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A Brief history of the Intuitive Arts

The intuitive arts include such practices as the use of Tarot cards, runes, augury (determining possible upcoming events by reading signs in nature) crystal spheres as well as many other means to inquire of the gods or the higher Self. The intuitive arts go far back in to antiquity: as far back as we can trace and probably further.

Innate within the soul is the desire to have dialogue with the creative cause or to know the mysteries of the universe. The ancients understood that the majority of people learn best through stories and play and that's why the sages of ancient times taught their disciples with either parables or riddles. It is not necessary to always use a divinitory device because we all have a certain measure of psychic ability but when you use any divinatory tool, you not only kick start your unconscious to open up to universal knowledge and wisdom but you are engaging in sacred play.

The Jewish high priests used the urum and thummim (words that mean lights and perfection) to talk to their God. *1 Kings and Leviticus are just a couple of places in the old testament where you can find references to the Urum and Thummim. The Urim and Thummim were 12 stones set in the breastplate of the high priest: each stone symbolizing each tribe of Israel. Some scholars say that there was a 13th stone known as the stone of exclusion which is kind of like the blank rune in the Elder Futhark. Some scholars believe that the Urim and Thummim were used in a similar fashion as one uses the runes.

You pull a rune out of a bag and depending on the rune, you could be given insight in to a matter. It was said that the Jewish high priests were "to bare the judgment of Israel" and this judgment appears to have had more to do with determining a course of action at a given time and not, as some may believe, a harsh retribution for the sins of the people as some might have us believe.

The runes have been in our consciousness for thousands of years if not longer. They were used by the Norse and are quite probably a derivative of the ogham alphabet used by the Celts and druids.

The Egyptians also made use of sacred play. They played a game that appears to have been played kind of like chess. It was said that this game was "a game of chance and design" and that one could determine his or her path in the underworld by playing this game. In the audio book, "The awakening of Osiris", a Hayhouse production, read by Dr. Jean Houston, one can learn much about the thought of the ancient Egyptians when it came to this matter.

All in all, there have been many intriguing methods employed in order to make the intuitive arts entertaining for all: even the skeptic. Perhaps the skeptic will benefit greatly because of the fact that they are a bit more reserved. Either way you look at it, whether you believe in the ability of others and yourself to read, you can still have fun. You'll quite possibly learn something about yourself, your friends, your circumstances,upcoming events and the universe in which you live so give it a try sometime! Have fun and try a reading! The one thing that is sure to happen to you is that you will be entertained!

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