Cleromancy is a form of divination by reading & interpreting the arrangement, shapes formed, & placement of randomly fallen or tossed objects. Believed to reveal the will of God.
Different objects can be used such as: runes, bones, shells, stones, dice, dominoes, etc. Often times the items used are all different, and are tossed together. They are inscribed with markings, numbers, or colors - or left in their natural state. Usually carried in a sacred manner, in a cloth, bowl, or basket, sense they are believed to be a direct line of communication with Spirit. When read they are tossed onto an animal hide, a special mat, or into a circle drawn on the ground.
Bone divination is an ancient practice, done around the world and varies depending on the culture and sometimes even the individual. According to Catherine Yronwode, a well known author & practitioner in the world of HooDoo, there are three main practices of bone divination:
Sortilege divination sets do not only consist of occult items like bones.. they can be sea shells, rocks, coins, buttons. Really, almost anything can be used to create a personalized divination set - so it isn't hard to create your own. Gather or create items that hold meaning and speak to you. Give each piece a meaning, or let the piece tell you what it stands for.
A solitary and experienced Hedge Witch currently residing in Southern Virginia.
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