The ancient divination[*] method of using a shiny surface placed in water to foretell[+] the recovery (or death) of someone

the psychic or healer[#] suspends a mirror in water. Only the base of the mirror is allowed to touch the water. The psychic then gazes into the water, interpreting the vision[~] that appears on the shiny surface, foretelling whether the patient will die or recover.[$]

[B. Seriton, Encyclopedia of Strange Phenomena, p. 71]

[$] See >Ka.

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