While divination is often called “fortune telling,” our futures are not written in stone. By reflecting on our place in the present moment and how we came to be here, we can make effective decisions and walk our paths with confidence.
I make use of many divination tools, and each of them has its own application. Clients may choose a specific method or combine them to create a unique reading. Read below to learn more about each of these tools.
Based on a Medieval card game, the Tarot has two major parts, known as Arcana. The Minor Arcana is similar to a playing card deck, with 56 cards divided into suits of Cups, Wands, Swords, and Pentacles. The Major Arcana is a group of 22 cards that follow the Fool’s progress through a heroic cycle, using Jungian/cultural archetypes. Together, the Major and Minor Arcana can give a complete picture of one’s current path.
The weakness of the Tarot is in its cultural specificity, using largely European imagery and many esoteric symbols.
The Elder Futhark is a pre-Christian alphabet used by Norse and Germanic peoples across Western Europe. Each letter has a poetic meaning, passed down through Icelandic and Norse folklore. According to these tales, in order to gain the wisdom of the runes, the Allfather Odin sacrificed himself – to himself – hanging from the World Tree Yggdrasil for nine days and nine nights. The runes may be ancient, but they represent primal forces still present in our lives — passion, creativity, pain, and growth.
While the runes lend wonderful insight into one’s current journey, they are often somewhat vague or speak in riddles. But when combined with other methods or one’s own inspiration, they can be a powerful tool for self-reflection and change.
Reading the lines of the hand to learn about an individual’s health, fate, or personality is an art practiced by many peoples around the world. My approach follows the Indo-European tradition popularized by Cheiro in the 19th Century, incorporating herbal understanding of ‘body signs’ and personal insights. This divination method is especially useful for understanding one’s internal life, personal needs, and potential path.
Dowsing & Scrying
These methods are both very simple, but can be helpful when answering specific questions. Dowsing involves suspending objects like pendulums or rods and interpreting answers from their movements. One well-known example is “water witching,” using rods to find natural wells and springs. This practice was common before the advent of modern scanning equipment, and is still used in rural areas.
Scrying is the practice of gazing into a reflective surface to divine, commonly with ‘crystal balls’ or black mirrors. Other methods use water, ink, smoke, or stones, but no matter the material, the reader attempts to see images or gain inspiration by contemplating the surface.
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