Divination Methods

Back together?

  • Question asked by Antoinette:

    Will I get back together with my ex boyfriend that I still love so much?

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  • The result is side 2 of the 1969 album ‘Puzzle People by the Temptations!

    Listen to me, little darlin’
    The road of love is rough sometimes
    But don’t let it get the best of you
    I’ve been hurt by love so many times
    I know just what you’re goin’ through
    You wish you were never born
    You’ve got to forget him now that he’s gone

  • This is a strange side to an album. It rides from sweet love to grief to obsession, to resignation… and then turns towards a world of greater consciousness:  community action and inner liberation. The journey from heartbreak is a difficult one but with your strength and determination you will find happiness and a new sense of purpose.

  • You will need the warrior spirit of Ogun on your journey. Eat meat or black beans, keep your iron levels up.

    But don’t go crazy on the rum  😉

New Year, new start?

  • Question asked by dori:

    what does 2015 have in store for me financially?

  • Your question has been answered by a regular reader. She is using the Kumalak system of throwing beans, or goat droppings, into a magic square.This type of divination was once found all along the 'Silk Road' from Turkey to Mongolia. Please consider making a donation to the reader's chosen charity: FareShare
  • Past Influences-  Water in the Head; Water in the Eyes

    Present Activity-  Water in the Heart; Earth in the Hands

     The Future – Horseman of Water on Horse of Fire

  • Kumalak Reading1You’ve been frustrated about your work and finances for a long time! The situation is wearing down your self-esteem and making you rigid and defensive towards others. Things have led up towards what you believe to be an all or nothing situation: you against the world. The few times when you’ve had the opportunity, you haven’t been prepared to make compromises, or more realistic investments.

    You’ve had so little success that you’re somewhat in a corner. You still have ideas and schemes, talent and certainly desire but the opportunities have narrowed. You are feeling undervalued and your environment is confused and negative. Your health may also be affected.

    The near future is not yet the time for you to make a new start. Now matter how much you realise you need a new beginning, you need to create a more stable economic base for an enterprise before your next big project.




  • Advice: Use the coming months to save, or invest only very cautiously and wisely. You need to carefully research escape routes from your negative environment instead of diving in to the first ‘opportunity’ you see. Use this time to nourish yourself- your physical and mental health have been under a lot of pressure. Strengthen your relationships instead of withdrawing. Then you will have a great foundation for success when the time comes.

What is the best tarot deck for a beginner?

Alice_by_John_TennielI’m often asked “Which tarot pack should I buy?”.  So I thought I’d set my ideas down for others to draw from. Choosing your first deck is not always simple- there is a daunting array of tarot packs out there and none of them may necessarily ‘speak to you’ at first.

To help you decide what attracts you to Tarot in general, and which decks might suit you specifically- which of these statement fits you the most? Yes I know, many people feel a combination of all these factors, but if you had to pick one…



1. I want to learn to read tarot for myself and friends for guidance and spiritual insight



2. I love the beauty and history of tarot decks, I’d like to start collecting rare or artist’s decks



3.I want to use tarot to trigger my own creativity, for storytelling, artwork- maybe even create a deck myself. I’m not too fussed about reading the future.



4. I want to use the tarot for magical purposes, or meditation within a particular spiritual tradition.



5. I already have shamanic, psychic or visionary training and experience and I’m hoping that tarot cards will help inspire and guide my existing abilities.



 The Short Answer

If you answered 1 or 4, you are likely to need to study some books about Tarot card meanings, even if you’re being taught in a group or by an individual. You should choose a Rider Waite Smith (RWS) style deck, or a Marseilles style tarot deck, simply because these are the decks that most books are referring to.

If you answered 2, 3 or 5, then you don’t need to read many books to explain the meanings in  your tarot cards. Choose a deck that fascinates you, and learn about its history and creator if you wish.

Click here for the long answer

Thoth / Marseilles Fool

marseiilesfoolI was actually researching  some iconography of The World when The Fool came up 😉

I was chasing the origin of the donkey that plays the harp (he turns up in Romanesque frames of the Heavens/ City of God)  and ran into this character:


I was struck by how much he seems to be referenced in the Thoth deck- sharply contrasting Waite’s very Apollonian Fool.  I went digging back in Uncle Al. No direct mentions (though asses abound) but I feel sure he’s there. The image does look kind of flayed- no eyelids. Full of wind and wine. A variant of Pan/Bacchus associated with freedom of speech. A very Thelemite hero.

And of course the Marseilles fool in his Phrygian cap is depicted with something tearing off his layers- the ambiguity of clothing and skin persists across the early variants. Of course that could just be the stripping of a sacrificial cereal deity, but maybe that cap has asses ears underneath?

Jungians- note the connection with Wise Old Guide.

Does anyone know if Marsyas has any political significance in modern Italy? I’m also thinking of the Visconti Hanged Man as political rebel/Fool inverted.

Tarot quiz


I came out right between Fool and Magician…


You Scored as 0 – The Fool The Fool is the most complex and most contradictory of all the Tarot cards. “I am not a number, I am a free man”. The Fool represents naivety and childlike innocence – yet the Fool is wise. He carries only what possessions he really needs He journeys through life, tasting everything it has to offer then letting it go and moving on. The Fool is a risk taker, often shown with one foot over a cliff showing us every new beginning has a risk. Whether the Fool represents opportunity or danger one thing is clear: this world needs more fools.

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Necronomicon Tarot

The following is a review by our guest reader-  Sharnie.

The Necronomicon Tarot is a beautifully illustrated deck based on H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. The artwork for this deck was created by Anne Stokes under the direction of Donald Tyson to fit in with his novels which are an expansion of and homage to Lovecraft’s mythos. As such, the artwork of this deck has very little in common with the more traditional decks.
Although this deck is accurate when the cards are read with the traditional meanings, they do (as with every deck) have their own unique way of speaking, and I have enjoyed learning their language.
This deck is published through Llewellyn, but don’t let that put you off. It does mean that the bag that comes with the deck is a bit flimsy, and the book is well printed, but not as informative as you might hope for if this is your first deck.
As this deck does tie into the Cthulhu Mythos, I recommend a good knowledge of both tarot and the mythos to really get the most from working with this deck.

more about this deck


Pamela Colman Smith Set

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Rider-Waite Deck, the Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Set will be cherished by tarot collectors and art lovers.
The deluxe set includes the Smith-Waite Centennial Tarot Deck and two books;
The Artwork and Times of Pamela Colman Smith, by Stuart R. Kaplan, with over 100 examples of her non-tarot art, and The Pictorial Key to the Tarot by Arthur Edward Waite, in a new format.
The Smith-Waite Centennial Edition Tarot Deck is reproduced from the original 1909 deck and comes with a 78-card deck with drawstring organza bag.

The set also includes: 2 prints of Pamela Colman Smith, one photo and one self-portrait, both 5” X 7” suitable for framing; six color postcards of artwork by Pamela Colman Smith; and Spread Sheet Guide. Everything is attractively packaged in a deluxe keepsake case.

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