What is Geomancy? Well I didn’t really know, it sounded vaguely familiar but … nope not a clue really. Seeing a chance to learn is why I chose Geomancy from the list of suggestions for my offering for this week’s post for the Pagan Blog Project’s.
So … “G is for Geomancy”.
The Oxford English Dictionary gives these definitions of Geomancy (noun):
- The art of placing or arranging buildings or other sites auspiciously.
- Divination from the configuration of a handful of earth or random dots.
Whilest Wikipedia says:
“Geomancy (Greek: γεωμαντεία, “earth divination”) is a method of divination that interprets markings on the ground or the patterns formed by tossed handfuls of soil, rocks, or sand. The most prevalent form of divinatory geomancy involves interpreting a series of 16 figures formed by a randomized process that involves recursion followed by analyzing them, often augmented with astrological interpretations.”
Oooookay … after a quick check in the online dictionary (I’m too lazy to go upstairs for my ‘real’ one) I think I understand that … ‘recursion’ just means repeated application of a procedure (i.e. tossing handfuls of dirt); prevalent, yep that does means widespread or powerful. So back in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance Geomancy was the most popular method of divination in Africa and Europe. Okay … but what are these “16 figures” …
Ah, here they are …
Right I read through the information on the Wikipedia page and … it left me feeling as though I knew less than before I read the Oxford English Dictionary definition.
However the definition of Geomancy on this website I found much easier to understand
“Geomancy literally means, “divining the Earth”. It is an art that analyses the subtle earth energies that ebb and flow throughout the landscape, influencing health and wealth; home, garden and office alike. Geomancy works harmoniously with these energies to enhance our relationship with Spirit and Place.”
So it’s not just tossing dirt around because you feel like it, there is a method and reason behind it.
The Geomancy Group continue to say how western geomancy uses dowsing and earth acupuncture techniques … that just made me want to read more … “earth acupuncture techniques” … whatever are they? Ah, it’s using dowsing, and other techniques, to detect and manipulate energies, to move and/or neutralise ‘bad’ energy flows and restore natural balances.
Hmmm but what are those dot patterns used for? I’m still confused over that one
Right, so the geomancer either draws random patterns in sand or dirt, or draw them on paper, or use various random number generators or even special cards. The patterns then have to be fit into a special grid which then needs interpreted.
Okay Geomancy is an ancient art, originally from the Middle East, which I’d love to listen to someone give a talk about but I just don’t seem able to understand the onscreen explanations – sigh. It was interesting reading about it all, hope you’ve found it at least a little interesting. 🙂