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From arachno- +‎ -mancy.


arachnomancy (uncountable)

  1. The study of the appearance and behavior of spiders, or the patterns of their webs (possibly related to the third meaning) for use in divination.
  2. The ability to take control over spiders with the intent to use them for attacking or similar purposes.
  3. The divination of patterns, for example in geometric patterns and tapestries.
  4. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) The creation of a view by combining results from various areas of research into a networked whole.
    • 2004, Claudia Reiche & ‎Verena Kuni, Cyberfeminism. Next Protocols, ISBN 1570271496, page 78:
      This was confirmed by research in Arachnomancy, a science which explores the biological and cultural evolution of Homo sapiens with respect to a net-based future, as well as the influence of future arachnids on this development (arachne = spider, mantic= a technique to get knowledge about the furture). Arachnomancy derived in a series of elegant entomological investigations allows an unexpected view into the future of earth and unveils its arachnoid structure: the dominating species ofour times, Homo sapiens, will be superseded by an arachnoid species.
    • 2012, Rosi Braidotti, Nomadic Theory: The Portable Rosi Braidotti, ISBN 0231525427, page 105:
      Thus the discourse of arachnomancy can be used to explore possible evolutions of information technologies: weaving a quilt with the synapses of our brains and the sinews of our nerves.
    • 2013, Rosi Braidotti, Metamorphoses: Towards a Materialist Theory of Becoming, ISBN 0745665748:
      Cyber-feminists like van Oldenberg (1999) argue that the Internet or computer-mediated future can only be arachnoid, or spider-like: it functions via lines, knots, connections, relations in a manner that is also analogous to the human brain. Thus, the discourse of arachnomancy can be used to explore possible evolutions of information technologies.


  • 2004, The Review of the film ‘Sodoma's Ghost’, MonsterHunter
    I suppose I should save my arachnomancy for another time, since you may yet not be convinced that horny Nazi ghosts bothering drunk college kids isn't really nearly as good as you would initially suspect
  • Night Club, Howl Grimm
    Howl allowed the spider to climb up her arm and settle on her shoulder. Howl was well practiced in arachnomancy, and this spider would be useful in her divining.
    She sighed deeply and extended her hand, 'Apology accepted, Alanna.'

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  • arachnomancy in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911