10 Ways to Use Divination During the Dark Moon

As the moon wanes and the days begin to grow shorter, both the time of year and the lunar phase create ideal conditions for experimenting with the art of divination.

From traditional methods like the Tarot, to lesser known arts like smoke scrying, from techniques that make use of exotic ritual tools to the simple act of gazing into the clouds, I compiled a list of ways to pay closer attention to the messages of a deeper reality.

I tried to include divination systems that are readily available, as well as some more esoteric systems worth exploring.

Divination is an art form.  It takes patience, practice and concentration!  Just like anything else, the more you do it, the more you will be rewarded with new insights and clarity.

1.  Kaleidoscope scrying.  I love this idea!  Simply look into the kaleidoscope, rotate the dial, breath deeply and let yourself be mesmerized.

2. Cloud scrying.  I wrote extensively about cloud scrying here.   I love this method because with a very few exceptions (in certain climates, clouds are rare), cloud scrying is available to everyone.  Plus, laying on the lawn during a pleasant afternoon is just good for you!

3.  Smoke scrying.  Personally, I find this method extremely spiritual and healing.  Incense sticks are cheap and will do in a pinch, but there are lots of variations.  Smoke bombs in a cauldron have a theatrical quality and are great for group rituals.  For solitaries, burn herbs known for their tendency to heighten spiritual awareness, like belladonna and mugwort.

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4.  Reading tea leaves.  The first records of tea leaf reading in Europe date back to the 17th century, right around the time that the Dutch merchants brought tea back from China.  Since that time, tea leaf reading evolved into a spiritual discipline practiced around the world.  Try it!

5.  Bone Casting.  Another form of fortune telling with ancient roots, references to bone casting appear in biblical scripture, Roman mythology and Chinese prophecy.  This system might be as simple as using a collection of chicken thigh bones.

6.  Ink water scrying.  This method works just like a scrying mirror, except with water and a dark ink.  You can even use the ink from a fountain pen or a ball point.  Dye the water dark enough that it almost looks black, dim the lights (candles are best) and allow your eyes to lose focus.  Wait.

7.  Tarot cards.  If you struggle to find anything in scrying techniques or systems the require too much visualization, the Tarot gives you more to grab onto mentally than many other systems.  However, learning the “traditional” meanings of each card requires a lot of dedicated memorization.  While the tarot relies on very subjective imagery and creative interpretation is usually encouraged, most readers know a basic, near-universal tarot “language.”

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8. Runes make perfect additions to the crafty or artistic practitioner’s tool kit.  Easy and inexpensive to make, carve a set of runes into wood or paint them on tiny pebbles.  Much of Runic history is complex or lost, so many interpretations of the symbols of themselves exist.  Read about them, come up with your own interpretation and apply it consistently.

9.  Pyromancy.   If you’re a fire sign, working with fire as a “porthole” may really appeal to you.   Use a single candle flame or a full on bonfire.  Flash powder is especially fun for this.

10.  Palmistry.  While many systems tend to be introspective and involve very little interaction with others, palmistry is perhaps one of the most intimate, connective, sensual forms of divination.   


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Cloud Scrying for Beginners

Last year, I did a post on Bone Reading.

Now that the weather is warm, I’d like to talk about another form of divination commonly referred to as cloud scrying.

Cloud scrying

Scrying is the art of looking for hidden messages in different objects.  The most accessible form of scrying for most people is the crystal ball, but people have used everything from tea leaves to chicken bones.

Today, we’ll talk about how you can use clouds in a similar way.  I like clouds for the purpose of scrying because they are:

1.  Free.

2.  Available to almost anyone.

3.  Brings us closer to the natural world.

4.  Something you can do in broad daylight, where many beginners find occult practices less intimidating.

5.  Something you’ve probably already done, or did do as a child, without knowing it.

The first thing to remember is that scying is essentially meditation with your eyes open.  When you think of it this way, the basics become easier to master, especially if you have experience with meditation.
Much like ordinary meditation, clearing your mind becomes both the most important and the most difficult task.

Fortunately, laying on your back in the grass on a warm day lends itself nicely to clarity of the mind.

Choose a pleasant day with warm temperatures.  Be sure also that the sun is not too high or too strong.  You should be able to look up at the clouds without straining or squinting into the light.

Load a relaxing soundtrack onto your phone or MP3 player.  Some people find music distracting and if that’s you, then simply enjoy the silence or the sounds of your natural surroundings.  Certainly, if your phone alerts constantly, it’s not helpful, which is why I generally prefer to use an MP3 player and leave the phone behind.  But if you opt for sound, I recommend meditation music to get you in the right frame of mind.

Be patient.  Don’t leap right away to deciphering shapes or even words in the clouds above you.  Relax.  Allow them to float over you for a while.  Scrying rarely rewards an impatient or over-eager practitioner.

Even if nothing obvious leaps out at you that day, or the next day, keep at it.  Make a habit of trying on your nature walks.  With regular practice, it becomes easier and easier.

Once you get the hang of it, write down your insights!  Your journal or Book of Shadows provides the perfect space for any kind of spiritual thoughts.  Note your progress.  Even better, take pictures of shapes in the clouds that you found especially inspiring.  Come back to them later to see if anything else jumps out at you about those formations.

Make a point to make the most of this summer season.  Blessed be!

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Free Will of Fate Tarot Spread

In my last post, we discussed the concept of the “Free Will of Fate.”

Discussion is one thing, practical application is another.  So I decided to show you a simple Tarot spread that applies this principle in the practice of divination.

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Position 1:  The Crossroads.  This position represents the figurative place you are in right now.  Before you, you face a decision with two options.  This decision may be a major life decision (like whether or not to get married right now) or not (like whether to eat that muffin.)

Position 2:  Represents the first step on the first optional road you could take from Position 1.  By now, the decision is made, you chose left instead of right, and this will determine your course.

Position 3:  Represents an obstacle on this path.

Position 4:  Represents someone or something that will help you along your way on this path.

Position 5:  Represents the first step on the second optional road you could take from Position 1.  By now, the decision is made, you chose right instead of left, and this will determine your course.

Position 6:  Represents an obstacle on this path.

Position 7:  Represents someone or something that will help you along your way on this path.

Position 8:  Final outcome.  Lesson learned.  The point of this spread is that you will arrive at your destination no matter how you chose to get there.  This idea is both liberating and difficult for the controlling nature of the human condition.

I hope you enjoyed this new spread, and add it to your repertoire!

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