Divination (占い Uranai?, alt. 'Fortune Telling') is the process of acquiring insight into questions or situations (such as the foretelling of future events or remote and unseen circumstances), through the use of magic and the occult.
In both real life and the Toaru series, there are many different methods of divination.
Divination is derived from the Latin divinare, meaning "to foresee, to be inspired by a god" (related to divinus, divine).
Many terms used to describe variations of divination, which are derived from Ancient Greek compounds, include the suffix μαντεία (manteía), meaning "prophecy or divination." Examples include necromancy (divining from the dead), cartomancy (divining from cards) and bibliomancy (divining from books).
There are many different methods of divination, across a variety of cultures and magical systems.
Bibliomancy is a method which is used with grimoires and other similar books. The user takes the grimoire, pictures their worries in their head and flips through the book, then they place their finger on a specific passage and read it to find the answer to their problem. There are also texts which are specifically compiled for divination purposes, such as I Ching from China.
Lie detectors based on fortune telling are common in the magic world, but they are difficult tricks to actually use as the spells require being in a limited one-on-one space like ordinary fortune telling and require the user to be focusing on a conversation with the target.
One particular case of divination which greatly influenced the events of the Toaru series was that of Allan Bennett, who through the use of tarot cards, foretold the death of Aleister Crowley's future daughter Lilith Crowley through the effects of the 'sparks' from colliding phases, a phenomena which the Golden Dawn was contributing to. On learning this, Aleister would instigate the cabal's destruction and subsequently seek the destruction of the phases and all magic.
Toaru Majutsu no IndexEdit
Daihasei Festival Arc (Index)Edit
- Main article: Daihasei Festival Arc (Index)
Toaru Majutsu to Kagaku no EnsembleEdit
- Main article: Toaru Majutsu to Kagaku no Ensemble
Toaru Majutsu no Index SS: Agnese's Magic Side Work ExperienceEdit
During the HMS Hood summoning incident, simple map fortune telling was used to narrow down the possible location for the ceremonial ground to a 10km block, with other summoning ceremonies in the area experiencing 'interference'. Agnese Sanctis also made use of a lie detector spell with a pair of scissors, derived from fortune telling methods, while interrogating the five suspects.
Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no IndexEdit
- Main article: Salome Arc
Weather Girls Sunny and Rain were mentioned as fortune tellers, who used fortune telling to gather information for the Kamisato Faction. Using a globe which provides a weather map of the planet and the movement of the stars, their fortune telling was noted to bypass conventional data protection and able to obtain precise information over a wide area.
Aleister Crowley ArcEdit
- Main article: Aleister Crowley Arc
During the recreation of Aleister Crowley's past, shown to Kamijou Touma in the Windowless Building, the events surrounding Allan Bennett's prophecy concerning Lilith Crowley's fate, derived from tarot-based divination, were shown.
- Main article: Coronzon Arc
During the events surrounding the Crowley's Hazard invasion of the United Kingdom and the emergence of the recreated Golden Dawn, the method of bibliomancy with grimoires was mentioned, with regards to Aleister Crowley's use of it with the Book of the Law.
During the attack on the Queen Britannia, Mina Mathers considered the use of geomancy to determine the correct procedure for reaching the ship's temple, thinking that Coronzon may have taken measures against the use of Tarot for the purpose.
Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no IndexEdit
Christmas Eve ArcEdit
- Main article: Christmas Eve Arc
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Toaru Majutsu to Kagaku no Ensemble Magic (Surface) Story
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 18 Chapter 3 Part 11
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 21 Chapter 2 Part 10
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Toaru Majutsu no Index SS: Agnese's Magic Side Work Experience Chapter 2 Part 7
- ↑ Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 18 Chapter 3 Part 13
- ↑ Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 09 Chapter 2 Part 9
- ↑ Toaru Majutsu no Index SS: Agnese's Magic Side Work Experience Chapter 2 Part 2
- ↑ Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 15 Chapter 3 Part 2
- ↑ Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 22 Chapter 4 Part 9
- ↑ Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 01 Chapter 4 Part 1