Association Of The Zodiac Signs And Ifa Odus

M moires Scientifiques, vol. IV, Sciences Exactes chez Les Byzantins. M moire No. 14 - 'Le Rabolion (Trait s de G omancie arabes, grecs, et latins)', pp. 295-411 (includes 'La g omancie chez les arabes' by Baron Carra de Vaux, p. 299) Heiberg & Zeuthen, Toulouse and Paris, 1920. TRANCART, ANDR . 'Sur un proc d de divination de l'Adrar mauritanien, le gz n', Bull, du Comit d' tudes historiques et scientifiques de l'Afrique occidental fran aise, vol. XXI, no. 104, Paris,...

Greatly Influenced Aoudaghost

Figure 2 Arabic manuscript attributed to Tum-Tum, showing a geomantic talisman for finding water (MS Arabe 2697, fol. 16, Biblioth que Nationale) traditional descent. He travelled to India to study geomancy, where he copied Tum-Tum's text into Arabic. Abu 'Abdallah Muhammad az-Zanati drew on al-Barbari's work in turn to produce one of the more complete geomancies of his time. Although az-Zanati's dates are not known, it is suspected that he lived during the twelfth or thirteenth centuries, as...

Michael Scot

Geomancy, according to Lynn Thorndike 'seems to have been nearly as popular in the medieval period as the ouija board is now', and so it is no surprise to find that Michael Scot (c. 1175-c. 1235), a leading intellectual in Europe during the early thirteenth century also embraced the practice of geomancy. Scot has appeared as a shadowy and intriguing character to later generations, an alchemist, physician, astrologer and divine. His insistence on experience and experiment influenced the methods...

Ramon Lull

Ramon Lull was one of the most energetic and versatile characters of the thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries, as well as one of the most enigmatic. He was born in Palma on the island of Majorca, and remains the patron saint of that city. Having spent his youth as a libertine and pleasure-loving courtier composing the long love poems in Catalan which make him a prominent figure in the history of Spanish literature, he like Saint Francis, underwent a conversion at about the age of thirty...

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First House The person himself, his life, health, behaviour, habits, disposition, personal characteristics and apparent personality. Second House Money, property, personal wealth, financial profit and loss, income and expenditure, and associated ideas of theft, loss or negligence. Third House Brothers, sisters, blood relatives, news, letters, communication, short journeys, languages, writing, publicity, agencies, and similar mercurial pursuits. Fourth House Home environment, fathers and...

5 European geomancy in the middle ages

Having traced the southward migration of geomancy through Africa, let us turn to the northward movement, from the world of Islam via the translators of part-Muslim Spain into Europe. Isidore of Seville ad 560-636 lists geomancy along with other divinatory methods such as necromancy, hydro-mancy, aeromancy and pyromancy, without giving much detail about their modus operandi. It is tempting to deduce that the art had reached Spain by the seventh century, but it is certain that the geomancy...

Gerard Of Sabbioneta

Gerard of Sabbioneta composed or translated one treatise on geomancy, the Geomantiae Astronomiae Libellus (probably in 1294) and a summary of Ptolemaic astronomy as explained by al-Farghani and al-Battani, thus very closely paralleling the work of Gerard of Cremona himself. The Geomantiae Astronomiae Libellus was first printed with the Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy of Cornelius Agrippa,7 and was the subject of a rather clumsy translation published first in Italian, then again in French in...

Agrippa

Henry Cornelius Agrippa (1468-1535), born just prior to the Renaissance, was in many ways an all round Renaissance man, being a writer, soldier and physician. However, his main influence on history, a claim to an important place in the development of the thought of the period is as a commentator on magic. As Agrippa himself says 1 some that are perverse . . . may take the name of Magic in the worse sense and, though scarce having seen the title, cry out that I teach forbidden Arts, sow the seed...

Robert Fludd

Robert Fludd, physician and mystical philosopher, was born in Kent in 1574. He studied at St John's College, Oxford and then spent five years in Europe, taking his medical degree in 1605. He was a follower of Paracelsus whose advances in medicine were to revolutionize the whole medieval and classical attitude to medicine. Fludd was author of many obscure Latin works on theosophy, philosophy and mathematics. He approached these subjects however in a typical medieval manner, treating them as...

7 The great astrological revival

Robert Cross Smith was born on 19 March 1795. The year was a vintage one for astrologers, as it also saw the birth of 'Dixon' and Richard James Morrison who later used the pseudonym 'Zadkiel' in his astrological books and pamphlets. Very few new astrological books had been printed in the eighteenth century and the three men born in 1795 were to instigate a new flood of astrological writing and interest beginning in the 1820s. Smith is of greatest interest from our point of view as he also...

John De Morys And Nicholas Oresme

Jean de Murs (often Latinized Iohannes de Muris or Anglicized as John de Morys) was a prominent Parisian astronomer and arithmetician of the first half of the fourteenth century. One of John's several claims to fame is the construction of a fifteen foot radius Kardaja for astronomical observation. By way of comparison, Tycho Brahe employed one of only six foot and nine inch radius, although Dr John Dee (two centuries later) was reputed to have had a sextant of some forty feet radius. John de...

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FAUBL E, JACQUES. 'Techniques divinatoires et magiques chez les Bara de Madagascar', Journal de la Soci t des Africainistes, Paris, 1952, vol. XXI, pp. 127-38. * FERRAND, GABRIEL. Les Musulmans Madagascar et aux les Comores, vol. 9, Algiers and Paris, 1892-1902, pp. 73-101. * FERRAND, GABRIEL. 'Un chapitre d'astrologie arabico-malgache', Journal asiatique, Paris, Sept.-Oct. 1905, pp. 193-273. FERRAND, GABRIEL. 'Les Destins des quatre l ments dans la magie malgache', Revue des tudes...

Altusi

One of the greatest mathematicians and scientists of the thirteenth century, Nasir Al-Din Al-Tusi (1201-74), was one such victim. Persian by birth, Al-Tusi was also a philospher, astronomer and physician, who wrote in both Arabic and his native language. His devotion to systematic scientific inquiry led to him being dubbed 'al-Muhaqqiq', the investigator. Born in Savah, or in Tus, Khurasan, he was kidnapped at an early age by the Isma'ili governor of Quhistan, and sent to Alamut, where he...

Royal Interest In Geomancy

Not only the popular tradition, but also royalty were interested in the intricacies of geomancy, for when Charles IV of Bohemia founded Prague University in 1348 it is likely that geomancy featured amongst his scholarly interests. Charles died in 1378 leaving his son Wenceslaus IV to succeed him. Wenceslaus or Wenzel, the Holy Roman Emperor from 1378-1400, and king of Bohemia until 1419, was devoted to astrology and geomancy. This is amply testified by the existence in the National Library of...

2 Rami and Islamic origins

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Divination in the world of Islam took many forms. The best summary of these in a European language is Toufic Fahd's La Divination Arabe. The main forms of divination include kihana, djafr, fa'l, ihhtiladj, ta'bir oneiromancy , and of course rami, more precisely al-khatt bi-raml, the original name for Arab geomancy. Of course, ta'bir has always been the most popular, followed by rami. Rami, literally 'sand', is variously spoken of as derb-al-raml, derb-al-ful, 'ilm al-raml the science of sand ,...

8 Geomancy in the twentieth century

The Golden Dawn was the brainchild of S.L. MacGregor Mathers and two of his Masonically inclined associates, Dr Wynn Westcott and Dr Woodman. The history of the formation of this Order, based on alleged German Rosicrucian manuscripts, is too well known to bear repeating here suffice it to say that Mathers was the synthesizing genius who amassed an encyclopaedic knowledge of magic, from the manuscripts and printed books of the British Museum Library. He combined this avid scholarship with a...

Bartholomew Of Parma

Despite Ramon Lull's elaborate methodological treatises, probably the most elaborate treatise on geomancy written in the thirteenth century was the Summa Brevtloqium, of Bartholomew of Parma. It was written at Bologna in 1288 at the express request of Theodosius de Flisco, bishop-elect of Reggio in northern Italy. Bartholomew also appears to have written summaries of this weighty work in 1294 and 1295 for other friends who wanted a slightly more concise text Unfortunately Bartholomew's works...

Christopher Cattan

In France from the end of the sixteenth to the end of the seventeenth century studies of geomancy multiplied, and many editions of the better known texts were published. The best known were those of the Italian Christopher Cattan 1558 , the French translation of Cornelius Agrippa, and the indigenous works of De la Taille 1574 and De la Tayssonniere 1574 .6 Of these, only The Geomancie of Maister Christopher Cattan was translated out of French 'into our English tongue' by Francis Sperry in 1591,...

The Working Of The Sikidy

To return to the actual divinatory operation, having selected one of the four Mother figures to represent the category of question asked, the geomantic figure in that column is examined. In our example, we have selected the Tale column as significator of the inquirer and we find the figure in it is Molahidy i.e. Acquisitio figure see Appendix V . Now as the Molahidy figure is in the column concerned with the question, the next job is to see if it also appears anywhere also in the figure with...

Plato Of Tivoli

Parallel with the intense translating activity in Toledo, which was preparing the ground for the breakthrough of scientific thought in Europe, translators also stirred in Barcelona. Plato of Tivoli was one such translator who sojourned in Barcelona from 1134 to 1145. Most of Plato's Arabic translations were astrological. He was assisted by a Jew, Abraham bar Hiyya or to use his Latin name, Savasorda . Included amongst his better known works is a divinatory geomancy entitled Alfakini arabici...

Hugh Of Santalla

Hugh Santalla

The first geomancy translated into Latin from Arabic was Hugh of Santalla's Ars Geomantiae. Hugh of Santalla or Hugo Sanctelliensis was an astrologer, alchemist and translator of the first half of the twelfth century born in Santalla in northwest Spain. He appears to have worked under the patronage of Michael the bishop of Tarazona, from 1119 to 1157. Although he to some extent translated the same works as his contemporaries, for instance the Centiloquium ascribed to Ptolemy Latin versions of...

Interpretation Of The Sikidy

The toetry is now filled, and sixteen figures established. From the system of generation it is easy to see that especial importance is laid on the fifteenth God figure, the first querent figure, and their resolution, or the attitude of the Gods to the fate of the individual, which is given in the sixteenth Trano figure. Hence the first figure to be examined in any interpretation, is the fifteenth Andriamanitra figure which refers to God. In European geomancy the figure which falls into the...

The Divining Chain

The most common divining chain is made from the seed pod known as Qpqlq, from which the chain takes its name. It comes from the tree, Schrebera golungensis. This seed pod has a distinctive pear shape and naturally splits open at the base, with the two halves splaying out from the top, where they are joined. On the concave inner surface of each half is a marked ridge. Other items which have at one time or another been used to make divining chains include 1 Seed shells from the oro tree, the...

The 256 Verses Of

The real core of ifa interpretation lies in the thousands of memorized verses associated with the 256 odu of Ifa. The verses form a corpus of myth, folk-tale, incantation, song, proverb and riddle to the Yoruba their aesthetic merit is secondary to their religious significance. A babalawo is expected to know a large number of these verses, as an accepted authority on Yoruba religion. When the odu has been produced, the correct verse bearing on the client's problem must be selected from those...

3 Fa ifa and voodoo

On the great trade routes from the Maghrib, across the western end of the Sahara through what is now Algeria and Mali, to the fabulous city of Timbuktu, and along the banks of the Niger River, came the camel trains, the merchants, the missionaries of the Prophet, the slavers and the traders of Islam, to the rich tropical areas south of the Niger, into which territory they thrust at different times both peacefully and with violence. Travelling down the Niger and across country to the sacred city...

Astrogeomancy Apps

This book is about divination by earth it is a book of the art of geo-mancy. The New English Dictionary defines geomancy as 'divination by means of lines, figures or dots on the earth or on paper, or by particles of earth cast on the ground'. The word is derived from two Greek words, yaia or yfj gaia or ge meaning the earth, and fiavreia manteia meaning divination. The techniques of geomancy are many and varied. They include inspecting the configurations made by scattered pebbles, the...

Ibn Khaldoun

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During the fourteenth century, the celebrated Ibn Khaldoun who died in Cairo in 1406 devoted a chapter of his Prolegomena, or Muqaddimah, to the art of geomancy.7 Ibn Khaldoun assumed that geomancy was developed by the sand diviners 'because they found it difficult to establish the attitude of the stars by means of instruments, and to find the adjusted position of the stars by means of calculations. Therefore, they invented their combinations of figures.' After a description of the sixteen...

The roots of geomancy

One of the difficulties of writing even a short history of geomancy is that to date studies of its emergence in one culture have tended to disregard manifestations of the same divinatory technique in other cultures. Even within Africa there are few studies with one or two exceptions, notably Ren Trautmann, Bernard Maupoil and J.C. H bert which even appear to realize that ifa and fa on the west coast of Africa are exactly parallel with sikidy in Madagascar, and that both stem from rami, a common...