cartomancy (s) (noun) (no plural)
Prophecy or fortune telling using printed cards which are used in gambling or games: The system of cartomancy
includes modern packs of cards and even special divination cards that have been produced for this purpose.
Cartomancy is said to originate with gypsies who prognosticated the future and provided guidance as to how to reveal the personality traits of people.
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Divination by looking into images on the surface of water in a glass or in a magical receptacle.
If spring water is used in this method or if the diviner uses a sacred pool or spring, then it is termed pegomancy.
catoptromancy, catoxtromancy, cattobomancy, catoptomancy (s) (noun)
; catoptromancies, catotromancies, catoxtromancies, cattobomancies, catoptomancies (pl)
Divination with a crystal ball, a lens, mirrors, or other reflective surfaces: At the fortune teller's booth, Mildred, the costumed woman, sat with a crystal ball, ready to practice her catoptromancy
The Greeks put metal "mirrors" under the water or held them in a fountain and interpreted the reflections with catoptromancy.
Predictions of catoptromancies were also made by using a glass which was suspended over a holy well; the images on the glass supposedly "revealed" the secrets hidden in the water.
Catoptromancy also included divination based on how a face appeared when it was seen in a "looking glass" underwater.
Prophecy with the use of brazen vessels.
causimomancy, causinomancy (considered erroneous)
Divination with fire; “it is a happy presage when combustible objects don’t burn when thrown into the fire”; it was a good omen if something failed to burn or took a long time to catch on fire.
Divination by interpreting the ashes from a sacrifice.
cephalomancy, cephaleonomancy, kephalonomancy
Divination by boiling a donkey’s head on burning coals.
ceramancy, ceromancy; carromancy
Divination by dropping melted wax into water and observing (interpreting) the figures made there.
During the Middle Ages, wax would be melted in a brass container and poured into another vessel containing cold water.
ceraunomancy, keraunomancy (s) (noun)
; ceraunomancies, keraunomancies (pl)
1. Divinations, or telling fortunes, by means of activities in the air; such as, rain, thunder, lightning, etc.
2. A form of divination involving the interpretation of an omen communicated by thunder.
Divination by striking copper or brass bowls.
Such tones were given definite interpretation at the ancient Oracle of Dodona.
Divination, or presages, by observing and interpreting confusion or disorder; observed in clouds, airborne apparitions, aerial visions, or comets.
Divination with maps; interpreting inscriptions.
Predictions written in invisible ink, that appear when papers are heated, come in this general category; and so do greeting cards.
Divination by the hand; the art of telling the characters and fortunes of people by inspection of their hands; palmistry.
A fortune teller is someone who tells an unmarried man there's a woman in his future, and tells a married man there's a future in his woman.
A cheiromantist is a fortune-teller who palms herself off as a hand reading expert or one who sees prosperity on every hand.
Divination by interpreting the utterences of a person who is in a frenzy; dating back to the Greek Oracle of Delphi.
Divination with a crystal ball.
Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "divination, diviner; seer, soothsayer, prophecy, prophesy, prophet":
Fates in action;
A cross reference of other word family units that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "chance, luck, fate":