Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
View your shopping cart Shopping Cart | My Account | Help | Become a Fan on Facebook Become a Fan | Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us | Watch Us on YouTube Watch Us | Subscribe to our RSS Feeds Subscribe
Browse ProductsAuthorsArticlesBlogsEncyclopediaNewslettersAffiliate ProgramContact UsBooksellers
ENCYCLOPEDIA
Glossary
What's New
Most Popular
List of Articles

Email Exclusives
Sign up to receive special offers and promotions from Llewellyn.

Get the Latest Issue of New Worlds

November/December 2016 / Gift Guide Issue

New Worlds Catalog

Get the FREE app for your tablet and mobile device. Now available in the iTunes Store and the Google Play Store

Also available as a PDF File.

Click for more information about New Worlds or to receive issues via mail.


The Llewellyn Encyclopedia
Print this Term Print this Article

Divination

This article was written by Chic Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero on May 14, 2002
posted under Golden Dawn

The word divination is based on a Latin word that means "the faculty of foreseeing." The word comes from the Latin word for "divine power," or "of the gods." This indicates that the true meaning of the word divination is "to make divine."

Far from being a superstitious practice, the art of divination reveals itself as a spiritual science that seeks to discover the divine meaning behind "chance" events. Divination has existed as a tool for psychic well-being and spiritual health long before modern psychology was born, although the later science has often borrowed heavily from the former.

Divination can open up the mind of the diviner to wonders of the spiritual world and the invisible universe that is behind the visible universe. Also, the different methods of divination are good exercises for developing the student's powers of intuition and imagination.

Two forms of divination are taught in the First Order of the Golden Dawn. These are geomancy and tarot. Geomancy or "earth divination" was originally performed in ancient times by poking the dirt with a stick and taking note of the number of holes made. The Golden Dawn method of geomancy is accomplished using pen and paper to generate random numbers of dots.

The tarot deck used by the Golden Dawn was based upon S. L. MacGregor Mathers’s research and subsequent drawings of the cards. Mathers built his system of correspondences from the earlier observations of Eliphas Levi, who drew a remarkable comparison between the cards of the tarot and the Thirty-two Paths of Wisdom on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. Many of the most popular tarot decks of today, including the Rider-Waite deck, Aleister Crowley’s Thoth deck, and our own Golden Dawn Magical Tarot are based upon Mathers’s original drawings of the cards.

In the First Order, simple card spreads such as the Celtic Cross method were used. Not only were students of the Golden Dawn expected to memorize all the Qabalistic and astrological correspondences of the tarot cards and be able to perform readings with them, but in the higher grades they were also expected to draw their own versions of all seventy-eight tarot cards.

In the higher grades of the R.R. et A.C., tarot divination was performed using a method known as the Opening of the Key, a long and detailed technique that required five separate card spreads based on the formation of the Tetragramaton (or "Four-lettered Name" of God), the twelve zodiacal houses, the twelve signs of the zodiac, the thirty-six decanates, and the Qabalistic Tree of Life.

Divination was also performed in the Second Order grades using the more complex methods of Ring and Disk and Enochian Chess. However, and not the least bit surprisingly, tarot remained the preferred method.

People want to be happy, feel loved, be safe, enjoy abundance and prosperity, and increase intuition, and have the ability to express who they truly are. With crystal clear focus, you can be and feel fulfilled once you establish an intention and maintain positive thoughts. Your imagination plays a powerful part in this adventure—the... read this article
Dealing with Shadows During Channeling
Witch’s Runes: A Simple Introduction to Rune Reading
6 Ways to Awaken Your Inner Psychic
3 Theories to Explain the Loch Ness Monster
13 Sites to Celebrate Samhain in the Northeast USA

Most recent posts:
If You're So Powerful, Why Aren't You Rich?
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Aaron Leitch, author of several books, including Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires, The Angelical...

Manifest Love, Health, and Money using the Crystal Intentions Oracle
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Margaret Ann Lembo, author of Chakra Awakening; The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals, and Stones;...

Developing Psychic Skills
Tarot Interactions by Deborah Lipp Many people want to improve their psychic skills when reading the cards. Deborah Lipp provides an exercise...




Llewellyn's 2017 Witches' Datebook Llewellyn's 2017 Witches' Datebook
By: Llewellyn
Price: $11.99 US,  $14.99 CAN
$9.59 US,  $11.99 CAN On Sale!
Llewellyn's 2017 Witches' Calendar Llewellyn's 2017 Witches' Calendar
By: Llewellyn
Price: $13.99 US,  $16.99 CAN
$11.19 US,  $13.59 CAN On Sale!
Llewellyn's 2017 Astrological Calendar Llewellyn's 2017 Astrological Calendar
84th Edition of the World's Best Known, Most Trusted Astrology Calendar

By: Llewellyn
Price: $14.99 US,  $18.99 CAN
$11.99 US,  $15.19 CAN On Sale!
Llewellyn's 2017 Daily Planetary Guide Llewellyn's 2017 Daily Planetary Guide
Complete Astrology At-A-Glance

By: Llewellyn
Price: $12.99 US,  $15.99 CAN
$10.39 US,  $12.79 CAN On Sale!
Wheels of Life Wheels of Life
A User's Guide to the Chakra System

By: Anodea Judith
Price: $21.95 US,  $25.50 CAN