Lamp Scrying

Lamp Scrying, also known as Lampadomancy or Lychnomancy, is the art of defining the future using an oil lamp or torch flame. It is related to lychnomancy, divining the future using three candles in a triangular formation.

The fortuneteller watches the flame carefully. By interpreting the movements, the future can be foretold.

In a related method, the lamp is used to attract spirits to the flames. The chosen lamp is usually specially designed with grotesque forms that are meant to attract the attention of spirits. Once the spirits arrive, the diviner can consult them for an indication of the future.

Ancient Egyptians used this form of divination for many years. By tradition, the scrying would take place in a darkened room at noon. The only light permitted was a single lamp filled with oasis oil.

If you have an oil lamp and are burning to try lamp scrying, here are some tips. And oil lamp is really the only choice for this method – other methods, like candle scrying, can be used if you have no oil lamp. Practitioners claim that clear oil will give a better result than oil that is dark or cloudy. A word of advice – if you don’t know your north from your south, you may want to use a compass.

To begin, place your lamp on the table and light it. Sit to the west of the lamp, facing eastward. Using a soft voice, chant your invocation to the gods. The particular god you choose will depend on the day of the week:
Sunday – Sol (Ra)
Monday – Luna
Tuesday – Mars
Wednesday – Mercury
Thursday – Jupiter
Friday – Venus
Saturday – Saturn

As you chant your mantra, include the name of the God you are invoking. Your mantra that does not have to be complex; in fact, you may simply call the god’s name. Focus your attention on the flickering flame and concentrate on your question. Some people hear voices or see images in the flame. Others see shadows and movement using their peripheral vision. The clues you get should help you to divine the future.

Group of ancient lamps (Hellenistic and Roman)
A row of lamps, part of the Diwali observance. This major festival is also known as the Festival of Light, and is celebrated by Sikhs, Hindus, and Jains. The light celebrates the victory of good over evil. Courtesy Wikipedia.