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October 19th, 2003 - - -The true companions of a Warrior are beside him always, during the difficult times and the easy times. - Paul Coelho

Seasonal Activities - Divination
Fortune Telling....Divination....Whatever!

We are at that time of the year where the veil seems more thin than at others, and we may or may not consciously seek to flex our subconscious or psychic tendencies. Whether its purposeful or not, you are probably experiencing some things "out of the norm." For instance, have your dreams taken an odd turn? Are you sensing a presence in the room with you when you are just going about your regular daily business? These are just two of the many ways that will give you an inkling of the psychic shift happening now. Ideally, Samhain night is ripe for divinatory pursuits, and I am no exception to that.

This is also the time of year where the "rest of the world" gets on the "Halloween bandwagon." By that, I mean that practices and stereotypes that people might find not to their taste the other eleven months, now become just a little more acceptable. This includes divination, or as they may call it, fortune telling.

Does it bother me personally? Not really. Most know who I am as a person, and should they put two and two together on my faith, well wonderful for them. If not, it doesn't make my relationship with them any less special. In fact, I have a co-worker who is a Jehovah's Witness. She is very old fashioned in addition to this, so sometimes she can become a little uncomfortable at the discussions that ensue (seemingly out of nowhere *G*.) I am fairly certain that she knows I am a witch; yet we have a mutual respect about each others' comfort zones, that we get along famously! The key word there is 'respect'.

Now for the people who know who I am, how I practice, and have no issue with it...well sometimes that can have its downfalls as well. I do not discuss my faith or practices at work generally, because there are always those people on my staff that think it is appropriate to continue a lunch or break time discussion on to the main floor (where we all work.) I believe that when you are at work, you are supposed to (gasp!) work. There are those moments when you cut loose for a few minutes, but that type of discussion could have repercussions. My line of work has heavy phone involvement, and let me tell you, that if you think you are speaking in low enough tones, there is still someone who will be able to pick up what you are saying. So I discourage that kind of conversation and instead offer to continue it at another time. No one has taken offense at it, because they understand that there is a time or a place for it.

I do not evangelize. I didn't when I was Christian and I do not now. I abhor the practice actually. I feel that my life speaks for itself, end of story. If you have questions that is one thing, but I will not be the person with a brochure of what witchcraft is and isn't going forth to spread the word. So, people ask questions, and I answer them the best way that I know how to. As far as the 'fortune telling' angle, I am usually asked to read cards (which I will do on occasion.) I again don't do this at work for the main reason that I need to concentrate and tarot cards are somehow a magnet for curious people. I could be in a little used room in the office and I would still have a group of people in there just "too see." I just am not at the point where I can read cards with an audience. Maybe I never will be, or better yet, I don't think that I ever want to be at that point in my life.

My divinatory practice is a personal thing for me. I read cards with the assistance of my guides (who always have a running conversation going *G*), and to me it makes it less "special" to read cards in front of a group of people. I know that there are those who will hold parties (demonstrations) where they will read cards for upwards of 7 or 8 people. That is their wish, which is fine; just not my preference. Of course around this time of the year I get more requests (hence the thought that it is more 'acceptable' around Halloween), but it depends on my schedule and that of the requestor whether or not it can happen.

So now you know my personal feelings on divination - sort of. I love it, I cherish it, and I guard the honor. I believe all have the ability, but few take the time to develop it. It is as with any other skill, some have a propensity towards it more so than others. You might be a fantastic confections baker; someone else does a passable job at that, but really excels at scrap booking. I am going to be posting some information on several types of divination, but be assured it will only be a sampling of what's available. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact me at elementcreate@earthlink.net and include "Divination" in the subject line.

Divination: Cartomancy Part 1
from the Little Giant Encyclopedia of Fortune Telling

Definition: Carotmancy is divination using regular playing cards to predict the future. In some ways it is akin to tarot cards, in others it is very different.

History: Modern playing cards were evolved from tarot cards, and the current deck - of French origin - probably originated in the late fifteenth century.

Modern Methods: Card interpretations vary between sources. the interpretations shown here are those most generally accepted today.

Equipment: Card were originally either painted by hand or printed with woodblocks, and designated to be viewed from one direction only (as tarot cards still are - note from Athena - not sure what they are saying but we have upright and reversed readings with tarot cards...). In 1832 playing cards were mass produced and are widely available all over the world. TO practice cartomancy yourself, you will need a standard deck of 52 playing cards.

Preparing to Read the Cards

It is considered unlucky to read the cards when you are alone, to read your own cards, or to read the cards of the same subject more than once in the same week.

Deciding whether or not to do a full reading

1. Choose the client card for your subject and place it in the middle of the table.
2. The subject then shuffles the cards and cuts them into three with the left hand.
3. Read the bottom card of each of the stacks, first separately, then in combination.
4. On the basis of this first reading, decide whether the time is propitiuous for a full reading.

For Information on which Client card works best with your subject, read on over to the right-hand column.

Link of the Week

These are all related to Cartomancy...


Cartomancy - Wikipedia

Cartomancy: Client Cards
This is the king or queen selected by the reader to represent the person who is the subject of the reading. You should try to choose a card that matches your subject's age, sex, and hair color, as far as this is possible.
Subject Card to Use
Fair hair, gray or auburn-haired older man. King of Diamonds
Fair, gray or auburn-haired older woman Queen of Diamonds
Fair or auburn-haired younger man King of Hearts
Fair or auburn-haired younger woman Queen of Hearts
Dark-haired older man King of Spades
Dark-Haired older woman Queen of Spades
Dark-haired younger man King of Clubs
Dark-haired younger woman Queen of Clubs


Kitchen Witchery

Puffed Apple Pancackes

6 eggs
1-1/2 cups milk
1 cup flour
3 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 stick butter
3 large apples, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup brown sugar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix first seven ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl. Melt the stick of butter in a 13 x 9 x 2 inch glass baking dish. Add sliced apples. Pour batter over the apples and sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Serve hot with maple syrup.

Serves: 6 to 8