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To: alt.divination,alt.magick,alt.magick.tyagi
From: (nagasiva)
Subject: Re: geomancy
Date: 27 May 1997 16:21:37 -0700

49970527 AA1  Hail Satan!

pazuzu <>:
>>does anyone know how geomancy works?? you make random dots on paper, but
>>what is the real procedure??? i've read about the Ifa tribe and their
>>shell (or necklace) method which utilizes the geomantic figures...... 

there are a number of types of 'geomancy', East (feng shui) and West (often
just 'geomancy').  they are all forms of divination in which configurations
of objects or dots display to the reader a certain meaning.  in the case of
the East this appears to amount to a type of 'spatial arrangement' such that
beneficent forces and configurations of living conditions can be used to
promote one's health and welfare.  I have never heard the Western version
described as to its best application, though its form appears to be an
important element of the Golden Dawn and general ceremonial traditions. (Tom Schuler):
>The original method, as far as I know, is to make marks on the earth.  
>Hence, "geomancy".  

this is the Western version, yes.  often with some sort of stick, a whole
bunch of holes, which would be interpreted as to their overall configuration.
there are other methods described in popular books, however.

>Another method is simply to pick out patterns already present in 
>geographical features.

this could relate to any generic type of 'geomancy'.  biological features,
geologic, botanical, even atmospheric if you want to get loose.

>Geomancy works the way all other forms of divination work.  You create some 
>sort of random effect, contemplate it,and pick out patterns in it to 
>interpret.  You can use whatever symbology you want.

again, the Western variety.  the East seems to focus less on discerning a
kind of 'communication to the reader' and instead a 'reading of the current
forces now in effect at this location'.

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