Divination tools can help you to understand yourself and get a glimpse of what’s yet to come in your future. These tools can be used to find out information that isn’t readily obtainable by the five senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. In fact, these five physical senses also have their own names when they’re used in a psychic way clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, clairgustance, and clairalience, respectively.

Nearly anything can be used as a tool for divination from crystals, colors, leaves, to flowers; even your favorite book or the television remote is a divination tool if you’re mind is focused and you have a definitive method that you use! Choosing the right tool is important.

Runes

  • There are many different types of runes
  • Most people think of the Viking runes when they think of runesand rune stones
  • The most popular version is called the Elder Futhark
  • They’re based on the old Norse alphabet
  • There is a lot of mystery and folklore surrounding them

Here at Astrology Answers, when we discuss runes, we’re referring to the Elder Futhark. Like the tarot, there’s a set natural presentation for the stones. In fact, the Elder Futhark gets its name from the first letter of each stone in the first Aett, or line, of the stones as they’re laid out in their proper order. Just as you’d shuffle tarot cards before doing a layout, you’ll also mix up your rune stones, usually by putting them in a bag and shaking it before you draw out the stones one at a time. Then you’ll place them in the positions of the spread you’re using, and start to interpret their meanings.

Runes aren’t usually quite as kind as the tarot when it comes to their meanings. Many of them are cold, and quite severe. There’s also less room for speculation with the runes. The images on the tarot might relate to many things, but this is not the case with runes. Some of them mean the same upside down as they do right side up, because of the pattern in the glyph. Runes aren’t hard to learn and they aren't hard to use, but like other tools, they take a lifetime to master.

There are slight variations between the sets of the Elder Futhark. Some contain a blank rune, but this is a modern addition and one that serious runesters mock. There are differences in the style of the staves with some being more curved or elongated than others. There are also some differences in pronunciation, which could be attributed to the different Nordic dialects The most drastic difference is that sometimes the order of the last two runes in the third aett is switched. There’s no established right or wrong way. It’s up to the runester to discern.

Runes can be made of many different materials. There are those who prefer the symbols to be burned into disks of wood. Some people paint pieces of wood, small stones, or even the flat glass marbles that are used in floral displays. Polymer clay runes are popular because they’re hardwearing and easy to make. I even know a potter who makes runes and witch stones out of clay fired in a kiln.

Some rune sets are laser carved into semi-precious stones, like amethyst or carnelian or rose quartz. People who are serious about embracing the mystical side of life will often choose to use these. The reason is that you get the energetic properties of the stones coloring the symbols of the runes. For example, amethyst is a gentle and a spiritual stone. It’s believed that runes carved into amethyst might have a gentler energy, and give a less harsh reading, than runes on a more somber material.

If you’ve not explored doing rune readings, we highly encourage you to give it a try. You’re walking with the ancestors when you do this, touching the mysticism of another culture and another time. It’s fun to handle the stones and pull one out for a quick reading to get an immediate snapshot of what’s going on in any particular situation. You might want to make a special bag or box in which to keep the stones when they’re not in use. Like any other tool, it’s up to you to find your own way of working with them. You’ll be surprised at what they have to say!

Palmistry

A complete interpretation of palmistry is divided into several different sections.

  • Overall shape of the hand
  • The length and shape of the fingers
  • The lines on the palm
  • The whorls at the fingertips
  • The fleshy part at the base of the fingers
  • The dip in the middle of the palm
  • The length and shape of the thumb,
  • And the lines around the wrist

These all tell a tale—and to get the full story, both palms need to be examined.

When you think of a palm reading, you probably think of having the lines on your hand interpreted, and you’d be right, but that’s not the whole picture. The lines do reveal a lot, though. There are four main lines to look at:

  • The head line
  • The heart line
  • The life line
  • And the fate line

Not everyone has a fate line (and no, that doesn’t mean they don’t have a destiny). These lines can have other lines connected to them or braided through them. The way that these lines present themselves reveal a lot about your personality and events in your life.

The fingers of the hand are given names of the planets:

  • The little or pinky finger is Mercury,
  • The ring finger is the Sun
  • The middle finger is Saturn
  • The index finger is Jupiter.
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It’s easy to see the astrological associations there! The fleshy bumps under the fingers are given the same correlations. The bump under the pinky finger is the Mount of Mercury, the one under the ring finger is the Mount of the Sun (and this mount and finger are sometimes referred to as Apollo, rather than the Sun), and so forth.

The thumb is treated rather differently. It’s not interpreted with the rest of the fingers but it is given it’s own set of characteristics and meanings. It is not associated with a planet, although the big fleshy part of your hand where the thumb joins it before going into your wrist is called the Mount of Venus. The big fleshy part opposite that is called the Mount of the Moon. The dip in the middle of your palm is referred to as the Plane of Mars. This also has two smaller areas; Upper Mars is to the left of the Mount of Mercury, and Lower Mars is between the index finger and the thumb.

Palmistry is both an intricate and a fascinating study. Like so many divination tools, it’s something that is easy to pick up. All you need is a palmistry guide, and a pair of hands! The more you learn and practice reading people’s hands, the more nuances you’ll discover, and the more fascinating the art of chiromancy becomes.

Crystals

Crystals range in price from the very inexpensive and readily available, to the very expensive and rare. Look in any metaphysical store or lapidary shop online or elsewhere and you’ll see what I mean! These stones are available in rough form, or polished, or carved into figures such as animals or angels and more. Whether you prefer to work with a raw and natural stone or one that has been shaped into a form that resonates with you is entirely a matter of personal taste.

If you have a set of reiki stones, then you’ve also got a divination tool! You might not want to use the same set of stones for healing as you do for doing readings, but again, it’s up to you and what feels right. The colors of your reiki stones have more than just a healing property, and they resonate with more than chakra energies. They also have divination meanings. Pulling a stone out of the bag will tell you what chakra you need to focus on, sure, but it will tell you much more than that if you start to work with it for forecasting and interpretation.

Many other stones and colors can be used in healing and divination. I know someone who reads the crystals, and she has a bowl of over 400 of them. She talks with her client, and gets them to pick stones, one at a time, from the bowl and place them on the table. The order in which the stones are picked and the position that they are placed tell as much of a story as the actual meaning of the stones themselves. It’s a wonderful process to watch!

Stones permeate your life in many ways, from the stones in your driveway to the gems in your jewelry to the quartz in your watch. Everything is interconnected and it all means something. When you start talking with the stones, you open yourself up to hearing messages from the natural world, and from creation itself. Some of these rocks are hundreds of thousands of years old; what have they come to teach you? Crystal divination and crystal healing are inseparable. You just need to quieten your mind and open your heart, and take that first step.

Pendulums

Pendulum power can be used for

  • contacting spirits
  • answering questions
  • determining where to place furniture or bed a plant
  • choosing what to eat
  • finding weak spots in your energy

Pendulums are an asset when making daily decisions. They bring you a glimpse of other people’s viewpoints, and help you to strengthen your connection with your guides. They’ll also allow you to understand yourself much more deeply. Pendulums are small, discreet, and you don’t have to be some kind of elder or sage to use one. It will talk to you as soon as you start to talk to it! You do have to take it seriously, though, and learn the way in which it communicates.

At Astrology Answers we recommend you use a chakra pendulum. Why? Well the color sequence is balanced, and the quartz tip is receptive. The overall stone is green, the color of the heart chakra, so it’s gentle and non-judgmental. The colors in the pendulum mirror the colors of your energy centers, your chakras, that run up and down your spine. When those are out of whack, you’re going to be off balance. A pendulum helps you to identify that imbalance and bring it back into alignment.

If you use tarot or runes or crystals, the pendulum will pick them for you! You just hold it firmly over the cards or stones, and wait until it stops swinging. That’s the one to pick! It’s a bit more complicated to use the pendie for palmistry, because it’s often hard to hold both hands steady! One way is to use a photograph of your hand, or a chart that illustrates the different lines and mounds. Where the pendulum points is where your focus falls. Hold your pendulum over an illustration of your chakras to determine which one needs tuning.

Your pendulum isn’t limited to healing or divination though. It has the potential to be a wonderful advisor for more mundane things in your life. Hold it over a map when looking to move houses or change jobs. Dangle it over a menu to decide what to order. Suspend it over your calendar when determining the right dates for appointments. You might even use it over photographs of potential partners, to see if they’re going to be worth your time! The list is absolutely endless!

While these are the more popular forms of divination—astrology, tarot, numerology, palmistry, runes, crystals, and pendulums—this is by no means a complete list. There are the ogham sticks which are rooted in Celtic traditions, the bones used by the ancient Africans, the Chinese book of changes (also called the i-ching), bibliomancy, and more. Some of these are easy to learn and even easier to use. Others are more involved. What’s absolutely certain is that there is a divination tool out there for every would be seer. What’s your favorite method of peeking into the unknown, and why do you resonate with it?