[Jerome Cardan, the famous physician, tells the following anecdote in his De Rerum Varietate, lib. x., 93. Jerome only once heard a rapping himself, at the time of the death of a friend at a distance. He was in a terrible fright, and dared no... Read more of The Cold Hand at Scary Stories.caInformational Site Network Informational

Welsh Folk Lore - Rhamanta, Or Omen Seeking.

Clefyd Yr Ede Wlan Or Yarn Sickness
About twenty years ago, when the writer was curate of Llanw...

Rhamanta Or Omen Seeking
Rhamanta was a kind of divination that could be resorted to w...

Coel Ede Wlan Or The Yarn Test
Two young women took a ball of yarn and doubled the threads...

Divination With The Twca Or Knife
The proceeding was as follows:--The party who wished to kno...

The Washing Test
Another well-known and often practised form of divination w...

Troi Crysau Or Clothes Drying Test
Young maidens washed linen after the household had retired,...

Hemp Seed Sowing
A young married woman, a native of Denbighshire, told me th...

Pullet's Egg Divination
Mr. J. Roberts, Plas Einion, Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, told m...

The Candle And Pin Divination
The process is as follows:--A couple of young women meet, a...

Water In Basin Divination
Should young persons wish to know whether their husbands we...

Hairs Of A Lover Found Under A Holly Tree
This test is to be carried out on All Hallow Eve. The youn...

The Bible And Key Divination
A key is taken, and placed on the 16th verse of the 1st cha...

Testing A Lover's Love By Cracking Of Nuts
This divination is common to many countries, but the writer...

Gay Describes The Ceremony:--
Two hazel nuts I throw into the flame And to each nu...

Water In Basin Divination


Should young persons wish to know whether their husbands were to be
bachelors, or their wives spinsters, the following test was to be
resorted to:--

Three persons were necessary to carry out the test. These three young
ladies were to join in the undertaking and they were to proceed as
follows:--On Nos Calan Gauaf, All Hallow Eve, at night, three basins
were to be placed on a table, one filled with clear spring water, one
with muddy water, and the other empty. The young ladies in turn were
led blindfolded into the room, and to the table, and they were told to
place their hands on the basins. She who placed her hand on the clear
spring water was to marry a bachelor, whilst the one who touched the
basin with muddy water was to wed a widower, and should the empty basin
be touched it foretold that for that person a life of single blessedness
was in store.

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