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Divination Separated by Category of Elemental Expression

I have separated these divination types by elem

Omni-Elemental Divination Types

(based on practitioner and style)

CARTOMANCY is fortune telling using cards such as the Tarot.

DOWSING or DIVINING RODS are methods of divination where a forked stick is used to locate water or precious minerals.

SCRYING is a general term for divination using a crystal, mirrors, bowls of water, ink, or flames to induce visions.

ANTHROPOMANCY is the long-outlawed means of divination by human sacrifice.

Uni-Elemental Divination Types


ALOMANCY is divination by table salt.

CRYSTALLOMANCY is divination through crystal gazing.

CLEROMANCY is divination by “casting lots”, similar to dice but with objects such as pebbles or sea shells, runes.

CYCLOMANCY is the practice of divination from a turning wheel.

GEOMANCY is the study of figures on the ground and the influence of the Earth’s “currents”.

GYROMANCY is a divination procedure where a person walks in a circle marked with letters until they become dizzy and stumble at different points, thus spelling out a prophesy.


LITHOMANCY is divination using precious stones of various colors.

SORTILEGE is the casting of lots and the assessment of omens indicated (See CLEROMANCY)

RUNE CASTING is the throwing of various materials, but are most commonly made of stone, and feature a symbol from the runic alphabet on them (CLEROMANCY).

SPODOMANCY is divination using cinders or soot.

TEPHRAMANCY is divination by ashes obtained from the burning of tree bark.


AEROMANCY divination from the air and sky, particularly concentrating on cloud shapes, comets, and other phenomena not normally visible in the heavens.

AUSTROMANCY is divination by the study of the winds.

BELOMANCY is an ancient form of divination performed by tossing or balancing arrows.

BIBLIOMANCY involves divination by books.

CAPNOMANCY is the study of smoke rising from a fire.

GASTROMANCY is an ancient form of ventriloquism whereby the voice is lowered to a sepulchral tone and prophetic utterances are delivered in a trance state.

GELOSCOPY is the divination from the tone of someone’s laughter.

GRAPHOLOGY is the analysis of character through handwriting.

LIBANOMANCY is the study of incense and its smoke.

ONOMANCY is the study of the meaning of names.

ONOMANTICS is the application of ONOMANCY applied to personal names, particularly in the sense of occult interpretation.

PSYCHOGRAPHY is a form of mysterious writing having a divinatory nature.

RHAPSODOMANCY is a means of divination using a book of poetry whereby the book is opened at random and a passage read.

STICHOMANCY is another form of throwing open a book and selecting a random passage for the purpose of divination.


CEROSCOPY, CEROMANCY is a form of fortune telling in which melted wax was is poured into cold water.

HARUSPICATION is fortune-telling by means of inspecting the entrails of animals, as practiced by priests in ancient Rome.

HIEROMANCY or HIERSCOPY is divination by observing entrails of sacrifice.

HYDROMANCY is divination by water including the color, ebb and flow, or ripples produced by pebbles dropped in a pool.

LECANOMANCY uses a basin of water for divination.

MARGARITOMANCY is the procedure of using bouncing pearls.

OMPHALOMANCY IS counting the number of knots in the umbilical cord to predict how many more children the mother will have

OOMANTIA and OOSCOPY is the method of divination by eggs.

OVOMANCY is another type of egg divination.

PEGOMANCY concerns itself with spring water and bubbling fountains and the omens contained therein.

SCRYING is a general term for divination using a crystal, mirrors, bowls of water, ink, or flames to induce visions.


APANTOMANCY is divination through chance meetings with animals (e.g., a black cat), birds, and other creatures. Mexico City is said to have been founded where Aztec soothsayers saw an eagle flying from a cactus carrying a live snake.

AUGURY is the general term for the art of divination and is chiefly applied to interpretations of signs and omens.

CROMNIOMANCY is divination using onion sprouts.

DENDROMANCY is divination with either oak or mistletoe.

HIPPOMANCY is a form of divination from the stamping and neighing of horses.

MOLEOSOPHY is the study of moles and indicators of a person’s character and future indications.

MYOMANCY is the study of the prophetic meaning of behavior of rats and mice.

OCULOMANCY is divination from a person’s eye.

ORNISCOPY and ORINITHOMANCY is the study of omens associated with birds, particularly birds in flight. see APANTOMANCY

PHYSIOGNOMY is the study of character analysis through physical features.


ALEUROMANCY is divination using “fortune cookies”; answers to questions are rolled into balls of dough and once baked are chosen at random.

ALPHITOMANCY uses special cakes that are digestible by persons with a clear conscience but are unpleasant to others.

AXIOMANCY is divination through the observation of how an ax or hatchet quivers or points when driven into post.

CAUSIMOMANCY is divination from behavior of objects placed in a fire.

COSCINOMANCY is divination using a hanging sieve It is clear that the sieve was suspended from the shears in such a way that the cutting edges of the blades made tangents to the outer rim of the sieve. Thus suspended the sieve is capable of some sideways movement, or even of dropping.

CRITOMANCY is the study of barley cakes.

DAPHNOMANCY requires one to listen to laurel branches crackling in an open fire.

LAMPADOMANCY is divination using lights or torches.

METOPOSCOPY is the reading of character using the lines if the forehead.

MOLYBDOMANCY draws mystic inferences from the hissing of molten lead.

PYROMANCY and PYROSCOPY are forms of divination by fire or flame, often assisted by substances thrown onto the flames.

SIDEROMANCY is the burning of straws with a hot iron, the resulting figures having divinatory properties.

STOLISOMANCY draws omens from the way people dress.

XYLOMANCY is divination from pieces of wood, either from their shape when collected or their appearance while burning.


ASTROLOGY is divination using celestial bodies: the sun, moon, planets, and stars.

ARITHMANCY or ARITHMOMANCY is an earlier form of NUMEROLOGY where divination is made through numbers and the number value of letters.

ASTRAGLOMANCY or ASTRAGYROMANCY is a form of divination by dice where the faces of the dice bear numbers and letters.

BUMPOLOGY strictly a modern term, a popular nickname for PHRENOLOGY

CHIROMANCY is divination from the lines on people’s hands.

CHIROGNOMY is the study of the general hand formation.

CLIDOMANCY or CLEIDOMANCY is divination using a dangling keys.

GENETHLIALOGY is divination by the influence of the stars at birth.

HOROSCOPY is the practice of casting of astrological horoscopes.

NUMEROLOGY is the numerical interpretation of numbers, dates, and the number value of letters.

ONEIROMANCY is the interpretation of dreams and their prophetic nature.

ONYCHOMANCY is the study of fingernails.

PALMISTRY is the broad field of divination and interpretation of the lines and structure of the hand.

PHRENOLOGY is the long practiced study of head formations.

TIROMANCY is a type of divination using cheese.


arachnomancy by spiders web and behavior

nggàm theriomancy by spider or crab behavior

CLAIRAUDIENCE is “clear hearing” of divinatory information. Parapsychologist generally regard as a form of extrasensory perception.

CLAIRVOYANCE is “clear seeing” of divinatory information. Parapsychologist generally regard as a form of extrasensory perception.

CEPHALOMANCY refers to divination with the skull or head of a donkey or goat.

DEMONOMANCY is divination with the aid of demons.

METAGNOMY is the divination using “visions” received in a trance state.

PSYCHOMETRY is the faculty of gaining impressions from a physical object and its history.

SCIOMANCY is divination using a spirit guide, a method generally employed by chanelers.

Combination Elemental Divination


RADIESTHESIA is the general term for divination using a device such as a divining rod or pendulum. by rods, pendulums, or other cylindrical tools


PHYLLORHODOMANCY is a means of divination whereby one slaps a rose petal against the hand and judges the favorability of the omen by the loudness of the sound.


DACTYLOMANCY is an early form of RADIESTHESIA using a dangling ring.

METEOROMANCY is divination from meteors.


CERAUNOSCOPY seeks to draw omens from the study of thunder and lightning.


ALECTRYOMANCY is divination whereby a bird is allowed to pick corn grains from a circle of letters. A variation is to recite letters of the alphabet noting those at which a cock crows.


Psychography is a form of writing that’s defined as automatic writing, writing produced by a spiritual, occultic, or subconscious agency rather than by the conscious intention of the writer.


CATOPTROMANCY is an early form of crystal gazing that utilizes a mirror turned to the moon to catch moonbeams.


ICHTHYOMANCY is divination using fish.

RHABDOMANCY is divination using a stick or wand. These methods were forerunners of the divining rod.

SYCOMANCY is performed by writing messages on tree leaves; the slower they dry, the more favorable the omen. A modern variation is to write on slips of paper (always including one blank) and rolling them up. They are then held in a strainer over a boiling pot; the first to unroll will be answered.

TASSEOGRAPHY is the reading of tea leaves that remain in a tea cup once the beverage has been drunk.


BOTANOMANCY is divination from burning tree branches and leaves.


OPHIOMANCY is divination from serpents.


PRECOGNITION in an inner knowledge or sense of future events.

OINOMANCY is divination using wine.

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