Way to go to everyone that participated in the last Divination Discussion and tried to see through muddy water!
YAY! Thank you all for participating!
As @TheTravelWitch said, sometimes reading tarot for others involves a lot less drawing cards and a lot more telling the querent (person asking the questions) to be more specific and honest with themselves. Other times, it is up to the reader to try and see through the muddy waters of the questions, find the truth, and give the insight to help the querent.
@TheTravelWitch told the woman that she needs to be honest with herself before the cards can be honest with her.
@MeganB decided to interpret the pre-made tarot spread and help the woman choose a path.
@praecog29 used his beautiful Modified Gaia Tree tarot spread with some crystals for added clarity.
@Jeannie1 chose to use a Choices tarot spread to show the querent there may be difficulty coming her way.
As diviners, readers of fortunes and seekers of the truth and future, half of our battle when reading for others is finding out the truth. Some people believe that if the querent is not honest with you or in their intentions, the cards can tell and will not be honest back. Sometimes I think reading tarot for others can turn us into glorified, and unqualified, therapists. Often, someone coming to you for a reading may just need another set of eyes and ears on their situation or, if they’re like me, they just need to say things out loud to another person to get some clarity.
However you decide to read for someone is your choice, but you always have the choice to say no and you should always be honest about your reasons.
Great job everyone!
Ready for the new discussion?
For this discussion, I want to talk about what to do when you get a new tool. Recently in a Discord community that I’m in, someone mentioned that they got a new tarot deck and they were not sure what to do with it before they used it. They had heard the common things of cleansing the deck and sleeping with it to acclimate their energies, but they didn’t know what else.
So, what do you do when you get a new divination tool? Do you have a ritual of sorts? Do you cleanse it? Do you sleep with it under your pillow or carry it with you wherever you go? Let’s talk about it!
What to do?
Tell us about a time you received a new divination tool and what you did!
How do you cleanse your tools? Do you use salt? Smoke? Air?
Do you sleep with your new tool under your pillow or close to you? Do you carry it with you everywhere? What is your reasoning?
Do you believe there is a difference between cleansing and clearing your new tools?
As an animist myself, my divination tools have their own spirits. Each one has a personality on their own and some tools are more suited to specific situations and questions. How do you view your tools? Do they have spirits themselves? Or just energies? Or are they just tools?
Don’t have a divination tool or experience to share?
Imagine that you got a divination tool that you’ve had your eye on for a while. What do you think you would do?
Not into divination so much? Maybe think about this question in terms of other tools you have!
New to Divination Discussion?
How does it work?
Every two weeks, 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.
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.
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.
Any divination method is okay - use what you’re okay with.
This challenge will run from Thursday of one week to the end of day Wednesday the following week.
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.
Please use trigger warnings if your interpretation involves any mention of the following.
Trigger Warning Words (click me)
- other sensitive materials
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Be sure to get your interpretations in before Wednesday, February 17th!
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.
Cromniomancy, Capnomancy & Other Little-Known Divination Methods
How to Use Dice for Divination
Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE- Fortelling the Future
Tasseography: Tea Leaf Divination
Fortune Telling with Regular Cards
Whole Tarot Video Course
Talk Tarot with Me at Round the Cauldron