Before we begin, it is important to note what divination is. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Divination is “the art or practice that seeks to foresee or foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge usually by the interpretation of omens or by the aid of supernatural powers.” This can mean receiving the messages from the universe, spirit, or an entity. Normally, that entity would be a deity or guardian angel, but it can also be spirits you choose to work with. I spoke a bit about what Spirit Work is in a previous post, but the TL:DR is that Spirit Work is the umbrella term for working with spirits. A big question I see beginners ask when it comes to working with spirits is how to build up communication skills with those on the other side.
This is where divination can come in. Instead of using your divination tool to predict the future, or find knowledge, you can use the tools as a form of communication. This will not work for some spirits, and some spirits may have a preference for certain tools, but note that you still need to be safe when working with spirits. You may be wondering how divination tools can be used as a communication tool, and the answer is that divination methods work to receive messages, so instead of receiving advice or guidance from a guide, universe, or other entity, it would be as if you are having a conversation with a spirit entity.
When communicating with Tarot Cards, you would ask the spirit a question, then shuffle and draw a card. The idea behind this is that the spirit would influence the card order in order to communicate what they want to say. An example is if you were to ask a spirit how they are feeling, the card drawn would indicate the emotion they are feeling or want you to know at the time. The card would represent their side of the conversation, and you would shuffle every time you ask a question- like with a Magic-8 Ball!
Now, with a Pendulum it gets more clear- because the spirit would influence how the weight moves. Would it go to yes, no, or would the pendulum spell out something on a Pendulum Board? The issue with using a Pendulum board would be if the spirit cannot spell. This is why it is important to understand which communication method the spirit would prefer. If a spirit cannot spell, you may get some funky responses on a pendulum board.
Like with the above, the same can be said with a Spirit Board. If the spirit cannot spell, or read, it would be difficult for the spirit to communicate with this method. The spirit board, like with Automatic-Writing, would rely on the spirit to guide the planchette or writing tool in order to communicate. Chances are the spirit will not do full sentences, but will communicate with words (protect, yes, please, why, library, etc.) or small phrases (why not, how come, not now, I guess, I hope so, etc.) Of course, this is only if the spirit can spell.
Now, it is important to talk about the dangers of doing this, because I do not want to be responsible for anyone getting hurt because they mishandle this tool. Spirit work, as I have said in another post, is not inherently dangerous. However, there are dangers- and the dangers are very much real. Many spirits can lie about who they are, and can end up being very abusive. When I say this, I do not mean only physically. You may be thinking that since you use these divination tools constantly anyways, this should be safe as well, but that cannot be further from the truth.
Just because we are used to using these tools, does not mean we are used to using them in this manner. When you open yourself up to talk to spirits, especially if you are not sure who the spirit is (it won’t always be that dear loved one, sometimes it is a spirit who is trying to trick you) you are potentially opening yourself up to the dangers as well. Using these tools is just as dangerous as speaking out loud to the spirits- but that doesn’t mean I am saying it is not dangerous- it is. When I mention the dangers, I do not mean possession or demonic energy attacking you.
Spirits can become manipulative, especially if they are pretending to be a loved one because that can get to you mentally and emotionally. The last thing you want is to be put in a situation where you feel you would be in danger unless you do what the spirit asks, or feel you cannot cut off communication because the spirit will become hostile. This is why it is so important to protect yourself properly. Use your wards, and lay out rules. Be prepared to banish (yes- banish. Not just dismiss) if anything were to go wrong.
However, now there is an added element. We are now talking about using tools in spirit work. While I would normally suggest to cleanse yourself and your space after every session, even if it was good, I highly suggest doing the same for your tools. The reason I say this is because it is safer to remove any energy that may have latched onto the tool, because we have no clue if it is benevolent or not, but also it is ideal for those who only have one of a certain tool and would still like to use it for divination purposes. I, personally, do not like mixing my decks between divination and spirit work, but if I have to for convenience sake or a spirit I work with is feeling called to a certain deck because they feel it suits how they are trying to communicate better, I be sure to cleanse before and after each session. Cleansing yourself and your tools after and before sessions will not offend the spirit, and if it does- don’t communicate with them. Simple.
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