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The Arabic name for geomancy, “‘ilm al-raml,” means “the science of the sand.” In its original form, the geomantic figure was created by making. The Arabic words in the center of the circle; Ilm-al Raml, translates to the Science of the Sands. This broadsheet, a precursor to the book on Geomancy by Kiyan. What the Geomantic Study-Group is for Western geomancy, this group is for Arabic `ilm al-raml (the formal Arabic term for geomancy, literally.

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The Geomantic Figures There are sixteen possible figures in the geomantic tableau.

ConjureMan Ali’s Spiritual Blog: Geomancy and Khatt al Raml

The four binary elements of each figure allow for 16 different combinations, each called a tableau. The first four figures are called the matresor Mothers, and form the basis for the rest of the figures in the chart; they occupy the first four houses in the upper right-hand corner such that the first Mother is to the far right, the second Mother is to her left, and so on continuing the right-to-left tradition. This is not a kind of istekhara.

Notify me of new posts via email. This article is about the African and European divination technique. The next four figures, the filiaeor Daughters, are formed by rearranging the lines used in the Mothers: Indeed, I didn’t start working with the tarot ipm my teenage years where I was trained in geomancy from a very young age.

For other uses, see Geomancer disambiguation.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Without taking note of the number of points made, the geomancer provides the seemingly random mechanism needed for most forms of divination.

Some methods are purely mechanical, while the more complex methods owe a great deal to medieval astrological practices. If there are an even number of points, two points are put down; if there is an odd number of points, one point is put down. Already have an account?


Taking these leftover points in groups of four, they form al-rxml first four geomantic figuresand form the basis for the generation of the remaining figures. Geomancy requires the geomancer to create sixteen lines of points or marks without counting, creating sixteen random numbers.

Situations and factors caused by external sources. Due to the mathematics of the chart, only figures that have an even number of points total can become Judges; [11] each of the eight Judges then has 8, charts associated with it.

The Daughters The next four figures, called the “daughters” or filiaeare created by adding the points of the mothers sideways from right to left. Probably the most common and canonical one is the dairah-e-abdah, which uses a kind of binary ordering, as seen in the following diagram to be read from right to left:. Other Arabic names for geomancy include khatt al-raml and darb al-raml. However, due to the short time the members of the Golden Dawn desired to learn, practice, and teach the old occult arts, many elaborate systems of divination and ritual had to be compressed, losing much in the process.

In addition to modes of perfection, geomancers often took note of aspects between those figures that passed to other houses, and especially ones that made aspects to the significators.

For the Chinese art of aesthetics, see Feng shui.

Notify me of new comments via email. Dante Alighieri ‘s Divine Comedy early 14th century makes a passing reference to geomancy.

Ilm ul- Ramal: Islamic Geomancy from Imam Ahmad Rida Khan Qadiri’s Shama i-Shabastan

Thanks, Conjure Man Ali! Idris replied that he was simply entertaining himself, but the stranger replied that he was doing a very serious act. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! The sixteen lines of points are grouped in fours, and the points are then counted off two by two, from the right to the left, and connected in pairs, so that each line of points ends either with a pair or with a single point. So what is geomancy? Shakespeare and Ben Jonson were also known to use geomancy for comic relief.


Sikidy and other forms of African divination also follow techniques that have remained virtually unchanged. The first two are called the “witnesses” or testes and the last is the “judge” or iudex If the judge is a figure that does not have an even number of points, a mistake has been made in the addition, “and then must you turn again to make correction”.

Create an account or sign in to comment You need to be a member in order to leave a comment Create an account Sign up for a new account in our community. Khatt al raml translates to “sand cutting. As in astrological practice, each house governs an area of life. When it comes down to it, my business and political clients in the Middle East are only interested in geomancy and astrology.

Other examples of astrological technique used in geomancy include assigning zodiacal rulerships to the geomantic figures, linking geomantic figures to parts of the body based on zodiacal rulers, and assigning planetary spirits, intelligences, and genii to the figures based on their ruling planets.