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Anthony North: We"ve all heard of destiny, but what is it? Is it some guiding force within the universe looking after us, or is it a total fantasy? As often happens, ideas on the subject fall into one camp or the other. But maybe most sense lies in the middle ground. If we were to adopt this position, then we"d have to accept that a "force" DOES have an effect upon our lives, but rather than being some omnipotent supernatural influence, it could be grounded in things we have a fair idea about. We already have names for its influence. : On the one hand we have Sod"s Law, or the Cosmic Joker. This is for when destiny is cruel. Or alternatively, a fortuitous run at gambling is its oppositeinfluence.

Divination attempts to capture the "reality" of our destiny. From Astrology to the Tarot, it is thought that what we are and what we do is somehow tied up within the fabric of universal influences upon which we have no control. There are problems with this idea.: Most obviously, free will. The philosophical argument is simple. If our destiny is pre-set, then deviation is impossible. So what is the point of our ability to make decisions? It becomes, in effect, a pointless, unrequired ability. Divination does, however, make more sense if we reverse it. Thus, instead of laying out a "future", it actually has an effect on the mind, answering questions we are undecided about, and offering answers that confirm where we think we want to go. In this sense, divination is more a system of counseling thanpredictive. Society also has an effect on our future.: Through stereotyping and other social and cultural pressures, we all find that we slot into a "type". In this way, society allows us to advance, or come upon a brick wall that inhibits us. Often, the individual has little control over this process. Coincidences can also appear to confirm destiny. Jung noted that some coincidences are full of meaning for the person. He applied the term "synchronicity" to them, and they appear significantly more than simple random events.

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Astrological sign linked with car accident rates

Never mind how careful you are behind the wheel or how long you've been driving, the signs of the zodiac may be bigger factors behind your ability to avoid car crashes - or why you have too many. According to a study by InsuranceHotline.com, a Web site that quotes drivers on insurance rates, astrological signs are a significant factor in predicting car accidents. The study, which looked at 100,000 North American drivers' records from the past six years, putsLibras (born September...

Tarot cards help $6.8M lotto win

When a psychic reveals whether you will live happily ever after, think of Judy Mayer before you dismiss it all as a bunch of baloney. Even though Mayer's good fortune wasn't forecast in a crystal ball, she has more than six million reasons to put her faith in the wisdom of tarot card readings. The Winnipegger won $6.8 million in last Wednesday's Lotto 6-49 draw using five of six numbers she obtained during areading in 2005. "She didn't tell me I was going to win a subst...

The Four Elements of Tarot

Copyright Journal and Courier"I don't like using angel cards all that much because I don't want to keep bugging angels," said Ivy Jennings in her Lafayette home. Jennings considers herself to be an empath, a person who is sensitive to feelings and vibrations given out by the living or dead."I'll use them on certain occasions to kind of give me an idea of what the heart is looking for and what the soul is needing and how can we get those in harmony," Jennings sa...

Birth Date can affect personality

Copyright smh.com.auAstrology may usually be dismissed as harmless superstition, but scientists are discovering that the date we are born can affect our later lives. Research has revealed the time of year a person is born can influence his or her personality, health and even whether they are male or female. But rather than being written in the stars, studies are showing that it is the season of birth that predisposes individuals to different traits.In the northern hemisphere, wome...

Ancient divination tools found in East China

Copyright CCTV InternationalPart of the excitement of rediscovering the past can come when there is sudden illumination that reflects on life today. That's what scientists are hoping, after a discovery in East China's Anhui province. Three ancient jade pieces, recently discovered in a tomb, may reveal secrets of early Chinese culture, predating recordedhistory. he pieces are believed to have been used to foretell the future.The three jade pieces were found on the abdomen of the bo...

Master Raymond Lo is a professional feng shui and destiny consultant, based in Hong Kong.The I-Ching explained

Copyright CNN.comI-Ching or the "Book of Changes" is an ancient Chinese divination manual and a book of wisdom which interprets hexagrams (symbols made up of six stacked horizontal lines) formed by tossed coins to form answers to questions about the future. The ancient book is a study of change in human life. The belief is that understanding the pattern and cycle of change willprepare the person for future events and help with making right decisions.For more than 5000 ye...

Premonitions of war and historic prophesies

The ability to predict the outcome of an event through a vision or dream, otherwise known as a premonition, is among the most ancient and widespread of human activities. It crosses so many different cultures involving so many different time periods that it might even be be considered synonymous with the word human. From tribal shamanistic predictions of the success of a hunt, to a person foreseeing a plane crash, premonitions are seen in all levels of society and still happen abundantly in the m...

Reading the numbers: Numerology

His name is Brian and, like many of us, he is seeking answers about his life. One recent Monday afternoon, he called Alison Baughman, of Akron, via her Internet radio show "Visible By Numbers" and asked for help.He told her his birthday is April 10, 1975. She did a few calculations and told him that he has had a difficult childhood, but that it has taught him compassion and empathy.Baughman indicated to Brian that he gives unconditional love to people who aren't always pleasant to ...

Earths shift adds a 13th Zodiac sign

Recent changes to the Earth"s alignment have resulted in the introduction of a new Zodiac sign."Because of this change of tilt, the Earth is really over here in effect and Sun is in a different constellation than it was 3,000 years ago," says astronomer Parke Kunkle. Now not only has a new Zodiac sign ( Ophiuchus ) been introduced but a lot of the existing signs have had their date periods shifted as well. The new ones are as follows: Capricorn: Jan. 20 - Feb.16 Aquarius: Feb. 16 - ...

What is Tarot ?

Jim Wickson: Tarot (also known as Tarock, Tarokk, Taroky, Taroc, Tarok, Tarocchi and similar names) is a family of trick taking card games played with an enlarged deck of 78 cards which include an extra court card for each of the four regular suits, a permanent trump suit of 21 cards, and a kind of "wild card" called "the Fool" or "Excuse." Although seen primarily by many as a means of fortune telling or divination, the Tarot deck was created in northern Italy during the 15th century for playing...


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