When I bought my first Tarot deck, the person who sold it to me emphasized it was tool. I was the one doing the reading, and my goal should be to read without cards.
That stuck with me, but it wasn’t until last December I tried it. What I saw scared me, especially when it came true. It wasn’t anything significant outside my social circle, but of enough personal importance that it made me both reluctant to try “seeing” again and sure that I’d have to eventually do so.
In the meantime, I’ve begun Lenormand and decided it was time to return to the runes. Odhinn seemed to be nudging me to do so. On the other hand, I’d be lying if I said he didn’t influence my original attempt at seeing.
While I’m not abandoning the idea of working with the runes in December, I don’t need prioritize memorizing any more systems right now. I’m fluent in three of them and can converse passably well in a couple others. That’s a huge symbol vocabulary, but that won’t necessarily help me see well without divinatory tools. That’s something I need to keep in mind when planning future work.