Line begins near the beginning of the Life Line, often merged with it, and travels across the hand away from the thumb.  It represents the strength of the sitter’s mental and the intellectual style.  The depth of the line indicates the depth of thoughts of the sitter.  The line could be curvy (intuitive thinker), straight (logical thinker) or broken (flaky thinker).  The intuitor should always remember to use the Fine Flattery statement here.

The Heart Line begins at the edge of the hand under the little finger and moves across the palm above the head line.  The Heart Line reveals the sitter’s the style of relating to other people, their sensitivity to other individuals and their emotional history.  If the Heart Line sits low in the hand, it is an indication that the heart rules the head.  The line could be curvy (emotional), straight (unemotional) or broken (open to many people).

The Minor Lines

The Saturn Line or Fate/destiny line begins just above the wrist and moves up the hand to the middle finger.  It may not present itself on every sitter’s hand.  This line reveals the amount of personal success the sitter may have in a particular event, either past or present.  It may also represent the sitter’s attitude in handling responsibility.

The Line of Apollo or Sun line appears under the ring finger and moves vertically towards the wrist.  The presence this line indicates happiness, achievement or creative talent.

The Line of Mercury starts at the base of the hand and runs upward to beneath the little finger.  According the books of palmistry, it could be associated with health, inner dialogue, self-improvement or business sense.  The intuitor can use this line as needed in the reading

The Mounts

The mounts of the hand are those fleshy parts directly below the fingers, the thumb, and the fleshy part of the hand below the little finger.  The specific locations and meanings vary from book to book, but below are the most general meanings.  To gain credibility, the intuitor should feel these areas during the reading. 

The Mound of Jupiter is located at the base of the forefinger and is associated with ambition and pride.  The Mound of Saturn is located at the base of the second finger and is associated with reliability and responsibility.  The Mound of Apollo is located at the base of the ring finger the intuitor can associate it with enthusiasm, creativity, and people skills.  The Mound of Mercury is located at the base of the little finger and is generally associated with verbal skills, quick wit, and mental alertness.  It sometimes is associated with health and physical wellness.  The Mound of Venus is located in the fleshy part of the hand at the base of the thumb and is associated with energy, sympathy, and generosity.  The Mound of Luna or the Mound of the Moon is the thicker part of the hand directly opposite of the thumb.  It can be associated with intuition, love, sensitivity, emotion, and travel.


Man has used astrology since he has looked upwards to the heavens into the stars.  Its history goes back to Babylon times in the 3000’s BCE (Before Current Era).  The history of almost every culture has references to Astrology.  It faded from popularity for a while and returned many times.  Astrology was one of the earliest sciences and is the ancestor of astronomy, be careful not to mix the two words. 

The basic premise of this astrology all things in the heavens are interconnected.  The positions and interactions of the stars, sun, moon and planets combine to control our destiny here on earth.  They give information about the personalities, karma, interactions and futures of us mortal humans.  Astrologers create charts of the position of the object in the celestial sphere and read the influences they have over us.

The intuitor should learn the different zodiac signs and some of the traits that go with it.  There are many books and articles written on the various signs; the brief explanations of the signs will not give a great insight into them; but is designed to give an overview to the intuitor.  Astrology is very popular and many of your sitters will know a great deal about the sign and how it interacts with others.  The traits listed below are very generic.  By saying the trait with authority, any trait can be associated with any sign.  If the intuitor makes a miss, it can always be attributed to a planet or comet that you did not figure into your reading.  Note that in various books the bracketed dates are different.  Someone whose birthday is on the dividing date is called “on the cusp” and will have traits of both signs.

Aries – The Ram
Mar 21 – Apr 20

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac named for the constellation of Aries, called "The Ram".  Aries is ruled by the planet Mars.

 Aries strength Words:  Independent, Generous, Optimistic, Enthusiastic, Courageous.

Aries Weakness Words: Moody, Short tempered, Self-involved, Impulsive, Impatient.

Taurus – The Bull
Apr 21 – May 20

Taurus is the second sign of the zodiac named for the constellation of Taurus, called “The Bull”.  The planet Venus rules Taurus.

 Taurus Strength Words: Dependable, Persistent, Loyal, Patient, Generous.

Taurus Weakness Words: Stubborn, Laziness, Possessive, Materialistic, Self-indulging.

Gemini – The Twins
May 21 – Jun 20

Gemini is the third sign of the zodiac named for the constellation of Gemini, the Twins.  Gemini is ruled by the planet Mercury.

Gemini Strength Keywords: Energetic, Clever, Imaginative, Witty, Adaptable.

Gemini Weakness Keywords: Superficial, Impulsive, Restless, Devious, Indecisive

Cancer – The Crab
Jun 21 – Jul 21

Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac named for the constellation of Cancer, the crab.  The Moon rules Cancer.

Cancer Strength Keywords: Loyalty, Dependable, Caring, Adaptable, Responsive

Cancer Weakness Keywords: Moody, Clingy, Self-pitying, Oversensitive, Self-absorbed

Leo – The Lion
Jul 22 – Aug 21

Leo is the fifth sign of the zodiac named for the constellation of Leo, the lion.  Leo is ruled by the Sun.

Leo Strength Keywords: Confident Ambitious, Generous, Loyal, Encouraging.

Leo Weakness Keywords: Pretentious, Domineering, Melodramatic, Stubborn, Vain

Virgo – The Virgin
Aug 22 – Sep 21

Virgo is the sixth sign of the zodiac named for the constellation of Virgo, the virgin.  Virgo is ruled by the planet Mercury.

Virgo Strength Keywords: Analytical, Observant, Helpful, Reliable, Precise.

Virgo Weakness Keywords: Skeptical, Fussy, Inflexible, Cold, Interfering

Libra – The Scales

Sep 22 – Oct 22

Libra is the seventh sign of the zodiac named for the constellation of Libra, the virgin.  The planet Venus rules Libra.

Libra Strength Keywords: Diplomatic, Graceful, Peaceful, Idealistic, Hospitable

Libra Weakness Keywords: Superficial, Vain, Indecisive, Unreliable

Scorpio – The Scorpion
Oct 23 – Nov 21

Scorpio is the eighth sign of the zodiac named for the constellation of Scorpio, the Scorpion.  Scorpio is ruled by the planet Pluto.

Scorpio Strength Keywords: Loyal, Passionate, Resourceful, Observant, Dynamic

Scorpio Weakness Keywords: Jealous, Obsessive, Suspicious, Manipulative, Unyielding

Sagittarius – The Archer
Nov 22 – Dec 20

Sagittarius is the ninth sign of the zodiac named for the constellation of Sagittarius, the Sagittarius.  The planet Jupiter rules Sagittarius.

Sagittarius Strength Keywords: Independence, Intelligence

Sagittarius Weakness Keywords: Unemotional, Quick to make decisions

Capricorn – The Goat
Dec 21 – Jan 19

Capricorn is the tenth sign of the zodiac named for the constellation of Capricorn, the Capricorn.  Capricorn is ruled by the planet Saturn.

Capricorn Strength Keywords: responsible, patient, ambitious, resourceful, loyal

Capricorn Weakness Keywords: Dictatorial, inhibited, conceited, distrusting, unimaginative

Aquarius – The Water Bearer
Jan 20 – Feb 18

Aquarius is the eleventh sign of the zodiac named for the constellation of Aquarius, the Water Bearer.  Aquarius is ruled by the planet Uranus.

Aquarius Strength Keywords: Witty, Clever, Humanitarian, Inventive, Original

Aquarius Weakness Keywords: Stubborn, Unemotional, Sarcastic, Rebellious, Aloof

Pisces – The Fish
Feb 19 – Mar 20

Pisces is the twelfth sign of the zodiac named for the constellation of Pisces, the Water Bearer.  Pisces is ruled by the planet Neptune

Pisces Strength Keywords: Compassionate, Adaptable, Accepting, Devoted, Imaginative

Pisces Weakness Keywords: Oversensitive, Indecisive, Self-pitying, Lazy, Escapist

Ophiuchus – The Serpent Bearer

Recently, there has been a change in the zodiac signs due to the progression of the earth in its axis.  This has caused the addition of a new sign, a thirteenth sign called Ophiuchus.  The intuitor need not worry about exact dates, strengths and weaknesses, as was said before; the traits of each sign are vague and applicable to anyone.


Ophiuchus is now the thirteenth sign of the zodiac named for the constellation of Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer. 


Ophiuchus Strength Keywords: Knowledge, Attention getter, Builder, Authority figure, Honest

Ophiuchus Weakness Keywords: Little Patience, Jealous, Secretive, Temper

Using the thirteen signs, the revised dates are:

Capricorn: Jan. 20 - Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16 - March 11
Pisces: March 11- April 18
Aries: April 18 - May 13
Taurus: May 13 - June 21
Gemini: June 21 - July 20
Cancer: July 20 - Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10 - Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16 - Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30 - Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23 - Nov. 29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29 - Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17 - Jan. 20




Crystal Balls and Scrying Mirrors

A crystal ball is a polished sphere often made of a crystal, hence the name, or a clear substance such as glass or quartz.  It is often clear but can be of any color.  Special reflective mirrors or bowls, called scrying mirrors, are also a great tool for a reading.  The word scrying means focused gazing.  To use a crystal ball or scrying mirror, the intuitor must tell of the mystic ritual “power”, the ball or mirror has and that the ball or mirror is ready for use.  Place your ball on a table on top of a stand or silk cloth.  Say an affirmation out loud that to attract energies from the beyond.  Say that you see a mist forming within the crystal ball.  At this point, proceed with the cold reading techniques.


Tealeaf reading or the like

Tea Leaf reading, or Tasseography, is a method that interprets patterns in tealeaves, coffee grounds, wine sediments or any other liquid that may leave sediment on the bottom of the cup or vessel.  The practice began in ancient China where its practice spread to Europe in the mid-1700s.  Tea Leaf Reading is strongly associated with the Gypsies and the English in history and literature.  After the liquid is gone, the intuitor performs a ritual to generate the tealeaves or residue.  The intuitor reviews the pattern of tealeaves and stains remaining in the cup, and reports the findings to the sitter.  The intuitor uses cold reading techniques to the shapes to tell the sitter what they want to hear. 

Some of the standard symbolism used is:

Snake - hostility or falsehood

Spade - good fortune through hard work

Mountain - journey possibly with difficulty

House- comfort, stability

Apple -knowledge, enlightenment

Flying birds - good news

Unicorn – luck or good fortune sue to luck

Candle – revelation,     enlightenment

Cat - a deceitful person

Dog - loyal friend or relative

Kite - wishes will come true

Raven - death or bad news

The intuitor is free to develop his own set of symbols.

Rune casting

Text Box:  Runes are the letters from various Germanic languages from about the first century BCE.  Although the origins of the runic alphabet are uncertain, it is believed to have come from northern Europe around the 5th to 1st century BCE.  Despite the fact that the letters appear in many places throughout history, Runes are relatively new to divination techniques appearing only since the beginning of the twentieth century.  There are many different letter sets for the Runes.  The illustration is a sample of a rune alphabet.  In recent times, they even are assigned their own computer codes (Unicode range 16A0–16FF).

The Runes are printed, drawn, or engraved individually onto tiles, stones or some other throwing device.  Sometimes wood is used because it comes from the living spirits of trees.  Stones or tiles are used due to the obvious link to the nature and the earth.  The Runes pieces are placed in a pouch or vessel and mixed.  They can be laid out similar to a Tarot spread or tossed and allowed to land freely.  The intuitor would then read the resulting patterns using the techniques in this book.


Numerology uses numbers to provide a relationship between people, dates and times, objects, places or other living things.  There are many systems in use to calculate the relationships between numbers and objects.  It is considered today as pseudo mathematics with its relationship to mathematics similar to the relationship of astrology to astronomy.

Numerology has been around as long as man has used numbers.  To do a reading using numerology, the intuitor assigns a numerical value to the letters of an alphabet.  Then, using the sitter’s name and the name of the person or object in question develops a numerical relationship between the two.

For example using my name, John Domanico:

J = 10

O = 15

H = 8

N = 14

D = 4

O = 15

M = 13

A = 1

N = 14

I = 9

C = 3

O = 15 

This totals to 121, adding the digits (1+2+1) my number is 4.

Alternatively, using my date of birth:

Dec. 17, 1949 becomes: (1+2+1+7+1+9+4+9) = 34, which becomes (3+4) = 7

Using this number, the intuitor then proceeds with the reading.

There are no set definitions for the meaning of specific digits.  The intuitor can use the techniques of cold reading to come up with a set specific to the sitter.  A sample of a common list

1. Individual.  Aggressor.  Yang.
2. Balance. Union. Receptive. Yin.
3. Communication/interaction. Neutrality.
4. Creation.
5. Action. Restlessness.
6. Reaction/flux. Responsibility.
7. Thought/consciousness.
8. Power/sacrifice.
9. Highest level of change.


Aura Readings

Text Box:  An aura is a field of subtle, luminous radiation surrounding a person or object.  The aura is typically egg shaped showing many layers much like an onion.  Each layer is reportedly connected to a layer of the physical body or a Chakras area. The aura tells of the sitter’s feelings or inner spiritual self.  Often, religious art will show an aura around a deity such as a halo or radiant light streaming from the person of object.  Each color and intensity of the auras has special meanings.  The intuitor reports seeing the aura and interprets it using the techniques in this book.

Here are some general aura color meanings.

RED: Passion, very active, (deep red) over active, (dull red) burned out, (bright red)

ORANGE: Creativity, confidence, ambition, originality, sociability, openness, intuition,

YELLOW: Spontaneous, intellect, happy, and cheerful.  A sense of humor, confident, optimistic, with a warm smile is typical.

GREEN: Healing, teaching, caring, high self-esteem, tenacity, money, harmony,

BLUE: Communication, loyalty, good listener, contentment, peaceful, caretaker, calmness,

VIOLET: Spiritual, mystical, looks for magical solutions, visionaries, always see the big picture,

WHITE: Highly motivated, bright, ability to see 'the big picture', a chameleon, money is not always the object of their lives, great wisdom.

MAGENTA: Nonconformists, innovated, strong-willed, inventive, imaginative, artistic

INDIGO: Intuitive, observant, aware, open-minded, liberal, tolerant, charitable, shrewd

AQUA: A need to be recognized, sensitive, vulnerable, responsive, stress and anxiety.
PINK: Shows a purity of intention, strong sense of companionship, cleanness, love of art and beauty

BLACK: A protective cloak shielding themselves from outside energies and keeping themselves centered or focused


Each of these techniques and more are explained in detail in the book.

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