Form of divination based on reading the form, color, and movements of the flame of an oil lamp or a torch. A flame with a single point was believed to indicate good fortune, but two points signaled bad luck. A flame that bent might indicate illness. Sparks were said to indicate forthcoming news, and the sudden extinction of the flame portended disaster.
Waite, Arthur Edward. The Occult Sciences. 1891. Reprint, Secaucus, N.J.: University Books, 1974.