Also known as Roadomancy.
A form of divination by means of the stars. In the 17th century the term Astromancy was also used for what is now generally called Astrology.
The Englishman John Gaule, in his The Magastromancer (1652), lists Roadomancy as "divination by Starres."
Astromancy is a form of Aeromancy, and on its turn is also divided in many forms or types, such as Meteoromancy or Meteormancy (divination by meteors and falling stars observation) and Cometomancy (divination by omens taken from comets).
In ancient times, the appearance of comets or meteors streaking across the evening skies were often interpreted by diviners as a sign of plague, war, and fearful natural catastrophes such as storms, floods, and earthquakes. In the political arena, such signs presaged a change in sovereignty, or the death of a very famous person.
According to 19th-century folklore, a falling or shooting star is believed to be a sign that a child has just come into the world. The shooting star supposedly falls over the spot where the baby is born. Many also believe that a wish made quickly and with sincerity on the first star of the evening, or while a falling star streaks across the nighttime sky, will be granted. To others a falling star is thought to be an unlucky omen for those who witness it, even a presage of death (especially of men of great power), or an indication that someone close to you has just passed on.
Astromancy, like most divinatory systems, is quite ancient, and has been practiced since time immemorial.
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