Divination – (from Latin divinare “to foresee, to be inspired by a god”)
Divination has been used as far back as earliest stages of civilization. Every religion and culture have had their own way to foresee what our mind, heart, and eyes are not attuned to accept. Tarot cards are a well-known tool that has become very popular. To learn more about the heritage of Tarot, I have included a link below for “Tarot Heritage” All about the tarot history and historic decks written by Sherryl E. Smith. I chose her blog (not knowing her) because I felt based on my research and knowledge, her finding was the most accurate. I love how she broke it down by years and listed how and why this particular time frame is accurate (ie., 1215. First paper mills in Italy)
The following is a selection of the more common methods of divination: (from an article written by New World Encyclopedia, link can be found below)
- astrology: celestial bodies
- augury: the flight of birds, etc.
- bibliomancy: books (frequently, but not always, religious texts)
- cartomancy: cards
- cheiromancy/palmistry: palms
- gastromancy: the crystal ball
- extispicy: the entrails of animals
- I Ching divination: a form of bibliomancy combined w/casting sticks or coins
- numerology: numbers
- oneiromancy: dreams
- onomancy: names
- Ouija: the use of a board supposedly combined with necromancy
- rhabdomancy: divination by rods
- rune casting/Runic divination: runes
- scrying: reflective objects
The church sees divination as a sin. I pulled sections from the (New Advent Divination, the link can be found below): The seeking after knowledge of future or hidden things by inadequate means. The means being inadequate they must, therefore, the supplemented by some power which is represented all through history as coming from gods or evil spirits. Hence the word divination has a sinister signification. As prophecy is the lawful knowledge of the future divination, its superstitious counterpart, is unlawful. As magic aims to do, divination aims to know. Divination is practically as old as the human race. It is found in every age and country, among the Egyptians, Chaldeans, Hindus, Romans, and Greeks; that tribes of Northern Asia had their shamans, the inhabitants of Africa their mgangas, the Celtic nation their druids, the aborigines of America their medicine-men — all recognized diviners and wizards.
Why are we giving you a history lesson on Tarots? Because we feel personal that in order to know your present and look forward to your future, you must first learn your past.
Is it necessary to know the history before using divination? No, but magic and knowledge flourished in the heritage and lineage.
That all being said, we grew up with Tarot Cards. Therefore, we have built a personal relationship with tarot cards. I remember my very first deck of tarot cards were Legend – The Arthurian Tarot by Anna-Marie Ferguson. Written on the box said something like “The keeper of Words”. The deck fascinated me and called to me. I clearly remember going to pick out my deck and my mother telling me to touch and feel. I was about to give up all hope that I would find my deck as nothing was calling to me. Then as I shuffled through the boxes, I noticed this box through the glass on the bottom rack. I immediately ducked down and reached for it. As soon as I had the cards in my hand, I knew they were mine. I faintly heard my mother saying something to me or maybe to someone around us. I don’t know. The rest is a haze as all I could think of was my cards.
Our tradition is to “baptize” our Tarot cards. A pure cleansing. First, we would drive to an ocean for we need salt water to purify our deck of negativity. Once at the ocean, we would perform our personal ritual. Just you and your cards. Barefoot, feet in the sand, the moon shining brightly above. We would say our prayer while sprinkling water on our deck from the ocean. Meditation would come next with the deck close to our heart. The calling of our spirits and finally submerging of the deck in sea salt. The next day the deck is wrapped in some form of silk and stored for your use. We did this when we first get our deck and whenever the energy was off with the deck.
Tarot cards are magical to us. Starting tomorrow, we will choose a card of our current deck and give you the meaning. If you have any questions or would like to add something, please feel free to reach out to us.
Many Blessings from your everyday Witches @ BBG
Tarot Heritage – https://tarot-heritage.com/history-4/tarot-history-chronology/
New World Encyclopedia – Divination, http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Divination
New Advent – Divination – http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05048b.htm