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Term: Causimomancy


Causimomancy: Divination by throwing an object in the fire and determining “yes” or “no” based on whether or not the object burned.
source: Shadow Magick Compendium, by Raven Digitalis


Divination by Fire, also known as Pyromancy. Fire is the most potent of the natural elements because it causes change, and is directly linked with the Sun, and hence with the earth and growing plants. Yet, fire can also lead to disasters. Fire Gazing involves a light and spontaneous trance during which images and symbols may be seen in the fire. Fire Reading, in contrast, is more direct. After the fire has been lit, stir it, and:

  • if it burns brightly, a loved one far from home is safe
  • pale flames foretell bad weather
  • if the fire suddenly blazes up, a stranger will soon arrive
  • blue flames indicate a storm
  • showers of sparks foretell important news
  • buzzing sounds indicate storms at hand
  • sparks flying from the fire foretell a domestic dispute
  • difficulty in lighting the fire foretells hard work
  • if it lights quickly, visitors are expected
  • a very bright fire foretells rain
  • a sputtering fire foretells snow.
Carl Llewellyn Weschcke


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