This of course means that any computer "reading" is quite suspicious. From a traditional fortune-telling standpoint, there's no contact between reader and subject; there's just a pseudo-random number being generated. Any metaphysical aspects of touching stones or cards are being replaced by a hashing algorithm. And, from my storyteller argument, the ability to do that brainstorming, to turn disparate signposts into a coherent narrative, is also absent.
But, hey. I've been feeling pretty reflective the last few months. Maybe it's all the changes over the past year in my life. The once-ridiculous seems more plausible now. (Maybe it's just allergies, which I think are manifesting for me out here in new and unpleasant ways.) At any rate, when I saw the rune caster linked from kiarrh's journal, I couldn't resist:
Your Name: Watts Martin
Your Date of Birth: 10/30/1967
Your Question or Information: Should I go into freelance work by next year?
PastFehu - Increase of wealth and possessions, protection of valuables. Used to send energy on its way, fire in its uncontrolled, primal state.
PresentIng - Fertility, successful conclusion to issue or situation, ending one cycle and beginning another.
FutureJera - Harvesting tangible results from efforts already sown, fertility, culmination of events, abundance.
Cast the runes here:
This is of course where that storytelling aspect does come in. Even though I know that's the output of a hashing algorithm (rerunning the page with the same input gives the same result), I can definitely synthesize a narrative from that--as could nearly anyone who knows me and my life over the last year. In spite of myself, I'm intrigued.