Cybermancy

Cybermancy is divination using computers.

Methods

These systems may be based upon oracles originally created in non-electric media ( i.e., tarot divination, Runic divination, or I Ching ) or may exist solely as software constructs. These are usually divination programs, but may include reference materials, such as programs which track the phase of the moon, which practitioners of ritual magic need for timing their spells. Astrologers have long used computers to create astrology charts.

A simple example of cybermancy is the act of surfing to a random web page on the Internet in the hope of receiving divinatory guidance from its content – similar in this respect to bibliomancy.

Analysis

Some people feel that having a physical medium (such as cards, in the case of tarot divination) is important for channeling the correct energies, and that the “cold” interface between the practitioner and computer interferes with the lively, natural, human element required to perform divination. Others feel that the concept of divination remains essentially the same; the computer is a tool, just like a deck of cards, which assists the practitioner in focusing their energy on divination.

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