There is a great misunderstanding in the realm of magic that one needs to be psychically developed to speak to spirits. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, there is no real prerequisite for being able to effectively communicate with spirits other than having a method of divination at your disposal. Understanding how to effectively utilize tools of divination will not only aide you in communicating with spirits, but also facilitate your intuition and clairvoyance.
There are several different forms and techniques of divination, some may see simple on the surface while others may seem much more complex. It is most important to find what works best for you, whether you choose to work with geomancy, pendulums, astragals, tarot, or playing cards. Each method available to you has its own virtues and pitfalls, most notably are “yes/no” methods as they can cause obsession in novices. Your divinatory method is doing you little good if you can’t make a single decision without consulting your pendulum.
It is my wish that the following example that I will provide for you will help to enhance your spirituality and increase your effectiveness in your magic. In the following example I will use the Tarot as the divinatory method, but don’t feel as though you must use the Tarot. You are encouraged to experiment and discover what works best for you.
Let’s suppose that you have an important life decision that you have to make and you have found yourself at an impasse. Maybe you have a car that has been giving you problems, you brought it to a mechanic and he told you that he can get it running perfectly for you again, but it will cost you a few grand. Now, you have the money saved to get the car repaired, but at the same time there is a local car dealership selling pre-owned newish cars that are within your price range if you are willing to make monthly payments. You aren’t certain that if you get the car repaired that you own outright that you won’t have any problems, but you also don’t know if you will be happy making car payments each month.
It’s time to go to the spirits and get their counsel so that you can move forward with your life.
You start by going to your ancestor’s altar and performing the ceremony described in my earlier post Ancestral Veneration. You light your candle and present with a glass of cool water. After a few moments you begin to sense their presence. You may continue with some prayers of gratitude and appreciation to them, and then you inform them of why you have summoned them. You ask them to speak with you through the Tarot cards that you have previously placed on their altar.
You want to be 100% sure that you are in the proper state of mind, so that you are free from any sort of bias. So, you prepare some hyssop in a bowl of spring water with a few drops of Kabbalah oil. You light a tea light and float it in the water, and you begin to recite Psalm 51 over the waters. As you splash the waters over your face, back of your neck, and hands you say, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”
The cool waters calm you mind and you are already beginning to feel more receptive to the messages you are about to receive. You anoint yourself with some Kabbalah Oil and say, “Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments. Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. Lord, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments. My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly. I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee. Let my cry come near before thee, O Lord: give me understanding according to thy word. Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word. My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes.”
As final touch you perform the middle pillar exercise and you feel the energy coursing through your body. You are in complete control of your universe and you pick up the cards and as you shuffle you formulate your questions. You decided that it would be best to ask two different questions so that you could understand what your life would be with either vehicle. You cut the cards into two piles. For the sake of simplicity you draw only three cards for each question.
“How will keeping my current car affect me?”
You draw the 7 of disks, Tower, and 4 of Swords. It seems as though even though you might save some money now, the car will give you more problems in the future, and leave you feeling burnt out.
“How will financing a new car affect me?”
You draw the Chariot, the Magician, and the Fool. You are struck by the auspiciousness of the cards. It seems as though your ancestors want to see you take control of your life and have a fresh outlook on your life. You spend some time thinking about it and you realize your fear of change has been inhibiting you in more ways than just your choice of transportation.
You thank your ancestors again and give them a license to peacefully depart. The ball is now in your court and you are loaded with the information you need to make a sound decision in your life.
Even though the above story is fiction, it serves as a useful example of how you can establish an effective means of communication with a system of divination. Pay special attention to the additional instructions of purifying and anointing yourself, as those minor extra steps can grant you higher perspective and clarity in delicate spiritual matters.