Thirty-six kinds of divination to try at home

Some practical advice

Human attempts to read, interpret and over-interpret the world are fascinatingly diverse.

This is a list of some divination methods, culled from here and there (Wikipedia has a much more comprehensive list).

If you happen to have a donkey’s head lying around, or live in a region where wild boar are common, you can try some of these yourself at home…

  1. abacomancy: divination by dust
  2. ailuromancy: divination by cats
  3. alectryomancy: divination by rooster
  4. bibliomancy: divination by books opened at random
  5. catoptromancy: divination using mirrors
  6. cephaleonomancy: divination using the head, often by boiling the head of a donkey
  7. chiromancy: divination by lines on the hand
  8. chresmomancy : divination by means of the ravings of lunatics
  9. cledonomancy: divination by overheard words
  10. cleromancy: divination by sorting lots
  11. coscinomancy: divination by the hanging-up of sieves
  12. cromnyomancy:divination by onions
  13. cybermancy: divination by computer
  14. geomancy: divination by markings on the ground
  15. hepatomancy: divination by liver
  16. hydromancy: divination by dishes of water
  17. hyomancy: divination by wild boar
  18. iconomancy: divination by icon painting
  19. lecanomancy: divination by oil floating in a dish of water
  20. libanomancy : divination by smoke of incense
  21. molybdomancy: divination by molten metal
  22. myromancy: divination by ant
  23. natimancy: divination by the buttocks
  24. necromancy: divination by consulting with the dead
  25. oinomancy: divination by wine
  26. oneiromancy: divination by dreams
  27. onychomancy: divination by the reflections seen in oiled fingernails
  28. ornithomancy: divination by birds
  29. plastromancy: divination by the cracks in the plastron of a tortoise
  30. pyromancy: divination by fire
  31. rahbdomancy: divination by rods, sticks or wands
  32. scapulimancy : divination by bones
  33. scatomancy: divination by excrement
  34. tasseomancy: divination by tea-leaves and coffee grounds
  35. tryomancy : divination by cheese
  36. xenomancy: divination by means of strangers

See also