by Bruce Johnson —
Bruce Johnson has over 30 years of study in the fields of Ancient Wisdom and occultism. He has taught classes on a wide range of topics, from Atlantis to mediums to Zoroaster. He is also a Spiritualist minister, with a background in spiritual astrology. He lives in Colorado with his wife and their cat.
The spiritual capabilities depicted in the many- branched tree called Divination fall roughly into two general categories. The gifts that involve the act of seeing or perceiving past or future events belong to the first group. The second category includes those faculties that grant the discovery of information not available through the five senses and the reasoning conscious mind. Genuine diviners are also twofold in that some work with various types of divining instruments, while others use no psychic tools. Individual divination approaches will be a reflection of the inherent abilities shown in the person’s astrological chart.
Spiritual diviners recognize the three levels of the human mind to be- the higher mind, the conscious mind, and the subconscious mind. In higher divination the information divined originates in the higher mind or soul mind. With standard divination the divined information is perceived in the subconscious mind and subsequently relayed to the conscious mind with no higher mind involvement. The ideal diviner would have an open flow of energy between all three minds, along with a child-like honesty and a strong desire for reality and truth.
Human body divination includes divination by – faces, body profile, hands, heads, eyes, moles, shape and type of body, patterns of crowds, and aura reading. Since ancient times, people have divined by the celestial bodies and by unusual signs in the heavens. Their practices of divination by the sun, the moon, their eclipses, comets, meteors, stars, celestial phenomena, and astrology influenced many important decisions in antiquity.
Some examples of nature divination are divination by- landscapes, fields, mountains, springs, rivers, lakes, and oceans. The waves on bodies of water can be divined as well as fog shapes, rock formations, random shapes in the sand, pearls, and raw eggs. Plant divination examples incorporate divination by- random tree branch movements and patterns, tea leaves and coffee grounds, leaf patterns, flowers, and the positions of fruit dropped from fruit trees. Grain, flour and loaves of bread have all been used in diverse divination systems.
Divination methodologies embrace all four elements of nature. Fire divination is achieved by- candle, flames and embers of a wood fire, lightning, and a burning laurel branch. The earth element is present when divining by- minerals and stones, thrown handfuls of dirt or rocks, earthquakes, volcanoes, and lava formations. Air- related divination can be accomplished by- smoke and incense, wind, cloud patterns, general weather divination, and by sounds, including crowds of people, and sounds in nature from birds to thunder. Water or liquid divination procedures encompass those by- wells, containers of water with or without hot oil or wax, ice patterns and snowfields, ink, floods, and liquid wax divination amidst others.
Customary divination modes constitute those by- cards, handwriting, the casting of lots involving sticks, dice, dominos, runes, coins, or shells, dreams and visions, letters, numbers, scrying, crystal-gazing, and mirror divination, oracles, magic squares, photographs, retrocognition and precognition, mediumship, psychometry, clairvoyance, omen-reading, palmistry, geomancy and prophecy, also various pendulums and divining rods.
Divination techniques linked with animals include those by- flights of birds, clouds of insects, fish, ant movements, herd animal behavior, reptiles, amphibians, and by weather divining with woodchucks. Included among the numerous divination systems are those by- instantaneous character reading, random acts and conversations, flights of arrows, rings, chance meetings, knots, and aerial views of landscapes.