Gyromancy

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Gyromancy Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Gyromancy \Gyr"o*man"cy\, n. [Gr. ? ring, circle + -mancy: cf. F. gyromancie.] A kind of divination performed by drawing a ring or circle, and walking in or around it. --Brande & C.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Gyromancy'


Gyromancy is a method of divination in which a person spins around inside or walks the circumference of a circle drawn on the ground, the perimeter of which is marked with the letters of an alphabet. The divination is inferred from the letter at the position where the person either stumbles or falls across the circle’s edge. The person would repeat the practice "...till he evolved an intelligible sentence, or till death or madness intervened."

The word is derived from Medieval Latin, gyromantia, which is derived from Greek gyros (circle) and manteia (oracle).

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