Sat. Jun 25th, 2022

Frustrated with studying, you shrug into the arms of your jacket and decide to go for a midnight walk in the chilly weather, hoping it will help clear your mind for better concentration. Under the stress, you decide you just can’t take it anymore. You look up at the night sky, and notice a star winking at you overhead.”Twinkle, twinkle, little star…” The rhyme dances through your brain, and you find yourself wishing for thousands of things for yourself in the future. Now that’s all fine and good, but it’s time to take control of your destiny, or rather, understand your destiny. People have relied on fortune telling for centuries, enticed by the practice of predicting the future through mystical or supernatural means. Many scientists have dismissed fortune telling as a pseudoscience, and say vague predictions that tell the reader what they want to hear contribute to the popularity of fortune telling. Nevertheless, many people rely on this practice as a crutch, absolutely needing to know what is going to happen to them in days to come. Popular forms of fortune telling include astrology, and learning the horoscope that is connected to your birthday; Sun Sign tarot cards, which tell fortunes with a special deck of 78 cards; palmistry, which includes studying the lines on one’s palms; and crystallomancy or divining by gazing into a crystal ball.

Of course, there are plenty more ways to tell the future and learn about yourself, such as graphology, the study of handwriting, and hepatoscopy, which is a form of divination using the internal organs of sacrified animals, although almost no one wants to think about that. To get your fortune read, wander down South Street until you trip over a clairvoyant, or grab a third-eye-inclined friend, or buy a book on your favorite form of fortune telling and learn to do it yourself.

If you’re feeling a little uncertain about life, maybe having your fortune told is for you. However, it’s important to remember that nothing is set in stone: if your fortune looks bleak, that doesn’t mean it cannot be changed. The reading is only reflecting what will happen if you keep traveling the path you are on now. So keep an open-mind, take things with a grain of salt, and have fun.

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