Chaomancy, a branch of Aeromancy, is the art of divination by interpreting aerial visions.
From Greek (Paracelsian) chaos (the atmosphere)
Chaomancy is sometimes concerned with interpreting the shapes of clouds but most often refers to nephomancy or cometomancy, divination by the appearance of comet tails.
Paracelsus Nine Books Of the Nature of Things (1674) ix. 300:
“Chaomancy shews its Signs by the Stars of the Air and Wind, by the discolouring, destroying of all tender and subtil things, to which the Wind is an enemy, by beating off the Flowers, Leaves, Boughs and Branches. If the Stars of Chaomancy are moved, Spirits fall from the superiour Air, and Voices and Answers were often heard: Also Trees are pulled up by the Roots, and Houses are thrown down. There are seen Hobgoblins, Household Gods, airy Spirits, and Woodmen, &c. also a heavenly Dew and Manna falls upon Trees and Herbs.”
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