It’s not feng shui, and it doesn’t have anything to do with ley lines or dowsing. It’s been called earth astrology, a Western equivalent of the I Ching, and the forgotten oracle of the Western world. It was one of the most popular systems of divination in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and stands at the center of traditions of magic, philosophy, and initiation deeply relevant to today. What is it? Geomancy.
Geomancy is a traditional art of divination that uses the sixteen geomantic figures – patterns of single and double dots – to explore the mysteries of past, present and future. As a branch of the Hermetic tradition, an ancient Western system of spiritual transformation and magical philosophy and practice, it relies on the fundamental Hermetic law, the unity of the macrocosm (the universe around us) and the microcosm (the universe within us) to open up hidden potentials for knowledge, wisdom, and power and, in the words of the legendary Hermes Trismegistus, “perform the miracles of the One Thing.”
Reading this description makes it seem really complicated and mystical. It’s not that complex. It’s divination using stones. At least that’s what it used to be. People do have a way of taking something simple and making it a huge complicated knot they can make some money out of.
Mid Atlantic Geomancers Geomancers are spiritual ecologists.
A system of divination that employs the scattering of pebbles, grains of sand, or seeds on the earth and then the interpretation of their shape and position.
This is a better description. Much simpler and closer to the basic idea.
The Geomancy Group An association of practising geomancers and other like-minded folk over the UK.
Astrological Geomancy by Anthony Louis
Ancient Astronomy and Geomancy in Kyoto, Japan
This is not a full and complete list. For one thing, your Book of Shadows should be individual to you. For another thing, these are just ideas, like a writing prompt.
- Magic rules and principles.
- Your goals and what you wish to achieve.
- Dreams and other forms of divination you try.
- Drawings, doodles – any kind of illustration.
- Poetry or a few words and phrases that came to mind.
- Rituals and ceremonies you try yourself or attend with others.
- Spells, prayers or incantations.
- Anything you feel inspired by and clip out of a magazine or bring home to paste into your Book.
- Herbal facts, lore and your own experiences with herbs and other plants.
- Research you have done and are still working on.
- New ideas and fresh thoughts.
- Notes about any classes or courses you take.
- Your fears and concerns, anything you aren’t sure about or second guessing.
- Closing thoughts as you finish writing each time.
- Draw a diagram of your altar and draw another when you add more or change positions of the objects on it.
- Make note of any tools you are given or buy for yourself
- Write about recipes you’ve made.
- Music and dances.
Originally posted to ‘BackWash: Where the Wild Things Are’ newsletter, April, 19, 2004.
I have this twisted compulsion to take on more stuff than I can actually do. It’s a form of madness.
Anyway, now I am starting a new Wicca/ Witch site for a network called AIA (All Info About). Why? Because it’s there. Also, because I thought of an idea and then I had to put life into it. In other words, do it.
So, this is going to be a Witchy site for people who are Witches. Not looking for converts, going out of my way to explain or defend Witches or Wiccans. I wanted to call it “The Living Witch” but that didn’t work out with the format they use. So, I will use that somewhere else. I plan to set up a blog as part of the site. Something I can add bits of stuff to as I go along. My idea of a Book of Shadows.
The rest of the site is going to include sections like: a regional directory of Witch groups, traditions, art, career, romance and relationships, home and garden, environment, health and beauty, spiritual, holidays, and hobbies. I’m sure this will change as I actually get started and change my mind about what will work. But you get the idea, I hope.
So many sites about Wicca leave out the reality, the living of it all. How many times do you really need or want to see the same information about sabbats and rituals? Let’s see how it works together in real life.
If anyone has ideas or articles to contribute let me know. It would be nice to hear from you anyway. Later, when the site is up I will send the URL out with this newsletter. Likely this will integrate into the site too.