What Is Pessomancy?

by Craig Shrives
Pessomancy is divination with pebbles (or beans). Often, the pebbles are marked with symbols and colours, which are interpreted by the pessomancer. It is an ancient form of divination practised worldwide, but was particularly favoured by the ancient Greeks and the ancient Egyptians.

In one form of pessomancy, the prediction is taken from an interpretation of the pebbles after they have been cast on to the ground from a bag (or something similar like a bowl). The pessomancer then looks for symbolic messages in the patterns formed by the scattered pebbles. In another method, the stones are picked out of the bag at random one at a time.

Under another method, a person asks a question of the stones and then casts them on the floor. The nearest stone is interpreted by the pessomancer to reveal the prediction.

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