Divination is a branch of magic that is centered on the practice of gaining information through various mystical or supernatural means. Divination can be used in a variety of methods, all aimed at discovering what is hidden.
Many magical beings are shown to possess some skill at divination, most prominently witches and Necromancers. However, it is assumed that certain aspects of divination can be taught to others - even mortals.
Types of Divination
Acultomancy is a form of divination which allows the user to gain information through the use of needles. This seems to be a rare, yet powerful form of divination.
Elder Priyanka Bari was very proficient with needles, using them for both acupuncture and magical examination purposes. She was able to use this ability to examine Macy Vaughn's demonic essence and even gave her a needle to help boost her Evil Sight in order to see a specific event.
Bibliomancy is a form of divination which allows the user to gain information through the use of books (often of a sacred or magical nature).
The Vera family's Book of Shadows possessed this power, which allowed it to answer any question made within its proximity as long the answer was within its pages.
Necromancy is a form of divination which allows the user to gain information through the deceased. This form of divination is exclusive to beings known as Necromancers. Although some may believe that a Necromancer's abilities are limited to only acquiring information from the dead, some – if not all – Necromancers have the ability to resurrect the dead. This form of divination is highly distrusted by magical authorities, particularly the Elders.
Ouija is a form of divination which allows the user to gain information through the use of a spirit board, also known as a ouija board. However, spirit boards are not very reliable as they can be manipulated.
Harry Greenwood, for instance, stated that spirit boards are very vulnerable to tricksters, and the Charmed Ones themselves were deceived by an Imposter Demon that claimed to be their mother in order to manipulate them.
Scrying is a form of divination which allows the user to locate a person or an object by gazing into a transparent, translucent, or otherwise reflective object.
Catoptromancy is a method of scrying that is accomplished by enchanting a mirror which will then visualize where the intended target is. Skilled witches can access this branch of divination through the usage of a spell.
Hydromancy, also known as water gazing, is a method of scrying that is accomplished by holding a crystal pendant over a bowl of water which will then visualize where it is that the desired person or object is, sort of like a looking glass.
- As some forms of divination are more of a practiced skill than an actual magical power, it could be reasoned that most, if not all, beings could learn it. However, as it is dependent on practice, it should not be considered a basic power unless it is practiced regularly.