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Divination: Sacred Tools for Reading the Mind of God

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Divination the book shows how ancient divination systems (like the I Ching) can help people make better decisions for better relationships, greater success and less stress. O’Brien shows how you can stimulate your intuition to think “outside the box” around problems that logic can’t handle — including the biggest personal and professional decisions you need to make in a timely manner. Divination explains how divination systems work, their history, psychology (as illuminated by Carl Jung), and how to use them to make the right moves at the right time.

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“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, Author of Life After Death: The Burden of Proof. (Note: Dr. Chopra contributed an article on oracle systems for the appendix of Divination.)

“… I have found that Tarot and I Ching help one think outside the box, to view situations and relationships with more creativity and wisdom.”
-John Gray, author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus from his essay in the book

“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 and several related books published by Llewellyn

“Written with humor and passion by one of the pioneers of interactive divination software, this book provides an excellent overview of humanity’s best tools for self-discovery and transformation, and how to get the most positive spiritual benefit out of them.”
-Rick Levine, co-author of Your Astrology Guide 2007 and AOL Horoscopes

more readers’ reviews of Divination

“May You Live In Interesting Times” ~ Infinite Resonance, Applied Synchronicity, Networked Spirituality & Your Heart’s Desire , June 12, 2008

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”.


-Brian E. Erland (Brea, CA USA)

Saved My Life., April 28, 2008

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. This book helped me get there.

I believe that Mr. O’Brien has been in the trenches. Those are the folks I like.

I like being able to see beauty in all things, and I don’t even meditate!

I like leaving hate behind.

Mr O’Brien’s book touches on all of those concepts that have helped me feel more complete today. I don’t know how it worked, but it did, and “Divination: Sacred Tools for Reading the Mind of God” was a big part of it.


-Joel C. Bechtolt (Portland, OR USA)

Some science too, October 3, 2008

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. I especially appreciated the description of Jung and synchronicity.

Demystifying without lessening the Mystery.


-Donald Means (Sausalito, CA USA)

Much Food For Thought!, August 21, 2008

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…including the mention of how misconceptions regarding divination get spread through television programs and even via incorrect and misleading definitions in dictionaries.

On an internet note, much appreciated was the listing of what Mr. O’Brien felt were the “Three Criteria for Authenticity of Interactive Divination”; particularly helpful so that one can decide which websites give an authentic divination experience and which do not.

I tend to adore and soak up enlightening quotes, by famous folks and otherwise. This book is chock full of such quotes almost to a fault, as there are sidebars of pertinent extra facts or tidbits of knowledge and/or italicized quotes on nearly every page. For the first few chapters the abundant sidebars disrupted my concentration as I read, but I must admit such quotes/sidebars were often such good reading that after awhile I didn’t mind the hiccup to my train of thought.

This book wasn’t “hard” reading per se, but in several areas it wasn’t easy, plow-through-quickly, reading either. I found myself rereading passages again and again, especially in the first few chapters, to make sure I understood what was being said. In the end, it was worthwhile taking one’s time to absorb all the helpful information. What I came away with was much more than a mere overview of five divination systems…I came away with an account of a rich and often controversial past that has grown and evolved into the divination systems that are revered and used by many the world over today. The author points out that such divination systems are not just for the rich or a chosen few…people from all walks of life and various backgrounds are enriched by these “sacred tools,” which help them make better choices in their day-to-day living.


-Jenny “spider”

Inspiring Journey Toward Spiritual Insight, April 16, 2008

Paul O’Brien’s love for divination and his dedication to literally placing divination tools on the desktops and laptops of millions around the world have driven him to write this revealing, spiritual and informative book.

Follow Paul on his journey through life, and see how it has meandered through his attraction to the spiritual arts and ultimately, blended in with with his passage to success in the world of software and sales. Discover how he combined his passion and his talents to build a company,, that is responsible for bringing people closer to the Spirit that resonates throughout the Universe on a daily basis.

More than just a description of different divination techniques, Paul’s book demonstrates the way spirituality works in a person’s life. It really is possible to be technically savvy and spiritually connected at the same time. In fact, once you read Paul’s story, you may be inspired to follow in his footsteps.

His guide to esoteric arts provides a sound and accessible outline of the many divination practices that are available to the reader. The origins, history and practice of such “occult” arts as Astrology, Numerology, Tarot, I Ching and Runes are provided, along with information that guides the reader to the methods that best suit his or her individual needs.

Paul O’Brien is a masterful writer with a heart as huge as the vision of the cosmos he has been generous enough to share with the rest of us. This book is his gift to anyone who is curious and courageous enough to open up to see the magic that underlies the phenomenon we know as everyday life.


-J. Vitale (New York, NY USA)

At Last a Historical Reference on Divination, April 9, 2008

Several types of divination resonate with my soul. I have been accessing guidance from Runes, Tarot, Numerology, and Astrology for many years. Positive personal experience and connection were reason enough for my continued usage until I read “Divination”. Paul O’Brien’s book enriches and supports anyone’s practice of these tools by giving a concise history, sharing pertinent stories, and explaining how to use divination.

First of all Paul O’Brien combines a vast history of divination in a concise easy read. I found this fascinating, as I had no idea most religions reference divination in their holy text. It’s very useful to have access to these facts, some positive, some not and to be able to further research areas of interest using the extensive bibliography included.

This book also includes several true stories and incidences of the value gained by the use of divination. As a personal touch, the author weaves his life journey throughout the book. One can see how divination influenced his destiny by going from a mere user to becoming a catalyst to share and expose the world to these tools via the internet, […], and this book. As a creative touch, famous quotes, symbols and pictures appear on each page that relate to the subject discussed.

Finally, O’Brien explains several helpful techniques on how to approach a reading. His advice would aid a newcomer as well as offer insight to someone who has used divination before. For instance he advises writing down your question before you begin. I have never done this before. I would just ponder the question in my mind. I can see the value in writing the question as it gives more power of intention.

So all you readers who use divination as a source for personal guidance or you curious ones, I recommend this book as an informative read. Spread the word but don’t give this jewel away. I suspect you’ll reference its knowledge often.


-Susan D. Nation (Portland, OR USA)

INTUITION RISING, October 21, 2008

Paul O’Brien’s Divination: Sacred Tools for Reading the Mind of God is nothing less than a masterful Divinity tool kit!

In 231 riveting pages, O’Brien masterfully makes the ancient tools of divination (Tarot, Numerology, Astrology, Runes, I Ching) user-friendly, sharpening intuition and answering the profound personal questions we all share: “Why am I here? What is my purpose? What is my calling? What’s the best approach to manifest my heart’s special desire?”

Generous with his personal biography, supple with his quotes of famous teachers and seekers, and compassionate and insightful in his sharing of the transformative stories of others, O’Brien combines a world-class, philosophical intellect with historical acumen and spiritual insight.

This book succeeds in opening doors, lots of doors to the inner life where communion with the mind of God flowers. Eye-opening, mind-bending, joyfully surprising–all of these describe the experience of journeying with O’Brien through these inspiring pages. All spiritual seekers should treat themselves to this healing companionship. Get a copy for yourself, and more for those you work with and love!

–Robert McDowell, The Poetry Mentor […], is the author of the bestselling POETRY AS SPIRITUAL PRACTICE: Reading, Writing, and Using Poetry in Your Daily Rituals, Aspirations, and Intentions (July 15th, 2008) from Free Press.


-Robert McDowell “The Poetry Mentor” (Ashland, OR USA)

“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. Perhaps most surprising, it made me interested in divination, as obviously is its stated intent. I don’t yet know where I will take this new interest, but I’m sure I will take it somewhere in the future. It’s probably already had an effect on me and I just don’t know what it is yet!

In any event, O’Brien is clearly a wise person, with a lot to share about the subject of wisdom itself. He sometimes addresses the topic head-on with surprisingly direct sections like “Developing Wisdom” and “Belief Systems Need to Evolve.” Encountering such a lead-in, you might think entrepreneurial success has gone to his head…but when you read on, no such thoughts will cross your mind. O’Brien has a deep respect – an abiding reverence – for what wisdom is, where it comes from, and how one finds it. At the heart of “Divination” is as eloquent a treatment as I have read of one of the most important and universally applicable philosophical concepts: how to determine what you can and cannot control, what you can and cannot know. In addition to his central theme of how divination plays into this, O’Brien does a wonderful job of explaining how one can embrace the unknowable without having to unnaturally give yourself up to it (“Blind Faith is a Learning Disability”).

Like the best teachers, Paul O’Brien has a student’s passion and enthusiasm, an appropriate level of humility, and a disarming way of explaining what turns out to be a timeless set of knowledge that everyone can use to great personal advantage.


-Stephen A. Rogers (Portland, OR)

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Publishing Information

Divination: Sacred Tools for Reading the Mind of God
Author: Paul O’Brien
Hardback / 240 pages /11 x 9 inches
Publication Date: July 2007
List Price: $22.00
Published by Visionary Networks Press (Portland, OR)
ISBN: 978-0-9795425-0-3