Voodoo Universe is proud to present our divination interview with Brandi Auset. Brandi Auset is trained as a High Priestess of the Goddess, Reiki Master Teacher, massage therapist, spiritual counselor, and intuitive reader. She has been working with Goddess energy for most of her life, and she teaches workshops on many topics, including sacred sensuality, and techniques for infusing the Divine Feminine into daily life and spiritual practice. Brandi is the author of “The Goddess Guide: Exploring the Attributes and Correspondences of the Divine Feminine“, published with Llewellyn Worldwide. You can connect with Brandi at brandiauset.com and at RED Wholistic on Facebook.
When did you start divining?
I suppose I have technically always been a diviner. I’ve seen and heard spirits and guides since I was a child; by age eight I was regularly having premonitions through dreams and demonstrating empathic abilities. But I didn’t start to hone those skills until I was around fifteen years old. I started reading cards professionally in 1995, when I was seventeen years old.
With what method of divination?
Like so many others, I started with the Rider-Waite deck. It’s a great place to learn the basics – to get the symbolism of the actual cards and artwork down. And then I started combining that knowledge with my intuition and the wisdom my guides and Goddesses gave me. I studied runes and playing cards as well. As I grew in the craft and my love of art and creativity became apparent, I expanded to oracle decks, and crystal divination.
Which method do you use most often now?
I’ve developed so far in the craft that most of my readings are accomplished by sitting in meditation, and just connecting to and reading the energy. But for client’s with specific questions, The Goddess Oracle card deck, written by Amy Sophia Marashinsky with art by Hrana Janto is my go-to deck. My training as a High Priestess has led me to work specifically with Goddess energy during my readings. And I love using the Wild Unknown deck to expand on a specific topic.
And I recently ordered the Dust II Onyx: A Melanated Tarot Deck ( Check out the Voodoo Universe post about this deck ), and I cannot wait to get my hands on that!
How important is the choice/phrasing of the question?So important! I think what many readers and clients forget is that a reading is based off of the energy the client puts forth. If the question is too specific, too limited, it skews the results because the question may be phrased in a way that excludes pathways of growth and knowledge. For example, if a client asks “When will I get that job at the bookstore?” – well, what if you aren’t supposed to work at the bookstore? What if the bookstore will only make you miserable? What if there’s another job that’s perfect for you ? But the client has limited that knowledge because of how the question was phrased.
And if you are too general you run the chance of receiving too much information, and have to sift through to figure out what pertains to your situation in the present moment.
An experienced reader can work with either of these situations, but really – why make the situation more difficult with off phrasing? So I find the best question to ask is “tell me what I need to know about_______.” That way, the client gets the exact information they need to help them along their path.
Do you have a yes/no method of divining you recommend?
I love working with pendulums for yes/no divining. It’s a fun method and it reminds me how the energy of the world and my body are aligned… all the answers you need are inside of you, if you’re willing to look.
I also use tarot cards for yes/no when I need a bit of clarity about that yes or no. I shuffle the deck, ask my question, and pull one card. If the card is upright the answer is yes; reversed, then the answer is no. And then I divine the card to get a deeper understanding.
Is there any advice you have for newcomers when using divination?
Trust your instincts. Trust whatever Gods, Goddesses, etc you work with. Trust your Self.
The best advice I ever received about divination was from a woman named Donna Metcalfe. I was sixteen years old, and every time I gave a reading, it felt like I was just telling a story, like I was making it all up. And that made me nervous that I was getting it wrong, or I was a fraud, and all those other self-deprecating things we think about ourselves sometimes. And Donna just smiled at me and said, “Everyone feels like that in the beginning. But ask yourself, out of all the stories you could have made up – why that one? Why did you choose to tell that particular story?” And for me, the answer to that was because it felt right.
It felt true, and real. So I had to learn to trust the story, to trust the feeling that came with telling the story. Because that feeling, that tingle in my head and my belly, was Goddess speaking to me. It was the energy of my intuition, of my heart and crown. And once I learned to recognized that, divination became a way of life.
You are the gifted author of The Goddess Guide and more. Can you tell us about your books, and any other new projects you are developing?
Right now I’m working on a kind of field manual for spiritual women – a way to live your day to day life within Goddess energy. It covers everything from dealing with fear and poverty consciousness, all the way to sexuality and sensuality. I also explain the Goddesses to work with for each situation, and their mythology.
It’s a work in progress, and should be ready for release in late 2017.