A – Z of Divination

Aeromancy – divination from the air and sky, particularly concentrating on cloud shapes, comets, and other phenomena not normally visible in the heavens.

Alectryomancy – a bird picks corn grains from a circle of letters.

Alomancy – using table salt.

Austromancy – studying of the winds.

Axiomancy – the observation of how an ax or hatchet quivers or points when driven into post.

Belomancy – performed by tossing or balancing arrows.

Botanomancy – burning tree branches and leaves.

Capnomancy – the study of smoke rising from a fire.

Catoptromancy – an early form of crystal gazing with a mirror turned to the moon to catch its light.

Causimomancy – the behavior of objects placed in a fire.

Cephalomancy – using the skull or head of a donkey or goat.

Ceraunoscopy – draw omens from the study of thunder and lightning.

Ceromancy – melted lead was is poured into cold water.

Chirognomy – the study of the general hand formation.

Cleromancy – casting lots, similar to using dice but with more natural objects such as pebbles or sea shells.

Cleidomancy – using a dangling key.

Critomancy – the study of barley cakes.

Cromniomancy – using onion sprouts.

Cyclomancy – finding omens from a turning wheel.

Dactylomancy – using a dangling ring.

Daphnomancy – listening to laurel branches crackling and spitting in an open fire.

Dendromancy – using either oak or mistletoe.

Geomancy – the study of figures on the ground and the influence of the Earth’s movements.

Gyromancy – a person walks in a circle marked with letters until they become dizzy and stumble at different points, thus spelling out a prophesy.

Haruspication – inspecting the entrails of animals, popular with the priests in ancient Rome.

Hippomancy – the stamping and neighing of horses.

Hydromancy – with water including the color, ebb and flow, or ripples produced by pebbles dropped in a pool.

Ichthyomancy – using fish.

Libanomancy – the study of incense and its smoke.

Lithomancy – using precious stones of various colors.

Margaritomancy – using bouncing pearls.

Molybdomancy – the hissing of molten lead.

Myomancy – the study of the prophetic meaning of behavior of rats and mice.

Pegomancy – spring water and bubbling fountains.

Phyllorhodomancy – slapping a rose petal against ones hand and finding an omen by the sound.

Pyromancy – any form of divination with fire or flame, often assisted by substances thrown onto the flames.

Radiesthesia – using a dangling tool such as a bob or pendulum.

Rhapsodomancy – using a book of poetry whereby the book is opened at random and a passage read.

Sideromancy – burning of straws with hot metal, the resulting burn marks having divinatory properties.

Spodomancy – using cinders or soot.

Stichomancy – throwing open any book and selecting a random passage.

Tephramancy – using tree bark ashes.

Tiromancy – using cheese.

 

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