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 calledÂ **theriomancy / zoomancy**

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

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

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

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

Divination by the study of crab behaviour is calledÂ **nggÃ m**

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

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

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

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

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

Divination by the study of spider behaviour is calledÂ **nggÃ m**

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

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**ANIMALS Â **

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

Divination by the study of animal horoscopesÂ is calledÂ **dÅbutsu uranai**

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

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

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

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

Divination by the study of chance encounters with animals is calledÂ **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 calledÂ **canomancy**

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Divination by the study ofÂ auras is calledÂ **auramancy**

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

Divination by the study ofÂ insects is calledÂ **entomomancy **/ **entomancy**

Divination by the study ofÂ pig bladders is calledÂ **choriomancy****Â **

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**BURNING / FIRE / SMOKE / MELTING**

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Divination by the study of treeÂ barkÂ ashes, by the study of sacrificial or ritual fire ashes, or human sacrificial victim ashes is calledÂ **tephramancy **/ **tephromancy**

**CARDS**

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

Divination by the study ofÂ tarot is calledÂ **taromancy** / **tarotmancy**

### Â **CASTING**

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

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

Divination by the study of dominoes is calledÂ **domino****Â ****divination**

Divination by the study of Ogham letters* is calledÂ **Ogham****Â ****casting**

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

Divination by the study of throwing stones on the floor, practised atÂ TaoistÂ temples is calledÂ **poe divination**

Divination by the study ofÂ dice is calledÂ **astragalomancy** / **astragalamancy / cubomancy**

Divination by the study ofÂ runes is calledÂ **runecasting** /**Runic divination**

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**DOWSING**

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

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

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

Divination by the use of aÂ divining rod is calledÂ **dowsing**

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**EVENTS**

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

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

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

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

Divination by the study ofÂ omens is calledÂ **cryptomancy**

**FLOWERS / PLANTS / TREES**

Divination by the study ofÂ auras is calledÂ **auramancy**

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

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

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

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

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

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

Divination by the study ofÂ fractals is calledÂ **fractomancy**

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

Divination by the study of leaves is calledÂ **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 calledÂ **styramancy**

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

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

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

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

Divination by the study of trees, especiallyÂ oaks,Â yews, orÂ mistletoe is calledÂ **dendromancy****Â **

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**FOOD AND DRINK**

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Divination by the study ofÂ fortune cookies is calledÂ **aleuromancy**

**HUMAN BEHAVIOUR**

Divination by the study of breast feeding a babyÂ is calledÂ **mazomancy**

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

**HUMAN BODY**

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Divination by the study of ridges on theÂ breastbone is calledÂ **sternomancy**

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Divination by the study ofÂ auras is calledÂ **auramancy**

Divination by the study ofÂ biorhythms is calledÂ **biorhythmic****Â ****divination**

Divination by the study ofÂ bodily fluids is calledÂ **drimimancy **/ **drymimancy**

Divination by the study ofÂ moles on the body is calledÂ **meilomancy**

Divination by the study ofÂ phrenologicalÂ notations is calledÂ **psychognomy**

Divination by the study ofÂ placenta is calledÂ **amniomancy**

Divination by the study ofÂ umbilical cordsÂ is calledÂ **umbilicomancy**

Divination by the study ofÂ urine is calledÂ **uromancy** / **urimancy**

**MODERN WORLD**

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

Divination by the use of an electronic media player such as an electronic playlist, iPod,Â or other medium wherein one skips a certain number of songsÂ and the lyrics and/or tune of the song is the answer to the divinatory question is calledÂ **shufflemancy**

Divination by the study ofÂ films is calledÂ **videomancy**

Divination by the study ofÂ technology is calledÂ **technomancy**

**NATURAL WORLD**

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

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

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

**nephomancy**

Divination by the study ofÂ cometÂ tails is calledÂ **cometomancy**

Divination by the study ofÂ constellations is calledÂ **roadomancy**

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Divination by the study of rainwaterÂ is calledÂ **hydatomancy**

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

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

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

Divination by the study of the aspect of the Stars at a personâ€™s birthÂ is calledÂ **h****oroscopy**

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

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

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

Divination by the study of theÂ four elements is calledÂ **stareomancy**

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

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

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

Divination by the study ofÂ meteors is calledÂ **meteormancy**

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

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

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

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

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

Divination by the study of burning writing onto barkÂ (pyrography)Â is calledÂ **stigonomancy**

Divination by the study ofÂ dice is calledÂ **astragalomancy** / **astragalamancy / cubomancy**

Divination by the study of dominoes is calledÂ **domino****Â ****divination**

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

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

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

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

Divination by the study of Ogham letters is calledÂ **Ogham****Â ****casting**

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

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

Divination by the study of handwriting is calledÂ **graphology**Â / **graptomancy**

Divination by the study of the aspect of the Stars at a personâ€™s birthÂ is calledÂ **horoscopy**

Divination by the study of theÂ Bible is calledÂ **bibliomancy**

Divination by the study of theÂ Hebrew alphabet is calledÂ **gematria**

Divination by the study of theÂ I ChingÂ or the accompanying I Ching manual is calledÂ **I Ching divination**

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

**Â or theÂ**

*Odyssey***is called**

*Aeneid***Â stoicheomancy**/

**stoichomancy**

**Homer’s writings** were held in similar esteem to the ChristianÂ BibleÂ or the MuslimÂ Quran, as wereÂ **Virgil’s writings** to the Romans, making them the basic â€” or elementary â€” reading material in each culture)**Â **

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

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

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

Divination by the study ofÂ initials is calledÂ **notarikon** / **netrikon**

Divination by the study ofÂ logarithms is calledÂ **logarithmancy**

Divination by the study ofÂ mathematics is calledÂ **mathemancy**

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**MAGIC**

Divination by the study ofÂ black magic is calledÂ is calledÂ **nigromancy**

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

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

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**RELIGION**

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

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

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

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

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

Divination by the study of theÂ Hebrew alphabet is calledÂ **gematria**

Divination by the study of theÂ Kabbalah is calledÂ **kabbalah**

Divination by the study ofÂ icons is calledÂ **iconomancy**

Divination by the study ofÂ idols is calledÂ **idolomancy**

Divination by the study ofÂ sacred relics is calledÂ **archeomancy****Â **

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**SACRIFICE**

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

Divination by the study of the entrails of a sacrificed beastÂ is calledÂ **aruspicina / hieromancy **/ **hieroscopy**

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

Divination by the study of treeÂ barkÂ ashes, sacrificial or ritual fire ashes or human sacrificial victim ashes is calledÂ **tephramancy **/ **tephromancy**

Divination by the study ofÂ roosterÂ sacrifice is calledÂ **alectormancy** /**alectromancy**

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**SCRYING**

Divination by gazing at reflective objects is calledÂ **crystal gazingÂ **

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

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

Divination by Â gazing into water is calledÂ **hydromancy**

Divination by gazing is calledÂ **scrying** (shortened fromÂ descrying)**Â **

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**SLEEP / DREAMS**

Divination by the study ofÂ dreams is calledÂ **oneiromancy** / **oneiroscopy**

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

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

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**SOUNDS**

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

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

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

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

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

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**WATER**

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Divination by the study of theÂ four elements is calledÂ **stareomancy**

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

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

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**WEAPONS**

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

Divination by the study ofÂ axes is calledÂ **axiomancy** / **axinomancy**

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

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**OBJECTS**

Divination by the study ofÂ axes is calledÂ **axiomancy** / **axinomancy**

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

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

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

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

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

Divination by the study of Mahjong tiles is calledÂ **mahjong****Â ****divination**

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

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

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

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

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

Divination by the study ofÂ spindles is calledÂ **sphondulomancy**

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

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

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

Divination by the study ofÂ wheel ruts is calledÂ **trochomancy**

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**OCCULT**

Divination by the study ofÂ black magic is calledÂ **nigromancy**

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

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

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

**…and the BIZARRE**

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Divination by the study ofÂ fashion is calledÂ **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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