I started researching different types of divination for my next WIP, which I just started playing with today (because I finished the first draft I was working on and I’m taking a week before revisions, woohoo!).
I haven’t done a ton of research yet, but I’ve already found something that I liked: pessomancy. Telling the future with stones, pebbles, or beans. Generally the stones would be of a similar size and shape, marked with symbols or color to represent different health, success, whatever else. They could be drawn out of a bag or thrown for readings.
I love this idea, but naturally I had to go and complicate it. So I started looking into tea reading symbols, and I decided to use unmarked stones and create a mat with symbols to throw them onto, so you’re reading them based on where they fall on the mat.
I’m definitely going to create a set with in-world symbols once I figure those out, but of course I had to make myself a set, so I broke out the fabric spray paint and made a stencil.
And then it needed to be stored in something…and then I wanted to make a more intricate mat, so I made the design more complicated, added symbols, and I have custom fabric being shipped to me.
I live in this research hole now.