Divination

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Divination is foreseeing future events or obtaining secret knowledge through divine sources, omens, or oracles. It is based on the belief that revelations are offered to humans in extra-rational (extrasensorial) forms of knowledge: ancient Chaldeans studied birds' flight and patterns in water or entrails; the Greeks put their trust in the ORACLE. Present-day forms of divination include crystal gazing, palmistry, and astrology.

Web Master of the Master's table...Timothy M. Youngblood

What's It All About?
From the village shaman to the Wall Street analyst, human beings have always searched for a glimpse of the future. Any good country fair has its fortune teller, modeled on the image of a mysterious gypsy woman swathed in colorful scarves and dripping with earrings. In the candlelit tent, shadows flicker and her bracelets softly jingle as she shuffles the cards. "Concentrate," she whispers, as you stare at the colorful pictures, the Empress, the Knight of Cups, the Lovers, the Ace of Swords. What do they mean? Can they really predict the future?

There are hundreds of techniques for divination (fortune telling), many dating back to before recorded history. Every human culture has developed its own forms of soothsaying. The oracles of ancient Greece predicted the birth of heroes and triumph on the battlefield. Medieval kings had their court astrologers and wizards, who were consulted about political matters and marriage choices. Today, many businessmen in Hong Kong and Los Angeles apply the principles of Feng-Shui to their real estate investments and household decor. Personal computers now bring even the most complex techniques to our fingertips.

Having decided on a particular method, how does one proceed? Usually you will have a question in mind, sometimes a very specific query, often a more general desire to explore a particular area of your life. A peaceful atmosphere with few distractions is best; you should be relaxed and able to concentrate clearly. The phrasing of the question is important, as is the interpretation of the answer, since the mind loves to play tricks, oracles are known for their sly humor, and the answer may not be what it seems. For example, the message in a friend's horoscope may seem very clear: "Signing a contract leads to favorable results." What isn't said is that the results are favorable for the other party, not for your friend! And, as any devotee of the Tarot or I Ching knows, the answer is often cryptic; or, the oracle may stubbornly refuse to answer at all.

It is generally considered wiser to avoid questions requiring very specific answers and concentrate instead on more general investigations. A query for a similar or related question should not be attempted within 24 hours of the first; to do so invalidates both readings.

Can cards and crystals really predict the future? We don't know for sure. The modern soothsayer will explain that we are not trapped by a predetermined fate. What we seek is a greater understanding of the influences at work in our lives, the trends that lead us in one direction or another. We may not be able to change the world, but we can change what we do with it. We want information that will enable us to make more powerful choices. The instrument of divination, whether a crystal ball, a deck of cards, or the interpretation of a dream, allows us to tap unconscious resources within ourselves, often making an intuitive leap which allows us to perceive patterns or discover truths not previously noticed. The final choice lies, not in the stars, but in our hearts.

Tarot:
The traditional Tarot deck consists of 78 cards. Fifty-six of these are divided into four suits: Cups, Wands, Swords and Pentacles. Each suit has fourteen cards: Ace through Ten, Page, Knight, Queen, King. This group of 56 is also referred to as the Minor Arcana. The remaining 22 cards are known as the Major Arcana, and each one portrays a scene or character symbolizing important truths about the world and human behavior.

For example, the first card in the deck is the Fool. Usually portrayed as a young man in jester's garb, carrying a backpack, the Fool represents the spirit of adventure that propels each person on the journey through life. At its best, this spirit makes us creative, independent, and adaptable. At its worst, it leads to impatient, impulsive or rebellious behavior. The card's underlying message is the importance of developing a balance between intellect and emotion, and of pursuing goals that include spiritual growth.

Numerology:
Numerology, as a philosophy, originated with Pythagoras, a philosopher and mathematician of ancient Greece. According to numerologists, numbers have special meanings, and the mathematical relationships of letters and numbers can be analyzed in order to understand the significance of names and their spiritual vibrations.

Each letter of the alphabet corresponds to a number. To find the meaning of a name, its numbers are added together. If the total has more than two digits, the individual digits are added together, and so on, until the number is reduced to a single digit. This same method is applied to dates.

Numbers can be found everywhere, since just about everything is either named, numbered, or both. In determining personality, some numerologists believe that only the full name at birth is really important, but others think you can change your destiny by changing your name. Some people actually have changed their names, or the way they spelled their names, in order to change their numerological interpretation so that they could develop a better personality and destiny. Such artificial manipulation is unlikely to be very effective. In any case, there are no bad numbers!

Runes:
Runes are the characters of the earliest known alphabet among the ancient nomadic tribes of Scandinavia and Northern Europe. They have been found carved on rocks in many different countries. They were also carved on small stones or pieces of wood. In addition to their use in written language, the individual characters were used for divination and spells. "Casting" a spell meant that one actually threw the appropriate runes at the subject.

I Ching:
The I Ching, or Book of Changes, is one of the Five Classics of Chinese literature. The importance of these five books was established during the Han dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD). They are Book of Odes, Book of Changes, Book of Rites, Book of Documents, and Spring and Autumn Annals. In combination with the Four Books (Analects, Great Learning, Mean, and Mencius), they were the basis of Chinese education for hundreds of years.

The I Ching, whose origin is in antiquity, and which was studied, edited and annotated by Confucius, is a book of divinations with appended commentaries. It consists of sixty-four hexagrams, which are patterns made of six broken and unbroken lines. Each hexagram is actually a combination of two trigrams (there are eight trigrams all together), each of which is named for a phenomenon of nature. By throwing coins or manipulating yarrow stalks, the petitioner chooses one or two of these hexagrams.

The corresponding text reveals an answer or provides guidance in what to do. The message is couched in a generalized and often poetic language which embodies Yin and Yang philosophy, whose principles are believed to operate throughout nature. The I Ching has always had a wide appeal in China, later in Japan, and most recently in the West, both as a fortune-telling manual and as a metaphysical account of the role of human beings in the processes of nature.

Astrology:
In ancient times, people observed the influence of the heavenly bodies on the world around them, and came to believe that the stars and planets must also have a strong influence on human character and destiny. In cultures where science, religion, and philosophy were not viewed as separate disciplines, astrologers studied the movements of the sun and the moon to determine their effect on agriculture, and also to perform divinatory functions.

Today, astronomy is the scientific study of celestial bodies, completely separate from astrology, the philosophy which attempts to explore what effects, if any, the aspects of the heavenly bodies may have on individual lives.

The Zodiac is the apparent path of the Sun through the heavens, and for purposes of astrology contains twelve constellations, or "signs". The most important aspect in determining personality is the "sun sign", or the zone of the Zodiac in which the Sun resided on the person's birth date. Many people like to compare horoscopes to determine compatibility for friendship or romance.

Auras:
Many people believe that human beings emit an energy field which can be perceived in the form of a colored aura surrounding the body. Some people apparently see these auras spontaneously, or by using special methods of concentration. Some people believe that a numerological analysis of the personality will reveal the expected appearance of the aura.
The size, color, and intensity of the aura are seen as indicators of a person's character, health, and emotional condition.

Crystal Ball:
In ancient times, when people wanted a sign or prediction, they looked to nature. For example, they might see interesting shapes in the clouds that seemed to have meaning. A fallen tree or a rock formation might suggest a human or animal shape that could be interpreted in some way. Later, they began making their own signs, using natural items. A fortune-teller might throw rocks or bones on the ground and interpret the patterns they formed as they fell. A priest would cut open a sacrificial animal and make an interpretation based on the condition of its internal organs.

Eventually, people began to devise methods that gave them more control over the time and place of the prediction. A soothsayer might build a special fire and interpret the color and shape of the smoke. Bowls of water, mirrors, and polished stones all led to crystal balls and tea-leaf reading. This type of fortune telling is known as scrying. It is the combination of the pattern in the object being used and the intuitive powers of the person doing the interpreting that leads to a prediction which is often couched in poetic or metaphorical language.

Geomancy:
Geomancy is an ancient form of divination originating in Africa. "Geo" means "earth", and Geomancy originally used the materials of the earth -- sand and pebbles -- as its medium. A pattern cast in the sand with a handful of pebbles, seeds, or palm nuts would be interpreted by the diviner. Many forms of Geomancy were, and still are, used, involving marks made on the ground, or palm nuts thrown on a board decorated with magical figures.

In Europe, Geomancy evolved to include random dots made in a tray of sand or on a piece of parchment, while one was in a receptive state of mind. Today the dots-on-paper method is the one most commonly practiced in western societies, and almost any technique of creating random dot patterns is used.

In the Middle Ages Geomancy was developed into a complex art by many practitioners, including Cornelius Agrippa, who wrote about it in his books on occult philosophy. Although Geomantic consultations were sought by both royal and religious patrons, it was officially outlawed because of its associations with black magic and witchcraft. Nevertheless, it persisted and continued to be refined and written about. Later practitioners worked out relationships between the dot-patterns of Geomancy and the signs of the Zodiac, giving rise to the Astro-Geomantic style of reading, which is used today.

Palmistry:
Palmistry is a system by which the characteristics of the hand, particularly the lines found in the palm, are analyzed as a means of determining personality and predicting life events. At the simplest level, palmists look to three major lines which appear in a normal palm, known as the Life Line, the Heart Line and the Head Line. For a more detailed reading, other lines are examined, including rare lines which may not be present in all hands.

A reading may also include analysis of the "mounts", various raised or fleshy areas of the palm. The size, shape and color of the fingernails, relative length of the fingers, angle and shape of the fingers, and overall hand shape are all considered in a complete palmistry session.

A Glossary Of Divination:

AEROMANCY divination from the air and sky, particularly concentrating on cloud shapes, comets, and other phenomena not normally visible in the heavens.

ALECTRYOMANCY is divination whereby a bird is allowed to pick corn grains from a circle of letters. A variation is to recite letters of the alphabet noting those at which a cock crows.

ALEUROMANCY is divination using "fortune cookies"; answers to questions are rolled into balls of dough and once baked are chosen at random.

ALOMANCY is divination by table salt.

ALPHITOMANCY uses special cakes that are digestible by persons with a clear conscience but are unpleasant to others.

ANTHROPOMANCY is the divination by human sacrifice.

APANTOMANCY is divination through chance meetings with animals (e.g., a black cat), birds, and other creatures. Mexico City is said to have been founded where Aztec soothsayers saw an eagle flying from a cactus carrying a live snake.

ARITHMANCY or ARITHMOMANCY is an earlier form of NUMEROLOGY where divination is made through numbers and the number value of letters.

ASTROLOGY is divination using celestial bodies: the sun, moon, planets, and stars.

AUGURY is the general term for the art of divination and is chiefly applied to interpretations of signs and omens.

AUSTROMANCY is divination by the study of the winds.

AXIOMANCY is divination through the observation of how an ax or hatchet quivers or points when driven into a post.

BELOMANCY is an ancient form of divination performed by tossing or balancing arrows.

BOTANOMANCY is divination from burning tree branches and leaves.

CAPNOMANCY is the study of smoke rising from a fire.

CARTOMANCY is fortune telling using cards such as the Tarot.

CATOPTROMANCY is an early form of crystal gazing that utilizes a mirror turned to the moon to catch moonbeams.

CAUSIMOMANCY is divination from behavior of objects placed in a fire.

CEPHALOMANCY refers to divination with the skull or head of a donkey or goat.

CERAUNOSCOPY seeks to draw omens from the study of thunder and lightning.

CEROSCOPY, CEROMANCY is a form of fortune telling in which melted metal or wax is poured into cold water.

CHIROMANCY is divination from the lines on people's hands.

CHIROGNOMY is the study of the general hand formation.

CLAIRAUDIENCE is "clear hearing" of divinatory information. Parapsychologist generally regard as a form of extrasensory perception.

CLAIRVOYANCE is "clear seeing" of divinatory information. Parapsychologist generally regard as a form of extrasensory perception.

CLIDOMANCY or CLEIDOMANCY is divination using a dangling key. see RADIESTHESIA.

COSCINOMANCY is divination using a hanging sieve. see RADIESTHESIA.

CRITOMANCY is the study of barley cakes.

CROMNIOMANCY is divination using onion sprouts.

CRYSTALLOMANCY is divination through crystal gazing.

CYCLOMANCY is the practice of divination from a turning wheel.

DACTYLOMANCY is an early form of RADIESTHESIA using a dangling ring.

DAPHNOMANCY requires one to listen to laurel branches crackling in an open fire.

DEMONOMANCY is divination with the aid of demons.

DENDROMANCY is divination with either oak or mistletoe.

GASTROMANCY is an ancient form of ventriloquism whereby the voice is lowered to a sepulchral tone and prophetic utterances are delivered in a trance state.

GENETHLIALOGY is divination by the influence of the stars at birth.

GEOMANCY is the study of figures on the ground and the influence of the Earth's "currents".

GYROMANCY is a divination procedure where a person walks in a circle marked with letters until they become dizzy and stumble at different points, thus spelling out a prophesy.

HARUSPICATION IS fortune-telling by means of inspecting the entrails of animals, as practiced by priests in ancient Rome.

HIEROMANCY or HIERSCOPY is divination by observing object of ancient sacrifice.

HIPPOMANCY is a form of divination from the stamping and neighing of horses.

HOROSCOPY is the practice of casting of astrological horoscopes.

HYDROMANCY is divination by water including the color, ebb and flow, or ripples produced by pebbles dropped in a pool.

ICHTHYOMANCY is divination using fish.

LAMPADOMANCY is divination using lights or torches.

LECANOMANCY uses a basin of water for divination.

LIBANOMANCY is the study of incense and its smoke.

LITHOMANCY is divination using precious stones of various colors.

MARGARITOMANCY is the procedure of using bouncing pearls.

METAGNOMY is the divination using "visions" received in a trance state.

METEOROMANCY is divination from meteors.

METOPOSCOPY is the reading of character using the lines in the forehead.

MOLEOSOPHY is the study of moles and indicators of a person's character and future indications.

MOLYBDOMANCY draws mystic inferences from the hissing of molten lead.

MYOMANCY is the study of the prophetic meaning of behavior of rats and mice.

NUMEROLOGY is the numerical interpretation of numbers, dates, and the number value of letters.

OINOMANCY is divination using wine.

OMPHALOMANCY IS counting the number of knots in the umbilical cord to predict how many more children the mother will have

ONOMANTICS is the application of ONOMANCY applied to personal names, particularly in the sense of occult interpretation.

ONYCHOMANCY is the study of fingernails.

OOMANTIA and OOSCOPY is the method of divination by eggs.

OPHIOMANCY is divination from serpents.

ORNISCOPY and ORINITHOMANCY is the study of omens associated with birds, particularly birds in flight. see APANTOMANCY

PALMISTRY is the broad field of divination and interpretation of the lines and structure of the hand.

PEGOMANCY concerns itself with spring water and bubbling fountains and the omens contained therein.

PSYCHOGRAPHY is a form of mysterious writing having a divinatory nature.

PSYCHOMETRY is the faculty of gaining impressions from a physical object and its history.

PYROMANCY and PYROSCOPY are forms of divination by fire or flame, often assisted by substances thrown onto the flames.

RADIESTHESIA is the general term for divination using a device such as a divining rod or pendulum. Other forms include "table tipping" which was practiced at the White House in the 19th century, the Ouija board, automatic writing (or superconscious writing), and scrying.

RHABDOMANCY is divination using a stick or wand. These methods were forerunners of the divining rod.

RHAPSODOMANCY is a means of divination using a book of poetry whereby the book is opened at random and a passage read.

SCIOMANCY is divination using a spirit guide, a method generally employed by channelers.

SCRYING is a general term for divination using a crystal, mirrors, bowls of water, ink, or flames to induce visions.

SIDEROMANCY is the burning of straws with a hot iron, the resulting figures having divinatory properties.

SPODOMANCY is divination using cinders or soot.

SYCOMANCY is performed by writing messages on tree leaves; the slower they dry, the more favorable the omen. A modern variation is to write on slips of paper (always including one blank) and rolling them up. They are then held in a strainer over a boiling pot; the first to unroll will be answered.

TASSEOGRAPHY is the reading of tea leaves that remain in a tea cup once the beverage has been drunk.

TEPHRAMANCY is divination by ashes obtained from the burning of tree bark.

XYLOMANCY is divination from pieces of wood, either from their shape when collected or their appearance while burning.