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What is Pyromancy?

Updated on December 2, 2012

Most humans have a fascination of fire. We build fires in our homes in fireplaces, not only for warmth, but also to watch the flames dance. It’s hypnotizing to an extent.

The ancients also found fire fascinating. So fascinating,in fact that they believed they could predict the future by watching the flames of a sacrificial fire. This practice is known as pyromancy. One of the methods of scrying is also watching a flame on a candle. It is a method of self-hypnosis, as well.

One can put oneself into a trance by concentrating on a flame. This could be considered a meditation technique, but it is not something that should be attempted while alone or by amateurs.

The technique is believed to have originated from the period in history when sacrificial offerings to the gods were popular. Medicine Men, Shaman, and/or tribal “seers” would look into the flames and expound on future events that they saw there. They also used the smoke from the flames to interpret omens. A flame that burned with no smoke rising from it would indicate good fortune for the tribe. They believed that the consistency of the flame was a way to communicate with their gods. (i.e.: the smell from the flame, how high it rose and the sounds it made while burning all had meaning.)

The images that the psychic view have meaning, much like the symbolic meanings that are associated with events that occur in dreams. The psychic might also be able to access their inner voice (intuition), or be able to connect with their spirit guide while in this trance state, and then be able to access information in that way, as well.

A true psychic can use many methods to put themselves into a state where they are able to connect with the “Universal Knowledge.” Whatever method they use may sound “hokey” to people who have never had a psychic event in their lives… or one that they have chosen to ignore out of fear and/or ignorance. However, too many predictions have come true for any method to be dismissed as trickery.

We all have the power of accessing our Intuition and our abilities of extrasensory perception, (ESP) but most have not trained their minds to use these abilities. The more we learn and open our minds to every possibility, the easier it will be for us to see things that others refuse to see.


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      Tarik Aarbaoui 5 years ago from Morocco

      Such a lovely interesting hub :) giving so much info I have never thought of flames like that :) thx for making me go back in time and imagine all what you mentioned in ur hub

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      Christine B. 5 years ago from Medina, Ohio

      Thanks, Lizzy! :o)

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Hmmm....I love watching contained/controlled flames...but I always thought 'scrying' involved mirrors.....

      (And I'm sure the ancient shamans very well knew what kinds of wood/conditions would or would not produced smoke... ;-) )

      Interesting article, my friend..voted up, interesting and shared.