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Alomancy (Divination using Salt)

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Alomancy (Divination using Salt)

Post  LyxisMorgan on Tue 3 Jan 2012 - 13:19

Alomancy also called Adromancy, ydromancie, idromancie, and halomancy. Derived from the Greek halo (salt) and manteia (divination), is the divination of patterns formed by salt thrown into the air. The diviner casts salt crystals into the air and interprets the patterns as it falls to the ground or travels through the air. The diviner can also interpret patterns formed from the residue of a salt solution as it evaporates in the bowl. The exact interpretations are unknown, but it probably follows a similar method to aleuromancy.

Salt itself is often intertwined with luck and some of this ancient tradition can be seen in the superstitions, such as perceived misfortune when the salt cellar is overturned and the custom of throwing salt over the left shoulder for good luck.
Since ancient times, salt has been used all over the world in various customs of purification, blessings and also as a protection from bad omen. Many diviners used to throw a pinch of salt in every corner of the room before performing any rituals. Similarly divination using salt dates back to ancient periods. Salt itself is often intertwined with luck and some of this ancient tradition can be seen in the superstitions, such as perceived misfortune when the salt cellar is overturned and the custom of throwing salt over the left shoulder for good luck.

According to a tradition in Scotland, one form of Alomancy consists of the casting of protective salt is cast into a fire by all the members of the family, thus divining their futures as the salt sparkles and pops in the fire. This can also be considered as a type of Pyromancy.

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