Welcome to The Augury Project.
Intuitive and Certified Divining Arts professional Marcus Lyons provides in-depth sessions on the questions you have about yourself, life, your past, and the potential for your future. As a metaphysical interpreter, he utilizes all manner of divination tools such as astrology, tarot, runes, and I Ching, as well as Jungian psychology as it pertains to astrology, the MBTI personality indicator (Myers Briggs Type Indicator), and Enneagram, to give you the most fully realized, robust information possible.
WHAT DOES “AUGURY” MEAN?
Augury is the practice from ancient Roman religion of interpreting omens from the observed flight of birds (aves). When the individual, known as the augur, interpreted these signs, it is referred to as “taking the auspices”. ‘Augur’ and ‘auspices’ are from the Latin auspicium and auspex, literally “one who looks at birds.” Depending upon the birds, the auspices from the gods could be favorable or unfavorable (auspicious or inauspicious).
This type of omen reading was already a millennium old in the time of Classical Greece: in the fourteenth-century BC diplomatic correspondence preserved in Egypt called the “Amarna correspondence”, the practice was familiar to the king of Alasia in Cyprus who needed an ‘eagle diviner’ to be sent from Egypt. This earlier, indigenous practice of divining by bird signs, familiar in the figure of Calchas, the bird-diviner to Agamemnon, who led the army (Iliad I.69), was largely replaced by sacrifice-divination through inspection of the sacrificial victim’s liver—haruspices—during the Orientalizing period of archaic Greek culture. Plato notes that hepatoscopy held greater prestige than augury by means of birds.
One of the most famous auspices is the one which is connected with the founding of Rome. Once the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus, arrived at the Palatine Hill, the two argued over where the exact position of the city should be. Romulus was set on building the city upon the Palatine, but Remus wanted to build the city on the strategic and easily fortified Aventine Hill. The two agreed to settle their argument by testing their abilities as augures and by the will of the gods. Each took a seat on the ground apart from one another, and, according to Plutarch, Remus saw six vultures, while Romulus saw twelve.
WHAT IS INTUITION?
Different intuitives give the word “intuition” a great variety of different meanings, ranging from direct access to unconscious knowledge, unconscious cognition, inner sensing, inner insight to unconscious pattern-recognition and the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning. There are philosophers who contend that the word “intuition” is often misunderstood or misused to mean instinct, truth, belief, meaning but rather realms of greater knowledge and other subjects, whereas others contend that faculties such as instinct, belief and intuition are factually related.
The word intuition comes from the Latin verb intueri translated as “consider” or from the late middle English word intuit, “to contemplate.” Both Eastern and Western philosophers have studied the concept in great detail. Philosophy of mind deals with the concept of intuition. There are philosophers who contend that this concept is often confused with other concepts such as truth, belief, and meaning in philosophical discussion.
WHAT IS/ARE DIVINATION/DIVINING ARTS?
Divination and the divining arts is the practice of discovering hidden and secret knowledge, finding the lost, and identifying guilt by using a range of techniques involving prophecy, conscious or unconscious use of spirit beings (also known as “source”), organized systems, and the interpretation of omens.
Divination has existed throughout history and in all cultures; it is usually the responsibility of a priest, prophet, oracle, witch, shaman, witch doctor, psychic, soothsayer, and intuitives.
Techniques fall into three main categories:
- The interpretation of signs, omens, portents, and lots.
- Direct communication with the spiritual world through visions, trance, dreams, or possession;
- Organized systems, like astrology, tarot, runeology, palmology, numerology, reading of tea leaves, et al. Most of these techniques were devised by the ancient Chaldeans, Babylonians, Romans, Greeks, and Chinese.
WHAT SKEPTICS SAY
The popular misconception is that skeptics, or critical thinkers, are people who disbelieve things. And indeed, the common usage of the word skeptical supports this: “He was skeptical of the numbers in the spreadsheet,” meaning he doubted their validity. To be skeptical, therefore, is to be negative about things and doubt or disbelieve them.
The true meaning of the word skepticism has nothing to do with doubt, disbelief, or negativity. Skepticism is the process of applying reason and critical thinking to determine validity. It’s the process of finding a supported conclusion, not the justification of a preconceived conclusion.
It’s thus inaccurate to say “Skeptics don’t believe in ghosts.” Some do. Many skeptics are deeply religious, and are satisfied with the reasoning process that led them there. Skeptics apply critical thinking to different aspects of their lives in their own individual way. Everyone is a skeptic to some degree.
Skepticism is, or should be, an extraordinarily powerful and positive influence on the world. Skepticism is not simply about “debunking” as is commonly charged. Skepticism is about redirecting attention, influence, and funding away from worthless superstitions and popular misinformation, and toward projects and ideas that are evidenced to be beneficial to humanity and to the world.
The scientific method is central to skepticism. The scientific method is about the study and evaluation of evidence, preferably derived from validated testing. Anecdotal evidence and personal testimonies cannot be tested, so they generally aren’t useful to the scientific method, and thus won’t often be accepted by a responsible skeptic; which often explains why skeptics get such a bad rap for being negative or disbelieving people. They’re simply following the scientific method.
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, particularly in claims that are far fetched or that violate physical laws. Skepticism is an essential, and meaningful, component of the search for truth.
However, what skepticism does not take into account is that many unproven things remain unproven because science has no way to research or investigate them, nor provide empirical evidence that they do or do not “exist.” Humans, at one time, believed gravity was some kind of magic. That’s because our limited brains had not yet invented or discovered a way to prove its existence.
In every case, you should think for yourself and consider the evidence or lack of evidence very carefully and come to a decision on your own. Skeptics have already set their mind to disbelieve, and there is nothing that can be done to convince them otherwise.