Acutomancy (Page 2)
The Cherokee Indians also used needles for divination, usually to determine the prognosis of sick customers. A fresh white bowl, eight inches in diameter, was filled with water, and, after a prayer, two pins were floated on the water about two inches apart. If the needles kept this distance or moved farther apart, the inquirer would recover. If the left needle drifted toward the right needle, a poor prognosis was made and the person might not be healed.
Another method of Acutomancy, also based on a Cherokee Indian technique, consists in collecting water from a flowing stream and pouring into a vessel. Ask a yes or no question, and then place a needle on the middle finger of your right hand. Slowly dip your hand into the water until the needle floats on its surface. Observe the needle intently. If it floats for a long time, the future is positive or the answer is yes. If it quickly sinks, the omen is negative or the answer is no.
In Victorian England, unmarried women dropped pins into wells. If the pins floated, she was loved. If they sank, she was not loved. This method can also be used to answer all types of questions: floating signifies yes; sinking, no.
A needle could be used as a pendulum as well. By asking questions and observing the needles swing and direction, the answers were obtained.
Acutomancy divination patterns are usually lines, broken or parallel, vertical or horizontal. Broken lines are perceived as representing travel or a great journey. Parallel lines indicate money in the future, though that money may be either given or taken. Vertical lines characterize guided roads that we are meant to be taken, while horizontal lines could show us our fate.
Acutomancy, like most divinatory systems, is quite ancient, and has been practiced since time immemorial.
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