All Hallows’ Eve is one of the two most powerful days of the year to divine. The other being Beltane. These are days where the veil between the worlds are the thinnest and messages are the clearest. Samhain is also a fantastic time to call on our ancestors for guidance and to honour them. We are very close to one of those days, the 31st of October.
So after the trick or treating is done and the candy eaten or stashed away why not take the time to see what your future holds.
There are many forms of divination on offer to the seeker and through exploration and experience you can find which one of these modalities or more than one works best for you. I have found over the years that many people have a natural talent with at least one form of divination.
Here is a list of some common forms of divination you may want to try your hand at.
Tarot and Cartomancy – did you know you can have your cards read with normal playing cards? It’s not just special Tarot cards that can be used but a number of oracles as well. Cartomancy is the art of divining using cards, this includes the Tarot. The Tarot is my favorite form of Divination. There are decks of cards for everyone’s taste on the market. Including a lot of Pop Culture fandoms. If you don’t own a deck you can get readings online, buy an app on your phone or book a reading with a professional.
Crystal Ball Gazing – The image of a psychic using a crystal ball is so imbedded in our cultural psyche that it is used in so many cliches. It is however a very powerful tool. I have to admit I have had minimal luck with crystal gazing but I know people who have. You can also use glass balls as well as crystal ones, which can help your bank account a little.
Mirror and Water Scrying – Using a mirror or black mirror to divine is another method of divination you can try. Brings new meaning to the words ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall’ hey? Water Scrying uses the surface of pools of water either natural or contained in a special vessel is yet another form of scrying. The method of a lot of surface scrying is very similar.
Pendulums – A pendulum is a weight suspended by a pivot so that is able to swing freely. The most popular pendulums are usually crystal but you can use other items like rings. The pendulum will swing over an answer usually on a chart when you hold it and think of what you desire. The great thing about the pendulum is that you can create what ever chart you like.
Tea leaf or Coffee readings – I love tea so partnering it up with divination seems only natural. This is a well known practice and can be very insightful. All you need is your favourite herbal tea or coffee and a reference material on symbols. If you come across special tea cups and saucers to use in this practice then even better! You can also book a reading with a talented professional as well. It is really fun to practice this type of divination with a group of people so they you can all have a turn at looking into each other’s cups.
Runes – Are the alphabet of the ancient Germanic people that have been used for language, magic and of course divination. The most common Runes are the Elder Futhark. Commonly Rune sets are either wood or crystal. Runes are either cast or pulled out of bags when using for guidance and messages. Each one has their own meaning and vibration.
This is just a small taste of what is available in the world of Divination. I will certainly be taking advantage of the energies on Samhain night and hope that you do too.