Ceromancy is a form of divination where wax is used to predict the future or used to tell fortunes. Traditionally, heated wax was used in a brass bowl with water in it. The melted wax of a candle was poured into the bowl and the shape that the wax formed was interpreted by the reader. The wax dripping down the side of a candle has also been used for interpretations.
Today, with the rise of glass encased candles in the United States and abroad, the wax and any leftover herbs or other items used in candle spells are interpreted to divine the efficacy of the spell or to give other useful information relating to the spell’s target or goal.
The interpreting of shapes is a very important part of divination and is used in scrying, ceromancy, pyromancy, augury, nephelomancy (divination based on clouds), tasseomancy/tasseography.