Warm greetings and merry meet to all!
Thank you again to all those who joined in on last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge- Potion Making.
Stirring bubbling cauldrons and creating concoctions have been associated with witchcraft throughout history and have become a pillar in many practices. This week we will peer into another foundational aspect that draws many to use their innate magickal talents.
The theme for this week’s challenge is…
[ sooth-sey-ing ] noun
- The practice or art of foretelling events.
- A prediction or prophecy.
[Definition from Dictionary.com]
What wonders does the future have in store for you? Although some may be hesitant about peeking at events yet to come, there is a certain intrigue and temptation into looking at our future
Depending on your personal beliefs and stance on free will, some may believe that fate is cast in stone while others may see the future as something ever-changing and malleable.
On your journey into soothsaying, you may interpret your readings however they appear to you- as events sure to come or perhaps as guidance to steer you away from calamity.
To learn more about building your intuition and delving into divination practices before you give it a try for yourself, visit Lesson 7 of the Holistic Witch Course: Intuition and Divination
Ready to see what lies ahead? It’s CHALLENGE TIME!
STEP 1: Divining the Future
The art of predictions and making prophecies is shared by cultures around the world- there are many traditional practices that you can use to look into the future!
Soothsaying and the art of foretelling can also be referred to as Divination. While some forms of soothsaying like Haruspex may require extensive training and specialized tools, you may be surprised to find that other fortune-telling methods are much more accessible.
You likely already have divination tools on hand!
Here a few beginner-friendly soothsaying methods you can do at home:
Scrying is the art of looking into an object and reading the symbols, shapes, and signs that appear to you. You can peer into a crystal ball if you have one, but your choices are unlimited.
Fan of board games? Open up a game box and get out the dice- they aren’t just for fun! The seemingly random array of numbers can be interpreted to give you the answers you seek.
Get out your dice and give it a try after reading the Guide: How to Use Dice for Divination
~Ornithomancy/Roman Augury/Bird Readings~
Ancient Romans developed a way to turn bird-watching into an insightful activity- consider taking some time to see what messages the birds have for you!
There is a lot to learn about the history and practice of reading omens from bird watching in the post: Ornithomancy
~Tasseography/ Tea Leaf Reading~
Tea is a beverage celebrated around the world- did you also know you can use it for magick? You can use tea to Answer Your Questions, practice Tea Magick, and relax with Tea Mediations. But when your cup is empty, the real fun begins- read the leaves and sediment to predict your future!
You can learn more about how to get started with tea divinations in the post Tasseography: Tea Leaf Readings.
Tarot cards and Oracle cards have been developed specifically for divination purposes. If getting a deck and learning to read are of interest to you, you may want to check out A Quick and Easy Tarot Guide to Self-Readings and the Complete Tarot Course .
Don’t have a tarot deck? No worries! It is possible to use a regular deck of playing cards to make predictions too.
In the post Other Little-Known Methods of Divination, Francisco goes into detail about the following methods:
- Cromniomancy- reading omens from onion sprouts
- Capnomancy- predicting events by looking through smoke
- Omphalomancy- divination by examining a woman’s bellybutton
- Onychomancy- reading a reflection of sunlight on your fingernails
~Historical and Traditional Divination Methods~
For anyone fascinated by divination methods from around the world, HarvardX has a free online class called PredictionsX: Omens, Oracles, and Prophecies that goes more into detail about predictive methods and their cultural/ historical significance.
Several of the methods discussed (such as using Egyptian Statues, Haruspicy, and the Oracle of Delphi) would likely not be practical for the modern solitary practitioner. However, the class is free and I found it to be very educational- it is a great source for Divination enthusiasts curious about the history of this fascinating practice!
STEP 2: Share Your Experience
To participate in the challenge, you must share your soothsaying experience!
What method(s) of divination did you try? and How did it go?
You are very welcome to share any insights or revelations about what you saw, but it is also understandable if you wish to keep personal details private.
For your entry to be counted, please write about your experience below and/or create a new post in the forums (in the Recommendations category!). If you create a new post, please tag the challenge by adding a hyperlink or link back to this post - thank you!
All those who cast their magic into the future to reveal the secrets of what lies ahead will receive a special shout-out and small prize for their brave endeavors!
This challenge will be open for 6 DAYS!
To join in, please post about your divinations by 7:00 AM CET (Central European Time) on Tuesday, October 13th!
A Props and Presents Post will appear in the forums on Tuesday after the deadline. After the challenge closes, you are still very welcome to post but please be aware that no additional prizes will be given.
A warm reminder that this challenge is very open- all are encouraged to participate in a way that reflects their unique practice.
There are no right or wrong answers so long as you practice respectfully, and there is no way to ‘lose’ the challenge if you participate!
By exploring new aspects of magick and trying new practices, the hope with challenges 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 fun ways!
May the fortunes guide you safely through the years and foretell much happiness and great joy awaiting you in days to come!
Blessed be and delightful divination to you!