I don't have people actually looking into the future at any point. Which doesn't mean they don't think they can, but the only magical ability confirmed to be literally true in my 'verse is Elemental Magic
- other stuff's more like their religion.
I've got a culture that highly values their Precursors
, who seem to have left behind quite a lot of prophecies that people are trying to decipher. Interpreters try to approach things somewhat scientifically. Unfortunately, the prophecies are quite vague, and subject to multiple interpretations/translations, and sometimes overly metaphorical or confusing, and informed by cultural contexts of the time, so it's mainly after
a major event happens that the scholars can say, oh, yes, this is (probably) what this prophecy referred to. And sometimes multiple events are traced back to the same prophecy. And while they don't doubt the validity of the prophecies themselves, there is a lot of healthy scepticism regarding whether current events were actually foretold, and therefore inevitable. And, of course, any prophecy might have already come true before they looked at them.
Prophecy is thought to be a lost art, so anyone with sense also ignores modern prophets, who're probably delusional or seeking attention. *
That was my attempt at taking prophecy seriously, and probably as far as I'd ever go - otherwise, prophecies are outright ignored.
You will not go to space today.