In the 16th century the celebrated Venetian courtesan, Veronica Franco, was hauled before the inquisition for practicing ceromancy to discover the identity of a thief in her household. She initially beat the charge of heresy by admitting she had participated in the ceremony but didn't believe in it. (One must hold a false belief in order to be a genuine heretic.)
Ceromancy, one of the most ancient forms of divination, is the art of telling a fortune by interpreting the forms produced by dropping melted wax into water. It’s best to use a candle made of messy natural wax or beeswax, as they are the ones that tend to reveal the most information. Use any colour candle, though the darker hues will show up best. Most people simply light a taper and tip the candle at about a 145 degree angle over a pan of water to allow the wax to drip into the cold water.
Listed below are some of the more common meanings for the shapes that can result.
Airplane: A trip or a disappointment.
Anchor: Your loved one is faithful.
Baby: Troubles are coming
Ball: Your problem will not last.
Bed: A restful holiday would be good for you.
Bells: A wedding.
Bird: Expect news soon.
Bridge: Take a chance.
Broom: Time make a change.
Candle: Spiritual growth.
Cat: A friend is untrue
Chain: Go ahead with your plans.
Circle: Time of reconciliation.
Cloud: Something or someone threatens you.
Cup: Quarrel with a friend.
Dog: Low self-esteem.
Ear: Listen for opportunities for advancement.
Egg: There will soon be new developments.
Fan: A surprise is coming.
Feather: The problem will be solved.
Fish: Someone will betray you.
Ghost: Someone from the past is looking for you.
Grass: Good fortune is approaching.
Hat: There will be a change of location.
Heart: Friendship will turn into love.
House: Better times are coming.
Key: A setback in plans should be expected.
Kite: Your wish will come to nothing.
Ladder: You need to change your attitude towards an old friend.
Leaf: There will soon be changes.
Lion: An unpleasant situation.
Moon: More money may be coming.
Mountain: Good friends are willing to help.
Pants: You will be tempted
Pen: Letter from a friend or relative.
Pipe: Peace and comfort.
Ring: Marriage may happen in the near future.
Shoe: A new acquaintance may be untrustworthy.
Spider web: Pleasant occurrences.
Sun: Good fortune.
Table: An abundance of blessings.
Tree: A good time for new ventures.
Umbrella: Trouble is coming
Walking Stick: Go and visit friends.
Wheel: Someone journeys home soon.
Witch: Danger will pass you by.
Worm: Business troubles may be ahead.