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Divination Definition, Meaning, Spirit, tarot cards reading, diviner, medium


Definition

Divination is the practice of foretell the future or hidden knowledge through occult or supernatural.

From the earliest stages of civilization people have used various means of divination to communicate with the supernatural when seeking help in their public and private lives. Divination is most often practiced as a means of foretelling the future, and sometimes the past. It is one of the primary practices used by witches, wizards, medicine men, sorcerers, and shamans. These various groups of persons are often called diviners, who often belonged to special classes of priests and priestesses in past and present civilizations, and are specially trained in the practice and interpretation of their divinatory skills.


Practice

The methodology for practicing the divinatory skills seems to divide into two categories: the first is the observation and interpretation on natural phenomena, and the second is the observation and interpretation of man-made "voluntary" phenomena. Natural phenomena includes two major subcategories of activity: astrology, and hepatoscopy. To a lesser degree the observation of the following occurrences also can be listed under natural phenomena: unexpected storms, particular cloud formations, birth monstrosities in both man and animal, howling or unnatural actions in dogs, and night-marish dreams.

Man-made or "voluntary" phenomena is defined as being deliberately produced for the sole purpose of soothsaying and includes such acts as necromancy, pouring oil into a basin of water to observe the formation of bubbles and rings in the receptacle, shooting arrows, casting lots, and numerous other acts.


History

The ancient Romans favored augury and haruspicy. The Egyptians, Druids, and Hebrews relied on scrying. The Druids also read death throes and entrails of sacrificed animals.

The Greeks had their oracle which spoke for the gods. In the Middle Ages grain, sand or peas were tossed onto a field in order to read the patterns after the substances fell. As far back as 1000 BC. the Chinese had "I CHING," an oracle which involved the tossing and reading of long short yarrow sticks. Another ancient Chinese divinatory practice which is still used is "feng-shui," or geomancy, which involves the erecting of buildings, tombs, and other physical structures by determining the currents of invisible energy coursing through the earth. Presently people also are using this principle for the arrangement of furniture in their homes.


Methods

Many divination methods are still used today, especially in paganism, witchcraft, voodoo and Santeria. Most Christians would probably disagree but prayer might also be considered a divinatory act. Many practitioners today do not feel signs of divination are absolute or fixed, but believe they still have free choices in their future. They believe divination helps them in making better choices. 

In this section divination and various divinatory forms are examined. The similarities and differences of the different forms will be described.


The following articles are presented:

Divinatory forms:

666, DNA, and Pi
Aeromancy
Alectromancy (or Alectryomancy)
Alphitomancy
Amulets
Anthropomancy
Arithmancy
Aspidomancy
Astragalomancy
Astrampsychus, Lots of
Austromancy
Axinomancy
Babylonian devil trap
Belomancy
Bruja
Captromancy (or Enoptromancy)
Cargo Cults
Cartomancy
Cartopedy
Ceroscopy
Charms
Circumference and 44 & Pi
Cledonism (or Cledonomantia)
Cleidomancy
Cleromancy
Connection to the Mayans & Me
Corn Dolly
Coscinomancy
Crystalomancy or crystal gazing
Crystals
Curses
Dactylomancy
Daphnomancy
Dowsing
Extispicy (or Extispicium)
Eye of Horus
Familiars
Feng-shui
Fetish
Fionn's window
Free Numerology Report
Gastromancy
Gematria
Geomancy
Glas Chairm
Golden Key
Graphology
Gris-gris
Gyromancy
Hepatoscopy
Hex
Hex death
Hex signs
Hydromancy
Meet the I Ching
The I Ching and the Tao
Kephalonomancy
Lecanomancy
Lithomancy
Molybdomancy
Myomancy
Mystical Number Seven, The
Necromancy
Nine
Notarikon
Numerology
Onimancy (or Onycomancy)
Onomancy (or Onomamancy)
Onychomancy
Oomancy
Ooscopy or Oomantia
Ozark Witchcraft folklore
Palmistry
Philtre
Psychometry
Pyromancy
Radiesthesia
Rhabdomancy
Runes
Scrying
Scrying by Fire
Sigils
Spells
Talismans
Tarot
Tasseography
Tasseomancy
Temurah
The 365 Day Gematria Calendar
Tyromancy
Witch bottle
Witch peg





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