How to choose divination system that will suit you

How to choose divination system that will suit you is a very popular question among people who want to start their adventure with divination. At first, it’s not an easy question, besides classic Tarot, Runes, I Ching and classic Scrying and Palmistry, we also recognise abacomancy (a method of divination using patterns of dust), alectromancy (the art of divination by using a cock or hen), aleuromancy (the art of divination using flour), alomancy (the art of divination using salt), anthropomancy (AKA necromancy, a method of divination by raising the dead or interpreting the movements of a dead person’s entrails), astragalomancy (a method of divination by throwing dice or bones), axinomancy (a method of divination involving an axe), belomancy (a method of divination using arrows), botanomancy (a method of divination using burning herbs), brontoscopy (a method of divination by listening to the sound of thunder), capnomancy (a method of divination by interpreting patterns of smoke), cartomancy (any method of divination using playing cards), ceroscopy (a method of divination using melted wax poured into cold water), cleidomancy (any method of divination using a key), cleromancy (any method of divination using dice), dactyliomancy, demonomancy, extispicy, hydromancy, pyromancy (and xylomancy), xenomancy, zoomancy and zygomancy – total of 29 different divination systems and who knows how many more there might be, uff* :).


Now that was probably the longest introduction to an entry I ever wrote :). And after learning what all of these words means, it is safe to say you can create a divination system based on everything, from a single bug to a mountain. But instead of discussing the systems above, I’m here to tell you how to choose the system that will suit you. In order to choose such system, you have to ask yourself a question: “which system seems to be the most normal for you?”

It’s how you feel about it

As I already wrote, divination is about your personal interpretation, and the way you will be interpreting things in some way depends on how you “feel” the system you’re using, in both physical and mental meaning. The best way to explain this will be to share my personal experiences with you.

As you already know, I’m using Runes, and a pendulum from time to time, but my primary method of divination is using Norse Runes. I thought about Tarot for some time, but for me this system is too… “magical”, it remind me old bored ladies sitting in dark room, giving readings to other old ladies :). I Ching is more interesting as a historical and philosophical studies, than as divination system. Palmistry is something I’m “scared of”, I don’t like touching people (creeping empathy). But Runes are different, I really enjoy this “mood” of Norse mythology – cold northern edges of the world, Vikings, long feasts, gods and heroes, finally the great battle between good and evil in the day of the Twilight of Gods, flames destroying the Yggdrassil, the Tree of Life, the world sinking in chaos only to reborn itself anew. Ykhym, sorry :). Anyway, heavy stones you can literally feel, this is something I enjoy: the texture of a symbol engraved within a stone, and the weight of it, the truly physical manifestation of a divination metaphors.

This is what I mean by telling you should feel the system you’re using, you should enjoy it. Runes seems to me as the only real system of divination. Now don’t misunderstand me. It is important for you to recognise that each system of divination will work as long as you will believe in it, but this “feeling of reality” as I call it is what you should feel when choosing your system. This is what you should understand by “normal system” – your divination method can’t scare you, and can’t make you laugh, it must feel normal for you. If you feel that Runes are too mythological and i.e. I Ching is a much better system because it’s older and more “reliable”, then you should choose to use I Ching. Same apply to other systems. And the most important thing, you must enjoy the system you have chosen. Using it must be a pure pleasure, only then it will work.

How many systems should I use?

Very often people think: “I will learn to use all these systems so I will be better in general divination.” Nope, this isn’t the way things are working :). You see, you might choose two, or three systems, but in most cases you will stick only to single one. It’s because with time you will gain knowledge and experience, thanks to which your single system will be enough to make all kinds of divinations, and answer all questions, give all kinds of advices. You won’t desire to learn a new system because the one you already know will be everything you need. Of course, if you want, no one said you can’t learn each and every of the mentioned 29 systems. If you want, you can do everything :).

Are you using any divination system? Which one? Or maybe you know something that has not been mentioned in this entry? Post your thoughts in comments.

Source for divination system’s names: Paranormal Encyclopedia.

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Comments and Discussion

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  1. I use the I-Ching and the Pendulum. The I_Ching I use for more complex questions(Should I invest in this business? or How can I accomplish this task?) for simpler stuff such as finding a lost item, I use the pendulum.

    by Psionic_X / May 13th 2009

  2. I’ve used scrying (devination through elements) with water and candle flame. But the ones I do the most are tarot reading and the pendulum. I never knew there were so many different systems! The divination through thunder sounds especially interesting. I really want to check it out, but monsoon season has long since passed. Anyway, great article. :)

    by Paige / October 25th 2009

  3. Thanks :). But since I wrote this art I’ve learned that 29 divination systems is not enough ;). Oh my, people can use almost everything for divination purposes, don’t you think?

    by Nathan / October 25th 2009