Omphalomancy (also known as Omphilomancy) is divination by inspecting the navel cord or belly button. .
Derived from the Greek omphalos ('navel') and manteia ('prophecy')
According to a popular belief the number of knots in a newborn's umbilical cord are counted to foretell the number of children the mother will have later.
The interpretation of belly button by its size and shape is also supposed to reveal the personality and fate of a person.
In the book Centered: Understanding Yourself through your Navel, Dr Gerhard Reibmann stated that one person’s lifespan can be determined through his navel. This can be done by inspecting your own navel in a well-lit area and compare what you saw with these six navel types:
The Horizontal Navel. This belly button is oblong in shape and spreads sideways across the tummy. People with horizontal navels are complex and highly emotional. These characteristics can affect their health. Average life expectancy: 68 years.
The Vertical Navel. This is an oblong belly button that stands on end, runs up and down along the tummy. It indicates a person who is self-confident, generous, and emotionally stable. Average life expectancy: 75 years.
The Outty. This is a belly button that protrudes outward. It indicates an optimistic person who approaches life with enthusiasm. Average life expectancy: 72 years.
The Concave Navel. This belly button is bowl-shaped or inward. It belongs to a person who is gentle, loving, cautious, sensitive, and prone to anxiety. People with concave navels are delicate. Average life expectancy: 65 years.
The Off-Center Navel. An off-center belly button indicates a fun-loving, unusual individual who experiences wide emotional swings. Average life expectancy: 70 years.
The Round Navel. This belly button is evenly shaped and circular. It indicates a modest, even-tempered person with a quiet, retiring personality. Average life expectancy: 81 years.
In terms of reading an individual’s personality, a deep “inny” would associate to an introverted personality while an “outy” would relate to an extroverted personality.
According to Chinese legend, the concave belly button is the best and the deeper the belly button is, the more children you will have.
Meanwhile, Indian Tantric teachings claimed that the belly button is also used to diagnose health problems. This was based on the belief that the navel is where energy is received and processed coming in from the universe.