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To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.lucky.w
From: Christopher Warnock 
Subject: Re: Geomancy
Date: Sat, 09 Sep 2000 21:50:50 GMT

catherine yronwode wrote:

> Forwarded by cat --
> From: Eoghan Ballard 
> Skinner, Stephen:
> Terrestrial Astrology: Divination by Geomancy
> 1980
> This is the only complete history in English of the art of divination by
> earth or sand, which is so called from the Arabs' tendency to make the
> marks in sand. The author draws on material from Latin, French, German &
> Arabic sources, shows the influence of Islamic geomancy in Africa as
> well as Medieval & Renaissance Europe. He also examines its use in the
> occult & astrological revival of the 19th century, followed by its
> declining influence. He gives explanations on the practice,
> manipulation, and generation of geomantic figures with examples &
> interpretations.
> -Eoghan

The Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy, attributed to Cornelius Agrippa, has a
section on geomancy.  The 1654 Turner translation is available from
Kessinger Publications.  Cornelius Agrippa briefly mentions geomancy in his
Three Books of Occult Philosophy proper, and Tyson has included an appendix
on the subject in the recent Llewellyn version of this great occult text.

Geomancy is heavily dependent on astrology for interpretation, but has many
similarities to I Ching and the African divination systems Eoghan mentions

Christopher Warnock, Esq.
for Renaissance Horary & Electional Astrology
& Magical Timing
Renaissance Astrology Website

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