We’re all aware that our body is an incredible piece of equipment, although some of us may consider our own; not so incredible? We know it’s capable of feats of physical endurance, and can have an amazing thirst for knowledge; not that we all use our bodies for such things.
To function effectively; our body needs to consume food and water as fuel, and have a certain amount of hours sleep a night, although some bodies seem to require more or less of each, not necessarily through choice……we’ve all craved something; mainly chocolate if you’re a woman, and we’ve all had the odd sleepless night.
We came into the world attached to this remarkable mechanism, but were you aware; it has other more esoteric uses? For example: did you know you have ‘yes’ and ‘no’ intuition spots situated on your body enabling you to answer simple questions? Or, that there are parts of your body can be used as divination tools, and I don’t mean by a pathologist, nor do I refer to well-known techniques, such as; palmistry (palm-reading), or phrenology (reading the bumps on your head), in fact in ancient times, there wasn’t a part of our body a diviner wouldn’t ‘read’.
Amniomancy – On occasion a child will be born with a piece of the amniotic sac attached to their face, or head. This will look like a piece of filmy membrane, and is commonly known as a caul. A child born with one is generally known as a ‘caulbearer’, and it may have a vibrant hue, possibly red, or at times it could be a dull greyish colour.
In days gone past, it was believed that the more energetic the colour, the more exciting life the child would have. Unfortunately the opposite is true, if the new-born’s caul consists of a drearier colour.
Depending on cultural tradition, an infant bearing a caul was said to be gifted with good luck – much like having your own, personal good fairy, I guess? – It was also said; the child would be protected from witchcraft throughout their life, the assumption being that all witchcraft is evil.
During medieval times, it was alleged that if you possessed a baby’s caul, you would be protected from drowning. I gather there was a good market industry going, particularly between mothers and sailors.
A more superstitious train of thought, believed ‘caulbearers’ could glimpse the future, much like an oracle, or even see spirit, and in a totally off the wall idea; it was alleged they would become vampires later in life.
Gastromancy – When our stomach growls in hunger, we assume it’s telling us we need to eat, but to a small group of ancient practitioners it would actually have been telling us something else.
It was believed that a low rumbling voice could be heard in the stomach, and this ‘speech’ was interpreted to address any life concerns…..this is said to be; the fore-bearer of modern day ventriloquism.
One method of gastromancy required the client to stand in front of a glass of water through which light was reflected. This supposedly; created images on the glass said to come from the stomach, for this reason gastromancy could be considered a form of scrying, particularly when it relates to round bulbous-shaped objects.
It might be wise, to listen hard in future when someone says “my stomach’s talking to me” as they may not be speaking metaphorically.
Gyromancy – Do you remember being a child, and spinning around and around in a circle until you became so dizzy, you stumbled and fell in a heap on the floor. Well in ancient times, you’d be whirled in the centre of a circle cast of alphabetical letters, and wherever you fell, the letters cushioning your fall, were ‘read’ and your fortune told….can you imagine, landing on X, Y & Z?
Another method; involved spinning the client around, until they fell on the ground exhausted, whilst the diviner stood waiting to see what mutterings came out of their mouth…..a spinning room, and unintelligible ramblings, sounds like; a bit too much mead to me.
Labiomancy – Nowadays, this would be known as lip-reading, and it’s a very useful tool forensically and for those with a hearing impediment, but many years ago the movement, shape and colour of the lips were considered significant and it allowed a well-practiced believer to supply answers to many questions……thank goodness, there was no such thing as ‘trout-pout’ back then.
Lunomancy – Stand outside on a moonlit night, let a person coat your face, and their hands with silver dust, and then subsequently allow them to read the shapes and shadows that appear superimposed on your skin, and you’ll be attempting this rarely used form of selenomancy (moon-reading).
Be aware though, that you cannot be positioned so that your ‘best side’ is showing. It has to be; a totally casual positioning to get the most affective reading, and the preference is; for the reading to be carried out on the night of a full moon.
Metopomancy – Those of us that haven’t visited a Botox clinic, may be used to seeing a few wrinkles on our forehead, but in the 1500’s it was even suggested; these lines may be indicative of our character and were represented by the known planets, at that time.
Any defined line had a specific meaning, much like palmistry, it didn’t matter if they were; wavy, broken, crossed, formed a triangle, or were just long, straight or parallel, your little personality traits would be uncovered.
Moleosophy – A large percentage of the human race, have a mole of some shape or size, on their body, and depending on the location, the colour, and physical characteristics; your little idiosyncrasies could be determined. For example, it’s said people with a mole on their buttocks may be un-ambitious, but find one on your ear, and you could be considered quite lucky.
On the other-hand birthmarks can be attributed to a past-life death modus-operandi, and will frequently be addressed when having a regression session.
Physiognomancy – This system of body-reading involved our facial features, and was a popular practice in ancient Greece, and allegedly written about by philosophers, allowing the process to spread further afield.
It was believed that our face relates to one of seven planetary types, depending on its size and shape. For example: the Venus face, is said to have a beautiful countenance, with perfect features and a lovely smile.
The method was quite involved and required your visage to be studied in minute detail. Everything from your forehead, to your ears were deliberated on…..this could explain, the concept of ‘beady-eyes’.
Podomancy – We rarely give a thought to our feet until they give us a problem, and most of us have heard of an alternative form of healing called reflexology, which involves pressure being applied to certain areas of the feet. However, should you have lived in the orient centuries ago, or even been an Iranian resident (Previously, known as Persia) you would have made regular visits to a ‘foot’ diviner, because your feet were believed to symbolic of your soul, and gave insight into who you were as a person?
During such appointments, your feet would have been evaluated in detail, and your personality and characteristics determined by such things as; the shape, the length, and breadth, as well as the height of your arches. Even the size of your toes, didn’t escape notice…. It was said; high arched feet were indicative of an intelligent person, but if you had flat feet, you were renowned as being a bit too practical, although I do wonder what it meant, if you had smelly feet or even athlete’s foot?
Spasmatomancy – At one time or another, you’ll have experienced a twitchy leg, or an unexpected sneeze, and not given it a second thought, but if you’d lived in ancient Greece (always the Greek, isn’t it?) you may have rushed off to a Spasmotomancer for a quick bit of fortune-telling.
This forward-thinking diviner was responsible for interpreting any bodily convulsions, or itches, or twitches, even hiccups came under their domain. In fact, the age-old adage about money coming in when the right palm itches would’ve been dealt with by them, but be warned if your left eyebrow pulsates then an enemy may be encountered.
I can imagine; this would have been a nice little earner, as most days; some part of our body is a little jittery.
There are various other divinations methods that have been used over the years, some are still in use today, but the strangest to my mind is; Phallomancy which requires the subject not be female, as it’s a very sensitive part of the male anatomy that’s the bodily organ, used as a predictive tool.
Should you wish to delve further into the art of divination, I recommend; The Element Encyclopaedia of the Psychic World written by Theresa Cheung, or if you prefer to do your research online http://www.occultopedia.com/