Your subject is both intriguing and deep. I am an occultist. I teach visualisation, meditation techniques and different types of meditation, run workshops on energy and magik. I also teach about energy, the use of pendulums and dowsing rods and of course chakras and auras. I also teach about divination, but not fortune telling!
There are many divination tools. Cards, Runes, Oghams, the stars, numbers, lines on the palms of hands, the shape of a head, even animals. I’m not going to go into any great depth here, but I will say that the past stretches out behind us like a great long carpet covered with all deeds, events and occurrences. The future however can only be seen in this way as a continuation of the past, in other words the past is a memory and the future but a dream and no one can interpret a dream that is not yet dreamt.
The cards, the runes, the pendulum, even the stars tell a scenario that is based on past events. The stars and the numbers can tell you fortunate days, dates and times on which to do various things, and also when it is not so fortunate to do things, they will also tell character traits so you can decide who to trust and who not to trust, but they will not/cannot tell you when you will die, who you will marry or if you will win the lottery. You may have your ‘fortune’ told and things seem to fall into place and agree with your reading, but really most of this is autosuggestion on the part of the reader which causes you to create a self-fulfilling prophesy. This is the Law of Attraction.
A young woman came to see me some time ago, she was distraught and didn’t know what to do. She had poured her heart out to someone else who told her to contact me. She had had a Tarot card reading from a woman in the village. She had been told that ‘the cards never lie!’ and believed it. The card reader gave her a bad reading and as a result she became ill by worrying about what the cards said. I sat her down with a cup of tea and biscuits and explained that the cards are a little like a weather forecast. They tell you about yesterday, today and what it will be like tomorrow if the wind continues in its current direction and speed. The future predicted is based on what happened in the past, so if you continue on this course you will end here, but if you make some changes now, in the present, the future outcome will be changed also. Remember the quote by Omar Khayyam; “The Moving Finger writes, and having writ moves on, nor all thy Piety nor Wit shall lure it back to cancel half a Line.
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”
The past is indelibly written and cannot be changed, but we change our future with every thought we think and decision we make.
We can create our future but vary rarely see it.