The I-Ching has influenced great thinkers such as Confucius, Liebniz (who invented binary mathematics after studying the binary qualities of the I-Ching), Albert Einstein, and von Neumann (who invented digital computers after contemplating the I-Chings many possible permutations).
The Tarot has long been recognized as an excellent tool for determining what is really happening in ones life, and what kind of events are likely to unfold if things continue the way they are going. Tarot reader Alison Day has a beautifulLotus Tarotweb site that provides fast and easy-to-understand Tarot readings that contain beautiful images along with interpretations of what the cards mean in your particular reading. I especially love the underlying philosophy of this web site, which is so eloquently expressed by Alison Day:
A responsibility comes with the Tarot and the practice of Tarot reading must be treated with respect and humility. The majority of people consult the cards in a time of confusion or distress hence the need to deal with people and their feelings responsibly.
This oracle is very poetic, as can be seen by this sample passage I received when recently asking a question:
One of the reasons I enjoy the I-Ching so much is because I love the way one answer changes into another, showing a flow from an immediate set of circumstances into a more distant situation.
The I-Ching is also known as the Book of Changes, and is widely regarded as being the worlds oldest known book at over 3500 years of age. It was popularized in the West by the founder of depth psychology, Carl Jung, who studied its synchronicity principle for some 30 years.
Spring is approaching. Good times ahead seems inevitable; there is vitality in the air. This is a most auspicious time. Like a snake emerging from hibernation, negative forces are only just beginning to stir, and can be effectively controlled. This is a time of hopeful progress, and must be used to best advantage. When approaching good fortune, conscientious work pays great dividends. A clear road lies ahead.
Click six times to throw six coins over a tranquil pool, and receive poetic words and a beautiful painting in response to your query. ThisOracle of Changes I-Chingwas developed by Visionary Networks, and has been said to provide the Internets only mathematically authentic (truly randomized) casting of an I-Ching reading.
The Synchronic Book is connected to an ancient Magic book, and every time you consult the Synchronic, you actually consult the original Book. The Synchronic Book itself is an organism composed of various organs and cells; chapters and single phrases. The Synchronic never gives firm answers, but indicative ones. Personal reflection and meditation is required on the response. Such introspection is assisted by the ritual process – which is not just a simple way of releasing attention from the tumultuous and mechanical flow of daily thought, but a way of immersing yourself in the deep river of Being, which is continuously nourished by all events. We recommend that you do not use the Synchronic Book for trivial or unimportant questions. The consultation of the Synchronic demands profound interests and attitudes.
But what about those days when we need an answer FAST? Some days get so frantic that it seems there is simply no time to meditate, let alone utilize our own divination tools.
So what kind of tools are required for divination? Chances are, everything you can name has at some time been used by someone as a divination tool. This includes pendulums, stones, smoke, clouds, tortoise shells, flower petals, trees, sticks, waves, and weather. Spirit is in everything, everywhere… and can talk to us when we quiet ourselves enough to listen.
I found this delightful oracle quite by chance one day, when reading the articles written by Lynn Woodland. Lynn has a beautiful web site, and one of the highlights is definitely herOdyssey of Life Oracle. This Oracle is intended to be used a serious tool for personal and spiritual growth, and contains approximately 80 different messages of guidance which synchronistically appear in response to your particular concern. The answers you get here in response to your query may be anything from suggestions of helpful actions, affirmations, exercises, or ways to expand your perspective.
I find it fascinating how most people have favorite divination tools — whether or not we formally acknowledge them as such. Even people who dont realize that theyre using divination tools consult stock market reports, chats with best friends, and newspaper horoscopes every day. Some people are very mindful of the interplay between spirit and their conscious mind, and are quite proficient at casting their own horoscopes, throwing their own I-Ching sticks or coins, or reading runes or Tarot cards whenever they feel a need for guidance.
If I was asked what do I hope to provide for each of my clients, I would answer clarity of mind and boldness of heart. For most of us it is our fear that causes the most distress, fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of loneliness and so on; the Tarot can bring comfort and reassurance.
I believe Tarot is an ancient form of counselling rather than fortune telling. For me a reading captures the essence of the moment as experienced by the client, picking up on influences or lessons from their past and showing possibilities for the future.
Oberto Airaudi, creator of this online divination system explains:
The art of divination can be traced back as far as human history — and its strongly suspected that it existed long before the time when written records first began. The underlying idea behind divination is that answers to all of our questions are always available to us through spirit… the unconscious… our higher selves. All we have to do is ask the right questions, and the universe will reply. Divination is a process of utilizing something to obtain this knowledge which is hidden around us in plain sight. This knowledge can be shared synchronistically, when events that have no clear cause and effect relationship can nevertheless coincidentally have a profoundly meaningful connection.
The Damanhur Synchronic Bookis a divination system like nothing I have ever encountered. This system is similar to the others mentioned above in the sense that the questioner is expected to have a serious query in mind, and will receive better information based on the attainment of a contemplative state. What is different about this divination tool is that it requires one to repeat a phrase of conscious intention three times, and to cast a die four times in order to receive an answer.
The Oracle works most powerfully when you hold a serious intention to receive the highest possible guidance. The power of your intent and the sincerity of your request for guidance are what activate synchronicity, drawing to you the most appropriate message. Therefore, the more you bring to the experience, the more you will receive.
Youll be glad to know there are some excellent divination tools on the internet, ready and waiting for you. In this article, I take a look at four of my personal favorites:The Lotus Tarot,The Odyssey of Life Oracle,Oracle of Changes I-Ching, andThe Damanhur Synchronic Book.