Today we’re going to talk a little about Cleromancy aka Casting Lots.
The word Cleromancy dates back to the 1600’s and is translated from the French as “divination by dice”. The practice goes back farther than that and is talked about in the bible nearly 100 times. This form of divination was practiced in Ancient Egypt, Ancient China and in Ancient Rome, where it was typically consecrated to the god Mercury, regarded not only as the patron of cleromancy, but also the God of Communication. Today it’s known colloquially as the Casting of Lots.
These lots are usually bones or stones, although they can really be anything—sticks, coins, blocks of bamboo, shells, dried beans, figurines or anything else you can shake and toss like you would dice. Unlike regular dice games of random chance, cleromancy is believed to be the will of God, messages from other Spirits or even your Higher Consciousness speaking to you. And actually, if you assigned specific meanings to each side of the dice, they too could be used as lots.
They’re used much like any divinatory tool.
- Gather together a collection of small items that are sturdy enough to be tossed without breakage.
- Keep them in a safe place like a bag, box or lidded basket.
- It’s a good idea to have some kind of cloth or a piece of leather to throw the lots onto so they don’t break or scratch themselves or the surface onto which they’re thrown.
- Concentrate on the answers you seek.
- Dip your hand in and grab a few of the lots and throw them out onto your throwing cloth.
- Notice how they land. Are they upside down or right side up? Are they close together or spread far apart? Are there certain pieces that are closer together or even touching? If so, this could mean they are related to each other in some way.
As for the meaning of the lots themselves, that’s really up to the owner. I have a friend of mine who attaches meaning to each individual piece that relates to how she came into possession of the piece. It can depend on who gave it to her, what was going on at the time or if she found it on the ground then where and when did it happen. She’s built her own system of the last 30+ years and you can check her out on Facebook if you want to.
You can also use a more traditional meaning for each one. For example, if you have a piece of rose quartz, you can use that as your stone for love. If you have a small 4 leaf clover or horseshoe charm, those can mean good luck. You get the idea.
As for when you should cast lots, any time is fine, although according to ancient occult practices and traditions, any day of the week is favorable for readings, with the exception of Friday’s and Sunday’s.
If you have any other questions don’t hesitate to ask, either here or over on my Facebook page.
Many blessings to all!