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Yes, yes, I am still working on my geomancy textbook! Besides, the book has been in progress sinceback at a point where I now think I was wholly unqualified to write such a book. One of the fun parts of the book for me to write is the postscript. After all, though there dhristopher hundreds of different techniques that one can use in christophr divination, in any given chart I might only use chrisfopher handful of them, some I use generally for every reading and others I bust out ggeomancy particular situations.
Almost all the techniques have some value, but some have more value than others. I talk a bit about what I think of such things in the postscript as a kind of final letting-my-hair-down moment, where I get to drop a little of the academic and technical style I use throughout the book and get a little personal in my practice. John Heydon, likewise, introduces several such sets of associations for different scripts, but largely references the same methods Cattan uses.
In my past experiments with them, I kept christoher garbage answers with chance results. Quoth my earlier article:. While it would make sense conceptually that one could determine names with geomancy, I have never been able to get such name charts to work right, from the first time I ran a name chart years ago up until the present day. This is especially frustrating, since being able to predict names would be exceptionally christlpher in the world, from determining the names of cities one might be successful in to determining the names of future spouses.
But even using any of the techniques with any set of correspondences, I kept coming up with wrong answers.
If I were lucky, some of the letters in the actual name I was trying to find might appear at random places in the chart, but this was by no means guaranteed.
I did notice a slight tendency for some of the letters to appear in houses II, V, and VIII, but there was no pattern for which letters start, medial, end appeared within them. Now, skip ahead a few years. The Geomantic Study-Group on Facebook is thriving christooher over a thousand members, including a good number from Arabic-speaking countries who are, God bless them, actually willing to share and discuss Arabic methods of geomancy.
Matthew Melvin-Koushkicurrently of the University of South Carolina, one of whose research interests is the occult sciences in Islam. Orient-Institut Beirut,pp.
And the four cycles he identifies above are far from the only ones in common use. Note that fourth cycle Melvin-Koushki lists: This cycle goes in the following order:. Melvin-Koushki says that the first twelve figures Laetitia through Amissio get two letters each, and the final four Populus chriistopher Via get one letter each.
Note the order of how the letters go, first down the left column then down the right: This raises the question, which came first, the order of the figures, or the ordering of the letters to which the figures were then mapped? I also want to note that the source Melvin-Koushki is referencing came from the late 16th century, and his sources likely came from much older ones; by that point, geomancy was already around or years old.
Regardless, this cycle is still found in many works even today as a means to predict names. I bring this up because, while going over my draft for my postscript in my book, I returned to that section about how Western geomancy has methods for determining names.
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I originally wrote the seed for that section in the aforementioned blog post of mine back inand I basically copied the same tables in a geomaancy intelligible way and broken down by author or source into my book. While I was revising that chriistopher section, something about the order of how Cattan, Heydon, and Case associated the figures to the ccattan about it struck me as familiar. I normally use the planetary order of the figures in my posts and tables lunar figures, Mercurial figures, Venereal figures, …, nodal figuresbut it struck me that several Western authors all had it that Laetitia was given to A, Tristitia to B, Rubeus to C, and so on.
Neither the similarities between them nor that same order could be given to chance. All these Western sources all seemed to share the same basic order of the figures, starting with Laetitia and Tristitia and continuing from there. The full set of associations from Martin of Spain are:. At least in the western part of Europe i. Spain as opposed to Greecethis was likely brought in at chrixtopher early point along with the rest of geomantic technique, and held on in some form or another by a handful of chrisstopher.
The other major difference is how the letters get assigned to the figures in their cycle. Rather than how the Arabic method goes through the cycle of figures and gives each figure one letter in turn, goemancy results in a bunch of figures at the start with two letters and a few at the end with only one, the European method seems to almost be reverse: Fortuna Maior and Fortuna Minor, in bold italic.
Which would I recommend to use? It really emphasizes to me that, truly, geomancy is still an art that reaches deep into the sands of north African and Chrsitopher culture, and perhaps there are more things that we can learn from or even merge with from our eastern siblings in this art.
After amassing a bit of a list of my own, and being tired of digging through awful interfaces to find a few texts, I decided to go on and compile a fairly reasonable list of geomantic texts that are freely available online in some digitized format or another. Most of these ctatan from the s through s, with very few exceptions.
Of course, it should be geomanccy clear that this list is by no means comprehensive! Between the manuscripts that cannot be read except with eyes trained in particular handwriting styles, books that have not yet been digitized or that have but not been made publicly available, and all the books that are still under copyright, and all the other books that are available but which are in Middle Eastern and Christopherr languages, there are dozens, hundreds of books that discuss geomancy that are not yet available like the ones above.
Hopefully, this list of texts can help further the research and study of geomancy and encourage those with gwomancy skills to translate whatever texts still remain in obscurity and bring old, buried knowledge to light once more.
If you, dear reader, have any other tips, clues, or links to other historical, Renaissance, or medieval resources that are digitized in some ctatan or are in the public domain, please chirstopher in the comments!
Occasionally, someone will ask a question about geomancy that will get me to my proper computer to type a proper response, which would be burdensome on my phone. Recently, someone asked just such a question, and this time about one of the bits of geomantic systems I really enjoy discussing: The forum member was in a state of confusion about how the elements were assigned to the figures, what the difference was between inner and outer elemental rulerships, and whether these rulerships had any system at all behind them or whether they were just spurious and irrelevant.
You can bet your last coin I gave a response to this, especially to that last part of the question. In short, the outer element of a figure is the element of the sign of the Zodiac he associates with a geomantic caytan, while the inner element is more closely tied to the nature and elemental structure of the figure itself.
In every case but one—Populus, which has no manifest elements at all—the veomancy element is a manifest element, marked by a single dot.
The outer element shows how the figure expresses itself in the world around it, while the inner element shows what kind of power is in the figure itself. Fortuna Major, for example, has Fire as its outer element, which represents its power to reshape the world in a favorable way. There are at least as many ways of assigning the elements to the figures in this way as there are for linking the figures with the Zodiacal signs.
Two of them seem to work well in divination. The first of these simply uses the elements that correspond to the Zodiacal signs just given. I have made one change in the system as Agrippa gives it; he assigned Laetitia to Air and Rubeus to Fire, but I have reversed these in order to bring the inner element and the elemental structure into harmony. Now we proceed to declare with what Planets these Figures are distributed; for hereupon all the propriety and nature of Figures and the judgement of the whole Art dependeth: Therefore the greater and lesser Fortune are ascribed to the Sun; but the first or greater Fortune is when the Sun is diurnall, and posited in his dignities; the other, or lesser Fortune is when the Sun is nocturnall, or placed in lesse dignities: Viaand Populus that is, the Way, and People are referred to the Moone; the first from her beginning and encreasing, the second from her full light and quarter decreasing; Acquisitioand Laetitia which is Gaine, Profit; Joy and Gladness are of Jupiter: But the first hath Jupiter the greater Fortune, the second the lesse, but without detriment: Puellaand Amissio are of Venus ; the first fortunate, the other as it were retrograde, or combust: Conjunctio and Albus are both Figures of Mercuryand are both good; but the first the more Fortunate: Puer and Rubeus are Figures ascribed to Mars ; the first whereof hath Mars benevolent, the second malevolent: Carcerand Tristitia are both Figures of Saturnand both evill; but the first of the greater detriment: And these are the infallible comparisons of the Figures, and from these wee may easily discerne the equality of their signes; therefore the greater and lesser Fortunes have the signes of Leowhich is the House of the Sun: Puella and Rubeus have for their signe Scorpiothe House of Mars: The Dragons head and taile are thus divided, the head to Capricorneand the Dragons taile adhereth to Scorpio ; and from hence you may easily obtaine the triplicities of these signs after the manner of the triplicities of the signes of the Zodiak: AlbusAmitiaand Tristitiadoe make the Airy triplicity: But if any one will constitute these triplicities according to the nature of the Planets, and Figures themselves, let him observe this Rule, that Fortuna majorRubeusPuerand Amissio doe make the fiery triplicity: Fortune minorPuellaLaetitia and Conjunctio triplicity of the Ayre: Acquisitiothe Dragons taile, Viaand Populus doe governe the watry triplicity; and the earthly triplicity is ruled by CarcerTristitiaAlbusand the Dragons head.
And this way is rather to be observed then the first which we have set forth; because it is constituted according to the Rule and manner of the signes. This order is also far more true and rationall then that which vulgarly is used, which is described after this manner: And CaputFortuna majorCarcerand Tristitia are of the earthly triplicity. As it turns out, Agrippa gives three separate ways to associate the elements with the geomantic figures:.
To show which systems were used where in the European geomantic literature, I went through some of my books and texts and came up with the following table showing which author used what elemental rulership system for the figures. This is by no means a complete or exhaustive list, but just a small sample of texts to show how varied this can get between authors.
Not only do I find that such a system accurately vhristopher the nature and expression of that figure, the same system also xhristopher for a secondary sub-ruler to be assigned, so that each figure has a primary ruler and a secondary ruler, such that e. Amissio is primarily Fire and secondarily Water. This is an innovation of my own that I have found nowhere else in the geomantic literature, and I find that it helps to christopger some more insight into the symbolism and nature of the figures.
In any case, the elemental structure-based yeomancy of ruling elements that I use and that JMG uses for his inner elements works well, and has a definite logic and reason for it. That said, however, I do not use two simultaneous systems of overall ruling elements as JMG uses his inner and outer element systems. The simplest is that I find that it confuses the rulership system of the figures to have two co-ruling elements of a figure.
Rather than associate the figures directly with the elements, we first assign them to the signs of the Zodiac, and then link the signs of the Zodiac to the elements.
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The third issue I have is the most practical: Now, all that said, let me answer that last question the forum member on Facebook asked: In geomancy, that second step is the whole process of developing the four Mothers and the rest of the chart from them. The exact process I follow to arrive at this mess of lines and symbols from which I divine the fates and facts of the world is this:.
You can see the different steps I took broken down by the above list fairly clearly as I did them orange, red, green, yellow, pink, blue, cyan:. What are these Parts, how are they calculated, and how are they used in geomancy? How do we find this indication? The question being made, after that we have judged by the houses, figures, angles, companions, aspects, the way of point, and by all the other sorts and manners before said, now resteth it to judge by the Part of Fortune.
The Part of Fortune figures, which afterwards ye must divide into twelve parts, and that which remaineth give unto the figures. As if there rest two ye must give into unto the second figure, if there do remain four to the fourth figure, if there be six to the sixth figure, if there be eight to the eighth figure, if there be ten to the tenth figure, if there be twelve to the twelfth figure. As by example, if the figure be of 72 points, or 84 or 96 or points, then the part of fortune shall go into the twelfth.
But if the said points of the figure made, being divided by twelve, there do remain but two, as if there remain seventy and four where there remaineth but two, then as before we have said ye must give that unto the second house, and there shall be the Part of Fortune.
The which if the figure and house be good for both the one and the other must be looked upon you shall judge good, and if it be evil ye shall also judge evil; and so likewise shall ye do of all the other figures.