I’m delighted to be able to interview Mat Auryn as part of our Divination Space Station series. His blog For Puck’s Sake is one of the newer ones here at Patheos Pagan, but with it’s insightful reviews, interviews, and musings very quickly it became one to watch. Read below as we talk about tarot, auras, Labyrinth, and more.
When did you start divining and with what method?
As cliché as it sounds, I’ve always been pretty tuned in. Even as a small child, I would tell people when introducing myself to them that I was a sensitive boy. In retrospect this kind of humorously takes on a different meaning. My natural psychic dispositions have always been clairtangency being able to just know information from holding an object (psychometry) or sensing with my hands where energy is coming from, and external clairvoyance such as seeing spirits, lights, shadows, auras, sparks, etc. All the other clairs I’ve had to put a lot of time and energy into their development throughout my life.
I actually come from a fairly psychic family on both sides, though undeveloped due to religious beliefs. When I was an infant I’m told that my father would point and direct energy at me and I’d start bursting with laughter and he’d move further and further away doing it until he could be in another room in the house than I was and point at me and I’d start cracking up in my crib.
At a young age, I discovered Silver Ravenwolf’s books, which led to the beginning of a lifelong exploration of various spiritual, metaphysical, and occult methods and ideologies.
My first tarot deck was a gift that I received when I was 14 years old as a freshman in High School. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing beyond the instructions in the little white book. Luckily, I had plenty of kids who were willing to be volunteers at lunch. I can’t say that they were the best readings though. I would literally have to look up every card’s meaning and just read the keywords and then read what the card position meant in the Celtic Cross Spread.
After High School, I began studying the tarot and psychic ability a bit more seriously. In my early 20s, I was able to read tarot without the booklet and slowly was able to bring intuitive and psychic information into the readings that weren’t associated with the card meanings. When I moved to the East Coast I eventually began reading professionally for complete strangers at an occult shop in Salem and then began a serious private practice during the off-season.
Which method do you use most often now?
I mostly work with Tarot because it’s like an old friend. It can help make sense of psychic information that isn’t completely clear sometimes. Doing a purely psychic reading can feel overwhelming or confusing at times due to information coming through all at once and figuring out where to start or how to make sense of it. If psychic information were music, the tarot for me is like having it written down as sheet music where I can see a clear timeline and how the information is supposed to be grouped. While I still work with other forms of divination, I haven’t found anything quite as strong as the Tarot, and that may be because I’ve worked with it for so long.
How important is the choice/phrasing of the question?
I think it’s pretty important, honestly. In fact, I’ve written an article on that topic itself. I’m a total nerd when it comes to Jim Henson’s Creature Shop projects such as Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, and The Storyteller, partially because of the folkloric wisdom, spiritual lessons, and esoterica that he put into them. In the movie Labyrinth, a reoccurring motif is asking the right questions. In the movie there’s a scene that exemplifies this perfectly. The character Sarah needs to get to the castle and she comes across a worm while frustrated who is able to provide help with directions. She tells him that she’s looking to solve the labyrinth as such he stops her from heading the direction she was going and has her go the other way to solver the labyrinth. It’s only when she’s left the scene that the worm states that if she went the other way she would have went straight to the castle. Asking the right questions can help you receive the more specific answers or guidance that one is really looking for.
Do you have a yes/no method of divining you recommend?
Sometimes I work with a pendulum for yes/no questions, though I really dislike those types of questions as I feel they’re limiting and can strip the person of their personal sovereignty in the situation itself. My more common method for discerning yes/no questions is to create a ball of energy in each hand. Then I will mentally assign one as “yes” and the other as “no”. I’ll focus on the question and feel how the energy balls change in my hands while focusing on the question. I think this method works stronger and quicker for me because of my natural disposition to clairtangency.
Is there any advice you have for newcomers when using divination?
Tons! Ha! If I had to boil it down to the top most important pieces of advice it would be to be clear on your intentions of why you’re doing readings. I believe that one needs to be in a vibrational state of truly wanting to help someone and heart-centered during readings. I also advise doing the work and practicing as much as possible alone and with others to gain confidence and strengthen those “psychic muscles”. If you’ve done the energy work and you’re in the flow, trust the process and trust whatever comes to you. It’s often the information that seems completely random and like a shot in the dark that is the information that they really need to hear.
Finally, if the client doesn’t understand the information that’s being presented don’t get discouraged. Sometimes people have what I call “psychic amnesia”, where they just aren’t connecting the dots while you’re giving them a reading because they’re immersed in the experience of having a reading. The client also doesn’t have all the information about what’s being read – which is why they’re coming to you, remember – so there’s bound to be information that they don’t understand or don’t know. After having countless people come back with “you were right after all” you learn to not be discouraged when people don’t seem to resonate with the reading at the time.
Are there any new projects you are developing?
Yes, a couple. But right now they’re all secret. I try to keep my focus of manifestation silent until they’re manifested, even if I want to tell everyone about it out of excitement. I suggest keeping an eye on my Facebook Page and my Twitter for future announcements.
More About Mat Auryn
Mat Auryn (New England) is a witch, writer, professional psychic (www.matauryntarot.com), and occult teacher throughout New England. He has had the privilege of studying under many different occult teachers and traditions, and is currently a priest and mentor in the Sacred Fires Tradition of Witchcraft . He writes for Patheos Pagan in his blog For Puck’s Sake , The House of Twigs , Horns Magazine , on his personal website (www.matauryn.com), as well as other magazines, podcasts, anthologies, and websites.
Mat Auryn has had the honor of helping thousands of people gain clarity through his skills of psychic ability and tarot reading throughout the world over the last decade. He has been interviewed on radio, in magazines, and on several websites and private newsletters. Mat teaches various metaphysical and occult subjects ranging from psychic development, magickal empowerment, working with spirits, divination, energy healing, lucid dreaming, divination, astral projection throughout New England including Salem, Massachusetts, known internationally as the Witch City.
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