Divination – What Is The Meaning of Divination?

Divination - What Is The Meaning of Divination-

Have you ever wondered what the meaning of divination is? Well, the word divination comes from the Latin; diviner, which means to predict, foresee, or foretell the future and also means to be inspired by God. Divination is, quite simply, when you attempt to tell the future. You would achieve this by using the arts of the occult and by supernatural processes or rituals. These processes have been used and documented throughout history in many different forms.

When performing divination, you will be looking to give your client insight into their questions and how it would be best for them to proceed in their situation. When doing this, you are linking in via a connection to the spiritual world and then giving you signs and omens to pass on to your client.

What Is Divination

Divination is different from fortunetelling. The art of divination has a formal and ritualistic approach to it. Very often, divination will have a religious tone to it. It can be of any religion but typically include religions such as Christianity, Shamanism, and Paganism. The style or type of divination provided may depend on the faith of the diviner. Fortune telling tends to be more for everyday use and is generally for personal use on the whole.

What Is The Meaning of Divination?

Divination refers to seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural or mystical means. It attempts to gain insight or information about a situation or problem through supernatural or spiritual means, such as interpreting signs, symbols, dreams, or omens.

The scientific community and skeptics have dismissed divination as superstition. Furthermore, despite their experiments, they have not been able to prove the effectiveness of divination techniques for predicting the future. However, I have personally found divination to be very accurate. So, I encourage you to try the methods mentioned in this post and form your own opinion.

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Any form of divination you use is a tool to aid connection to spirit. Now we will look at some of the most commonly known styles of divination and maybe some less popular styles, but before we do, we need to talk about the basics of working with spirit.

Types of Divination

Once you are grounded, protected, opened up, and ready to work with spirit, you can look at the different kinds of divination available and how to do them. You may find some more straightforward than others or have a better connection to spirit through one type than another. Below is a list of the kinds of divination, try them all and see which works best for you. With time and practice, you can master them all.

Pendulum dowsing

Pendulum dowsing is a technique used to gain insight into the unknown by using a weighted object attached to a string or chain. The practitioner holds the weight steady, asks a question, and then waits for the weight to swing or rotate in response. Depending on the direction and intensity of the movement, the practitioner can interpret the answer as a “yes,” “no,” or “uncertain.”

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Tarot cards

Tarot cards are a popular tool for divination that uses a deck of 78 cards, each with a specific meaning and symbolism. The practitioner shuffles the cards and lays them out in a spread, which can vary depending on the question or purpose of the reading. You then read and interpret the cards based on their position, symbolism, and context to provide insights into the past, present, or future.

Oracle cards

Oracle cards are similar to Tarot cards but are often simpler and more intuitive. They can have specific meanings but are often used for more open-ended questions or for providing guidance and inspiration. Each card typically features a word or image that the practitioner can interpret in relation to the question or situation at hand.

Psychometry divination

Psychometry is a technique used to gain information about an object, person, or place by touching or holding it. The practitioner connects with the item’s energy and receives information through intuition or psychic abilities. This can include information about the item’s history, owner, or significance.

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Palmistry is a form of divination that involves reading the lines, shapes, and other features of a person’s hand. You then use that to gain insight into their personality, past, and future. The practitioner looks at the shape and size of the hand, lines, and other markings to interpret the person’s character and destiny.


Scrying is the practice of gazing into a reflective surface, such as a crystal ball, mirror, or water, to gain insight into the unknown. The practitioner allows their mind to relax and enter a meditative state and then looks for images or symbols that appear on the reflective surface.  You can interpret the results as messages from the spirit realm or the unconscious mind. This form of divination takes practice and patience. However, in my opinion, it is one of the more fun methods of divination.

Saxon wands

Saxon wands are wooden sticks or branches that are used for divination. The practitioner holds the wand, asks a question, and interprets how the wand moves or points in response. People use Saxon wands for yes/no questions or for more complex divination.

Tea leaf divination

Tea leaf reading, or tasseography is a form of divination that interprets patterns formed by loose tea leaves at the bottom of a cup. The practitioner reads the shapes and symbols formed by the leaves and interprets them based on their position and relation to each other.

Numerology divination

Numerology is a practice that uses numbers to gain insight into life’s spiritual and material aspects. The practitioner uses a person’s birth date, name, or other significant numbers to calculate their numerological chart, which can provide insights into their personality, life path, and destiny.


Astrology involves examining the positions and movements of the stars, planets, and other celestial bodies to gain insight into a person’s life. The practice is often used to explore personality traits, relationships, and life events.

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Crystal readings

Crystals are fantastic for many metaphysical uses. Crystal readings involve using crystals to gain insight into a person’s life. The reader uses their intuition to interpret the energy of the crystals and provide guidance on personal issues.

Spirit boards

Spirit boards, such as the Ouija board, involve using a board with letters or numbers to connect with the spirit realm. Participants ask questions and interpret the movement of the planchette to gain insight into their lives.

Ribbon / flower reading

Ribbon reading and flower reading are forms of divination that use ribbons and flowers to provide insight into personal issues. The reader interprets the colors and patterns of the ribbon or flower to provide guidance and understanding.


Runes are a form of divination used in many Scandinavian countries. They involve using the runic alphabet carved or painted onto stones to answer questions and provide guidance on personal issues.

Divination dice

Divination dice are similar to runes but are more compact and often involve a single die. You can use runes to answer yes or no questions and provide guidance on personal issues.


Regarding divination, some people have natural gifts and will pick things up very quickly. Some will not and will have to work at it a little harder but stick with it as the results are amazing, and you will never forget the first time someone comes to you and says, “that reading you gave me came true!”.

Practice as often as possible and try to read for people you do not know well, to test how well you are doing. If you read for people you already know, you will never know if the answers you are getting are because you already know this person’s situation or if spirit is giving you the answer.

Another thing worth mentioning is that when you start to work with spirit or divination tools, we advise you to have a regular meditation routine. Regularly practicing meditation will allow you to keep your chakras clear to allow spirit to work through them.

Meditation is also a great way to develop your chakras, have a look at the article we have written on spiritual meditation and some sample meditations to try.

Have fun, enjoy, and happy divining!

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