Contents

Acknowledgments • xii Author's note • xiii Introduction • 1

Part one HISTORY

1 The roots of geomancy • 11

2 Rami and Islamic origins • 30

4 The sikidy of Madagascar • 71

5 European geomancy in the middle ages • 88

6 The Renaissance:

the apogee of geomancy • 120

7 The great astrological revival • 140

8 Geomancy in the twentieth century • 156

Part two PRACTICE

9 Method and manipulation • 167

10 Generation of the Judge • 176

11 The sixteen figures in detail • 184

12 Practical divination • 198

13 Astrogeomancy • 204

14 Summary of technique and interpretation • 215

15 Astrogeomantic examples • 225

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Part three APPENDICES

I Zodiacal attributions of the geomantic figures • 233

II Element attributions of the geomantic figures • 235

III Allocation of the geomantic figures to the Houses ■ 237

IV Times of planetary days and hours ■ 240

V Names of the sixteen geomantic figures in Arabic, Greek, Provençal, Hebrew, Berber, Malagasy, and various west African dialects ■ 242

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