Sharing Circle: Divination Techniques

Sharing Circle - 2016-02-28

This Sunday, February 28, Acadiana Spiritual Association hosts Sharing Circle: Divination Techniques, 3pm at the downtown Lafayette Library. Individuals will review and discuss various divination techniques, share best-practices advice, and meet new friends.

Beginning in 1997, Sharing Circle is a monthly symposium on the anthropological, sociological, psychological, and philosophical study of specific topics in various tribal/indigenous, classical polythiestic, neopagan, and intrapersonal spiritualities. Originally, Sharing Circle covered specific topics in specific religions with a presenter, akin to a workshop. Today, Sharing Circle is much more discussion based. Participants focus on one question per gathering and share their experiences and perspectives with others. The experience is both challenging and informational. Many participants state that they are asked to evaluate their beliefs logically and to entertain ideas you may not have considered before.

Inspired by Jarred James Breaux’s recent article, The Accuracy of Divination, participants will be discussing the nature of divination, the spectrum of divination types, and various divination techniques, specifically tarot, I-ching, dowsing, pendulums, scrying, runes, numerology, and ogham.

There are many different divination techniques which line a spectrum of divination types, from those which rely heavily on chance and those which rely on intuition.

Divination Spectrum

Various Divination Techniques:

ASTROLOGY is divination using celestial bodies: the sun, moon, planets, and stars.

CARTOMANCY is fortune telling using cards such as the Tarot.

CLAIRAUDIENCE is “clear hearing” of divinatory information. Parapsychologist generally regard as a form of extrasensory perception.

CLAIRVOYANCE is “clear seeing” of divinatory information. Parapsychologist generally regard as a form of extrasensory perception.

CRYSTALLOMANCY is divination through crystal gazing.

DOWSING or DIVINING RODS are methods of divination where a forked stick is used to locate water or precious minerals.

NUMEROLOGY is the numerical interpretation of numbers, dates, and the number value of letters.

OCULOMANCY is divination from a person’s eye.

PALMISTRY is the broad field of divination and interpretation of the lines and structure of the hand.

PRECOGNITION in an inner knowledge or sense of future events.

PSYCHOMETRY is the faculty of gaining impressions from a physical object and its history.

SCIOMANCY is divination using a spirit guide, a method generally employed by chanelers.

SCRYING is a general term for divination using a crystal, mirrors, bowls of water, ink, or flames to induce visions.

TASSEOGRAPHY is the reading of tea leaves that remain in a tea cup once the beverage has been drunk.

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