Lithomancy is the active divining through stones, or crystals. Lithomancy can take many forms, and because of this the practices can be very different depending upon what practitioner is doing them. It is primarily done through the casting of stones, but it can also be done through the act of inspecting the reflected light from the stones, though in this post we will be focusing on the former. This post will be less about how to do Lithomancy, and more about aspects of it.

In this form of lithomancy a certain number of stones is thrown, and then interpreted by the diviner. These stones are usually given aspects that they represent either by the diviner, or from the metaphysical properties of the stone itself. Practitioners have been known to use upwards of 16 stones for this process, but the amounts of stones use varies on the practitioner. What types of stones are used changes depending upon the preference of the practitioner, but it is helpful to use stones of different types, and colors. These Stones do not have to be crystals and can actually be simply rocks that have been given meanings. Many different things can be interpreted about the stones once they are thrown such as seeing how they clustered together, or by seeing which way their edges point towards.

Aspects that could be assigned to the stones:

  • Planetary correspondences
  • Elemental correspondences
  • Zodiac correspondences
  • Metaphysical properties of the stones
  • Love
  • Death
  • Joy
  • Change
  • Wealth
  • Creativity
  • Abundance
  • Beginnings
  • Endings
  • Fear
  • Intuition
  • Strength
  • Focus
  • Illusion

Practitioners may also choose to have an interpretation stone also sometimes called the center, or question stone which is a stone that everything will be interpreted relative to. The interpretation Stone may be placed in the middle of where the stones are going to be cast, or it can be thrown with the other stones starting the interpretation process from where it lands. Stones are interpreted starting with the closest one to the interpretation stone, and expanding outwards usually up to 6 inches, or some other length decided by the practitioner. This will give an order to the stones when interpreting and will allow their insights to flow more like a story. Stones that fall outside this are not part of the reading.

The stones can be cast onto a lithomancy board which may help gain more insight of the reading depending upon where the stones land. These boards are separated up into sections that are given specific aspects that will influence how the stone is interpreted that lands within it. Stones that do not land on the lithomancy board may also not be counted in the reading.

Some useful sections that may be put onto a lithomancy board:

  • The past
  • The present
  • The future
  • Work life
  • School life
  • Spiritual life
  • Romantic life
  • Health
  • Financial situation
  • Planetary correspondences
  • Elemental correspondences
  • Zodiac correspondences
  • The months
  • The days of the week
  • The seasons

Practices may not even include an interpretation stone, and can use only lithomancy boards. Some practices may not use either of these and may interpret Stones simply applied where they fell and their relationship to each other.

At the beginning of the lithomancy divination the question that is being divined will be asked while shaking the stone gently like dice, and the question would usually be asked to the interpretation stone, if there is one. From there the stones will be dropped from a generous height, so that they can then be cast out, and interpret it.

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