A Taxonomy of Divination

Divinatory Arts

~1887~

A Taxonomy of magicks derived from Timayenis’s A History of the Art of Magic

Divinatory Arts
Diagrammatic Synopsis of the Divinatory Arts, Robert Fludd, 1619

AEROMANCY.

This name was given to divination through certain appearances in the air. Besides the observation of meteors it included the study of the clouds, both those in process of formation and those that assume a variety of shapes; for it was believed that the cloud-forms foretold the happy and unhappy aspect of the planets. It was claimed that the
four elements were peopled with spirits called sylphs, nymphs, gnomes, salamanders, etc. The gnomes were demons which lodged in the earth and were always intent upon
doing mischief. Water was the home of the nymphs, while fire was that of the salamanders. The sylphs, peopling the air, were the most beautiful and lovable creatures in the world. We are told that one could easily approach them, yet on one condition, which rendered it well-nigh impossible —it was, to be absolutely chaste. Continue reading

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Featured Book: Chirologia

Chirologia, or The Naturall Language of the Hand

by John Bulwer

~1644~

Chironomia

Held in Gallaudet University Library’s Deaf Collections and Archives, this tome contains the fruit of Dr. John Bulwer’s studies of human gesture. Chirologia, or The Naturall Language of the Hand, is the precursor to sign language and Continue reading