Divination: Unfogging the Future

Crystal balls, tea leaves, animal entrails, heavenly bodies, human palms, bones and yarrow stalks are just a few of the objects that have been minutely scrutinised by oracles and supplicants alike in the hope of predicting what the future holds in store. Whether interpreted by a Sibyl in a cave, a fortune-teller in a fairground tent, or by an on-line astrologer on a horoscope site, the desire to have foreknowledge of events appears to be a universal one, as important to modern-day citizens as it was to mediaeval kings.

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