Divination is the practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown through understanding symbols and messages sent from the divine, whether through discovering them in nature or through theurgic practice. Divination plays a substantial role in Hellenism, and in the Phaedrus the divine Plato distinguishes two major categories of divination:
- Intuitive divination: This type is immediate and based on contact between a gifted individual and a God or spirit. The Pythia of Delphi, for instance, was an example of divinely inspired intuitive divination.
- Interpretive divination: Also called inferential divination, this category is indirect doesn’t require the wielder to have any specific gift, but rather is undertaken through a ritualistic methodology whose intent is the interpretation of divine will. This is a method that may be taught and passed on from individual to individual.
Forms of Divination
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