Hi. My name is Phyllis Curott. I am a Wiccan priestess and the founder of the Ara tradition.
Divination is one of the great magics. It's one of the ways of paying attention. It's one of the ways of having the divine speak to you and guide you and it's a wonderful way for casting spells.
Divine, the root of divine is divi, which means deity. And oracle means the mouth of god or goddess. Divination is a way of engaging in dialogue with the sacred. It's not just a way for telling the future, although you can use it for that. And almost every culture and certainly every indigenous culture has a means of divination.
There are runes in the Scandinavian culture and there are Anglo Saxon runes as well. There's the tarot deck, which developed some say in Egypt. Very popular in Italy. Now all over the place. There is astrology, there is bones, there is the reading of signs. There is a long list of, there are endless ways, the rock. You can take a rock and put yes on one side and no on the other. There are countless ways of engaging in divination.
But the most important part of it, you have to master the vocabulary. If you don't understand what is being communicated through the use of the symbols. But the most important thing to understand about what's being communicated is the source of the communication. Because the source of the communication is the same source of the energy that you use when you're doing magic or casting a spell. It's the divine.
That's what divination is. It's a means of engaging in dialogue with divinity. And it proves to you, it's the second chapter in witchcrafting. Unlike most other books on Wicca because it's a means of, one, discovering that the universe is conscious and interactive and aware and aware of a wider, broader pattern than you are. And capable of guiding you. You have a guidance system. A sacred, holy guidance system. The divine is available to you. You don't have to go through a priest or a priestess or anybody else to know what the sacred is and to know how to work by the sacred, how to be guided by it.
Divination is the tool that enables you to have the guidance of the divine.