A form of divination in ancient times involving the observation
of smoke and consisting of two principal methods. The
more important was the smoke of sacrifices, which augured well
if it rose lightly from the altar and ascended straight to the
clouds, but the contrary if it hung about. Another method was
to throw a few jasmine or poppy seeds upon burning coals.
There was also a third method involving breathing the smoke
of the sacrificial fire.
Waite, Arthur Edward. The Occult Sciences. 1891. Reprint, Secaucus,
N.J. University Books, 1974