-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.
Divination by throwing laurel leaves on a sacred fire from a grove sacred to Appollo.

If the leaves crackled in the flames, the forecast would be favorable; if they burned quietly, the prophecy was negative.

Divination by calling on demons for prophecies as in black magic.
Divination through the use of oak and mistletoe.
The property of being diathermic or diathermanous; perviousness to radiant heat; diathermaneity.
Pertaining to divination; divinatory, magical.
divination (s) (noun), divinations (pl)
1. The method or practice of attempting to foretell the future or discovering the unknown through omens, oracles, or by supernatural powers: Divinations involve being able to foresee approaching events or obtaining secret knowledge through communication with holy sources and through signs and revelations.
2. A prophecy or prediction; soothsaying or the interpretation of omens or events: A divination is based on the belief in making events known to humans by the spirits and in supernatural forms of knowledge and so it attempts to make known those things that neither reason nor science can discover.
3. A premonition or feeling of apprehension about something that is going to happen: The system of divination takes for granted that spiritual beings exist, are approachable by humans, have access to the knowledge which people do not possess, and are willing, depending on certain conditions, to let supernatural beings communicate the special knowledge which they are believed to possess.
A practice of attempting to foretell something in the future.
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An insight into the unknown.
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diviner (s) (noun), diviners (pl)
1. A person who claims to discover hidden knowledge with the aid of supernatural powers.
2. Someone who searches for underground water, metal, or minerals using something such as a divining rod.
Crystal ball and diviner looking at her broken divination tool.

This diviner can't even see the present much less the future. The financial adviser was seeking guidance for future investments via the crystal ball and may now have just seen a prophecy of a "crash" in the stock market.

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Divination by interpreting the crackle sound of a laurel branch on a fire (the same as daphnomancy).
Divination by observing dripping blood.
Divination with olive oil, or another kind of oil; and analyzing its patterns and designs on a liquid surface.
Divination by observing fire and smoke, or the objects, on a sacrificial fire.

Eggs, flour, and incense were used for this purpose as well as shoulder blades of the sacrificed victim.

enoptromancy (s) (noun), enoptromancies (pl)
Divination or fortune telling with mirrors: The seer walked down to the river carrying a looking glass in order to conduct the enoptromancy which she had promised to do for the villagers.
Divination by examining the entrails of animals.
Oriental (Persian) divination in which a person covered his head with a cloth and muttered questions above a vase of water.

Stirrings on the surface would be regarded as a good omen.

Divination by examining animal entrails.

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-.