Forms of Divination

This is by no means a complete list. It is more of a work in progress because there are just so many different forms. My goal will be to list as many as I can find in my research and provide an external link to more information on each one. Please bare with me this could take some time!

Blessed Be,
July Moon

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What is Divination?

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

Ailuromancy – by the behaviour of felines; also know as Felidomancy

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

Alomancy – using table salt.

Astrology – refers to any of several systems, traditions or beliefs in which knowledge of the relative positions of celestial bodies and related information is held to be useful in understanding, interpreting and organizing knowledge about personality, human affairs and terrestrial events.

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.

Bibliomancy – by book, frequently but not always a religious text

Botanomancy – burning tree branches and leaves.

Capnomancy – the study of smoke rising from a fire.

Cartomancy – by cards, e.g., playing cards, tarot cards, and non-tarot oracle cards.

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.

Cheiromancy – by palms; also known as Chiromancy, Palmistry.

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.

Crystallomancy – by crystals or other reflecting objects

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.

Gastromancy – Got any strange markings on your stomach? Or does your stomach have a great talent for rumbling? A gastromantic expert would be able to tell you what these signs and strange noises mean.

Geta-uranai – A method of predicting the weather. A geta, or Japanese wooden sandal, is kicked into the air. The way it falls predicts how the weather will be.

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.

I Ching – is regarded by some as simply a system of divination; many believe it expresses the wisdom and philosophy of ancient China.

Ichthyomancy – using fish.

Libanomancy – the study of incense and its smoke.

Lithomancy – using precious stones of various colors

Mammomancy (Also known as Mastomancy)This form of body reading concentrates on the shape and size of the breasts in order to divine the romantic and sexual personality of the woman.

Margaritomancy – using bouncing pearls.

Molybdomancy – the hissing of molten lead.

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

Numerology – by numbers

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.

Runecasting / Runic divination (by Runes) – use of stones with the Runic Alphabet.

Scrying – Scrying is an auto-deepening trance process that progresses in stages using a crystal ball, or other medium.

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.

Taromancy – by specially designed cards: also known as Tarot; see also Cartomancy

Tephramancy – using tree bark ashes.

Tiromancy – using cheese; also spelled Tyromancy


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