Alternatively Aichmomancie and Aichmomanzia.
Derived from the ancient Greek word aichme ('point of a spear'), it is a form of divination by means of sharp points, spears, or sharp and/or pointed objects.
In Aichmomancy spears, needles, pins, knives, swords, forks, nails, and sometimes handmade pieces of wood sharpened to a point, were routinely used.
In the most ancient method of Aichmomancy, a spearhead was spun in the sand. Later on, needles, pins, knives, swords, forks, nails, and sometimes handmade pieces of wood sharpened to a point, were routinely used, and more complicated techniques were developed and incorporated to the divinatory procedures and rituals.
The traditional and most popular method of Aichmomancy involved dropping sharp pointed objects onto a flat and level surface, finding the resulting patterns formed — usually geometric figures and lines, broken or parallel, vertical or horizontal — and interpreting them.
These sharp pointed objects could be used as a pendulum as well. By asking questions and observing their swing and direction, the answers were obtained.
Aichmomancy is closely related to Acutomancy and, like most divinatory systems, is quite ancient, and have been practiced since time immemorial.
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Sources: (1) Morwyn, The Complete Book Of Psychic Arts, Llewellyn Publications; (2) Walker, Charles, The Encyclopedia of the Occult, Random House Value; (3) Dunwich, Gerina, A Wiccan's Guide to Prophecy and Divination, Carol Publishing Group; (4) Buckland, Raymond, The Fortune-Telling Book: The Encyclopedia of Divination and Soothsaying, Visible Ink Press.
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