Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The practice of 'seeing into the future' and determining human fate and fortune is an ancient one. It involves diverse traditions from many varied cultures - and these practices have undergone many rebirths and permutations over the years. The most common forms of divination seemed to have stood the tests of time, ridicule, modern sciences and personal preference!
The most common practices are listed below - yet with any method of divination, it seems best to approach it with an open mind, but also with common sense. The methods described below, are often the "tools" used by Clairvoyants to augment, widen or manifest their perceptions. They are not only fun, but can provide interesting insights into personality, situations, and potentials - but it is, in my opinion, unhealthy to allow them to dominate one's life!
Astrology - a complex subject, one that its' practitioners would describe as a science. It bears very little resemblance to the horoscopes that are printed in the daily Newspapers and magazines, and even less to the computer generated astrological text services!
For a true and accurate divination using Astrology, consult a professional Astrologer, who will need your date of birth, place of birth and time of birth.
Tarot - another complex subject, with many practitioners, and few true seers! Almost everyone who consults this form of divination wants to know about potential futures, interactions with loved ones, and ways in which to deal with problems and dilemmas. The Tarot persuade not only the Client, but Consultant too, to look deeper and more carefully at every aspect of a given situation.
The Tarot has a multi-dimensional quality, where one can deal with the apparent mundane, material concerns, as well as the not-so-apparent spiritual aspects - and all that exists in between. A true 'Seer' is able to synthesize this information and guide the Client towards success.
Runes - an Oracular system of divination and magic! The Runes are simple, earthy symbols rooted in the natural world and as such can be touched and related to by anyone who is willing to ally themselves with them. They can be viewed, like any other ideograph, like a frozen symbol of an actual state or concept. They stimulate the imagination and help us to understand and perceive our relationship to others and to the world; thereby allowing us to cause change.
A true Rune Master is very hard to find, and I wish you luck in your search for one!
I Ching - one of the oldest forms of divination still in existence. The I Ching is not the work of an individual but the collective wisdom of generations spanning 3000 years. It is founded on the examination of nature and humanity, and stands for the schematic, rhythmic and purposeful cosmos. 'Change not the eternal,' is the central theme, and time is identified as a vital factor in the composition of the world and the evolvement of the individual.
This system works from the premise that change is not random, and that each manifestation of existence can only transmute into something already inherent in its own nature and not into anything entirely different. This system of divination also maintains that change follows in a cyclic motion, to the ancient Chinese even death conveyed movement returning to its source, being the opposite of life, death implied the eventual return to a previous state.
The I Ching affirms that by revealing to the conscious mind what is concealed in the subconscious mind, it is possible to predict the probable future and to choose a direction accordingly, therefore we can become the masters of our own destiny and not its slaves.
Palmistry - reading palms like interpreting the cards or casting a horoscope is one of the ancient methods of divination that has survived and is as popular today as it ever was.
Palmistry however differs from other methods of divination in that it is completely personal as no two hands, like no two fingerprints, are identical.
There are two sides of palmistry, chirosophy which deals with the lines on the hand and chirognomy in which the shape of the hand and fingers are analysed. Both are closely connected, with Astrology and the different areas of the hands and fingers are associated with the planets.
Crystallomancy, Crystal Ball or Scrying - Scrying means seeing magical images in a reflective medium, such as a crystal ball. What you see can shed light on the present and guide future action. The word 'scry' comes from the Anglo-Saxon 'descry', which means to see.
Scrying in shiny surfaces has been practised in every culture and time, not only by mystics and magicians, but every girl who has gazed into a mirror and performed rituals to see her lover's face, or by any man who has sought wisdom in moonlit water.
Crystallomancy differs from other forms of scrying such as tea leaves, because the images are not formed by the medium itself, but from within your psyche.
People sometimes feel that they cannot use a crystal ball or a mirror successfully because there are no concrete images on which to work. For this reason, Scryers can become anxious and actually block the natural and very vivid images cast on to the glass by the mind's eye.
Numerology - The theory that, a name is more than just a label but the essence of, the person who bears it, is an idea stretching back throughout the years. It is on this theory coupled with the belief that numbers are a store house of magic power that the practice of divination by numbers is based.
Originally each letter of the Greek and Hebrew alphabets also stood for a number and therefore each word represented a number when its letters were added together. In this way a person's name could be reduced to a number and they would bear the characteristics associated with it.
Each of the planets also has its individual number and consequently the person who also bears that number is influenced by them.
A person's date of birth can also be used in the same way, and when coupled with their 'name' number can foretell of things to come for a particular year in their life. There are many good books and Computer programs for Numerology, but yet again, I would advise that you seek out a Professional Numerologist and book a Consultation.
Divination is the art or practice of foretelling the unknown, the past, present and future, using different methods that the diviner may decide. The art of Divination has been practised by all countries, cultures and religeons around the world for thousands of years.
It was studies over two thousand years ago in China by the study of cracked eggs for Divination. Some of the most popular forms of divination incluse tarot cards, runes, astrology and dowsing.
How accurite the divination will depend upon the reader.
During the time of ancient Rome there were priests that were called, Augur. The Augur was tasked with the divination of the flight of birds. It was believed at the time that the flight of birds gave an indication on the will of the Gods. The divination was undertaken by studying the breed of birds, direction of flight, noises they made and other signals.
This type of divination involves the determination of what will be a lucky day or an unlucky day. It also involves the determination of lucky times. For example what will be the luckiest time on a certain day to do something or what might be the bad luck times on certain days.
One of the very earliest forms of divination that involves the divination of fire. There are several types of Pyromancy including
Alomancy : This involves throwing salt into a fire for divination.
Botanomancy : A form of divination that involves the burning of plants.
Daphnomancy : Divination from burning laurel leaves.
Osteomancy : Divination by heating bones over a fire to produce cracks.
Sideromancy : A form of divination by burning straw with an iron.
Abacomancy is an early form of divination by scrying the patterns of dust. If the symbols appear more then once in the sand it may give an indication of the time and date of the happening.
Aeromancy is the divination of atmospheric conditions. The first recorded use of the word Aeromancy dates back to 1753. Aeromancy includes the divination of clouds, wind currents, comets, thunder, lightning and shooting stars.
Agalmatomancy is the divination of ancient statues and was popular during the time of ancient Greece.
Alomancy is the divination from the patterns formed by salt thrown into the air. The diviner must observe the patterns as they fall to the ground.
Alphitomancy is a type of divination to establish a persons innocence or guilt. The suspected people are given barley cake or bread and those that get sick are the guilty.
Apantomancy is a form of divination based on certain objects or animals that cross your path by chance. The superstition regarding black cats comes from Apantomancy.
This was originally drawn up with Mysst, aka Faye, and since edited or arranged for better understanding by her.
There are the Four Elements we all know and love, and are the basics of elemental working:
Earth, Air, Fire, and Water.
With them, we introduce 8 more.
The Twelve are:
This has been seldom discussed, but many places in the occult community does recognize them as existing. However, and this is where debate will come, there are in fact 50 (or 51) elements.
The Fifty-One are:
20. Wisdom (Guilt/Knowledge)
25. Infinity (Void/Abyss included?)
28. Ether (Astral included?)
46. "Khaos" (Raw form of Chaos?)
51. Akashic (13th/5th Elements, Spirit)
Notice how Spirit is placed at number Fifty, right next to Soul, and before Akashic. This is intentional, for two reasons. For the Four elements, we place Spirit as the encompassing 5th, for the association shared with them. On the Twelve, we can theoretically place it as the 13th, for the same association and encompassing.
When we expand to a larger list, of smaller and more primal aspects o thef Universe, we gain access to more. The Soul, what makes you whom you are, and your Spirit, which allows you to extend and connect with all things outside your body.
Lastly, we come to the vague but included Akashic. According to several theories and Norse mythology, Akasha is the name for the ultimate creator, or a Creator for Balance (in Umhala, with four others). Akasha becomes an element, in that all elements come from Her. In Her, and through Her, the element of Spirit becomes the encompassing 5th and 13th connections. Shared name for shared connection and paths.
This does bring up that there are a total of 38 elements not widely recognized in the occult community. The reason this list was originally composed was to being a more clarified approach to our work, especially as these 38 are considered "Primal Elements". We'll likely cover this in more detail, in another document, and why they're involved more than simply being recognized.
Now, I'd like to also display the oppositions that bring balance to each other. Following this list is a House order, based on their nature in commune with the Universe.
Oppositions (minus Akashic):
-Air VS Earth
-Fire VS Water
-Time VS Space
-Light VS Darkness
-Love/Despair VS Hate/Hope
-Chaos VS Tranquility
-Discord VS Order
-Law VS War/Rebellion
-Creation/Life VS Extinction/Death
-Innocence/Ignorance VS Wisdom (Guilt/Knowledge)
-Purity VS Corruption
-Fury VS Madness
-Infinity (Void/Abyss included?) VS Finite
-Material VS Ether/Ethereal (Astral included?)
-Mental VS Spiritual
-Pride/Arrogance VS Humility/Modesty
-Shadow VS Rainbow
-Flow VS Shock
-Force VS Stagnation
-Eternal VS Truth
-Fear VS Courage
-Good VS Evil
-"Peace" VS "Khaos" (Raw form of Chaos?)
-Reality VS Illusion
-Soul VS Spirit
Associations aka "Houses":
Notice the two elements, Khaos and Chaos, as filed separately. The reason for this is, for lack of better terms, they are very similar but interact with the universe is separate ways. Chaos is a state of being, bringing in confusion and lack of clarify (where Tranquility would do the opposite). Khaos, currently theorized as a more raw form, is more like an elemental force. It's the underlying force for a chaotic emotion, and encourages change in many ways.
I believe others may explain it better in the comments below.
*Please note, the parentheses are for notes and possible theory. Feel free to discuss below.
2. Core understanding of the fundamental truths of astral projection The Fundamental Truths to Astral Projection
3. Have overcome a majority of fears associated with projection, such as startling noises, disturbing sights and odd sensations, or at least possess the ability to control most of these fears as they arise. This to me is a never ending struggle because there are an endless source of energies in the astral, each one bringing forth a different response from us (usually fear).
4. Several projections achieved so that a person can practice what they've learned. Everyone knows you can read until you're blue in the face on how to do something, but until you've done it a few times, it just doesn't sink in (imagine a pilot flying for the first time with nothing but written theory under his belt). It is impossible for you to know what it feels like to consciously exist in astral form (and all the laws governing) until you've done it! People say, "Oh, I won't be afraid.... I won't get distracted..." but they do become afraid and distracted almost every time in the beginning because there is nothing to prepare you in the physical for this experience. Even reading about someone else's experiences won't prepare you sufficiently because each astral experience is unique.
Once you leave the proximity of the physical body, the key to an advanced projection is:
- A Plan: Advanced projectors know that not having a plan will result in a huge waste of effort. And it wouldn't hurt to have a second and third goal for projection in case you are able to accomplish the first in one session. For example, after I went to the moon, my body had yet to pull me back and once my goal was accomplished I did a "now what!?" Even for advanced projector's, the ability to project is sporadic (unless they have a naturally loose hold over their astral body) and each excursion is to be relished. A plan might include any number of goals (meet a guide, see an event in history or future- like the building of the Pyramids, healing, visiting acquaintances, etc.) Have at least three!
- Focus: Too many times a beginner will fall into the Alice in Wonderland trip and slip into the dream body. When projecting, focus is needed to keep your consciousness sharp on your goal. The strangest things (astral entities or astral counterparts to physical objects--regardless of their presence in current time) may show up in front of you and you can get sidetracked faster than anything! A case in point: I projected once and found a cute kitten on my stairs and let myself get distracted, and then was unnerved by a spider's web I saw a few moments later (both fear and lack of focus taking control of the experience resulting in a total waste towards my primary goal). Another very common distraction is the ever present astral entity desiring sexual contact. Many times people will find themselves in the embrace of a stranger. Morals are not the same in the astral for obvious reasons and unless this is one of your goals, beware. Also, when things start to get fuzzy from your consciousness slipping into unconsciousness, or the dream body, you can use excellent statements such as "Clarity Now!" to clear things up.
- Use of Will: This can be used in conjunction with Focus. The Will is needed to get you where you want. When you become advanced, you WILL yourself to your destination. You no longer take familiar physical routes, but use intense desire/will to get you to your destination instantaneously. This is particularly helpful if you don't have a firm point in space/time for where you want to go (past, future, non-earth locations). An example of Will was when I won the daily lottery. It took me five attempts in one morning to succeed! My success was when I really WILLED for the numbers. It wasn't until I expelled a great amount of force that they popped up. Passive desire may not be enough (but sometimes it is). Dr. Douglas M. Baker states in his article, "The Techniques of Astral Projection" states that for advanced astral projection "the desire factor is present and strong but is overshadowed by the will. A powerful will is required to project the astral form over great distances."
- Knowledge: Before you can do advanced things like healing, you need to further your field of study into chakras, energies, karma and how each one works. For example, someone may be suffering an ailment to learn a specific life lesson or because of a karmic tie. Before healing anyone, you should consult with their higher self and ask if you should even be doing it. You can't heal until you know what polluted energies look like (what color they are and why).
To be an advanced projector, one must really master the non-physical self.
The most basic methods for projecting involve closing the eyes, getting into a deeply relaxed state via meditation, and 'believing' that you are in a place. Try to feel that you are actually in a different place from where your body is located. It can be across the room even. Touch the walls with your mental 'body' (just as you would have in a dream), and try to feel them as real.
Believe you are in a place, and you will be there.
Early attempts at projection are often like controlled daydreams, but with practice they become more real and vivid, and contact with the physical realm can even be made and information brought back with accuracy. The biggest problem most people have is that they think there will always be an immediate conscious separation of the body/mind that they will be able to witness right away. When learning to project, try not to pay any attention to your body or the act of separation. Usually, consciousness of the body is never fully lost (you just ignore the body in favor of the vision), and the transfer of consciousness over to the 'vision' or astral landscape is most easily accomplished by allowing it to occur gradually; the more you practice 'seeing' with your mind and traveling with your mind, the more you'll be able to focus your attention on the astral plane, and transfer of consciousness will be gradual and almost unnoticed. This is the easiest way to project. (Note: some people refer to this method as projection of the mental body - projection of the astral/etheric body is far more intense in feeling/perception but some people do it more gradually, whereas others learn to do it instantly. It doesn't matter how you get there so long as you eventually do.) Some people can and do experience a definite separation that occurs everytime, but that is a different method of projecting I won't go into here (Edain McCoy refers to it in her book as chakra projection). The end results of projection are essentially the same, however.
What does a true projection feel like? In the later stages of projecting when you are becoming skilled at it, a full projection usually feels and appears to be even more REAL than regular physical reality. Colors and sounds are far more vivid, and sight is broader in scope (not limited by eyes). In some ways it is like being awake and super-conscious in a dream, but more vivid and real than any normal dream you've ever had.