Lecanomancy came from the Greek word “lekane” which translates to “dish” or “pan”. This is an ancient form of divination which usually makes use of a dish of water; other natural formations like ponds and water puddles may also be used.
For instance, in ancient Babylonia, the magician or priest would predict the future by interpreting the formations of oil in water. Another form involves dropping a stone or gem into water. Its sound, direction, reflection, and other factors are then considered in giving predictions. For instance, the famous Michel de Nostredame or Nostradamus, a French astrologer and seer, reportedly used lecanomancy in his prophecies.