Ceraunomancy is a form of divination practiced by the ancients consisting of making prognostications by the examination of lightning.
Augurs in ancient Rome practiced Ceraunomancy in the following manner:
Ceraunomancy is a branch of Ceraunoscopy or Keraunoscopy, a form of divination practiced by the ancients consisting of making prognostications by the examination of certain phenomena of the air, such as thunder and lightning, which at one time were believed to be a sign from or a direct communication with the gods and other mystical entities.
- Bolts from the East were considered favorable omens,
- bolts from the West were considered to be inauspicious,
- bolts from the North were the most ominous of all, and
- bolts from the Northwest indicated that extremely bad news would soon be arriving.
In the Middle Ages, some people believed that thunder and lightning in the winter were the portents of war, floods and also of the death of someone important, usually living within a twenty miles radius of the occurrence.
Ceraunoscopy is further branched into Brontoscopy (divination solely by thunder), and Ceraunomancy.
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