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Divination (from Latin divinare “to be inspired by a god”, related to divine, diva and deus) is the attempt to gain insight into a question or situation by way of a standardized process or ritual. Diviners ascertain their interpretations of how a querent should proceed by reading signs, events, or omens, or through alleged contact with a supernatural agency.

Here you will find a few different views on how to work with a pendulum, and other divination practices.

Divination can be seen as a systematic method with which to organize what appear to be disjointed, random facets of existence such that they provide insight into a problem at hand. If a distinction is to be made between divination and fortune-telling, divination has a formal or ritual and often social character, usually in a religious context; while fortune-telling is a more everyday practice for personal purposes. Particular divination methods vary by culture and religion.

Divination is often dismissed by skeptics, including the scientific community, as being mere superstition: in the 2nd century, Lucian devoted a witty essay to the career of a charlatan, Alexander the false prophet, trained by “one of those who advertise enchantments, miraculous incantations, charms for your love-affairs, visitations for your enemies, disclosures of buried treasure, and successions to estates”, though most Romans believed in dreams and charms. It is considered a sin in most Christian denominations and Judaism. A simple tool used for communicating and gaining guidance from the spiritual world. This is one of the easiest methods of divination.

Divination Methods

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Some of the time, a quick answer is necessary. A Pendulum is easy to use, takes little time, is quite portable and accurate more often than not. They are a wonderful means for connecting with the spirit world, comparing verification of other types of readings of divination or locating lost items.


Astrology is rooted in the belief that specific location and position of stars and other planets visible at the time of one’s birth may dictate character and destiny. Long respected in history, Astrology has been found in various traditions throughout China, Europe, Arabia and Central America.


This ancient art has been around since the discovery of mathematics. Three major forms (Kabbalic, Chaldean and Pythagorean) may be used in any combination to create a reading. It is no surprise that to this day most every culture attaches special meanings to certain numbers and their sequences.


As an instrument for directing and amplifying energy a Wand is a powerful divination too. Casting circles, charging crystals, influencing energy; wands are wonderful tools, and the components that create each wand carry with it those properties with it, different woods and stones are used for different purposes.


Used throughout Northern Europe, Britain and Scandinavia dating back to 100 BC, runes are an ancient 27 symbol alphabet with Germanic roots used for writing, divination and magic. Archaic rune inscriptions have been discovered in North America, suggesting the presence of Vikings long before Columbus arrived in South America.


Tarot decks consist of 78 cards which are separated into 22 Major and 56 Minor Arcana. There are a great many versions of the Tarot, beautiful art to look at and enjoyable to work with. Tarot spreads are one of the most widely used forms of divination presently; and there are many different “spreads” to use for readings


Spirit Boards have been discovered in many cultures -back to 538 BC. Deeply rooted in history, late in the 19th century the “Ouija Board” was sold as a toy/game, and is thus rarely taken seriously. Although the Spirit Board is a wonderful divination tool, despite it’s recent stigma as child’s play.

Divination (scrying, tarot, astrology, runes and more


The word Scrying is derived from the Old English ‘descry’ meaning “to discover, perceive, discern, detect; to see something unclear or distant by looking carefully. Sometimes called ‘crystal gazing’ one may actually gaze into anything reflective to receive the information one seeks


Palmistry or Palm Reading has been a practice/art in which to foretell one’s fate, future or character by interpreting the configuration of the lines within the palm of one’s hand since antiquity. With four major lines Life, Heart, Head and Fate; and the intersecting lines taken into account as well.


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