For many thousands of years mankind has sought ways to predict the future, and an unprecedented amount of people around the world today believe in the possibility. From our ancient ancestors to the present day society, numerous methods of prediction tempt non-believers into thinking there truly is a higher level of insight into the future. Is it really possible to predict the future? This is a loaded question often met with scrutiny with a common retort implying that if so, then miracles should be possible. Perhaps however, this is the caveat which comes with attempting predictions, that only so much knowledge may be gained. Degree of accuracy varies greatly from method to method and those omens which appear to be eerily on point are often dismissed rationally as coincidence.
Fascination for developing ways to see into the future dates back to our great ancestors. Inspiration for this could be hard-wired into the brain as a form of anticipation, a glorified intuition utilized for critical survival in dire situations. For example, a developed understanding of animal behavior might have tricked early humans into thinking they're predicting the outcome of a situation, although it was a response conditioned from repetitive trial and error. Incidentally, knowledge from this could easily be applied to other aspects of daily life, and it seems that knowledge is the key to soothsaying.
Some ancient prediction practices are still utilized today on a daily basis, though now backed by scientific understanding such as weather forecasting by weeks, months, and seasons. When a number of conditions are met, and key characteristics define the result, a prediction outlining possible outcome is made. There is a common phrase stating that nature is unpredictable, given its ability to present unforeseen conditions in a moment's notice, but forecasting attempts to provide the most likely outcome based on those same factors affecting early humans as responses conditioned from weather patterns and collected environment data, much like chaos theory finding a curve that best fits.
Early man tracked the sun and lunar cycle each day, learning eventually how the position and length of time in the sky affects the seasons. Predicting changing seasons blessed farmers with knowledge on when to plant and harvest crops. Over time, mankind's connection to the stars strengthened, and the heavens above became another method for understanding the future in a different way. Then, with a better understanding of the cosmos, Astrology offered a concept that positions of star systems in the night sky in proximity to each other are capable of affecting energy on the Earth's surface, demonstrating a person's deep desire to know his or her own future. What can be expected next, or rather, how do we anticipate events to come before they happen?
Famous, well-known seers like Nostradamus and Cayce brought prophecies to the masses through unique methods involving a dream-like state to reveal information about future events. Although cryptic, the practice is quite similar to those mentioned in Norse and Greek mythologies, whereby forbidden knowledge became accessible through meditation, trance, and partaking in sacred substances. Understanding the meaning of natural dreams continuously fascinates mankind, and the concept of dreams coming true portrays a role of prophetic importance on daily life. A few historical accounts of our ancient ancestors do tend to indicate this, as seers having life-changing dreams or entering trance-like states inducing a capability of predicting future events. Who will be the next oracle to impress upon the world?
Using dreams, star charts, numbers, cards, and cycles of history are often associated with foretelling events. Finite conditions are fixed to the medium used to predict the outcome, so to the seer it is not a surprise of what the medium speaks, but instead a surprise to the onlooker. Seeding of the conditions during the events may subliminally turn predictions into self-fulling prophecies, and it's wise to err on the side of caution in deciphering if the message is truly one of sincerity or one devised for personal gain.
Quite possibly the greatest secret of any seer who predicts the outcome of events with astonishing accuracy, is an intricate and sophisticated understanding of existence beyond what science may see as humanly plausible. However days ahead unravel, it is certain some of those foretelling the future share a gift which is difficult to explain and often dismissed. It's important to understand the implications of being able to predict our own futures, but maybe our futures are simply responsive and reactionary to preceding events considering the inherent paradox otherwise. Then perhaps, prophecy is different altogether as a connection to a library of universal knowledge, access to things we're meant to know, ultimately designed to perpetuate forward momentum of intelligent life on Earth.