As we come to the end of 2010, people are naturally interested in what will happen to them and those they care about in the coming year. Many of us will ask questions of astrologers, Tarot readers, etc., while others of us will investigate the charts and cards for ourselves.

But are such divinations accurate and correct? The ancient oracles used to speak in puzzles rather than clearly giving answers to questions. This resulted in plenty of room for interpretation and misinterpretation. Although the interpretation may have been in error, the divination itself was correct.

In 1994, Chic and Sandra Tabatha Cicero edited the first volume of The Golden Dawn Journal (recently republished as Basics of Magic: The Best of the Golden Dawn Journal, Book I).  In it I published an original, extensive and modern Tarot divination I had created and been using following a lecture I had heard by the Ciceros. It uses the famous symbol of the Rose Cross as a central focus. I discuss talismanic aspects of the central circle or “rose” of this symbol in Modern Magick.

The Rose Cross

Other writers who contributed to the book included Mary K. Greer, M. Isidora Forrest, Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, David Godwin, Gareth Knight, and many others.

At the end of the book, the editors questioned all of the contributors as to whether the accuracy of divinations should always be trusted. Different people had different responses. I think my response remains valid. I wrote:

Give a hammer to a child who has never used one and the child may get hurt. Even after the child is instructed on how to use the tool it is likely that many nails will be bent or wasted. Give a hammer to a skilled carpenter and he or she will drive nails home with three blows. Any tool is only as useful as the person who wields it.

A divination can always be trusted to be exactly what it is: a manifestation of the abilities of the person performing the divination. An inexperienced interpreter may be partially or totally incorrect. A reader with an agenda to push (such as trying to work a con game) is likely to focus on that agenda.

With an expert reader the divination can be highly accurate. However, it has been my experience (and the experience of other Tarot readers I have talked with) that when somebody comes for a divination, the cards not only have messages for the client, but also for the reader. Even the expert must be careful to avoid passing messages meant for him or her on to the client.

The true key to this question is the nature of divination. The word means, “to make divine.” The art and science of performing divinations (not “fortune telling”) has the effect of making the interpreter more spiritual. Therefore, I think people should learn to perform divinations for themselves rather than relying on the interpreations of others.

Are divinations you have performed for yourself or others accurate?
Do your divinations have as much meaning for you as the do for the people you are reading for?

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Written by Donald Michael Kraig
Donald Michael Kraig graduated from UCLA with a degree in philosophy. He has also studied public speaking and music (traditional and experimental) on the university level. After a decade of personal study and practice, he began ten years of teaching courses in the Southern California area on such ...