Alternatively Aerimancy, Aeromance, Aeromancie, Aeromantia, Aeromanty, Aeromauncie, Aeroscopia, Aeroscopy, Aeroskopia, Aeroskopy, and Aerymancie.
A wide-ranging class of divination, it is the art of foretelling future events by the observation of atmospheric, air or sky phenomena and/or conditions.
This goes beyond the range of weather prognostications, concentrating in such things as wind currents, cloud shape and formation, storms, rainbows, comets, fiery meteors and falling stars, eclipses, auroral lights, spectral formations, and other phenomena which are not normally seen or visible in the heavens. Even today such visions cause speculation and sometimes consternation among human viewers.
Earlier and less materialistic traditions in occultism defined this type of divination as the art of foretelling the future by the means of the activities of air fairies, such as Aeradis and Sylphs, which may be construed as clairvoyantly, since these creatures were supposed to make signs by the way of the air elements — signs that in turn were interpreted by the diviner or magician.
The ancients always associated the weather and sky phenomena with deities, believing that the weather revealed the will of the divine. Hindus interpreted the shapes made in the clouds, while thunder and lightning particularly intrigued the Etruscans and Babylonians, who worshipped the gods of weather. Other ancient cultures observed the effects of wind in everyday objects — for example, bells were hung in a tree and the sounds of their ringing interpreted — or prophetically decoded its murmur in foliage and/or tall grass. The direction the wind blows the smoke from a sacrificial fire was also a form of divination used by ancient Aeromancers.
Eliphas Lévi, the famous French occult author and magician, said of Aeromancy:
"It is the same with star-groups as with points in geomancy, and with the card-medleys of modern fortune-telling. They are all pretexts for self-magnetization, and mere instruments to fix and determine natural intuition. The imagination is exalted by a long contemplation of the sky, and then the stars respond to our thoughts accordingly as the soul is disturbed or serene, the stars scintillate with menaces, or sparkle with hope. Heaven is thus the mirror of the human soul, and when we think that we are reading the stars, it is in ourselves we read."
Some of the different forms of Aeromancy include Anemoscopy, Eromancy, Austromancy, Chaomancy, Roadomancy, Capnomancy (although some traditions say it is a form of Pyromancy), Meteormancy and Ceraunoscopy.
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François de la Tour Blanche said that Aeromancy is the art of divining by means of specters which are made to materialize in the air, or the depiction — by the aid of demons — of future events which are projected on the clouds as if by a magic lantern. For him, thunder, lightning and the aspect of the sky and planets belonged to Astrology.
Aeromancy is a very ancient form of telling the future, and most methods have become obscure and are seldom practiced today. However, some elements of it can be found in prevailing superstitions and folklore. European superstition, for example, cautions that thunder in the East foretells bloodshed, and that the death of a king is prophesied by a high wind at Christmas or Epiphany.
Aeromancy was frequently used for weather prediction. It is said that when tall grass is bone dry first thing in the morning, it indicates that there will be rain before the evening. Dogs eating grass, rabbits playing in the road, and cats sneezing and licking their fur against the grain are all signs of approaching rain. One could argue that these are also a form of Zoomancy.
You can practice Aeromancy today by simply using pieces of paper and, if needed, a fan. If the answer sought is just a 'yes' or 'no', write these on two papers; if you need more than that, consider all the possible answers, and write them on as many pieces as necessary. Make sure your pieces of paper are of the same size. You can then drop the papers from higher ground, an upstairs window or such, or use the fan to blow them away from a flat surface, such as a table. The paper that touches the ground first reveals your answer.
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