Divination

 



From the earliest stages of civilization people have used various means of divination to communicate
with the supernatural when seeking help in their public and private lives. Divination is most often practiced as a means of foretelling the future, and sometimes the past. It is one of the primary practices used by witches, wizards, medicine men, sorcerers, and shamans. These various groups of
persons are often called diviners, who often belonged to special classes of priests and priestesses in past and present civilizations, and are specially trained in the practice and interpretation of their divinatory skills.

The methodology for practicing the divinatory skills seems to divide into two categories: the first is the observation and interpretation on natural phenomena, and the second is the observation and interpretation of man-made “voluntary” phenomena. Natural phenomena includes two major
subcategories of activity: astrology, and hepatoscopy. To a lesser degree the observation of the following occurrences also can be listed under natural phenomena: unexpected storms, particular cloud formations, birth monstrosities in both man and animal, howling or unnatural actions in dogs, and night-marish dreams.

Man-made or “voluntary” phenomena is defined as being deliberately produced for the sole purpose of soothsaying and includes such acts as necromancy, pouring oil into a basin of water to observe the formation of bubbles and rings in the receptacle, shooting arrows, casting lots, and numerous other acts.

The ancient Romans favored augury and haruspicy. The Egyptians, Druids, and Hebrews relied on scrying. The Druids also read death throes and entrails of sacrificed animals.

The Greeks had their oracle which spoke for the gods. In the Middle Ages grain, sand or peas were tossed onto a field in order to read the patterns after the substances fell. As far back as 1000 BC. the Chinese had “I CHING,” an oracle which involved the tossing and reading of long short yarrow sticks. Another ancient Chinese divinatory practice which is still used is “feng-shui,” or geomancy, which involves the erecting of buildings, tombs, and other physical structures by determining the
currents of invisible energy coursing through the earth. Presently people also are using this principle for the arrangement of furniture in their homes.

Many divinatory methods are still used today, especially in paganism, witchcraft, voodoo and Santeria.
Most Christians would probably disagree but prayer might also be considered a divinatory act. Many practitioners today do not feel signs of divination are absolute or fixed, but believe they still have free choices in their future. They believe divination helps them in making better choices. A.G.H.


Sources: 2, 4.

In this section divination and various divinatory forms are examined. The similarities and differences of the different forms will be described.

The following articles are presented:

Divinatory forms:

666 and Its Connection to the Pyramids
666, DNA, and Pi
A Very Interesting So Called Coincidence
Aeromancy
Alectromancy or Alectryomancy
Aleuromancy
Alomancy
Alphitomancy
Amniomancy
Amulets
Anthropomancy
Apantomancy
Arithmancy
Ashagalomancy
Aspidomancy
Astragalomancy
Astrampsychus,
Lots of
Augury
Austromancy
Auto-manzia
Axinomancy
Babylonian devil
trap

Belomancy
Bibliomancy
Black Hen, The Fast of
Botanomancy

Bruja
Capnomancy
Captromancy (or Enoptromancy)
Cargo Cults
Cartomancy
Cartopedy
Caul
Causimomancy
Cephalomancy
Ceraunoscopy
Ceremancy
Ceroscopy
Chaomancy
Charms
Circumference
and 44 & Pi

Cledonism (or Cledonomantia)
Cleidomancy
Cleromancy
Connection to the Mayans & Me
Corn Dolly
Coscinomancy
Counter Charms
Critomancy
Crystalomancy or crystal gazing
Crystals
Cursed Bread
Curses
Dactylomancy
Daphnomancy
Debility
Demonomancy
Djemscheed,
The Cup of

Dowsing
Egg tree
*Enochain Magic*
Eromancy
Eromanty
Extispicy (or Extispicium)
Eye of Horus
Familiars
Feng-shui
Fetish
Fionn’s window
Flagae
Gastromancy
Gematria
Geomancy
Glas Chairm
Golden Key
Graphology
Gris-gris
Gyromancy
Halomancy
Haruspicy
Hepatoscopy
Hippomancy
Hex
Hex death
Hex signs
Hydromancy
Icthyomancy
Meet the I Ching
The I Ching and the Tao
Kephalonomancy
Lady-bird
Lampodomancy
Lecanomancy
Libanomancy
Licking (a Charm)
Lithomancy
Magical Names
Margaritomancy
Marqiu rituals
Metagraphology
Molybdomancy
Monen
Myomancy
Mystical Number
Seven, The

Necromancy
Nichusch
Nine
Notarikon
Numerology
Oneiromancy
Onimancy (or Onycomancy)
Onomancy (or Onomamancy)
Onychomancy
Oomancy
Ooscopy or Oomantia
Ophiomancy
Ornithomancy
Ozark Witchcraft
folklore
Pegomancy
Pendulums
Pessomancy (or Psephomancy)
Philtre
Phyllorhodomancy
Poppy seeds
Prenestine Lots, The
Providence
Psychometry
Pyromancy
Pyroscopy
Radiesthesia
Rhabdomancy
Rhasodomancy
Runes
Saphy (or Grigris)
Scapulomancy
Scrying
Scrying by Fire
She-Goat
Shewstone
Sigils
Speal Bone
Spells
Stichomancy
Stolisomancy
Sycomancy
Talismans
Tarot
Tasseography
Tasseomancy
Temurah
Tephramancy
The 365
Day Gematria Calendar
Theomancy
Tyromancy
Urim and Thummum
Valuable Numbers
Witch bottle
Witch peg


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