Terrestrial Astrology: Divination by Geomancy
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This book is concerned with divinatory geomancy, a technique using sixteen figures composed of dots to foretell the future. This was originally done by marking the earth (geo-), usually sand, at random with a stick or throwing pebbles, nuts, or seeds haphazardly, and later by writing lines of dots on paper. The greater part of the book deals with the history of this art, and there are notes and a bibliography. About seventy pages explain the practice which is based on principles similar to those of the Chinese I Ching. The Greek sources mean by "geomancy" observing cracks in the earth rather than creating chance patterns on oneself. Dismissing Persia, India, and Palestine with good reasons as the country of origin, the author concludes that the Arabs were the first to practice the art. From Arabia it spread through North Africa to the Sahara; second, via the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean to Madagascar; third via Mislim Spain to the rest of Europe.
eight beans actually making up the auspicious figure can constitute a talisman in their own right, for having fallen as a sikidy tokana into the incredibly powerful column of Andriamanitra they are charged with the necessary force. Thus the beans making up a sikidy tokanafigure of Alokola (Career) in the Andriamanitra column constitute a protection against gunshot if put into a bullock's horn and worn on the person. Similarly the beans ofa sikidy tokana in the form of Molahidy (Acquisitio) if
Moon Populus Acquisitio Jupiter Laetitia Puella Venus Amissio Q .. Conjunctio Mercury Albus Puer Mars ~ 0 Rubeus cf Career Saturn Tristitia .. tt .. Caput Draconis Dragon's Head and Tail Cauda Draconis Q U Figure 14 Planetary groupings of the sixteen geomantic figures In each case, the geomantic figure is given first with its Latin name, planet, Element and astrological Sign. Following these are the various divinatorymeanings which 187 188 The sixteen figures in
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az-Zanati, 16, 21-2, 26-7, 32-4, 38-9 Abu-l-Hasan 'Ali Ben Yunus al-Misri, 39 Abu Yazid, 23 Adam,249 Adana, see Adam Aeromancy, 2, 14, 88-9, 91, 94, 125, 138 Ala, 57 Agbigba, 64 Agrippa, Henry Cornelius, 6,96, 120-5,128,145,149,157,167-8, 233-6,254-6 Agummago , 64 Ahithophel Ha-Giloni, 251 Ahmad al-Kurdi, 39 Ahmad Ben 'Ali Zunbul, 19-22, 38-51,242-3 Ahmad 'Isa, 251 Ahmad 'Iyad, 251 Albertus Magnus, 101-3, 111,254 Albo, Joseph, 250 Albumasar,91 Ali, 249 Ali Ben 'Umar, 33, 251 Alkindi, see Kindi
87, 251; see a/so Rami Khattat, 46-50 Khatt bi-raml, 30; see a/so Raml Kbutut, 31 Kibana, 30 Kindi, al-, 35, 97 Kirchenhoffer, Herman, 148-50 Kordofan, 46-51,243 Labourer, H., 249 Ladari,249 Langland, William, 110 Lassima al Houssein, 249 Laxeuterion, 15, 244 Lecanomancy,37 Legba,56,60,68 Leibniz, G.W. von, 4 Lenormand, MIle, 150, 152-3 Leo X,·Pope, 121 Levi, Eliphas, 154,256 Ley-line, 5-6 Index Liber,6 Libera, 6 Libri delle sorti, 90, 277; see also Sortilege Lithomancy, 251 Litterarnancy, 117