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Divination - Uncovering the Hidden

Divination is the art to foresee future events or uncover hidden knowledge. We possess a wealth of hidden knowledge within ourselves. Our inner voice is our best guide and should be trusted. There are variety of tools and methods that have been used to help guide us, tools to help us unlock our hidden voice.

Throughout the history of humans, we have looked for signs and symbolism in fire, clouds, oils, water, animals, literature, etc. We have the ability to seek the knowledge held inside of ourselves and uncover it. The tools we pick help us focus those symbols, but it is ultimately our voice that we must listen to.

Ancient Practices

Looking back into history we can see various methods of divination being used. Ancient Egypt would divine the future off of oils, fire, and Scrying from a trance like state. They would at times evoke Gods or Goddesses to assist in their trance. Otherwise, they would not in order to avoid being misled by any spirits lingering in lamps and pots. Scrying can be used on any type of surface, most often reflective. Water, Fire, Oil, Mirrors, Crystal Balls, etc. it involves staring in a trance like state until visions and symbols appear.

Ancient Greeks would use a form of Bibliomancy (randomly chosen passages in a book) and the Oracle of Delphi. Delphi was a religious sanctuary dedicated to the Greek God Apollo and home to the ancient priestess Pythia. A new Pythia would be chosen from among the priestesses of Apollo and upon the death of the previous Pythia. A Pythia was highly

respected and believed to channel prophecies from Apollo.

Ancient China would read bones to divine the future or an outcome for a situation. They also developed I Ching. I Ching (or the Book of Changes) was created more than 5000 years ago which interprets hexagrams formed by tossed coins. It has been used as a guide for an ethical life and an oracle to one's personal future.

Ancient Rome had Augur's who would read the signs and divine from omens on what would transpire. They would observe and interpret the auspices to determine an outcome. Examples were watching patterns of birds, thunder and lightning, and another unusual phenomenon.

Ancient Vikings would cast Runes. They would carve or paint the runic alphabet onto stones, wood, etc. and toss them, usually picking three at random, and the symbols inscribed would provide insight into the future. They would help to offer guidance at a present situation or advise of one yet to come. 160 CE until 700 CE held the Elder Futhark Script. The Younger Futhark from 790CE to 1100CE was represented. Both variations can be found today in rune sets, and also on land markers around the world.

Many cultures and tribes have long gazed into fire, water, smoke, clouds, and even ice for scrying. The symbols revealed to them would act as a reference to the inner psyche and tell what could provide a beneficial outcome, or to be wary against.

Tea Leaf reading has a long-standing tradition from 2737 BC to modern times. Reading the tea leaves (Tasseography) involves reading the symbols of the remaining leaves in the cup. Their position, shape, symbol, color of the tea, how it was drunk, etc. all revealed insight into the future and the past.

The first recorded Tarot decks showed up in Europe in the 15th century. It later took off in the 1700's when the Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Alliette published the first definitive guide on Tarot Card reading. He incorporated astrology and the elements, citing the Book of Thoth (an ancient Egyptian text supposedly written by the God Thoth). This began to give meaning to the cards and gave rise to Tarot. In 1909 the decks were revitalized by William Rider and Tarot Reader A. E. Waite. These decks are still in publication and referred to as the Rider-Waite tarot decks.

Capnomancy (the art of smoke reading) is believed to be traced back to ancient Babylon. It is said that mages would throw branches and shavings onto the fire and read omens in the smoke. Druids would favor altars to conduct their smoke readings. Flowers, herbs, and other items could be added to the fire to help focus the answers for a particular question. Ceromancy involves the reading of wax, usually from a candle, and it would reveal answers. Pyromancy would involve reading the flame itself. The interpretation of the symbols and messages held within the elemental fire, has long been a method by many cultures and still used to this day.

Dowsing devices and Pendulums have been used in ancient Greece, Rome, China, and Egypt. Some would use them to help find water, determine the truth of an answer, and to discover hidden places. They have also found evidence that the Oracle of Delphi would use a pendulum to help answer questions of her clients. The swing of the pendulum, or turn of the rod, is an elemental practice to help connect to nature and still used today.

Seeing Signs

Whether you are interested in one of the divination practices above or have molded your own, the ultimate reader and interpreter is YOU. Trust in yourself and the answers of your own heart. What one may see in the clouds as a butterfly, another may see as a sunken ship, and yet another may see a sunrise heralding in a new dawn. We each hold our own secret knowledge and the tools we choose offer to bring that knowledge to the surface. Some of the methods speak more to us than others.

Maybe, you have often wondered about Tarot Decks or Oracle Decks? Maybe, you are called to Crystals and would like to divine pulling them? Have you seen images in the fire? Have you stared into a body of water and found answers to a problem? Maybe, you watch the swirling of cream into your coffee and let that guide your day. These are all parts of your inner voice.

There are numerous books and methods to cover any area you may want to look further into. The list above is in no way fully encompassing of the many possibilities the art of divination has. There are always new and creative ways to divine symbols that we see. Some appeal more to us than others, and some are unique to you. There are many methods that you can dive into, and books to help you along the way.

As long as you remember in your search that the most important voice ... is your own.

What will YOU see in your tea? - Take a sip and listen to your heart.



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