Hydromancy is another ancient form of divination that goes back thousands of years and involves the use of water to bring messages. Water is a metaphor of creation linked to the flow of the collective unconsciousness, also known as the Hall of Records, Akashic Records, Grid Harmonics, matrix of experience, etc. within reality.

Ancients would sit by a calm body of water and watch its flowing motion create patterns that they would interpret. Often a spirit would appear within the water and bring a telepathic message.

Great myths were created about sea creatures who live in the water.

The ancient Greeks believed that nature spirits dwelled in fresh water.

In ancient Initiation ceremonies one would spend hours gazing into a sacred pool of water, or large sacred urn filled with water, to receive messages from the gods. This generally involved time and focus, and the abilities of the initiate to focus within. This brought visions of gods and the future.

Many indigenous people use some form of water divination to receive messages. It was mostly subjective, but often more defining.

Nostradamus practiced Hydromancy as a means of receiving messages and predictions, through the movement of water in a bowl. He recorded what he saw, combined with psychic messages, with amazing accuracy. Unfortunatley most were too cryptic, as we still reference his quatrains to this very day, tyring to fiure them out as if encoded messages.

The more you learn to focus your mind while gazing into the water, the more quickly you open yourself up to receiving messages and understanding their meaning as most messages are cryptic.

Hydromancy Techniques

In Nature

Hydromancy is best done on a calm day alongside a body of water, such as a stream or lake, where you will gaze. Sit down. Relax and look within this natural body of water. Wait and observe. You can also drop a pebble in the water and read the ripples as they form. You might see an image appear in movement as water is always in transition, a metaphor for the flow of our reality. Some people prefer to gaze into water at night in the light of a full moon as lunar energies are linked to the goddess.


Find a quiet area, free of distraction, as you will have to focus your mind.

Select a bowl in which you will place the water. It should not have a pattern on it.

Singing crystal bowls used for harmonics, may be used, but please be careful not to harm the bowl, as most are attuned for other purposes.

Otherwise, simple select a large, deep bowl made from glass, brass or silver. It must have a smooth and even rim. You may have to change bowls several times to find the right one for you. Remember, metal bowls carry harmonic frequencies.

Set the bowl in a dry level space, one in which you can easily observe.

The water used can be bottled, from a well, a tap, or a stream. It can also be stored an used at a future time to water scry again.

Water with great energy is often thought to be collected by the light of a full moon or the after standing in the sun.

Simple Observation Techniques

Place the bowl of water on a flat clear surface. Gaze into the still water and focus your mind until images appear.

Using a Wand

In some rituals people use a wand made from the branch of a bay tree, hazel tree or the laurel. The end of the wand should be covered in dry tree sap or resin. Dip the end of the wand into the water until it becomes wet. Wet the rims of the bowl. By gently drawing the rim of the wand around the bowl it will cause it to resonate. The action of the resonating basin will cause circular ripples to form in the basin. The water may seem to breathe with the sounds.


Hydromancy (from Greek Hydro, water, and Manteia, divination) is the art of gazing by means of water, including the color, ebb and flow, or ripples produced by pebbles dropped in a pool.

The Jesuit M. A. Del Rio (1551-1608) described several methods of hydromancy. The first method described depicts a ring hanging by a string that is dipped into a vessel of water which was shaken. A judgment or prediction is made by the number of times which the ring strikes the sides of the vessel.

A second method is when three pebbles are thrown into standing water and observations are made from the circles formed when the objects strike the water.

The third method described depended upon the agitation of the water, this custom was prevalent among Oriental Christians of annually baptizing that element, at the same time as taking especial care to show that the betrothment of the Adriatic by the Doge of Venice had a wholly different origin.

A fourth method used colors of the water and figures appearing in it by which Varro stated that many prognostications were made concerning the Mithridatic War. This branch of the divination proved so important that it was given a separate name and there arose from it the divination of fountains whose waters were frequently visited.

Pausanius (2nd century AD) described the fountain near Epidaurus dedicated to Ino into which loaves were thrown by worshippers hoping to receive an oracle from the goddess. If the loaves were accepted they sank in the water which meant good fortune, but if they were washed up from the fountain it meant bad luck.

A custom of ancient Germanic tribes was to throw newborn children into the Rhine. It was thought if the child was spurious he would drown, but if he was legitimate he would swim. Such a custom appears to be a precursor of the 17th century custom of "swimming witches" perhaps related to the Anglo-Saxon law of trial by water.

In a fifth method of hydromancy mysterious words are pronounced over a glass of water, then observations are made of its spontaneous ebullience.

In the sixth method a drop of oil was let drop into a vessel of water, this furnished a mirror through which wondrous things became visible. This, Del Rio said, is the Modus Fessanus.

The seventh method of hydromancy was cited by Clemens Alexandrinus who cited that women of Germany watched the whirls and courses of rivers for prognostic interpretations. The identical fact was mentioned by J. L. Vives in his Commentary upon St. Augustine.