# Types of Divination

The word ‘divination’ comes from the Latin word divinare (meaning to foresee by inspiration by a god) and divinus (meaning divine).

Divination is a method of gaining insight into a question or situation by the use of a process. Diviners have been reading for many hundreds of years and as you will see, there are some pretty whacky ways of answering questions.

Divination is often mistaken for simply fortune telling but it goes much deeper than that. It uses quite formal and often ritualised ways of gaining insight.

Here’s a list of methods of divination. Some appear in more than one category. You’ll be surprised by how many forms of divination there are and also how bizarre a few seem to us now.

**ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR**

Divination by the study of animal behaviour is called **theriomancy / zoomancy**

Divination by the study of ant behaviour is called **myrmomancy**

Divination by the study of bird formations is called **augury**

Divination by the study of bird migration is called **orniscopy** / **ornithomancy / auspicy **/ **auspication / avimancy**

Divination by the study of cats behaviour is called **ailuromancy** / **aeluromancy / felidomancy**

Divination by the study of crab behaviour is called **nggàm**

Divination by the study of fish behaviour is called **ichthyomancy**

Divination by the study of horse behaviour is called **hippomancy**

Divination by the study of rodent behaviour is called **myomancy**

Divination by the study of rooster behaviour is called **alectryomancy** / **alectoromancy**

Divination by the study of snakes behaviour is called **ophidiomancy **/ **ophiomancy**

Divination by the study of spider behaviour is called **nggàm**

Divination by the study of the howling of dogs is called **ololygmancy**

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**ANIMALS **

Divination by the study of animal excrement is called **spatilomancy**

Divination by the study of animal horoscopes is called **dōbutsu uranai**

Divination by the study of beetle tracks is called **skatharomancy**

Divination by the study of bird formations is called **augury**

Divination by the study of bird migration is called **orniscopy** / **ornithomancy / auspicy **/ **auspication / avimancy**

Divination by the study of bones is called **osteomancy**

Divination by the study of chance encounters with animals is called **apantomancy**

Divination by the study of cracks on the underside of a turtle’s shell (the plastron) is called **plastromancy**

Divination by the study of dogs is called **canomancy**

Divination by the study of eggs is called **oomancy** / **ooscopy**

Divination by the study of excrement is called **scatomancy**

Divination by the study of frogs is called **batraquomancy **/ **batrachomancy**

Divination by the study of seeds in bird excrement is called **stercomancy**

Divination by the study of spiders is called **arachnomancy**

Divination by the study of the howling of dogs is called **ololygmancy**

Divination by the study of the shoulder blades of cows, sheep and goats is called **scapulimancy** / **scapulomancy / ****spatulamancy**, **omoplatoscopy**

Divination by the study of wild hogs is called **hyomancy**

Divination by the study of auras is called **auramancy**

Divination by the study of dragons is called **dracomancy**

Divination by the study of insects is called **entomomancy **/ **entomancy**

Divination by the study of pig bladders is called **choriomancy**** **

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**BURNING / FIRE / SMOKE / MELTING**

Divination by the study of burning is called **causimancy** / **causimomancy / empyromancy**

Divination by the study of burning coals is called **anthracomancy**

Divination by the study of burning laurel wreaths is called **daphnomancy**

Divination by the study of burning sage or figs is called **botanomancy**

Divination by the study of burning straw with an iron is called **sideromancy**

Divination by the study of burning writing onto bark is called **stigonomancy**

Divination by the study of fire is called **pyromancy** / **pyroscopy**:

Divination by the study of flame is called **lampadomancy**

Divination by the study of melting wax is called **carromancy**

Divination by the study of shapes in smoke is called **turifumy**

Divination by the study of smoke is called **capnomancy**

Divination by the study of smoke or ash from incense is called **libanomancy**

Divination by the study of soot is called **spodomancy**

Divination by the study of the appearance of burning wood is called **xylomancy**

Divination by the study of the ashes of a specifically sacrificial or ritual fire is called **cineromancy **/ **ceneromancy**

Divination by the study of tree bark ashes, by the study of sacrificial or ritual fire ashes, or human sacrificial victim ashes is called **tephramancy **/ **tephromancy**

**CARDS**

Divination by the study of cards is called **cartomancy**

Divination by the study of tarot is called **taromancy** / **tarotmancy**

### **CASTING**

Divination by the study of beans is called **favomancy**

Divination by the study of casting is called **cleromancy**

Divination by the study of dominoes is called **domino**** ****divination**

Divination by the study of Ogham letters* is called **Ogham**** ****casting**

**an Early Medieval alphabet used to write the early Irish language *

Divination by the study of throwing stones on the floor, practised at Taoist temples is called **poe divination**

Divination by the study of dice is called **astragalomancy** / **astragalamancy / cubomancy**

Divination by the study of runes is called **runecasting** /**Runic divination**

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**DOWSING**

Divination by the study of dowsing for water** is called water witching**

Divination by the study of dowsing with rods, pendulums or other cylindrical tools is called **radiesthesia**

Divination by the study of pendulums is called **pallomancy**

Divination by the use of a divining rod is called **dowsing**

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**EVENTS**

Divination by the study of apt occasion is called **chronomancy**

Divination by the study of chance events is called **cledonism** / **cledonomancy**

Divination by the study of experiment / experience is called **empirimancy**

Divination by the study of things accidentally seen or heard is called **transataumancy**

Divination by the study of omens is called **cryptomancy**

**FLOWERS / PLANTS / TREES**

Divination by the study of auras is called **auramancy**

Divination by the study of bamboo is called **kau cim**

Divination by the study of beans is called **favomancy**

Divination by the study of burning writing onto bark is called **stigonomancy**

Divination by the study of fig leaves is called **sycomancy**

Divination by the study of flowers is called **anthomancy**

Divination by the study of flowers’ feelings is called **floriography** / **floromancy**

Divination by the study of fractals is called **fractomancy**

Divination by the study of fruit is called **fructomancy **/ **fructimancy**

Divination by the study of leaves is called **phyllomancy**

Divination by the study of observing patterns produced by the chewing of gum, gum wax, or products produced by the L. styraciflua tree is called **styramancy**

Divination by the study of rose petals is called **phyllorhodomancy**

Divination by the study of tea leaves or coffee grounds is called **tasseography** / **tasseomancy**

Divination by the study of the appearance of plants is called **phytognomy**

Divination by the study of the shape or texture of wood is called **xylomancy**

Divination by the study of trees, especially oaks, yews, or mistletoe is called **dendromancy**** **

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**FOOD AND DRINK**

Divination by the study of barley is called **alphitomancy**

Divination by the study of barley cakes is called **crithomancy** / **critomancy**

Divination by the study of beans is called **favomancy**

Divination by the study of cheese is called **tyromancy **/ **tiromancy**

Divination by the study of flour is called **aleuromancy**

Divination by the study of fruit is called **fructomancy **/ **fructimancy**

Divination by the study of onion sprouts is called **cromnyomancy** / **cromniomancy**

Divination by the study of salt is called **alomancy** /**Halomancy / adromancy**)

Divination by the study of tea leaves or coffee grounds is called **tasseography** / **tasseomancy**

Divination by the study of wine in a brass bowl is called **cottabomancy **/ **cottobomancy**

Divination by the study of wine is called **oenomancy** / **oinomancy**

Divination by the study of fortune cookies is called **aleuromancy**

**HUMAN BEHAVIOUR**

Divination by the study of breast feeding a baby is called **mazomancy**

Divination by the study of experiment / experience is called **empirimancy**

Divination by the study of feelings of fear is called **phobomancy**

Divination by the study of foolishness is called **moromancy**

Divination by the study of laughter is called **geloscopy**

Divination by the study of looking over one’s shoulder is called **retromancy**

Divination by the study of overheard words is called **cledonism** / **cledonomancy**

Divination by the study of random shouts and cries heard in crowds is called **clamancy**

Divination by the study of second glance or double take is called **deuteroscopy**

Divination by the study of sitting in a drawn circle is called **aspidomancy**

Divination by the study of things accidentally seen or heard is called **transataumancy**

Divination by the study of walking is called **ambulomancy**

**HUMAN BODY**

Divination by the study of blemishes is called **moleosophy**

Divination by the study of blood is called **hematomancy **/ **haematomancy**

Divination by the study of blowing is called **pneumancy**

Divination by the study of bones is called **osteomancy**

Divination by the study of breast feeding a baby is called **mazomancy**

Divination by the study of bumps on the skin is called **bumpology**

Divination by the study of buttocks is called **rumpology** / **natimancy**

Divination by the study of convulsions is called **spasmatomancy**

Divination by the study of dizziness is called **gyromancy**

Divination by the study of dripping blood is called **dririmancy **/ **driromancy**

Divination by the study of eggs is called **oomancy** / **ooscopy**

Divination by the study of excrement is called **scatomancy**

Divination by the study of eye color is called **iridology**

Divination by the study of eyes is called **oculomancy**

Divination by the study of faces is called **physiognomy** / **physiognomancy**

Divination by the study of finger movements is called **dactylomancy**

Divination by the study of fingernails and toenails is called **onychomancy** / **onymancy **/ **onimancy**

Divination by the study of hands is called **cheirognomy **/ **chirognomy**

Divination by the study of itches is called **urticariaomancy**

Divination by the study of lips is called **labiomancy**

Divination by the study of liver is called **hepatoscopy** / **hepatomancy**

Divination by the study of navels is called **omphalomancy**

Divination by the study of one’s own shoulders is called **armomancy**

Divination by the study of palms is called **cheiromancy** / **chiromancy / palmistry / palm reading**

Divination by the study of physical appearance is called **anthroposcopy**

Divination by the study of ridges on the breastbone is called **sternomancy**

Divination by the study of skulls is called **cephalomancy** / **craniognomy**

Divination by the study of spots on the skin is called **maculomancy**

Divination by the study of teeth is called **odontomancy**

Divination by the study of the configuration of one’s brain is called **phrenology** / **organoscopy**

Divination by the study of the face is called **schematomancy**

Divination by the study of the human form is called **somatomancy**

Divination by the study of the interpretation of sneezes is called **ptarmoscopy **/ **ptarmoscopie**

Divination by the study of the lines of the forehead is called **metoposcopy** / **metopomancy**

Divination by the study of the patterns produced by a collection of human hair is called **pilimancy**

Divination by the study of the soles of one’s feet is called **podomancy** / **pedomancy /** **cartopedy**

Divination by the study of auras is called **auramancy**

Divination by the study of biorhythms is called **biorhythmic**** ****divination**

Divination by the study of bodily fluids is called **drimimancy **/ **drymimancy**

Divination by the study of moles on the body is called **meilomancy**

Divination by the study of phrenological notations is called **psychognomy**

Divination by the study of placenta is called **amniomancy**

Divination by the study of umbilical cords is called **umbilicomancy**

Divination by the study of urine is called **uromancy** / **urimancy**

**MODERN WORLD**

Divination by the study of computer oracles is called **cybermancy**

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 is called **shufflemancy**

Divination by the study of films is called **videomancy**

Divination by the study of technology is called **technomancy**

**NATURAL WORLD**

Divination by the study of aerial visions to interpret atmospheric conditions is called **chaomancy** (subdivision of aeromancy)

Divination by the study of atmospheric conditions is called **aeromancy**

Divination by the study of celestial bodies is called **astrology** / **astromancy** / **astroscopy**

**nephomancy**

Divination by the study of comet tails is called **cometomancy**

Divination by the study of constellations is called **roadomancy**

Divination by the study of earth is called **geomancy**

Divination by the study of gems or stones is called **lithomancy**

Divination by the study of geography and geological formations is called **topomancy**

Divination by the study of light is called **photomancy**

Divination by the study of lightning and electricity is called **electromancy**

Divination by the study of lightning and thunder is called **meteoromancy**

Divination by the study of lightning is called **astrapomancy**

Divination by the study of minerals is called **oryctomancy**

Divination by the study of mountains is called **oromancy**

Divination by the study of natural phenomena is called **portenta** / **ostenta**

Divination by the study of oil is called **eleomancy **/ **elaeomancy**

Divination by the study of pebbles is called **pessomancy**

Divination by the study of rainwater is called **hydatomancy**

Divination by the study of sand is called **amathomancy**

Divination by the study of shade is called **umbromancy**

Divination by the study of shells is called **conchomancy**

Divination by the study of the aspect of the Stars at a person’s birth is called **h****oroscopy**

Divination by the study of the moon is called **selenomancy**

Divination by the study of the sky is called **uranomancy **/ **ouranomancy**

Divination by the study of the sun is called **solaromancy**

Divination by the study of the four elements is called **stareomancy**

Divination by the study of thunder and lightning is called **ceraunoscopy**

Divination by the study of thunder is called **brontomancy **/ **brontoscopy**

Divination by the study of wind is called **anemoscopy** /**anemomancy**

Divination by the study of meteors is called **meteormancy**

**NUMBERS / READING / WRITING **** **

Divination by the study of a letter in a written language is called **literomancy**

Divination by the study of assigning numerical value to a word or phrase is called **arithmancy**

Divination by the study of birth dates is called **genethlialogy**

Divination by the study of books or lines is called **stichomancy**

Divination by the study of burning writing onto bark (pyrography) is called **stigonomancy**

Divination by the study of dice is called **astragalomancy** / **astragalamancy / cubomancy**

Divination by the study of dominoes is called **domino**** ****divination**

Divination by the study of drawing sixteen lines in sand is called **sikidy**

Divination by the study of letters in a name is called **onomancy** / **onomomancy **/ **nomancy**

Divination by the study of numbers and letters is called **isopsephy**

Divination by the study of numbers is called **numerology**

Divination by the study of Ogham letters is called **Ogham**** ****casting**

Divination by the study of poetry is called **rhapsodomancy**

Divination by the study of randomly opening a dictionary is called **dictiomancy**

Divination by the study of handwriting is called **graphology** / **graptomancy**

Divination by the study of the aspect of the Stars at a person’s birth is called **horoscopy**

Divination by the study of the Bible is called **bibliomancy**

Divination by the study of the Hebrew alphabet is called **gematria**

Divination by the study of the I Ching or the accompanying I Ching manual is called **I Ching divination**

Divination by the study of the ** Iliad** and the

**or the**

*Odyssey***is called**

*Aeneid***stoicheomancy**/

**stoichomancy**

**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)** **

Divination by the study of things on paper is called **chartomancy**

Divination by the study of words is called **logomancy**

Divination by the study of writing individual letters is called **grammomancy**

Divination by the study of initials is called **notarikon** / **netrikon**

Divination by the study of logarithms is called **logarithmancy**

Divination by the study of mathematics is called **mathemancy**

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**MAGIC**

Divination by the study of black magic is called is called **nigromancy**

Divination by the study of magic is called is called **metagnomy**

Divination by the study of rods, sticks, or wands is called **rhabdomancy** / **rabdomancy**** **

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**RELIGION**

Divination by the study of a prophecy from the Gods is called **theomancy**

Divination by the study of altars is called **areolation**

Divination by the study of incense is called **knissomancy**

Divination by the study of saints is called **hagiomancy**

Divination by the study of speeches by those supposed to be possessed by a divine spirit is called **enthusiasm**

Divination by the study of the Hebrew alphabet is called **gematria**

Divination by the study of the Kabbalah is called **kabbalah**

Divination by the study of icons is called **iconomancy**

Divination by the study of idols is called **idolomancy**

Divination by the study of sacred relics is called **archeomancy**** **

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**SACRIFICE**

Divination by the study of human sacrifice is called **anthropomancy**

Divination by the study of the entrails of a sacrificed beast is called **aruspicina / hieromancy **/ **hieroscopy**

Divination by the study of the remains of sacrificed animals is called **extispicy** / **extispication**

Divination by the study of tree bark ashes, sacrificial or ritual fire ashes or human sacrificial victim ashes is called **tephramancy **/ **tephromancy**

Divination by the study of rooster sacrifice is called **alectormancy** /**alectromancy**

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**SCRYING**

Divination by gazing at reflective objects is called **crystal gazing **

Divination by gazing into a crystal ball is called **gastromancy** / **crystallomancy / spheromancy / crystal ball gazing**

Divination by gazing into mirrors is called **catoptromancy** / **captromancy / enoptromancy**

Divination by gazing into water is called **hydromancy**

Divination by gazing is called **scrying** (shortened from descrying)** **

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**SLEEP / DREAMS**

Divination by the study of dreams is called **oneiromancy** / **oneiroscopy**

Divination by the study of sleep is called **hypnomancy /** **narcomancy**

Divination by the study of sleeping is called **meconomancy**

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**SOUNDS**

Divination by the study of laughter is called **geloscopy**

Divination by the study of sounds is called **alveromancy**

Divination by the study of speeches by those supposed to be possessed by the study of a divine spirit is called **enthusiasm**

Divination by the study of striking gongs or copper bowls is called **chalcomancy**

Divination by the study of the howling of dogs is called **ololygmancy**

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**WATER**

Divination by the study of a basin of water is called **lecanomancy** / **lecanoscopy**

Divination by the study of dowsing for water** is called water witching**

Divination by the study of dripping wax in water is called **ceromancy**/**ceroscopy **

Divination by the study of fountains is called **pegomancy**

Divination by the study of gazing into water is called **hydromancy**

Divination by the study of ice is called **cryomancy**

Divination by the study of molten metal dropped into water is called **molybdomancy**

Divination by the study of rainwater is called **hydatomancy**

Divination by the study of shapes molten lead makes when poured in water is called **plumbomancy**

Divination by the study of swirling water in a cup is called **cyclicomancy**

Divination by the study of the four elements is called **stareomancy**

Divination by the study of water current is called **bletonism **/ **bletonomancy**

Divination by the study of water vessels exposed to air is called **aeromancy / eromancy **

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**WEAPONS**

Divination by the study of arrows is called **belomancy** / **bolomancy**

Divination by the study of axes is called **axiomancy** / **axinomancy**

Divination by the study of swords or knives is called **macharomancy**

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**OBJECTS**

Divination by the study of axes is called **axiomancy** / **axinomancy**

Divination by the study of coins is called **numismatomancy**

Divination by the study of cups is called **cyathomancy**

Divination by the study of finger rings is called **dactyliomancy**

Divination by the study of keys is called **cleidomancy **/ **clidomancy**

Divination by the study of large objects is called **macromancy**

Divination by the study of Mahjong tiles is called **mahjong**** ****divination**

Divination by the study of needles **acultomancy** / **acutomancy**)

Divination by the study of old shoes is called **scarpomancy**

Divination by the study of rods, sticks, or wands is called **rhabdomancy** / **rabdomancy**

Divination by the study of sharp objects is called **aichmomancy**

Divination by the study of small objects is called **micromancy**

Divination by the study of spindles is called **sphondulomancy**

Divination by the study of statues is called **agalmatomancy**

Divination by the study of weights is called **zygomancy**

Divination by the study of wheels is called **cyclomancy**

Divination by the study of wheel ruts is called **trochomancy**

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**OCCULT**

Divination by the study of black magic is called **nigromancy**

Divination by the study of demons is called **demonomancy**

Divination by the study of speaking to corpses is called **necromancy**

Divination by the study of summoning damned souls is called **necyomancy**

**…and the BIZARRE**

Divination by the study of boiling a donkey’s head is called **cephaleonomancy** / **cephalonomancy**

Divination by the study of bouncing pearls is called **margaritomancy**

Divination by the study of brushed cloth is called **pecthimancy **/ **petchimancy**

Divination by the study of dust is called **abacomancy**

Divination by the study of hanging sieves is called **cosquinomancy** / **coscinomancy**

Divination by the study of the ravings of lunatics is called **chresmomancy**

Divination by the study of things found on the road is called **symbolomancy**

Divination by the study of fashion is called **stolisomancy**

So now you know there is a lot more to divination than Tarot and Crystal Balls. My favourite has to be shufflemancy. What’s yours?

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