Book Review | In Focus Divination by Steven Bright


Thank you, NetGalley for a chance to read and review this book!

I found this to be a very interesting overview of the different methods available in case you wantedto learn more about divination. I will say that it was fairly short and other methods could have been included to make this a more comprehensive book. That being said, this book is purely for beginners.

The more books I read, the more I’m drawn to Lenorman cards, even though I really should focus on tarot for now. This is the first I’m hearing about Kipper cards, Witches Runes, reading buttons, flowers, and I Ching. I found the chapter on divination through Dice to be slightly unclear, and the changing in I Ching could be better explained; a few more pages on both would have made this a much better read.

From what I can see, Steven Bright has written more books on this subject, so I will probably check those out! Given that I’m still struggling with tarot cards, it’s probably going to be his book ‘In Focus Tarot’.

I will say that this book doesn’t seem to talk about Tarot cards, or even crystal balls. It has like 10 topics that it covers, so if you’re interested in just getting a sense of those as a newbie, then pick up this book. You won’t get any information about the many others that exist.

In Focus Divination came out on the 14th of December and is available on amazon! I’d also like to recommend a couple of other books that I really liked and made me want to learn about tarot and astrology!


Learn the basics of how to read secret signs and symbols to provide insight, inspiration, and direction about the future.

This accessible and beautifully designed guide includes a frameable posterfeaturing popular methods of divination.

Divination is the art of extracting hidden meaning from the present by using supernatural tools, or oracles, as guidance for the future. Some ancient divinatory methods may seem primitive now, such as shamans in antiquity observing animal entrails, while some methods have remained popular throughout the ages. Diviners today still use methods that draw on the environment, including reading runes or cardsfloromancy (reading flowers), and even conchomancy (reading seashells). Our questions might differ from our ancestors’, but we still harbor the same basic needs and keen desire to know, understand, and improve the future. To help you see and change it for the better, learn: 

  • what tools you need for each method
  • tips to enhance any reading
  • how best to phrase questions for the oracle
  • systems of interpretation
  • how to present information in a tactful, compassionate, empowering way
  • and more

There’s something here for every diviner, and you can use what you already have on hand for magickal purposes. Combining elegance and expertise, this is your essential modern guide to an ancient tradition.

The In Focus series applies a modern approach to teaching the classic body, mind, and spirit subjects. Authored by experts in their respective fields, these beginner’s guides feature smartly designed visual material that clearly illustrates key topics within each subject. As a bonus, each book includes reference cards or a poster, held in an envelope inside the back cover, that give you a quick, go-to guide containing the most important information on the subject.

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