The practice of 'seeing into the future' and determining human fate and fortune is an ancient one. It involves diverse traditions from many varied cultures - and these practices have undergone many rebirths and permutations over the years. The most common forms of divination seemed to have stood the tests of time, ridicule, modern sciences and personal preference!
The most common practices are listed below - yet with any method of divination, it seems best to approach it with an open mind, but also with common sense. The methods described below, are often the "tools" used by Clairvoyants to augment, widen or manifest their perceptions. They are not only fun, but can provide interesting insights into personality, situations, and potentials - but it is, in my opinion, unhealthy to allow them to dominate one's life!
Astrology - a complex subject, one that its' practitioners would describe as a science. It bears very little resemblance to the horoscopes that are printed in the daily Newspapers and magazines, and even less to the computer generated astrological text services!
For a true and accurate divination using Astrology, consult a professional Astrologer, who will need your date of birth, place of birth and time of birth.
Tarot - another complex subject, with many practitioners, and few true seers! Almost everyone who consults this form of divination wants to know about potential futures, interactions with loved ones, and ways in which to deal with problems and dilemmas. The Tarot persuade not only the Client, but Consultant too, to look deeper and more carefully at every aspect of a given situation.
The Tarot has a multi-dimensional quality, where one can deal with the apparent mundane, material concerns, as well as the not-so-apparent spiritual aspects - and all that exists in between. A true 'Seer' is able to synthesize this information and guide the Client towards success.
Runes - an Oracular system of divination and magic! The Runes are simple, earthy symbols rooted in the natural world and as such can be touched and related to by anyone who is willing to ally themselves with them. They can be viewed, like any other ideograph, like a frozen symbol of an actual state or concept. They stimulate the imagination and help us to understand and perceive our relationship to others and to the world; thereby allowing us to cause change.
A true Rune Master is very hard to find, and I wish you luck in your search for one!
I Ching - one of the oldest forms of divination still in existence. The I Ching is not the work of an individual but the collective wisdom of generations spanning 3000 years. It is founded on the examination of nature and humanity, and stands for the schematic, rhythmic and purposeful cosmos. 'Change not the eternal,' is the central theme, and time is identified as a vital factor in the composition of the world and the evolvement of the individual.
This system works from the premise that change is not random, and that each manifestation of existence can only transmute into something already inherent in its own nature and not into anything entirely different. This system of divination also maintains that change follows in a cyclic motion, to the ancient Chinese even death conveyed movement returning to its source, being the opposite of life, death implied the eventual return to a previous state.
The I Ching affirms that by revealing to the conscious mind what is concealed in the subconscious mind, it is possible to predict the probable future and to choose a direction accordingly, therefore we can become the masters of our own destiny and not its slaves.
Palmistry - reading palms like interpreting the cards or casting a horoscope is one of the ancient methods of divination that has survived and is as popular today as it ever was.
Palmistry however differs from other methods of divination in that it is completely personal as no two hands, like no two fingerprints, are identical.
There are two sides of palmistry, chirosophy which deals with the lines on the hand and chirognomy in which the shape of the hand and fingers are analysed. Both are closely connected, with Astrology and the different areas of the hands and fingers are associated with the planets.
Crystallomancy, Crystal Ball or Scrying - Scrying means seeing magical images in a reflective medium, such as a crystal ball. What you see can shed light on the present and guide future action. The word 'scry' comes from the Anglo-Saxon 'descry', which means to see.
Scrying in shiny surfaces has been practised in every culture and time, not only by mystics and magicians, but every girl who has gazed into a mirror and performed rituals to see her lover's face, or by any man who has sought wisdom in moonlit water.
Crystallomancy differs from other forms of scrying such as tea leaves, because the images are not formed by the medium itself, but from within your psyche.
People sometimes feel that they cannot use a crystal ball or a mirror successfully because there are no concrete images on which to work. For this reason, Scryers can become anxious and actually block the natural and very vivid images cast on to the glass by the mind's eye.
Numerology - The theory that, a name is more than just a label but the essence of, the person who bears it, is an idea stretching back throughout the years. It is on this theory coupled with the belief that numbers are a store house of magic power that the practice of divination by numbers is based.
Originally each letter of the Greek and Hebrew alphabets also stood for a number and therefore each word represented a number when its letters were added together. In this way a person's name could be reduced to a number and they would bear the characteristics associated with it.
Each of the planets also has its individual number and consequently the person who also bears that number is influenced by them.
A person's date of birth can also be used in the same way, and when coupled with their 'name' number can foretell of things to come for a particular year in their life. There are many good books and Computer programs for Numerology, but yet again, I would advise that you seek out a Professional Numerologist and book a Consultation.
Reading tea leaves is a form of divination which relies on the psychic's ability to interpret the different symbols and patterns created by loose tea leaves or coffee grounds in a cup.
To read someone's tea leaves, you must prepare a cup of tea with loose tea leaves. A small, white cup with no designs or patterns on the inside walls is ideal. Have the querant drink the tea, leaving a minute amount of liquid in the bottom of the cup, as well as some tea leaves. Holding the cup in the left hand, he or she should slowly swirl the contents of the cup around three times clockwise. Try to make sure that the leaves are moved towards the rim of the tea cup. Then the querant should place the cup upside down on the saucer, holding it there for 7 seconds while letting the fluids drain. When the tea cup is placed right side up again, the handle should be facing the reader while he or she interprets the symbols and images.
Many leaves point to a full life. Lots of specific images symbolize many important issues in the person's life. Contradicting images imply indecision in the person's mind. The larger images are the more important issues in the person's life. Objects on the left of the handle may denote the past and objects to the right may be in the future. It is commonly believed that symbols near the rim of the tea cup refer to the present or the near future, while those towards the bottom of the cup are seen as the past. Sometimes the top of the cup is seen as lucky and the bottom is seen as unlucky.
These are only guidelines to help you get started. A genuine reading is dependent upon the readers own interpretation of the symbols.
Here follows, a list of the traditional (but not necessarily fixed) meanings of some more common symbols you may see.
ACORN---at the top, success and gain; at the bottom, good health
AIRCRAFT---journey; if broken, danger of an accidnet; can mean a rise in position
ANCHOR---rest, stability, constancy; clouded, inconstancy
AXE---difficulties; near the top, overcome
BAG--a trap; if open, escape
BELL---unexpected news; good if near the top
BOAT---visit from a friend, protection
BOOK---open, good news; closed, a need to investigate something
BUSH---new friends or opportunities; something growing in life
CABBAGE---jealousy; with dots, at work
CANDLE---help from others
CAP---trouble, take care
CAT---deceit, a false friend
CHAIN---engagement, a wedding
CIRCLE---success, completion; with a dot, a baby
CLOUDS---trouble; with dots, many problems
DAGGAR---danger from self or others, beware of recklessness
DISH---trouble at home
DOG---good friend; if at bottom, friend needs help
ELEPHANT---wisdom and strength
FACE---a change, may be a setback
FEATHERS---lack of concentration
FENCE---limitations, minor setbacks, not permanent
FINGER---emphasizes whatever sign it points at
FIRE---achievement, especially artistic; danger of haste
GATE---opportunity, future success
GOAT---be careful of enemies
HAMMER---hard work needed
HAND---if open, friendship; if closed, an argument
HAT---improvement, especially a new job
HEART---love, pleasure, trust
HORSE---if galloping, good news; if head only, a lover
HOURGLASS---need to decide something
INSECT---problems are minor and easily ovecome
KANGAROO---harmony at home
KETTLE---any illness is minor
KITE---wishes coming true
LADDER ---promotion, a rise in life
LAMP---at top, a feast; at side, secrets revealed; at bottom, a feast or a party postponed
LEAF---good fortune, new life
LINES---straight, progress; wavy, uncertain path
LOOP---avoid impulsive action
MAN---near handle, a visitor; clear and distinct, a dark person; vague, a light colored person
MOUNTAIN---great goals, but also difficulties
MUSHROOM---at top, journey or move to the country; near bottom, rapid growth, but if reversed, frustration
NECKLACE---complete, admirers; broken, danger of losing a lover
OAK---health, long life
PALM TREE---success, honor
PARROT---a journey, but also people talking
PIG---prosperity, possibly greed
PURSE---at top, profit; at bottom, loss
QUESTION MARK---need for caution
RABBIT---need for bravery
RING---at top, marriage or an offer of marriage; at bottom, long engagement; if broken, engagement is broken off
SCALE---legal issues; if balanced a just result; if unbalanced, unjust
SCISSORS---quarrels, possibly separation
SHELTER---danger of loss or ill health
SHOE---change for the better
SNAKE---an enemy, but also wisdom
SPIDER---reward for work
STAR---health and happiness, hope
SUN---happiness, success, power
THIMBLE---changes at home
TORTOISE---criticism, usually beneficial
URN---wealth and happiness
VASE---a friend that needs help
WHEEL---if complete, good fortune; if broken, disappointments
ZEBRA---adventure, especially overseas