Glossary of Pagan Terms
Adept: Through serious study and
accomplishments one is considered highly proficient in a particular magical
Aes sidhe: The Supernatural Folk, i.e. the Faerie Folk.
Aicme: group of five Oghams.
Celtic goddess of crops, the moon and of cattle.
Airbe druad: "Hedge," a magical barrier no one could pass through.
Aisling: (Ashling) dream. Vision.
fifth element, the Spirit
Alban Arthuan: Winter Solstice.
Alban Eiler: Spring Equinox.
Alban Elved: Autumnal Equinox.
Alban Heruin: Summer Solstice.
Altar: This is a special, flat surface
set aside for magical workings and/or religious acknowledgements.
Amulet: Considered an object of
protection that has been charged to deflect specific negative energies or
Anam: soul, indestructible self. One does not have but rather one is anam. It is
seated in the head.
An-da-shealladh: "two sights," the ability to see spirits.
belief that all objects have a spirit.
Ankh: (ahnk) An Egyptian hieroglyphic that is
widely used as a symbol for Life, Love and Reincarnation.
Annwyn: (Ah-noon) the Under World.
Aradia: This is the name of a Italian
Goddess sworn to protect her people against the aggression of masculine faith and
its persecutors during the reign of medieval terror. She taught around 1353. She
was imprisoned more than once, escaped several times and eventually
Arawn: (Ar-ahn) The Celtic god of the underworld.
Arcana: This is the two halves of the
Tarot deck. There is the Major Arcana, that consists of 22 trumps. They reflect
the dominant occurrences in our lives. Then there is the Minor Arcana (also
known as the lesser Arcana), they consist of 56 suit cards. They assist the
Major Arcana by reflecting smaller occurrences in our lives.
Asperger: a bundle of fresh herbs that is
dipped into water and used to sprinkle it around the magical circle.
Astral: Another dimension of reality.
Astral Travel/Projection: This is the
process known as separating your physical body from your astral body to
accomplish travel on the astral plane.
The belief that the planets and stars and their
placement can have an affect on the human mind and human actions. This is also
the name for the study of such phenomena.
Ategenos: rebirth after death into the Other World.
Athame: (ath-uh-may) This is a ceremonial knife that
has been cleansed and consecrated. It is never used for
blood-letting, and very rarely used for cutting anything on the material plane.
Aura: (Ar-uh) The radiating layers of energy that
emanate from all things.*
Awenyddion: inspired ones.
ritual fire that is built out-of-doors.*
Bane: (Rhymes with "mane") This means bad, evil or
Banish: To rid the presence of. To
magically end something or exorcise unwanted entities.
Beithe Luis Nion:
The Old Irish name of the Celtic Tree Ogham.
Beltane: (bell-tain) or (Bee-Al-tin-ay) Irish festival of May 1.
Beo: living thing, life, livelihood, quick,
alive, active, lively. One's physical body or true form. This can be
shape-shifted into other true forms or be transformed by external magicks by others.
Besom: (beh-som) a besom
is a magical broom used during ritual for purification by sweeping away
negative energies. Besom often refers to the small handheld type.
Bind: To magically restrain someone or
Bith: this world: the manifest multi-verse.
Blath: prosperity. The eastern realm among the Fifths.
Blood of the Moon: A woman's menstrual
cycle. If this occurs at the time of the full moon, she is far more power than
any other time of the month.
Bodhran: "cow song," a drum.
Boline: (bowl-in) This is a white-handled knife
used for magical purposes such as cutting. Example: inscribing candles, or
cutting a branch for a wand.
Book of Shadows: This is a collection of
information for a Witch's reference.
Breaca sith: "faerie marks," the livid spots that appear on the faces of the
Brehon Laws: Old Irish laws governing all
aspects of life.
Bri: strength, energy, vigor, merit,
essence, natural talent. the power inherent within a person, place or object. It
is the power of the creative intent that
basically defines your existence. One has a limited amount of Bri. See Bua.
Bricht: magick, the spoken spell.
triple aspect goddess: Maiden, Mother and Crone*
also "Bruja" - The Spanish term for "witch". This term means a bad witch, not a
good witch. See "curranderismo" for good witch.*
Bua: victory, triumph, success, skill, talent, destiny. the earned power that
can be shared, stored, increased or decreased. It is what develops from ritual,
configuration, blessing, sanctification. One has an unlimited amount of Bua. See
Buabhaill: drinking horn.
Burning Times, The:
The period of history in which the Christian church
burned thousands of "non-believers" supposedly on suspicions of witchcraft.
Bwa'r Crach: "hag's bow," the rainbow leading to the Other World.
Cabala: Is the ancient Hebrew magickal
system. Also spelled Quaballah
Caer: castle or fortress.
Call: Invoking Divine forces.
Cath: conflict: The northern realm among the Fifths.
(cahl-drun) The cauldron is used to symbolize the
womb of the Goddess in ritual. It may also be used for casting spells or for
mixing potions and brews. The cauldron may be replaced with a chalice or
sometimes a bowl.
(kel-tic) Cultures stemming from the Indo-European
language family from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England, and Brittany.
Censer: (sen-ser) a
container in which to hold buring incense.*
take hold of or ground your energy by means of meditation.*
Cernunnos: (ker-noo-nohs) The
Horned God - aspect of the god depicted by a man with antlers and sometimes the
tail and legs of a stag. He is often pictured sitting cross-legged with a torc
in one hand and a serpent in the other.*
(Ker-i-dwen) Celtic grain goddess*
Chakras: (shah-krah) In the human body there are
seven major energy vortexes. These vortexes are: 1. The crown (white) 2.
forehead (purple) 3. the throat (blue) 4. the chest (pink or green) 5. navel
(yellow) 6. abdomen (orange) 7. groin (red). Note that there are colors
associated to each chakras. To mention also there are smaller vortexes in the
hands and feet.
Chalice - (chal-iss) the chalice is a wine glass or
other type of drinking cup used in ritual to represent the Goddess.
The Charge This is a story of the message
from the Goddess to her children.
Channeling This is where you allow a
disincarnate entity to "borrow" your body to speak to
others in the forms of writing or verbal.
Charms: The can be amulets or talisman
that have been charged to perform a specific task, an incantation being said
Chinese elements - wood, fire, earth,
Circle - the circle is the sacred area in
which a witch performs spells and rituals. The circle is representative of
eternity and power.
Cleansing: To remove negative energy from
an object or place by utilizing positive, psychic energy.
Coelbreni: divination sticks.
Coiced: a fifth, one of five provinces of the land or cosmos.
Coirc: magick cauldron.
Cone of Power:
the energy raised from a cast circle by a coven or practicing witch during
spells or ritual.
Consecration: To bless an object or place
by charging/instilling it with positive energy.
Corn Dolly: a doll or poppet made of corn
or other grain used to symbolize a person.
Corp creidh: "clay body," used as a magick poppet or spelling doll.
a tool or item used in magick for a corresponding purpose. ie: a red candle for
love or a blue candle for peace.
Coven: (kuh-ven) Is a group of Witches, (13 or
less), that work together for positive magickal goals, and perform religious
ceremonies. Also a family of witches.
Covenstead: (kuh-ven-sted) Is the place of power that Witches
meet where they can feel safe and at home. This could be a building or a place.
Cowan: a derogatory term for a person who
is not a witch.
Craebh Ciuil: "the silver branch," or faerie shaman's magick wand.
Crane Bag: the
bag held by a shaman which holds magickal talismans such as crystals, stones, or
Crannchur: "casting the woods," or divining by oghams.
Crone: one of
the three aspects of the goddess (Maiden, Mother, and Crone). The Crone
symbolizes wisdom, death, winter, and end.
ceremony performed for a woman who is celebrating her transition from being a
Mother to being a Crone.
These are the four fire festivals:
Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane, and
Crystallomancy: divination using crystals
Cwn Annwn: (coon-anoon) the hunting dogs of the faeries. Also called the hell hounds.
person who is an apprentice in witchcraft
Dedication: This is where the individual
accepts the Craft as their path and promises to study and learn to reach the
goal of adeptship in a given tradition.
Deity: a God or Goddess.
Deosil: (Jesh-il) This is clockwise movement.
Divination: This is the act of using
magickal tools/symbols to gather information on people, places, things and events
in the past, present and future.
Dowsing: This is the use of a pendulum or
stick to find the location of a person, place, thing or element. This is also
very useful in answering yes and no questions.
Drawing Down the Moon: This is a ritual
used during the Full Moon for witches to empower themselves and unite their
inner selves with a particular deity.
Drawing Down the Sun: a ritual to bring
the powers of the sun down into a male witch.
Druid: a person of the Celtic Mystical
Dryw: wren, or druid.
Duile: elements. Sometimes there are seven or nine duile in a Faerie Pagan's
worldview. This list may include earth, water, stone, salt, sun, rain, cloud,
stars and wind. Also du/il -- element (created thing), entity, creature,
affection, hope, desire, fondness. An intrinsic quality of a person's form
within the world, how one interacts with life. One's "mask" one's emotional
attitudes or motives.
Earth Magick: Magick that uses the powers
and forces of the Mother Earth.
Elder: Is a person or group of people that oversee
the operations of the church and its functions. These people are experienced and
educated in Magickal adeptship and counseling.
Elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and
They may also be associated in a magickal circle with direction, East is Air,
South is Fire, West is Water and North is Earth. The center of a circle is
Spirit or Akasha.
Empower: to transfer energy to a person
Enchantment: These are magickal objects
that have been charmed and kept secret and hidden from all human eyes and
affects a hidden aura.
Esbat: a celebration that honors the full
moon or the new moon
Evocation: This is to call something out
from within. It is also the word used for the act of calling up spirits.
Faeries: a race of people of all types,
shapes, and sizes believed to have great power. These beings live alongside us
in our world hidden from our eyes.
Familiar: A familiar is an animal which
connects with and communicates with a witch for magickal purposes. It can be a
pet or a creature that exists on the astral, rather than the physical plane.
Fascination: Also known as mind-binding,
this is an act of mental effort to control anther person's or animal's mind.
Fey: faerie folk.
A kiss performed in ritual where first both feet are kissed, then both knees,
the womb, both breasts, and the lips.
Gaea/Gaia: This is a Greek Goddess, now
meaning Earth Mother or Mother Earth.
Gardnerian: a type of witchcraft
developed by Dr. Gerald Gardner
Geomancy: earth or stone divination
Glamour: a magickal illusion used to
Gnomes: earth-spirits, part of the fairy
God Voice: Building up force and
intoning a word or sound from deep within.
Green Man: This is another name for the
Grimoire: a book of shadows. A book used
to keep track of magical information or results and observations.
Grounding: the act of sending excess or
negative energy from your body into the earth. This is always done after ritual
Handfasting: This is the name of a Wiccan
or Pagan marriage ceremony.
Handparting: the divorce or parting ways
of a handfasted couple
Hedge Witch: a witch who follows the path
of a shaman.
Herbalism: The study of herbs and plants
and their magical and/or medicinal properties.
High Priest: the male leader of a coven.
High Priestess: the female leader of a
I Ching: (ee-ching) A form of Chinese
Imbas: fire in the head. source of
or (im-ulk) also
known as Candlemas. A pagan fire festival held each year on Feb. 1st or 2nd. A
day of divination. The precursor to the modern groundhog day.
Initiation: This is the experience and/or
awareness of a person, that their personal and earthly reality has been changed.
Invocation: the act of asking the Deities
for assistance during spells and rituals.
Karma: A balance of energy that flows
through all things. This balance causes a reaction to everything you do.
Labrys: a double-headed axe. This is
commonly known as a symbol of the Goddess.
Libation: (lie-bay-shun) an offering of food or drink to
the deities or to the little people usually given during ritual or as an
offering of thanks.
Litha: (lith-uh) or Midsummer. The day of
the summer solstice and a celebration of the sun.
Lord and Lady: the God and Goddess
Lughnassadh: (loo-nah-sah) festival of August 1.
Macrocosm: The world around us.
Microcosm: The world within us.
Mabon: (may-bun) celebration of the autumn equinox
Magick: (or "magic") Focusing your will and emotions
to cause change in both the macrocosm and microcosm. This is the ability to
manipulate the energies around us.
Magic Circle: This circle protects the
Witch from outside forces while conducting ritual magick. The magick circle is
considered the doorway between the worlds, and allows us to move between the
Magickal Systems: This is the set of
guidelines relating to specific Gods and Goddesses or Traditions, Denominations,
Sects and/or Pantheons.
Meditation: the act and discipline of
finding one's center and entering into oneself.
Megalith: a gigantic stone monument.
Menhir: a stone with engraved symbols
that is commonly used to mark the site of a covenstead.
Mentor: an elder magickal practitioner
who offers advice and guidance.
Midsummer: a celebration of the Summer
Muir: the sea.
Modern Paganism (since the 1950s).
Ogham: (oh-wum) the magickal faerie alphabet. Used by
the druids. Comprised of sticks or notches on a vertical line. Druids used these
symbols to communicate using a secret sign language and Ogham is often found
written on graves and stones throughout Europe.
Old Ones, The:
the God and Goddess
(oh-star-ah) or (ay-oh-ster) or (est-er) a
celebration of the spring equinox. The precursor of the modern Christian holiday
(pay-gun) originally, this word meant "a country person" or someone who was not living in
the city and privy to fashion or new ideas. Today, the word "Pagan" is used to
describe any person who is not a Christian.
belief in more than one deity.
Pantheon: (pan-thee-on) This is a group of Gods and
Goddesses in a specific religious structure.
Pendulum: (pen-doo-lum) a divination tool made from a
crystal, stone, or other object which hangs from a string.
Pentacle: (pen-ta-kul) This is an upright 5 pointed
star that is encircled. Each point of the star has a meaning: 1. Earth 2. Air 3.
Fire 4. Water 5. Spirit.
Pentagram: The pentagram has the same
meaning as a pentacle, but it is only a 5-pointed star without the circle around
it. The pentagram is not related to the similar, but inverted form of the
pentacle which has its roots in Satanism.
Polarity: the positive and negative
forces in all things: yin and yang, opposite, yet equal energy forces.
Polytheism: (polly-thee-ism) The belief
in many gods.
Prana: (prah-nah) life energy
Priestess: Is a female that is devoted to
the service of her chosen deity and humankind.
Projective Hand: a person's dominant
hand, the sending hand.
Priest: This a male that is devoted to
the service of his chosen deity and humankind.
Receptive Hand: opposite from the
Rede: The Pagan law of "do as you like as
long as you harm no one."
Reincarnation: To return to the physical
body. The soul upon death, exits one body and begins to prepare to come back
into life within another physical form.
Ritual: A physically/mentally focused
ceremony to thank or honor your chosen pantheon, or to perform a magickal
Runes: (Roons) Are used in divination and
magickal workings. They are a set of letters from the old Teutonic alphabets,
inscribed on wood, stone, clay, tiles. They are widely used in all forms of
Sabbat: (sah-baht) one of the eight equally-spaced
pagan religious holidays.
Samhain: (Sow-en) festival of October 31.
Time when the veil between this world and the next are thinnest.
Sands of Time:
sand taken from between the paws of the great Sphinx of Egypt.
Scrying: (rhymes with "crying") The practice of staring into an
object such as a mirror, bowl of water, stone, or crystal ball with the intent
to divine information.
Shaman: (shah-mahn) or (shay-mahn) a magical healer. One with the
gift to walk between the worlds.
Shields: a protective barrier of power
erected around a person, place, or object.
Sidhe: pronounced (shee). faeries or other world beings.
Sigil: (sih-jill) Is a magically oriented seal, sign
or other device used in a magical working.
Simple Feast, The: a meal or a feast
which is shared in the name of the God and Goddess.
Skyclad: nude or naked
Smudging: Smudging is the act of using a
lit smudge stick to purify an object or an area. Smudge sticks are traditionally
made from bundled sage along with other woods such as pine or cedar.
Solitaire: a witch who is not part of a
group or coven. Someone who practices magick alone.
Spell: This is a magickal rite, an
extension of mental/emotional energy, either spoken aloud, written, said to
oneself, it could be drawn and even expressed in the form of dance. There must
be a need for the spell to be successful.
Summerlands: a realm, somewhat like
heaven, where the soul goes to rest before being reincarnated or becoming one
with The Great Spirit.
Talisman: a magically charged object,
to bring something to the one who possesses it.
Tarot: (tair-oh) A set of 78 cards which
the user uses for divination to answer questions.
Third-Eye: the psychic center, or eye,
located in the center of the forehead between the eyes.
Three-Fold-Law: the belief that whatever energy you send out will be returned
to you times three.
Tir-nan-og: (teer-nan-og) "Land of the Young," or Faerie Land.
Many Celts believe that upon death, the soul enters the land of Tir-nan-og.
The three aspects of the Goddess: Maiden, Mother
Tuatha De Dannan: (tuah-day-dana) "Children of the Goddess Dana," or the ancient Faerie Gods and
Vision Questing: Also known as "pathworking",
The use of astral projection, or dreamtime to accomplish a specific goal.
Visualization: the practice of forming a
mental picture of something, usually to bring about a change.
Warlock: a warlock is NOT a male witch. A
warlock is someone who has broken an oath: an oathbreaker.
Watchtowers: another name for the four
directions: North, South, East, and West.
Webweaving: The sharing of information
between magical people by means of any form of communication to assist each
other in their studies and life goals.
Wheel of the Year: This is the full cycle
of the seasonal year, beginning with Samhain celebration. - The turning
Wicca: (wik-uh) also spelled "Wicce." one of many religions that
Wiccaning: A Wiccan ceremony to bless a
Wiccan Rede: The law of Wicca which
states that all may do as they wish, as long as they harm no living thing.
Wiccan Trilogy: The triple aspect of the
goddess: Maiden, Mother, and Crone.
Widdershins: (wid-er-shins) Counterclockwise motion.
Witch: one who practices magick: a
practitioner of folk magick. This term is used for both MALE and female witches.
Witchcraft: the practice of using and
manipulating energy for a certain purpose.
Working: Known as magickal working. This
is the process used magickally to reach a positive goal.
Yule: (yool) a pagan Holiday celebrating the
Winter Solstice. The precursor to the modern Christian holiday, Christmas.
- from Motherwitch
AEROMANCY divination from the air and sky,
particularly concentrating on cloud shapes, comets, and other phenomena not
normally visible in the heavens.
ALCHEMY is the practice of transmutation of base
metals into precious metals (e.g., gold or silver) with the aid of an esoteric
substance called the "philosopher's stone".
ALECTRYOMANCY is divination whereby a bird is
allowed to pick corn grains from a circle of letters. A variation is to recite
letters of the alphabet noting those at which a cock crows.
ALEUROMANCY is divination using "fortune
cookies"; answers to questions are rolled into balls of dough and once
baked are chosen at random.
ALOMANCY is divination by table salt.
ALPHITOMANCY uses special cakes that are
digestible by persons with a clear conscience but are unpleasant to others.
ANTHROPOMANCY is the long-outlawed means of
divination by human sacrifice.
APANTOMANCY is divination through chance
meetings with animals (e.g., a black cat), birds, and other creatures. Mexico
City is said to have been founded where Aztec soothsayers saw an eagle flying
from a cactus carrying a live snake.
ARITHMANCY or ARITHMOMANCY
is an earlier form of NUMEROLOGY where divination
is made through numbers and the number value of letters.
ASTRAGLOMANCY or ASTRAGYROMANCY is a form of
divination by dice where the faces of the dice bear numbers and letters.
ASTROLOGY is divination using celestial bodies:
the sun, moon, planets, and stars.
AUGURY is the general term for the art of
divination and is chiefly applied to interpretations of signs and omens.
AUSTROMANCY is divination by the study of the
AXIOMANCY is divination through the observation
of how an ax or hatchet quivers or points when driven into post.
BELOMANCY is an ancient form of divination
performed by tossing or balancing arrows.
BIBLIOMANCY involves divination by books.
BOTANOMANCY is divination from burning tree
branches and leaves.
CAPNOMANCY is the study of smoke rising from a
CARTOMANCY is fortune telling using cards such
as the Tarot.
CATOPTROMANCY is an early form of crystal gazing
that utilizes a mirror turned to the moon to catch moonbeams.
CAUSIMOMANCY is divination from behavior of
objects placed in a fire.
CEPHALOMANCY refers to divination with the skull
or head of a donkey or goat.
CERAUNOSCOPY seeks to draw omens from the study
of thunder and lightning.
CEROSCOPY is a form of fortune telling in which
melted was is poured into cold water.
CHIROMANCY is divination from the lines on
CHIROGNOMY is the study of the general hand
CLAIRAUDIENCE is "clear hearing" of
divinatory information. Parapsychologist generally regard as a form of
CLAIRVOYANCE is "clear seeing" of
divinatory information. Parapsychologist generally regard as a form of
CLEROMANCY is divination by "casting
lots", similar to dice but with objects such as pebbles or sea shells.
CLIDOMANCY or CLEIDOMANCY
is divination using a dangling key.
COSCINOMANCY is divination using a hanging sieve
CRITOMANCY is the study of barley cakes.
CROMNIOMANCY is divination using onion sprouts.
CRYSTALLOMANCY is divination through crystal
CYCLOMANCY is the practice of divination from a
DACTYLOMANCY is an early form of RADIESTHESIA
using a dangling ring.
DAPHNOMANCY requires one to listen to laurel
branches crackling in an open fire.
DEMONOMANCY is divination with the aid of
DENDROMANCY is divination with either oak or
DOWSING or DIVINING RODS are methods of
divination where a forked stick is used to locate water or precious minerals.
GASTROMANCY is an ancient form of ventriloquism
whereby the voice is lowered to a sepulchral tone and prophetic utterances are
delivered in a trance state.
GELOSCOPY is the divination from the tone of
GENETHLIALOGY is divination by the influence of
the stars at birth.
GEOMANCY is the study of figures on the ground
and the influence of the Earth's "currents".
GRAPHOLOGY is the analysis of character through
GYROMANCY is a divination procedure where a
person walks in a circle marked with letters until they become dizzy and stumble
at different points, thus spelling out a prophesy.
HALOLMANCY see ALOMANCY
HIEROMANCY or HIERSCOPY is divination by
observing object of ancient sacrifice.
HIPPOMANCY is a form of divination from the
stamping and neighing of horses.
HOROSCOPY is the practice of casting of
HYDROMANCY is divination by water including the
color, ebb and flow, or ripples produced by pebbles dropped in a pool.
ICHTHYOMANCY is divination using fish.
LAMPADOMANCY is divination using lights or
LECANOMANCY uses a basin of water for
LIBANOMANCY is the study of incense and its
LITHOMANCY is divination using precious stones
of various colors.
MARGARITOMANCY is the procedure of using
METAGNOMY is the divination using
"visions" received in a trance state.
METEOROMANCY is divination from meteors.
METOPOSCOPY is the reading of character using
the lines if the forehead.
MOLEOSOPHY is the study of moles and indicators
of a person's character and future indications.
MOLYBDOMANCY draws mystic inferences from the
hissing of molten lead.
MYOMANCY is the study of the prophetic meaning
of behavior of rats and mice.
NUMEROLOGY is the numerical interpretation of
numbers, dates, and the number value of letters.
OCULOMANCY is divination from a person's eye.
OINOMANCY is divination using wine.
ONEIROMANCY is the interpretation of dreams and
their prophetic nature.
ONOMANCY is the study of the meaning of names.
ONOMANTICS is the application of ONOMANCY
applied to personal names, particularly in the sense of occult interpretation.
ONYCHOMANCY is the study of fingernails.
OOMANTIA and OOSCOPY is the method of divination
OPHIOMANCY is divination from serpents.
ORNISCOPY and ORINITHOMANCY is the study of
omens associated with birds, particularly birds in flight.
OVOMANCY is another type of egg divination.
PALMISTRY is the broad field of divination and
interpretation of the lines and structure of the hand.
PEGOMANCY concerns itself with spring water and
bubbling fountains and the omens contained therein.
PHRENOLOGY is the long practiced study of head
PHYLLORHODOMANCY is a means of divination
whereby one slaps a rose petal against the hand and judges the favorability of
the omen by the loudness of the sound.
PHYSIOGNOMY is the study of character analysis
through physical features.
PRECOGNITION in an inner knowledge or sense of
PSYCHOGRAPHY is a form of mysterious writing
having a divinatory nature.
PSYCHOMETRY is the faculty of gaining
impressions from a physical object and its history.
PYROMANCY and PYROSCOPY are forms of divination
by fire or flame, often assisted by substances thrown onto the flames.
RADIESTHESIA is the general term for divination
using a device such as a divining rod or pendulum. Other forms include
"table tipping" which was practiced at the White House in the 19th
century, the Ouija board, automatic writing (or superconscious writing), and
RHABDOMANCY is divination using a stick or wand.
These methods were forerunners of the divining rod.
RHAPSODOMANCY is a means of divination using a
book of poetry whereby the book is opened at random and a passage read.
SCIOMANCY is divination using a spirit guide, a
method generally employed by channelers.
SCRYING is a general term for divination using a
crystal, mirrors, bowls of water, ink, or flames to induce visions.
SIDEROMANCY is the burning of straws with a hot
iron, the resulting figures having divinatory properties.
SORTILEGE is the casting of lots and the
assessment of omens indicated.
SPODOMANCY is divination using cinders or soot.
STICHOMANCY is another form of throwing open a
book and selecting a random passage for the purpose of divination.
STOLISOMANCY draws omens from the way people
SYCOMANCY is performed by writing messages on
tree leaves; the slower they dry, the more favorable the omen. A modern
variation is to write on slips of paper (always including one blank) and rolling
them up. They are then held in a strainer over a boiling pot; the first to
unroll will be answered.
TASSEOGRAPHY is the reading of tea leaves that
remain in a tea cup once the beverage has been drunk.
TEPHRAMANCY is divination by ashes obtained from
the burning of tree bark.
TIROMANCY is a type of divination using cheese.
XYLOMANCY is divination from pieces of wood,
either from their shape when collected or their appearance while burning...