Divination Discussion ☁ Many Methods

Way to go to everyone that participated in last week’s Divination Discussion where we spoke a little bit about ethics and love life readings with Love Life Lisa :heart:

YAY! Thank you all for participating! (after I corrected my due date mistake :sweat_smile: )

@john4 wrote about their reading style and using the Celtic Cross spread :crystal_ball:
@kasie and @christina4 said that Love Life Lisa doesn’t need tarot, she needs Dr. Phil :rofl:
@krista_moon said Love Life Lisa would have to convince her that she wouldn’t just take the reading and run with it :running_man:
@praecog29 pulled from personal experience and suggested that Love Life Lisa get a reading about her current love energy instead of who her soulmate is :heart_decoration:
@TheTravelWitch played Devil’s Advocate and read for Love Life Lisa :scream_cat:
@krissie117 said they probably couldn’t read for Love Life Lisa because she probably already knows the answer :face_with_monocle:
And I said that Love Life Lisa probably doesn’t need a reading about love, but about self-development and making up her mind.

Flexing our ethical and moral muscles is not only good practice when reading for others, but it can help when reading for ourselves, too. Situations like Love Life Lisa’s are not uncommon, albeit not everyone is attracted to multiple people and can’t make up their mind…but anyway – the point is that lis complex. Knowing where you stand ethically in terms of reading styles and the questions you will and won’t answer is important for anyone practicing divination.

Great job everyone!

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Ready for the new discussion?

This time, we’re going to look at less conventional methods of divination.

We all know the usual things like tarot, pendulums, and runes. What about some methods that are based on folklore? Or historical practice? Or just something that sounds completely made up? Divination has been practiced for a very, very long time. In the span of thousands of years, many different methods of divination have come and gone. A thousand years ago, they didn’t have tarot cards. So how did they divine the future? How did they help themselves with divination and fortune-telling?


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This week, I want you to do a bit of research and find an unconventional divination method to tell us about. You dont’ need to write an essay :rofl: but you can if you want!

When you write about it, be sure to tell us…
:cloud: The name of the practice
:cloud: What it means
:cloud: How you do it
:cloud: Where you found your information

Need some inspiration or ideas?
Cromniomancy, Capnomancy & Other Little-Known Divination Methods :crystal_ball:
How to Use Dice for Divination :game_die:
Tasseography: Tea Leaf Divination :tea:
Methods of Divination - Wikipedia

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New to Divination Discussion?

How does it work?

  • Each week, starting on Thursday, I’ll be posting a new hypothetical divination question.
    For anyone that doesn’t have a divination method or wants to make it a little more challenging, I’ll have another option available for you.

  • During the week, use whichever method you feel comfortable with to answer the question. Draw as many cards, throw as many bones, or pull as many runes as you need. Any spread you think will work is okay to use that goes with the challenge.

  • Write about it here in the comments and share any pictures you may have taken!

  • Discuss your interpretation and the interpretations of others and help out where you can.

  • Ask questions! If you’re not sure how to interpret something, please ask. Many of us have personal experience or other sources that we can share.

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What’s the purpose?

When we are learning a new method of divination or just practicing, it can be hard to get good practice without actually doing anything. Practicing this way with a hypothetical situation gives you an idea of questions that might be asked and it gives you practice in how to respond if you’re reading for someone else.

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Guidelines

Anyone can participate – from new beginners to seasoned readers alike – to benefit from this discussion. To make sure we’re all on the same page, I’ve got some guidelines for everyone to follow to make this a place of safe and constructive discussion.

  1. Any divination method is okay - use what you’re okay with.

  2. This challenge will run from Thursday of one week to the end of day Wednesday the following week.

  3. If you do not want feedback on your interpretation or reading style, please say so. The purpose of this challenge is to learn and discuss with everyone else.

  4. Please use trigger warnings if your interpretation involves any mention of the following.

Trigger Warning Words (click me)
  • rape
  • abuse
  • violence
  • self-harm
  • other sensitive materials

To hide words, phrases, or content in your writing, highlight it, click the gear button up top in the formatting, and select either Hide Details or Blur Spoiler

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Be sure to get your interpretations in before Wednesday, November 25th!

Remember, there aren’t necessarily wrong answers. Divination is often very personal and that’s why interpretations are fun and good practice!

Need more information on different divination methods? Check out these sources.

:crystal_ball: Cromniomancy, Capnomancy & Other Little-Known Divination Methods
:crystal_ball: How to Use Dice for Divination
:crystal_ball: Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE- Fortelling the Future
:crystal_ball: Tasseography: Tea Leaf Divination
:crystal_ball: Fortune Telling with Regular Cards
:crystal_ball: Whole Tarot Video Course
:crystal_ball: Talk Tarot with Me at Round the Cauldron

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Hopefully tomorrow or on the weekend I will have some time to do this one! I am so busy the next couple of days. Today I have my CT and I have to go stop at a Dr office to pick up some things and tomorrow I have an appointment and I am meeting with a friend to go for a walk or get coffee, it depends on the weather and what my body is doing with the weather.

I’m excited to learn about a different method, I think I will try it with regular cards or maybe tasseography, that one seems interesting too. Ooo… decisions!

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Whee! This is gonna be fun!

The name of the practice is Ailuromancy or aeluromancy.

It means Divination with CATS.

You watch your cat to see what it’s doing and guess what’s going to happen by the way it moves or jumps. Like a cat washing itself is a sign of rain, or if it’s cleaning its ears three times, there will be a visitor showing up.

I found the information here, on a site about different types of divination. I also found some good information here, on Occultopedia.

Personally speaking, I know when it’s time to nap, which seems like always, by watching my cat, Max. LOL. Or when it’s breakfast time, I don’t even need a clock. I just seem to know when to feed him by watching what he’s doing. :joy_cat: :cat2:

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So I found this online before Samhain and I typed it up to put in my BOS

Way to See a Person’s Future Husband with an Apple & Mirror

Written By Goody Feed Team

Timing : Samhain Night

Preparation:

apple

mirror

knife

candle

Prerequisites of the myth states that you should be single and not in a relationship for this to be accurate.

The Spell:

  1. Wait till midnight on the night of Halloween
  2. Prepare a mirror, an apple, a knife and a lit candle
  3. When midnight strikes, peel the apple in front of the mirror in one long continuous strip, making sure that it must not break or something bad would then happen to you.
  4. With your right hand, toss the peel over your left shoulder.

There are several versions as to what would happen after you follow this methodology.

One : When the apple peel hit the ground, it would be in the shape of your future husband’s initials.

(So if looks like a J, it could well be Justin Bieber or your classmate Jin Jin Jin.)

Two: You would be able to see how your future husband would look through the mirror after you have peeled the apple in front of the mirror.

Three: States that you should recite this charm when you peel the apple for it to work

Chant:

I pare this apple round and again
My sweetheart’s name to flourish plain
I fling the pairing o’er my head
My sweetheart’s letter on the ground be read.

Four: Another method instructed a girl to light two candles at midnight, then sit in front of a mirror and eat an apple.

She was then asked to brush her hair, where an image of her future husband would then appear in the mirror behind her shoulder.

Why the mirrors? Mirrors are always considered as portals to the shadow world. In a house where someone has recently passed away, all mirrors are covered, so the person’s soul won’t be trapped inside.

If you break a mirror, it can create 7 years of bad luck, unless you gather all the pieces and wash them in a river that runs south

Bobbing for apples was originally another form of divination called the “aipple dooking” in Scotland, where a tub is filled with water and apples are floated on the surface.

The first person to actually grab an apple with their teeth without the help of their hands would be the first person to marry and he/she can then peel the apple and toss it over their shoulder to see who the person would be.

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Ahhhhh such a great idea, @MeganB! Ohhh choices, choices- so many methods to look into! :star_struck: And @Kasie and @Berta have already found such fascinating ones- I gotta do some digging and see what I can come up with too! :grin:

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Name of the divination practice : Pyro-osteomancy (aka Oracle Bones)

What it involves : A traditional method of divination dating back to the 4th to 3rd millennium BCE in China that involves burning animal bones as part of a fire ritual :bone::fire:

How to read : Bones are heated with fire and the cracks that appear are interpreted by an oracle bone reader. After the reading, a written inscription is recorded to preserve the prediction for review in the future :scroll: .

Information from : The HarvardX free online class PredictionX: Oracles, Omens, Prophecies


Oracle bones are interesting not only from a divination perspective, but this method jumped out to be in my online course because this practice stresses the importance of journaling and recording your findings :open_book:

The written interpretations of oracle bone readings have been preserved from early Chinese Dynasties and offer fascinating insights to what life was like thousands of years ago.

The course says that oracle bone readings began in the 4th millennium BCE and were most popular during the Shang Dynasty. Today, it is no longer a popular or widely practiced method.

It’s a very interesting divination practice, but probably not one that I will add to my personal divination arsenal! Always fun to learn about though :blush:

Thanks again for a fun challenge, @MeganB! :two_hearts:

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EDIT

I lied. I’m going to extend this particular discussion for another week since tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the U.S. and many of us didn’t have adequate time to participate (myself included). The NEW due date is December 2!


This is your reminder! This challenge closes tonight, November 25th, at 11:00 pm EST!

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Oh no! I missed this one, completely by accident. My week was very up & down & full then I got distracted making ornaments. I am making them as gifts for my friends this year. I will try to do better with the next one though! I’m so sorry.

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No worries! I actually extended it for another week :slight_smile:

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Perfect! I still have time! Thank you so much!

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Thanks so much for the extension and this is going to be great! I get excited and a bit nervous since I should be studying more!! I am on a limited time so thanks for the time! Thanks for this Megan!

Jeannie

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