Divination with Mancys
Divination is from the Latin word divinare, meaning to foresee, to be inspired by a god. Used in various forms throughout history, it is the art or practice that seeks to foresee or foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge, usually by a diviner (the reader) using their interpretations of how a querent (the enquirer) should proceed, by reading energies, symbols and signs.
There are many methods of divination using various tools, after all that is what they are, just tools. If you are reading tea leaves for example, you are not reading the actual leaves as such. The querent will hold the cup of tea and they will drink it. The tea, water, cup and saucer will absorb the querents energies. It is the energies absorbed in to these items and the signs and symbols of the remaining tea leaves that are then ‘read’. Some readers will also look at the pattern, shape and type of chosen cup and saucer. It is the diviners interpretation of how they ‘feel’ and what they ‘see’ that becomes the message. Tools are a great focal point to help you tune in to your psyche.
On the following pages you will find information on Divination that begins with the subject of choice and ends with the term mancy, and maybe an odd ology.
During the Middle Ages, scholars very often used the suffix – mantia when the art seemed more mystical. It’s from the Greek word mantis, meaning prophet, which is now termed as mancy. They also used the suffix – logia when the art was more of a communication, from Greek legein, meaning to speak or to study, which is now termed as ology.
Over the years I have attended many development classes and tried numerous types of divination, some have been hilarious and some have been absurd, but most have been surprisingly accurate. However, all of them have been very interesting. I hope you will find these pages enlightening and fun.
Here are a few to give you an idea, but I wouldn’t suggest trying them all:
The first one that I have to mention is for obvious reasons 🙂
Mo is a form of divination that is part of the culture and religion of Tibet. The Tibetan people consult Mo when making important decisions about health, work or travel. Mo employs dice, in which 2 casts of a die are tallied, indicating 1 of 36 possible results. There are books written by various lamas on interpretations for the casting of dice. The answers given by the Mo are regarded as coming from Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of wisdom. The Dalai Lama consults the Mo divination when making important decisions.
Abacomancy / Amathomancy (the Greek word amathos, meaning sand) is a form of divination based on the interpretation of the patterns in dust, dirt, silt, sand, or the ashes of the recently deceased. Readers drop the dirt, sand, or ashes on a flat surface and start looking for a pattern that may represent symbols or pictures. They interpret the symbols and pictures to what is going to happen in the future.
See Amathomancy page for more information.
Aleuromancy In its original form, slips of paper containing philosophical writings would be baked inside of cakes or cookies, which would then be distributed to those wishing their fortunes to be told.
See Aleuromancy page for more information.
Astrology consists of several systems of divination based on the relationship between astronomical phenomena and events in the human world. In the West, astrology most often consists of a system of horoscopes to explain aspects of a person’s personality and predict future events in their life based on the positions of the sun, moon, and other celestial objects at the time of their birth.
Axinomancy is a form of divination using an axe or hatchet. Most of the methods involve throwing an axe into the ground, or swinging it into a tree or wooden table and interpreting the direction of the handle or the quivering of the blade.
Another interesting method is heating an axe-head in a fire until it glows, and then interpreting the colours and shapes.
Batraquomancy / Batrachomancy is divination by frogs, newts or toads. The diviner will observe the motion of the frog and the way it moves towards cards or items that may represent choices. Some put a frog in a vase with a ladder. If it climbs the ladder, then the weather is supposed to be fine.
Bibliomancy (biblio, meaning books) is a form divination using sacred books such as the Bible, something with verses or passages. The method was to pick a book that was believed to hold the truth. Balance it on it’s spine and allow it to fall open. A passage was then picked with eyes closed. However, because book owners frequently had favorite passages that the books opened themselves to, some practitioners used dice or another randomiser to choose the page to be opened.
This method is still used today. Find a spiritual or philosophical book or any book you might randomly pick in a library and whilst holding the book think of the question you wish to ask. Then slowly flicker the pages until you feel you have found a stopping place. Open the book and read the sentence or paragraph that your eyes are immediately drawn to.
Carromancy / Ceromancy (the Greek carro meaning waxen) is a form of divination involving wax. One of the most common methods of carromancy is to heat wax until molten, then to pour it directly into cold water. The shapes and movements of the wax as it cools and solidifies can then be read to forecast signs of the future.
Another method more commonly practiced is studying the burning of an ordinary candle, also known as pyromancy. The movements and erratic actions of the flame are then said to predict the future.
Cartomancy is a form of fortune-telling or divination using a deck of playing cards. Practitioners of cartomancy are generally known as cartomancers. The most popular method of cartomancy using a standard 52 cards playing deck is referred to as the Wheel of Fortune. The reader removes cards at random and assigns significance to them based in the order they were chosen.
Cromniomancy is a form of divination by onions. It is usually done by interpreting their sprouting behaviour. Although another method which does not involve sprouting is said to predict the weather.
See Cromniomancy page for more information.
Dactylomancy (the Greek word for finger) is form of divination using rings. A ring is suspended like a pendulum above a surface that is marked with letters or symbols. The direction of the swing indicates which symbols are to be consulted, or which letters are to be formed into a message, in answer to a specific question.
Today people use a similar method for predicting a baby’s gender. They attach a ring, usually the mum to be’s wedding ring, to a piece of string and hold it over the baby bump or the mother’s left palm. If the ring swings from sided to side they predict it will be a boy, if it swings in a circle they predict it will be a girl. It has a 50% chance of being right!
Fructomancy is a form of divination using fruit. Such as apples or oranges. See following pages for more information.
Gyromancy is a form of divination in which a person spins around or walks the circumference of a circle drawn on the ground, the perimeter of which is marked with the letters of an alphabet. The divination is inferred from the letter at the position where the person either stumbles or falls across the circle’s edge. The person would repeat the practice until he evolved an intelligible sentence, or till death or madness intervened. The dizziness brought on by spinning or circling is intended to introduce randomness or to facilitate an altered state of consciousness.
Lithomancy is a form of divination by which the future is told using gems or stones. In modern times 13 stones are tossed onto a board or cloth and a prediction made based on the pattern in which they fall. You can also draw 3 or 4 stones out of a pouch and interpret them. The stones are representative of various concepts: fortune, magic, love, news, home life and the astrological signs of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the Sun, the Moon and the Universe.
See Lithomancy page for more information.
Macharomancy (Greek word makhaira, meaning a short sword or a dagger) is a form of divination by interpreting knives or daggers. There are different methods such as gazing in to the polished blades but one of the most popular methods consists of placing a dagger in the center of the circle with letters and numbers. Spirits are then asked a question, and a dagger is spun. Each time it stops, a reader writes down the letter or number to which the blade points. Spinning is repeated until the answer is spelled out.
Numerology has many systems, traditions and beliefs. Numerology is a form of divination by numbers. Systems were popular among early mathematicians, but are no longer considered part of mathematics.
Oomancy / Ovomancy is a form of divination by eggs. An example would be the oracular reading or scrying of the shapes a raw egg white forms when dropped in a glass of water. See following pages for more information.
See Oomancy page for more information.
Podomancy is a form of divination by examining the lines of soles. Similar to palmistry, podomancy is based on the belief that a person’s feet represent the symbol of that person’s soul. Diviners intemperate sizes, shapes and lines of the feet to reveal the personality and the future of the person to be divined upon.
Pyromancy is a form of divination by fire. The diviner observes flames, from a fire, a candle, or another source of flame, and interprets the shapes that he or she sees within them. See following pages for more information.
Rhabdomancy is a form of divination by means of any rod, wand, staff, stick, arrow, or the like. One method was setting a number of staffs on end and observing where they fall, to divine the direction one should travel, or to find answers to certain questions.
Rumpology is a form of divination by reading a persons bottom. It is performed by examining crevices, dimples, warts, moles and folds of the buttocks to divine the individual’s character and gain an understanding of what has occurred in the past and get a prediction of the future.
See Rumpology page for more information.
Tasseomancy / Tasseography is a form of divination or fortune-telling that interprets patterns and symbols in tea leaves. See following pages for more information.
Taromancy is a form of fortune-telling or divination using a deck of Tarot cards.
See Tarot pages for more information.
Zoomancy is a form of divination by animal behaviour. However the behaviour of various animals have specific mancy names.
I will elaborate further on some of the more popular and fun forms of divination on the following pages.
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