Although many think that divination is fortune-telling, authentic divination systems — including the I Ching, Tarot as well as applications of Astrology and Numerology — are not primarily focused on the future, but on the management of change in the present moment.
My book “Divination” is about how these systems work, what they are good for, what they are not good for, and how to use them skillfully without getting ripped off. The subtitle of the book is “Sacred Tools for Reading the Mind of God,” which was a bit controversial. Given peoples’ religious prejudices, my decision to use the word “God” was somewhat risky, but for me the word refers to the Higher Powers we have available within us — like intuition, for instance. And the “mind of God” refers to how things work when we stay in sync with our Destiny, which happens when we use “sacred tools” to tap into or stimulate our divine inner resources. (I also call this “living from the inside out.”)
As Herald columnist Leonard Pitts recently pointed out, more and more Americans are dropping their affiliation with traditional religion. When given boxes to check, many more now choose “Spiritual but not religious.” Pitts points out that this is largely because “religion has become an ugly thing … by which I mean a seemingly endless cycle of scandal, controversy, hypocrisy, violence and TV preachers saying idiotic things …”
In contrast to taking orders from institutional authorities, authentic divination is a personal spiritual practice that is more like two-way prayer, or a conversation directly with the divine. Beyond just begging favors of Higher Power, divination offers a system of symbols whereby we can actually interpret what ‘God’ is trying to telling us, and make better decisions as a result.
Thanks to systems like Tarot.com, what is especially cool about divination is that now you can do it yourself — without needing a minister, priest, guru or other kind of middleman. For, when it comes to making skillful decisions in modern times, traditional religious hierarchies with all their antiquated laws and political baggage are really not so helpful!