This is definitely more of an advice kind of thing. The Cine believe that their ancestors are able to kinda “look in” on their descendants, but the view is limited and they typically don’t give information to one that might hurt another, so if your distant cousin lives in a clan you’re at war with it won’t help much. They’re not believed to know the future, though they might be aware of things from their birth forward, including things after their death.
In this particular instance, the PC believes they are speaking with their ancestors in particular. So their grandparents, great-grandparents, and such. Definitely not the dead-clan hive-mind (though that is possible and shamans sometimes do it!)
It’s hard to say exactly how much information they have at their disposal about the present. This kind of augury is generally fairly vague, and what people can get from it varies. It’s also not something the PC or even Aisling knows a great deal about.
And thanks a ton for the answers so far, guys. I’m working on incorporating many of these into the scene in question.