- Oct 29, 2002
- East of Suez
Ya, I take offense! So are you going to do something to make amends, or is that a hallow sentiment expressed in your original "just thinking out loud" post?
...what you are asking about is Cartomancy, and fortune telling, not psychic abilities. divination is not necessarily psychic in nature. you could also have your fortune told by a geomancer or a necromancer, you got google, goog will fetch you the definition. Tarot, tea leaves, patterns of flocks of birds, sunrise and sunset have all been used to tell the future. So the fortune teller is expressing their interpretation of the divining medium. Tarot cards, for example, are placed on the table in different spreads (configurations) the different locations of the cards assign that card role. examples would be past, present, future. so if you get the Fool in your past position, Diablo in the present position, and the Towers in the future position. Those are the cards you just pulled. The fortune teller interprets your cards for you. not one ounce of psychic ability was used.
As you concede in your phrase 'not necessarily', for some the difference between ESP and the heightened senses of clairvoyance etc. is one of degree, not type.
I am no expert in divination, but many of those who are do not limit their 'interpretation' exclusively to the 'diving medium' (of whatever kind); it is often that their heightened senses grant the knowledge, but it is channeled through the conventions and symbolism of the media they employ. It's similar to the way that a single thought could be expressed in multiple languages, each with its own accent and idiom, depths and shallows.
We're not really in the realm of scripture carved into stone tablets here.