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Divination is a way of discovering meaning through special ritual methods. Such methods include tarot cards, runes, ogham sticks, omens read in natural events, and so on.
Mirriam-Webster‘s definition doesn’t quite capture the significance in Contemporary Paganism:
the art or practice that seeks to foresee or foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge usually by the interpretation of omens or by the aid of supernatural powers
In contrast to fortune-telling, most Contemporary Pagans seem to lay the emphasis not on seeing the future but on seeing potentialities, paths one may take toward the future. Many also emphasize learning something about the will of deities or spirits via such methods.
From a naturalistic standpoint, any kind of literal fortune-telling or communication with deities seems unlikely, but divination remains a powerful tool for lateral thinking. Divination, which often involves rich symbolism and associative thinking, can be an effective way to stimulate the creative imagination.
An exploration of naturalistic omenry can be found in the article Symbols in the sky.
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