Dominoes are a simple method for telling fortunes, although they are associated with children’s games they are a lesser-known form of ‘Sortilege’ system known as Cleromancy. The practice of using dominoes as a way of casting the future dates back to twelve-century China. The game appears to have reached western civilisation when it first became popular in the courts of Mediterranean Europe trading nations in the 1700’s. By the end of the eighteenth century they were in popular use as a game in England, France and Italy and it is most likely that they reached the USA via Chinese immigrant labourers. The word “Dominoe ” originated from the French word referring to a black and white hood called a “Domino” which was worn by catholic priests in cold weather Adu Q,
Dominoes are still widely used in provinces of China, Korea and India for both gambling and fortune telling. In a similar way to runes, dice and tarot dominoes are a way of enhancing ones psychic power and are still used by some psychics in the west. It has also been claimed that gypsies used to tell fortunes using dominoes printed on cards in a similar way to tarot or playing cards. Psychics say that you should not use dominoes for divinational purposes more than once a week or the results may lose there effect.
Modern dominoes are usually made of wood, plastic or metal but in earlier sets ivory was commonly used. Standard sets in the West consist of twenty-eight rectangular tiles called bones, cards, tiles, stones or spinners. .Each tile has two halves the sides that are not blank bear dots or pips numbering one to six. The dots represent all the possible number combinations, from double blank to double six.
There are various ways of laying down the dominoes; one such method is similar to that used in tarot card spreads. And a domino is selected for past, present and future. To answer a question or respond to a persons need for guidance or direction, the dominoes are placed face down upon a flat surface and shuffled well. The question should be asked by the person requiring guidance and meditated upon for a period of time. Three dominoes are usually turned over and are interpreted as follows :
Six/six – Prosperity and unexpected good fortune.
Six/five – An act of kindness will bring good luck, be patient.
Six/four – Unfavourable aspect, possibly legal related.
Six/three – Unexpected enjoyable travel or gift related to travel.
Six/two – Improved finance and good health.
Six/one – Wedding or positive joint venture.
Six/blank – Careful of false friendships.
Five/five – Good financial changes.
Five/two – Birth or new creative ideas.
Five/one – New love but possible unhappy ending.