-mancy, -mancer, -mantic, -mantical

(Greek: used as a suffix; divination, prophecy, fortune telling; to interpret signs so “practical” decisions can be made [related to -mania])

It isn't so much the things we don't know that gets us into trouble. It's the things we know that aren't so.

—Artemus Ward (1834-1867)

If you keep on saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet.

—Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991),
Polish-born American journalist, writer.
chronomancy, chromomantic
Divination to determine the precise favorable time for some action, formerly practiced especially in China.
chyromancy
Divination with the hands. Also chiromancy (q.v.).
cledonismantia
An ancient system of divination based on the good or evil presage of certain words uttered without premeditation when people come together in any way.

It also regulated the words to be used on particular occasions. Cicero stated that the Pythagoreans were very attentive to these presages, and according to Pausanius, it was a favorite method of divination at Smyrna, where the oracles of Apollo were interpreted.

cledonomancy
Divination with omens or lucky charms, by listening to utterances of mantic significance, or by interpreting unplanned events; such as, to predict remarks of a conversation before it begins.
cleidomancy, clidomancy
Divination by use of a key or keys.
conchomancy
Divination, or fortune telling, with sea shells.
crithomancy, critomancy
Divination by spreading grain or cake dough over sacrificed victims; for personal predications, observations were made of the unusual behavior of grains, dough, or the cakes themselves.
cromniomancy
Divination with names, significant happenings, or missing persons which were written on onions, planted, and observed to see which one would sprout first.

The onion which sprouted most rapidly indicated that the person whose name had been inscribed on it was enjoying vigorous health.

Another application was that wishes would come true if one burnt onion skins on a fire. Sometimes the onions had to be placed on the altar at Christmas before they had any divine significance.

cromnyomancy
Divination by using onions.
cryptomancy
Divination with secret signs, words, etc.; some unrevealed method used by mantics.
crystallomancy, crystal gazing
Divination by means of a crystal or other transparent body, especially a beryl.
cubomancy
Divination with thrown dice or with cubed bones.
cyclomancy
Divination with some revolving device; such as, a wheel or revolving circle.
Cyclomancy with the revolving wheel to fore tell the future weather.

Sometimes people wonder if this is the same system that is being used by modern weather forecasters to predict current weather conditions.

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The “wheel-of-fortune” found at carnivals or on the TV “Wheel of Fortune” are based on this concept. Cyclomancy has survived in various parlor games; such as, “spin the bottle”.

cylicomancy
Perceiving psychic visions on a clear, shiny water surface in a cup instead of a crystal.
dactyliomancy, dactylomancy, dactyomancy
Divination with finger rings “. . . by holding a ring suspended by a fine thread over a round table on the edge of which were a number of marks with the 24 [Greek] letters of the alphabet. The ring was consecrated with a great deal of mystery.”

Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "divination, diviner; seer, soothsayer, prophecy, prophesy, prophet": augur-; auspic-; fa-, fate; Fates in action; futur-; omen; -phemia; sorc-, sorcery; vati-.

A cross reference of other word family units that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "chance, luck, fate": aleato-; auspic-; cad-; fortu-; serendipity; sorc; temer-; tycho-.