Introduction to Geomancy

Geomancy is a form of divination in which the diviner makes random marks in the earth (or a bowl of soil) that are interpreted by their shape and position. It is a complex sounding system that puts many fledgling diviners off, but many feel it’s worth the effort to learn and it is really no more difficult to master than any other divination tool. Geomancy as we practice it now (in which dots are randomly poked into sand, soil or on paper with pencil) is often attributed to Agrippa and is fairly easy once you get the hang of it.

You will find magicians of every stripe practicing geomancy, and while I don’t fancy it myself it was considered something one should learn when I was first learning to practice Witchcraft. Like divination with dice, geomancy can be very useful for readings by people who are uncomfortable with the much more subjective tarot and rune divinations that are now popular.

I found this manual of geomancy on Scibd which is Aleister Crowley’s Liber Gaias which is considered a fairly good introduction to geomancy that you may want to read through. In the 90s an academic named Elizabeth Barrett posted some great information on geomancy on the Princeton website, including an English translation of Agrippa’s Of Geomancy which you may want to check out first.

A Handbook of Geomancy

I happen to think that other divination systems are more utilitarian for most practitioners but those into more traditional magical practices may enjoy these more complex processes not just as divination but as meditations.


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