Triodíti's Journal

A Resource for Seekers and Students of Magic, Esoterica & Philosophy

Divination FAQ

     These are just some basic, common questions and answers on the topic of divination. If you've never had a reading before, or if you're unfamiliar with divination, please read this first, before you decide to go ahead and book a reading with me.  It will save us both time.  Thanks!

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Q:  What is Divination?

A:  Divination is the art and practice of figuring out what the Divine is up to.  Seriously, it's about discovering information that is not readily obtainable by ordinary means.  This information may be about past, present or future events.

There are many different methods of divination that have been created over the millennia.  Each of them addresses a particular need (of the seeker, for information) and level of ability (of the reader, who retrieves that information for the seeker).  Thus, the methods and tools of divination are constantly being adapted and updated to remain useful and relevant to our modern existence, with its modern issues that our great-grandparents would not have been able to imagine.

 
Q:  What is a Reader?

A:  A reader is the person who sets up and interprets the reading for the seeker.


Q:  What is a Seeker?

A:   The seeker is the querent, the client, the one who comes to the reader with a question to be asked or a situation to be resolved.  Sometimes, the reader is also the seeker, in a case where a person reads for him/herself.


Q:  Can you read for yourself?  Why has it been suggested that one not do this?

A:  Yes, you can read for yourself!  The trouble with reading for yourself, though, is that it can be difficult to remain objective enough about your circumstances to get a good, honest, helpful answer.  When you have someone else read for you, you are getting a more objective person involved, a different perspective, which is often all that is needed to clear things up.  At best, the reader is able to remain emotionally uninvolved in your problems, while simultaneously caring enough to help you.

     With practice, however, you can learn to develop objectivity, personal honesty and integrity that will not only further your experiences with divination, but also with life in general.


Q:  What is a tandem reading?

A:  A tandem reading is a reading where more than one person is being read for simultaneously. These sorts of readings are usually only done by professionals, and only rarely, as the results can be quite complex and difficult to sort out since information for more than one person is being sought.  The seekers and the reader must focus and concentrate carefully for the results to be useful.

Q:  What is Tarot?  How does it work?

A:  The Tarot is a card-based oracle whose ultimate origin is lost in antiquity, but whose modern form can be reliably traced back to 14th Century Europe.  It is made up of 78 cards, organized in two parts:  The Major and Minor Arcana.

     The Major Arcana is a 22-card "suit" which represents archetypal concepts that affect all of us at different times, as we journey through life.  The Minor Arcana is split into 4 suits of 14 cards each.  The suits are commonly called Swords, Wands, Cups and Disks or Pentacles.  Each of these cards represents a facet of daily life and, when found in a reading, gives the reader more detail into the seeker's situation, thus helping to pinpoint which area/s of the seeker's life the reading relates to.

     It works like this:  The cards are shuffled by the seeker, who is concentrating on the question/s or issue/s that they wish to resolve.  Then the cards are cut and dealt in a specific pattern (called a "layout") that helps the reader to receive accurate information about the issue at hand.  Different layouts are sometimes used for different issues, or to obtain certain types of information.

     When the reading is finished, this fact is affirmed and the cards are then gathered up and put away.  It is often a good idea to take notes of a reading, so that it may be referred to later on for additional insight, or to check for accuracy.  If the reader does not do this, then the seeker should. Some readers will allow audio taping of a reading (I do); ask them first.


Q:  What is Geomancy?

A:  Geomancy is divination with the things of the Earth:  Stones, dirt, sand, crystals, leaves, sticks, even coins (metal).  Sometimes geomancy overlaps with other disciplines, such as numerology (dice) and runes (clay or wooden tiles).  Sometimes the materials used carry their own specific meanings; at other times, their shapes, or images that are carved or stamped upon them, are what give them their special meanings.


Q:  What are Runes?

A:  To start with, the word "rune" originally meant a secret, a spell or a rhyme.  However, in terms of divination, the Runes we usually refer to are the Teutonic, or Germanic, runes, which were first recorded around 1,000 years ago or more.  They were used for everyday writing as well as for magic and divination.  Each rune—not unlike Hebrew in this context—has an esoteric meaning as well as a literal, alphabetical meaning.  It is these esoteric meanings that are called into play when Runic divination is performed.

     The runes are usually carved into tiles of clay; small, flat stones; sticks, wooden tiles or disks. They are kept in a bag or box and shaken by the seeker (or reader, depending upon how the reader operates) while the seeker concentrates on the issue/s at hand.  The runes are then either: a) taken out of the bag one by one and laid out in a pattern, or b) tossed down on a prepared surface and read according to how they fall.


Q:  What is Dowsing?

A:  Dowsing involves using some sort of sensing device to locate or discover things.  It was first practiced by cutting a wand of wood from a fruit-bearing tree and using it to locate water or metal underground.  However, it is most commonly practiced today in the West with penduli (singular: pendulum).  There are special charts that may be used with a pendulum that can help the dowser (reader) to obtain very specific information.  A pendulum may also be used to sense aurae or electro-magnetic energy that emanates from a person, place or object.

     Some dowsers are sensitive enough to be able to use their hands alone, without having to rely on tools such as wands or penduli.


Q:  What are Spirit Boards?

A:   Spirit Board is a general term for any type of board that is used to contact the Unseen Realm. Ouija boards are a perfect example; however, other styles of boards have been created in recent years.  Most of them are directly derived from Ouija.  Some of them are differently-shaped, or enhanced with pictures, colors and/or additional phrases.


Q:  What is a Séance?  What is a Medium?

A:  A séance, or sitting, is a session wherein the participants attempt to contact the Unseen Realm to obtain information.  Often, it is held with the intention of contacting the spirit of a deceased person, with the aim of mutual comforting and consoling.

     The medium is the person who is the channel for the energy that flows between the Realms. Sometimes, the medium will go into a trance, either partial or full, while the Unseen communicates with the attendees.  Usually, when this occurs, the medium has no distinct memory of what happens during the trance.  The medium may speak with the voice of a deceased person, or may exhibit some of his/her mannerisms and preferences. At other times, the medium might use a method such as Automatic Writing, where the communiqués from the Unseen are written down by the medium.  Either or both of these methods, or other methods, may be used at one séance.


Q:  What is Bibliomancy?

A:  Bibliomancy is the art of finding hidden wisdom in books.  The most popular books used for bibliomancy are The Bible and the I Ching; however, other books of wisdom may be used.  In fact, any book may be so used, provided that the book is used for no other purpose and that the seeker and reader are concentrating on the question at hand.  The book is then opened to a random page and the first word, line, phrase, sentence or paragraph is read.  This is believed to be directly relevant to the seeker's issue.


Q:  What is the I Ching?  How does it work?

A:  The words "I Ching" mean "Book of Changes."  The I Ching is a Chinese oracle dating back over 3,000 years, in its present form of hexagrams and commentary.  It is based on an even older system (over 6,000 years old) that involved tortoise shells.

     The I Ching contains 64 hexagrams, which are believed to represent all the major situations that one may experience while going through life.  Rather than just opening to a random page and reading what's there, however, there are two specific systems of arriving at a given hexagram, which are peculiar to the I Ching:  The Yarrow-Stalk Oracle and the Coin Oracle.  I usually use the Coin Oracle as I find it easier; plus, it is easier for my seekers to use, which allows them to have greater participation in the process.


Q:  Will I be haunted or possessed if I have a reading?

A:  Absolutely not!  This is NOT how readings work!  Tools such as the Tarot, crystals, coins, books, spirit boards etc. are just that:  Tools.  They are merely triggers for the reader's psychic mind to help him or her discover the answers the seeker is looking for.  They have no power in and of themselves; only what the reader and seeker imbue them with.

     The only situations where there *might* be a risk would be during a séance or spirit board session—and again, any reader who is worth their salt will have set up proper controls and protections to prevent this from happening.  So, please, don't worry!  Enjoy your reading and glean as much information, amusement and comfort from it as you can.