Methods of divination are loved by many. Why? Because they are SUPER fun and interesting. Here is a list of the most common modalities and explanations of what they are.
What is Divination?
Divination definition: In the traditional sense, divination means using tools (such as tarot cards) to gain information or try to predict the future. There are various methods of divination and they have been around for centuries.
Merrian-Webster online defines it as:
“the art or practice that seeks to foresee or foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge usually by the interpretation of omens or by the aid of supernatural powers”
This definition is changing though. While divination is still used to gain information, modern practitioners of tarot, etc. are now using these modalities on a much deeper level to help their clients gain insight about their lives. In other words, it’s not just about predicting futures anymore.
This clarity allows people to have a better handle on what’s going on in their lives and gives them the confidence they need to make informed decisions.
Though you will still find people who use methods of divination simply for “fortune telling” sake, things like angel and tarot card readings are becoming more enriching and soulful.
Common Methods of Divination
Angel cards are similar to tarot cards in that they include the 78 traditional and symbolic cards associated with the tarot such as: The Lovers, The Fool, King of Cups, etc. Though the symbolism is the same, some find angel cards gentler and less intimidating than a traditional tarot deck.
One of the most beloved angel card decks is Angel Tarot Cards by Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine.
This deck is not only beautiful and celestial looking, but also includes a Release card instead of the Death card traditionally associated with tarot. (The death card is actually nothing to fear – it means the ending of one phase and the start of another.) Another thing that people love about the Doreen Virtue deck is that it replaces the Devil card with the Ego card.
Of all the various methods of divination, I personally find astrology to be the most fascinating. Merriam-Webster defines it as:
The study of how the positions of the stars and movements of the planets have a supposed influence on events and on the lives and behavior of people.
I had an astrology reading years ago and it worked something like this: I gave the astrologer, Fran, my date, time, and place of birth. With that, she created my birth chart, or natal chart using astrology software. (“Back in the day” the charts were created by hand.)
Fran explained that the chart represented me and my “houses.” It showed her where the planets were in alignment at the time of my birth.
By looking at this information, she was able to tell me all kinds of things about my life. For example, I was told that my chart had lots of empty spaces because I’m a very old soul and I had already learned a lot of lessons.
My astrologer, Fran, has retired. I tried lots of different astrologers since then and I think the ones at AskNow are THE best! My friend had a reading with one of their astrologers and it knocked her socks off, too :) (affiliate)
Tarot cards are one of the most popular methods of divination and can be used to gather information for yourself or others.
You could think of a tarot deck as a set of symbols. The pattern of how the cards are laid out (called a spread) also affects the interpretation of the cards.
There are 78 cards in the deck, and just like with playing cards, there are different numbers and suits: Wands, Cups, Pentacles, and Swords. There are also the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana cards.
- Some people refer to tarot as fortune telling with cards.
- Modern tarot readers agree that the future is subject to change because we all have free will to make our own choices.
- Readings can also be done with regular playing cards which some call divination with playing cards.
The Pendulum – One of the Easiest Methods of Divination to Learn
Another one of most common methods of divination is the pendulum. Many people use pendulums for their own personal use, and some intuitive readers use pendulums as well. The pendulum is good for getting quick answers to “yes” or “no” type questions. I was introduced to this fun little tool at a psychic development class in 2000. It’s simple and pretty cool.
You can pick up a pendulum at most new age stores. All you do is hold the chain of the pendulum and let it dangle. Once it’ steady, start asking yes or no questions.
The pendulum will move:
- front to back – to indicate yes
- side to side – to indicate no
Make Your Own Pendulum
If you don’t have a pendulum on hand, you can improvise and make your own.
Take a ring and slip it onto the thin chain of a necklace. Hold the chain between your thumb and index finger and let the ring dangle.
Start asking yes or no questions. It will swing front and back for yes and side to side for no. If it moves in a circle, the answer is unknown.
A real pendulum works best, but this can be handy in a pinch.
Choosing the Best Method of Divination for You
The great thing about the various methods of divination is that there is something for everyone. I have some friends that specialize in angel card readings and others that love tarot. You can explore all of these modalities, choose the one that you feel most excited about, or even blend methods if you want. The sky is the limit!