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Ancient Arts Divining
 

Divination Index S-Z


scapulomancy
A particular form of pyroscopy where the shoulder blades of the burnt victims are inspected and interpreted.
 

scatoscopy
A type of divination that examines excrement.
 

sciomancy
A form of divination where shadows or ghosts or alternatively a spirit guide is used. This practice is common in shamanism.
 

scrying
A general term for the divinatory method whereby the individual stares or gazes at an object or substance with a reflective surface; i.e., crystals, mirrors, water, ink, even flames. The answer or fortune is then revealed to the scryer. An updated method is to fill a cauldron with its interior painted black with water and gaze into its depth on a moonlit night. The well-known seer, Nostradamus made his prediction using a bowl full of water placed on a brass tripod.
 

sideromancy*
Divination of a straw's reaction as it is placed on a red hot iron.
 

skatharomancy*
Insect divination where the tracks of a beetle crawling over the grave of a murder victim are interpreted.
 

sortilege
This is term used for the portents or omens resulting from the drawing or casting of lots.
 

spell
A specifically written prayer or verse, accompanied by a specific action, is performed to alter a future event.
 

splanchnomancy
A variation of hepatoscopy where readings are made from cut sections of a goat liver.
 

spodomancy
A form of divination that examines ashes.
 

stichomancy
See bibliomancy and rhapsodmancy.
 

stolisomancy
In this method, omens are determined by the person's dress or appearance.
 

sycomancy
A form of botanomancy where messages are written on leaves. In the West Indies, there is variation where the name of your love is written on a leaf from a particular plant called, amazingly enough, "the love plant". The leaves of this plant have roots that sprout from the leaf itself. If the inscribed leaf takes root -so shall your love and if it doesn't -the love will wither away.
 

tarot
A specific type of cartomancy where a deck of seventy eight cards, each representing a specific concept, are laid out in a pattern and "read".
 

tasseography
tasseomancy
Divination by reading of tea leaves or coffee ground patterns. Tea is poured into a cup without using a strainer; after the tea is consumed by inquirer the pattern left behind on the bottom of the cup is read. Alternatively, place the saucer on top of the cup and flip the cup upside down. The pattern is then read off the saucer (this only works if there is some moisture left in the cup). The shapes are read as symbolism and the time constraints are determined by proximity to rim of the cup. The bottom of the cup is the past and the rim is the immediate future. ceroscopy
 

tephramancy
Divination by ashes obtained from the burning of tree bark.
 

tephromancy
Divination by looking at ashes from burned sacrifices.
 

theomancy
This is found in every religion; it is divination by oracles (god's messengers).
 

tiromancy*
Divination that use cheese by interpreting their holes or mold.
 

Tring-ba
Ask a question. Holding a rosary consisting of 108 beads, randomly select a bead in each hand, making sure to leave sufficient beads between them. Then with the fingers of each hand move four to right and four to the left towards the center until either 1,2 3 or 4 remains in the center. The procedure is repeated four times each having a specific purpose. The outcome of the divination depends on the number of beads left. One is good luck; two is bad luck; three is whatever the current situation is, it will happen rapidly; and finally four, good luck but with some problems. Mala
 

urim v'tumim
Urim and Thumum
Reading of oracles from the twelve sacred stones that were attached to the breastplate of the high priest in ancient Judaism. (Exodus 28:30)
 

uromancy*
Divination is performed by reading bubbles made by urinating in a pot.
 

xylomancy*
Divination from pieces of wood, either from their shape or their appearance while they burn.
 

zodiac
An aspect to divination where the apparent circular path of the sun, as it traverses the heavens , is recorded as symbols. These symbols are then used in horoscopes and astrology. Two common zodiac forms are the Western zodic, which uses twelve pictographs, known as signs and the Eastern (Chinese) zodiac, which uses twelve animals.
 

Zoomancy
A broad term for the practice of divination that observes the behavior of animals.
 

Notes
Who are You? 101 Ways of seeing Yourself —Malcolm Godwin
An Encyclopedia of Occultism Volumes I & II — edited by Melton J Gorden
The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft —Rosemary Ellen Guiley
Encyclopedia Britannica
A Wicked Pack of Cards —R. Decker, T. Depaulish and M. Dummett
Runelore: A handbook of E soteric Runology —Edred Thorsson
Biblioteca Arcana
The Mystica Online Encyclopedia —Alan G. Hefner

 

 

 
 
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