Originally posted by eMachine
*quote, pg 5, snipped*
I'm glad you noticed
I was like, hey you people... I tried to give some good insight! lol
I read Tarot, use pendulums, these weird cards "of the Russian Sybil", geomancy charts, dowsing rods, I Ching, oracle-type card decks, anything I
can get my hands on because I like divination; it's fun. And I read them for myself with much confidence, but I get nervous when others want a
reading and I try to walk them through it the best I can, to see what connections the questioner can make without a lot of prompting from me. I like
to teach others how to use the cards (I give tarot decks away like candy), because you get much deeper readings when the interpretation comes from
your own self, no middleman.
And on the subject of dream interpretation, it really is a whole bunch of personal symbolism. Going to dream dictionaries should be a basis on which
to base your own interpretation. Like the spiders you mention, say they represent change: Alpha hates spiders, Furyan loves 'em. The best bet in that
interpretation is that Alpha is afraid of change and Furyan welcomes it, not that some epic change will overcome them both (I'm one person, by the
My first experience with reading Tarot was having readings done for my by my friend's mother. I guess that's where I got my technique of guiding
people through the reading comes from, instead of giving cut and dry, 'this is what the cards say'. The cards don't say anything, the people
handling them make the connection, which is why I advocate teaching people to use them instead of going to others. I'm not saying you can't get a
perfectly accurate reading from someone else, but it is quite empowering to be able to do it for yourself.
I frequent a website that does readings for people, and I have seen more than a few people be asked to leave due to begging for readings or showing
dependence on readings. People get so hung up on the mysticism and forget that they have any say or fault in the answers.
I see a lot of mention of pendulums being simple yes/no answers, but they have other applications: you can have it swing to count
[days/weeks/months/years], locations on a map, and I like to use a circular ouija board for wordy answers. I don't think it's fair to ask epic
world-related questions because everyone lives in their own little reality bubble. The bubbles overlap quite often, subjecting everyone to each
other's ideas and realities and you will always get mixed and convoluted answers. If one is living their life by the pendulum, I say that is
completely messed up and dangerous, but if one likes to use it for a little extra insight or even as a party trick, go ahead.
There are civilizations still deeply rooted in magick and things like oracles, and if the pendulum told them to kill their kids, they probably would.
This is where the danger comes in, the willingness to blindly accept, but hopefully in a place like ATS people are just having fun.