Defining Divination

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Defining Divination

Hand-painted British herald for a carnival fortune teller and psychic reader, 1980s

Divination, predictions, prophesy, fortune telling, character readings, and answers to questions are loosely defined terms, but since they form the core of Your Wate and Fate, a short sortilege is in order:

  • Answers to Questions: Making use of the tools and techniques of fortune telling to reply to a querent's stated inquiry about people who are not present or events which have not yet come to pass.
  • Character Analysis: Insightful statements about the sitter's personality or emotions; not a form of fortune telling.
  • Clairvoyance: The ability to see or visualize unusual realms, such as the future, distant lands, or the afterlife.
  • Divination: Consulting the Divine (a spirit, deity, or the Universe) to gain information about the future.
  • Fortune Telling: Giving information about a person's future luck, misfortune, career, or love life; the subject is an individual.
  • Prediction: Fore-speech; telling someone what will happen before it happens; a prediction can be mundane or spiritual.
  • Prophesy: To say that a specific event will occur in the future, generally for a group or nation. Prophets prophesy prophecies.
  • Psychic: A reader or fortune teller who receives and transmits information from spiritual sources, with or without tools.
  • Querent: Someone who asks one or more specific questions of a reader, diviner, or fortune teller.
  • Reader: A person who uses tools such as cards or tea leaves to tell fortunes, or delivers messages from the spiritual realm to a seeker.
  • Seer. A seer is one who sees, so seership refers to clairvoyance, but it is also a general term for one who makes predictions.
  • Seeker: A person in search of knowledge, fortune, love, or other life goal; a seeker may or may not be a querent or a sitter.
  • Sitter: Someone who sits down to receive a reading; payment may or may not be involved in the sitting.

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