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What divination really is?

Updated on December 10, 2012

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What divination really is?

I have an impression that divination in today world is still a taboo. It is more likely to admit that someone visited psychiatrist than went to a tarot card reader. It looks like divination is still not approved by society and still can result in embarrassment or in some cases even social ostracism.

From my research few people connect divination with something divine and predicting the future. This is what people shared with me:

- Divination is an inspiration by any divine being.

- It is just prediction of the future.

- I would love to have reading for myself, but I cannot tell anyone in my community, they would laugh at me and I think my boss could even fire me.

- I believe you, I think you said truth, but don’t put anything about divination on your website. You know, it kinda… doesn’t look professional.

- You’re good! How do you know that? You know how to study people, ha

- I don’t believe it, cause I cannot prove it, so I doubt it.

Not knowing what something really is can easily create assumptions, so even going to have this kind of consultation will feel uncomfortable knowing it is not socially accepted.

So, what is wrong with divination? What divination really is?

From Latin, the word divinare means to foresee, to be inspired by a god and it is related to the word divinus, divine. Here divination is an attempt to gain insight into a situation, find answers for the questions. (

Prohibition and practice of divination

Let’s go back to the roots. According to the most popular religions of this world divination was from the one hand forbidden by the Christian priests and from the other priests were allowed to perform divination and rituals. In the Bible verses, Deuteronomy 18:10-11 (New International Version – UK) states:

“10 Letno-one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practises divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft,

11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.”

What is interesting, divination is known in the Bible, just reserved only for those, claimed to be chosen by god.According to other ancient cultures divination was widely practised.

In ancient Greece there was a high demand for oracle consultation, so in China where the most popular was I Ching.

In Celtic polytheism, druids were the ones who performed the divination.

Till these days in India major role plays Vedic astrology and palm reading. The same respect for oracle is known in Tibetan Buddhism, providing consultation from the Nechung Oracle – officially acknowledged by the government of Tibet. To this oracle refers also Dalai Lama.

Moving to another continents, in America ancient Aztecs and Mayas knew the oracle. Many different ways of divination are still very popular in Africa and South America among shamans of indigenous people. In Hawaii divination is part of the system called Huna.

Coming back to the symbols of oracle of this book, Runes as a part of Norse mythology, brought by mythological god Odin, are also partly intended for divination.

It seems that those in power prohibited divination having their goal in it. Was it because it is easier to control society that is not in touch with divine source anymore?

Bad incantation with divination might cause that people ignore, turn away from one of the most accessible methods for personal growth, self help, direction in life. It looks as if suppression of divination stayed deeply in human collective subconscious mind and conditioned the attitude of people having strong impact on future generations. Simply if someone long time ago forbade to look at certain objects, all the society avoid to looking at it, although no one really knows or understands why.


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