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  Divination - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Divination is a universal cultural phenomenon which anthropologists have observed as being present in many religions and cultures in all ages up to the present day.
Strictly speaking, divination assumes the influence of some supernatural force or fate, whereas scientific predictions are made from an essentially mechanical, impersonal world-view and rely on empirical laws of nature.
By far one of the most popular methods of divination is Astrology, typically categorized as Vedic Astrology (Jyotish), Western Astrology, and Chinese Astrology, though besides these main three branches many other cultures also have or have had their own forms of Astrology in the past.
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From a theological standpoint divination supposes the existence of devils who have great natural powers and who, actuated by jealousy of man and hatred of God, ever seek to lessen his glory and to draw man into perdition, or at least to injure him bodily, mentally, and spiritually.
Divination is not, as we have seen, foretelling what comes from necessity or what generally happens, or foretelling what God reveals or what can be discovered by human effort, but it is the usurpation of knowledge of the future, i.e.
In divination, apart from the fraud of the Father of Lies, there was much merely human fraud and endless deception the predictions were generally as vague and as worthless as modern fortune-telling, and the general result then as now favoured vice and injured virtue.
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The pair later applied the technique to printed media and audio recordings in an effort to decode the material's implicit content, hypothesizing that such a technique could be used to discover the true meaning of a given text.
Astrological dice are a specialized set of three 12-sided dice for divination, using the concepts of astrology and containing astrological symbols for the planets, the zodiac signs and the astrological houses.
Divination is often dismissed by skeptics as being mere superstition: in the...
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 Iranica: Divine
Divination (shogun zadan, fal gereftan, fal zadan, tafa'ol) is the art or technique of gaining knowledge of future events or distant states by means of observing and interpreting signs.
The positive form of this kind of divination, which had prophetic and religious approval, reportedly was practiced by many of the early companions of the prophets and especially by Muslim generals engaged in early conquests.
One of the most common folk practices concerns divination by a twitching of ones eyelids which may be auspicious or inauspicious depending on whether it occurs in the left or the right eye and in the upper or the lower eyelid.
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 Mystic Eye Divination Information!
Inductive divination from nature is associated with the reading of artificially contrived events, such as the movement of sacrificial smoke, the fall of an arrow shot upward, or the cast of dice or lots.
Hydromancy, divination by water, is usually less dramatic, ranging from the reading of reflections in a shallow surface, in the manner of the crystal gazer, to construing the movements of floating objects, as in the reading of tea leaves.
Here the diviner may be said to introject ideas and attitudes, while the lots act for the diviner and client alike as a projective device, the meaning of which is only half-formed in the objective pattern cast.
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Cephalomancy: Divination using the study of the shape of the human skull as a means to define character and personality traits.
Dactylomancy: Divination using a tripod-like tool that moves with the answer to a querant's question around a board or basin on which letters of the alphabet are inscribed.
Tephramancy: Divination from the ashes of a combustible object.
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 divination. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
It is known that divination by means of crack patterns in shells was practiced in China as early as the 2d cent.
Among those branches the most significant were the study of the flight of birds, the study of water and water patterns, the study of the entrails of sacrificial animals (haruspication), and the inspection of animals’ shoulder blades (scapulimancy).
Divination was essential to all the religions of classical antiquity; no state and hardly any individual would have dared undertake a significant action without first consulting the gods.
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 Tibetan art of divination
For a divination to be successful, it is essential that the diviner should have a pure motivation and the person who came for advice believe in the diviner.
Like other forms of divination, they usually occur as the result of a special relationship with a deity and use either established symbolism that which is particular to the dreamer and easily recognised by him or her.
The diviner than fumigates it with juniper and holds it up with his or her right band to be reflected in a mirror.
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 Search The Llewellyn Encyclopedia: Divination
Divination: The word divination is based on a Latin word that means "the faculty of foreseeing.” The word comes from the Latin word for "divine power," or "of the gods." This indicates that the true meaning of the word divination is "to make divine."
Divination has existed as a tool for psychic well-being and spiritual health long before modern psychology was born, although the later science has often borrowed heavily from the former.
The three occult sciences governing these oracular techniques are astrology (divination by the placement of the stars), cartomancy (divination by the random fall of the tarot or playing cards), and numerology (divination by the numbers concealed in the letters of a name or the digits of a birth date).
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From a psychological standpoint, in divination we are trying to arrange for a synchronistic event, a breakthrough of the archetypal world into the everyday world of time and place.
Divination accesses "psychological probability," the expected evolution ("rolling out") of archetypal processes, which is completely different from the statistical probability of the sciences.
Divination requires an unconscious "cut," isolating the qualitative character of a moment in its physical and psychic wholeness, whereas science requires a conscious "cut," which isolates a phenomenon from the rest of existence.
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The word ‘Divination’ may have been originally derived from the Hellenic word ‘frenzy;’ later receiving the Latin term from the word meaning “gods” (divi.
Divination was and is an invaluable aspect of worship in the Temple of Religio Romana.
It is a natural and learned form of evaluation that concurs with divine enlightenment and purpose.
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 Divination (WebBible Encyclopedia) - ChristianAnswers.Net
Diviners also abounded among the aborigines of Canaan and the Philistines (Isa.
There was divination by lot, by which, when resorted to in matters of moment, and with solemnity, God intimated his will (Josh.
By divine appointment there was also divination by the Urim and Thummim (Num.
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Divination was practiced by hebrew priests by use of the ephod.
Because divination is not practiced as often and as respectfully as it has been, it is easy in our generation to have the impression of divination as a palor trick or a way for old ladies to make money.
Diviners were called when leaders engaged war, before marrying a couple, when electing magistrates, and during plagues.
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Divination is the universal art of revealing something hidden or concealed.
Divination denotes all types of knowledge, paranormal, and esoteric (knowledge of future, past, things far away, hidden; occult).
It is the conversing of a person in full possession of his conscious facilities with the spirits of the dead.
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Perhaps the simplest definition of "divination" is that it is an attempt at obtaining "divine" knowledge, that is, knowledge that would not normally be obtainable my mere mortals.
Divination by study of the movements of heavenly bodies, particularly the major planets.
This form of divination is, of course, closely related to oracles.
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 divination (fortune telling)
Divination is the attempt to foretell the future or discover occult knowledge by interpreting omens or by using paranormal or supernatural powers.
cleidomancy (divination by interpreting the movements of a key suspended by a thread from the nail of the third finger on a young virgin's hand while one of the Psalms was recited)
dactylomancy (divination by means of rings put on the fingernails or the number of whorls and loops on the fingers)
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Divination is, by definition, a foretelling of future events or finding something secret.
We use divination techniques to find answers we are looking for that may not be accessible in our present lives, or that aren't available in the physical realm.
There are many forms of divination, but here, I would like to explain a bit about scrying- the technique that I believe is the best divination technique for a beginner.
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Divination is most often practiced as a means of foretelling the future, and sometimes the past.
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.
Many practitioners today do not feel signs of divination are absolute or fixed, but believe they still have free choices in their future.
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Or the diviner may utilize some device, such as a pendulum or crystal ball, on which he can concentrate so intensely that the perception of his surroundings withdraws to the point where he is effectively in a trance.
The diviner can give advice only on the basis of predicting the outcome of a particular course of action, maybe suggesting an alternative; but he cannot state that any future event will definitely occur.
In The Book of Divination the histories and descriptions of 15 systems of divination are overviewed from a pop cultural perspective by researcher Ann Fiery.
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 Divination Glossary   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Since the diviner preforms his or her services with out a salery the community takes care of him or her and suplies the oracle with everything she or her requires to continue preforming this great service.
This method of divination, involves taking note of the heavens both when a person is born, and at the present, and forming judgements about that person's character, luck, future, etc., based on the influence exerted by the Sun, the Moon, and the eight planets as they travel through the twelve zodiacal constellations.
divination by study of the shape of the skull or head, esp. of a donkey or goat.
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of false prophets (Deuteronomy 18:10,14; Micah 3:6,7,11), of necromancers (1 Samuel 28:8), of the Philistine priests and diviners (1 Samuel 6:2), of Balaam (Joshua 13:22).
Three kinds of divination are mentioned in Ezekiel 21:21, by arrows, consulting with images (the teraphim), and by examining the entrails of animals sacrificed.
There was divination by lot, by which, when resorted to in matters of moment, and with solemnity, God intimated his will (Joshua 7:13).
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“Divination is a form of dialogue, between the diviner and the Wiser Self.
And they are all valid and useful in the hands of a skilled diviner; they are all crude and inexpressive in the hands of someone who is unable to understand them clearly.
So as you wish to introduce your divination games to others, it is healthy to keep it as a form of play, rather than taking on the stance of counselor or adviser.
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 Illustrated Encyclopedia Divination
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Divination is the practice of foretelling future events or accessing information and knowledge via metaphysical means and tools.
Any method of divination that employs the scattering of sticks, coins, stones or similar objects is considered to be an oracle reading.
Pendulum divination is a popular variation used today in which a typically metal weight or ring is attached to a chain or string and is held over a chart in order to obtain information.
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Divination: The magickal art of discovering the unknown by interpreting random patterns or symbols through the use of tools such as clouds, tarot cards, flames, smoke, tea leaves, etc. Divination contacts the Psychic mind by tricking or drowsing the conscious mind through ritual and observation or of manipulation of tools.
Divination isn't necessary for those who can easily attain communication with the psychic mind, though they may practice it.
It is not divination, but observing, calculated guessing, etc. It's pretty much a slap to the face of real divination.
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 divination and garfinkel- Man Vol 25
The divination was taken to have identified the witch as female.
 The propositions by Shaw (1985), Parkin (1979) and Werbner (1989) that divination is
Mambila divination and the rules and processes of its interpretation, are found in Zeitlyn (1987).
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 eDivination - online guide to prediction, divination and fortune-telling
Divination is the occult practice of ascertaining information with the help of supernatural means.
If a distinction is to be made with fortune-telling, divination has a formal or ritual character, usually influenced by a religion, while fortune-telling is a more everyday practice for personal purposes.
Divination is a universal cultural phenomenon which has a lot of adherents all over the world.
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