Dactylomancy

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Dactylomancy
Terminology
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A golden ring. Associated with Sunday in dactylomancy practices of the Middle Ages.
Definition The use of a finger rings for divination
Signature The movement and/or resting place of a ring is used to form an answer, or to indicate that which is to be consulted for an answer
See also Divination

Dactylomancy, from the Greek word for finger, is a term used by proponents to define a form of divination using rings.[1]

Modern dactylomancy[edit]

In some traditions of dactylomancy, a ring is suspended like a pendulum above a surface that is marked with letters or symbols. The direction of the swing indicates which symbols are to be consulted, or which letter are to be formed into a message, in answer to a specific question.[2][3] Another tradition follows the same pattern as Séance table-rapping. In it a ring is suspended from a tumbler so that it may touch the sides if swung and a code is agreed upon (e.g., 1 for yes, 2 for no). A question is then posed and the number of the times that the ring strikes the side of the tumbler is interpreted as being an answer.[2][3]

Historic dactylomancy[edit]

A more complex form of dactylomancy was practiced in Europe during the Middle Ages in which a ring was suspended above a circular table marked with the symbols of the zodiac. 78 metal discs inscribed with a letter of the alphabet (three discs per letter) were then placed on the table and the thread holding the ring was burnt. The letters that the ring rolled across and the one on which it halted were then consulted to form the answer to the question being divined.[3] In this tradition, the metal that from which the ring was made of was determined by the day of the week.[3]

  • Monday - Silver, to represent the moon
  • Tuesday - Iron, to represent Mars
  • Wednesday - Tin/lead, to represent Mercury
  • Thursday - Tin, to represent Jupiter
  • Friday - Copper, to represent Venus
  • Saturday - Lead, to represent Saturn
  • Sunday - Gold, to represent the sun [3]

Modern dactylomancy is usually associated with spiritualism and new age beliefs, rather Parapsychology.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jacob, P. L. (1878) "Science and Literature in the Middle Ages, and at the Period of the Renaissance", Bickers and Son
  2. ^ a b Spence, Lewis (2003), "Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology", Kessinger Publishing, ISBN 0-7661-2815-6
  3. ^ a b c d e Cunningham, Scott (2003), "Divination for Beginners: Reading the Past, Present & Future", Llewellyn Worldwide, ISBN 0-7387-0384-2