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fortune-teller

a person who makes predictions about the future as by looking into a crystal ball, reading palms, etc.
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The COMPLEAT FORTUNE-TELLER was an old thick volume, which lay on a table at her elbow, so worn by pocketing that the margins had reached the edge of the type.
First there was astrology that came hand-in-hand with fortune-tellers.
Before the advent of the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) fortune-tellers and soothsayers were widespread.
It used to be fairly common for couples (or their mothers) to visit fortune-tellers not only to obtain the ideal date for their wedding but also to ensure the marriage was successful.
Shamans and fortune-tellers are not considered religious practitioners, but are categorized as service practitioners.
It was recently revealed that Rihanna is reportedly seeking help from fortune-tellers and psychics because she is afraid her fame will fade.
Whether predicting political upheaval on television or advertising exorcisms in Al-Waseet, Lebanese fortune-tellers blend religion, mysticism and psychology into a soothing spiritual balm for a country plagued by uncertainty.
As the New Year draws closer, the predictions of the fortune-tellers abound.
The demand for fortune tellers was illustrated - yet again - after it emerged that clairvoyants, soothsayers, fortune-tellers and astrologers with special powers have reported revenues worth hundreds of thousands of levs at the National Revenue agency.
Addressing the launch of a revolutionary Health Insurance Scheme initiated under the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), Gilani said the "fortune-tellers" had been predicting the fall of the government since day one, but time had proved them wrong repeatedly as the Pakistan Peoples Party believed and pursued the policy of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto.
It reported that Hamas police forced 142 fortune-tellers to sign written statements averring that they would stop trying to predict the future and sell trinkets that are supposed to offer personal protection, which apparently did not work to keep them free from Hamas police.
However, fortune-tellers predictions do not always come true.