One of the workshops I attended at the Be Thankful Circle of Trees Retreat (Nov. 11-13, 2011) was Table Tipping. It was definitely a very interesting experience. The workshop leader has many years of experience and it is something that was passed down in her family through the generations. There were two ordinary card tables set up in the room. The room was prepared with protection and calling in only positive spirits. After a brief demonstration, everyone was given the opportunity to sit and ask a couple of questions. At the second card table, everyone who wanted the opportunity to “raise” the table themselves could take a turn and ask a few questions each. To raise the table, those sitting around it placed their palms lightly on the surface of the table and chanted “rise table rise” and the table rose up on two of the legs, if the table didn’t move the answer was no, for yes the table would bang down and bounce back up. At the table I was seated at one of the women asked a question that included asking “in how many months would what she was asking about happen” and the table bounced 30 times – we literally had to get up from our chairs and follow the table in order to keep our palms resting on it as it rose up on two legs, banged down and then up again 30 times.
Historical Background Info.: Table tipping was very popular in the late 1800s (the same time period when seances were also very popular) and was a common parlour form of entertainment. It is done with a small group of people putting their hands lightly on a table and asking it questions. The table moves, usually in a rocking (“tipping”) motion or tapping up and down. The questions are usually simple ones that can be answered yes or no, yes being one tip, no being two (or tapping once for yes and no movement or tapping for no – however you want to set it up for answers to be conveyed). It is believed that the energy of the spirits (newly departed, angels, or spirits are invited to participate) moves the table.
It is similar to using a Ouija or spirit board. Some of the tables used did have letters painted on them and the table would tip in the direction of a letter to spell something out. Spelling out an answer though could take awhile, and take more time than texting a message on a cell phone. Counting out an answer is a little more complicated than a straight yes or no, but quicker than spelling out message – for example how many years or months will something happen.
What is it that makes the table move – the newly departed, other helpful spirits, collective energy of those gathered around the table? I don’t know for sure, but I know that “spirit” and “energy” are real and can do amazing things.
Just a few things I think are important to keep in mind when trying any form of divination. Why would a spirit be more psychic then you or I? If they do have a clearer view of future possibilities, remember the future is fluid and changes constantly based on our choices and actions – we create our future as we live each moment of our lives. Peering into the future gives a glimpse of what is the most likely outcome based on what is happening now, it can be changed, nothing is written stone. Take all advice and answers with a large grain of salt, and use your own judgement, inner wisdom, and common sense to plan your future. It is unfortunate that there are those out there who “fake” being able to do things like table tipping and other forms of communcating with spirits in order to take advantage of people. However, there are legitimate practitioners out there of many alternative forms of energy work and spirit work, just use your common sense and your own intution to guide you when seeking out someone to study with or participate in any kind of psychic or energy work.
Please, do not dabble in these kind of activites lightly – it is best to learn how from someone with experience. At the very least you should know how to work with energy, ground, center, and protect yourself from unwanted energy and-or entities.
Explore and be open to the possibilities of Spirit, Lady Rose
Note: Any questions feel free to contact Linda Farmer (who gave the workshop on Table Tipping at the retreat) – she is the lovely dark haired lady with the purple jacket in the photo below.