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Geomancy with a sungka board

Geomancy Overview

Geomancy in its basic form can be used as a type of fortune telling that uses mathematically derived figures. The querant will ask a question (usually a yes or no question), and will create sixteen sets of random marks while keeping the question in mind. The sets of marks are used to create the four initial figures (called Mothers), and the remainder of the figures (4 Daughters, 4 Nieces/Nephews, 2 Witnesses, and 1 Judge) are derived from there. There are 16 possible figures (called the 16 geomantic figures), but all of the figures may not appear in the reading, and some may appear multiple times.

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Here is a blank geomantic shield. I have noted the placement of the derived figures (M= Mothers; D= Daughters, N= Nieces/Nephews; W= Witnesses, J= Judge

 

So… after the querant has drawn the sixteen sets of marks for the reading, and all the symbols have been derived, the end result will be fifteen figures arranged in the geomantic shield (one for each astrological house).

The outcome of a reading is decided by interpreting the figures that appeared in the reading in the context of their placement in the astrological houses. In other words, you consider a geomantic symbol’s meaning, and what it may imply about the query given its placement in an astrological house, and what the house represents. To give you a basic idea of what I’m babbling about, I’ll provide a simple example:

Suppose the query you had in mind when you began the reading had to do with the possibility of marriage to a specific individual. Also suppose that the geomantic symbol, “Fortuna Minor” (which can represent swiftness, hard work to obtain success, and help from others) was placed within the 7th astrological house (which can represent partners in marriage). This result could imply that the querant will marry the person relatively soon, but that it will take some work and thought from the querant, and possibly some help from others. This is, of course, an imperfect example because it did not include an analysis and synthesis of the symbols in all of the houses and what they imply, but hopefully you get the general idea.

I won’t go into the meanings of each figure, or the significance of each astrological house, since there are plenty of other sources (print and online) that cover those topics in detail. I will, however, list the geomantic symbols for your convenience, since I will be referring to them often in the case studies published on this site.

The 16 Geomantic Figures (each figure appears under its name):

1. Via (The Way)

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The figures are not terribly clear when made with typing text, so here’s a picture of the figures when hand drawn.

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2. Populus (People)

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3. Conjunctio (Union)

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4. Carcer (Prison)

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5. Fortuna Major (Greater Fortune)

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6. Fortuna Minor (Lesser Fortune)

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7. Aquisito (Gain)

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8. Amisso (Loss)

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9. Laetitia (Joy)

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10. Tristitia (Sadness)

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11. Albus (White)

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12. Rubeus (Red)

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13. Puella (Girl)

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14. Puer (Boy)

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15. Caput Draconis (Dragon’s Head)

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16. Cauda Draconis (Dragon’s Tail)

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To learn how to derive the geomantic figures, click here.

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