Like many others I’ve dabbled with divination on and off over my years as a Pagan but although I learnt a few things, nothing ever seemed to quite connect. Recently I’ve been working on my divination skills again and I believe I know why earlier efforts never really felt quite right. It wasn’t the tools, I use the same rune stones now that I made about twenty years ago now I think, it was my approach.
When I first started to learn about divination it was as a tool to tap into my unconscious mind or into some form of a collective consciousness of the world. I could get some benefit from this but it wasn’t an approach that really felt right and I never really knew why until recently. Now I have come to understand divination as a method of communication between myself and my gods and I have found that to be a profound change.
No longer am I doing the equivalent of shouting into the wilderness and hoping someone will hear me, respond and provide useful advice. Now I am doing the spiritual equivalent of making a phone call to a particular being. I might not get a reply but if I do I have a much better chance of someone listening and replying. Given the deities I am devoted to that may not always mean a sensible reply, they too have a sense of humour, but the chances are much improved.
At the moment there are two tools I am working on improving my skills with and both are ones I have had for quite a while. One is the set of runes I mentioned above that I made many years ago and the other is a set of the Druid Animal Oracle Cards that I’ve also had for several years but not quite as long as the runes I made. I’ve always loved the artwork on the Druid Animal Oracle cards but used to get more distracted by the details.
I have a number of small yew wood slices now and I intend to use pyrography to create a set of Ogham disks. I have Ogham staves and cards which I do occasionally use but I like the idea of a handmade set of disks to work with and maybe making them will help me learn the various symbols that I don’t know yet. If I manage all that, then I may start to use Ogham as a divination tool as well but that’s a bit in the future yet.
When I work with my runes I ask Loki for guidance with them. I’m aware that He might not be considered the usual deity to approach for runic divination but this works for me. I think some people often forget, or perhaps don’t even know, that Loki is skilled in the use of words. That is something that shines through in the various tales that we have about Him. To me, and I’m probably not alone in this, that skill with words implies a skill with runes too.
When I work with the Druid Animal Oracle I have begun to ask Maponos for guidance. If that seems like an odd choice to you then I will simply point out that the Romans linked Maponos with Apollo and Apollo is well known for His Oracles among other attributes so it is a strong possibility that Maponos too had his oracular side.
At the moment I feel my skills are improving and I have begun to offer readings to others as further practice. I feel more confident about using divination now that I am approaching my gods when I do this and I trust in their guidance.