Forms of Divination


Artwork by Michael Whelan



A brief description of the many different types of divination.
Experiment to find the one that works best for you.


Aeromancy- by atmospheric phenomena; weather predicting
Alectromancy- by a cock picking up a grain
Amniomancy- by a caul
Anthroposcopy- by facial features
Arithmancy- by numbers
Astrology- by planets and stars
Augury- by the behavior of birds
Austromancy- by the winds
Axinomancy- by a balanced axe, or by a stone on a red-hot axe
Belomancy- by arrows
Bibliomancy- by random passages in a book
Bletonism- by currents of water
Botanomancy- by herbs
Capnomancy- by smoke
Cartomancy- by cards
Catoptromancy- by mirrors
Ceromancy- by molten wax dropped in water
Cheiromancy- by the shape of hands
Clairaudience- by hearing things inaudible to normal hearing
Clairvoyance- by seeing things invisible to normal sight; second sight
Cledonomancy- by chance remarks or events
Coscinomancy- by sieve and shears
Crystallomancy- by a crystal
Dactyliomancy- by a finger ring
Dowsing- by means of a divining rod
Geloscopy- by a person's way of laughing
Genethlialogy- from the stars at birth
Geomancy- by dots on paper, marks on the earth or particles of earth
Gyromancy- by whirling round till dizziness causes a fall
Halomancy- by salt
Haruspicy- by the entrails of animals
Hepatoscopy- by the liver of an animal
Hieromancy- by observation of sacrificed things
Horoscopy- by planets and stars
Hydromancy- by water
Ichthyomancy- by fishes
Lampadomancy- by the flame of a candle or torch
Leconomancy- by the shape taken by oil poured on water
Lithomancy- by stones
Margaritomancy- by pearls
Moleosophy- by moles on the body
Myomancy- by the movements of mice
Necromancy- by communication with the spirits of the dead
Numerology- by numbers and names
Oenomancy- by the appearance of wine poured in libation
Oneiromancy- by dreams
Onomancy- by the letters of a name
Onychomancy- by the fingernails
Ophiomancy- by the behavior of snakes
Ornithomancy- by the flight of birds
Palmistry- by the lines on hands
Pegomancy- by fountains
Pessomancy- by pebbles
Phrenology- by the head
Physiognomy- by the face
Psychometry- by handling an object
Pyromancy- by looking into a fire
Rhabdomancy- by a wand or divining rod
Scapulomancy- by the shoulder blades of animals
Scatoscopy- by inspection of excrement
Sciomancy- by shadows or ghosts
Scrying- by a crystal
Sideromancy- by the movements of straws placed on red-hot iron
Sortilege- by drawing lots
Spodomancy- by ashes, in general
Stichomancy- by random passages in books
Tephromancy- by sacrificial ashes
Theomancy- by oracles, and persons inspired by a god
Uromancy- by urine
Xylomancy- by dry sticks
Zoomancy- by the behavior of animals

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