Because the weather is something which affects everyone’s lives, it is only natural that humans would use it as a methods of divination. Not only can the weather be used itself as a form of fortune-telling (Aeromancy), but its signs and symbols can be used in dream interpretations, crystal ball readings, tea leafs etc.
In divination, it is most common for the weather to be relevant during dreams. While dreams can have many signs and symbols, the weather is usually a key feature. Therefore, if you want to know the meaning of your dream and the weather stands out, you should interpret this first.
I should note that it is pretty obvious that nice weather is good and bad weather is negative. Usually, terrible weather is a warning for things to come.
Weather Symbols: What they Mean in Dreams
Clouds: Clouds obscure the guiding light of the sun so they predict confusion and uncertainty. Black, dark storm clouds represent an air of negativity.
(for more cloud symbolism see the Lenormand Clouds)
Cold: To dream you are cold means that people in your life lack care for you.
Eclipse: An eclipse shakes up the norms. Dreaming of an eclipse predicts your life will completely transform for good or evil. I actually changed the name of this website to Divination and Fortune Telling on the 7th of August 2017 during the lunar ellipse in Aquarius (my sign ha!)
Frost & Ice: Frost and ice has the same meaning as snow (see snow). However, slipping and falling is a sign of failure.
Hail: To be hit by hailstones in a dream predicts that you will be humiliated by an old friend or family member.
Hot: To dream of hot weather shows more people care for you than you do for them.
Lightening: Dreaming of lightening or seeing the symbol in another method of divination is a symbol of great knowledge, education and solutions to problems.
Moon: In most forms of fortune telling, the Moon is a symbol of reputation and intuition if it appears as a positive or infidelity and secrets if it appears as a negative. To dream of seeing The Moon larger than it is in a positive dream is a precursor for having an amazing reputation where everyone knows you. In a bad dream to dream of a large moon predicts massive secrets.
Moon (day): To dream of a moon during the day represents the presence of an individual who is LGBTQI+. This person, or people, may offer you their assistance in some way.
Night (darkness): Dreaming of darkness is always a sign that you’re anxious over the direction which your life is going. However, seeing stars or the moon is a positive sign (see stars and moon)
Rain: Anything related to rain is always about emotions. The stronger the rain, the greater the emotions. If you dream of heavy rain falling on you, it can predict that other people will rely too much on you for their emotional support. Similarly, if you dream it is raining in your house then you will feel so overwhelmed by the emotions of others it will interfere with your life.
Rainbow: Rainbows are always a good omen. If you keep seeing rainbows it is a sign from spirits. To receive a rainbow in fortune telling (or to see one in real life) is a message of approval from spirits and reassurance you are heading in the right direction. Sometimes, rainbows can predict recognition for being unconventional.
Sludge: Dreaming of dirty snow is a sign of bad childhood memories and unresolved conflict.
Shooting Star: Shooting stars represent dreams coming true and wishes fulfilled. You will get what you want but not how you expect it.
Snow: Snow represents your childhood memories and people from your past. If you dream it is snowing, someone from your past will soon reappear.
Star: To dream of a clear, start night is a very fortune dream predicting unimaginable success but only if you work hard for it.
Storm: To dream of stormy weather is a warning against thoughtless actions which could ruin your life.
Sun: In most (if not all) forms of fortune-telling, the Sun represents success, achievement and a happy family life. The Sun can even foretell holidays and babies being born.
Thunder: In many ancient culture, the King of the Gods had rulership over thunder. Thunder is a signal of encouragement from the divine.
Tornado: Tornados are signs of destructions and life changing events such as divorce, bankruptcy, death and serious illness.
Wind: Dreaming of wind (especially if it is strong and blowing) is a sign that spirits, God and the universe are trying to usher you in the right direction. Although some doors will close, others will soon open.
Aeromancy: The Weather as a Divination Tool
Aeromancy is divination using the atmosphere and weather to predict the future and the will of God/s. Aeromancy is said to date back to at least Babylonian times, however, because of the nature of this form of divination (and the fact it does not require any tools which archeologists can dig up and carbon date) the chances are that reading the weather as signs from spirit began much earlier than recorded history.
Predicting the future through natural means is especially handy because it requires minimal effort and planning. If you find yourself in a situation where you need a question answered but don't have your cards or pendulum handy, you can just ask for a sign and, literally, let nature take its course.
Here are some subdivisions of Aeromancy which you can play around with;
Austromancy: Divination by the wind
Nephomancy: Divination by clouds
Hydromancy: Divination by water
Ceraunoscopy: Divination by lightening
Brontomancy: Divination by thunder
Meteoromancy: Divination by meteors
Eclipses: Eclipses are said to mark important events
Possibly the most basic form of Aeromancy is using signs in nature to predict the weather itself. Jesus actually gives us an example of forecasting the weather using the atmosphere in Matthew 16. This teaching is obviously a precursor to the "red sky at night shepherd's delight" poem;
“When it is evening you say, “It will be fair weather; for the sky is red.”
And in the morning, “It will be stormy today, for the sky is threatening.”
— Jesus Christ, Matthew 16
Nowadays, most diviners, have minimal interest in predicting the weather. Most invest their time and energy into using divination for personal guidance, particularly if the question they ask is about themselves. Therefore, when practicing Aeromancy, your goal is to look for positive or negative signs.
When seeking signs through Aeromancy, you will have to be conscious of how you interpret different phenomenon. You can use the same interpretations given above to interpret the meaning of your chosen phenomenon. Or your interpretation will be personal based on your culture, experiences and your fondness for whichever signs you get.
For example, the modern Western world loves eclipses, and their diviners read them favorably due to their rarity. However, the ancient world didn't see them that way. In around 2100BC the Chinese Emperor had his astrologers Hsi and Ho executed for failing to predict an eclipse because eclipses were viewed as threatening to the order of everyday life.
Another example is that of thunder or lightening. Modern people see thunder and lightening as a negative omen. However, in many parts of ancient Europe and the Near East thunder and lightening was the symbol of the King of the Gods. In the book, The Odyssey, Odysseus is given thunder as a sign of encouragement. In the dead of night after asking for a sign he hears a clap of thunder and reads this as an expression of Zeus's approval.
Some signs might be visible to you: a shooting star, a gentle summer breeze on a first date; these will be your most meaningful signs. However, you can establish a personal system by recording the weather in your journal if you have one and taking note of any patterns.
You can ask for a sign, "I wish to get a sign about this matter" or you can wait until you come across something significant. You might choose to use the weather as an omen on a particular date (like a wedding).
However you plan to do it, remember that the best way to practice natural divination is to go out into nature. By spending time outside you can set the tone for the omen and increase your likelihood of seeing something important.
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Cards used in this post are The Rider Waite Tarot deck.