Do-it-yourself Divination: How to Use


Divination is the art of using tools to gain insight into
the patterns and movements of meaning in life.
It is a form of dialogue between you and your Wiser Self

With traditional divination tools, such as the tarot, each card or object has a pre-assigned meaning, based on a system of interpretation or belief. In this creative Divination tool, you assign or determine the meaning of each image or object, using your intuition and your deductive reasoning as well.

By posing questions, selecting images, and interpreting them, you can activate your "inner mind" (or subconscious mind) to dialogue with your "conscious mind".

These tools offer you a chance to give yourself insights, awaken inner knowledge or wisdom, and develop a greater ease in using images to express your Wiser Self perceptions.

Instructions for Use

  1. Pose a question about something you would like some insight into.

    (We recommend that you read Divination, An Introduction, particularly the subsection titled "Asking Good Questions". It will give you a framework for getting the most out of creative, Do-it-yourself Divination Tool).

    Write your question in the box provided, then select the "submit form" button.

  2. Next, select a "layout" that you feel will help you most clearly to organize the information you get. We offer 3 layouts described in the Divination Tool itself.

    After each layout choice you will notice spaces for selecting numbers. Keeping your question in mind, and focussing on each position, select a number between 1-500 which will guide the computer Guru in selecting images for your reading.

  3. Images will appear in each image box, corresponding to the position in the layout. Study these images. What is your first impression? What does it say literally (for example a picture of a bear might make you think: "I can't bear this")? What does it say symbolically? What are your personal associations with what you see (or think you see)? What is the energy or "feel" of the picture and how does that relate to the situation you are asking about? Click on "interpretation tips" to get a fuller list of questions that will help you in your interpretations.
  4. Write your impressions next to each image in the fill-in box provided. Let yourself note your associations and thoughts, without judgement, in a stream of consciousness. Be playful. Write quickly if you can. Let your mind stay loose. Let yourself explore responses to the pictures- as they relate to your question- without trying to comprehend the meaning. After you have noted all you can think of for the first image, proceed to the next, until all are finished.
  5. Review the question, and the images, then re-read what you have come up with. At the Summary session, write down what advice, insight or guidance you feel you have given yourself in response to your question. How do the 3 or 4 images relate to each other? Is there a "progression" in the themes or energy of the images? What strikes you intuitively and logically as being valuable or valid in the insights and reactions you have generated?
  6. Click on "submit form". Your ideas, summary, and images will all be pulled together on a summary sheet which you can download to your hard drive or floppy drive, mail to yourself as an e-mail, or print. To save the images, click on each one with your right mouse button and select the "save as" option. It works best if you save the images to a floppy disk.
  7. Bookmark this site to return for another session. Sometimes you plant a seed in the first effort that takes root in your imagination over time. So a reading you do for yourself today can yield richer insight as you sit with it a while, or as you do progressive readings over time.

Try this tool yourself