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Figure 10 Geomantic consultation by Simon Forman, 1597 (Bodleian MS)

Figure 10 Geomantic consultation by Simon Forman, 1597 (Bodleian MS)

The line of transmission of geomancy in England at this time is clear. From library records and letters we know that Simon Forman, Richard Napier (who inherited Forman's books) and Robert Fludd, 'formed a sort of succession especially in astrological and geomantic studies', as Craven (1902) points out in his study of Fludd. Not only did Napier inherit all of Simon Forman's papers, but Fludd (and Elias Ashmole) had access to them through Napier's son, and based their geomantic knowledge on them. Forman often used geomancy in his client consultations8 and medical practice, and has left prolific records of these consultations.

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