A Comparative Analysis of Fortune Telling and Divination: Free Lecture

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A Free Online Course Presentation

Is there any value to making a distinction between fortune telling and divination? How might Chinese perspectives compare to or inform Western perspectives? This free video (or audio) lecture will examine the etymological origins of the words for “fortune telling” and “divination” in the Chinese language, apply medieval esoteric Taoist texts to tarot reading, and propose a theoretical framework through which to read tarot, as either a fortune teller or a diviner, though the two are not mutually exclusive. We will then run a comparative analysis of that with Western perspectives and examine Western esoteric texts on the subject.

The video lecture is about 34 minutes in length. Click on the below to begin watching. Although it is in video form, you can also listen to it as an audio.

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Download the Handout

For written reinforcement of what is covered in the video lecture, be sure to download the accompanying PDF handout. See below.

DOWNLOAD HANDOUT (PDF)

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First Presented at the San Francisco Bay Area Tarot Symposium 2015

An early version of this talk (and it was a bit longer than this video lecture, I believe) was first given at the San Francisco Bay Area Tarot Symposium in 2015. It is now being released free to the public two years later.

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4 thoughts on “A Comparative Analysis of Fortune Telling and Divination: Free Lecture

  1. me, too. thank you for clarifying this subtle but very important difference. So simple and yet so profound. does your second book go more into the art of divination? ie working with Spirits?

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  2. in order not to pull attention away from your new book, I am asking here, rather than on public forum. I’ve come to realize for myself, consistently Chinese modalities work better for me than western ones. American culture is truly a melting pot. so my inner biology and essence seem to be Chinese. have no clue where this came from. So coming from perspective of swan raised with ducks. I am wanting to explore chinese esoterics deeper. in particular the 5 elements. what do you suggest that is written in english? could you direct me to authors, books that explore esoteric practices from Chinese perspective? rather than kabbalistic, or golden dawn? I feel I need to understand the basics of energy more before delving into sigil making.

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