Geomantic Dalet (Mars, Tuesday, Left Eye)

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Geomantic caputdraconis.svg          Geomantic caudadraconis.svg

Within the planetary circuit, Dalet follows Gimel and precedes Pe. In the sequence of the week it follows Tav and precedes Resh. Upon the plane of orifices that constitute the face, Dalet constitutes the field of vision along with Kaf. Within the Tree of Life, it is the highest double upon the pillar of severity, crowned with Binah and resting upon Gevurah. In all of these assemblages, it finds expression through the geomantic figures of Caput Draconis and Cauda Draconis.

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[NB] Just some fun reading

I have the feeling lately that I’m biding my time a little, waiting form some things to come together on the subtle plane and while that entails plenty of attention, it is of the sort that I find difficult to talk easily about. That leaves a little at loose ends with some of my intellectual work, but it also frees me up to just have a little fun.

I came across a book recently which has been just that: Icon, Cult, and Context: Sacred Spaces and Objects in the Classical World edited by Maura K. Heyn and Ann Irvine Steinsapir. Several of the articles address Dura-Europos and intersect with some of the historical themes that I have been talking about, from the Magna Mater to the grimoiric Baal to Justin’s Book of Baruch.

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[NB] Fallen Stars

I’ve had them on my mind most of the week, since completing the geomancy page on the relationship to the tree of life diagrams, because I had to gesture to them there. I knew there was more to discuss, but I didn’t quite have the conceptual apparatus hooked up to the experiential apparatus, so I put it on the back burner. I can’t recommend that enough, really. Once you have taken some time to elaborate an important bit of work, step back and let the release of it open up the next step in the work to be discussed.

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[NB] Lifting the Stars: Broken Channels and Geomantic Models of the Fall and Salvation

I’ve talked a bit about my peculiar reworking of the geomantic planetary affinities based around my study of Sefer Yetzirah and the alignment of some of my personal gnosis with the Lurianic currents of Kabbalism (main post here, a correction here). While there are logical reasons for these sorts of changes, they also just better articulate the spiritual structures within which my spiritual work unfolds. When I revisited old charts taken to study spirits, they became much more intelligible once I read them in light of these assignments.

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Rectification

“Experience, which destroys innocence, also leads one back to it.”—James Baldwin, No Name in the Street

Placing the distortions I have traced out within the broader Gnostic framework of the Fall, of the separation of self-knowledge from divine knowledge, allows for a better account of what their correction entails. The model of distortion is also a model for how to move toward clarification. Clarification requires appreciating that correction is a moving target, that the world of time does not cease within our lifetime.

Understanding this becomes part of the process of clarification. If you want to reach your goal and the goal is moving, you need to know it is moving.

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[NB] Geomantic Contemplation: Writing, Speaking, Hunting

As I have continued to work with and study geomancy, I have noticed networks of meaning open up between signs. I’m never entirely sure where to position some of these networks. Some seem fairly personal, but others open up to much broader themes. Heck, I guess that’s the nature of things in general. The personal becomes impersonal becomes personal and so on.

The networks are rooted in all kinds of associations, but I want to write about one set that emerged for me between the two Draconises, Puella, and Puer. All of these signs share a common structural feature—they have one passive line and three active lines. As a set, they include all the geomantic signs with this feature.

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Mooncalf

Our moon is distinctive by virtue of being an extrusion of the Earth itself, a dead twin. It’s occult power derives in part from this doubling process, for it is not just a neighbor but an affine, an ancestral body. Remember Lucretius who suggested that substances formed from atoms because of an inherent tendency to swerve? Well, look to the moon and its influence on us as a constant introduction of subtle swerves, on the physical and occult planes. Consider the way the moon slowly churns the ocean and where life began.

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Geomantic Spiritualism: Some Basics

The last post dealt with some basic techniques; this post deals with some of the conceptual underpinnings of them. The emphasis I made in my last post about this being my personal blend applies even more aptly here. I have taken a geomantic approach to describing my spiritualist work and, as far as I can tell, that isn’t too common.

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