Pyromancy is the ancient art of divination by fire. It was first used in the ancient practice of ‘extispicy’. (The practice of using anomalies in animals’ entrails to divine future events.) By reading the flames of a sacrificial fire a prophecy was made for the future and pyromancy has been used for centuries to get auguries of the future. Seeing images in random shapes is a similar method to those used in water scrying and cloud gazing.
One of the first oracles to take advantage of the mind’s ability to form pictures from random shapes was pyromancy- the art of divination from fire. It is thought that this divination technique may have originated from the times when burnt offerings were made to the gods. The ancient seers would study the flames as the sacrifices were made and from them interpret auguries and omens. For example, a clear flame burning without smoke or sound was considered a sign of good fortune. The way the smoke rose, its smell and its thickness were all considered being messages from the gods. In addition, other methods of divination at the sacrificial pyre included divination from burning leaves, divination from objects cast into the fire and the sounds made by casting salt or laurel leaves into the fire.
Visual projection techniques were used by the shaman seers as a means of stimulating clairvoyance and knowledge of the future. Many of these old techniques still survive and it is still possible to use a pyromancer to foretell the future. The technique involves sitting quietly in front of a fire that has died down to a bed of glowing coals and entering a state of relaxed meditation. When the pyromancer is ready, ritual dictates that he should then scatter a handful of salt upon the glowing coals. Once the flames and crackling have died down, he gazes into the fire and contemplates the pictures he sees in the glowing shapes in the coals for between 10 to 15 minutes.
Pyromancy magic techniques
A number of pictures may appear but one should stand out from the rest as being particularly significant. If no image is seen, then the pyromancy is abandoned and a new fire lit in 24 hours time. However, if one shape stands out clearly then this is considered to be important and is interpreted as the oracle for the future. It is considered particularly auspicious if the coals glow for this brings great good fortune.
Once the symbol from the fire has been determined, it is interpreted according to a set of traditional meanings. For example, a windmill will represent a change for the better, as will a fountain but to see flowers in the coals bodes disappointment. However the true clairvoyant would see beyond these traditional meanings and listen to the voice of his intuition to ordain the true meaning of the omen. From this inner prompting, it is hoped he will gain a true and correct precognition.
Geomancy (from Greek geōmanteia< geo, “earth” + manteia, “divination”) Geomancy is a method of divination of the future that interprets markings on the ground, or how handfuls of sand or soil land when someone tosses them. It also applies to interpreting random markings in sand and signs and symbols seen in landscapes
The ancient Art of Geomancy
The ancient art of geomancy is experiencing a revival. This is divination by interpreting the signs and symbols from the earth. In Tibet, it was customary for the traveling monk to interpret oracles from the shapes and forms he met in the landscape. The pictures seen in the shape of rocks or in the mountain’s melting ice all augured for the future.
Sometimes matters of state would be decided according to the omens seen in the simulacra observed in rocks, trees or in the stains in walls of temples. Similarly, in Christian countries much controversy has centred around images of Christ that have appeared in the stains on flagstones or plaster walls. Today, clairvoyants read the pictures and shapes in a tray of sand as a means of focusing clairvoyance.
The powers of the mind to project visual images into clear water, the crystal ball or random patterns gives us direct access to the unconscious mind. On one level these powers can be used to tell us about the processes going on in the unconscious mind, on another they help us to unlock the powers of extra-sensory perception and may even enable us to divine the future.
References and Works Cited
The above is an extract from my book:
- Hamilton-Parker, Craig (2000) The Intuition Pack Godfield Books ISBN 1-84181-007-X