A warning of an impending event, experienced as foreboding, anxiety and intuitive sense of dread.
Premonitions tend to occur before disasters, accidents and deaths.
The sense of premonition may be regarded as precognition sometimes because there is no clear distinction between the two. However, premonitions are usually sense-oriented, dominated by a syndrome of physical uneasiness, depression, or distress that is without apparent source or reason. It is an unexplainable feeling that "something is going to occur." Precognition, on the other side, is more precise, involving visions or dream of the event that is to happen in the future.
In October 1966, 28 adults and 116 children were killed in a landslide of coal waste in Aberfan, Wales. Over 200 people reported experiencing premonitions about the disaster, according to surveys taken afterwards. In January 1967, a British Premonitions Bureau was established to collect and identify early warnings in an attempt to prevent such disasters. A similar organization was established in New York a year later. In the following years most of the tips they were given never happened, and those that did were too inaccurate in terms of time and place to be of any help.
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Sources: (1) Spence, Lewis, An Encyclopedia of Occultism, Carol Publishing Group; (2) Dictionary of the Occult, Caxton Publishing.
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