It’s been awhile since the Voodoo Universe has stopped at the divination space station, but this go around we are pleased to talk with Oseaana December. You can find out more about her on the website Oseaana.com
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When did you start divining?
I started divining about 25 years ago. I was working in a business office at a state facility and my supervisor and I would read for each other during lunch breaks. I mostly used the Tarot and oracle decks for many years and then was introduced to shell and bone readings about 13 years ago.
With what method?
My first divination method was the Tarot. Someone gave me the Motherpeace Tarot by Vicki Noble and Karen Vogel and I fell in love with it. I was taught by a couple different women how to read intuitively using this deck so I didn’t start my journey through the Tarot using a traditional deck like the Rider-Waite or learning the traditional meanings of the cards.
What method do you use most often now?
I still use the Motherpeace deck on a constant basis. I also throw the bones and do a lot of bone readings. When I was introduced to shell and bone readings many years ago I fell in love with the methods that were shared with me because they had deep African roots and it felt like a direction connection to my ancestry. I have been fortunate to find amazing teachers who not only shared their wisdom but also taught me the importance of reading intuitively from the heart. The method of bone reading I do now is one I created from a few different traditions I have learned and studied as well as channeled through me by the Spirits. It’s a highly intuitive system that has a specific throwing mat layout that can give insight in all areas of a person’s life within different realms such as physical, emotional, and spiritual. I teach this system through my website to those that want to learn it. The system has a basic 13 bone and other curios kit that can be used with the basic reading style I teach, then the student is encouraged to add to the basic kit and further develop the system to make it uniquely their own.
How important is the choice/phrasing of the question?
I prefer when a client has a specific question or area of concern. The phrasing doesn’t need to be precise however if they are in-tune with what they are seeking to know it helps the reading go more smoothly. When a client wants a general reading or isn’t quite sure of a specific area they want to be read on, I start the reading process by asking my Spirit Guides what they want the client to know. Usually what comes through triggers the client to realize that they do need help in that area. After that point they start zoning in on specific questions they may have. When I do bone readings the insight from the Spirits and the clients Ancestors comes through almost immediately.
Do you have a yes/no method of divining you recommend?
Yes, I have a couple different methods for yes/no answers. I was taught to read the Obi, Yoruba four cowrie shell method, many years back by a Ifa Priest. I still use that method to get a yes/no answer. A wonderful book I highly recommend if folks want to know more about this method is called, Obi Divination by Afolabi A. Epega. Baba Epega taught the Ifa Priest I learned from.I also was taught how to use the Tarot to get a yes/no answer. I believe this method came from the creators of the Motherpeace deck but I am not sure. Basically you use a tarot deck and what you are looking for is an Ace. If the Ace is upright the answer is yes. If the Ace is reversed the answer is no. If you do not get an Ace the answer is unclear. You start a pile by counting out thirteen cards or until you get an Ace. If you get to the thirteenth card with no Ace then you start a second pile, count out thirteen or stop when you get an Ace. If no Ace in the second pile move on to a third pile and do the same thing. It does sound more complicated then it really is. I did a video about it on my Youtube channel.
Is there any advice you have for newcomers when using divination?
Because I was taught how to read intuitively rather than from a book I would suggest this approach. You have to get know any divination system personally. If it calls to you then work on a regular basis without the aid of a book and develop a relationship with it. Learning the basics is important however to truly connect with it and get the guidance you seek then it is important to make it part of who you are and the only way to do that is to connect with it on a personal spiritual level. Many folks approach divination with the mindset that they can’t do it or don’t know how to do it. Just remember divination tools are just that…tools. They are aids to assist the process. The insight comes from Spirit and if you are an open channel with no preconceived notions about the process or the outcome your reading with be clear. Don’t be influenced by what others say is the right method or the better divination system. Be open to finding what works for you and then build upon that.