A relatively modern mantic art, Metagnomy began in the mid-nineteenth century and was originally used for diagnosing diseases and prescribing cures.
Orange County (New York) born Andrew Jackson Davis (1826-1910), who was known by the nickname "The Poughkeepsie Seer," was probably the most famous metagnomist of all times. Although quite uninstructed, it was said that he was able to discourse fluently upon medical, psychological, and general subjects. In November 1845, while clairvoyant, he dictated to the Rev. William Fishbough, in New York, his first work, "The Principles of Nature, her Divine Revelations, and a Voice to Mankind."
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