Divination with Chopped Herbs


Fresh finely chopped herbs can also be used as a medium for creating symbols or whole pictures to answer questions. Scattering herbs is another traditional method of divination and has the advantage of creating a three dimensional moving picture that can be easily rearranged by shaking, much like a kaleidoscope image. It is like taking a dream image, and being able to hold it and study possible interpretations.

The four true divinatory herbs are parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. You can mix these divinatory herbs to create a herb picture. However, any fresh or dried herbs of the kind sold in jars can be used, as long as the individual leaves are solid and separate, rather than powdery.

Dried rosemary, parsley and chives are especially.  Effective for herb pictures since each grain is distinct.


To use this technique:


Find some firm white or cream paper with a rough surface, about 30cm (1foot) square. Think of a question, an issue or a person who is occupying your thoughts, or let you mind roam freely so that your conscious automatically focuses on the area of concern, which may be very different from that expressed in a conscious question. Shake a handful of herbs on to the paper and, holding the paper at either end, gently tip and shake it until it forms an image or a whole scene. If an interpretation does not spring to mind, close your eye for a few seconds and then open them and look at the herbs through half closed eyes.

When you have identified your first image, gather the herbs together in the centre of the paper and toss the paper or swirl the herbs around to see what new patterns emerge. Note the image at each stage but do not try to try to interpret it in depth, although you may wish to sketch each picture in your psychic notebook.

Repeat until you have five images or scenes Finally study each of the images in turn. If the areas suggested below do not seem to fit read the images one after the other and weave them into a scenario.


  • IMAGE 1 : will tell you the real issue or question, which may be different from the one you consciously considered.
  • IMAGE 2 : will tell you the obstacles you need to overcome to achieve success or happiness. These may be internal fears or external opposition.  Again this may be unexpected.
  • IMAGE 3 : tells you of helpful influences, whether your own talents or resources or other people.
  • IMAGE 4 : indicates they best way forward.
  • IMAGE 5 is the likely outcome or change.


A Complete Guide to Psychic Development by Cassandra Eason