When I hear this oracular sentence, I am for a moment absorbed in thought, emphasizing to myself each word separately that I may come at the meaning of it, that I may find out by what degree of consanguinity They are related to me, and what authority they may have in an affair which affects me so nearly; and, finally, I am inclined to answer her with equal mystery, and without any more emphasis of the "they"--"It is true, they did not make them so recently, but they do now."
Classical writers also refer to divination by studying the entrails of sacrificial victims or the flight or speech of oracular birds.
It entitled them to the first place and the most oracular utterance in assemblies.
Bewitched horses and animals were controlled with Rowan whips and great Rowan thickets were planted at oracular sites throughout Europe.
Add a little incense and a few candles, and you could be forgiven for thinking these were the rites of some oracular shrine.