Through divination, people have tried to learn information about the future by interpreting omens or speaking with supernatural forces. Divination is often formal and ritualized, in contrast with the more personal fortune-telling.
Skeptics through the ages have dismissed divination as a superstition. Since prehistoric times, however, divination has been seen as an effective way to plan for the future. The ancient Romans and Greeks took divination to new levels, even enjoyingit as part of religious services.
Science helps us predict events like weather forecasts, eclipses, and volcanic eruptions. Divination, on the other hand, is based on the belief that supernatural forces can influence the events of daily life.
The scientific process is based on experimentation, with results carefully tracked and noted. In divination, the results are rarely assessed. In fact, there is a taboo against repeating the same question in hopes of getting a more favorable answer. Without being able to ask the same question over and over, proving the effectiveness of divination is difficult.
Regardless of the scientific basis, divination is still seen as a way to channel important messages from the universe. In one theory, divination allows the subconscious mind to it enter consciousness. This supposes that the subconscious mind has something important to say, which may or may not be true.
In any case, divination requires that the message be analyzed. This interpretation may vary from person to person. People can understand the message only once it has been interpreted. Often, the message appears garbled and nonsensical. Over time, and with thought, the meaning of the message can become clear.