Throw a laurel branch
into a fire
Ask a question
If the branch crackle
s, the answer
." Or "probably
There is a direct correlation
between the volume of the crackling and the certainy
If it burn
s without crackling, the answer is "no
Apparently the depth
of the silence
will tell you how bad the outlook is.
Patricia Telesco, in A Victorian Grimoire notes:
Throw a handful in your fireplace all at once and watch the flame. If the flames rise up together, this is also a positive sign. Three flame points means that things are coming together to a harmonious conclusion, one point is single-mindedness and two flame points mean you may need the aid of a friend to accomplish your goal. Bay leaves may also be used for this technique, and are easier to obtain.