What is Fortune Telling?

Fortune telling has been practiced for years. Human beings have always craved to know what the future brings. Who doesn’t want a glimpse of the cosmic plan to see if our destiny lies?

Some of the claimed methods for divining the future are simply ackward. For instance, gelomancy involves carefully listening to hysterical laughter for clues about the future.

People who practiced felidomancy claimed to have knowledge the future by observing cats; everyone knows that a black cat crossing your path predicts bad luck, but did you know that sneezing is a cat’s way of predicting rain?

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Many believe that a individual’s name give key clues to what their future will hold. One form of divination held that bumps on the skull could accurately predict their future.

This “science” of phrenology was not a weird, fringe belief but instead wildly popular even among well off Americans and Europeans in the 1800s.

There are many hundreds of long-discredited fortune-telling methods which may vary. Many equally unlikely techniques are practiced today whcih also include some science, including numerology, reading tea leaves, reading tarot cards, and palm reading. However, they are all considered as fortune telling nowadays. It is obvious that some methods include more science than other and some are pure guessing blended by cultural practices.

Ever since the evolution of sapiens, the humanity wanted to know what will the future bring. Billions and billions of people along the history have been curious at least once what is laying in the times to come.

Lady is reading tarot cards and fortune telling on a red table
Lady is reading tarot cards and fortune telling

History of Fortune Telling Phenomenon

Some have reached out to fortune telling as early as the ancient history which is crazy to even imagine. Fortune-telling uses sacred or everyday objects to tell things about the future. This includes, cards, lucky stones, ancient books, sphere etc. Forecasting of future events was practiced in ancient China, Egypt, or Babylonia, even ‘6000’ years ago. At that time, it was all about prophets and oracles!

It is well known and documented that Greek mythology encountered fortune telling where number of sisters goddesses of destiny spin the wheel to turn out the destiny of Gods alike and mortals.

On the other hand, the oracle at the Temple of Apollo in Delphi is notorious even today.

Later in history, the Mayans used astrology and mathematics to predict future. They were the ones to predict that the world will collapse in December 2012! At least that gave us a big movie, haha! However, this paved the way for numerous theories and debates.

The famous Nostradamus shouldn’t be forgotten. That is because some of the patron saints and icons of Catholicism mirror the characters of the tarot cards.

In that time resides also the fortune-telling from the Renaissance magic, in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in Europe.

Rulers and kings often used to seek fortune tellers who would predict events surrounding the kingdoms.
Many of the different types of fortune telling of those times are still practiced today. For example, astrology, numerology, palmistry (chiromancy), geomancy, tasseomancy (using tea leaves or coffee grounds), scrying or crystallomancy (the crystal ball reading), or tarot cards.

Group fortune telling with lucky cards
Group fortune telling with lucky cards

The later ones were widely used in the past centuries. The French astrologer and physician is widely cited even today, 500 years after his lifetime. Even if they had an amalgam of ancient mythologies and pagan beliefs, they managed to be a bridge towards Catholicism.

Marie Anne Lenormard?

In 1786, the 14-year old ran away from the convent school and set off to Paris. He nonetheless retain the possession of the 500,000-francs inherited fortune.

There, she learned the art of cartomancy. The reason is that most Catholics despised fortune games, in a world in which only God can know all that is, was, and will be. Among the people she advised were Napoleon’s wife and Maximilien de Robespierre.

Her reputation was gained not just for the fortune telling, but also through the way she accurately described the character and past life of people, based on just few details. Later on, after her death, her devout Catholic nephew burned her cards, crystals and all other objects used for fortune telling. In this way, foreknowledge was a threat to believers.

Gypsies and Fortune Telling

Also a few centuries old is the custom of fortune-telling by the Gypsies. The traditional associations with the Gypsies – or the Roma and Sinti people – are the tarot reading, chiromancy and the crystallomancy.

A gypsy in his caravan
A gypsy in his caravan

They were so famous that almost two centuries ago they were subjects to paintings, for example “Gypsy Fortune-Teller”, by Taras Shevchenko, dating 1841.

Today’s Fortune Tellers

Today’s fortune telling methods became more and more popular in the 90s in the United States, and some of the most successful psychics have their own offices and charge even $150 dollars for one session.

Least but not last, astrology, palmistry, and tarot card reading are also very popular in the United States and Canada alike. Fast forward to present time, there are plenty of fortune tellers who use the same methods, but also new ones, like psychics which offer telephone consultations.

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