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Humans have always sought answers to life's mysteries. Since ancient times, people have looked for ways to gain insight into where they come from, why they're here, and what is going to happen to them. So it's probably no surprise that divination, a group of arts seeking answers to such questions through predictive means, has probably been around for as long as human beings have roamed planet Earth.

Divination Throughout History

History is littered with reference to oracles, such as the well-known Oracle of Delphi, who was the high priestess at the Temple of Apollo in at Delphi in Ancient Greece. The stories of the Oracle date back to around 800 BCE, and they make it clear that the Oracle engaged in divination through predictive powers obtained from a supernatural means. Likewise, astrology, which has been around since around 3000 BCE, is one of the most well-known and long-standing forms of divination, while tarot emerged in the mid-1700s, around 300 years after playing cards became a thing. These popular forms of divination share the same basic goals of all other types of divination as well...harnessing supernatural knowledge to seek answers to the questions big and small everyone has in life.

Types of Divination in the Modern World

While astrology and tarot are widely used forms of divination, you'll find many other divinatory practices in use in the modern world as well. Some of these forms are practiced just as they were centuries ago, while others are newer types of predictive arts. Some types of divination used today include:

  • I Ching (Book of Changes) is an ancient Chinese form of bibliomancy (using written texts for prediction).
  • Dowsing uses pendulums or dowsing rods to find water or answer questions.
  • Tasseography (reading tea leaves) finds meaning in the tea leaves left in a cup of tea.
  • Numerology finds answers in the numbers of your life, from birthdate to your name.
  • Scrying uses a focal point such as an obsidian mirror or a crystal ball.
  • Runes use ancient symbols on stones to provide insight.
  • Palmistry finds insight in the lines of your hands.

Finding Answers to Life's Questions

Divination is one way people seek to find answers to the questions they have about life. However, it's important to note that regardless of the form of divination you use, the answers you receive are possibilities and probabilities, not absolute. You always have free choice in your life, so no answer you ever receive by any form of divination will be 100% correct, but it can be incredibly accurate. Use it to help you gain insight into yourself and your life so you can make informed choices that serve your greatest good.

Other Types of Divination