Uromancy

Also known as urimancy, this ancient form of divination can help you determine the past, present, and future through the use of urine. The omens found in human or animal urine was used to determine the will of the gods.

Divination using urine has been used by many ancient colors. The interpretation, on the other hand, varies wildly between cultures. While some cultures studied the color of the urine, others studied its taste. The patterns made as urine flowed, either in a swirling bowl or on the dusty ground, would provide additional information.

To the ancient Romans, bubbles left in the chamber pot after urination were a clue to the mysteries of life. If there were large bubbles, spread far apart, the lucky woman could expect to see a large amount of money very soon. Not only was this an omen of wealth, it was also seen as a good omen when related to one’s emotional and spiritual well-being. By contrast, small bubbles placed close together were a bad omen warning of illness, death, or loss. It was also a bad omen if they were no bubbles et al.

In some cultures, pregnant women used urimancy to determine the sex of their unborn child. It was used by unwed women to show whether the marriage would be good, and how many years of happiness would be provided.

In the 16th and 17th century, which finders in Europe also practiced urimancy. In its most common form, pieces of iron (nails, needles, and even parts of horse shoes) were added to a bottle, which was then filled with urine from the accused. The bottle was then stopped up with a cork. If the cork popped out of the bottle on its own, or if the accused fell ill, they were certainly guilty.

Although urimancy is rarely used for divination now, it is still quite popular in modern medicine. Urine is routinely examined as a diagnostic tool, and doctors believe that they can learn much from your urine. Dark yellow urine, for example, may indicate dehydration.

Human Urine Sample. Courtesy Wikipedia.