Thursday, July 7, 2011

Types of Divination

I've been thinking for a while about doing a series of posts on Divination; this will (obviously) be the first.  I'm going to be going in depth on a few different methods of divination in future posts, but for today we will list a few.  Please comment if there is one you want me to post on!

First, a little definition.  The word divination is taken from the Latin word divinare.  Divinare means to forsee or to be inspired by a God.  Literally, divine sight.  As such, while divination can and a lot of the time is a natural thing, those without the natural talents can nurture them.  Asking the gods for help with Divination only  makes sense, if they are the source.  Today, I'll just list a few of the more common ones.  **Update, August 17 2011** As more divination posts go up, they will be listed here regardless of common type or not.

Cartomancy - This is divination with cards.  Tarot and oracle cards fall under cartomancy.

Astrology - I could never make a list like this without putting astrology on it.  Astrology is divination using the celestial bodies.

Scrying - This covers divination using mirrors, water, crystal balls, and the like.

Palmistry - Interpretation of the lines of the hand.

Runes - Reading the Norse Runes! - Guest Post by Freckles the Happy Heathen

Astraglomancy - Divination by Dice - Guest Post by my husband, Sean

Tasseography - Reading tea leaves!

Bibliomancy - Divination with books.

I-Ching - The Book of Changes - Guest Post by Patrick of Pagan Dad

On the Subject of Divination

Any others that you would like to see listed?  Any you would like to see me go into in depth?  I'll be listing more uncommon ones tomorrow.

Goddess Bless,


  1. Isn't there one where they read the entrails of animals? I dunno what that'd be called, and I certainly don't intend to do it. ^_^;

  2. Yep! It's called Auguries popular culture, but it is actually Haruspication. I'll be covering that in my list of uncommon methods!!! lol