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Divination of the Ancients

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Release : 2016

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Ancient Divination and Experience

Our intention is not to dismiss these insights, but to highlight other aspects of
ancient divination which such functionalist approaches have tended to overlook.
Recent developments in Classics, anthropology, and cognitive science
encourage ...

Author : Lindsay G. Driediger-Murphy

Release : 2019-10-02

Publisher : Oxford University Press

ISBN : 0198844549

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This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 licence. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations. This volume sets out to re-examine what ancient people - primarily those in ancient Greek and Roman communities, but also Mesopotamian and Chinese cultures - thought they were doing through divination, and what this can tell us about the religions and cultures in which divination was practised. The chapters, authored by a range of established experts and upcoming early-career scholars, engage with four shared questions: What kinds of gods do ancient forms of divination presuppose? What beliefs, anxieties, and hopes did divination seek to address? What were the limits of human 'control' of divination? What kinds of human-divine relationships did divination create/sustain? The volume as a whole seeks to move beyond functionalist approaches to divination in order to identify and elucidate previously understudied aspects of ancient divinatory experience and practice. Special attention is paid to the experiences of non-elites, the perception of divine presence, the ways in which divinatory techniques could surprise their users by yielding unexpected or unwanted results, the difficulties of interpretation with which divinatory experts were thought to contend, and the possibility that divination could not just ease, but also exacerbate, anxiety in practitioners and consultants.

Ancient Greek Divination

Without Dodds, it is hard to imagine the surge of work on ancient magic that
began in the late 1970s and has continued ever since. But the book's effect on
divination was apparently different, for divination has not been so quickly
resuscitated ...

Author : Sarah Iles Johnston

Release : 2009-04-22

Publisher : John Wiley & Sons

ISBN : 1444303007

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The first English-language survey of ancient Greek divinatorymethods, Ancient Greek Divination offers a broad yetdetailed treatment of the earliest attempts by ancient Greeks toseek the counsel of the gods. Offers in-depth discussions of oracles, wandering diviners,do-it-yourself methods of foretelling the future, magicaldivinatory techniques, and much more Illustrates how the study of divination illuminates thementalities of ancient Greek religions and societies

Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament

Life—Divination. and. Omens. We now turn our attention from the focus of the last
two chapters, on how people thought about the past, to how they encountered the
present. The next three chapters will help us understand what ideas governed ...

Author : John H. Walton

Release : 2006-11-01

Publisher : Baker Academic

ISBN : 9781585582914

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Much of the Old Testament seems strange to contemporary readers. However, as we begin to understand how ancient people viewed the world, the Old Testament becomes more clearly a book that stands within its ancient context as it also speaks against it. John Walton provides here a thoughtful introduction to the conceptual world of the ancient Near East. Walton surveys the literature of the ancient Near East and introduces the reader to a variety of beliefs about God, religion, and the world. In helpful sidebars, he provides examples of how such studies can bring insight to the interpretation of specific Old Testament passages. Students and pastors who want to deepen their understanding of the Old Testament will find this a helpful and instructive study.

Divination and Prediction in Early China and Ancient Greece

For example, Chinese scholarship occasionally cites Jean-Pierre Vernant (Wei
Ernan PE), but primarily for his work on slavery. I can find no Chinese citation of
his work on divination. Vernant's work on divination has been applied to Chinese

Author : Lisa Raphals

Release : 2013-10-17

Publisher : Cambridge University Press

ISBN : 1107010756

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Compares the intellectual and social history and past and present contexts of mantic practices (divination) in Chinese and Greek antiquity.

Gorgias and Timaeus

But the ancient philosopher never experimented: in the Timaeus Plato seems to
have thought that there would be impiety in ... The greatest 'divination' of the
ancients was the supremacy which they assigned to mathematics in all the
realms of ...

Author : Plato

Release : 2012-03-12

Publisher : Courier Corporation

ISBN : 0486112047

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Gorgias addresses the temptations of success and the rewards of a moral life while Timaeus explains the world in terms not only of physical laws but also of metaphysical and religious principles.

2013 Oracle

2013 Oracle” looks beyond 2012 with a powerful divination system, including two card decks, a colorful printed cloth to contain and focus the oracular energies, and a four-color book to explain and interpret the guidance of the ancients.

Author : David Carson

Release : 2006-11

Publisher : Council Oak Books

ISBN : 9781571781949

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?2013 Oracle” looks beyond 2012 with a powerful divination system, including two card decks, a colorful printed cloth to contain and focus the oracular energies, and a four-color book to explain and interpret the guidance of the ancients.

Religion and Colonization in Ancient Greece

the ancients had divination in very great use . . . would found no cities , invest
themselves with no ramparts . . . until they had been advised in all particulars by
diviners . ” Lucian , Astrology , 23 ( tr . Harmon , Loeb . ) The Purpose of
Divination ...

Author : Irad Malkin

Release : 1987

Publisher : Brill Archive

ISBN : 9789004071193

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Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph. D.-- University of Pennsylvania)

Prophecy in Early Christianity and the Ancient Mediterranean World

The distinction between the technical diviner and the inspired diviner is partially
based on the distinction made by many ancients between technical divination
and natural divination.139 One major problem with this distinction is that it is
usually ...

Author : David Edward Aune

Release : 1983

Publisher : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN : 9780802806352

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Aune's comprehensive study of early Christian prophecy includes a review of its antecedents (Greco-Roman oracles, ancient Israelite prophecy, prophecy in early Judaism), a discussion of Jesus as prophet, and analyses of Christian prophetic speeches from Paul to the middle of the second century A.D.

The Divination Handbook

The Divination Handbook is a modern seer's guide to developing your intuitive abilities and mastering time-honored techniques used for fortune-telling and prediction.

Author : Liz Dean

Release : 2019-01-22

Publisher : Fair Winds Press

ISBN : 1631596861

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The Divination Handbook is a modern seer's guide to developing your intuitive abilities and mastering time-honored techniques used for fortune-telling and prediction. With this guide, you'll learn how to use tarot, crystals, palmistry, and more to part the veils between the realms. Learn to understand the deeper meaning of ordinary events—and reveal what your future may hold. Lavishly illustrated, The Divination Handbook presents to you over a dozen oracles of the ancients, from palm-reading and tea leaves, to fortune-telling with cards, runes, and crystals. Step-by-step illustrations guide you through the methods, and helpful tables and reference charts show you how to understand and decipher common psychic symbols. Learn the stories and meanings in everyday objects—such as patterns of tea leaves and coffee grounds in a cup—or delve deeper into esoteric traditions like the tarot. With The Divination Handbook, you'll never be at a loss for answers and guidance to your most pressing questions.

Invincible Magic Book of Spells

I started writing this book for him during summer vacation, to help him get fluent in reading, so that one day he may understand that the only magic in the world that opens all doors is...knowledge.

Author : Catherine Fet

Release : 2018-10-07

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ISBN : 9780578444864

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Practical everyday magic spells for the young fans of Harry Potter, Descendants, Sofia the First, and other books and films of the magic fantasy genre. These spells use only safe everyday objects and substances you have at home or outside (like milk, sugar, salt, mirror, a ring, a ribbon, tree leaves, rocks, etc.); absolutely no use of fire, or anything gross, or any ingredients or items you may not have in your kitchen at the moment (like rosewater, or sage, or a crystal ball). These spells are not based on any witchcraft, New Age, or esoteric religion, lore or rituals. This is fantasy-fiction-style educational activity material for kids ages 7-12, that helps them develop imagination, and engage in fantasy play which is vital for their intellectual and emotional development; Introduces to them a few facts of math, sciences, and history; Helps develop their interest in reading, and grow their reading fluency with an easy, 1st-2nd grade core vocabulary. If a kid in your life runs around waving a magic wand, talks about "dark chronicles," "immortal secrets, " dragons and hidden chambers filled with ancient manuscripts... If your kid recites Harry Potter spells in pseudo-Latin, and mixes magic potions in your kitchen sink... Your kid is ready for magic training. Buy this spell book for that child without delay! Your young magician will stop wasting your dish detergent, and start using actual classical Latin to punctuate his/her powerful spells. By the way, is this kid resistant to reading? Well, resistance is futile when you are dealing with a real ancient hands-on practical spell book, where you read a couple sentences, then do what you've just read about, then read again, and do again, read-do, read-do.... Just like the ancients who made most of the great discoveries in math, the sciences, and arts in pursuit of magic, your child will play with the ideas of intelligence in nature, and the great unknown beyond, and develop curiosity about the world. Upon working with this 30-page book, your student of magic arts will know a fact or two about sciences and history, will be able to recite the Pythagorean Theorem and the Fibonacci Sequence (no kidding), and will answer many questions you've always had, like: How to find the North star? Why does your breath fog up the mirror? Who introduced Arabic numerals to replace Roman Numerals in Medieval Europe? What kind of writing system did Ancient Egyptians have? What are fractals? Who spoke Latin (besides Harry Potter at Hogwarts)? What is divination? How numerologists predict the future? Who was Pythagoras? When were the Middle Ages? What is an Ankh? What are the phases of the Moon? What are the directions of the wind in your area? Why do oil and water never mix? ...And more! Currently residing in New York City, I've spent my life doing magic and taming dragons at home and at work. With an M.A, in Linguistics and years spent perusing Gothic manuscripts in underground library cells at universities on both sides of the Atlantic, I have a decent command of classical Latin and Greek, with a few European languages thrown in. But the most important thing about me is that I am the mother of a magic-obssessed 6-year old. My son hates reading, but he will read if the book contains the secret magical lore not available on Disney Channel, or in his Catholic school curriculum. I started writing this book for him during summer vacation, to help him get fluent in reading, so that one day he may understand that the only magic in the world that opens all doors is...knowledge.

The Court of the Gentiles, Or, A Discourse Touching the Original of Human Literature

This mode of Divination was very ancient. Aristotle, 1. de Animal. faith, That
Sternutation was an augural szne , and that the ancients estimed it ominese. Yea
Casaubon, ad Athene, 1.2.c. 15. faith, that they received Sternutament with
Adoration ...

Author : Theophilus Gale

Release : 1677

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Ancient Chinese Divination

The full significance of the symbol will probably remain a mystery, but we can at
least surmise that it is related to the cosmological worldview of the ancients.
Perhaps the four external arrows depict the four corners of the square earth,
which ...

Author : Stephen Lee Field

Release : 2008

Publisher : University of Hawaii Press


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The art of divination has had a profound influence on the development of learning in China. Tracing the impact of divination from the earliest times, this volume goes on to explore a sampling of it's most important practical applications, such as feng shui.

Workshop on Divination and Portent Interpretation in Ancient China

Gao Hen ; i generally concurring witt this view , carries it one step furtlier . lle
arijues that each line statement represented a particular orien , tiie peculiar
nature of which had caused the ancients to performi a divination . For example ,
in the ...

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Release : 1984

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Backgrounds of Early Christianity

The ancients regarded dream experience as no less real than other experience.
Spontaneous dreams were ... Plutarch said that dreams are "our most ancient
and respected form of divination" (Moralia 159A). Divination was defined as "the

Author : Everett Ferguson

Release : 2003

Publisher : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN : 9780802822215

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New to this expanded & updated edition are revisions of Ferguson's original material, updated bibliographies, & a fresh dicussion of first century social life, the Dead Sea Scrolls & much else.

A Complete Dictionary of the Greek and Roman Antiquities

A R USPEX, One that divin'd by Inspe&ion of the Entrails of Beasts, which the
Ancients kill'd in Sacrifice to the Gods, from which ... This sort of Divination is very
ancient, and was praśtis'd by the Chaldean, Egyptians, Greek, and Africans, and

Author : Pierre Danet

Release : 1700

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The Theban Oracle

Inancienttimes itwascommon to use items of the earth to construct such tools of
divination. Many Asian cultures used pieces of shell or bone in the art of jig
divination, and live crustaceans ina practice known as nggàm. The ancient
Greeks ...

Author : Greg Jenkins

Release : 2014-05-01

Publisher : Weiser Books

ISBN : 160925953X

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Based on the ancient magical writings of 14th-century magus, Honorius of Thebes, the Theban Oracle is a codex employed for centuries as a means of devotion and divination. Used by such masters of the occult sciences as Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, Dr. John Dee, Francis Barrett, and later Gerald Gardner, it has remained relatively obscure and elusive to the modern practitioner. Until now. In this book, author Greg Jenkins, PhD, offers both the complete history of this medieval magical system and a working manual for the modern mage to utilize it. In these pages, you’ll find: How to make and care for your own set of stones. A variety of methods for divination, from using just one stone to using nine stones and more. How to use the Theban stones for spellcasting, including love and purification spells and Theban incense and candle magick. A complete lexicon of the Theban alphabet with a who’s who of Theban history along with divinatory meanings and how they relate to the modern world. A quick reference to the sacred herbs and angelic orders associated with each symbol. Prepare yourself to discover the hidden mysteries of the ancients and the magick within you.

Pain's Healing Secret

The I Ching evolved from the practice of oracle bone divination (the most ancient
evidence for Chinese writing and the ... The ancients indicated the Xi clan (Fuxi)
had a king (ruled the world) below heaven, looking up, he saw patterns and ...

Author : Michael Turk

Release : 2001

Publisher : Acu Press

ISBN : 096755201X

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Archæologia Græca

ErixoplantElue was a kind of divination by verses , in which it was usual 10 take
fatidical verses , and having writ then ... as some think , proceeded at first from the
esteem in which poets were held by the ancients , who considered them as ...

Author : John Robinson

Release : 1807

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The Holy Bible

Hair, much used in divination among the ancients, and for purposes of
superstition among the Greeks, Lev. xix, 27. Numb. vi., 18. Hair of the ancient
Grecian and Roman women often crisped and curled in the most variegated and
complex ...

Author : Adam Clarke

Release : 1825

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