For my entry to this week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge- Foretelling the Future, I decided to combine divination methods.
Why combine methods?
There are many reasons why you might consider using two methods of divination for the same question:
To increase accuracy. When one method says “yes” you might still feel unsure. But when two methods give you the same answer- you’ll have a stronger sense of security.
To double-check your interpretation. Methods like tarot or tea leaf readings give answers coded in symbols- your card/leaves may be trying to tell you one thing, but you interpreted it in a different way! Asking the same question to your pendulum or dice can help to give you direction and solidify meanings.
You are testing a new method. Maybe you have a new bag of runes or pendulum you are testing out. Cross-checking a reading with your trusted method can help to reveal if the new method works for you. If the answers don’t align- it may be that you need to connect more with your new tools, or perhaps they just need a good cleansing.
It’s good practice. The more you use your magickal tools, the more comfortable you will feel with them! Daily readings will help you learn your tarot cards and help you memorize symbolism and meanings. Cross-checking can help to illuminate meanings you may not have picked up.
It’s fun! One reading is exciting, so two readings is double the fun! Try new things and challenge yourself- this is how we learn and grow as witches
For the challenge, I boosted my daily tarot card with a tea leaf reading. I thought that the card might influence what I saw in my cup, so I started with my morning tea. I enjoyed a lovely black blend, then prepped for reading
For anyone interested, you can find a guide in Tasseology: Tea Leaf Divination
The question I asked my cup was, "What should I be aware of today?" Here’s what I got…
Right away I saw a girl with a heart. She seemed to be waving
The lens of my camera seems to reset my eyes and give me new visions. As I was taking a picture, it was like the scene changed:
I saw a person reaching for a steaming tea kettle- and that seems like a direct call-out of my three to four cups of tea each day
The bottom appeared to be a rugged natural landscape with mountains with a planet and two smaller planets or stars
With a few ideas of how to interpret my tea leaves, I got out my deck and drew a daily card
I got… Temperance
The temperance card represents taking the middle road. It can read as advice to take things as they come and in moderation.
My interpretation: Temperance, the waving and loving girl, and the hot tea kettle all point towards a day of love and self-care. I think I should not stress about my task list today and take one things at a time. I should reach out to loved ones and spend time relaxing with my beloved cups of tea
As for reading visuals, the two white flowers on the card looks like the two stars or planets I saw in my cup- it seems the number two may be important today. Two is one of the hardest words in the Polish language, as they have about a million ways to say it.
Language meme hiding here....
[Pic from Pintrest]
I do have language class today, so it looks like it may be a struggle!
Takeaways: While these methods worked for the question I asked and I figured out a reading that feels right to me, I have to admit that Tarot cards and tasseology are both methods that rely heavily on symbolism and personal interpretation. For future cross-checks that need more specialized advice, I want to try using a method that gives more direct answers (reading smoke, dice, pendulum) and then one method that has a more open approach (tarot or tea leaves).
Have you ever cross-checked your readings?
- No, but I’d like to try
- No, and it’s not for me
Happy predicting and blessed be!