Just the other day, I was talking to one of my students about divination and fortune-telling and they were super interested in what they can do to speed up the learning process. It seems that everyone wants to know if there are any fast or quick ways you can master the art of divining.
Get-spiritual-quick questions are always somewhat taboo. Of all industries, spirituality (and especially divination) seems to be on the forefront of the, “Takes years to learn” brigade. Students and seekers are often discouraged from asking questions and seeking help from teachers who believe that spiritual development can be achieved in any less than a million years time.
Anyone who is trying to convince you that learning how to divine takes forever is full of shit.
I am not afraid to admit to you that I am one of those terrible teachers who believes that divination is something you don’t have to donate insane amounts of study time to.
Divination shouldn’t be so boring and soul sucking that you loose interest.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a diviner not just a reader. Divination is very much a part of my lifestyle and I communicate with my spirits and interpret omens constantly. Divining is my life and I am abnormally dedicated. The difference is, however, that unlike many other teachers I do believe that there are things you can do to ramp up your development and divination skills.
Being raised in a Romany Gypsy household means that I have been involved in the wonderful world of fortune-telling my entire life, even as a child. I have seen many diviners come and go. Even just spending time in the divination industry as an adult means that I have observed many readers teach and be taught. And I can categorically say, there are quick, effective, easier ways to do things, and there are slow, boring, difficult ways to do things. An example of a long way to learn goes like this:
Let’s take a diviner, whom we will call Tee. Tee wants to learn any and every method of divination there is, but first she tries to learn how to interpret dreams. She skips off into the sunset (or Amazon online) and orders herself, “The Big Book of 100,000 Dream Meanings”. She plunks herself down and tries to memorise Every. Single. Entry. She looses interest and the book eventually ends up on her shelf, periodically brought out when the urge re-emerged. Tee gets stuck in the ‘meanings’ cycle, never to truly learn the art of dream interpretation.
Where did Tee go wrong?
Tee made an error that so many diviners do; they waste their time trying to learn signs and symbols which they’re never going to use. However, there is an easier way and, no joke, it involves learning how to interpret animals.
Animal symbolism is a lightening bolt way to add to your symbolism practice. Animals are the one subject which you will see again and again in pretty much every method of divination. If you can learn how to become a master at interpreting the animal kingdom, you can apply this knowledge to all of your readings.
As a dream interpreter, I can tell you that 90% of every dream I have ever interpreted have involved an animal. Most oracle card decks (especially ones without the little white books) depict animals. There are animals on Tarot cards. Many of the signs of the zodiac can somehow be linked to myths and legends involving animals.
If you learn how to interpret animals, you can apply what you have learned to (and not limited to);
Dreams - Like I said, the vast majority of dreams which people have are either ‘typical’ dreams (falling, running, swimming) or dreams involving animals. It is very common to dream about animal attacks, being chased by an animal, animals changing size and shape, and owning baby animals.
Bone Reading - Animals are important in bone divination for two reasons. One, diviners select their bones based on how they interpret certain animals. Need a bone which represents freedom and lack of restriction? You might select a bird’s bone, if this is how you interpret birds.
The second way which bone throwers use animal symbolism, involves how they interpret readings. The meanings they assign to their animal bones (and how the bone falls) will be significant to the seeker. So, if their bird bone is obscured by an animal bone which symbolises restriction, this can represent a time when the seeker experienced a lack of freedom.
Ceromancy - Ceromancy is an unusual method of divination which involves interpreting the shape of melted candle wax. To perform ceromancy, you would ask a question, light a candle and let it burn till there is a large(ish) pool of wax. You can then pour this wax into a bowl of cold water. Once the melted wax has set, you can remove it and interpret its shape. And, if you know how to interpret animal shapes, you’re already halfway there!
Lenormand - There are 36 cards in the divination system of Lenormand. Of those 36, 8 (Snake, Birds, Fox, Bear, Stork, Dog, Mice, Fish) arguably 9 (Rider) is an animal. If you know animal symbolism before you begin to learn Lenormand, you already know a quarter of the deck meanings.
Crystal Ball Reading - Like bone throwers, crystal ball readers can use animal symbolism is two ways. One, if they see animal shapes, they can interpret the shapes and colors they see in their crystals. The second way, is a bit more tricky.
Most crystal ball readers interpret messages they receive through their psychic abilities, in the same way mediums do. The crystal ball is used merely as a prop for putting the reader into a meditative state, and keeping them there. This is how a large percentage of diviners read their crystal balls.
The messages can appear based on the readers understanding of symbolism. For example, if I am performing a crystal ball reading and a hare pops into my head, I know the following message is going to take place at night time because, for me, hares = midnight!
Nephomancy - Believe it or not, if you’re out and about, you can use the clouds as a tool for divination. And, you can use (you guessed it) animal symbolism in your interpretation. Think your boyfriend may be cheating on you and you see a snake in the sky? You can imagine what that means….
Oracle Cards - You will find that there are many pretty cool oracle card decks out there, especially ones without instruction manuals. You’ll also discover that many of these decks contain animals!
Imagine purchasing a beautiful self-published deck which you have been eyeing up for ages only to learn that it doesn’t come with instructions. If you already know animal symbolism, you’ll be okay because I can bet that many of the cards in that deck have a furry friend or two. Know the animal meanings? You can now design your interpretations!
Tea Leaf Reading - Tea leaf reading is a method of divination which can rely heavily on symbolism. Tea leaf reading involves interpreting the shapes and markings in tea cups which often appears as animals.
Tarot Card Reading - Of course, animals play a vital role in Tarot and it is very rare to find any type of Tarot deck which doesn't feature animals. On the Rider Waite Smith Tarot deck, you'll find plenty of animal, birds and mythological creatures.
Casting Divination - Like bone divination, you can select your charms for charm casting based on your understanding of animal symbolism. In fact, for casting you can design your own system entirely on animal symbolism and never have to learn any meanings from any other subject.
For example, your dog charms may represent your friends. Your donkey charm can represent your work. Your fish can represent your finances. You can pretty much cover every single life area based on how you interpret animals.
Apantomancy - Apantomancy is a method of divination which involves interpreting signs and omens you come across in your day to day life. Believing magpies are bad luck is an example of apantomancy.
Often, the behaviour of an animal in real life will have an affect on how you interpret it, and what it means as a sign or symbol. The belief that seeing one magpie is bad luck actually stems from the fact that magpies are monogamous (they pair up young, and mate for life). To see one magpie on its own, usually means that its life partner has been killed. Therefore, the lone magpie is a bad omen. Hence, why it is one for sorrow, two for joy.
That's just some of the ways which animal symbolism can be used in magic, divination and fortune-telling! If you would like to know more about me, my work with fortune-telling and my crazy life running a divination business, feel free to stalk the madness on Instagram!