Divination Space Station: Taylor Ellwood

Taylor Ellwood

May is quickly turning into divination month here at Voodoo Universe, and I foresee really good things. There have been quite a few Divination Space Station stops and today I am honored to profile author Taylor Ellwood. We recently reviewed his  Manifesting Wealth: Magic for Prosperity, Love and Health here on the blog and now we are pleased to offer his insight about divination.


When did you start divining? With what Method?

When I was 16 and first got into Magic, I picked up a set of Tarot cards and started.


What method do you use most often now?

I use a method which involves using two decks of tarot cards, a dual deck system as it were. I use one deck to represent people, places, things, and events and one deck to represent actions linking those things together. I’ve found to be very useful for analyzing situational factors and helping explore what it is they really want to know or change about the situation. I also create my own spreads for readings, which is helpful because no spread is exactly alike. Instead they are customized to fit the needs of the person getting the reading.


Tarot Magick Mirror photo by Michael Le Roi. Licensed under CC 2.0

How important is the choice/phrasing of the question?

Not very important. As we do the reading, further conversation occurs and I facilitate the person discovering the answers, so its a process of conversation and reading.


Do you have a yes/no method of divining you use?

I use a pendulum for that kind of reading and orient it to the energy of the person. The direction it swings determines the answer.


Is there any advice you have for newcomers when using divination?

Throw away the little booklets that come with whatever divinatory tool you are using and get to know the tool. Work with it. Do meditations with each of the cards, runes, etc and get to know them through experience. The experience of working with them will guide your readings for yourself and others.

To learn more about Taylor Ellwood please visit his website Magical Experiments.

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About Lilith Dorsey

Lilith Dorsey M.A. , hails from many magickal traditions, including Celtic, Afro-Caribbean, and Native American spirituality. Her traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University and the University of London, and her magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. Lilith Dorsey is a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly , filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation, author of Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism and The African-American Ritual Cookbook, and choreographer for jazz legend Dr. John's "Night Tripper" Voodoo Show. She believes good ritual should be fun and innovative, and to that end she led the first ever Voodoo Zombie Silent Rave Ritual in July 2013, complete with confused Thriller flash mob.