Methods of Divination

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There are so many methods of divination, that I think it can truthfully be said that anything can be used, at any time, and in any place to divine the answers to whatever question you have on your mind. What follows is a really long A to Z  listing of divination methods, along with a brief explanation. As you scroll through the list, maybe it will give you some ideas for creating your own unique method of divining the future, and getting helpful answers when the way ahead seems unclear.

A

  • Abacomancy – divination by dust.
  • Acultomancy – divination by needle
  • Aeromancy  – divination by atmospheric conditions
  • Agalmatomancy – divination by statues
  • Aichmomancy – divination by sharp objects
  • Ailuromancy/Aeluromancy (also Felidomancy) – divination by cats
  • Alectormancy / Alectromancy – divination by rooster sacrifice
  • Alectryomancy/Alectoromancy – divination by rooster behavior
  • Aleuromancy – divination by flour and/or by fortune cookies
  • Alomancy / Halomancy / Adromancy – divination by salt
  • Alphabetical divination – divination by random choosing of the letters of the alphabet.
  • Alphitomancy – divination by barley
  • Alveromancy – divination by sounds
  • Ambulomancy – divination by walking
  • Amniomancy – divination by placenta
  • Anemoscopy / Anemomancy – divination by wind
  • Authomancy – divination by flowers
  • Anthracomancy – divination by burning coals
  • Anthropomancy – divination by human sacrifice
  • Anthroposcopy – divination by physical appearance
  • Apantomancy – divination by chance encounters with animals
  • Arachnomancy – divination by spiders
  • Archeomancy / Archaeomancy – divination by sacred relics
  • Ariolation – divination by altars
  • Arithmancy – divination by assigning numerical value to a word or phrase
  • Armomancy – divination by one’s own shoulders
  • Aruspicina – study of entrails for divination
  • Asidomancy – divination by sitting in a drawn circle
  • Astragalomancy/Astragalamancy (also cubomancy) – divination by dice
  • Astrapomancy – divination by lightning
  • Astrology / Astromancy / Astroscopy – divination by celestial bodies
  • Augury – divination by bird formations
  • Auramancy – divination by auras
  • Austomancy – divination by wind
  • Asiomancy / Axinomancy – divination by axes

B

  • Batraquomancy / Batrachomancy – divination by frogs
  • Belomancy / Bolomancy – divination by arrows
  • Bibliomancy – divination by the Bible
  • Biorhythmic Divination – divination according to biorhythms
  • Bletonism / Bletonomancy – divination by water current
  • Botanomancy – divination by burning sage or figs
  • Brontomancy / Brontoscopy – divination by thunder
  • Bumpology – divination by bumps on the skin

C

  • Canomancy – divination by dogs
  • Capnomancy – divination by smoke
  • Carromancy – divination by melting wax
  • Catoptromancy/Captromancy (also enoptromancy, djubed) – divination by mirrors
  • Causimancy / Causimomancy – divination by burning
  • Cephaleonomancy / Cephalonomancy – divination by boiling a donkey’s head
  • Ceraunoscopy – divination by thunder and lightning
  • Ceromancy / Ceroscopy – divination by dripping wax in water
  • Chalcomancy – divination by striking gongs or copper bowls
  • Chaomancy – divination by aerial visions
  • Chartomancy – divination by things on paper
  • Cartomancy – divination by cards
  • Cheiromancy/Chiromancy (also palmistry or palm reading) – divination by palms
  • Choriomancy – divination by pig bladders
  • Chresmomancy – divination by the ravings of lunatics
  • Chronomancy – divination by apt occasion
  • Cineromancy/Ceneromancy – divination by the ashes of a specifically sacrificial or ritual fire
  • Crystal gazing – divination by reflective objects
  • Clamancy – divination by random shouts and cries heard in crowds, at night, etc
  • Cledonism / Cledonomancy – divination by chance events or overheard words
  • Cleidomancy / Clidomancy – divination by keys
  • Cleromancy – divination by casting
  • Cometomancy – divination by comet tails
  • Colormancy / Coloromancy – divination by colors
  • Conchomancy – divination by shells
  • Cosquinomancy / Coscinomancy – divination by hanging sieves
  • Cottabomancy / Cottobomancy – divination by wine in a brass bowl
  • craniognomy: by skulls
  • Crawling Baby – divination by a baby’s crawling
  • Crithomancy/Critomancy – divination by barley cakes
  • Cromnyomancy/Cromniomancy – divination by onion sprouts
  • Crystallomancy (also spheromancy, crystal ball gazing) – divination by crystal ball
  • Cryptomancy – divination by omens
  • Cryomancy – divination by ice
  • Cyathomancy – divination by cups
  • Cybermancy – divination by computer oracles
  • Cyclicomancy – divination by swirling water in a cup
  • Cyclomancy – divination by wheels

D

  • Dactyliomancy – divination by finger rings
  • Dactylomancy – divination by means of finger movements
  • Daphnomancy – divination by burning laurel wreaths
  • Demonomancy – divination by demons
  • Dendromancy  – divination by trees, especially oaks, yews, or mistletoe
  • Deuteroscopy  – divination by second glance or double take
  • Dictiomancy – divination  by randomly opening a dictionary
  • Dōbutsu uranai – divination by animal horoscope
  • Domino divination – divination by dominoes
  • Dowsing (also divining, water witching) – divination by a divining rod
  • Dracomancy  – divination by dragons
  • Dream questions – divination by dreaming
  • Dririmancy/driromancy  – divination by dripping blood
  • Drimimancy/drymimancy – divination by bodily fluids

E

  • Electromancy- divination by lightning and electricity
  • Eleomancy/elaeomancy- divination by oil
  • Empirimancy- divination by experiment/experience
  • Empyromancy – divination  by burning
  • Enochian Chess – divination  by playing a four·handed variant of the game
  • Entomomancy/entomancy – divination by insects
  • Eromancy – divination by water vessels exposed to air
  • Extispicy/extispication – divination  by the remains of sacrificed animals

F

  • Favomancy – divination by beans
  • Floriography/floromancy – divination by flowers’ feelings
  • Fractomancy – divination by fractals
  • Fructomancy/fructimancy – divination  by fruit
  • Feng Shui – divination by Feng Shui

G

  • Galvanoscopy – divination by galvanism
  • Gastromancy – divination by guttural sounds
  • Geomancy  – divination by earth
  • Geloscopy  – divination by laughter
  • Gematria – divination  by the Hebrew alphabet
  • Genethlialogy – divination by birth dates
  • Grammomancy – divination by writing individual letters
  • Graphology (also graptomancy) – divination  by studying handwriting
  • Gyromancy  – divination by dizziness

H

  • Hagiomancy- divination by saints
  • Hakata- divination by bones or dice
  • Hematomancy/haematomancy – divination by blood
  • Hepatoscopy/hepatomancy (also haruspicy, haruspication) – divination by liver
  • Hieromancy/hieroscopy  – divination by studying sacrifices’ entrails
  • Hippomancy – divination by horse behavior
  • Horoscopy  – divination by aspect of the Stars at nativity 
  • Hydatomancy – divination by rainwater
  • Hydromancy – divination by water
  • Hyomancy – divination by wild hogs
  • Hypnomancy – divination by sleep

I

  • I Ching divination  – divination by the I Ching or the accompanying I Ching manual
  • Ichnomancy  – divination by footprints
  • Ichthyomancy – divination by fish behavior
  • Iconomancy  – divination by icons
  • Idolomancy  – divination by idols
  • Ifá- divination by geomancy patterns generated with palm nuts, opele, cowrie shells, etc… that refer to Ifa Divination texts; a collection of odu Ifa verses.
  • Iridology – divination  by eye color
  • Isopsephy – divination  by numbers and letters

J

  • Jyotish- divination Vedic system of astrology

K

  • Kabbalah/qabalah/cabala – divination  by the Kabbalah
  • Kau cim – divination  by bamboo
  • Knissomancy – divination by incense

L

  • Libanomancy – divination by smoke or ash from incense
  • Labiomancy  – divination by lips
  • Lampadomancy  – divination by flame
  • Lecanomancy/lecanoscopy  – divination by a basin of water
  • Letnomancy: by secrets
  • Literomancy  – divination by a letter in a written language
  • Lithomancy  – divination by gems or stones
  • Logarithmancy  – divination by logarithms
  • Logomancy  – divination by words
  • Lots- divination by through chance, or the drawing or tossing of lots
  • Lychnomancy  – divination by candles
  • Libanomancy  – divination by smoke or ash from incense 

M

  • Macharomancy- divination by swords or knives
  • Macromancy- divination by large objects
  • Maculomancy- divination by spots on the skin
  • Mahjong divination- divination by Mahjong tiles
  • Margaritomancy- divination by bouncing pearls
  • Mathemancy- divination by mathematics
  • Mazomancy- divination by nursing
  • Meconomancy – divination by sleeping
  • Megapolisomancy- divination by large cities
  • Meilomancy- divination by moles
  • Metagnomy- divination by magic
  • Meteormancy – divination by meteors
  • Meteoromancy – divination by thunder and lightning
  • Metoposcopy/metopomancy – divination by the lines of the forehead
  • Micromancy – divination by small objects
  • Moleosophy – divination by blemishes
  • Molybdomancy – divination by molten metal
  • Moromancy – divination by foolishness
  • Myomancy – divination by rodent behavior
  • Myrmomancy – divination by ant behavior

N

  • Narcomancy- divination by sleep
  • Necromancy- divination by speaking to the dead, by corpses
  • Necyomancy – divination by summoning damned souls
  • Nephomancy – divination by clouds
  • Nggàm- divination by spider or crab behavior
  • Nigromancy – divination by black magic
  • Notarikon/netrikon- divination by  initials
  • Numerology – divination by numbers
  • Numismatomancy: by coins

O

  • Oculomancy – divination by eyes
  • Odontomancy – divination by teeth
  • Oenomancy/oinomancy – divination by wine
  • Ogham casting- divination by Ogham letters
  • Ololygmancy- divination by the howling of dogs
  • Omphalomancy – divination by by navels
  • Oneiromancy/oneiroscopy – divination by dreams
  • Onomancy/onomomancy/nomancy – divination by letters in a name
  • Onychomancy/onymancy/onimancy – divination by finger· and toenails
  • Oomancy/ooscopy (also ovomancy)- divination by by eggs
  • Ophidiomancy/ophiomancy- divination by snakes behavior
  • Orniscopy/ornithomancy- divination by bird migration
  • Oromancy- divination by mountains
  • Oryctomancy- divination by minerals
  • Osteomancy- divination by bones
  • Ouija/Ouije- divination by ouija board

P

  • Pallomancy- divination by  pendulums
  • Palmistry/palm reading – divination by reading lines on the palms of the hand
  • Papyromancy- divination by folding paper, especially paper money
  • Pegomancy- divination by fountains
  • Pessomancy- divination by pebbles
  • Pecthimancy/petchimancy- divination by brushed cloth
  • Phobomancy- divination by feelings of fear
  • Photomancy- divination by fields of light
  • Phrenology (also organoscopy)- divination by the configuration of one’s brain
  • Phyllomancy- divination by leaves
  • Phyllorhodomancy- divination by rose petals
  • Physiognomy/physiognomancy- divination by faces
  • Phytognomy- divination by  the appearance of plants
  • Plastromancy- divination by cracks formed by heat on a turtle’s plastron
  • Pilimancy- divination by observing the patterns produced by a collection of human hair.
  • Plumbomancy- divination by observing shapes molten lead makes when poured in water
  • Pneumancy- divination by blowing
  • Podomancy/pedomancy (also cartopedy)- divination by the soles of one’s feet
  • Ppoe divination- divination by throwing stones on the floor, practised at Taoist temples
  • Portenta (also ostenta)- divination by study of natural phenomena
  • Psephomancy- divination by lots or ballots
  • Pseudomancy- divination by false means, such as Peter Answers
  • Psychognomy- divination by phrenological notations
  • Ptarmoscopy/ptarmoscopie- divination by the interpretation of sneezes
  • Pyromancy/pyroscopy- divination by fire

Q

  • Qabalah → see kabbalah

R

  • Radiesthesia- divination by rods, pendulums, or other cylindrical tools
  • Retromancy- divination by looking over one’s shoulder
  • Rhabdomancy/rabdomancy- divination by rods, sticks, or wands
  • Rhapsodomancy- divination by poetry
  • Roadomancy – divination by constellations
  • Rumpology (also natimancy)- divination by buttocks
  • Runecasting/Runic- divination by runes

S

  • Scapulimancy/scapulomancy (also spatulamancy, omoplatoscopy) – divination by bovine or caprid shoulder blades
  • Scarpomancy – divination by old shoes
  • Scatomancy – divination by excrement
  • Schematomancy – divination by the face
  • Sciomancy (also shadowmancy) – divination by shadows
  • Sciomancy – divination by spirits
  • Scrying – divinationby gazing
  • Selenomancy – divination by the moon
  • Shufflemancy – divination by the use of an electronic media player such as an electronic playlist, iPod, or other medium wherein one skips a certain number of songs and the lyrics and/or tune of the song is the answer to the divinatory question.
  • Sideromancy – divination by burning straw with an iron
  • Sikidy – divination by drawing sixteen lines in sand
  • Skatharomancy – divination by beetle tracks
  • Slinneanachd/slinnanacht – divination by animal shoulder blades
  • Solaromancy – divination by the sun
  • Somatomancy – divination by the human form
  • Sortes virgilianae – divination by Vergil’s Aeneid
  • Sortilege – divination by the casting of lots, or sortes
  • Spasmatomancy – divination by convulsions
  • Spatilomancy – divination by animal excrement
  • Sphondulomancy: by spindles
  • Spodomancy – divination  by soot
  • Stareomancy – divination by the four elements
  • Stercomancy – divination by seeds in bird excrement
  • Sternomancy  – divination by ridges on the breastbone
  • Stichomancy – divination by books or lines
  • Stigonomancy – divination by burning writing onto bark
  • Stoicheomancy/stoichomancy – divination by the Iliad and the Odyssey or the Aeneid – to the Greeks, Homer’s writings were held in similar esteem to the Christian Bible or the Muslim Quran, as were Virgil’s writings to the Romans, making them the basic — or elementary — reading material in each culture
  • Stolisomancy – divination by fashion
  • Styramancy – divination by observing patterns produced by chewing gum, gum wax, or products produced by the L. styraciflua tree.
  • Sycomancy – divination by fig leaves
  • Symbolomancy – divination by things found on the road

T

  • Taromancy/tarotmancy – divination by tarot
  • Tasseography/tasseomancy (also kypomancy) – divination by tea leaves or coffee grounds
  • Technomancy – divination by technology
  • Tephramancy/tephromancy – divination by tree bark ashes, by sacrificial or ritual fire ashes, or human sacrificial victim ashes
  • Theomancy – divination foretelling events, prophecy
  • Theriomancy  (also zoomancy) – divination by animal behavior
  • Thumomancy – divination by one’s own soul, presage
  • Topomancy  – divination by geography and geological formations
  • Transataumancy – divination by things accidentally seen or heard
  • Trochomancy  – divination by wheel ruts
  • Turifumy – divination by shapes in smoke
  • Tyromancy/tiromancy  – divination by cheese

U

  • Umbilicomancy – divination by umbilical cords
  • Umbromancy – divination by shade
  • Uranomancy/ouranomancy – divination by the sky
  • Uromancy/urimancy – divination by urine
  • Urticariaomancy – divination by itches

V

  • Videomancy – divination by films

W

X

  • xenomancy – divination by strangers
  • xylomancy  – divination by the shape or texture of wood, or the appearance of burning wood

Y

Z

  • Zygomancy – divination by weight

Source: Wikipedia

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