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Divination: Sacred Tools for Reading the Mind of God [Kindle Edition]

Paul O'Brien
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Book Description

Timeless Tools for Intuitive Decision-Making

In an age of accelerating change—with so many decisions that must be made more rapidly than ever—skillful decision-making has become a critical requirement for success and happiness. Divination: Sacred Tools for Reading the Mind of God is the first book that focuses on the world’s five classical systems of divination—Astrology, Numerology, the I Ching, the Tarot and Runes—and how they can best be used to support better decisions, better relationships and less stress.

Paul O’Brien, I Ching author and founder of, differentiates between these highly evolved systems and scams like psychic fortunetelling. He explains the psychological dynamics of how the spiritual archetypes in classical divination systems can stimulate our intuition to resolve issues and problems that logic can’t handle.

Divination: Sacred Tools for Reading the Mind of God explains the
history of divination systems, including their persecution by dogmatic and fundamentalist religions. Citing chapter and verse, the book shows how the Bible records the approval of divination by the God of the Jews, Christians and Muslims. Included are true stories of the successful use of divination systems in modern life to show the reader how to manifest her or his heart’s desires—for greater success, more love and happiness—with the help of sacred power tools.

Editorial Reviews


When reason and commonsense are insufficient guides to action, and faith tells us how to act but not where or when, where can a person turn? Divination by Paul O Brien is an inspiring call for the use of modern versions of ancient divination systems. When logic fails, discover how to make yourself think outside the box. This book is full of ideas to challenge you and take you beyond all assumptions about what divination is to what it CAN BE a set of spiritual power tools, available any time, day or night, to help you function more effectively within a constantly changing world. I highly recommend this well-written and warmly engaging book for answering all your questions about whether divination has anything to offer you and the answer is it does! --Mary Greer - Author of "Tarot for You"

Read this book - Divination will help you gain valuable insight into the hidden realms. As you claim the power of the archetypes, you can enjoy a more meaningful life. --Deepak Chopra

"Divination" sheds valuable light on systems like astrology, Tarot and the I Ching that help you think outside the box, to view situations and relationships with more flexibility, creativity and wisdom. --John Gray, author of "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus"

About the Author

Paul O Brien is the progenitor of the divination software category. His Synchronicity program for Macintosh in 1989 was the first interactive divination software program published. In the process of developing it, he became the author of the Visionary I Ching, which was the modern interpretation of the I-Ching used for the text in Synchronicity and later, and soon to be published in book form. He is the producer of Oracle of Changes CD-Rom and Tarot Magic CD-Rom.

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  • File Size: 680 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Visionary Networks Press (July 9, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041D9ERW
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much Food For Thought! August 21, 2008
By Jenny
As a curious person who enjoys history of all types, "Divination ~ Sacred Tools for Reading the Mind of God," by Paul D. O'Brien, pleased me greatly with its interesting and thorough historical background information on five major divination systems...Astrology, I Ching, Tarot, Numerology, and Runes. The author, amazing creator of the first authentic computer-generated divination programs and the originator of the website,, clearly understands, loves, and uses divination himself. He is so enthusiastic and yet respectfully serious about divination that he rightly makes sure that his readers know what he feels divination IS ~ fantastic tools to help people make better decisions and to stimulate their own intuition...and what divination ISN'T ~ a fortune-telling sham.

Some of my favorite sections in the book are the appendices, including Appendix C, "Divination in the Bible," which highlights the passages from the Bible that are in favor of divination and those passages that are decidedly not in favor of divination - very helpful for me to know as a Tarot reader, especially when one encounters a Bible thumper who proclaims Tarot as nothing less than a "capital offense" and quotes ONLY the passages against divination.

Chapter 7, "Divination Practice Today," was particularly helpful in that it focused on the when-why-how to successfully choose and use a divination system that will be meaningful to each person individually. I liked the section on what to look for in a live reader (and when to back out the door!), if one chooses to go that route. The information on what types of questions work best when using divination is downright excellent.

Additionally, I found Chapter 5, "Enemies of Divination," fascinating...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Is divination nothing more than a crass attempt to foretell the future, or does it encompass a much broader range of metaphysical endeavor and archaic thought than most of us are aware? According to Paul O'Brien and his book `Divination: Sacred Tools for Reading the Mind of God' divination entails a myriad of systems, most of which are thousands of years old, designed for stimulating insights and unlocking the doors to synchronicity so we may access the mind of God (however you perceive the Divine) and fully manifest our intended destiny.

The author has a tall order to fill and he does an admirable job at doing so in this informative and nicely illustrated 232 page volume. O'Brien's book is a beautifully conceived, expertly organized and meticulously detailed presentation of the topic that will continue to serve as a valuable resource long after your initial reading is complete. The book is worth the purchase price for the Appendices alone.

I believe the most important contribution O'Brien makes to the ongoing study of divination is the material dealing with the rapidly evolving technology which is in the process of making these ages old esoteric systems new and relevant to a computer oriented generation.

As the author points out, "The responsibility for your spiritual progress is all yours" so if you really want to manifest your destiny you must be willing to hold nothing back on your journey of self discovery and say along with Paul O'Brien, "Wherever God Drags Me, I Will Follow".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Divination" is a Gift October 27, 2008
"Divination" has become an important book for me - one that I usually have close at hand in case I might benefit (again) by rereading parts of it, or run into someone else who might. What was most enjoyable and central for me is not even the concept of divination (as interesting and intriguing as it is), but the knowledge and perspective that author Paul O'Brien so effectively imparts in the early sections of his book. This extended introduction is meant to set the stage for his in-depth discussions of divination in later chapters. But it has done more than that for me and several of my friends.

In a conversational style consistent with his multi-dimensional background and evident interests in theology, philosophy, high tech business, and the human condition (e.g. politics, sustainability), O'Brien delivers a significant, well-written survey of various religions, which, he makes it easy to see, dovetail perfectly with his core topic. Some of his discourse has the familiar ring of "things I learned somewhere along the line," but it feels quite fresh and modern nonetheless. As a high-tech person myself, involved in the arts and music, and interested in philosophy, I could relate well to O'Brien's perspective, but had never before read anything quite like it. I have usually found such material tedious or uninspired, but here it never gets boring. Maybe what I enjoyed the most is how much you really get to know this very special person and his well-considered views by reading this.

There are many good things I could say about this book. It concisely imparts a lot of interesting and useful knowledge. It is fun to read - plenty of good humor and great stories. It is grounded in, and clearly related to, the real world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Explicit answers to prayer?
This book has an interesting premise. It argues that there are many instances in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament, where God encourages people to use divination to know... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Neil A. Abramson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good information, but felt author spent a little too ...
Good information, but felt author spent a little too much time selling his services. It did lead me to sources of other books and info.
Published 3 months ago by T. Powers
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too many other titles I could find on this ...
Not too many other titles I could find on this topic. Author's narrative is a bit patchy, I thought. Read more
Published 3 months ago by whittler
5.0 out of 5 stars Divination
TV rotting your brain - expand your mind with new Ideas by reading this book. Believe it or not - who cares
Published 11 months ago by Brandon R Barbano
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Nice Reference Book
Ultimately tries to cover perhaps too many bases, but O'Brien is VERY knowledgeable and has set a very admirable task to make divination accessible to everyone. Read more
Published on March 27, 2013 by Jesica Davis
2.0 out of 5 stars Addresses the wrong audience
I found this book to be such a dull read that I was unable to finish it. A lot of space is dedicated to convincing people that divination isn't condemned by the bible. Read more
Published on June 23, 2009 by J. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars O'Brien--Divine Decision-Making Revealed!
Where do you look for the 'correct' information to make your vital decisions in daily life? Do you look outward? Inward? Both? Read more
Published on May 13, 2009 by Saijin
5.0 out of 5 stars INTUITION RISING
Paul O'Brien's Divination: Sacred Tools for Reading the Mind of God is nothing less than a masterful Divinity tool kit! Read more
Published on October 21, 2008 by Robert McDowell
5.0 out of 5 stars Some science too
I really enjoyed the story and Paul's weaving of epistemology, biography, history, psychology, a little politics & some good sense advice. Quite a bit of balancing. Read more
Published on October 3, 2008 by Donald Means
5.0 out of 5 stars Saved My Life.
Great book. I don't even like religion, or reading for that matter, but he had me at "when logic fails...". Sometimes you need a more creative path. Read more
Published on April 28, 2008 by Joel C. Bechtolt
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More About the Author

Paul O'Brien is a visionary entrepreneur who invented a new category of software in 1989, which evolved to become the world's largest astrology and divination website. He sold the company in 2007 and has since authored three books. Paul is a sought-after speaker, philanthropist and founder of the educational Divination Foundation ( For 30 years, he has hosted the Pathways radio show, an interview program focused on personal and cultural transformation.

Paul's book "The Visionary I Ching: The Book of Changes for the 21st Century", (Visionary Networks Press, October 2012) is a beautifully illustrated eBook that offers the reader insights into current conditions in their lives, and tools for managing change. "The Visionary I Ching" is a non-sexist, non-militarist interpretation of the oldest of humanity's classical divination systems. The book is illustrated with inspirational art for each of the I Ching hexagrams. This modern version renders this ancient divination system truly useful as an enlightened decision-making tool for modern times and forms the backbone of's online I-Ching features.

Paul's first book "Divination: Sacred Tools for Reading the Mind of God" (Visionary Networks Press, July 2007) showed how authentic divination systems (like the I Ching) help people make better decisions for better relationships, greater success and less stress. Paul teaches how you can use divination tools to stimulate your intuition to think outside the box around problems that logic can't handle -- especially strategic personal and professional decisions we now have to make more quickly than ever. The book illustrates how divination systems work, their history, psychology, and how to apply these tools for optimal results.

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