Exploring the phenomenon that occurs when human consciousness meets and connects with the spirit and energy of the Earth is known as Geomancy. This traditional divination method has Arabic roots and is said to promote harmony between the interactions of humans and the world in which they live, bridging the gap that exists between the spirit of individuality and the natural one that is present within the earth.
Consisting of sketching dots in the sand in formations of sixteen random lines, Geomancy is used to discern the overall health and influence emanated from an area in spiritual terms, drawing on the fact that the earth is alive with energy that should be harnessed and also balanced when necessary.
Traditional Western Geomancy
In traditional western occultism, the art of Geomancy required no special tools or calculations, but is rather based solely on the inborn, human ability for recognising patterns. The dashes etched either in soil or sand with a wand, or drawn on paper were not counted as they were being made, instead resulting in spontaneous divination.
However, in Europe during medieval times, diviners only relied upon parchment paper for the sketching and drawing of the sixteen dots, although they still followed the traditional directional notations, which are from right to left, when making the lines. Now, Geomancers count the dashes that combine to form each line, and then draw either single dots to represent odd numbers, or two dots for even numbers adjacent to the lines.
Sixteen Geomancy Figures
The entire basis of Geomancy relies upon the sixteen geomantic figures, all of which are composed of four rows of those consisting of either one or two points. Because of this, Geomancy is said to be similar to another divinatory system, I Ching, created by the ancient Chinese people and also containing 64 hexagrams along with a divination and its 256 parts, or odu, with each of these individual binary systems based on the powers of the number two.
Geomantic figures, along with their Latin and English names as well as their planetary rulers, are as follows:
- Carcer, Prison – Saturn
- Tristitia, Sadness -Saturn
- Acquisitio, Gain – Jupiter
- Laetitia, Joy – Jupiter
- Puer, Boy – Mars
- Rubeus, Red – Mars
- Fortuna Major, Greater Fortune – Sun
- Fortuna Minor, Lesser Fortune – Sun
- Puella, Girl – Venus
- Amissio, Loss – Venus
- Conjunctio, Union – Mercury
- Albus, White – Mercury
- Via, Way – Moon
- Populus, People – Moon
Geomancy Feng Shui
During the 19th century, Geomancy was incorporated into the ancient Chinese practice known as Feng Shui, which aims to bring about harmony and balance as well as good fortune into one’s life by altering the placement and orientation of objects both in and out of the home.
Geomancers utilising Feng Shui performed their divination methods with the intent of organising every single structure and object in accordance with the earth’s natural energy with tools such as a luopan, which is a circular, magnetic compass that provides data including astrological information.
Practical and tangible reasons for delving into Geomancy include bringing about a sense of energetic balance into one’s home, and therefore life, enabling people to rearrange items throughout their house in order to align better with the natural energy force of the earth below.
To give an example of practical Geomancy, moving the bed away from an area that emanates negative energy and those zones that produce irritation and increase stress levels unbeknownst to the homeowner would be highly advisable.
Geomancy Ley Lines
In Geomancy, Ley Lines represent a network of straight lines that stretch on for tens and hundreds of miles at a time, all of which may be found all over the globe, some in more intricate formations and patterns than others.
Although the term “Ley Lines” was only first introduced in England in modern times, we know that the idea of these invisible yet ever powerful lines were said to be in existence thousands of years ago as is evident by the formation of ancient people’s villages and monuments. These sacred monuments were in incredibly accurate harmony with one another, even if they were separated by hundreds upon hundreds of miles, a feat simple not possible without the advent of modern communication methods.