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Divination by the observation of water.

[Middle English ydromancy, from Old French ydromancie, from Latin hydromantīa, from Greek hudromanteia : hudro-, hydro- + -manteia, -mancy.]
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(Alternative Belief Systems) divination by water
ˈhydroˌmancer n
ˌhydroˈmantic adj
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(ˈhaɪ drəˌmæn si)

divination by means of the motions or appearance of water.
[1585–95; earlier hydromantie, -cie (< Middle French) « Late Greek hydromanteía divination by water. See hydro-1, -mancy]
hy′dro•man`cer, n.
hy`dro•man′tic, adj.
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a form of divination involving observations of water or of other liquids.
See also: Divination, Water
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A form of scrying which in this case is divination by water. Pegomancy is a form of hydromancy.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hydromancy - divination by water (as by patterns seen in the ebb and flow of the tides)
fortune telling, soothsaying, foretelling, divination - the art or gift of prophecy (or the pretense of prophecy) by supernatural means
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References in periodicals archive ?
"Swans, Doubles, Reflections: Hydromancy in Coole Park." Colby Quarterly 28.2(1992): 105-14.
While priests may offer advice on their own, or perform rituals within the shrine, such as hydromancy (water-divination) or the production and empowering of a "fetish" (perhaps less disparagingly referred to as an amulet or talisman) for their clients, they may prefer to delay responding to such issues until a possession ceremony can be held, affording them the opportunity to receive direct knowledge from the spirits.
My favorite is Rule IX: "All books and writings dealing with geomancy, hydromancy, areomancy, pyromancy, oneiromancy, chiromancy, necromancy, or with sortilege, mixing of poisons, augury, auspices, sorcery, and magic arts are absolutely repudiated." You may want to consult your dictionary on any of these subjects.