Divination is less about predicting the future, and more about creating it

Divination is less about predicting the future, and more about creating it

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I used to think tarot reading was about prediction

The first tarot reader I ever went to see was recommended by a friend. I went along to ask about a new relationship I was in.

Would it work out?

Were we a good match?

Looking back, giving someone I hardly knew the power to say whether my relationship was right for me or not seems like I was avoiding a lot of responsibility.

Why was I looking for someone outside of myself to tell me if the relationship was a good one?

As it happens, I seem to remember that she had some words of caution about the relationship. But of course, I was smitten – so I ignored those parts and just focused on what I wanted to hear.

Maybe that in itself should have been telling.

But what I loved most about seeing this woman is that she explained how, when she worked with the cards, she wasn’t looking to predict the future. Instead, she viewed my tarot reading more as a way to look at my situation from other perspectives that I might have overlooked.

It was a way to draw out my true feelings, desires and even fears.


What are you looking for from divination?

Often when people go to see a card reader, they’re at a transition point in their lives and they need to make a choice. It might be:

  • “Do I follow this path?”
  • “Can I trust this person/opportunity?”
  • “Will this relationship/job/situation work out for me?”

People want external validation for their choices or external reassurance that their situation will work out. Just like I’d wanted the tarot reader to tell me that I was making the right choice for me and that my relationship would work out.

It’s not surprising that so many of us want other people to confirm and validate our choices. After all, we live in a world where we’re taught not to trust ourselves – and especially not to trust our instincts and intuition.

We’re taught to override any intuitive nudges or feelings that something ‘isn’t quite right’.

We learn to give far more weight to logic and intellect.

And whilst, of course, logic and intellect are both important, you miss out on vital information when you dismiss your intuition. We’re emotional creatures – and while we may justify our reasoning with logic, we make the decisions themselves based on (or at least influenced by) emotion.

No doubt that’s why I chose to pay less attention to any caution the tarot reader brought up about my new relationship, and chose to focus on what I (emotionally) wanted at the time instead.


So how else can you use divination?

These days, I still use divination regularly. But I (mostly) do my own readings, rather than relying on someone else to ‘interpret the signs’ for me. And I don’t use them to predict the future.

That’s because I don’t need anyone to externally validate my choices anymore. Instead, I use my divination tools – usually charms, Ogham or cards – to help me actively create my future. Or, influenced by that first tarot reader, I use them to gain more information around how I feel about a situation.

Regardless of which tool I’m using, I like to ask about whatever situation I’m seeking guidance on, so that I can see it from all sides and understand it in more depth. This gives me more power, and allows me to take more responsibility for creating what I want.

For example, rather than asking, “Will this situation work out?” (which assumes that the answer depends completely on something I have no control over), I might ask:

  • “What potential outcomes might this situation have, and how do I feel about each?”
  • “What do I most need to focus on to bring about the outcome I want?”
  • “What do I need to stop doing, let go of or do more of to create the outcome I want?”

 My divination tools can then bring into my awareness elements of the situation that I might not have previously considered. They can also bring to the surface any worries or concerns that I’d been trying to ignore.

Once I’m consciously aware of those elements, worries or concerns, I can use them to help me make an informed choice, based on a blend of intellect and intuition.


For extra insight, use a map

One way I like to deepen and expand my readings is to use a divination map. This is a surface you’ve divided into specific areas that each give more context to your divination reading.

When you use a map with your divination tools, you can find meaning not just in which charms or other tools turn up, but also in where each one lands.

Here’s a map that I created to help me make changes in my life. I designed it to use with charms, but you could easily use it when you cast other divination tools like runes or Ogham, or even use it with cards.


[Download the Map Here]


In my Charm Casting book, I’ve included some example readings using this map. The main areas I’ve included in it are:

  • Review: charms (or other tools) that fall in this area indicate what you need to review before you can make your change. All might not be as it seems, so you’ll need to look at things in this area again to make sure everything is in order.
  • Release: charms (or other tools) that fall in this area reflect things that you need to release to move on and make the changes you want.
  • Outcome: charms (or other tools) that land in this area tell you a possible outcome if you go ahead and make the changes you want or need.
  • Do Differently: charms (or other tools) here reflect what you need to do differently to make the changes you desire.
  • Commit: charms (or other tools) here tell you what you need to commit to – not just think about, but truly commit to.
  • First Steps: charms (or other tools) here reflect the first steps you need to take to build the momentum that will bring the change you want.


To use the map, simply cast your charms or tools – or draw one or more oracle cards – for each section of the map. Then interpret each charm, etc, that turns up in the context of the area it’s turned up in.

Someone once told me that working with my oracle decks was like having a coaching session. And I guess that’s very accurate in terms of what I want people to receive when they use the deck.

I want divination to be a process where you learn to connect with yourself on a deeper level and come to trust yourself and your choices.

Only then can you make your decisions from a place of confidence without feeling the need to seek external validation from anyone else.

In essence, I want you to become your own oracle.

To get started, download the map here>>

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Create Your Own Journey Casting Kit Set

Create Your Own Journey Casting Kit Set

Collecting Your Charms

One of the things that I love most about Journey Casting is that pretty much any charm, trinket or small object can be used in your Journey Casting set.

You’ll want it be be small enough and robust enough to be thrown around with the other objects in your set without damage.

And you’ll want it to be something that you can give a meaning to.

You’ll start to notice small objects and regard them differently.

Collect the things that draw your attention, or that you find curious.

Just because you collect it doesn’t mean that it has to be included in your set immediately.

You may find that something catches your attention and you’ll save it.

Then only weeks or months later, does it make sense how it wants to be used, and only then is it added to your Journey Casting set.

This is a journey of (re)learning to trust yourself.

If you find something curious, and you feel called to save it, then do so.

In time it will make sense, or it will lose its curiosity and you’ll know that it’s time to release it.

What to Use for Charm Set

No doubt you already have suitable objects that could be used as you start to build your Journey Casting kit, or add to it.

You could include, but not limited to:

  • Metal jewellery charms
  • Old earrings/pieces of jewellery that you no longer need
  • A ring
  • A key
  • Buttons
  • Beads (be careful with perfectly round ones or they may just roll away!)
  • Thimble (Metal)
  • Stones
  • Tumblestone crystals or crystal chips
  • Shells
  • Pieces of wood
  • Acorns
  • Nuts/shells
  • Small pine cones
  • Seed pods
  • Dominos
  • Die
  • Coins
  • Small bones

Charms to Get You Started

To start with you want around 8-12 charms in your set.

This is likely to grow quickly, but to start with as you get familiar with Journey Casting and reading the charms, it’s easier to start with less.

As you get more confident you can add more (and more, and more and more….) charms to your set.

As you start, you may want to include small items that represent the following:

  • You
  • Your home
  • Relationships
  • Success
  • Communication
  • Challenges
  • Change
  • Action
  • Stop
  • Rest/Slow down
  • New beginnings
  • The mind
  • The heart
  • Finances

This collection of charms would give you a great place to start for interpreting your readings.

Then as your experience and confidence grows, you can add more charms to get greater insight and then explore the nuances of the message coming through.

Get quick, clear guidance when you need it most.

The SHEro Toolkit Journey Casting set has been designed to help you to navigate your way on Your SHEro’s Journey as you awaken your inner power. 

The Art of Journey Casting

The Art of Journey Casting

What is Journey Casting?

Journey casting is a form of divination that uses charms, trinkets or small objects.

The charms are cast/thrown onto a casting surface, and where and how they land is then interpreted to receive intuitive messages.

It’s often called charm casting, because of it’s use of charms as the tool of divination.

It likely orginated from Osteomancy, and using the casting of bones to answer questions.

Journey Casting focuses on you connecting with your inner wisdom to offer you insight and guidance to where you are on Your SHEro’s Journey.

It’s a powerful form of divination.

I believe that it’s power lies in its simplicity and the fact that there are no rules.

Ahhhh no rules!

Scary for some… but totally liberating for your connection to your inner wisdom.

It’s easy for us to be conditioned to follow the rules, we do it without even noticing.

Whilst some rules are useful.

It’s also useful to learn who you are, how you think and what you believe, away from the conditions of rules.

Having said there are no  rules… there are a few guidelines, but really you are free to do this how you please.

And as always with guidance, take what works for you, adapt or ‘throw out’ the rest.

It’s a Journey of deeply connecting to your intuition.

It allows you uncover your ability to join-the-dots, to explore your stories.

Stories after all are what make us human.

When you interpret a Journey Casting reading, you’re not looking to a guidebook to give you the answers.

You’re uncovering your unique interpretation.

What you need in that very moment.


What You Need

In its simplicity, all you need are some charms/trinkets/small objects to cast.

An object to stir/shuffle them in.

A surface to ‘cast’ your charms on to.


This could be as simple as a few objects you have lying around the house, your hands to ‘shuffle’ them – like you would a dice, and a table to cast them onto.


Then it’s time to connect with your inner-wisdom and interpret the message they have for you.


Keep it simple

But of course you can make this much more elaborate, and you will do as you go along.

But always start simple.

It’s easy to add to your collection, once you have the basics, but it’s hard to move out of overwhelm, if you try to start out by making it too ‘fancy’ and complicated.

Simple is best.

Simple will mean that you are likely to continue with this fun and powerful form of divination.

Overwhelm may mean your charms are destined to become covered in dust!

Get quick, clear guidance when you need it most.

The SHEro Toolkit Journey Casting set has been designed to help you to navigate your way on Your SHEro’s Journey as you awaken your inner power.