A species of divination, by means of an ax or hatchet. Including:
Divination by saws. Almost certainly an error, there is only one citation of its use, and those who copied it.
Origin: axinomantia, from ἀξινομαντεία.
a species of divination, by means of an ax or hatchet
Origin: [L. axinomantia, Gr. ax + -mancy.]
Axinomancy is one of several obscure methods of divination using an axe, hatchet, or a saw. Most of the methods involve throwing an axe into the ground, or swinging it into a tree, and interpreting the direction of the handle or the quivering of the blade. A form of this is axiomancy, this is when the quivering of the blade of an axe that has been thrust into a wooden table is interpreted by the diviner. Another interesting method is heating an axe-head in a fire until it glows, and then interpreting the colors and shapes. A variant, attributed to the ancient Greeks, who held it in good repute, is to balance a spherical piece of agate on the edge of the axe. The direction in which the agate rolls can be interpreted as needed. Some sources claim that Psalm 74 refers to the use of axinomancy to predict the fall of Jerusalem, although in the text the reference to upright axes is not specifically for divination.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
aks′in-o-man-si, n. a mode of divination from the motions of an axe poised upon a stake, or of an agate placed upon a red-hot axe. [Gr. axinē, an axe, and manteia, divination.]
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The numerical value of Axinomancy in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of Axinomancy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
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