🎲 Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE - Divining Differently

Merry meet!

Thank you once again to all those who joined in for last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge - Multilingual Magick :speaking_head:

After last week’s linguistic challenge it’s time to give our mouths a break- let’s open up that Third Eye instead! :eye:

This week’s challenge was suggested by the wonderful @Anjelique and is…

Unconventional Different Unusual Divination Spells8 Challenge

:game_die: :candle: Divining Differently - Unconventional Forms of Divination :cloud: :face_with_monocle:

Peer past convention- the best way to see the unknown is by exploring the unknown itself!

Calling all diviners, fortune tellers, soothsayers, and those who wish to see beyond- this challenge is for you!

In the same series as Foretelling the Future and A Touch of Tarot, this challenge is all about divination- but what we’re looking at here is pushing your divination skills to new and previously unknown reaches :raised_hands:

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This week’s theme challenges you to explore a different form of divination - but as always, how you do so is up to you!

Please note that while this theme encourages you to pursue unconventional methods of divination, what is “conventional” or standard in a practice is entirely up to the individual. While many would think of tarot or crystal balls as a tried-and-true form of divination, to someone who has never used tarot before, experimenting with the cards for the first time would definitely count as breaking into new territory :railway_track:

So are you ready? Because it’s…



From ShirleyTwoFeathers: Ailuromancy

STEP 1 : The Many Marvelous Methods of Divination :mag:

This challenge is all about exploring a new or unconventional method of divination- there are certainly many ways to jump in!

Still not sure where to begin?

To help you get started, the following list has a few suggestions in which a witch might approach this challenge! :sparkles:

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:crystal_ball: Intro to Divination

Whether you are brand new to divination or ready to delve into a new type of divination, this guide covers the basics and introduces numerous ways to see the unknown.

Divination Methods: Traditional and Modern Techniques

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:fallen_leaf: Reading Tea Leaves

Tasseography is a form of divination that involves reading tea leaves or coffee grinds. It is not only a great way to develop your intuition and symbolism-reading abilities, it is a very fun (and casual!) form of divination that is easy to do.

Tasseography: How to Read Tea Leaves

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:black_joker: Tarot

Been thinking about tarot but not sure where to start? Consider this your sign! Tarot cards are a widely popular form of divination and are a great place to get started if you are new to divination!

The Complete Tarot Course

→ Don’t have tarot cards? Here is a deck you can print out and use for free!

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:spades: Divination with Regular Playing Cards

Did you know that you can use a regular playing deck to divine the future? But using some handy tricks to relate it to tarot reading methods, you’ll be able to divine any time you can get your hands on a deck of cards. It’s not just handy, it’s a fantastic party trick!

How to Tell Fortunes with Regular Playing Cards

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:game_die: Dice Divination

Have you ever tried divining with dice? This guide will help you get started!

How to Use Dice for Divination

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:bird: Other Unconventional Methods of Divination

Reading the patterns of birds? Finding symbolism in the clouds? There are divination methods for that! :wink:

  • Cromniomancy- reading omens from onion sprouts :onion:
  • Capnomancy- predicting events by looking through smoke :cloud:
  • Omphalomancy- divination by examining a woman’s bellybutton :pregnant_woman:
  • Onychomancy- reading a reflection of sunlight on your fingernails :nail_care:
    …Head to the post for the full list of methods!

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…And More!

As always, you are free to pursue the exciting world of unconventional divination in whatever way best suits your unique magickal practice :blush:

From Interesly: Oomancy

STEP 2 : Share Your Experience :writing_hand:

Please click here for notes about challenge inclusivity

Everyone is welcome to join the challenge by practicing magick in line with the current theme. For lurkers and those who don’t feel comfortable sharing, it is absolutely okay to follow along with the challenge but keep your entry personal. Feel free to join in spirit and do what feels most comfortable for you! :blush:

That being said, please know that if you would like to receive a prize and a public shout-out, it is required that you share your experience.

To participate in the challenge, please share:

  1. How you explored a new area of divination this week

For your entry to be counted, please write about your experience in the comments below and/or create a new thread in the forums.

Note : If you choose to create a new thread, please tag the challenge by adding a hyperlink back to this post so that I can easily find it- thank you! :bowing_woman:

:exclamation: This challenge will close in 6 DAYS :exclamation:

To join in, please share your experience by:

Tuesday, August 23rd at 7:00 AM CET (Central European Time)
( 2022-08-23T05:00:00Z )

(Note that the time zone is CET- you can use this time zone calculator to switch into your time zone!)

For their efforts, all participants will receive a special shout-out and a small prize! :gift:

Acknowledgments will be given in a Props and Presents Post that will appear in the forums on Tuesday.

After the challenge closes, you are still very welcome to post but please be aware that no additional prizes will be given. This discussion will remain open for about a week after the challenge finishes.

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Augury Birds
From Nonfictioness: Traditional Methods of Divination

A warm reminder that all challenges are designed to be very open- everyone is encouraged to participate in a way that honors and reflects their unique practice :open_book:

If you have any doubts about if something is acceptable to post or say, please double-check with the Forum FAQ and/or reach out to your friendly Moderator Team .

And for those new to challenges- welcome! :heart: Know that the goal of these activities is to help you further diversify and strengthen your abilities and to bring together the Spells8 forum family to inspire and support one another in creative ways :hugs:

Picture from Pixabay

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The future, the past, and what lies between
There’s so much there that remains unseen.
So grab your cards, your dice, your tea-
Who knows what wondrous things you’ll see!

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Blessed be and happy divining! :game_die::sparkles:


Strange! I was thinking about trying a different form of divination a few days ago! This one would involve darkness. With your eyes closed or with your eyes open in the darkness, you can see shapes. I could try to interpret those shapes with Veaug’s help, of course.
Maybe I’ll call it Vulommancy or Vulmancy. Vulom is the word for darkness and Vul is the word for dark in Dovahzul.


That’s so interesting… @TheTravelWitch_Bry
And I love learning new things!


Love Wednesdays!!! It’s new challenge day!

Oh, I’d love to try my hand at a different method of divination. Dice sounds interesting and I did finish my set of Ogham staves from the last challenge that I could try out.

@TheTravelWitch_Bry Would scrying count for this challenge? It’s something that I’ve never tried but have wondered about.

Decisions, decisions…


Ooh, so much fun!! I’ve recently started to build a charm set but have yet to try to do a reading with it so this is perfect!


I am interested in learning Tarot, so I think I will start the Tarot course.


@katnabis very nice staves! I’m learning about Ogham but haven’t graduated to making or using staves, if that’s the route you choose, I would love to hear about it. Also, yes scrying would count for the challenge… so yes… decisions, decisions :laughing:

I have my own decisions… I really want to use my new pendulum which is copper & quartz I haven’t done much with pendulums so I really don’t know what I would want to ask or use it for right now. I had thought of chakras but I’m not sure about that since I was rearranging & looking through things :rofl: I also want to try Lithomancy… casting stones (crystals) I have a layout for that too & a guide on how to read the stones that are cast… of course I could make Ogham staves if I can find some acceptable wood from around here… between the trees we have, craft store, & brush… I’ll find something. maybe take apart clothes pins!

Ah… decisions, decisions… :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:


I’m so excited! I am ready to get back to challenges and this one sounds like a blast!


I have runes but I haven’t used them in a donk’s age and I never got the handle of reading the things. Think I’ll do that. Sounds like it’s going to be a fun challenge!


Donk @Amethyst , love it bwahahahahaha :face_with_hand_over_mouth:


I may happen to know of a post that can assist you @Amethyst :wink:


CONFESSION: I did not know you could use Divination with regular playing cards & I’m SO excited to try this!!! I also cannot wait to go through the tarot course. I have not gotten to tarot yet. I’m still learning anything and everything. However, my boyfriend actually went with me last week into a crystal shop and bought me things I NEEDED and was OUT OF! 1) that’s a long way for him because he kept telling me he didn’t want “witchy stuff in our house” for the longest time. But since he’s seen what I’ve done, he’s respecting my moon water in the fridge and offered to take me and buy me supplies last week that I was out of (candles, incense, etc.) SO … POINT BEING - LOL, I told him I wanted tarot cards but not this time because I’m not ready. My birthday is NEXT week, and I think I know what I’m asking him for! :slight_smile:

Can’t wait this challenge. I hope everyone has a great time with their work this week and Blessed Be Everyone!!!


Super excited! I have a rune set and a pendulum but never used them so I guess it is a good opportunity to do so. Also I would like to try scrying :crystal_ball:


Im thinking of using my cryatals in divination like runes but without the runes anf using the xorrespondances of crystals to where they land to see what message is.

Another idea is using ny scentsy scent samples to do a divination and look up correspondance for the ingredients or frangrances ysed in tge scents and tgen maybe use scent and correspondance to do a meditation on it.

I could do a crystal meditation after crystals divination too😁… just a few thoughts what could do.


@Phoenix_Fire divination with crystals is called Lithomancy & you can find casting associations & types of casting with the crystals too. I’ll see if I can find some information on it for you.

I have never tried divination with smells! What a great way to explore!

I have never really done scrying of any kind, so there’s something I could look into also.


@Kasandra Darkness divination sounds amazing! :star_struck: And I think you’ve got two options for the perfect name for the method too- Vulom and Vul are pretty similar which is neat. I wonder if Dovahzul is tied or influenced by Latin at all? Either way, very cool method! :blush:

@Marsha Hooray for experimenting and learning new things! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: Whatever you choose, I hope you have fun and enjoy the process, Marsha!

@Katnabis I love the lead in from the last challenge into this one- it feels like a continuation of what you put into motion last time, which is really neat! :blush: And yes! As long as it is something that is new to you, scrying absolutely counts for the challenge. Feel free to pursue your interests and have fun with your divination! Good luck! :sparkles:

@Amaris_Bane Ohhhh your charm set sounds fascinating! Good luck and have with your readings! :grinning:

@JoeyP Hooray! Tarot is a really wonderful form of divination- wishing you all the best as you jump in. Have fun, and let us know how it goes for you, Joey! :flower_playing_cards: :sparkles:

@Siofra_Strega Hahaha so many fun choices! Whatever method(s) you choose to explore this week, I hope you have fun with them. Good luck! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

@AileyGrey Wooohooo! Welcome back to the challenges, Ailey- I hope you have fun with this one! Good luck! :partying_face:

@Amethyst Ohhhh exciting rune work! :star_struck: May it all go well and turn into a fun process for you, Amethyst- I hope you enjoy it! :raido: :two_hearts:

@Janae_Rochele That is so wonderful that your boyfriend is supporting you, and hooray for new crystals! :gem: A tarot deck is a wonderful birthday gift- I hope you get a deck that excites you! And happy birthday in advance- may it be a very blessed week to your special day! :birthday::two_hearts:

@stavroula This is your sign to pursue those interests- runes, pendulums, and scrying are all wonderful methods of divination! Whatever method(s) you choose to explore this week, I’m wishing you all the best- have fun with them! :crystal_ball: :blush:

@Phoenix_Fire Crystal divination, scent work, and meditations are all very exciting ideas- you’ve got some fun things to pursue this week! Hope you enjoy and that it all goes well for you- good luck! :raised_hands:


What a fun idea! I love how these practices encourage me to learn something new. I have not tried my pendulums yet so that maybe my goal this week.


It’s a legitimate measurement! It’s just longer than a month of Sundays! LOL!

I know of several posts on runes done by a fabulous person I’m going to use! Thanks, love!

I made my own runes years ago with a simple sharpie and blank wooden disks from the craft store. They aren’t very fancy but they feel good, you know? Maybe this is the kick in the rear I need to work with them more. Thank you!


Personally, the realization that pagan rituals and customs are incorporated into almost everything we modern folk do is a daily occurrence. From the days of the week, to holidays, etc., these traditions have survived and will continue.
The wisdom of Ornithomancy, as birds react to alterations in Earth’s electromagnetic field, is simply brilliant. As is Cromniomancy. When humans were so completely dependent upon changes in soil and weather for their crops, stability of homes, etc., this simply makes good common sense.
For me as a sole practitioner (I’m still getting used to that term lol), I rely mostly on prayers/chants, home/hearth, and other traditional forms of practice. Using these suggestions to increase my devotional practice also makes simple good common sense. I have always been awed by scrying and mirror magick, so maybe that’s my cue to carefully delve into those avenues.
Thank you again for another great Witchy Challenge!


Reading the tea leaves, recommended by @TheTravelWitch_Bry , so I did it for the first time some months ago. The imagines I saw played out in my life, I’d say it was a success.

Haven’t done it since, but I’d like to do it some more, Tasseography. Just need to get my hands on some loose tea leaves (herbal). Unfortunately, Wholefoods and the natural markets around me don’t carry loose tea leaves except for Green Tea, but I’m keeping away from caffeine. Going to have to order it online, but it just keeps slipping from my mind, been holding me back.

For this challenge, going to order some loose tea leaves by Tuesday!

Edit: the challenge is to try a new method I haven’t done before, got it! Since I have done Tasseography once, it does still feel new, I will attempt another divination method that I haven’t done. There’s some interesting ones listed. The Sunlight on the finger nail, that one sounds cool.

I’m still going to order those tea leaves by Tuesday.