There are three ways of going about this. Experiment until you find an approach that works for you.


First, consider practicing it at dawn or sunset, since those are the traditional times for doing it in ancient Pharae. If you work in a large city and commute home from work around sunset, that might be the perfect time for it. Then you can pose your question before you leave work, then listen on your way home.

  1. Go to a public place where people mix—a plaza, a busy intersection, a park, a museum, a zoo, or a transportation hub, such as a train or bus station.
  2. Find a place to sit. Cover your ears, insert ear-plugs or ear-buds, or learn how to mentally tune-out noise.
  3. Concentrate on your question. Think about Hermes’ ability to help wayfarers and travelers, his ability to open the way for them and to answer their questions.
  4. Then get up and walk in whatever direction that most-appeals to you while uncovering or un-stopping your ears. The first words or sounds you hear constitute Hermes’ response. Ponder them and let them change the way you are thinking about your problem or question.
  5. It’s a nice gesture to thank Hermes for His guidance.


Be walking around in public, thinking hard about your question, problem or issue. A furrowed brow may help. But keep an ear alert for what’s going on around you. You may be standing at an intersection, sitting on a bench or standing in line at a lunch place and happen to overhear the answer. Roll your eyes heavenward and mentally thank Hermes for his answer. This way of practicing cledonomancy may happen to you naturally as you get accustomed to the practice.


Before you leave the house in the morning, think about your problem, issue or question, then say out loud, ‘before I come home today, I want a sign, an omen or an answer to the problem of (fill in the blank). Then go about your day, but keep a mental ear cocked for any random bit of conversation which seems to address your issue or feels significant; it’ll be your answer.