A Rough Guide to Reading Ribbons…

I’m currently working my way through Lisa Frideborg’s 30 Day Divination Picture Challege and the picture I posted on Day 8 prompted the following question…

How do you divine with ribbons?

So, I sat down to think about it, as it’s something that I’ve not done for a while as these days I have a Tarot deck in hand more often than not…

I say a Rough Guide as these are just some of the ways that I play… Ribbon Reading is quite an intuitive process and I guess people will all do it differently.

For me… I like the tactile quality and that in itself gives me impressions and insights, so I would say there’s a certain amount of psychometry involved. I will run the ribbons through my hands to see how they feel and how that in turn makes me feel…

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Obviously there is a lot of colour to play with… and again I find that interpretations using colour will reflect my personal associations through experience and knowledge that I have. And… the same ribbon can throw up different meanings depending on what thoughts it prompts… A colour may trigger a chakra association or call to mind a certain crystal… sometimes they prompt a memory or image… even the odd tarot card drops by occasionally…

But the key thing here is I think that they are all personal points of reference that have come from lots of different areas of my life that come together to form my own dictionary which will probably differ to yours… My blue may not mean what your blue does… but both mine and yours will give an equally correct reading, as they will appear when the definition matches the situation…

So… let’s have a look at an example… and this is a whizz bang whistle stop tour…

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So I started this reading a bit like a tarot spread, as I decided in advance how many ribbons to pull from the bag and what each would mean… so left to right…

1. How is this person feeling right now?

Now this was interesting as that first ribbon looks really pretty… but it feels horrible… and the impression I got was that this was someone who was putting a brave face on things and not revealing that they were feeling quite rough and I felt also that they were of a divided opinion on something and very much in two minds.

2. What is currently causing problems?

Over thinking and constantly looking for the pattern and structure of things and maybe becoming trapped in a series of repeat actions.

3. What help is available?

There feels to be a loving environment around and also generally this person has good intuition but feels not to be fully embracing this and putting it to good use.

4. What direction is this heading in?

DUFF!!! That black ribbon came down hard like a big fat marker pen crossing something out! DUFF!!! Enough!! I’m done with this!!

5. What inner strength is available?

Red… Raw energy! Focus and direct it.

6. How do the other 5 combine?

It felt to be towards being much calmer and the inner feelings matching the outer appearance. A more balanced feeling and some self-healing and nurturing applied.

So then I gather them up and toss them down for some further insights…

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And when I looked at this, my impression was that self-healing is at the centre of this… it feels as though thoughts have become very tangled and all that over thinking has involved viewing things in very black and white terms and in turn that has caused more worry, a disconnect from people who are available for support… a lack of trust in own intuition and also a big drain on energy as maybe it’s getting spent in frustration and anger…

So… turns out that there has been a simmering disagreement with another person,,,

The ribbons were returned to the bag and then a question asked and a ribbon pulled, one at a time… each question as it came, following on from the previous answer…

IMG_2406So a quick overview of what I read…

The two people involved here are both strong personalities and usually laid back but what’s causing the issue here, is that on a particular subject they are poles apart and at opposite ends of the spectrum with their ideas of how to handle it. One has a big overview and the other is bogged down in the details… and both are right but getting frustrated at each other’s seeming inability to see the other’s point… There needs to be some boundaries put in place and oh… ok… you do your things your way, I’ll do my things mine and they can run in parallel and both of us get to where we need to be. Some simple ground rules, which shouldn’t be a problem as there are strong communication skills here and also these two people do care for each other but they are both strong willed and neither willing to back down… however… I like that grey ribbon on the end… It seems to mark the end of black and white thinking and also it feels to carry a steely determination to resolve things.

So there’s a taster of how I sometimes read…

One of things I like about this is that I gathered my ribbons from odds and sods that were lying around and left overs from other projects…

Go have a rummage through your drawers and see what you find… you may just have a set of ribbons waiting to be read…

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