Posted 17 May 2013 - 04:04 PM
I use divination very rarely to see the future, and if it is predictive, usually it is a few hours or a day or two in advance. I primarily use my cards to find information in the present or recent past. I am finding now that I'm a few serious steps in to my path, I am developing a talent for getting cards that inflate my ego rather than share anything useful. Fortunately the two states of mind ("seeing" versus bullying the tarot in to giving me what I want) are very different and easily identifiable from each other - usually after the fact, unfortunately.
In regards to how divination works, when it comes to predicting the future I agree with Michele's first post (we see future possibilities most likely to happen). Where this information comes from I am yet experimenting with and continually trying to understand. So far, I believe that when I read normally, I reach out into the world and feel the energies involved in the situation, and conduit that information through myself and into the cards. When I attempt to use the tarot to receive information from specific sources (such as spirits/entities), the rituals around my reading noticeably change, almost like speaking to someone in a different language. I've also noticed that when I attempt to read on certain people who are distrustful of me or dislike me, the cards display what they would like me to see, not the actual truth of the matter. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) I don't have too many people in my life who feel this way towards me, so I am having trouble experimenting with how I can break through the glamour, so to speak.
When it comes to actually predicting the future, I feel like the majority of small and personal events that we experience are easily swayed and changed. To me, the less significant the event, the easier it is to change, therefore it is more likely to change without any intentional effort on anyone's part. So it would be pretty silly to try and read about what you'll be having for lunch in fifty days, because that's such an insignificant event so easily swayed by many unforeseen factors. On the other hand, researching what your boss is planning on talking about during the big surprise meeting tomorrow may produce much more definite and tangible results.
'Sir,' I said to the universe, 'I exist.'
'That,' said the universe, 'creates no sense of obligation in me whatsoever.'