This poſt is a rough tranſcription and elaboration from my journal. Sorry about the long S; i'll try to figure out a way to inſtall a permanent on/off toggle...
As of right now, the only form of divination i practice is interpretation of dreams, and even then only when it's ſtrikingly obvious that there ſeems to have been ſome kind of involvement. This is out of a combination of general ſcepticiſm and lack of reſources, but i think i would like to get more into it, if more from a theurgical angle than a predictive oneα — ſo, i've thought about it, and here are ſome criteria for what i would consider a ſolid ſyſtem of divination:
A good divination ſyſtem ſhould:
- Be unpredictable at a human level: You'd think this to be eaſy, but things like aſtrology, baſed not on the ſhuffling of cards or ſwirling of flames but on the grand, generally predictable movements of ſtars and planets through the æther remain ever-popular.
- Be reſiſtant to the ideomotor effect: The baited breath and quivering of hands of ſomeone waiting for an anſwer ſhould not be the cauſe of the anſwer. (This means pendula are right out.)
- Be generally recogniſed to ſometimes just be random entropic noiſe, ſans ſpiritual involvement: This is generally the caſe for dreams, and it's eaſy to apply this thinking to other forms of divination. This doesn't rule out anything in particular, but is more juſt encouraging a healthy ſcepticiſm.
With that in mind, i've been leaning towards ſome forme of cartomancy: it's well-atteſted, baſed on the ſmall movements in the ſhuffling of a deck, ſeems rather reſiſtant to the ideomotor effect, and, well, ſcepticiſm is always applicable. 😛
(This poſt isn't meant to dunk on anyone who practiſes the methods i don't like! I'm juſt explaining what i'd want out of it.)