The term "Geomancy" is derived from the Latin "geomantia," which in turn is derived from the Greek “divination by earth.” Technically, the term geomancy refers to the ancient art of earth divination in which, basically handfuls of soil or other materials, were scattered on the ground, or markings made to make patterns in the sand or soil. In its original form, a geomantic figure was then created by making lines of random numbers of dots in the sand, which would then be "read" by the geomancer (seer). Geomancy is also termed the mother of Astrology as most astrological symbols and houses actually came from the older craft of Geomancy.
Geomancy as a means of divination persists as an occult practice.
Following John Michell’s massively influential work The View Over Atlantis (1969), the term Geomancy has come to be understood as the art of enchanting the landscape so that man is in harmony with his surroundings. Sometimes described as Sacred Engineering, it is something the ancients were particularly skilled at, evidence of which can be seen in the siting of megalithic structures and terrestrial workings around the world. To this day we still do not fully understand how they achieved this massive task, or why, but this megalithic network provides evidence that the earth was surveyed at an early pre-historic date.
Anthony Roberts took this a stage further and introduced the term Geomythics, meaning the myth in the landscape - the “geomyth.”
Geomythics has been described as the interaction of mythology and landscape; the living spirit of the earth communicating fluently through the language of geomythics.
The relationship between geomancy and geomythics is best described by Anthony Roberts as he explains in his book Sowers of Thunder:
Until recently this word represented part of the general magical canon that was applied to the complex disciplines of terrestrial divination This augury was based on physical, mainly organic, oracles (earth, wood, stones, sand, etc.) and was usually employed foretell and explain events of a decidedly earthly nature.
However, with the growing knowledge of prehistoric culture geomancy is rapidly gaining credence as a shorthand for the ancient art of landscape engineering. This universal land sculpture is representative of a schematic, sacred pattern which balances the cosmic and telluric forces that move the engines of creation through an energizing fusion of alchemical subtlety. Geomancy is really a study of mystical science, expressed through visionary recognition of a magically orientated landscape. Only a really advanced culture is capable of perceiving its all pervasive mean and it is this book's contention a culture once existed at the remotest of periods.
The art of geomancy is made up of numerous esoteric and esoteric disciplines, resulting in a systematic interpretation of the interrelation of matter and energy in a balanced, proportional ratio It is based upon a form of spiritual magic, a divination of those centres of natural energy upon the earth's surface that Seasonally fuse with the fertilizing cross currents of extraterrestrial forces. The sublime monuments of prehistoric society, such as standing stones, earthworks, terrestrial zodiacs, mazes, stone circles and shaped hills, formed definite, coherent patterns across the face of the planet, all significantly sited according to the laws of practical geomancy. This argues a common knowledge some where within the depths of time that linked living (human) beings with the planet's eco system through a topographical perspective of spiritual engineering.
The whole terrain was once laid out in perfect proportion to the forces and properties that interacted within it and around it. To put it more simply, geomancy consisted of modifying certain features of the landscape to blend with the mystical energies emanating from the area's natural shaping and distribution of telluric forces. At the roots of geomancy lies geometry, and the geometrical relationships between all phenomena make up the determining patterns that assert geomantic reality in an intellectually definable form.
Geomancy is integral to the modern interpretation of giant and fairy myths because of the intimate association such beings have always had with the oldest magical sites of prehistory.
The intellectual exactitude involved in weaving together such subjects as myth, folklore, architecture, religion, anthropology and geophysics has made it necessary to coin a new word that attempts to sum them all up. The author has created the portmanteau word 'geomythics', meaning earth myths or myths in relation to the earth's metaphysical situation topographically, historically and in cosmic time and space. Religious, sociological and historical manifestations are all translated through physical place into physical presence, where they are interpreted by Homo sapiens and fused into a functioning rationale for coherent existence.
Geomythics gives that rationale a new meaning as an organic integration because it embraces the central, fertilizing power of magic in a context of mythical reality and works through physical emanations allied to topographical location. The geomythic is really a blending of the physical and the symbolic, a necessary combination when studying the supernatural patterns of the past.
It is hoped that this new discipline will eventually take its place among the rapidly advancing 'natural sciences' of the future (geomancy, radiesthesia, paraphysics, etc.) where it’s synthesizing effects will help give a general perspective and understanding.
Geomythics provides the linking key to all 'interface phenomena' through a structurally accurate interpretation of the all embracing vision. It mythically encapsulates precise historical data and analysis (subjective and objective) showing it in its eternally triadic context of physical form, cyclic periodicity and direct morphological emphasis.
Sowers of Thunder: Giants in Myth and History
Anthony Roberts, 1978, pp xiv - xvi
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Anthony Roberts, 1978, pp xiv - xvi
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