Pokedivination 101: Types
So!! This is the first in a series on using pokemon cards to do divination, which has been an idea that people have capitalized on before and surely will again, but I’m planning to contribute my two cents.
I choose pokemon cards not only because of the huge variety and the ‘personality’ of each pokemon that makes it great for association and specificity of message, but pokemon is something innately connected to our pasts, our emotions, and feelings of companionship; chances are, if you’re using pokemon divination, you’ve already got a relationship built with the pokemon verse, whether you’re a current fan or just loved them when you were a kid. I believe that kind of connection (and wealth of personal association) makes divination 10x more accurate, because you get a better feel of what the cards are trying to tell you. It’s like talking to a stranger versus an old friend; the better the connection, who’s going to know you better? Who are you more likely to listen to? We talk about relationships with our decks all the time, and the point of Pokemon has always been relationships.
Plus, Pokemon is super cool, so there’s that too.
Without any further ado, I’m going to start on the first thing I want to nail down in this series: the types, or ‘suits’. I’m not really going to try to draw parallels between pokemon card divination and tarot, so major/minor arcana are not present in this system. Types function as suits do in cartomancy. How’s that, again?
Core to a Pokemon’s identity and ability is their type. It determines their habitat, their moves, their relationships with other pokemon– it’s their basic defining trait. Of course, there are different ways a type can be expressed, but essentially all ghost types are going to share a ~vibe~ that defines them and all fire types are going to be, at their core, similar to one another. An easy way to think of the types is to think of them as the suits in cards, like how hearts are associated with relationships, psychic types might be associated with mental affairs. It’s a general interpretation to be refined with each card within the suit (for instance, mr. mime might indicate mental blocks, being a psychic type and also inclined to invisible wall-building).
But doesn’t pokemon have like, 15 types?
Yep. Which is why I’ve got a handy chart for you just below that deals with the various types and the meanings I’ve assigned to them based entirely on my own associations. If yours are different, feel free to mix, match, or absolutely alter them to fit your own needs; it’s all about connection.
These are just general guidelines, but they’re great for 1 card readings. If you have a question (e.g, what am I ignoring?) you can get a general feel from the card you draw. (for instance, if I drew water, I would say self-care.) When you’re working with the specific pokemon, keep in mind the associations of the types and how the types interact with each other. Do you have a lot of waters with fires? That may mean your passion is being smothered by taking too much care, and that you need to let your instincts shine through more. Electricity with ground types might show inefficacy, same with normals and ghosts appearing together; keep an eye on patterns to see what comes out! I’ll make a separate post about this at some point, but this is a primer on pokemon types and what to look for when you’re reading!
Best of luck, and happy pokewitching!