Divination Tools to Help You Connect with Spirit
Sometimes you need a simple and to-the-point answer to a pressing question! Here are four different divination tools that you can use to help you get your answers and using these will also help you develop your own intuition.
When I first started out, I have tried all of these tools and found that some ‘fit’ with me more than others. They helped me to practice my gifts and understand more about how I work with Spirit. I still occasionally use Oracle cards as I enjoy their messages for myself and others, but now mainly work connecting with Spirit directly.
Working with an divination tool can also help to affirm the messages you have already received. It provides cross-validation, which is an essential part of building trust with Spirit.
Try these divination tools out and see which one works best for you. Using these tools to practice will also help you open up further, connect to Spirit easier and learn to trust your intuition more fully.
1. Oracle Cards
The images, symbols, and colors on these cards trigger the right side of your brain, which is associated with creativity, imagination, and intuition.
When used correctly, these cards communicate with your subconscious and give you the answers and insights that you need.
One of the important aspects of oracle cards is that they tap into the consciousness of the person who reads them.
This is why two people looking at the same card can interpret its meaning in different ways because the card talks to each person individually.
Choose a pack of Oracle cards that resonate with you. One of my favourite packs is the Goddess Guidance oracle cards by Doreen Virtue as I love working with the Goddess energies.
Quiet your mind and shuffle your chosen deck of cards. As you are shuffling ask a question and hold it in your mind.
Then, pick one card. You can spread out the deck and choose a card from somewhere in the pile, or choose the top card of the deck. Do what feels right to you.
The card you choose is your answer. It really is that simple!
If you decide to do a three card spread, use the same technique as above, but instead, choose three cards. The first one is immediate past, the middle is present, and the last one is future if reading your cards from left to right.
Oracle cards are extremely helpful when reading for ourselves as we can can be too emotionally attached to the question to sometimes receive clear guidance directly from Spirit. The cards help us to detach and allow the answers to come in without us putting up resistance or blocks.
Another divination tool you can use to connect with Spirit and/or your intuition is a pendulum.
A pendulum is any heavy object suspended on a string or cord, where Spirit can use the energy of your hand and the object to swing in a direction to indicate an answer.
Typically, a pendulum is made of crystal, wood, or metal.
I suggest purchasing your pendulum in person, so you can feel which one is the most energetically connected to you. Hold the pendulum in your hand, close your eyes and see how it feels. You will know when you pick one up that is right for you!
Once you’ve selected your pendulum, sit down with it, hold it in your hand, and ask your Spirit Guides to communicate with you using this stone and then ask it to show you yes, no and maybe.
Hold the tip of the chain with one hand, so that the pendulum centers over the palm of your other hand.
Ask the pendulum to swing the direction for Yes.
Then ask for it to show you how it swings for No.
Then ask the pendulum to stop swinging – it will. All pendulums and guides communicate differently, so this is like calibrating it and understanding how it operates before you use it.
Some pendulums have more swing than others, and this is usually related to the quality and weight of the materials, as well as the environment you’re in and the ambient amount of energy in the room.
Once you have worked out which way the pendulum swings for Yes and No, you can then try asking it some questions. I suggest starting with questions that you know the answer to as this helps you feel more confident that it is working!
Simply, hold the pendulum in your hand and ask a question to which the answer is Yes, such as “Is my name (state your name)?”
Similarly, ask a question to which the answer is No.
You can repeat this experiment until you feel confident in how your pendulum works.
You can then move on to questions you need help with and this will also help you to develop a keen sense of intuition.
It may be a little difficult to start with, so don’t worry if you get a few answers! If it is a crystal one, make sure you cleanse it regularly. The more you practice, the more you will recognize a pattern in the movement of the pendulum.
3. Automatic Writing
Automatic writing, is a great way to connect with your inner self and develop psychic skills and can be practiced by anyone. All you need is a pen, a notepad and a quiet space!
Automatic writing is the practice of writing words in a trance-like state that originate from a place outside of conscious awareness. Many believe that automatic writing is sourced from the unconscious mind which is the doorway into the Higher Self. This makes automatic writing an effective exercise to develop a strong sense of intuition.
Sit down in a quiet place and make sure you have at least 30 minutes of uninterrupted time before you begin the exercise.
Learning how to relax your mind is the most important part of automatic writing. When your mind is still and empty of thoughts, writing spontaneously becomes much easier. Say a prayer or meditate for a few minutes before you get started, so your mind is calm and you feel peaceful. This helps you to be in an open and receptive state.
You can then either ask a question out loud or write the question you would like to ask on your paper.
Focus on your question silently and just listen. Try not to think about anything. Allow your mind to be relaxed and not engaged.
Trust your intuition and write down exactly what comes into your mind. Do not worry about making grammatical or spelling mistakes.
Also, if you’re completely unaware of what you’re writing, that’s actually a very good thing! It means that you’re tapping into something that is far greater than your thinking mind.
It is also very common to find yourself judging what you write and analyzing it. This is quite normal. So, if you find your mind getting involved, gently bring yourself back towards whatever practice you used before to enter a trance-like state. You may have to repeat this step a number of times!
At a certain point, you’ll intuitively sense that your automatic writing session is coming to an end. Other times, you might abruptly stop writing and no more information comes.
Once you’ve stopped, it’s time to review what you’ve written. Try looking firstly for coherent sentences or keywords that may pop out. Initially, the answers may seem random, but you will see a pattern over time. Once you do, you can use this experiment to validate your intuition on various issues in your life.
Runes are an ancient form of oracle used by those seeking advice. Runes have a long history, dating back to ancient use by Germanic and Nordic tribes,
The word ‘rune’ simply means mystery, whisper or secret and it’s a form of divination or oracle reading system that’s used to help gain insight into situations or questions.
Runes can be made of various materials, but are most commonly made of stone, and feature a symbol from the runic alphabet on them. As well as each rune symbol being a letter of the alphabet, they also have symbolic meanings too.
Runes can be used to help guide you through problems or issues and help show you what is likely to happen. They offer different variables and suggest how you could behave if the event does occur. Runes are known for hinting towards answers, but leaving you to work out the details, which is where your own intuition comes in.
Runic readers acknowledge that the future isn’t fixed and that individuals have the power to follow their own path and make their own decisions. So if you don’t like the guidance that a rune reading provides, you’ve got the power to change your direction, or your path, and follow a different route.
The idea behind the way that runes work is that, as you ask a question or think about an issue, your conscious and unconscious minds are focused. When the runes are cast in front of you, they’re not totally random, but are choices that have been made by your subconscious.
Keep your question or issue clearly in your mind as you cast your runes.
Like any form of divination or oracle reading, it can take time to master the art of reading the runes. There are books and guides available to help you understand the runic meanings and their significance in your life, and to the questions and issues you’re exploring, and with practice it does get easier.
Ideally, you should receive an easy-to-understand guide to the meanings of the symbols when you purchase a set of runes.
It does help if you’re open and willing to use your intuition to assess what the stones are revealing. Don’t worry if you’re not sure at first, as this is perfectly normal.
Write down details of any runes you’re unsure of and see if the meanings present themselves to you over time.
When a rune appears upside down, then there alternative reverse definitions; your rune guide will provide details of this.
Even experienced rune readers, for example, say that meanings they’re unsure about or stuck on can suddenly come to them at a later date.
Find a quiet place to do your reading and clear your mind. Focus on the reading you’re about to do. Think about the issue or question you have in mind and, if you so desire, you can say a prayer or call upon Spirit to guide you with your reading.
Your rune cloth should be spread on the table in front of you, ready for the runes to lay upon it.
There are various different types of rune castings you can do – which are similar in idea to tarot layouts – but on your very first attempt, you might just like to start by picking out one rune and understanding its significance.This is also quite a useful method to use if you’re feeling unsure or uncertain – picking out one single rune can give you something to focus on.
Once you feel happy to progress, then have a go at some of the rune layouts and casts.