When I feel uncertain about a decision or situation, I sometimes use a system of divination to gain clarity.
Divination is a means to gain insight into current and future events and to access hidden knowledge and inner resources.
The process of divination dates back thousands of years and is embedded in a variety of spiritual and cultural contexts. The I-Ching (Yijing) is one of the most well known forms of divination. But there are many others like the use of other sacred texts, mala beads, a mirror, or tarot cards. Feng shui and numerology are also considered methods of divination.
In my tradition, many great spiritual masters rely upon divination to make important decisions. They usually formulate a question and request a divination from another spiritual master. One who has developed the ability to practice divination for the benefit of others through years of rigorous training, study, and specific spiritual practices.
Divination can be employed to ask questions about work, illness, financial issues, major decisions, relationships, love, family matters, spiritual practice, challenges and obstacles, and other events or situations.
The capacity for understanding and interpreting the results you receive can vary greatly depending on the training of the practitioner. Understandably, when you do a divination for yourself, your own concepts and ego can get involved and may cloud the picture.
I haven’t used tarot or oracle cards as a form of divination, but I’ve had some interesting encounters with them in the last year.
For example, I came upon The Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards sitting on the counter at a bookstore. The card that came up for me was White Tara, which, in this deck, symbolizes “sensitivity”. The card read:
“You are becoming increasingly sensitive. Avoid harsh relationships, environments, situations, and chemicals.”
This took me aback because it was exactly the message I needed to hear at the time.
Ironically, I didn’t understand the breadth of this card’s possible meanings until today when I listened to Doreen Virtue, the author of the deck, explain the card in this six-minute reading.
Then a few months ago, I again just happened to stumble upon The Faeries Oracle at a coffee shop. The card I pulled again was so spot on, my jaw dropped. This time, I felt deeply encouraged as I was entering into a short loving kindness retreat and the card I pulled depicted the Queen of Love.
Recently, a good friend gave me The Visions Oracle cards. These are gorgeous paintings by Omra-Fochtman-Kubby. Goddess, Hawaiian, oceanic and mermaid inspired artwork appear on one side; encouraging and inspiring advice is on the other.
I’ve approached the cards playfully by picking a card for the day or asking a question when I’m facing a challenge or a strong emotion, which seems to be happening a lot these days. Interestingly, the same few cards seem to come up repeatedly.
The Hawaiin Goddess Pele seems to be favoring me at the moment. She says:
We all have a passion to express, personal gifts to give to the world.
What is yours?
Time to let it out and reclaim the “fire” within.
All your wisdom is ready to manifest into form.
Your own unique self expression.
The insights I’ve received from lightheartedly engaging these cards – with their whimsical and magical images – have helped me access clarity, peace of mind, acceptance, and forgiveness.
I enjoy using these decks in a playful spirit. And I have received meaningful encouragement from them.
However, as a Buddhist practitioner, when I have a serious question I consult either a divination master or use the Mo: Tibetan Divination System. This is where my strongest spiritual connection lies and thus where I feel I will receive the clearest wisdom.
“The Tibetan divination system called MO has been relied upon for centuries to give insight into the future turns of events, undertakings, and relationships. It is a clear and simple method involving two rolls of a die to reveal one of the thirty-six possible outcomes described in the text. This MO, which obtains its power from Manjushri, was developed by the great master Jamgon Mipham from sacred texts expounded by the Buddha.”
Using this system, you are connecting with the wisdom aspect of Manjushri, the great bodhisattva of wisdom, who represents the innermost essence of your own mind. Whenever I ask a significant question, I also spend some time in meditation and prayer. Then I place my trust in Manjushri.
Asking the right question, is very important in the process of divination. The wrong question will bring a confusing or incorrect answer. It’s essential to take some time to formulate the right question. A simple and direct question is best.
So many factors are involved with making a decision or understanding a situation. Many of them are unseen and some operate on an unconscious level. The process of divination has helped me access my intuitive perception and move in the most intelligent ways on more than one occasion.
Of course, there are many other ways to make decisions. You could ask for feedback from an expert or a friend. Some people make a list of pros and cons or brainstorm alternative actions. Others create a list of priorities and choose number one on the list. Mind-mapping is another tool that can reveal new ideas or options.
How do you approach decision making? Have you ever used any form of divination? Has it helped you?