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A few poppy or jasmine seeds were flung on burning coals by magicians when practicing divination by smoke. When the smoke rose straight up into the heavens, it was a good omen, but if the smoke lingered in the air, the omen was thought bad. A.G.H.
Spence, Lewis, An Encyclopedia of Occultism, New
York, Carol Publishing Group Edition, 1996, p. 328