Geomancy

I got this information from the Witchy group I was in in 2004. So, I do not have a site address here on Geomancy.

is a mother of Astrology. Modern Astrology still relies on Geomancy. Astrology houses actually came from Geomancy. Most Astrological symbols also belong to Geomancy. Geomancy is very old knowledge, much older than the Astrology.

According to legend, Geomancy belongs to the Prophet Daniel. Some Geomancy principals are laid out in a Book that Prophet Daniel was using for his predictions. Then Geomancy went to Iran.

In India, there are still many books on Geomancy that eventually came from Iran. One Geomancy book that belongs to our family is significantly different from the others. The symbols displayed as icons of the Geomancy book I never came across in any other Geomancy book. The icons are strange and very mysterious. Later Geomancy traveled to Europe, China, and all over the world. Geomancy is a difficult knowledge.

Geomancy is based on two main principals. Casting and making of lines. They can be drawn on a sheet of paper or simply on the sand and calculated in a special way. In both the above cases, one gets an answer to his question. Now, Geomancy teaches us a very easy way how to learn to draw those lines. However, the prediction is always a big challenge. Many Geomancy experts went wrong in their predictions. One thing is sure, that Geomancy is a way to find the truth. What makes us believe that Geomancy is true? It may seem difficult to answer this question. Instead, it is very easy. Only a true science can survive such a long period of time. Geomancy does.

Why predicting is so difficult in Geomancy? There should be some explanation for it too. There is an answer to that: ancient people were very wise. They used to always hide all clues from those who were eager to understand their knowledge. That is how Geomancy is made. Casting that may seem easy is, in reality, the most difficult part in Geomancy. Ancient people were using one very unique technique called Time knowledge. Its modern name is Time Astrology. In Time Astrology every weekday belongs to a star and every hour of the daytime belongs to a star too. Finally, the hour is divided into 15 different small periods of time that also belong to a star. Eventually, we are getting a window of three to five minutes. Casting is done within this window to get a correct answer in Geomancy. For example, you start drawing lines when the minute star was Mars. But when you finished it, the minute star was Sun and as a result, you got a wrong answer.

Midieval Geomancy
Elizabeth Z. Bennettezb@princeton.edu
Copyright Elizabeth Bennett 1998
Last revised: June 1, 2012
http://www.princeton.edu/~ezb/geomancy/geostep.html

 "Geomancy" is derived from the Latin "geomantia," which in turn is derived from the Greek for "divination by the earth." The Arabic name for geomancy, "'ilm al-raml," means "the science of the sand."

In its original form, the geomantic figure was created by making lines of random numbers of dots in the sand, hence the name. Medieval European writers agreed that it was also acceptable to draw the dots on a piece of parchment or paper. In keeping with the Arabic origin of geomancy, most writers recommend making the dots from right to left, the direction in which Arabic is written. From the dots or points, the geomancer draws a series of figures which are arranged into the geomantic tableau. There are sixteen possible figures consisting of single or pairs of points. Each figure has a name, associations with the elements, planets, etc., and good or bad qualities. Interpretation depends on the meanings of the figures in particular locations in the tableau and owes a great deal to the practice of medieval astrology. Unlike astrology, however, geomancy requires no instruments or complex calculations.

Casting the Points
The first step is usually called "casting" or "sowing" the points. In this step, the geomancer draws sixteen lines of points, from right to left, while concentrating on the question he or she wants to be answered. Some treatises advise the geomancer to pray before casting the points. No effort should be made to count the points as they are made, although the geomancer is usually advised to make at least twelve. The casting of the points is the critical process in geomancy; if the geomancer does not cast the points correctly, the tableau will be invalid. The sixteen lines of points are grouped in fours, and the points are then counted off two by two, from the right to the left, and connected in pairs so that each line of points ends either with a pair or with a single point. These single or odd and paired or even points will be grouped to create the first four figures of the geomantic tableau:

The Geomantic Tableau

The Mothers
These first four figures of the geomantic tableau are called the "mothers" or matres and are drawn horizontally from right to left:

The Daughters
The next four figures, called the "daughters" or filiae, are created by adding the points of the mother's sideways from right to left. For example, here the first row of points across the mothers is two-one-one-two, the second row is one-two-one-one, the third row is two-two-two-two, and the last row is one-one-one-two. These four figures are drawn next to the mothers, continuing horizontally from right to left:

The Nieces
The next four figures, sometimes called the "nieces" or neptes are created by adding together the points in pairs of two figures above. If there are an even number of points, two points are put down; if there is an odd number of points, one point is put down. For example, the first "niece" is created by adding the points of the first and second "mothers." Again, the geomancer proceeds from right to left:

The Witnesses and the Judge
Finally, the tableau is completed by adding points in the same way to create three more figures. The first two are called the "witnesses" or testes and the last is the "judge" or iudex (If the judge is a figure that does not have an even number of points, a mistake has been made in the addition, "and then must you turn again to make a correction".)

A sixteenth figure called the "super judge" is sometimes drawn by "adding" the points of the first and fifteenth figures.

Interpretation
The medieval texts describe several methods for interpreting the completed tableau. Some methods are purely mechanical, while the more complex methods owe a great deal to medieval astrological practices. All the methods depend on interpreting the meaning of particular geomantic figures in particular locations in the tableau; as in astrology, the more sophisticated techniques also take into consideration the relationships of the figures to one another.

The Geomantic Figures
There are sixteen possible figures in the geomantic tableau. Each figure has a name and a set of attributes or qualities. The figures and their names are:

Each figure is good or evil to some degree. Each is associated with a planet, a zodiac sign, and either day or night, which is crucial to the more astrological methods of interpretation. Each also is associated with an element (earth, air, fire, water); humor (sanguine, choleric, melancholy, phlegmatic); a gender; a measure of time (hours, days, weeks, months, years). Figures pointing downwards are said to be entering and stable; figures pointing upwards are said to be exiting or passing forth and movable (the four symmetrical figures are either, depending on the nature of the figures from which they were generated).The geomantic houses are borrowed from medieval astrological practice.

There are twelve houses, and geomantic tableaux are sometimes laid out in the same square form as the medieval horoscope (see the geomantic figure in Of Geomancy for an example). In addition, the geomantic tableau has two extra "houses" for the "witnesses" and a final "house" for the "judge." The houses are numbered from right to left as follows:

As in astrological practice, each house governs an area of life. These are:

House

Latin

English

1

Vita

Life

2

Lucrum

Riches

3

Fratres

Brothers

4

Genitor

Father

5

Nati

Sons

6

Valetudo

Health

7

Uxor

Wife

8

Mors

Death

9

Itineris

Journeys

10

Regnum

Kings

11

Benefacta

Good Fortune

12

Carcer

Prison

An understanding of the houses is fundamental to interpreting the geomantic tableau. Any possible questions can be assigned to one of the houses. For example, questions about marriage are assigned to the 7th house; a question about whether a ship will return safely from a voyage belongs to the 9th house; a question about whether a sick person will recover belongs to the 6th house. (Like astrological texts, medieval and Renaissance geomantic texts give the reader an excellent idea about the day-to-day concerns of people living in those times.) Most geomantic treatises include long lists of the types of questions appropriate to each house, and some compress this information into tabular form. For example, in Martin of Spain's De geomancia, questions assigned to the 10th house, the house of kings, include:

Whether a man shall get honor or kingdom. Whether a king shall be honored in his kingdom. Whether a king shall be deposed from his kingdom. Whether he that is deposed shall enter again. Whether a foreign king shall subdue a king.

Methods of Interpretation
The simplest method of interpreting the geomantic tableau is to determine which house governs the subject of the question, consider the qualities and properties of the figure in that house, and judge the question accordingly. However, most geomantic treatises advise the geomancer to consider a number of other factors before giving judgment. These include, among others:

  • the nature of the figure in the first house, which signifies the querent
  • locus: is the figure in a favorable or unfavorable house?
  • aspectus: are the figures in favorable or unfavorable aspect to one another? (The geomantic aspects, similar to the aspects of astrology, are an association, trine, square, sextile, opposition, translation, occupation, conjunction, mutation, and prohibition.)
  • motus: how to the figures pass from one house to another?
  • paternitas: which figures generated the figure in question?
  • the nature of the witnesses, the judge, and the super-judge
  • various numerical procedures, e.g., is the total number of points in the tableau odd or even?
  • the via puncti or way of the point

The astrological method (which is briefly described in Turner's Of Geomancy) involves drawing up a horoscope in which the positions of the planets and signs in the houses are determined by the geomantic tableau rather than by calculations based on astronomical tables or the use of an astrolabe.

 

 

 

 

 

Gematria is the study of the numeric equivalents and relationships (Numerology) of the Hebrew language and Hebrew alphabet (and Greek) along with their spiritual associations. There are no numeric characters in Hebrew, just alpha characters; when someone wants to write a number, he or she would use the corresponding Hebrew letter associated with that number.

Gematria https://www.ulcseminary.org/index.php/seminary/wiccan-training/hexa...

the number 616 equals (6+1+6 = 13 = 1+3 = 4) 4 and representative of the number and (spiritual) symbolic for Creation. This also relates to the pentagram along with the four quarters/corners/elementals of the Earth being North (earth, autumn), East (air, spring), South (fire, summer), and West (water, winter) and their correspondences. The alpha associations of 4 are the letters D, Delta (Greek, D), and Daleth (Hebrew, D). As for the number 666 = 9 and is symbolic for Judgment. The alpha associations of 9 are the letters Th and T, Theta (Greek, Th), and Teth (Hebrew, T).

Moreover, there are the biblical associations between the Hebrew and Greek Bibles and the many versions of the Old and New Testaments; for example, the “Book of Revelation” (a.k.a. “The Apocalypse of John”) generally considered to have been written by John the Apostle; Christians identify 666 as the mark of the Antichrist or the Beast and refer to the number 616 to be the Ancient Roman Emperor Caligula. From here, one can examine and analyze the information about the recent discovery of the fragment from the "oldest New Testament manuscript" found to allude in Revelation 13:18 that the number of the beast is supposedly 616 instead of 666.

In closing, there are the theomatic and isopsephic approaches that can be examined as well; according to the Wikipedia.com definitions: “Isopsephy (iso meaning ‘equal’ and psephos meaning ‘pebble’) is the Greek word for the practice of adding up the number values of the letters in a word to form a single number. The early Greeks used pebbles arranged in patterns to learn arithmetic and geometry. A Latin word for ‘pebbles’ is ‘calculi’, the origin of the word ‘calculate.’1 Theomatics is a numerological study of the Greek and Hebrew text of the Christian Bible, based upon gematria and isopsephy, that its proponents assert demonstrates the direct intervention of God in the writing of Christian scripture. It was invented by Del Washburn in 1975, who coined the name ‘theomatics’ as a combination of ‘Θεός’ (‘God’) and ‘mathematics’ and wrote several books and web sites espousing the hypothesis.2”

Rev. Dr. K.A. Sahure
1 "Isopsephy." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 21 Mar 2006, 14:50 UTC. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 25 Jun 2006
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Isopsephy&oldid=44818551.
2 "Theomatics." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 14 Jun 2006, 03:22 UTC. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Theomatics&oldid=5851....

 

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