Geomancy is a form of fortune-telling which was popular in the Middle Ages, and was borrowed directly from the Arab world, where it was called Ilm al-Raml. Geomancy is perhaps the sophisticated subject available today. With a basic understanding of astrological principles, one can use geomancy with ease, though astrology proper provides a richer, more nuanced symbolism than the somewhat abbreviated version used in geomancy. There are numerous ways to interpret the geomantic chart, so whatever information a geomantic reading provides, the reader can make the most of it using some formulas. There is also some method on geomantic magic and invoking spirits, which is not necessary to the practice of geomancy, but considered as a way of enhancing the divinatory experience. The most common way to perform a geomantic reading is to generate fifteen such figures, the first twelve of which are assigned to houses, just as in an astrological chart. The remaining three figures summarize the situation asked about. Geomantic chart is a form of divination based on sixteen signs which comes from ancient dates although it doesn’t have a clear date of origin. Geomancy is used with similar purposes than astrology although it is very different in its methods and applications, starting with the fact that it uses sixteen symbols while astrology uses only twelve. Any astrologer find geomancy an easy adjunct to the astrological practice, as there is considerable overlap between the two systems.
The sixteen symbols of geomancy and which are part of geomantic charts are: carcer, tristitia, aquistio, laetitia, puer, rubeus, fortuna major, fortuna minor, puella, amissio, conjunctio, albus, via, populus, caput draconi, and dauda draconi. Each one of them is represented by a group of four rows of dots, which combine one and two dots per row, and which together make each symbol. If you wish to make your own geomantic chart, you must have a table which shows you the group of dots which each symbol contains. Once you have this, you need a clean white paper and a pen, and you will be ready to start setting up your geomantic chart.
First of all, you have to think of a question. With that question in mind, you have to write a row of dots of the length you wish and without thinking of how many dots you are writing. You must repeat this sixteen times, until you have sixteen rows of dots. Then, you must count each row of dots and name it even or odd depending on the amount. Then, you should write two dots next to each even row and one dot next to the odd ones.
The sixteen rows of one and two dots will allow you to spot four main signs which you must find comparing them with your table of symbols. Then, you should take a new paper and write the spots which make these four symbols in it. After you have done this, you are able to take the first row of each one of them and together make what is called the first mother. You should do the same with the second rows, the thirds, and the fourths.
Once you have discovered the first, the second, the third and the fourth daughters, you must discover four nephews. The first nephew is discovered by adding the dots of the first and second mother and counting if it is either odd or even, which will give you the first row of the first nephew by drawing one dot in case it is odd and two in case it is even. You must repeat the operation with the subsequent rows of the same mothers until you complete the nephew. The second nephew is discovered by following the same procedure with the third and fourth mother, the third nephew with the first and second daughter and the fourth nephew with the third and fourth daughter.
After you have discovered the mothers, the daughters and the nephews you will have twelve symbols which will allow you to find an answer for your question. In order to complete the procedure and do this, you will need to complete a chart which you will be able to build by completing each one of its houses with the symbols you have discovered, for which it is advisable to consult an expert if you do not have experience on how to properly draw it and interpret it.
There are many variants of geomantic technique and you will need to experiment until you find one that fits you. In the process you may discover some refinements and come up with a geomancy that is uniquely your own. Regardless of which system you settle on, practicing geomancy is great fun and produces some insightful and thought-provoking results.