Ensconced in the corner, where the shadows are deepest, a pendulum clock swings. It does not care about the candle in the center of the room. It does not care about the young boy seeking news from his dead parents, over crow bones and dried herbs. It swings on. It does not care when the shadows flicker behind the boy, revealing teeth and fangs and gleaming eyes. The boy does not notice. It does not care. A shadow knife on the wall, obscured by the billowing shadows of the window curtains. The candle goes out. It does not care.
1. divination using ghosts or spirits.
2. divination using shadows.
Etymology: from Ancient Greek σκιά (skiá, “shadow”) and from Ancient Greek μαντεία (manteia, “divination”).