A branch of pyromancy (divination by fire), concerned with
interpreting the flames of three candles arranged in a triangle.
Success was indicated by one flame burning brighter than the
other two; a wavering flame indicated travel; a spiral flame signified
plots by enemies; and uneven flame, danger; sparks signified
caution; and a sudden extinction of flame indicated bad
luck. Obviously such a system of divination was largely affected
by currents of air in the room or by the breathing of the diviner.
(See also lampadomancy)