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Slinneanachd

Slinneanachd (or slinnanacht) is a form of divination that involves examination of the shoulderblades of an animal (usually a carcass). It may also refer to eating the flesh of the animal without touching the bone with tooth or nail. Etymology Derived from the Scottish Gaelic slinnean ('shoulder blade') Origin Slinneanachd is a kind of divination that is formerly practiced in …

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Plastromancy

Plastromancy is a form of divination using the plastron, or undershell of a turtle. Etymology Derived from the English plastron and Greek manteia ('prophecy') History It was mainly used in ancient China, especially the Shang dynasty but gradually fell out of use during the Later or Eastern Hàn dynasty. The earliest use of turtle shells can be traced back from …

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Podomancy

Podomancy (also known as Pedomancy or Solistry) is a divination by examining the lines of soles. This method of divination is similar to palmistry. Etymology Derived from the Greek pous ('foot') and manteia ('prophecy') History Podomancy used to be a popular form of divination in China. Methods Skilled diviners interpret sizes, shapes and lines of the feet to reveal the …

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Physiognomy

Physiognomy (or Physiognomancy) is the interpretation of outward appearance, especially the features of the face, to discover a person's predominant temper and character. Etymology Derived from the Greek phusis ('nature') and gnomonia ('interpretation') History Physiognomy has been practiced in cultures all over the world. In China, records of the works of master physiognomists can be found dating from the start …

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Photomancy

Photomancy is the art of divination by gazing into fields of light. Etymology Derived from the Greek phobos ('fear') and manteia ('prophecy') Analysis Photomancy governs the control of light and radiance. A powerful photomancer can travel through light-waves and reflections to almost any point and control different spectrums of light like second-nature. It is viewed as an inherently celestial form. …

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Pegomancy

Pegomancy is a form of hydromancy or divination by water that involves springs and fountains. Etymology Derived from the Greek pege ('spring') and manteia ('prophecy') Methods A change in color could be an omen, such as a spring turning reddish to symbolize the approach of war. Shapes formed by the swirl of a spring or the play of a fountain …

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Pecthimancy

Pecthimancy or Petchimancy is a divination by observing the results of brushed clothes. Etymology Derived from the Greek pekte ('netting') and manteia ('prophecy') Origin Before the modern laundries and dry cleaning, fine clothing was cleansed by brushing the soil off. Back to Augury Back to Divinations Back to Home This post was last modified on :

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Phyllomancy

Phyllomancy is a divination using leaves. Etymology Derived from the Greek phullon ('leaf') and manteia ('prophecy') Methods In Phyllomancy, the divination is based upon the interpretation of the sound of rustling leaves. Diviners who employ this method may also interpret the patterns of veins on leaves to gain insight to future events or to reveal things of the unknown. Back …

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Phrenology

Phrenology is a hypothesis claiming that the personality traits of a person can be derived from the shape of the skull. Etymology Derived from the Greek phren ('mind') and logia ('study') Origin Phrenology is a very ancient object of study that deals with the relationship between a person's character and the morphology of the skull. The first philosopher to locate …

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Scatomancy

Scatomancy (alternatively known as Spatalomancy, Spatilomancy, Cropomancy, and Spatalamancy) is a divination by studying the the size, arrangement, color and interaction of excrement. Etymology Derived from the Greek skor ('excrement') and manteia ('prophecy') History In ancient times, scatomancers were often influential members of their community called upon to assist in medical diagnosis and trial by ordeal. In kleptoparasitic, one of …

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