All that we create comes about with the use of tools. If you fancy gardening, no doubt you have shovels, rakes, and watering cans at the ready. And so it is with psychic readers. While there are thousands of ways we can connect with our intuition and pass along messages to others, a few of them have become quite well known and broadly accepted. Astrology is among the most popular tools used, along with tarot cards and crystal balls. Anyone who loves their craft has certain favourites in the collection of tools at their disposal. So, let’s gather our shovels and rakes and dig into ye olde psychic toolbox.
Starting with the stars: Astrology is the study of planetary alignment. More specifically it is the study of the path and positions of the sun, moon and stars and what influence this may have in your life. This practice began over 2,000 years ago when emperors and kings would rely on astrologers to predict weather patterns, impending war, and even warn them of deceit among their people.
Today, you can hop online and get your daily horoscope or read about any zodiac sign to learn more about characteristics attributed to those born on a certain day. But, we can also access the types of chart readings the leaders of days gone by relied upon to make important life decisions. From career paths to advice on personal relationships, astrology continues to grow in popularity as a means of guidance through our own lives.
“Astrology is a science in itself and contains an illuminating body of knowledge. It taught me many things and I am greatly indebted to it.” –Albert Einstein
By providing your date and time of birth to a reputable astrologer, he/she will be able to gather information related to your life path. Lessons from past and present situations may become clearer to you as your astrologer interprets this information. Indicators in the path of your planets can help you make decisions on possible upcoming events in your life.
“Oh the wonderful knowledge to be found in the stars. Even the smallest things are written there…if you had but skill to read.” –Benjamin Franklin
If you have a natural curiosity about the stars and planets, this may be a good tool to have in your kit. Whether you decide to use it for personal purposes or to help others along their own path, astrology is a fascinating study and reliable source of spiritual information.
Tuning in to the tarot: The history of tarot cards is rich in diversity and controversy. Several theories exist about their origin, ranging from ancient Egypt to the Asian gypsies. Some say the deck was developed as a card game which then gave birth to the cards we use today in poker games and the like. Their opposition states that the tarot is derivative of the original playing cards.
Whether it was the chicken or the egg that came first, tarot readings are a favourite among those seeking spiritual guidance in their lives. The standard decks consist of 78 cards which are divided into major and minor arcanum.
Major arcana cards make up less than half of the deck, usually numbered 0-22. Generally, when a major arcana shows up in a reading it is indicative of a big event or change occurring presently or in the very near future. It may also be interpreted to mean that a matter of utmost importance is at hand which needs immediate attention.
Minor arcana cards are divided into four “suits” (14 cards in each suit) most commonly depicted as wands, cups, swords, and pentacles. Each suit then correlates to an element (i.e. wands=fire, cups=water, swords=air, and pentacles=earth).
In addition to the elements, tarot cards are a culmination of pictures, symbols, numbers, and colors. All of these attributes, in combination with intuition, will unfold into a reading which can answer the queries presented. The layout of the cards can range from a simple one card draw for a brief glimpse into a pressing question to elaborate spreads which allow for a more detailed and specific reading.
If this all seems overwhelming, fear not! Research about the symbols and elements, etc. will certainly lead to a more comprehensive understanding of your deck. But, most come with their own guide book explaining the meaning of each card and giving examples of layouts for you to practice. In time, you will develop your own understanding of what your deck is “trying to tell you”. Before you know it, you may have several decks in your toolbox!
The crystal correlation: Crystal balls are a popular tool used for scrying (which means “seeing” or “revealing”). This is an ancient practice possibly pre-dating 3000BC. From pharos and kings to witches and common folk, scrying has been used across the ages and around the world for purposes of divination. Other reflective surfaces may also be used, such as mirrors, water, and oil. But, for our purposes here, let’s pull the crystal ball out of the toolbox and take a look.
Crystal gazing doesn’t incorporate charts or layouts, but is reliant on the clairvoyant ability of the gazer. Some people insist the ball must be clear and made of crystal. Others prefer colour and/or some occlusions (perhaps to assist in gaining a focal point), and don’t agree with the necessity of it being made of crystal. As with any means of divination, it is about what the reader is comfortable using. The visuals that appear to the seer are not emanating from the ball itself. Rather, they are able to see what is in their mind which has been perceived by their intuition.
If you decide to try scrying, be patient. It will take time to get used to the practice of it and find your own best way to tap into the subconscious messages. Remember too that if you don’t have a crystal ball on hand, gazing is also done with mirrors or even a bowl of water.
Now, the fun part about tools is that you can choose to use one type or you can mix it up a little. Our friend, the gardener might be using a little hand rake to loosen up the soil, but if it gets clumped up or they need to dig deeper, a small hand shovel may be used as well. Psychic readers can do this as well. If a tarot reader is having trouble determining some factor within a reading, he or she might pull cards from a different deck for a little clarity on the situation. Also, the information given from an astrological chart can be given more detail by having a tarot spread done as well. This is great for situations where a person needs more specific information at a given time.
As we pack up our psychic toolbox, it is important to remember that the future is not set in stone. Divinatory tools are helpful for revealing probable outcomes based on past and current situations. They offer suggestions via spiritual energies to assist one along his or her life path. It is then up to the individual to choose which road to take. As an example, a woman may ask if she will ever have a baby. The reader may be able to see children in her future based on how her life is going at the time. However, should she decide she doesn’t want children she of course can make that choice and thus change the outcome of that reading. So, keep that toolbox close by. Nurture it with positive energies. Mix it up a little to keep it fresh as your intuition blossoms and grows. What psychic tools do you use?