Well there are some references to divination such as:
I'm certainly not going to order this program, I don't trust fortune telling. Also I think that one doesn't need to know the future, one should just live one's life.
In the second place he would advise you to consider the voice you heard a phenomenon which might be your subconscious mind, might be some psychic influence, but whatever it was you should not let it disturb you and certainly not place much importance on it. No one knows what the future holds for him, or to what degree he is spoiling it or creating it; therefore the thing to do is one's daily best and let the future take care of itself. It would be very unwise for you to let this experience of a voice—the origin and purpose of which you have no way of knowing—influence you in any way or to set any store on its observations."
(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, dated April 9, 1948, to an individual believer: Spiritualism, Reincarnation and Related Subjects)
I agree with you. I think a lot of the old methods of fortune telling were meant as aids not to specifically tell the future, but rather to look inwardly and examine oneself.Bold opinion perhaps, but I believe that it's not actually intended for fortune telling moreso as, if say one believed it's writer Fuxi to be a Manifestation or prophet of some sort, that perhaps it was meant for the purpose of learning and keeping people spiritually aware. You ask a question, and are given a response that undoubtedly will cause much deep thinking. The fact that it can be used for fortune telling it moreso shows the kind of things people are interested in asking, rather than the books intended purpose.
I've seen a quote from Shoghi Effendi telling us that the power to look into the future is actually real, and not technically a superstition, but that ability to do so is a function of the soul intended for use in the past life. He compares this to how our eyes technically work while inside our mother's wombs, but we're not going to receive any meaningful information from using them before birth. Likewise while (apparently) it is possible to divine the future, we're not going to be able to really use that ability in a useful way until our deaths.I cannot say in Baha'i writings it is outright forbidden but I personally view divination as something we are not meant to touch.
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