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  1. Hijink’s (Jinxie’s) Divination Guide
  2. (Now with sèvis notes! Look for the “#” symbol.)
  3.  
  4. Some terms -
  5. divine
  6. di•vine
  7. /dəˈvīn/
  8. adjective
  9. > of, from, or like God or a god
  10. (see also: “grace” or “inspire” in terms of religion/spirituality)
  11.  
  12. divination
  13. div•i•na•tion
  14. /divəˈnāSH(ə)n/
  15. noun
  16. > the practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means
  17. > future
  18. > unknown
  19. > supernatural means
  20.  
  21. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divination
  22.  
  23. diviner
  24. div•i•ner
  25. /də-ˈvī-nər/
  26. noun
  27. > a person who divines - one who foretells events
  28. (see also: oracle, prophet, fortune-teller, etc.)
  29.  
  30. querent
  31. que•rent
  32. /ˈkwirənt/
  33. noun
  34. > a person who seeks - a searcher for answers
  35. (see also: query, inquiry, seeker, etc.)
  36.  
  37. -mancy
  38. man•cy
  39. /mæn-sē/
  40. suffix
  41. > a specific form of divination
  42. (see also -mance, -mancer, and -mantic)
  43.  
  44. Different Ways to Divine (oh, so many ways to divine) -
  45. Omens
  46. > if it’s a sign, it’s from the divine
  47. An omen brings about change. Omens can be good or bad - but tend to be foreboding. An omen is something that should be listened to, adhered to, or strictly observed - a warning of sorts.
  48.  
  49. Sortilege/Cleromancy
  50. > the casting of lots - if it can be picked at random, it can be divined
  51. Utilized if you have many of a particular item - cards, coins, bones, etc. Objects can be tossed, picking one or a few at random, or scrambled - the reader usually pays attention to imagery/symbolism, position/direction, or how the items fall in conjunction with one another.
  52. (# - most, if not all, forms of divination fall under this classification)
  53.  
  54. Theriomancy/Augury
  55. > nature and all of it’s inhabitants are sacred - so pay attention
  56. An Augur is someone who divines from, and pays attention to, birds. They observe bird behavior, might use live birds to peck/pick out letters or numbers, study their feces, watch them land on words, listen to them tweet, etc. Theriomancy is all about using aspects of animals or nature spirits to foretell events.
  57. (# - Theriomancy is an antiquated term. Also, augury has a blanket meaning so that an augur is someone who divines from all of nature [not just birds or animals])
  58.  
  59. Spontaneous/Random
  60. > How synchronous…
  61. You ever have something just happen to you seemingly "out of the blue” and it changed your life/future forever? Ever been searching for an answer and it just suddenly comes to you from an outside source? Have you walked into a crowded party and listened to the babble to hear something of significance to you? Here, a diviner tries to find meaning in the seemingly meaningless.
  62.  
  63. “SIMPLE” METHODS:
  64.  
  65. Via Food
  66. aleuromancy (flour or fortune cookie)
  67. alomancy/adromancy/halomancy (salt)
  68. alphitomancy (barley)
  69. favomancy (beans)
  70. cottabomancy/cottobomancy (wine in a bowl)
  71. crithomancy (barley cakes)
  72. cromnyomnacy (onion sprouts)
  73. eleomancy (olive oil)
  74. fructomancy (fruit)
  75. oenomancy (wine)
  76. oomancy/ovomancy (eggs)
  77. tyromancy (cheese)
  78.  
  79. Via Nature (# - Augury)
  80. anthomancy (flowers)
  81. astrology/astromancy (celestial bodies)
  82. cometomancy (comet tails)
  83. dendromancy (by trees - oaks, yews, or mistletoe)
  84. floromancy (flower’s “feelings")
  85. horoscopy (stars)
  86. lunamancy/selenomancy (moon)
  87. meterormancy (meteors)
  88. ostenta/portenta (the natural occurrence or phenomena)
  89. phyllomancy/sycomancy (leaves/fig leaves)
  90. phyllorhodomancy (rose petals)
  91. phytognomy (plant appearance)
  92. roadomancy (constellations. See Astrology)
  93. solaromancy (sun)
  94. umbromancy (shade)
  95. uranomancy (the sky)
  96.  
  97. Via Objects/Items/Tools
  98. acultomancy/acutomancy (needles)
  99. agalmatomancy (statues)
  100. aichmomancy (sharp objects)
  101. archeomancy/archaeomancy (sacred relics)
  102. ariolation (alters)
  103. astragalomancy (dice/“knuckle” or astragal bones)
  104. astragyromancy (dice/numbers - thrown into a circle)
  105. axiomancy/axinomancy (axes)
  106. belomancy/bolomancy (arrows)
  107. bibliomancy (books)
  108. cartomancy (cards)
  109. chalcomancy (striking gongs or copper bowls)
  110. chartomancy (things on paper)
  111. stichnomancy (books or lines)
  112. cleidomancy/clidomancy (keys)
  113. domino (dominoes)
  114. cosquinomancy/coscinomancy (hanging sieves or shears)
  115. cubomancy (cubes)
  116. cyathomancy/kypomancy (cups/goblets)
  117. cybermancy (computer oracles)
  118. cyclomancy (wheels)
  119. dictiomancy (dictionary)
  120. hieromancy (holy objects)
  121. idolomancy (idols)
  122. macharomancy (swords or knives)
  123. macromancy (large objects)
  124. margaritomancy (bouncing pearls)
  125. megapolisomancy (large cities)
  126. micromancy (small objects)
  127. numismatomancy (coins)
  128. papyromancy (folding paper or money)
  129. pegomancy (fountain)
  130. pecthimancy/petchimancy (brushed cloth or wool)
  131. radiesthesia/rhabdomancy (rods, sticks, wands, and cylindrical tools)
  132. scarpomancy (old shoes)
  133. sphondulomancy (spindles)
  134. stolisomancy (fashion)
  135. technomancy (technology)
  136. trochomancy (wheel ruts)
  137. videomancy (flims)
  138. zygomancy (weights)
  139.  
  140. Via Random
  141. alveromancy (sounds)
  142. arithmancy (assigning a numerical value to a word or phrase)
  143. aspidomancy (sitting in a drawn circle)
  144. astragalomancy/astragalamancy (numbers and letters)
  145. auramancy (auras)
  146. chresmomancy (lunatic ravings)
  147. chronomancy (time/apt occasion)
  148. clamancy (random shouts/cries in crowds, at night, etc.)
  149. cledonomancy (chance events or overheard words)
  150. cleromancy (casting or tossing)
  151. colormancy (color)
  152. cryptomancy (omens)
  153. deuteromancy (double take or second glance)
  154. empirimancy (experiment/experience)
  155. fractomancy (fractals)
  156. galvanism (by observing electricity passing through muscles)
  157. gastromancy (guttural sounds)
  158. geloscopy (laughter)
  159. gematria (Hebrew alphabet)
  160. genethlialogy (birth date/birthday)
  161. grammomancy (writing an individual letter)
  162. graptomancy (handwriting)
  163. gyromancy (dizziness)
  164. ichnomancy (footprints)
  165. iconomancy (icons)
  166. isopsephy (numbers and letters)
  167. letnomancy (secrets)
  168. literomancy (a letter in a written language)
  169. logarithmancy (logarithms)
  170. logomancy (words)
  171. lots (chance)
  172. mathemancy (math)
  173. moromancy (foolishness)
  174. nomancy (name)
  175. notarikon (initials)
  176. numerology (numbers)
  177. onomancy (letters in a name)
  178. photomancy (fields of light)
  179. psephomancy (lots or ballots - sometimes pebbles. See: pessomancy)
  180. pseudomancy (false means)
  181. ptarmoscopy (interpreting sneezes)
  182. retromancy (looking over one’s shoulder)
  183. rhapsodomancy (poems)
  184. shufflemancy (use of electronic medium that will play media randomly)
  185. symbolomancy (things found on the road)
  186. temurah (anagrams)
  187. transataumancy (things accidentally seen or heard)
  188. xenomancy (strangers)
  189.  
  190. Via Somatomancy (human body/form)
  191. ambulomancy (walking)
  192. amniomancy (placenta)
  193. anthropomancy (human sacrifice)
  194. anthroposcopy/schematomancy (physical appearance)
  195. biorhythmic (physical, mental, and emotional states)
  196. brizomancy/hypnomancy/meconomancy/narcomancy (sleep)
  197. bumpology (bumps on the skin)
  198. cartopedy/pedomancy (foot)
  199. cephalomancy (head)
  200. crainognomy (skull/head)
  201. “the crawling baby” (baby’s crawl)
  202. dactyliomancy (ring fingers, rings, or finger movements)
  203. dririmancy (dripping blood)
  204. drimimancy (bodily fluids)
  205. hematomancy (blood)
  206. haruspicy/haruspex (entrails) (# - see below in animals)
  207. idromancy (sweat)
  208. iridoglogy (eye color)
  209. labiomancy (lips)
  210. maculomancy (spots on skin)
  211. mazomancy (nursing)
  212. meilomancy (moles)
  213. metopomancy (lines on the forehead)
  214. moleosophy (blemishes)
  215. natimancy (buttocks)
  216. oculomancy (eyes)
  217. odontomancy (teeth)
  218. omphalomancy (navel)
  219. oneiromancy (dreams)
  220. onimancy (fingernails/toenails)
  221. ophthalmomancy (eyes)
  222. organoscopy (organs)
  223. ossomancy/osteomancy (bones)
  224. ouranomancy/uranomancy (urine)
  225. phobomancy (fear)
  226. phrenology (brain/bumps on the skull)
  227. physiognomy (faces)
  228. pilimancy (collecting human hair)
  229. pneumancy (blowing air)
  230. scatomancy (excrement)
  231. spasmatomancy (convulsions/seizures)
  232. sternomancy (ridges on the breastbone)
  233. umbilicomancy (umbilical cords)
  234. uromancy (urine)
  235. urticariaomancy (itches/hives)
  236.  
  237. THE ELEMENTS
  238. Stareomancy (elements)
  239.  
  240. Via Aeromancy (air)
  241. aeromancy (air)
  242. anemomancy (wind)
  243. astrapomancy (lightning)
  244. austromancy (wind)
  245. brontomancy (thunder)
  246. ceraunoscopy/meteoromancy (thunder and lightning)
  247. chaomancy (aerial vision)
  248. electromancy (lightning and electricity)
  249. eromancy (water vessels exposed to air)
  250. nephomancy (clouds)
  251.  
  252. Via Geomancy (earth) (# - not only “earth divination”; but also deals with geometric/mathematical figures)
  253. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geomancy
  254. abacomancy (dust)
  255. amathomancy (sand)
  256. lithomancy (gems or stones)
  257. oromancy (mountains)
  258. oryctomancy (minerals)
  259. pessomancy (pebbles)
  260. topomancy (geography/land formations)
  261.  
  262. Via Hydromancy (water)
  263. bletonmancy (water current)
  264. ceromancy (dripping melted wax into water)
  265. cryomancy (ice)
  266. cyclicomancy (swirling water in a cup)
  267. divining rod/dowsing (finding water)
  268. hydatomancy (rain water)
  269. lecanomancy (basin of water)
  270. plumbomancy (observing shapes of molten lead when poured into water)
  271. water witching (finding water)
  272.  
  273. Via Pyromancy (fire) (# - some forms of scapulimancy and plastromancy belong here as fire is used to ash cracks or char bones to be read)
  274. anthracomancy (burning coals)
  275. botanomancy (burning sage, figs, etc. ) (# - any plant matter)
  276. capnomancy (smoke)
  277. libanomancy (smoke or ash from incense)
  278. causimancy/causimomancy (burning)
  279. daphnomancy (burning laurel wreaths)
  280. empyromancy (burning)
  281. knissomancy (incense)
  282. lampadomancy (flame, torch, or lantern)
  283. libanomancy (burning frankincense)
  284. lychnomancy (3 identical candles)
  285. molybdomancy (molten metal)
  286. sideromancy (burning straw with iron)
  287. spodomancy (soot/wood ashes)
  288. stigonomancy (burning writing into bark)
  289. tephramancy/tephromancy (ashes)
  290. turifumy (shapes seen in smoke)
  291. xylomancy (shape, texture, appearance of burning wood)
  292.  
  293. Via Spirits/Divine
  294. Demonomancy (demons)
  295. Enochian (angels) (# - More religious/spiritual than divinatory. Perhaps beyond the scope of this guide)
  296. enthusiasm (speech by those possessed by a divine spirit)
  297. hagiomancy (saints)
  298. metagnomy (magic)
  299. necromancy (corpses or speaking to the deceased)
  300. necyomancy (summoning damned souls)
  301. nigromancy (black magic)
  302. psychomancy (soul/mind. See necromancy)
  303. sciomancy/shadowmancy (shadows/spirits) [Shadow people?]
  304. theomancy (foretelling events/prophecy)
  305. thumomancy (one’s own soul)
  306.  
  307. Via Theriomancy/Augury (animals/animal behavior)
  308. ailuromancy/felidomancy (cats)
  309. alectormancy/alectromancy (rooster/rooster sacrifice)
  310. apantomancy (chance encounters with animals)
  311. arachnomancy (spiders)
  312. armomancy/omoplatoscopy/scapulimancy (animal shoulder blades)
  313. aruspicina/haruspicy/hieromancy (entrails of sacrificed animals)
  314. augury/avimancy/ornithomancy (birds) (# - or nature in general, see above)
  315. auspicy (bird flight)
  316. batraquomancy/batrachomancy (frogs)
  317. canomancy (dogs)
  318. cephaleonomancy/cephalonomancy (skulls)
  319. choriomancy (pig bladder)
  320. conchomancy (shells)
  321. dracomancy (dragon)
  322. entomomnacy/entomancy (insects)
  323. extispicy/hepatomancy (# - liver of sacrificed animals)
  324. hippomancy (horses… Yes - horses, not hippopotamus/hippopotami)
  325. hyomancy (wild hogs)
  326. ichthyomancy (fish)
  327. myomancy (rats or mice)
  328. myrmomancy (ants)
  329. nggàm (spider and crab behavior)
  330. ololygmancy (howling of dogs)
  331. ophidiomancy (snakes)
  332. plastromancy (cracks formed by heat on animal shoulder blades/turtle’s plastron) (# - see above)
  333. spatilomancy (animal excrement)
  334. skatharomancy (beetle tracks)
  335. slinneanachds/slinnanacht (animal shoulder blades) (# - Scottish/gaelic form)
  336. stercomancy (seeds in bird feces)
  337. zoomancy (animals)
  338.  
  339. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methods_of_divination
  340. http://www.alphadictionary.com/articles/fortune_telling.html
  341. http://www.paranormal-encyclopedia.com/d/divination/types.html
  342.  
  343. COMPLEX METHODS:
  344.  
  345. Årsgång -
  346. The Årsgång (pronounced Orsh-gong), translated to English means “year walk” or “annual walk”. It’s an old, obsolete Swedish tradition/divinatory method to see what the next year holds and, perchance, to run into a supernatural being or two. There are hundreds of records of the Årsgång that can be found at Gothenburg and Lund universities (Sweden).
  347.  
  348. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%85rsg%C3%A5ng
  349. Årsgång
  350.  
  351. The “walker" (the person whom wishes to see the future/see the spirits) must do as follows:
  352.  
  353. + fast the entire day
  354. Some regions say only water can be consumed, others say no food/drink whatsoever.
  355. + must remain silent - no talking, laughing, or noise of any kind
  356. A vow of silence, essentially
  357. + must lock themselves in a dark room all day
  358. The general consensus is that the walker must reframe from forms of entertainment or interaction.
  359. + at midnight, the walker may leave and walk to the nearest church or churches
  360. + must circle the church, counterclockwise, 3(+) times
  361. The number of times vary from region to region; but a minimal of 3. If you are unsure of direction, keep the church on your left while walking.
  362. +after circling, the walker must go to the churches main door and blow into the keyhole
  363. This signifies the denouncing of the walker's Christendom/Christianity - it is a sign that you are willing/ready to commune with the spirits
  364. +walk to the nearest graveyard, cemetery, or wooded area
  365. With all of this, the walker is ready to see the spirits or catch glimpses of the future year
  366.  
  367. Spirits and mythological creatures associated with the Årsgång:
  368.  
  369. Hulder or Skogsrå
  370. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hulder
  371. >a seductive, female, nature spirit
  372. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skogsr%C3%A5
  373. >wood nymph
  374. Those who encounter a hulder or skogsrå are said to be never seen again
  375.  
  376. Bäckahästen or Neck
  377. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neck_(water_spirit)
  378. >water spirit
  379. >sometimes as a seductive female/mermaid/siren
  380. >sometimes as a white horse
  381. Those who encounter a bäckahästen or a neck are said to be seduced to a watery grave
  382.  
  383. Gloson
  384. http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloson
  385. >pig or wild boar (razor back)
  386. >said to be associated with fire or have glowing eyes
  387. >sometimes has a spirt rider, much like a gullinburste/gyllenborste
  388. https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyllenborste
  389. Those who encounter a gloson are said to either be taken away by the boar, never to be seen again, or they killed by it - torn apart by it’s terrible teeth.
  390.  
  391. Mylingen
  392. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myling
  393. >a child or infant-like spirit
  394. >enraged or revenge-seeking spirit
  395. Mylings are said to be unbaptized children, typically born out of wedlock - then left to die, abandoned, or otherwise murdered and not given a proper burial. Mylings are said to surprise their victims, jumping onto the back of an unsuspecting walker - demanding that they be taken to a graveyard/cemetery for proper burial. If not listened to, mylings are said to kill with violent rage.
  396.  
  397. Nattravnen or “Night Raven”
  398. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nachtkrapp
  399. >a large, nocturnal, raven-like creature
  400. >said to be an ill-omen, bringer of misfortune, death, famine, and disease
  401. Those who encounter the Nattravnen are said to either die instantly, by looking into it’s non-existent eyes; or become sick by looking at it’s hole-filled wings. Nattravnens are also said to pick up their prey, fly them back to their nest, and devour them with ravenous hunger.
  402.  
  403. Kyrkogrimen or “Church Grim"
  404. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_Grim
  405. >church guardian spirits
  406. >sometimes depicted as small, misshapen, shadow people
  407. >sometimes appear as pale-skinned ghosts (of those who previously attended the church)
  408. >can take many forms: black dogs, lambs, rams, horses, large roosters, or ravens (associated with animal sacrifice)
  409. During the Årsgång, a walker might encounter the Kyrkogrimen/guardian(s) while near church. Little is known about these protectors of the church. Some say that they are benevolent, that they are the ones who show the walker visions of the next year/future. Some say that they are malevolent, that they will become hostile to the walker who has recently denounced their Christianity…
  410.  
  411. Astrology -
  412. Materials needed: Birth location, time, and date of the person (to calculate what celestial bodies were above at the time of birth) and working knowledge of celestial bodies (sun, moon, stars, constellations, and planets) and the symbology/meaning behind them.
  413. Now, there are many forms of astrology (hence, it’s a complex system) like the Western Zodiac, Chinese Zodiac, Jyotish (Vedic astrology), and dōbutsu uranai (Japanese animal horoscope). The term horoscope is synonymous with astrology but specifically pertains to “look at” (more personal) while astrology is more “the study of” (broader). Though both can be used somewhat interchangeably, it’s more proper to say “I study astrology and can read your horoscope” rather than the other way around.
  414. Astrology has been/can be incorporated in many forms in the occult like alchemy, the Tarot, the Kabbalah, etc. because it can be so complex and meaningful.
  415.  
  416. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrology
  417. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horoscope
  418. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zodiac
  419. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_astrology#The_zodiac
  420. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_zodiac
  421. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_astrology
  422. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_constellations
  423. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Pillars_of_Destiny
  424. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindu_astrology
  425. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C5%8Dbutsu_uranai
  426. http://world.doubutsu-uranai.com/
  427. (find out your Japanese animal horoscope)
  428. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natal_chart
  429. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constellation
  430. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrological_sign
  431.  
  432. Cartomancy - (# - many thanks to sèvis, again, for clarifying this section)
  433. Materials needed: decks or playing cards (some methods require unique or signature decks)
  434. Cartomancy simply means “divination via cards”. Cartomancy stems out of chartomancy (divination by paper/ or images/writing on paper).
  435. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartomancy
  436.  
  437. + American Hoodoo practitioners
  438. + “Gypsy Playing Cards"
  439. + Lenormand Cartomancy
  440. + Lotería (Mexican Bingo - could be used for divinatory purposes)
  441.  
  442. *** coming soon! more cartomancy traditions! ***
  443.  
  444. + Oracle Cards
  445. Oracle cards are simply put: Awesome. Oracle cards are typically diviner made/self-made. The fun thing about Oracle cards is that there are essentially no rules going into making them. You can have any number of cards, have as much or as little imagery per card, come up with a multitude of meanings for each card, they can be any size/shape, etc. The only limitation when it comes to Oracle cards is your own imagination.
  446.  
  447. Now, just because there are “no rules” doesn’t mean you should go “willy-nilly” with them. They should still be treated as a diving tool and should bring about some wisdom/answers from them. Make sure that each card has a significant meaning and can be used to divine for your querent(s).
  448.  
  449. You can make Oracle cards or buy them online - the ones you can purchase from others who have made them will either come with assigned meanings or simply have no meanings and it will be up to you to create your own behind them.
  450.  
  451. +Tarot
  452. Materials needed: A deck/set of Tarot cards
  453.  
  454. The Tarot has such occult, deep symbolism on the cards; but don’t let this complex method scare you away. There are 78 cards in total in a deck. They are typically broken into two groups: Major and Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana (22 cards) typically hold the Trump cards while the Minor Arcana (56 cards) is separated into 4 different suits. Each card has a specific meaning right-side-up and a weaker or lesser meaning when the card is reversed or up-side-down.
  455.  
  456. There are many different decks out there with varying imagery and symbolism. There are some that switch card number/placement around - but most decks follow the description above. There are also varying spreads that a diviner can utilize.
  457.  
  458. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarot
  459. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._E._Waite
  460. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rider-Waite_tarot_deck
  461. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleister_Crowley
  462. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thoth_tarot_deck
  463. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarot_of_Marseilles
  464. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_Arcana
  465. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minor_Arcana
  466.  
  467. http://www.learntarot.com/
  468. http://www.learntarot.com/cards.htm
  469. (learn the Tarot for yourself)
  470. http://www.tarotpedia.com/
  471. (Tons upon tons of info here)
  472. http://www.psychic-revelation.com/reference/q_t/tarot/tarot_spreads/
  473. (different types of spreads - great for divining ideas)
  474.  
  475. *** Tarot FAQ (frequently asked questions)
  476. > I’ve heard you have to be given a deck instead of buying one, is this true? Will I get “bad luck” if I get my own?
  477. No. By all means, if you are interested in the Tarot - go out and find a deck you like.
  478.  
  479. > I’ve heard you can only use them once a month, is this true?
  480. No. Use them and divine with them as much as you’d like/as much as possible.
  481.  
  482. > There are so many types of decks, which are best for beginners?
  483. I always recommend Rider/Waite for beginners - it has simple imagery and is very beginner friendly. I also recommend Crowley’s Thoth set if you really want to delve into the occult. The Marseille deck is very medieval looking and simple. Having said this, go with a deck that you like or are drawn to - each come with a learning booklet (if not, check the internet), so you can really learn from any.
  484.  
  485. > There are so many cards! How do you memorize/learn them all?
  486. It takes practice. It won’t come overnight. It takes time to learn the imagery and it can fun to do your own mnemonic devices for remembering card meanings.
  487.  
  488. Cheiromancy (aka Palmistry or palm-reading) -
  489. Materials needed: A person’s hand or palm and a working knowledge of the meanings behind a person’s hand’s/finger's: lines, shapes, markings, etc.
  490. In cheiromancy, the diviner will take the querent’s hand and study all that they can - the length of fingers, unique markings, lines in the palm, etc. in order to determine a querent’s personality or future. The reason that palmistry falls into the “complex systems” is because elements of astrology can also be incorporated into palmistry as well (see Astrology) - as there are fingers and lines that correlate to planets and celestial bodies.
  491.  
  492. A simple “google” search of palm reading and/or palm reading images/pdfs will bring about a plethora of information.
  493. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palmistry
  494. http://www.wikihow.com/Read-Palms
  495. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheiro
  496. (his book “Palmistry for All” is good one)
  497. > The skeptical Mark Twain wrote in Cheiro’s visitor’s book that he had “… exposed my character to me with humiliating accuracy.”
  498.  
  499. Chien Tung/Kau Cim -
  500. Materials needed: A small, cylindrical, bamboo container and flat bamboo sticks. On each stick, a single Chinese number is depicted (1-78/100). Each number is assigned a meaning in a Kau Cim fortune book.
  501. In Kau Cim, the bamboo container is shaken and tipped until a singular stick becomes loose and falls out. If multiple fall out, the divinations are placed back in and the shaking/tipping process is repeated until only one falls out. Another method is pulling one out at random. A mixture of sortilege and bibliomancy, makes this method is “complex” because it can also incorporated the use of an human oracle to interpret the meaning or another divination known as Jiaobei.
  502.  
  503. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kau_cim
  504. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF78YrHiV7s
  505. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiaobei
  506.  
  507. Feng Shui -
  508. Materials needed: Anything that can be organized, have it’s orientation changed, or anything that can be added/taken away/altered that brings about peace or harmony. The idea that everything is interconnected.
  509. “Wind water” (as it’s known in English) or Feng Shui, is all about orienting objects/a space to create harmony - usually with a local environment (nearby bodies of water, stars, or the cardinal directions).
  510. In this divinatory method, a diviner reads “an area” to see if it harmonious or chaotic and then divulges insight as to how the area can be altered to minimize chaos and bring about positive spirits/outcomes. This is a complex method because it can incorporate a multitude of objects and can also have elements of occult/spirituality too.
  511.  
  512. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feng_shui
  513. related :
  514. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bagua
  515.  
  516. Full moon water scrying -
  517. Materials needed: a body of still water (natural or otherwise) and a full moon
  518. (See scrying below) - a combination of hydromancy and scrying.
  519.  
  520. Hakata (#) -
  521. Materials needed: tablets or tiles with imagery on one side and blank on the other.
  522. Used originally by witch doctors to discover illness or misfortune, these tablets or tiles are dropped/thrown and then divined from. Each tile has it’s own imagery/meaning. Each subsequent fall affects the next - leading to complex or intricate reads that build upon one another as it’s proceeded.
  523. (see astragalomancy above)
  524.  
  525. IChing/Yìjīng -
  526. Materials needed: Depends on the specific method
  527. plastromancy (turtle shell) (see Theriomancy) - a turtle’s plastron/shell will be needed
  528. yarrow stalks - 50 yarrow stalks or Achillea millefolium sticks and IChing "Book of Changes"
  529. 3 coins and IChing “Book of Changes"
  530. 2 coins and IChing “Book of Changes"
  531. 4 coins and IChing “Book of Changes"
  532. 6 coins and IChing “Book of Changes"
  533. 8 coins and IChing “Book of Changes"
  534. dice and IChing “Book of Changes"
  535. marbles or beads and IChing “Book of Changes"
  536. rice grains and IChing “Book of Changes"
  537. calendric cycles and astrology and IChing “Book of Changes"
  538. the Wen Wang Gua method (does not include IChing “Book of Changes”) - incorporates 12 Earthly branches, 5 Elements, and Chinese calendar
  539. (it may also be wise to utilize a writing utensil and having scratch paper to write down hexagrams or numbering/math)
  540.  
  541. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Ching
  542. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Ching_divination
  543. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hexagram_(I_Ching)
  544. http://www.luckymojo.com/iching/ichingpermutations.html
  545. (an interesting article on how many combinations you can get out of IChing)
  546.  
  547. IChing is an ancient form of divination that stems from using the book of the same name IChing or the “Book of Changes”. A diviner uses a random number generator to figure out which hexagram (64) to utilize in the book - this form of divination is a combination of sortilege, bibliomancy, and can combine other forms of divination such as astrology, theriomancy, stareomancy, etc.
  548.  
  549. Ifá -
  550. (# - many thanks to sèvis, again, for clarifying this section)
  551. Materials needed: A divining chain called an Opele OR through Ikin (sacred palm nuts) that are placed on a Opan Ifá (a wooden, divinatory tray) - the process is overseen by a Babalawo (priest) or Iyalawo (priestess) whom knows the oral tradition Odu Ifá.
  552.  
  553. In this method, the Babalawo or Iyalawo begins to summons spirits by tapping on the divining tray which houses the palm nuts or opele. The palm nuts are read as they are picked up by the diviner and placed from one hand to the other - this process is repeated until one of the Odu (possible combinations) is divined for the querent.
  554.  
  555. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If%C3%A1
  556.  
  557. Ilm al-raml -
  558. *** coming soon! ***
  559.  
  560. Mahjong/Májiàng -
  561. Materials needed: Mahjong game set (144 tiles)
  562. A tile game from China, Mahjong has been compared to a domino game but is said to be played moreso like playing cards, such as the card game “rummy”. Fabled to originate from Confucius, the Chinese philosopher/teacher/politician and based off the principles of benevolence, sincerity, and piety.
  563. Divining from Mahjong tiles can vary from simple to complex - depending on the method used to divine from them. One such method is sortilege, or picking a tile(s) at random and then divining. Tile meanings range from directions (winds), colors (dragons), seasons, flowers, etc.
  564.  
  565. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahjong
  566.  
  567. Mo -
  568. Materials needed: Tibetan dice (die) and various books written by the lamas
  569. A method very similar to that of Yìjīng - a combination of astragyromancy and bibliomancy.
  570.  
  571. Mongolian Shagai -
  572. *** coming soon! ***
  573.  
  574. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mo_(divination)
  575. (# - see astragalomancy above)
  576.  
  577. Norse Runes -
  578. Materials needed: Runes inscribed into clay, coins, stones, tiles, resin, wood, etc. typically held in a bag. These runes are usually divined from using sortilege - being picked at random or tossed at random and then read. Each rune has a specific meaning behind them.
  579. Sets of runes, or an alphabet of sorts, come from various centuries; but the most popular to divine from are the Elder Futhark runes and the Younger Futhark runes, respectively.
  580.  
  581. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runes
  582. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runic_magic
  583. (Some good sources/authors in these)
  584.  
  585. If you would like to read more on Norse runes - this thread:
  586. http://archive.4plebs.org/x/thread/13370057
  587. has a lot of good sources and information.
  588.  
  589. Ogham -
  590. Materials needed: Irish inscriptions (Ogham alphabet) on four yew sticks (or wands), a piece of cloth marked with a “Finn’s Window” combined with stick sortilege, and/or the use of a bríatharogam (a two word kenning or “compound”) from Ogham
  591. Not much is known about the divinatory methods of Ogham - just theory and conjecture. One such method is that random Ogham letters were inscribed onto a large stone or four yew sticks, they were then tossed, then divined from. Another method was tossing sticks onto a cloth with what is know as a “Finn’s Window” drawn upon the cloth - the “Finn’s Window” was used to find Ogham letters and divine. Lastly, the use of bríatharogams could be used to divine meanings either by combining them with the prior two methods or by another devised method.
  592.  
  593. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogham
  594. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Br%C3%ADatharogam
  595. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auraicept_na_n-%C3%89ces
  596. http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/thecelticogham/ss/MakeOghamStaves.htm
  597. (a site on how to make your own or use Ogham sticks)
  598.  
  599. Ouija -
  600. Materials needed: A flat board (usually wood) with written/inscribed letters of the alphabet, numbers, words (such as “yes”, “no”, “goodbye”, etc.) into the board and a planchette.
  601. An Ouija board (otherwise known as “spirit boards” or “talking boards”) is a device used to communicate with spirits or supernatural entities and used in a divinatory fashion or used in seances. The diviner(s) holds the planchette and then asks spirits for answers/guidance wherein it is presumed that the spirits will spell out answers (cryptic or otherwise) with the device.
  602. It gets a mention in the complex systems because it’s a combination of astragalomancy (divining from random numbers and letters) and necromancy (divining from spirits or the dead) - not to mention it can be combined with other forms of divination.
  603.  
  604. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouija
  605. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automatic_writing
  606. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediumship
  607.  
  608. Pallomancy (pendulums) -
  609. Materials needed: A suspended weight (or mass) that can swing freely (can be anything really: a rock on a string, metal pointer on a chain, a coin on a necklace, etc.)
  610. Pallomancy is divination by pendulums. Used in a variety of ways, pallomancy can answer simple yes/no questions, be used on maps, point in directions, or divine other such information unknown to the diviner/querent. Pallomancy can be used in conjunction with Ouija boards (see above) or the Tarot (also below) and various other divination methods.
  611.  
  612. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pendulum
  613.  
  614. Poe -
  615. Materials needed: Two, crescent-shaped (like a shell or clam) pieces of wooden blocks.
  616. These “moon blocks” or “bamboo cups” are typically used to answer yes/no questions from the divine.  These blocks are tossed and then read. If they land:
  617. 1 flat, 1 round = yes
  618. 2 round (flat side down) = no
  619. 2 flat (round side down) = a “no” answer, means the gods/spirits are laughing because the querent already knows the answer - they just haven’t realized it yet.
  620. 1 or 2 land upright (neither flat nor round side) = the gods/spirits do not understand or the question is nullified.
  621. In the absence of divining sticks - answers are said to come truly when the same divination is portrayed 3 times in a row.
  622.  
  623. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe_divination
  624. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiaobei
  625. (see also Chien Tung/Kau Cim)
  626.  
  627. Ramala Shastra -
  628. *** coming soon! ***
  629.  
  630. Scry (to descry) -
  631. Materials needed: Depends on the method ( # - the blind may scry too!)
  632. catoptromancy (mirrors)
  633. > a mirror
  634. gastromancy (crystal ball)
  635. > a crystal ball
  636. hydromancy (water)
  637. > a body of water (can be a bowl of water, pond, lake, etc. but preferable still water)
  638.  
  639. To descry means to "catch sight of" or to "catch a glimpse". Scrying is the act of seeing visions that come via supernatural means - seeing the unseen (not to be confused with remote viewing or being psychic - although, it’s quite possible that there is some overlap between these methods). Scrying is moreso concerned with determining what the demonic, scary face in the mirror meant rather than what is was.
  640. Whether the visions come from your higher conscious, spirits, gods, or from an altered state of consciousness - it’ll be undeniable when you have a vision vs. your ordinary day-dreaming/imagination.
  641. When a diviner wants to scry - there are a couple of ways to go about it. One, is the “mental way”. This is typically done without a reflective surface; but rather, in the diviner’s astral space (think of it as a mental “safe zone” brought about by meditation) - where they can view things “with their eyelids shut” or “with their mind’s eye”. Second, is the “reflective surface” way. In this way, the diviner peers at a reflective surface for an extended period of time - after awhile, vision will begin to shift, blur, blank out, etc. Some diviners describe it as entering a fog. After a while “in the fog/cloud/smoke/etc.” then the diviner will begin to have visions. The diviner is conscious and aware of these visions; but essentially has no control over what is being displayed.
  642. Scrying can be brought about with altered states as well (through the use of drugs, meditation, fasting, entering a trance, etc.) and is considered a complex method in this diviner’s mind because it can be done with many mediums, in varying ways, and with different states of mind.
  643.  
  644. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrying
  645. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trance
  646.  
  647. It may also be of interest (of those who are into scrying) to also look into:
  648.  
  649. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganzfeld_experiment
  650. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensory_deprivation
  651. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remote_viewing
  652.  
  653. Also, some reads that I always recommend to beginners (because I get asked about it all the time)
  654. > Benjamin Rowe’s “A Short Course on Scrying”
  655. > Frater Achad’s “Crystal Gazing”
  656.  
  657. Sikidy (pronounced S’kid) -
  658. Materials needed: (Read below, first method requires 16 stones/seeds. The second method requires a stick and sand/dirt/loose earth).
  659. Sikidy is a form of geomancy (divination by earth) and comes from Madagascar and has ties to Arabic backgrounds. In this form of divination, the diviner is referred to as the Mpisikidy or Ombiasy.
  660.  
  661. First method of Sikidy is using 16 stones or seeds. Seeds are traditionally used. These seeds are randomly arranged into singles or pairs and then put into their respective groupings (columns and rows).
  662.  
  663. The second method is similarly done with drawing random, wavy lines in the sand. The lines are, again, arranged into singles and pairs and then put into their respective groupings.
  664.  
  665. Each grouping has a specific meanings and can be broken into different divinations and can be interpreted in a multitude of ways. Initially, the body (head, chest, hips, and foot/feet), then into mothers/daughters, then into royalty/slaves/dragons/omens, etc. A complex system for sure.
  666.  
  667. http://www.serenapowers.com/sikidy.html
  668. http://bioinfo.uib.es/~joemiro/teach/labmat/Old/labmatold/sikiry.pdf
  669. (this article is great for those who are into math and the various outcomes of sikidy)
  670. http://www.scribd.com/doc/82150984/Divination-amoung-the-Malagasy-Geomancy-Sikidy#scribd
  671. (a more in-depth read about the process)
  672.  
  673. Tasseomancy (tea, coffee, and wine readings) -
  674. Materials needed: A drink of tea, coffee, wine, or any other such beverage that can leave behind sediments after being consumed.
  675.  
  676.  The diviner will typically offer the querent a drink. The querent and the diviner may talk about or discuss the question at hand. Once the beverage is consumed, the diviner will then take the cup/container from the querent and read the sediments that have been left behind on the bottom. What the diviner looks for is: familiar shapes/imagery, symbolism, or any sign that can be pulled from the sediments.
  677.  
  678. Special cups can also be implored such as: zodiac cups, playing card cups, or cups decorated with a multitude of symbols and imagery.
  679.  
  680. A fun, simple, and/or yummy way to put the querent at ease - tasseomancy can still be a complex and intricate way to divine.
  681.  
  682. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasseography
  683. http://www.gutenberg.org/files/18241/18241-h/18241-h.htm
  684. (some helpful symbolism - note, not all these symbols will mean the same thing to everyone/every diviner; but it’s a good spring board to get one started)
  685.  
  686. I wish anyone who reads this the very best. "Many thanks” - Hijinks (Jinxie)
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