Divination, or the practice of fortune telling often though supernatural means, is an art form that has long since lost its credibility much to the vehemence of genuine practitioners. Originally a gift from Ziell to his followers to aid them in trials to come, it was first made popular in the Northern region, but has since spread to other areas of Idalos in the last 300 hundred arcs. Thought to be a form of magic, many fortune tellers were both ostracized and revered in its earliest history, mortals flocking to oracles in order to find out the path of their life.
But the future is a fickle thing, as fluid as any river. Even the most experienced diviners can do little more than offer the most likely outcome to a situation, and as accurate as these readings can be, the choices an individual makes are the ultimate decider in one's fate. It is this fact that has drawn the interest of swindlers and frauds who hope to escape the responsibility of a false prophesy, claiming plausible deniability while the craft suffers.
There are many different methods in which the future can be deciphered; these methods influenced by culture, race, and personal preference. While this list is not extensive, some of the following are:
"Tarot is the storybook of human life, a mirror to the soul, a key to inner wisdom." - Brigitta Evergreen
The Tarot is a deck usually consisting of 78 cards, each with its own imagery, symbolism and story. 22 Major Arcana cards represent life’s karmic and spiritual lessons, and the 56 Minor Arcana cards reflect the trials and tribulations that we experience on a daily basis.
Within the Minor Arcana cards, there are 16 Tarot Court Cards representing 16 different personality characteristics we may choose to express at any given time. The Minor Arcana also includes 40 numbered cards organised into 4 Suits, with 10 cards each, representing various situations that we encounter day-to-day.
Tarot cards work best offering enlightenment to a situation, or at the very least answering open ended questions, however if one seeks a yes or no response, it is important that the practitioner remain disciplined, refusing to draw more cards if they do not like the outcome of their draw. There are also many superstitions revolving Tarot Cards, with many swearing their deck to have personalities, often in how the readings come across or the imagery used. Some will answer bluntly, other cards like to soften hard blows with feelings of hope. This could be due to spirits lingering or attached to the cards of experienced readers, or the influence of natural phenomena. Some claim a deck must be cleansed every so often to avoid the muddling of energy, or even that a reader's first deck must be given to them for accurate readings. Others are against this, saying a proper deck must be hand made, or must "choose" the readers - i.e the prospective fortune teller is at the marketplace and is continually drawn to the deck until they cannot take it anymore and must have it in their possession.
Notice practitioners are just beginning to grasp the concept of fortune telling, their method of reading not