Fictional texts often work to supply meaning to life, especially in uncertain situations. An excessive example is divination by means of authoritative texts. Despite likely prejudices, rhapsodomantics has a more general and ‘natural’ character, which Petersen highlights retrospectively from Churchill to Antiquity. The involved ritualization and randomness elicit representations of external communicating agency. The inherent uncertainty involved in the act of interpreting this communication involves a degree of uncertainty that, in case of failure, helps to stabilize the plausibility structure of the practice. Due to the interpretational history of the text applied for mantic purposes, rhapsodomantics distinguishes itself from related practices.