Today’s Witchy Wednesday catchup (or YouTube Pagan Challenge Off YouTube), is about divination. Do you use it, and if so, what types?
Divination is one of my favourite tools in the Witch’s arsenal. I have tried my hand at most kinds. The ones that I have developed a talent for are dream interpretation, tarot, dowsing, and scrying.
As a kid, I had wicked nightmares paired with sleep paralysis. I also grew up knowing that prophetic dreams run in my family, so when I was about 12 or so I decided that I would take control of the runaway train that was my subconscious mind, and I studied lucid dreaming.
The first part, of course, was to be able to take control of nightmares. It’s not an easy skill to master, but it does work. My key was always “pinch me”, since I don’t feel pain in dreams, it helped alert my conscious mind that what I was seeing and experiencing wasn’t real.
I kept a dream journal for a while, but I find that with dreams, the message is something that is pretty immediate, and once deciphered, is really no longer relevant, so I fell out of that practise.
My mom had a tarot deck while I was growing up, and since I was always a bit of an art nut, I was drawn to cards with pictures on them. It has taken me a while, but I feel I know them pretty well — upright anyway. This year I am learning reversed card interpretations as well.
I don’t have a lot of things that I collect anymore — when I was little I collected all kinds of bits an bobs, but being a bit of a nomad in my adult life has necessitated that I have considerably less stuff. Tarot decks are really the only thing I still collect outside of photographs. Here are some of my beloveds (not all, because some were still packed from our trip when these photos were taken):
This is my Robin Wood tarot deck. An oldie, but still a classic, and I love it. Very similar imagery to the Rider-Waite, but with a bit of a Pagan twist.
This is the Sacred Circle tarot. This was my very first deck, and while I never really connected to the images in the cards, I hang on to it for sentimental reasons.
This is the DruidCraft tarot. Also one of my favourites. Alas, it isn’t used as often as I would like because the cards are gigantic. The art is still beautiful, though, so that makes up for it.
This was my second ever tarot deck, The Pagan Tarot. The images are very different from the Rider-Waite, and tell the tale of a modern Pagan/Wiccan seeker’s journey. This deck makes me feel very nostalgic about my own beginnings as a young Pagan. While I don’t connect well to the court cards, I still use it roughly once a week or so.
And here is one of my absolute favs (tied with my mom’s old deck), the Shadowscapes tarot. The artwork is amazing, and the cards are shockingly accurate. I had been following this artist for years before she started work on her deck. I remember the announcement when she began work on it and the year I spent on the edge of my seat. I use this deck almost every day.
The other two techniques for divination I use are dowsing with a pendulum, and scrying. For scrying I usually use water in some form, be it condensation on a window or a glass or a dark bowl of water. I’m a bit out of practise, but the more often I meditate, the easier it is. I have a small piece of labradorite that has some beautiful patterning that I will be making use of as I get back into the practise of scrying. It’s set into a pendant, so it is also travel sized!
My first pendulum was a “toy” that my mom helped me to make when I was about 10 years old. It was a lead fishing weight on the end of a piece of white string. It always worked for me, and it was usually pretty accurate. Great for an either/or type question or decision that needs to be made.
My current pendulums are crystals of varying sizes and a lovely handmade one that is made from a seashell. The lead one has been passed on to my daughter. She is still a little young for it, but she likes to have something special that is just between her and Mommy.
Next week, or this week if I find the time, we are talking about spells. Until then, folks! Cheers!