Being a smoker (I know, bad bad) I have thought of ways to employ smoke from cigarettes in divination but haven't yet seen a pattern I can use - aside from "if there is cigarette smoke coming from your mouth, you may be unhealthy"
For ceremony, I have used poppy seeds for their smoke and crackling - a lot of crackling means a lot of activity and can usually be fortunate, less crackling means more stagnancy, and crackling combined with where the smoke hangs tells me a lot - low smoke that is thick is usually more stagnancy, like sickness or "stuck-ness", quick-to-leave smoke means movement.
For wormwood and mugwort combinations, I find that I can determine spirit activity in a place by how much smoke is produced and where it is going. It usually pays to ask the smoke to show you, and the direction and thickness seem to correspond to the "amount" of activity in a certain place. This works for proximal ("where in this room...?") and distal (here's four coins representing people/places/things, show me where...") seekings, I find.
As a teen, I often took orris root to bonfires to seek out potentially compatible lovers there. This worked for frivolous means - and well, for what it was (giggity).
I have never been great at using smoke from an already existing fire - wood doesn't seem to be my thing.
I am very interested in hearing other's experience with smoke divination. Please, share!
Edited by Ravenshaw, 23 December 2014 - 10:19 AM.