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Art And Practice Of Geomancy: Divination, Magic, and Earth Wisdom of the Renaissance Paperback – 3 Feb 2009

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books (3 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578634318
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578634316
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 1.7 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Art and Practice of Geomancy teaches readers how to divine the answers to life's everyday questions about health, luck, new jobs, and love, as well as those less mundane tasks such as finding buried treasure, predicting the weather, being released from prison, and identifying secret enemies. It 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.

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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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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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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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I don't think you'll find many Geomancy books more comprehensive than this one. All you need to know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Excellent 17 Jun. 2016
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This book us brimming-over with excellent, well organized information.

The author is very creative in his approach to the Oracle, and passes on some great ideas for magickal and meditative use of the figures.

I'm especially grateful for the information and symbols of the Spirit Intelligences related to the various topics of questions asked when divining.

There's a lot if deeply detailed information packed into this book. Enough to spend many happy hours delving into the 16 archetypically-powerful figures.

I've thought of myself as well-versed, especially in the divinatory aspects if Geomancy. But this book is expanding my understandings way outside the proverbial lines, and of the proverbial table!

I love knowing how little and limited my knowkedge is, because I get to duve into the adventure of learning!

Kudos, Mr. Greer!

All the images in the Kindle edition are too small - even when magnified - to view properly. I have notified Amazon about the issue.

I highly recommend spending the little extra money for the hard-copy book. It's well worth it.
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is absolutely the best I have read on Geomancy 2 Aug. 2016
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No matter what your background is in Magic, this book will be useful, and it is absolutely the best I have read on Geomancy. As a Magician you should have this in your Library !
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4.0 out of 5 stars 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 20 Oct. 2016
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great book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 7 May 2009
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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.
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