“Trust your intuition.”
When you start practicing any form of Divination, this is a piece of advice you will receive…probably often, and probably from a lot of different people.
From the Merriam-Webster online dictionary: “Intuition” is “the power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference.” Put another way, intuition is what happens when you arrive at conclusions without taking our accustomed pathways of logic, reasoning, evidence — you just sort of know stuff, without even fully knowing how you know it. You just know it. Think “hunches” and “gut feelings” here…
Now, some forms of Divination are sort of slanted toward intuitive readings anyway: for example, if you’re trying to derive meaning from the shapes you might perceive in shifting formations of clouds or in a rising plume of smoke, you won’t have much else to go on. I don’t believe anyone has yet produced the definitive handbook on nephomancy (that’s the Divination-by-clouds discipline) or capnomancy (the smoke one) complete with exhaustive arrays of photos detailing which shapes mean what in response to any possible question.
Other forms of Divination, such as reading by using Tarot or Runes, can present a bit of a problem for the purely intuitive mind, as each distinct sub-item in the set — that is, each Tarot card or each Rune — carries a generally accepted meaning or meanings that other practitioners will all know, and which you will most likely study yourself if you decide to get into that particular field. This poses something of a dilemma to the intuitive right-brain, because upon drawing any card or Rune, the logical left-brain will pipe up with its stored catalog of facts and meanings. Of course, you’ll ideally be able to blend the fruits of both “brains” into an individualized reading that covers all the bases in a relevant and artistic manner, but getting to that point takes a great deal of time and practice.
And this isn’t to say you should throw all of the accepted meanings long associated with the symbols in a given system out the nearest window and just start declaring bizarre “findings” about how the 10 of Cups means someone must only eat peanut butter for the next week, or a draw of the Rune called Raido means that the person sitting for you at the reading must beware all vacuum cleaners… The idea isn’t to make up any crazy thing you want, or to plunk down a bunch of outlandish thought-bubbles as they percolate through your mind — there still needs to be some grounding in the shared Universe here, or a reading will be meaningless. But by the same token, the point is definitely that just regurgitating up memorized definitions for the symbols — cards, Runes, what-have-you — yields a pale and uninspired reading.
So how do you beef up your intuition?
One trick is to build the practice into your daily life, by doing little right-brain exercises you can perform anywhere, without any special equipment. Puzzles are often fantastic — crossword puzzles, word search grids and jumbles, riddles — but these often require books or newspapers or magazines that contain said puzzles. But there are alternatives all around us…
If those word scramble things appeal, you can pass a million or so signs and labels in your world every day that bear writing…so look at a word or a phrase (on a traffic sign, a business logo, a billboard…), and see if you can rearrange the letters of it in your head to make up anagrams (=new words or phrases using the same set of letters).
Or look at the numbers stamped upon patches of your world and see if any of them make equations, or maybe contain recognizable sets of digits within them, such as your birthday, your street address, or your phone number.
I mentioned clouds and smoke up above — looking for shapes in shifting, amorphous blobs of such phenomena is a terrific way to flex your intuition. There are no rights or wrongs, and it’s something any of us can do. We used to do it as children, right? So why not now? Seeking forms hidden within other forms in the visual way can help enable you to apply the same skill to conceptual information, which is a huge component of intuition.
Pattern recognition is huge: can you see sequences of things or events occurring in your environment? Do things repeat themselves around you, or change in ways so consistent you could map them? “Hey, every third house on that street was white!” or “Five out of those six radio stations were playing songs that George Harrison had a hand in!” are the kinds of intuitive bursts of recognition I’m talking about here — these things often mean something, and before you can start to grasp what they mean, it’s obviously critical that you first notice them happening at all…
And even if you have no interest in becoming a reader of Tarot or Runes, or in practicing any manner of Divination at all, intuition is still a vastly under-appreciated and under-cultivated skill that can offer up a myriad of benefits for you. Practicing and making use of your intuition: highly recommended!!
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