Hydromancy, also called water divination or saucer divination, is a form of divination in sacred pools and bowls.



  • A shallow dish (preferably one made of silver)
  • Spring water

The optical effects of the water—the reflection—is paramount, which is why a shiny bowl works better than a dull one. The water can be tinted with a little bit of ink or wine, since they still offer a reflection.



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Dunn, Patrick. The practical art of divine magic: contemporary & ancient techniques of Theurgy. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd, 2015.

Opsopaus, John. The oracles of Apollo: practical ancient Greek divination for today. Woodbury: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd, 2017.