Multiple Choice Divinations
Figs were considered by many to be the tree of life. This ancient method of reading fig leaves to determine the future of your life is known as sycomancy.
Write your question, scheme or proposal on a fresh fig leaf. Retain the leaf and observe it. A leaf that shrivels up quickly provides a negative response, while a leaf that dries slowly, retaining a fresh, green appearance provides encouragement.
This is also an excellent way to choose between various alternative actions. If you have a number of different ideas, plans, choices, schemes, proposals or scenarios, write each one on a fig leaf — one leaf per option or choice.
Retain the leaves so that they are together under exactly the same conditions but not touching. The leaf that remains fresh, green, and youthful looking the longest represents the oracle’s choice.
If all leaves age at exactly the same place, the indication is that there is yet another, more appropriate choice that has been overlooked. Consider your options further before making a choice.
If you are faced with many choices, write each down on small slips of paper. Fold each twice and place them on a flat surface (such as a picnic table) which is standing free (not up against anything), in a place where a gentle easterly wind is blowing.
The wind should make the papers move around, and then fall to the ground. The last paper remaining on the table (or the last to fall, if you don’t catch it soon enough) is your choice, should you decide to follow it.
If a sudden gust of wind sweeps all the papers off at once, rethink your choices and consider something completely new.
Note: This can be done indoors with the wind coming in through an east facing window, or even a fan blowing gently in an easterly direction.
From: Earth Power
Although he is most famous as the solar-affiliated lord of medicine, music and prophesy, in the guise of his familiar, a mouse, Apollo also guards grain. Through this venue, he provides another oracle. Once upon a time, this system of divination, known as “aleuromancy,” was available if one made a donation at Apollo’s shrine. This ancestor of the fortune cookie, is easily reproduced at home.
Whether this oracle tastes good or is even completely baked depends entirely on whether you plan to eat the oracle once its answer is received.
Here’s how it works:
Make a very simple bread dough from approximately one cup of flour, one egg, and one quarter cup of water. Write your choices or alternatives on slips of paper. Place each within a ball of dough. Each ball must appear reasonably identical. Bake these balls so that they’re sufficiently hard. When they cool off, request Apollo’s blessings, then select a ball and an oracle. The oracles that are not chosen can be left outside in an area frequented by field mice as an offering and a thank you.
Adapted from: The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells
In this popular Halloween divination spell, three dishes are taken. One is empty; one contains dirty water and the last one has clean water. These dishes are arranged on the hearth. People are blindfolded and taken to the dishes. They then dip their fingers into the dishes, one by one. Those who dip their fingers in clean water first will marry a virgin; those who dip in dirty water will marry a widow or widower, while those who find empty dish are destined to be a bachelor or a spinster.
Found at: I Love India
If you have a number of suitors and wish to find which one is best for you, there is a ritual that may be done at night when the moon is shining. Draw a large circle on a sheet of paper and write the names of your admirers anywhere within the circumference. Take up the paper in your left hand, and hold a needle in your right hand. Facing the moon, close your eyes and stab the needle into the paper.
The name closest to the hole made by the needle is the one who is best for you. If the hole actually posses through the name – so that moonlight flows through the hole and, therefore, through the name – then that person will be the very best match for you.
This divination method can be modified for use whenever you are unsure of your choices. Simply write the choices on the paper and follow the above instructions.
From: The Fortune Telling Book by Raymond Buckland