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Divinition (fortune telling)

Divination is the attempt to foretell the future or discover occult knowledge by interpreting omens or by using paranormal or supernatural powers. The list of items that have been used in divination is extraordinary. Below are listed just a few. Many end in 'mancy', from the ancient Greek manteia (divination), or 'scopy', from the Greek skopein (to look into, to behold).

aeluromancy (dropping wheatcakes in water and interpreting the result) aeromancy (divination by examining what the air does to certain things) alectoromancy or alectryomancy (divination by a cock: grains of wheat are placed on letters and the cock "spells" the message by selecting grains) alphitomancy (dropping barleycakes in water and interpreting the result) anthropomancy (divination by interpreting the organs of newly sacrificed humans) astragalomancy or astragyromancy (using knucklebones marked with letters of the alphabet) astrology axinomancy (divination by the hatchet: interpreting the quiver when whacked into a table) belomancy (divination by arrows) bronchiomancy (divination by studying the lungs of sacrificed white llamas) capnomancy (divination by the smoke of an altar or sacrificial incense) cartomancy catoptromancy or crystallomancy (using mirrors or lenses) cephalomancy (divination by a donkey's head) chiromancy (palmistry) cleidomancy (divination by interpreting the movements of a key suspended by a thread from the nail of the third finger on a young virgin's hand while one of the Psalms was recited) coscinomancy (divination by a balanced sieve) cromniomancy (divination by onions) dactylomancy (divination by means of rings put on the fingernails or the number of whorls and loops on the fingers) daphnomancy (divination using the laurel branch: how did it crackle when burned?) dowsing extispicy (divination by examining entrails) fractomancy (interpreting the structures of fractal geometric patterns) geomancy gyromancy (divination by walking around a circle of letters until dizzy and one falls down on the letters or in the direction to take) haruspicy (inspecting the entrails of slaughtered animals) hydromancy (divination by examining what certain things do in water or when taken out of water, such as coffee grounds or tea leaves); hydatoscopy (if rainwater is used); pegomancy (if spring-water is used) hepatoscopy or hepatomancy (divination by examining the liver of sacrificed animals) kephalonomancy (burning carbon on the head of an ass while reciting the names of suspected criminals; if you're guilty, a crackling sound will be heard when your name is spoken) lampadomancy (interpreting the movements of the flame of a lamp) libanomancy (interpreting the smoke of incense) lithomancy (divination using precious stones) lecanomancy (dropping precious stones into water and listening for whistles) margaritomancy (divination by the pearl: if it jumps in the pot when a person is named, then he is the thief!) metoposcopy (interpreting frontal wrinkles) molybdomancy (divination by melted lead: interpreting its noises and hisses when dropped into water) myrmomancy (divination by watching ants eating) necromancy (communicating with spirits of the dead to predict the future) oinomancy (divination by wine) omphalomancy (interpretation of the belly button) oneiromancy (interpretation of dreams) onychomancy (interpreting the reflection of sun rays off fingernails) ornithomancy or orniscopy (interpreting the flights of birds) ovomancy or oomancy or ooscopy (breaking eggs into a container of water and interpreting the shape of the egg white) papyromancy (divination by folding paper) pyromancy or pyroscopy (divination by fire) rhabdomancy (using the divining rod or magic wand) rhapsodmancy (divination by a line in a sacred book that strikes the eye when the book is opened after the diviner prays, meditates or invokes the help of spirits) scapulamancy scrying sideromancy (interpreting straws thrown on a red-hot iron) skatharomancy (interpreting the tracks of a beetle crawling over the grave of a murder victim) splanchnomancy (reading cut sections of a goat liver) stichomancy tasseography (reading tea leaves) tiromancy (interpreting the holes or mold in cheese) urim v'tumim (reading sacred stones attached to the breastplate of the high priest in ancient Judaism) uromancy (divination by reading bubbles made by urinating in a pot)

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