You decide that you would like to experience the magick of divination. You are anxious to discover your fortune, your future and so you cautiously open the door to the Tarot Reader’s studio. A strong scent of frankincense invites you further in, as chimes attached to the old wooden door sing in delight that a customer has arrived.
You soon find that you are greeted by an older woman who smiles and takes you by the hand , leading you to a room in the back and a table covered in bright beautiful cloth. You are amazed when she begins to speak and carefully listen, hanging on to each and every word. It is almost as if you have been mesmerized.
This could be what you imagine as being the magick of divination, but there is so much more. If you are a reader, or want to be, here are some guidelines, or tips if you will, to help you get started and to aid in developing your abilities.
1. The perception of Divination.
Divination, whether it be reading with cards, pendulums, crystals, palms or anything else, is not necessarily fortune or future telling. some states, if you want to read professional, they may require you to get a “Fortune Telling” license and as a Professional Tarot Reader, to be called a “fortune teller” personally despises me.
The reason is that no future is written in stone. Yes, a reader may see things that will happen to you if nothing changes from the moment you leave the reading. Everything we do after we leave the reading...every split-second decision can alter what the reader has seen.
Yes, you can change your future, you do have that power. So, own it and when you get a reading, look at it as valuable “insight” and act accordingly. When I do a reading for a client, I like to give them ideas and practical advice. Sometimes, if they are open to it, I will give them a little spell work to do, though I may not call it that.
2. If you want to do Divination, make it personal.
When you first start out, you may not know which tool to use, tarot, palms, runes etc. My advice to you would be to try them all. Sit with them, get readings from readers who use the tools, ask them questions such as “Why did they pick that specific tool?” “How long did it take to read proficiently?” Gather books on the subject.
For Tarot there are many great books by Rachel Pollack including my favorite "Tarot Wisdom" and "Learning the Tarot" by Joan Bunning. For runes, try "The Book of Runes" by Ralph H. Blum and for palmistry, there is “Hands, A Complete Guide” by Enid Hoffman and “The Complete Guide to Palmistry” by Joyce Wilson.
If after working with these, you find that nothing seems to work for you, you may want to design your own divination system. Look for something that you are drawn to and meditate with it. Most important do not be afraid to try something new.
3. Bond with your tool
Sleep with it under your pillow or within the pillow case itself. Meditate and talk with it. Pull a card, rune etc. every day. Make a journal and journal about it. The important thing here is to get intimate with your tool. It may sound silly but the more you connect to the tool, the better readings will be.
4. Practice, practice, practice
The more you practice, the easier it will come. There are Facebook groups where members practice on each other. Take advantage of your eager friends and relatives wanting readings.
The truth of the matter is that the magick of divination is not some special gift that only a few of us hold, it is something that every single person processes on some level. Think of it as a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it will grow.