Divination systems are frameworks to interpret signs, omens, or other messages that uncover hidden meanings, truths, or probabilities of future events. Exactly who or what is sending those signs—whether it’s a personified deity or spirits, a benevolent universal consciousness, the stars, or energy patterns present in the physical earth—depends on the system or belief of the practitioner. Cultures all over the world have consistently come up with systematic methods to provide guidance to those who are seeking answers and direction.
The I Ching, or Book of Changes, a common source for both Confucianist and Taoist philosophy, is one of the first efforts of the human mind to place itself within the universe. It has exerted a living influence in China for 3,000 years, and interest in it has been rapidly spreading in the West.
Once an arcane rural art, used almost exclusively to find water, dowsing has been taken over by urban New Agers who use it to make any and all kinds of decisions, from what movie to rent to whether a person is a potential partner. For most, the forked stick has given way to a pendulum.
Everything You Need to Know to Begin Working With Runes The enigmatic nature of the runes is undeniable. In fact, the English word “rune” comes to us from the Norse word runa, which means “a secret,” or “to whisper.