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A Glossary Of Divination

A Glossary Of Divination

AEROMANCY

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

ALCHEMY

is the practice of transmutation of base metals into precious metals (e.g., gold or silver) with the aid of an esoteric substance called the "philosopher's stone".

ALECTRYOMANCY

is divination whereby a bird is allowed to pick corn grains from a circle of letters. A variation is to recite letters of the alphabet noting those at which a cock crows.

ALEUROMANCY

is divination using "fortune cookies"; answers to questions are rolled into balls of dough and once baked are chosen at random.

ALOMANCY

is divination by table salt.

ALPHITOMANCY

uses special cakes that are digestible by persons with a clear conscience but are unpleasant to others.

ANTHROPOMANCY

is the long-outlawed means of divination by human sacrifice.

APANTOMANCY

is divination through chance meetings with animals (e.g., a black cat), birds, and other creatures. Mexico City is said to have been founded where Aztec soothsayers saw an eagle flying from a cactus carrying a live snake.

ARITHMANCY

is an earlier form of NUMEROLOGY where divination is made through numbers and the number value of letters.

ARITHMOMANCY
ASTRAGLOMANCY

is a form of divination by dice where the faces of the dice bear numbers and letters.

ASTRAGYROMANCY
ASTROLOGY

is divination using celestial bodies: the sun, moon, planets, and stars.

AUGURY

is the general term for the art of divination and is chiefly applied to interpretations of signs and omens.

AUSTROMANCY

is divination by the study of the winds.

AXIOMANCY

is divination through the observation of how an ax or hatchet quivers or points when driven into post.

BELOMANCY

is an ancient form of divination performed by tossing or balancing arrows.

BIBLIOMANCY

involves divination by books.

BOTANOMANCY

is divination from burning tree branches and leaves.

BUMPOLOGY

strictly a modern term, a popular nickname for PHRENOLOGY

CAPNOMANCY

is the study of smoke rising from a fire.

CARTOMANCY

is fortune telling using cards such as the Tarot.

CATOPTROMANCY

is an early form of crystal gazing that utilizes a mirror turned to the moon to catch moonbeams.

CAUSIMOMANCY

is divination from behavior of objects placed in a fire.

CEPHALOMANCY

refers to divination with the skull or head of a donkey or goat.

CERAUNOSCOPY

seeks to draw omens from the study of thunder and lightning.

CEROSCOPY

is a form of fortune telling in which melted was is poured into cold water.

CEROMANCY
CHIROMANCY

is divination from the lines on people's hands.

CHIROGNOMY

is the study of the general hand formation.

CLAIRAUDIENCE

is "clear hearing" of divinatory information. Parapsychologist generally regard as a form of extrasensory perception.

CLAIRVOYANCE

is "clear seeing" of divinatory information. Parapsychologist generally regard as a form of extrasensory perception.

CLEROMANCY

is divination by "casting lots", similar to dice but with objects such as pebbles or sea shells.

CLIDOMANCY

is divination using a dangling key. see RADIESTHESIA.

CLEIDOMANCY
COSCINOMANCY

is divination using a hanging sieve. see RADIESTHESIA.

CRITOMANCY

is the study of barley cakes.

CROMNIOMANCY

is divination using onion sprouts.

CRYSTALLOMANCY

is divination through crystal gazing.

CYCLOMANCY

is the practice of divination from a turning wheel.

DACTYLOMANCY

is an early form of RADIESTHESIA using a dangling ring.

DAPHNOMANCY

requires one to listen to laurel branches crackling in an open fire.

DEMONOMANCY

is divination with the aid of demons.

DENDROMANCY

is divination with either oak or mistletoe.

DOWSING

are methods of divination where a forked stick is used to locate water or precious minerals.

DIVINING RODS
GASTROMANCY

is an ancient form of ventriloquism whereby the voice is lowered to a sepulchral tone and prophetic utterances are delivered in a trance state.

GELOSCOPY

is the divination from the tone of someone's laughter.

GENETHLIALOGY

is divination by the influence of the stars at birth.

GEOMANCY

is the study of figures on the ground and the influence of the Earth's "currents".

GRAPHOLOGY

is the analysis of character through handwriting.

GYROMANCY

is a divination procedure where a person walks in a circle marked with letters until they become dizzy and stumble at different points, thus spelling out a prophesy.

HALOLMANCY

see ALOMANCY

HARUSPICATION

is fortune-telling by means of inspecting the entrails of animals, as practiced by priests in ancient Rome.

HIEROMANCY

is divination by observing object of ancient sacrifice.

HIERSCOPY
HIPPOMANCY

is a form of divination from the stamping and neighing of horses.

HOROSCOPY

is the practice of casting of astrological horoscopes.

HYDROMANCY

is divination by water including the color, ebb and flow, or ripples produced by pebbles dropped in a pool.

ICHTHYOMANCY

is divination using fish.

LAMPADOMANCY

is divination using lights or torches.

LECANOMANCY

uses a basin of water for divination.

LIBANOMANCY

is the study of incense and its smoke.

LITHOMANCY

is divination using precious stones of various colors.

MARGARITOMANCY

is the procedure of using bouncing pearls.

METAGNOMY

is the divination using "visions" received in a trance state.

METEOROMANCY

is divination from meteors.

METOPOSCOPY

is the reading of character using the lines if the forehead.

MOLEOSOPHY

is the study of moles and indicators of a person's character and future indications.

MOLYBDOMANCY

draws mystic inferences from the hissing of molten lead.

MYOMANCY

is the study of the prophetic meaning of behavior of rats and mice.

NUMEROLOGY

is the numerical interpretation of numbers, dates, and the number value of letters.

OCULOMANCY

is divination from a person's eye.

OINOMANCY

is divination using wine.

OMPHALOMANCY

is counting the number of knots in the umbilical cord to predict how many more children the mother will have

ONEIROMANCY

is the interpretation of dreams and their prophetic nature.

ONOMANCY

is the study of the meaning of names.

ONOMANTICS

is the application of ONOMANCY applied to personal names, particularly in the sense of occult interpretation.

ONYCHOMANCY

is the study of fingernails.

OOMANTIA

is the method of divination by eggs.

OOSCOPY
OPHIOMANCY

is divination from serpents.

ORNISCOPY

is the study of omens associated with birds, particularly birds in flight. see APANTOMANCY

ORINITHOMANCY
OVOMANCY

is another type of egg divination.

PALMISTRY

is the broad field of divination and interpretation of the lines and structure of the hand.

PEGOMANCY

concerns itself with spring water and bubbling fountains and the omens contained therein.

PHRENOLOGY

is the long practiced study of head formations.

PHYLLORHODOMANCY

is a means of divination whereby one slaps a rose petal against the hand and judges the favorability of the omen by the loudness of the sound.

PHYSIOGNOMY

is the study of character analysis through physical features.

PRECOGNITION

in an inner knowledge or sense of future events.

PSYCHOGRAPHY

is a form of mysterious writing having a divinatory nature.

PSYCHOMETRY

is the faculty of gaining impressions from a physical object and its history.

PYROMANCY

are forms of divination by fire or flame, often assisted by substances thrown onto the flames.

PYROSCOPY
RADIESTHESIA

is the general term for divination using a device such as a divining rod or pendulum. Other forms include "table tipping" which was practiced at the White House in the 19th century, the Ouija board, automatic writing (or superconscious writing), and scrying.

RHABDOMANCY

is divination using a stick or wand. These methods were forerunners of the divining rod.

RHAPSODOMANCY

is a means of divination using a book of poetry whereby the book is opened at random and a passage read.

SCIOMANCY

is divination using a spirit guide, a method generally employed by channelers.

SCRYING

is a general term for divination using a crystal, mirrors, bowls of water, ink, or flames to induce visions.

SIDEROMANCY

is the burning of straws with a hot iron, the resulting figures having divinatory properties.

SORTILEGE

is the casting of lots and the assessment of omens indicated.

SPODOMANCY

is divination using cinders or soot.

STICHOMANCY

is another form of throwing open a book and selecting a random passage for the purpose of divination.

STOLISOMANCY

draws omens from the way people dress.

SYCOMANCY

is performed by writing messages on tree leaves; the slower they dry, the more favorable the omen. A modern variation is to write on slips of paper (always including one blank) and rolling them up. They are then held in a strainer over a boiling pot; the first to unroll will be answered.

TASSEOGRAPHY

is the reading of tea leaves that remain in a tea cup once the beverage has been drunk.

TEPHRAMANCY

is divination by ashes obtained from the burning of tree bark.

TIROMANCY

is a type of divination using cheese.

XYLOMANCY

is divination from pieces of wood, either from their shape when collected or their appearance while burning.

 

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