Articles and Essays by Paul O’Brien
- On the History of Divination
Human beings have always looked for the answers to life’s great mysteries. Why are we here? Who or what controls our destiny? How does life work? What does the future hold? There is archeological evidence that a need to know and deep spiritual seeking are universal human traits, and that some form of divination has been used since the earliest times, to support this quest.
- How to Give Yourself a Reading with the I Ching
Step-by-step instruction for casting the coins to determine your present and future hexagram.
- Divination Becomes a Popular Trend, But How Does It Work?
Ancient systems of divination were originally created by mystics to support self-knowledge and divinely inspired decision-making. Now they are coming out in a big way.
- Divination in the Bible: The Gift of Prophecy
Most people whose religious faith relies on biblical scripture believe that divination of any kind is a sin condemned by God. Fundamentalists claim that astrologers and diviners are agents of the devil leading the weak to eternal damnation. They selectively quote the Bible to back up their condemnation of divination systems and intuitive powers. Fundamentalists ignore the fact that the Bible, also contains numerous verses that reveal their God approving the use of divination as a way to decipher His will and make enlightened decisions.
- Divination in the Bible: Bible Verses
Most of the organized Christian religions believe that the Bible prohibits the use of divination. However, there are numerous places in the Bible where God is clearly in favor of the divinatory arts. While it is by no means complete (you will not find passages referring to dream interpretation, channeling, or prophesy here), this list of New King James Version Bible passages proves that the God of the Bible did support the skillful use of divination.
- Origins of I Ching
The I Ching is the oldest of all the classical divination systems. It is also one of the oldest books in the world. Its first interpretive text was composed around 1000 B.C.
- Origins of Astrology
Early Astrology was a marriage of astronomy and mythology. Several ancient cultures—including Mayan, Indian and Chinese—mastered astronomy to determine celestial events like solstices, equinoxes, moon cycles, seasons, and eclipses. They also used it to help interpret events or determine auspicious times for various activities.
- Origins of Tarot
This system of divination now known as Tarot first became popular in card form in Europe during the early fifteenth century, assisted by the invention of the printing press. Early images of twenty of the twenty-two Major Arcana cards (Arcana means “secrets”) can be seen in an Italian deck of A.D. 1440.
- Origins of Numerology
The art of Numerology has existed since the ancient discovery of mathematics. To this day, most cultures attach special meaning to certain numbers and their position in a sequence.
- Origins of Runes
Runes are letters of an ancient Germanic alphabet with each conveying a unique symbolic meaning. By accessing ancient wisdom, Runes were designed to produce a greater awareness of the connection of all things, the nature of cause and effect, and the interactions between our personal lives and the rest of the world.
- Yin-Yang: The Symbol of the Tao
The symbol of the Tao — a circle enclosing two equal interlocking paisleys — is referred to as the “tai chi” symbol, or sometimes as the “yin-yang.” It is said that the symbol of the Tao and the use of the I Ching support within us the “Three Jewels of the Tao” — love, humility and moderation.