Derived from the Greek sidēros ('iron') and manteia ('divination'), Sideromancy is a form of Pyromancy which consists of dropping an odd number of dry straws onto a hot iron skillet, and then reading the patterns formed by the straws and their twists, bending, movements and undulations as they burn on the sizzling surface, or the shape of the flame and the smoke resulting from it.
The ancient Romans practiced Sideromancy, and sometimes substituted the traditional straws with crushed beans and peas. Straws could be from a broom, dried yarrow stalks, twigs, etc.
Traditionally, an iron skillet, pan, or anything made of iron presenting a flat surface, was heated in the fire until red-hot. After that an odd number of straws or small pieces of wood are thrown into the pan. The diviner then proceeds interpreting the shapes, bending and movement of the straws. The nature of the smoke and flames are also interpreted.
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