Mind you, these same three tiles read in another order could mean getting a divorce, then taking up with the co-worker and spending wildly on this new, exciting love. I’m not clear if the message depends on the order in which the tiles are drawn. I would say, when practicing this form of yearly dominoes divination and figuring out the message behind the three tiles drawn, assume first that they’re drawn in the correct order, and interpret them accordingly. If they don’t feel right or make sense to you that way, then play around with the tile order, try rearranging the meanings. Your intuition will tell you when you’ve got the interpretation right.

If the above-hypothesized scenario sounds unappealingly awkward, a good alternative just might be to run this operation like the playing card divination method I covered in December 2020. A ‘drop-by’ sort of thing at a party, and appoint someone the job of swirling the dominoes around after each participant. Have the meanings-page posted on a wall, or slid into a plastic sign holder, and a stack of the answer slips on-hand. You could use the same recitation you used for the playing card one—‘a reading true I seek to find, and take what comes with quiet mind.’ Participants could fill out their answer slips and have fun comparing them with others. Or not. Have fun with this, and may all your yearly fortunes be good ones!

EXERCISES

1. Take out a 28-domino set. Remove the six half-blank tiles. Play around with the remaining tiles, combining the various tiles at random, three at a time. How does the essential meaning of each set of three tiles change as you change their order and composition? Relax, take your time and have fun with this, as there are a great number of combinations you can achieve with 22 tiles.
2. Try this annual domino divination alone. Note the three tiles you draw, and try to interpret them at least three different ways. Return to your notes at the end of the year. Did events transpire like the dominoes indicated? Did any one of your interpretive predictions pan-out, or was it something else altogether?
3. Try this annual domino divination in a group. How was it similar to solo-practice? How was it different? Was there a recurring theme in the fortunes the participants drew?
4. Extra Credit: Try this annual domino divination as a ‘drop-by’ activity at a party. Do you think it worked as well as it did in the other two formats? How did presenting this domino divination as a drop-by activity at a party change the energy of it? Would you do this again, or would you keep it for more personal or small-group practice?
5. After all this practice, is there anyone you would recommend not do this? Does this form of divination apply to a specific group of people?