One of my favourite ways to connect with intuitive magick and explore divination is through the cards, whether tarot or oracle.
Ever since I started working with them 6 years ago, the cards have been a constant magickal companion and resource.
Today though I want to explore along with you some of the alternative forms of divination and how you can connect with the signs beyond the cards.
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Originally used as a linguistic alphabet, Runes were a fairly widespread and common way to inscribe messages starting from around the 3rd century.
From the Vikings to Nordic regions to Scandinavian countries and parts of Britain, Runes were used across Europe.
As Runes were used so widely a few different variations emerged from the original system. For instance, there was a particular Runic system which was adapted in Anglo Saxon Britain that included extra characters in the alphabet.
In other areas, the shape of the Runes themselves also differed to blend seamlessly with regional expressions of dialect.
Generally, runes were carved on stone or wood and carried short or brief messages.
They were likely used for short messagesbecause at the time, the primary way to record history and memory was through spoken word. So there was a more prominent oral history tradition than a collection of manuscripts (or extensive numbers of stone or wooden tablets).
In my path, I began working with runes right from start of my practice and even created my own set of runes, if you’d like to see them have a gander at the video below.
However, shortly after I began exploring Runes I discovered the cards and then my magickal study began to focus on learning tarot and oracle for several years.
So I’m a bit of a beginner when it comes to Runes too! A beginner who’s very eager to learn more about the runes in their divination aspect going forward.
The Ogham was also historically used as a linguistic system or alphabet.
Less widespread than Runes, The Ogham was primarily used in places such as Ireland, Wales, Scotland and in Cornwall, essentially around the British Isles.
It is thought that Ogham originated around the 4th century and was named after the Celtic god Ogma who was the son of The Dagda and was a patron of literacy.
Given regional variations on the spelling of Ogma, if you’re interested in learning more about this deity you can also find information by researching Ogmios.
The Ogham was also like the Runic alphabet, primarily written on wood and stone.
Today in divination practices Ogham staves or sticks, depending on your approach to its naming, can be found abundantly online created by crafty folk.
Visually, they look like flattened sections of rectangularly shaped wood, with a single Ogham symbol carved on each one. These can then be drawn or cast to receive intuitive messages.
The Celtic Tree Oracle, an oracle deck, is another great way to connect with the Ogham in card format. If you’d like to have a gander at these have a peek at this video.
Pendulums are another fabulous way to approach divination. Generally, they are made of either crystals or metal in a dynamic triangular, sphere type shape, which is attached to the end of a cord or chain that allows them to move freely.
Pendulums are used by holding the top of the chain and then asking the pendulum which direction is yes or no. For instance, a circular motion might mean yes and straight-line might mean no – this will vary based on the pendulum.
Working with a pendulum in divination is best for yes and no sorts of answers. They can be paired beautifully with a tarot practice for further insight into the ‘why’ of this yes or no.
Scrying is the process of looking at a reflective surface, then allowing your mind to flow freely and spirit to bring through any messages that need to be seen.
Bowls of water (or a calm pond), mirrors, and crystal balls are quite popular options for this form of divination.
In my practice, I usually reach for my crystal ball if I am feeling the call to scry. My particular crystal ball is clear quartz, but crystals of all different types can be used.
5. Nature Signs
Nature signs are one of the primary ways I connect with intuitive magick outside of the cards.
Exploring nature signs as a form of divination begins by building a sense of awareness and connection with the natural world around you.
Nature signs may appear as anything from a feather along your path to a bird or creature, to leaves falling in your path or a beam of sunlight or moonlight.
In the case of a feather, bird, creature, or leaves you can then easily explore the meanings of this further by looking into the mythology, symbolism, and patterns of that earthly being.
Keep in mind though, that your particular connection to the being can provide added meanings beyond what has already been written about it.
The key to building a nature sign focused divination practice is simply to begin by trusting in intuition and merging this intuitive awareness with an awareness of the natural realms around you
6. Dream Magick
Dream magick sometimes, in all truth gets a bit of sketchy reputation, even if undeserved.
Sometimes dreams are simply dreams and reflections of what we’ve been reading about or watching. For instance, dreaming about zombies probably doesn’t mean there’s an impending zombie apocalypse.
That being said it is my personal perspective that dreams can hold a lot of messages and meanings at a time when our minds are more open to receiving them.
I believe that in dreams messages from spirit, guides, loved ones, and otherworldly insight can come through.
So beginning to approach dream magick as a part of divination is a journey in learning to both check-in with what is likely a result of watching a zombie horror flick for example and what feels like it is strongly resonating with spirit as an intuitive message.
From there you can begin to unravel the meanings of the dream whether through reflection, expanding on it with a tarot reading or diving into some dream magick resources on symbolism.
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