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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books (3 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578634318
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578634316
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 16 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Have you lost an important object? Are you taking on a new job? Looking for buried treasure? "The Art and Practice of Geomancy" teaches readers how to divine the answers to life's everyday questions, such as health, luck, new jobs, and love, as well as the less mundane: finding buried treasure, predicting the weather, being released from prison, identifying secret enemies. Greer delivers to readers an ancient system of divination in an easy-to-use form, requiring little more than a pen and piece of paper.Using a system of odd and even numbers, from a deck of cards, roll of the dice, or even by hitting sand with a stick to generate patterns, the reader learns to cast their own geomantic chart. And for those who wish to take the practice further, he offers deeper exercises for geomantic meditation, and geomantic ritual magic. "The Art and Practice of Geomancy" will appeal to pagans, followers of the Western Mystery Tradition, scholars of folk-magic and divination, and anyone who wants to take their past, present, and future into their own hands.

Each geomantic chart is, in a certain sense, a snapshot of one set of possibilities arising from the dance of the four elements in the anima mundi, and a sense of the dance itself - even if that sense is imperfect, as it may be, and wordless, as it must be - provides the context for every geomantic reading.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 27 April 2010
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I enjoyed reading this book immensely, it is well written and informative. It is evident that John Greer has both a deep understanding of Geomancy as well as has researched this book extremely well understanding thoroughly the sources of information he uncovered.

The book begins introducing us to a brief history of Geomancy and a glimpse of the sorts of things that can be seen from a geomantic chart. It then launches straight into the geomantic shapes and their meanings and correspondences. I liked the way each shapes correspondences were introduced to us right at the beginning - though I would have liked to have seen how they were produced before this section. This way it did however give a sense of build up and anticipation to find out actually how to form these shapes.

John describes how each shape is built - each line having a meaning of one of the elements and can be passive or active in its quality This is the fundamental building of the shapes meaning which is then added to by astrological, traditional and intuitive associations or correspondences.

The next section describes how we make a set of geomantic figures in response to a question or focus. Four figures are gained by a method any method that shows a yes or no answer - the dice for instance thrown 4 times for each of 4 figures, even number being represented by two dots and odd numbers by 1, you can also use coins, or any other way of 'randomly' getting on or off type response. These first four figures are then transformed in a number of ways to derive another 11 figures.

The book outlines two main ways of reading the set of 15 figures, one of which is based on the houses of an astrological chart - and read in a similar way to how Horary astrology looks at specific questions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ogmios on 10 Mar. 2011
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Geomancy is an art today which as the text mentions is often overlooked today but in Renaissance times was a staple Divination practice, highlighting its survival and the history of its (watered down) inclusion into the Golden Dawn system. Here the author goes to their sources and brings the art into the modern era - explaining the complex system in a way that is clear, concise and logical - as well as expanding the general knowledge on the subject. The sections which explain it in its astrological context are particularly clear and well written.

I'd recommend this to anyone seeking a genuine art of divination which has roots in the Renaissance, Arabic and African systems and for people looking to expand their knowledge on the system. The book includes an insightful and witty (as ever) introduction by Lon Milo Duquette - who makes the observation that Greer is like a renaissance mage transported through time - to teach this art in a clear and practical way in order such that it can be used. There are also good sections on using the geomantic figures on Talismans, in Ritual, in practical magic and using them as astral doorways and associated Skrying practices.

The readers who aren't familiar should note the 'Geomancy' described here is not ley line hunting, feng shui or earth magic based as the term is sometimes used, but refers to a Renaissance divination system using 16 figures - which were often drawn in the ground with a stick (Hence 'geomancy'), which can be tied into astrology.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. K. Davies on 31 Dec. 2012
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Geomancy remains the "forgotten" branch of magic and divination, which is a shame as it has much to offer. There are few books on the subject and most deal with the basics of casting a chart - a simple task in itself. I have a number of these books and none stand out.

That is until I read this one - the depth and detail of chart reading is unparalleled, the guidelines clear and comprehensive, and the overall approach is appealing to those who know of Geomancy and beginners. A book which shows Geomancy as a system of magic, not just a way of fortune telling.

This book is so much better than others on the subject. Buy it and you will not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Schulz on 13 Oct. 2014
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I don't think you'll find many Geomancy books more comprehensive than this one. All you need to know.
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Best Source for Traditional Geomancy 14 Mar. 2009
By Christopher Warnock - Published on Amazon.com
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John Michael Greer, one of our leading esoteric authors, has done it again! The Art and Practice of Geomancy is definitely the best introduction to the traditional Western divinatory art of geomancy.

Literally "earth divination" this lost prophetic art has been confused with the Chinese practice of Feng Shui which concerns itself with esoteric alignment and the orientation of architecture and landscape. Geomancy, which has its roots in North Africa and the Middle East, was a popular form of divination in the European Middle Ages and Renaissance. And no wonder! It is easier to learn than traditional horary astrology and gives almost as precise answers, allowing the practitioner to make accurate predictions of the future on a whole variety of questions.

Greer explains the history and philosophy of geomancy, then introduces the 16 geomantic figures, analogous to the 64 hexagrams of the I ching. Greer also explains the use of the geomantic shield and 12 houses, borrowed from traditional astrology, which are the main techniques in geomancy. Greer also delves into more advanced techniques and gives many illuminating examples. Finally, Greer also gives an account of the use of geomancy for magical and meditative practice.

While earlier esoteric movements like the Golden Dawn have tried to use geomancy, their exposition was limited and often confusing. Greer has not only gone back to the original medieval and Renaissance sources, but has mastered the actual practice of geomantic prediction. As always his writing is clear and lucid, giving straightforward and easy to follow explanations even on difficult points. Anyone interested in divination and traditional Western esotericism will benefit from this excellent manual of geomantic theory and practice. Highly recommended!
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
The best text on geomancy I've encountered. 20 Jun. 2009
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This is a pretty detailed resource on Geomancy. The only problem is that some sections lack explanation, like advanced methods for interpteting the charts, there's enough info to interpret one, but I found myself re-reading the section wondering "Am I doing this right?". I think the biggest problem area in those regards is favorable/unfavorable aspects & perfection of charts.

If you're going to use it for basic things, the text is enough to get started. I have found several readings I did were very accurate. Overall it's a must have for any student of divination. If you're into magick or the esoteric arts, then you should also pick it up.

If they expand the text into a second edition, I'll pick that up too.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Versitile, Simple, and Accurate 7 Jun. 2009
By @d!m00L@# - Published on Amazon.com
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I love geomancy because it's a very versatile and simple system of divination. You can use a myriad of tools to be able to cast a geomantic chart, anything from dice, playing cards, tarot cards, stick/earth, bag of pebbles/rocks/marbles.

Tarot requires the usage of the deck which can get damaged or lost. Astrology relies on complex computer programs that may not be available in times of financial strife like the coming depression.

No matter what, geomancy can be used under any circumstances with even the most meager of tools. All one has to do is have this book or commit the information to memory like in the old days.

Geomancy is a very powerful and accurate system of divination, and John Greer did a wonderful job on this book not only showing geomancy, but geomantic magick as well.

10 Stars!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent 7 May 2009
By R. Seidel - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is one of the best I've ever read about this topic. It answers all questions a learning geomancer might have. The book focuses on the figures itself instead of the astrological components (planets, signs etc.) that can complicate readings unnecessarily.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The best book on geomancy 31 Dec. 2013
By Frank Modica - Published on Amazon.com
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If you were to have one book on this subject, this is it. (Skinner's book is great also)

It is well thought out. It corrects Agrippa's errors and keeps Regardie's work in perspective.
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