Geomantic Resh (Mercury, Wednesday, Left Ear)

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Geomantic albus.svg          Geomantic rubeus.svg

Within the planetary circuit, Resh follows Pe and precedes Kaf. In the sequence of the week, it follows Dalet and precedes Gimel. Upon the plane of orifices that constitute the face, Resh fashions the ears along with Pe. Within the Tree of Life, it is the bottom double upon the pillar of severity, crowned with Gevurah and resting upon Hod. In all of these assemblages, it finds expression through the geomantic figures of Albus and Rubeus.

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Mars Won’t Judge You

I finished my first index and it helped me to notice a lacuna in my discussion of the planets. I haven’t given Mars much attention at all and that is quite an oversight. Let me start rectifying that now with this little post.

John Michael Greer notes that the mathematical operations that you use to generate a geomantic shield chart constrains the number of figures that can occupy the 15th position of the chart, the Judge. If you are in an astrological or Kabbalistic mood, you’ll notice that of all the planets with sefirotic associations have at least one sign that can play the Judge, except Mars-Geburah. Neither Puer nor Rubeus can ever appear there.

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Triplicities & Pairings

I have seen more than one person praise geomancy for its clarity, for its utility in answering questions clearly and directly. No doubt, this is one of the system’s virtues, especially when you transpose the reading onto an astrological frame. The passing of signs and their affiliations with each other provides reams of information about opportunities and obstacles.

That said, that clarity rests partly upon a fixed pattern of meanings and associations which contain a fair number of presuppositions about what is good and bad, strong and weak. Some cross-cultural comparison can be useful here, because the values of the signs shift somewhat between cultures.

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