Ever had a big decision to make? You have several options, and have weighed them all ... but are you are just unable to decide which way go. Have you ever flipped a coin to get an answer? Or, consulted a method of divination?
For this Coffee Hour / Open Thread, beyond the fold, lets have a discussion about divination and decision making while enjoying our favorite beverages and sharing cookies. So, what things are you trying to make a decision about? And, how will you decide? As always, what is for dinner? What is on your mind? And, how are you today?
From Wikipedia: Hydromancy - The calm surface of water after being disrupted. There are many methods attributed to Hydromancy, including noting the ripples, color, ebb and flow of the water
When I was younger I had to decide what college to go to. One was in San Francisco, and I had to get student loan to attend it. Plus, I had to take a long bus ride to get there. The other was local community college where all my friends were.
I could not make up my mind. So, while on a visit to the one in San Francisco I determined it was time to decide. I went outside on the street and reached into my pocket and pulled out a coin.
From Wikipedia: Taromancy - Celtic Cross card spread
I said to myself that no matter what I would let the flip of a coin decide. I said I'm going to stick with the coins decision and see it through. So, I picked a side of the coin and tossed it in the air and allowed it to hit the ground.
From Wikipedia: Palmistry or chiromancy - The Fortune Teller, by Caravaggio (1594–95; Canvas; Louvre), depicting a palm reading
It came up indicating that I should go the the college in San Francisco. I returned into the administration office and started the process of the registration.
From Wikipedia: Tasseography - The practice of tea leaf reading.
Much later I came to the conclusion it was the best thing to do. The classes were more challenging. I left behind my friends at the community college. They were a distraction anyway. And I gained a degree of independence by commuting to the "big city" San Francisco.
From Wikipedia: Astrology
Please check out this list of Methods of divination. I'm amazed at the variety and number of methods.
From Wikipedia: An arithmancer from Atalanta Fugiens (1618), by Michael Maier
So what method do you use to make a decision? This is an Open Thread / Coffee hour.