Geomancy is made up of just sixteen Figures: The Gain, The Loss, The Joy, The Sorrow, The Greater Fortune, The Lesser Fortune, The Red, The White, The Dragon's Tail, The Dragon's Head, The Way, The Crowd, The Boy, The Girl, The Crossroads, and The Cell. From this simple vocabulary comes a complex and highly nuanced system of contextualized divination- one that many modern magicians know about, but many might like to know further.
At its height in the Renaissance, geomancy was one of the most popular and well-regarded forms of divination. It was the preferred oracle of monarchs and sages. Occult philosophers swore by it as one of the most accurate and insightful oracles available. While geomancy’s earliest origins lie in Arabic traditions, it swiftly became popular across Europe in the late medieval period, and bears many similarities to West African geomantic traditions of divination, and has spread all over the globe in various forms.
One of the foundations of Western Magic, the art and craft of geomancy has often been overlooked- and here Dr. Alexander Cummins will break down the values and virtues of this system to students of all abilities and experience. It offers tips, tools and techniques for learning and improving skills in divination, and is a vital expression of the Western magical concepts of the Four Elements, Seven Planets, and Twelve Houses of Heaven.
Geomancy examines the roles of the planets in our daily lives, and while it utilizes the language and expression of astrology, is not dependent on astronomical measure. Our questions are answered in this familiar language of the stars, showing how these titanic forces are playing out in our lives. It is not a replacement for astrology (rather, its "Sister" oracle), although many of the terms will be famliar to an astrologer. No previous knowledge of astrology or sorcery is needed to take this course, on the other hand, the Good Doctor's explorations and presentation of the art should refresh and enliven those already familiar with these crafts and even geomancy itself.
Geomancy is a versatile oracle, and can be be consulted using simple pocket tools such as dice, coins, or sticks; or by scribbling on paper; as well as in formal rituals of marking in sand, dirts and dusts. In addition to methodology, the figures, and interpretation, this course lays the foundation for future seminars expanding upon these fundamentals.
The course is taught by Dr. Alexander Cummins, who by day is a professional diviner and mild-mannered historian of early modern magic (seriously, he has a doctorate in the history of English magic) and by night finds himself conjuring shades, demons and the occasional angel. As you may have guessed by this course, he has a particular passion for geomancy. Drawing on his own professional practice and personal experiments with the system over the last decade, the Good Doctor presents this course as an introduction to the geomantic divination system, to divination in general, and to some of the practical as well as philosophical dimensions of geomancy and being a diviner. The course will include access to scans of primary source texts of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century geomancy, along with reading notes and further bibliography. All of these resources are of course additional support, as the Good Doctor will cover everything necessary to understand the fundamentals of geomancy in the course itself.
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Foundation Course: Geomancy
taught by Dr. Alexander Cummins
Two Part Section
(Two 3 hour Sunday Sessions)
Dates: Sunday, Oct. 1st, 2017 (Part 1)
Sunday, Oct. 8th, 2017 (Part 2)
Time: 3:00 to 6:00 pm, EDT
Cost: $80 - payment due at time of registration
Platform: WebEx Limit: 21 students
Four Part Section
(Four 1.5 hour Tuesday Sessions)
Dates: Tuesday, Oct. 3rd, 2017 (Part 1)
Tuesday, Oct. 10th, 2017 (Part 2)
Tuesday, Oct. 17th, 2017 (Part 3)
Tuesday, Oct. 24th, 2017 (Part 4)
Time: 9:00 to 10:30 pm, EDT
Cost: $80- payment due at time of registration
Platform: Webex Limit: 21 students
The same information will be covered in each 'section', and the price is for a complete unit (either the two Sundays, or the four Tuesdays). The information will build upon the previous session, so commitment to all the dates of a given section is important. Please make sure you can attend all dates in your chosen section.
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