Aichmomancy

Aichmomancy
Aichmomancy is a form of divination in which sharp, pointed objects are used to show patterns which are then interpreted by the practitioner.

Etymology
From Greek aikhme, 'spearhead' and manteia, 'prophecy'.

History
In the most ancient form of this divination a spearhead was spun in the sand. Several centuries later, during the Early Middle Ages, divinations with pins became popular in Europe.

Methods
Aichmomancy readers use pins, knives, forks, nails, and handmade pieces of wood sharpened to a point. These readers could use pins, knives, forks, nails, and handmade pieces of wood sharpened to a point. The reader would simply drop these onto a flat surface and find the different patterns and read them.

Readers used seven pins and a table covered with cloth. Pins were thrown over the table, and the patterns were read and interpreted.

The basic patterns and their interpretations:

1 – Love
5 – Danger
9 – Honesty
13 – Sickness
17 – Pleasure
21 – Break-up
2 – Money
6 – Quarrel
10 – Rudeness
14 – Wedding
18 – Encounter
22 – Health
3 – Gift
7 – Prison
11 – Joy
15 – Birth
19 – Meeting
23 – Vanity
4 – Grief
8 – Engagement
12 – Letter
16 – Resistance
20 – Success
24 – Road

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