Pyromancy, also called fire divination or lamp divination, is a form of divination that includes scrying in a candle, lamp, or other flame, but also observing how objects behave when they are burned, such as how they sizzle or crack in an altar fire.



Lamps in pyromancy are shallow dishes with a spout into which a linen wick was laid. The lamp is filled with olive oil and the wick, and once wet, is then lit.


  • A Lamp (It is recommended the lamp isn’t red, as a brightly coloured lamp will not work as well as a dull-colored one.)
  • Particular types of wicks
  • Particular mixtures of oil



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