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Divination is the practice of attempting to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge by occult or supernatural means. It can be seen as a systematic method to organize what appear to be disjointed and random facets of existence such that they provide insight into a problem at hand. If a distinction is to be made between divination and fortune telling, divination has a formal or ritual and often social character, usually in a religious context, although fortune-telling is more of an everyday practice for personal purposes. Particular divination methods vary by culture and religion.
Divination is often been dismissed sceptics, such as the Science Community calling it a form of superstition. In the 2nd century, Lucian wrote a witty essay to the career of a charlatan, Alexander the false prophet, trained by "one of those who advertise enchantments, miraculous incantations, charms for your love-affairs, visitations for your enemies, disclosures of buried treasure, and successions to estates", though most Romans believed in dreams and charms. It is considered a sin in most Christian denominations and Judaism.
According to Zohar, Naamah is the mother of divination
I Ching (chinese symbols )
Ouji (evil,history only)
Runes (celtic love)
- Omen and Omen texts - Simple recordings and sequences of unusual or important events.
- Sortilege (cleromancy) - consisting of the casting of sortes, whether with sticks, stones, bones, beans, coins, or some other item. Modern playing cards and board games developed from this type of divination.
- Augury - Divination that ranks a set of given possibilities. It can be qualitative (such as shapes, proximities, etc.): such as, dowsing (a form of rhabdomancy) developed from this type of divination. The Romans in classical times used Etruscan methods of augury such as hepatoscopy (actually a form of extispicy). Haruspices examined the livers of sacrificed animals. Note that augury is normally considered to specifically refer to divination by studying the flight patterns of birds.
- Spontaneous - An unconstrained form of divination, it is a free from any particular medium, and actually a generalization of all types of divination. The answer comes from whatever object the diviner happens to see or hear. Some religions use a form of bibliomancy: they ask a question, read fastly over the pages of their holy book, and take as their answer the first passage their eyes light upon. Other forms of spontaneous divination include reading auras and New Age methods of Feng Shui such as "intuitive" and Fuzion.