Welcome to this week’s stop at Divination Space Station with Voodoo Universe’s creatrix Lilith Dorsey. I realized after the really adept and informative guest blog interviews with Dorothy Morrison and Awo Robert Ogbe Di, I should probably submit my own experience as well. I’ve been reading cards professionally for over twenty years, and have done psychic readings everywhere from the parking lot at a Grateful Dead show to Snake and Jakes Christmas Club Lounge in New Orleans to a corporate wellness event for Bloomberg. I can honestly say, “ What a long strange trip it’s been.”
When did you start divining? With what method of divination?
I started divining when I was 13. I got my first Ryder Waite Tarot Deck then, and was also studying numerology and astrology.
What method do you use most often now?
I use different methods for different purposes. I still consult the tarot, cocos, divining rods, astrological influences almost daily. I feel that’s it’s similar to checking the weather, although I realize this may sound reductionist. I am not diminishing the power of divination, I am just making an analogy about taking one’s spiritual umbrella when needed. In my personal experience it seems that tarot is able to give a more specific answer, and direct guidance on the matter at hand.
Most often I use the New Orleans Voodoo Tarot, but I have been known to also read with Tarot of the Boroughs ( which features me as the High Priestess card) and also the deck I developed myself based onthe work of Antonin Artaud, Charles Baudelaire, Edgar Allan Poe and Arthur Rimbaud, called the Tarot of Cruelty.
How important is the choice of question?
I believe the question and it’s phrasing are crucial to receiving an accurate answer. The response I get when I ask about outcome or influences can often be very different. Influence either visible or invisible does not always shape outcome, nor does intent or feeling.
Do you have a yes/no method of divining you recommend?
Dowsing rods are my preferred choice, but I know people who have success with pendulums, coins, cocos, and other methods. Ask each time you use them ask for what a specific yes outcome will look like, what a specific no outcome will look like, and if a reading with this method is possible right now.
Is there any advice you have for newcomers when using divination?
My advice is to know your cards. I don’t necessarily advocate throwing away the book like my friend Dorothy Morrision does, but develop your own relationship with them. Test out their messages on simple quantifiable things like: the weather, messages, time, etc. Sleep with your cards or your pendulum under your pillow. Record your dreams afterwards.
Is a reading’s outcome set in stone?
In my experience most thing can be gently nudged or turned to a different direction. If we look specifically at something like palm reading, people’s palm continually changes throughout their lives. Things are constantly changing and twisting, sometimes on the edge of a butterfly effect’s wings. Open yourself up the the joy and possibility of the universe and more will be revealed.