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Amniomancy is a method of divination whereby the future life of a child is predicted from the caul covering their head at birth.[1][2] The colour and consistency of the caul are used to interpret the future.[3] A vivid colour is supposed to reflect a vivid life whilst the opposite is also true.[3]

The word amniomancy comes from the Latin amnion, meaning membrane.[4] The French proverb Il est ne coiffe is thought to originate from this practice.[5]


  1. ^ Pickover, Clifford A. (2001). Dreaming the future: the fantastic story of prediction. Prometheus Books. p. 70. ISBN 1-57392-895-X.
  2. ^ Cunningham, Scott (2003). Divination for beginners: reading the past, present & future. Llewellyn Worldwide. p. 203. ISBN 0-7387-0384-2.
  3. ^ a b Buckland, Raymond (2003). The Fortune-Telling Book: The Encyclopedia of Divination and Soothsaying. Visible Ink Press. p. 16. ISBN 1-57859-147-3.
  4. ^ "Amniomancy". The Element Encyclopedia of the Psychic World. Harper Element. 2006. p. 21.
  5. ^ The Recreative review, or Eccentricities of literature and life, Volume 2. 1822. p. 138.