cleidomancy

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Ancient Greek kleis, "a key".

Alternative formsEdit

  • clidomancy
  • chilomancy
  • kleidomancy

NounEdit

cleidomancy (uncountable)

  1. Divination by use of a suspended key as a pendulum. A form of radiesthesia.
    • 1713 Fabricii Bibliographia Antiquaria xii.
      Clidomantia, qvando clavi inscribitur nomen furis.
    • 1931 Lock tr. de Givry Picture Museum of Sorcery
      Cleidomancy was performed with a key suspended from a thread from the nail of a young virgin's third finger, this verse from the Psalms being repeated meanwhile: "Exurge, Domine, adjuva nos, et redime nos propter nomen sanctum tuum." The key would revolve if the thing asked could be affirmed.
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