The Blue Pyramid
 Geomancy 963
 New uses for an old system. ```Geomancy works a lot like the I Ching. You cast some sort of lot to get an odd or even number. For an odd number, you write down one mark, for an even, two. This is repeated a few times to yield a figure. Geomancy uses four rows of marks vs. the I Ching's three/six. I guess that makes them, what, tessarograms? The original method of casting the lot was to whale away on the ground with a stick for a while, and then count the number or dots you've made. But I just toss four coins: heads=odd, tails=even. Traditionally, one casts four such tessarograms. These are called the 'mothers'. Then by a series of manipulations, these mothers yield four 'daughters', four 'nieces', two 'witnesses', and a 'judge'. The mothers, daughters, and nieces are arranged into a diagram of twelve houses. The tenth house corresponds to employment, court cases, and the weather, the sixth to servants, small animals, illness, etc. These are the same houses used in astrology; I've also seen tarot spreads done this way. But with the geomantic figures, unlike constellations or tarot cards, it's not only possible to have the figures repeated, but quite likely. This adds a bit of a twist. For instance, say you want to find a lost object. You cast a chart, and notice that Tristia is in the fourth house (hidden things), so you probably aren't gonna get it back. You also notice that Rubeus is in the first house (significator) and repeated in the seventh (love). So your weed is probably at your ex-girlfriend's place; worse, she's pissed, and just might narc on you. Geomancy is a powerful tool. (And yes, the bitch is going to narc on you.) But it's also a bit unwieldy as used traditionally, and much better at down to earth matters than anything spiritual. So I played around with some alternate 'spreads' for a while - none very satisfying - before I decided to follow the I Ching's example and integrate the lot-casting with bibliomancy. As it happened, around the time I was trying to figure out what in hell to do with geomancy, I was also trying to figure out how in hell to use Liber 963. They both have an astrological basis, so BAM! Liber 963 (The Treasure-House of Images) is a book of rather bizarre devotional poetry on an astrological scheme by Crowley's friend and collaborator JFC Fuller. It's available in print under the wildly inaccurate title The Pathworkings of Aleister Crowley (in truth, it's neither pathworking nor by Aleister Crowley), and also in several places on the web. Fuller was an interesting guy. In addition to metaphysical painting and writing and editing the Equinox, he was also a high-ranking officer in the British army, a prolific and respected writer on military strategy, and an early advocate of tank warfare. Perhaps the only avowed follower of Crowley who ever 'made it' in the Real World. The bulk of the book is taken up by twelve chapters dedicated to the signs of the zodiac, each broken down into thirteen verses for the signs of the zodiac and for the sun (expressing 'the unity thereof'). There are also chapters for the sun and moon (broken down into thirteen verses which are not attributed astrologically) and the 169 cries of adoration; these three do not concern us here - though I've been working on something with the cries that I just might post here later. For the purpose of this divination, one figure is cast to represent the querent, and the corresponding zodiacal chapter is chosen; Caput and Cauda Draconis pose something of a problem here, as they have no signs attributed to them. I've taken the semi-cop-out of taking Caput D. (which signifies new beginnings) to mean 'start over', and Cauda D. (which means the end of something) to mean 'stop the divination'. A second figure is cast to represent the querent's HGA, on the basis of which a verse is selected from the chapter. Again, there's the problem with the Draconises, but also with the Sol verse. So I've just attributed the Draconises to the sun for this purpose; of course N and S nodes of the moon != Sol, but I do think beginning and ending do have something to do with the idea of unity in the Sol verse. Again, there's the problem that the Leo and Cancer chapters are twice as likely to be indicated as the other ones, and the same for the Leo, Cancer, and Sol verses. But this isn't as big a problem as it appears. After all, the verse is to be interpreted in light of the geomantic figures cast. So the Leo of Cancer verse resulting from Populus and Fortuna Major is going to be interpreted rather differently than the same verse resulting from Fortuna Minor and Via. The first would suggest stability, harmony, and power; the second would suggest an unstable state on the verge of change. ```   Back