Youtube is a wonderful resource with lots of helpful information on it! I’ve collated together all the Divination Lessons I could find. If any of these links break, or you find something that should be added to the list, please message me!
This is as much a resource for me as it is for you - I have only watched part of most of these so take them with a grain of salt!
ASTROLOGY is divination using celestial bodies: the sun, moon, planets, and stars.
CARTOMANCY is fortune telling using cards such as the Tarot.
CLAIRAUDIENCE is “clear hearing” of divinatory information. Parapsychologist generally regard as a form of extrasensory perception.
CLAIRVOYANCE is “clear seeing” of divinatory information. Parapsychologist generally regard as a form of extrasensory perception.
CRYSTALLOMANCY is divination through crystal gazing.
DOWSING or DIVINING RODS are methods of divination where a forked stick is used to locate water or precious minerals.
NUMEROLOGY is the numerical interpretation of numbers, dates, and the number value of letters.
OCULOMANCY is divination from a person’s eye.
PALMISTRYis the broad field of divination and interpretation of the lines and structure of the hand.
PRECOGNITION in an inner knowledge or sense of future events.
PSYCHOMETRY is the faculty of gaining impressions from a physical object and its history.
RADIESTHESIAis 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 scrying.
SCIOMANCY is divination using a spirit guide, a method generally employed by chanelers.
SCRYING is a general term for divination using a crystal, mirrors, bowls of water, ink, or flames to induce visions.
TASSEOGRAPHYis the reading of tea leaves that remain in a tea cup once the beverage has been drunk.
Uncommon Types of Divination
AEROMANCY divination from the air and sky, particularly concentrating on cloud shapes, comets, and other phenomena not normally visible in the heavens.
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.
ALOMANCYis 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.
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 winds.
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.
BOTANOMANCYis divination from burning tree branches and leaves.
BUMPOLOGY strictly a modern term, a popular nickname for PHRENOLOGY
CAPNOMANCY is the study of smoke rising from a fire.
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, CEROMANCY is a form of fortune telling in which melted was is poured into cold water.
CHIROMANCY is divination from the lines on people’s hands.
CHIROGNOMYis the study of the general hand formation.
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. see RADIESTHESIA.
COSCINOMANCYis divination using a hanging sieve. see RADIESTHESIA.
CRITOMANCY is the study of barley cakes.
CROMNIOMANCY is divination using onion sprouts.
CYCLOMANCY is the practice of divination from a turning wheel.
DACTYLOMANCY is an early form of RADIESTHESIA using a dangling ring.
DAPHNOMANCYrequires one to listen to laurel branches crackling in an open fire.
DEMONOMANCY is divination with the aid of demons.
DENDROMANCYis divination with either oak or mistletoe.
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 someone’s laughter.
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 handwriting.
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
HARUSPICATIONis fortune-telling by means of inspecting the entrails of animals, as practiced by priests in ancient Rome.
HIEROMANCY or HIERSCOPYis divination by observing object of ancient sacrifice.
HIPPOMANCYis a form of divination from the stamping and neighing of horses.
HOROSCOPYis the practice of casting of astrological horoscopes.
HYDROMANCYis divination by water including the color, ebb and flow, or ripples produced by pebbles dropped in a pool.
ICHTHYOMANCYis divination using fish.
LAMPADOMANCYis divination using lights or torches.
LECANOMANCYuses a basin of water for divination.
LIBANOMANCYis the study of incense and its smoke.
LITHOMANCYis divination using precious stones of various colors.
MARGARITOMANCYis the procedure of using bouncing pearls.
METAGNOMYis the divination using “visions” received in a trance state.
METEOROMANCY is divination from meteors.
METOPOSCOPYis the reading of character using the lines if the forehead.
MOLEOSOPHYis the study of moles and indicators of a person’s character and future indications.
MOLYBDOMANCY draws mystic inferences from the hissing of molten lead.
MYOMANCYis the study of the prophetic meaning of behavior of rats and mice.
OINOMANCY is divination using wine.
OMPHALOMANCYis counting the number of knots in the umbilical cord to predict how many more children the mother will have.
ONEIROMANCY is the interpretation of dreams and their prophetic nature.
ONOMANCYis 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 OOSCOPYis the method of divination by eggs.
OPHIOMANCYis divination from serpents.
ORNISCOPY and ORINITHOMANCYis the study of omens associated with birds, particularly birds in flight. seeAPANTOMANCY
OVOMANCYis another type of egg divination.
PEGOMANCYconcerns itself with spring water and bubbling fountains and the omens contained therein.
PHRENOLOGYis the long practiced study of head formations.
PHYLLORHODOMANCYis 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.
PHYSIOGNOMYis the study of character analysis through physical features.
PSYCHOGRAPHYis a form of mysterious writing having a divinatory nature.
PYROMANCY and PYROSCOPYare forms of divination by fire or flame, often assisted by substances thrown onto the flames.
RHABDOMANCYis divination using a stick or wand. These methods were forerunners of the divining rod.
RHAPSODOMANCYis a means of divination using a book of poetry whereby the book is opened at random and a passage read.
SIDEROMANCYis the burning of straws with a hot iron, the resulting figures having divinatory properties.
SORTILEGEis the casting of lots and the assessment of omens indicated.
SPODOMANCYis divination using cinders or soot.
STICHOMANCYis another form of throwing open a book and selecting a random passage for the purpose of divination.
STOLISOMANCYdraws omens from the way people dress.
SYCOMANCYis 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.
TEPHRAMANCYis divination by ashes obtained from the burning of tree bark.
TIROMANCYis a type of divination using cheese.
XYLOMANCYis divination from pieces of wood, either from their shape when collected or their appearance while burning.
Here’s a list of terminology that has really helped me in my practice.
Altar – sacred space dedicated for a specific purpose such as spell-working or worshiping deities
Amulet – a charm usually worn for protection, to repel evil, and to absorb/banish negative energy
Astral Projection – the act of separating your astral body or your consciousness from your physical self; a voluntary out of body experience
Astrology – the art and science of predicting certain events and patterns based on the observation of planetary movements and relationships and the study of how these movements and relationships affect terrestrial world events and the health, moods, relationships and personalities of individuals
Aura – a subtle luminescence that surrounds all objects hinting at the energy contained within
Banish – to forcefully remove something; to put an end to something
Bibliomancy/Stichomancy – divination using random pages and passages from books
Bind – to restrict the actions/behavior of someone or to tie them to another object, place, or situation
Book of Shadows
– a book used to document spells, rituals, other magickal workings, and personal experiences
Cartomancy – divination using a deck of cards, i.e. tarot cards
Centering – to calm your emotions and focus on the task ahead; usually done after grounding
Ceromancy – divination using a candle/the flame of a candle
Channeling – also called “drawing;” to gather energy from an external source i.e. the sun or moon
– non-consumable water that has been infused with oils, herbs, or energy from another source; used for cleansing, anointing, ritual work, etc.
Charging – to infuse an item with energy from either yourself or another source
Charm – an item that has been enchanted with a spell
Cleanse – to rid an object or space of negative energy
Consecrate – to “bless” an object, usually for a specific magickal purpose
Curse – the act of causing misfortune to a victim; directing negative energy towards the target
Deosil/Deocil – clockwise; generally used to invoke/evoke something, bring about positive energies, or to cast a circle
Divination – the practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means
Dowsing – a type of divination employed in attempts to locate hidden items by using a dowsing rod or pendulum
Dream Work – any magickal or mystical work done in dream space, or while sleeping
Elixir – a potion made for medicinal purposes
Enchanting – to infuse an object with magickal intent
Energy Work – any work that involves changes to the human energy field or subtle body
Evoke – to call a spirit or entity, to summon it forth, and to bring it into the place where you are, particularly in hopes of gaining its favor
Gem Elixir – an elixir infused with the energy of a crystal or mineral
Grimoire – a kind of textbook used by magickal practitioners for reference; sometimes used interchangeably with “book of shadows”
Grounding – to release negative and excess energy
Hex – commonly used synonymously with “curse” to describe baneful spell work, but can also be used in reference to general spell work and those who practice it
Incantation – the words used when casting a spell
Intent – your goal or purpose for spell work
Invoke – to draw a spirit being or entity into your own body
Meditation - a method of calming the mind, either by emptying it of thought or by focusing on one thing in order to reach a state of relaxation or an altered state of consciousness
Numerology – divination using the interpretation of numbers, dates, and the number value of letters
Palmistry – a form of divination that relies on the interpretation of the lines and structure of the hand
Pantheon – historically, a temple in Rome dedicated to all the Gods of the Roman people; in modern usage the word Pantheon has come to describe the family of Gods itself
Philter – a potion used specifically in love spells; love potion
Poppet – a doll used to represent a target in spell work
Potion – a consumable liquid that has been enchanted to produce magickal effects
Psychometry – divination by touching an object and gaining impressions from it
Ritual – a series of actions performed in a pre-defined order
Runes – written symbols which represent sounds or ideas; can be used for divination
Sachet – a small bag of herbs, crystals, or other objects that is meant to bring about a desired effect; essentially acts as a charm
Sacred Space – any space that has been designated for a specific sacred purpose
Scrying – a method of divination that involves gazing into a reflective surface such as water, mirrors, or a crystal ball
Shield – a personal protective barrier, similar to a ward
Sorcerer/Sorceress – used to describe someone who practices magick
Sorcery – the use of rituals, symbols, actions, gestures and language that are believed to exploit supernatural forces
Spell – a combination of words, actions and/or objects used in a symbolic way to bring about a magickal result
Talisman – an object used to attract or gain power or energy; can be worn
Tasseography – divination using tea leaves
Uncrossing – the removal of a type of curse or “cross” that has been laid upon an individual that makes a certain area of their lives difficult because of negative energy that is attached to them causing them to see and experience only difficulties in that area
Ward – a protective barrier; may be maintained by a spell, a talisman, a symbol or some other physical or energy object
Widdershins – counter-clockwise; used to banish negative energy or take down a circle
Witch/Wizard – used to describe someone who practices magick
Witchcraft – the use of sorcery or magick to alter the physical world around you; used interchangeably with sorcery
Zodiac – refers to the constellations that ring the apparent path the sun takes throughout the year