apantomancy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Greek apantomai, to meet.

Noun[edit]

apantomancy

  1. divination by chance meetings with any objects that present themself, most commonly animals. The superstition associated with a black cat crossing one's path is apantomancy.

References[edit]

"Apantomancy: Divination by means of any objects which happen to present themselves. To this class belong the omens drawn from chance meetings with a hare, an eagle, etc." -- L. Spence Encyc. Occult, 1920
"Even objects that lie about haphazardly were fit for mantic purposes. The prcatice was called apantomancy." -- H.E. Wedeck Treasury of Witchcraft, 1961