Divination comes in many shapes, sizes and forms. It is used all over the world by so many walks of life. Divination is older than dirt and some of the ancient methods are a bit more than unorthodox or even unethical - even inhumane. Some are just simple and to the point and others are much more difficult or plain weird.
The following are some of the lesser known but not too invasive methods for you to ponder.
Gastromancy – this is a divination method where the diviner uses the sounds of the stomach to interpret the future or to make predictions. The diviner could also get omens from the marks upon the subjects belly. This practice is extremely ancient and the first known gastromancer was Eurycles from the year 1016.
Osteomancy – began around 300 BC This is the divination practice of throwing bones almost like tossing dice. The position of the bones are interpreted in relation to the question asked or the information that one is inquiring about. The bones are believed to contain the spirit of the animal that they were acquired from and many practitioners will enlist the cooperation of that spirit to aid them in accurate readings. You can buy a starter bone set online.
Some practitioners work with bones that have been placed in a fire producing cracks that can then be used to make predictions. This is called pyro-osteomancy. It dates back to prehistoric Asia. Some diviners used the scapula for this practice therefore called scapulimancy.
Xenomancy is the divination the past, present and future by interpreting omens from chance meetings – or strangers that you meet. These strangers can come from anywhere such as events, social gatherings or just out on the streets. This practice is one of the most ancient ones out there.
Turifumy: This is a form of scrying by means of using smoke by interpreting the shapes smoke takes on with incense or other smoke.
Acutomancy - This is where predictions of the future can be made by studying the way pins land on a table covered in powder or flour. The pins - 13 of them, some straight and some bent, will make patterns that can be interpreted by the diviner.
Oomancy is a divination method using eggs. You add an egg white to a glass or bottle of water and a little bit of salt. Then let it sit for a few hours or overnight. You can carefully observe the structures that form. Using your intuition and keeping what information you are inquiring about in mind, you can intuitively find the answers within the shapes that took form.
Technomancy – You can use programs that are online such as tarot readings, runes and i-ching. There are also scrying programs such as Scrycloud that you can scry with to get your information as well. Apparently you can utilize the computer for evocation and invocation as well.
Lithomancy – Colored stones are used for divination. These stones are usually polished and have symbols inscribed on them. The symbols can include ones associated with planets and personal events such as love, money, etc. These may have originally been a precursor to rune stones. Lithomancy is still practiced today using 13 stones.
Prediction with grains of corn was a rather personal method of divination, similar to a method using sand: grains are thrown onto a surface, usually a white canvas but it could even be thrown into water. This is then translated depending on the positions they fall into or whether they float or sink. Grains of corn may also be of different colors. Among all the Indian cultures, the number of kernels cast will be between four and one hundred.
Ogham staves are made from wooden sticks or staves and carved with a letter of the Ogham alphabet. There are 25 of them and each letter has a meaning behind it. This divination method has been in practice for a long time and the Ogham alphabet has been around from approximately the fifth century – named after Ogmos – the Celtic God of eloquence and literacy.
There is a Jewish ritual called Kaparot where the practitioner believes they can transfer any of their sins or evil to a chicken by holding it over their head and swinging it around there head three times. After that, they kill the chicken. The chickens get donated to poor people.
Glossolalia - the practice of speaking in tongues. This is where people begin to speak in a language or languages that are unknown to them or even to others. This is said to be caused from being possessed by an entity. This entity can be a god or a demon - or any entity that you allow to possess you. Many religious believers feel that it is their god who is divinely guiding them and can help to cure others. Recorded cases of glossolalia go back as far as 1100 B.C.
Little red bracelets made of yarn hold many meanings depending on what it is being used for. When you wear a bracelet made out of red yarn or string, it symbolizes blood and was used as a war paint for warriors. Red was painted on the doors of homes for protection. You can even use it as a talisman and charge it with protection energy. Wearing a red yarn bracelet on your left wrist seems to bring in good energies as the left is the side you receive on.
Death of an inanimate object – In certain magical practices, there is a ritual that allows one to put to death an inanimate object to then pay your respects and resurrect it as a living object that will assist you in your practice from that point forward.
There are so many different divination and wacky spiritual methods out there that you can try or at least be entertained reading about. I just wanted to introduce you to a few of these to get your creative divine mind going. Please always keep in mind that whenever practicing any kind of spiritual method, always use psychic protection - ALWAYS! Just want all of you to be safe! Which methods are you interested in?
You are your soul – not just a body. Your soul resides both within and without your body. Your body has two brains and two hearts. Yup, you read that right! Your brain is located in your head and that gives you the capability to process and decipher your sensory input. It sends out waves and takes in information. Your heart is also a type of a brain because it gives off waves of its own and also takes in and processes information. Your brain and heart actually work together to control emotions and body reactions. Scientific research shows that the heart is so powerful and its influence in sending signals to the rest of the body is much more significant than the brain's influence in doing the same thing.
When your soul integrates with your body, it has to lower its natural high vibration and frequency in order to be able to stay in its host for a long period of time. In doing so, it loses many of its functions because of the density of the body and the influence of its environment. This is the reason why children can see ghosts and easily get psychic impressions. Their soul takes time to completely integrate and become stifled by the human condition. It happens to all humans to one degree or another. Some humans stay pretty open to their soul and others get completely shut off. Meditation is a direct key to unlocking your caged soul and accessing not only incredible information, but it can literally take you out of this world giving you powers that are miraculous because you are utilizing both brains and both hearts synchronized as one powerful body and soul super-being.
There is a plethora of reasons to meditate. There are also many different ways that one can meditate. I know that from being a spiritual teacher for decades that the word meditation seems to frighten people away or they think it is not really going to do anything for them – pretty much a waste of the time they feel they don’t already have. This is a huge false belief - if they could only see themselves in a year with an honest effort.
Meditation is indeed a skill, so just like any skill, it takes time to make progressions that will reap bigger benefits; however, just 5 minutes in meditation, even for a brand new beginner can be relaxing and peaceful if you allow it to be. If you sit in meditation worrying about what you feel you should be doing, you might as well just do what you think you should be doing.
Meditation helps greatly to prevent burn-out, prevent illness, prevent depression, promote relaxation, give you a much needed breather – among many other things. My main purpose of this post is not to lecture on all of the benefits and try to persuade you to give meditation a try – although I believe everyone should try it in earnest; my main purpose is to let you know just how powerful meditation can make you – with both yin and yang examples. I do want to touch briefly on some benefits so if you try meditation, you know it is well worth it in any case.
Some physiological benefits of meditating would be a slower heart rate, increased blood flow, obtaining a deeper level of relaxation, reducing high blood pressure, relieving muscle tension, decreasing anxiety and anxiety attacks as well as emotional stress reduction. Meditation reduces pain, enhances immune system, reduces cholesterol levels, improves air flow to the lungs, helps with headaches and migraines, relaxes nervous system, aids in harmonizing endocrine system just to name a few.
The psychological benefits are great too! Some of these include, but are not limited to – becoming more tolerant, controlling anger issues, increasing listening skills, intelligence, productivity, emotional stability, brain wave lucidity, focus, concentration and promotes a better outlook and a better mood. It promotes better self-confidence, creativity and helps to dissolve bad habits. It is a great way to learn to control your thoughts and become happier instead of seeing the bad side of everything. It can be a great aid in curing insomnia as well.
The spiritual benefits are fantastic. Many of these are what you might say are prerequisites to the magical miracles and powers you can create and live in your life. Some of the spiritual benefits are promoting peace of mind even if your environment is in turmoil; helping to keep things in perspective. Meditation provides a deeper understanding of yourself and others, harmonizes your mind, body and spirit and changes your attitude toward life. Meditation helps you to discover your life’s purpose and work towards enlightenment. With meditation, you can gain a greater capacity to love and be loved as well as learn to bypass the ego. Learn how to forgive, heal and to step back to see different paths of opportunity and solutions – to see things in a different light from a new viewpoint. You can learn to communicate with your spirit guide and angels. You can learn to listen with your heart.
I have always taught my students that meditation is not just a way to relax, find peace and get some great health benefits, it is a literally a spiritual doorway – a passage into the gateway of the soul, which in turn, leads to a magical discovery and journey into realms and experiences you never thought possible – maybe only in fairy tales, if even.
When it comes to learning anything beyond your ‘normal’ biological functions and reasoning, meditation is a must. This is because you are actually two separate entities intertwined into one being. Your human biological being that works on its own CPU – the brain, and your soul piece that is your actual super-being, your true self that integrates and melds with your human self. You can do everyday tasks with your human self utilizing your brain to execute learned skills, input sensory data, human reasoning, emotions and instinct. Your soul assists all of your daily goings-on by giving you those sparks of instant amazing ideas, great intuition, nudging you on to do or not do something and giving you subconscious advice. We are used to that happening and just accept it as who we are and how we work. There are those who have strong and exceptional intuitive skills that can go beyond what is considered the ‘norm’ to ‘know’ what may happen ahead of time or see things that aren’t there, etc. These people are more in tune with their soul piece. This is why you will notice that psychics and other people who are highly spiritual will meditate. You can do your daily to-do’s with your physical human body but you can do some pretty awesome things in your soul body – which is really not a body at all.
If you are a beginner, it may be a little frustrating or you may not even know where to begin. Meditation shouldn’t be stressful – it should be relaxing. A quiet room for even five minutes will accomplish something. Just sit and focus on relaxing your body – loosening your muscles from feet to head then just count your breathing. It is really that simple. Yes, you will start thinking about your day, everything you have to do, etc. – but just refocus. That is a very basic start and it builds from there. Once you are a little more experienced, you can begin to talk to you spirit guide and angels. You can learn to work with energy and raise your own energy signature. You can learn to harmonize with different energies and frequencies. You can learn to manipulate energy which will help you to get into your astral body. Once in your astral body, you can learn to travel to places on that realm – talk with spirits and other entities. There is so much to learn, to explore and to create. You will learn to manifest much faster. Your life will change because you will learn so much more about what life really is – you will see into what you perceive as reality and go right through it bringing in knowledge that brings you power and will blow your mind with the truth of life. This will lead to your ability to move into your spirit body and continue to move up, level by level. It is an ongoing journey of amazement, yet it is extremely complex and there will be obstacles and tests all along with way. Not tests from the universe but from yourself – your higher self - which is an enigma all of its own.
Many people see magic as something people do such as pulling rabbits out of hats at a kids show, but there is real magick in the universe. Actually, to be correct – it is not magick at all. The universe just has so many amazing possibilities and things so way out of the range of your craziest sci-fi already built into it. It is just that humans are on a plane of existence and fed certain knowledge to keep you at a human level, so believing in anything that seems outrageous is frowned upon - mostly out of fear of what really could be, combined with fear of who might think you are nuts.
Once you start exploring your own journey, things you could never imagine will become your reality. For the better or for the worst – that is up to you. How you use your new abilities is entirely up to you but you need to learn about the repercussions set up by the universal system itself. Everything is accomplished using your spirit body, your soul piece - and it is all reached, learned, and executed in the spiritual realms. Yes, it can and certainly does affect your physical body and your everyday life – even your future and perhaps your past.
There are some people who dedicate themselves to their spiritual journey so much that their super powers are amazing and they defy the imagination. Your telepathy can become so powerful that you can read minds, you can send thoughts and dreams to others – which you should never do without their permission – remember Mr. Karma. You can influence energy so greatly that you can make objects move, or make them appear with altered aspects. You can heal yourself and others including minimizing or completely nullifying pain. You can bring about what others would consider a true miracle. You can easily obtain information about past, present and future lives – your own and for other people. You can heal or hurt others to a supernatural degree – but once again – Mr. Karma is relentless. Serious and long-standing black magick practitioners can inflict severe damage to someone or worse; however, please do not get the wrong idea about those who practice this art. They are not all out to harm others. There are plenty of people who are devout church goers that inflict pain and suffering. Everyone has both their light and their dark aspects. Heard of others levitating, changing their appearance, becoming able to blend in so much they appear invisible? Just a fairy tale? NOPE! Just some serious and long-term dedication. Spending time in other realms and interacting with all types of entities are something that is indescribably astonishing.
My point is that the impossible can become possible and it is all done in the deep recesses of your biological mind giving way and permission to access your higher self which has access to literally the multi-verse and the primordial. There is no universal law that stops anyone from accessing this information. You can then learn to utilize that information and become very powerful indeed. Meditation is the "magical miracle exercise" literally.
You may not care much about learning to levitate but gaining access to universal knowledge and using that in your human life can bring about many wonderful, positive changes, opportunities, new friends and loves as well as peace, happiness, abundance and your own miracles. If that isn’t a reason to meditate and at least peruse a minor spiritual path – I don’t know what is.
Just an ending note – the more you learn to meditate deeply and access your true abilities, the less time you will need to get into that meditative state in order to accomplish these things; however, once you are at that point in your journey, you would prefer to spend your time in meditation – in that magical place that not many are willing to put effort out to reach and very few will triumph. It is all a matter of what you want, who you want to be and what you are willing to work for. Unfortunately, there are no short-cuts and no cheats to reaching the higher levels of existence but everyone has it in them if they are at that point in their human evolution to pursue it - or if they are not "human" as we know it.
Thanks for reading. Blessing to all and happy meditating!!
I'm Cher, a psychic medium, paranormal investigator, extensive paranormal researcher, spiritual teacher, intuitive counselor, hypnotist of past life regression,writer, exorcist in training and founder of PsychicMyst Paranormal Network. I have over 37 years of total professional experience.