Methods of Divination

Man, from the beginning of his existence, has needed to make sense of his surroundings and control his life.  He developed tools and methods to accomplish this.  These tools and methods of divination have been around as long as humankind can remember.  Early Divination devices and methods were simple, consisting of simple methods like tossing seeds into the air and reading how they fell on the ground or trying to read stories in the stars.  Every culture in history has developed their own tools and techniques to give them insight into the future.  There are many tools used for divination; the most famous is undoubtedly the crystal ball.  Other popular tools include pendulums, scrying mirrors, dowsing rods, tarot cards, coffee grounds, tealeaves or I Ching coins.

For the intuitor, a divination device is a focal point during the reading, used to enhance the feel of the reading to the sitter, taking it out of the everyday experience.  The intuitor knows that the power of a divination tool is in its ability to focus the sitter’s attention to the reading.  There are many divination tools or oracles in existence today.  The clever intuitor can use just about anything as an oracle.  For some it is a crystal ball, others may prefer palm reading or tealeaves.  I prefer tarot cards since they have a large diversity, 78 cards with a large variety of figures and symbols to aid in my story telling.  There are many other devices that are used for divination; each intuitor uses whichever is most comfortable for them. 

Certain tools such as the Runes or the I Ching date back 5,000 years or more.  Others are more modern, such as psychometry, using a photograph (or object) to contact a deceased person.  With the wide variety of divination methods, each sitter will have their preference.  An intuitor need not be familiar with all of the methods.  If a sitter asks for a method that is not in the intuitor’s repertoire, the intuitor must politely pass on the reading.  Reading preference is much like restaurants, not everyone likes all types.

Once the intuitor decided on an oracle, the intuitor must become well versed in its use.  Many sitters know some details of the method and the intuitor will lose credibility by using it incorrectly.  If the intuitor points to the heart line on the palm and calls it the life line, the possibility of credibility is slim.  Many sites on the internet and books can go into detail on the use of each oracle.  It is wise for the intuitor to learn the jargon and methodology of their chosen divination tool.  However, keep in mind, the divination device is only a prop.  The intuitor uses this prop to keep the reading moving, pointing out its various features to the sitter to make them part of the reading.  If the intuitor is at a loss for words at a point in the reading, add some jargon of the method to create a moment of “reflection” and focus back into the reading.

A breif description of popular methods:


Palm reading


Crystal Balls and Scrying Mirrors

Tealeaf reading or the like

Rune casting


Aura Readings

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