Category: Geomancy

A LONG TIME AGO – A Potted History of Geomancy

THE PRACTICE OF GEOMANCY

‘GEOMANCY’ derives from the Greek words GE, earth, and MANTEIA, divination or prophecy.

There has been an oracular divinatory tradition of geomancy in use for millennia across Arabia, Africa, Europe and Asia.

In some cultures and periods of history the term geomancy has referred to a divinatory system whereby foretelling was done principally by some method of sand or earth casting.

For many other cultures geomantic practices have also involved direct contact with earth energies, astronomical alignments, sacred geometry, spirit realms, sacred mountains and holy wells etc. as ways of understanding, living in and manipulating the environment. For them geomantic knowledge was employed as an art and science for better living, dying and worship.

These two streams of geomancy have been practiced widely and often concurrently. However it is to the earth divinatory method that the word ‘geomancy’ was first applied.

GEOMANCY AS EARTH DIVINATION

The earliest styles of divination involved reading cracks in the ground, throwing handfuls of earth onto the ground, striking the sand with a stick to create random patterns, or randomly drawing a number of stones, seeds, or roots, and recording the odd or even numbers of dots generated as a single or two points respectively. Performing this four times generates one of sixteen binary tetragrams – the geomantic tableaux – each with associated meanings and astrological correspondences. The top line of one or two points is the ‘head’, of the fire element, the second line the ‘neck’ – air element, the third line the ‘body’ – water element, and the bottom line the ‘feet’ – earth element.

From Arabia to Africa

The Arabs brought these geomantic practices to Africa and variations of it can be found today all over the continent. This system appeared in North Africa by the ninth century, and quickly became one of the standard systems of divination throughout the Arab world. In North Africa it has developed into Afa (Afá in Mina, Fa in Fon) and Ifa in Nigeria (Ifá in Yoruba).

In India it is called Ramal Shastra. In Scandinavia it became the Later Norse Futhark. Another offshoot became Napoleon’s Book of Fate.

From the Arabic to Europe

The main knowledge of geomancy, as a divinatory art, came to Europe via Arabic texts in the 12th century in Spain, and from there spread across Europe. Its origins may be either Persian or Arabic. The Byzantines also called it Rabolion or Ramplion.

In fact the word geomantia (earth divination) was a direct translation from the Arabic khatt al-raml (sand writing), also known as ‘ilm al-raml (science of the sand) and darb al-raml or zarb al-raml (striking the sand). This last name came from the practice of hitting the sand several times with a stick to read the patterns left behind to decide whether one or two points.

Middle Ages and Renaissance

In Europe the divinatory system was widely practiced during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and in the latter period Henry Cornelius Agrippa, Robert Fludd and John Heydon wrote significant works on this divination method, drawing on medieval and European and Arabic works on the subject, in which the basic techniques of geomantic divination had been expanded and applied in a vast range of ways, incorporating many astrological elements.

The word ‘geomancy’ during this period referred to this specific method of divination using sixteen figures formed of four lines of one or two points.

Geomancy is Integrated with Astrology

In Madagascar, this microcosmic divinatory system, known as Sikidy, is integrated under the title Vintana or ‘Fate’ with astrology and a macrocosmic geomancy that incorporates sacred wells, caves, cairns, standing stones and traditional straight trackways.

Queen Ranavalona I of Madagascar was cited by missionaries as the epitome of ‘superstition’ as she employed Mpisikidy (geomancers) to define her every move, perhaps the last of the sacral monarchs who lived entirely according to the ancient canonical way of life. She would only perform the correct acts of the day, observed the lucky and unlucky colours of the day, sat in the correct place in the palace for the hour and day, and journeyed only to those places geomantically correct for the astrological aspects of the time.

 GEOMANCY – EARTH WISDOM FOR LIVING

Probably the oldest geomantic traditions currently extant, perhaps dating back 100,000 years, are those of palaeolithic and mesolithic Aboriginal Australia.

Knowledge of local landscape for practical survival reasons such as food, shelter and route finding is intertwined with traditions of landscape creation by Dream-time ancestors, local landscape spirits, sacred sites, cave paintings and ‘song-lines’ across country.

Integral to this knowledge is their proper location-specific and timely ceremonial use for earth magic purposes such as fertility and abundance of food, for education, to maintain the spiritual integrity of the sacred sites and song-lines, and ensure the harmony of the people with their environment and each other.

The neolithic and bronze ages have left a wide legacy of sacred sites across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas that reveal in their design advanced knowledge of geomantic precepts.

Megalithic temples and processional routes, standing stones and stone circles, pyramids, conical mounds and chambered cairns show evidence of a widespread and consistent understanding of sacred geometry and metrology, astronomical alignment to sun, moon and star rising and setting orientations, leylines, global geomagnetic grids, and underground water veins.

Eastern Geomancy

Indian culture has developed a corpus of geomantic knowledge known as Vaastu that may date back to 6000 B.C.E. and was well developed by the time the cities of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro emerged in the Indus Valley civilisation around 2600 B.C.E.

The Rig Veda (c.2000-1500 B.C.E.) contains early references, and the Vastu Shastras (from 600 C.E.) are Sanskrit manuals for constructing palatial temples and included chapters on home construction, town planning, and how efficient villages, towns and kingdoms integrated temples, water bodies and gardens within them to achieve harmony with nature.

Astronomy, astrology, earth energies, Hindu religion and magic and the science of yantra (geometry) and mantra are woven together to create a cohesive set of architectural precepts for the design of both sacred and secular spaces.

Feng Shui – A Long History of Geomantic Knowledge.

Chinese culture, philosophy, religion and ancient science embodies geomantic knowledge now known as Feng Shui. The earliest archaeological evidence of this is found in the Yangshao and Hongshan neolithic culture sites dated to 5000 B.C.E.

The Ba Gua or Eight Trigrams, a fundamental cycle of both time and space in Feng Shui attributed to Fu Xi (c.3300 B.C.E.), are identical to the Eight-fold Druid Wheel of the Year, suggesting a common origin of metaphysical tradition.

The Ho Tu magic square is also ascribed by tradition to Fu Xi, and the Lo Shu magic square to Wen Wang in 2205 B.C.E. The sixty-four hexagrams of the Yi Jing (c. 1150 B.C.E.) are an elaboration of the trigrams from yin-yang, a parallel development to the sixteen tetragrams of Arabic / African / European tradition.

The earliest written reference to Chinese geomantic practice dates back to Emperor Da Yu (c. 2200-2101 B.C.E). Cosmography, astronomy, astrology, numerology, earth energies and landscape topography are woven with Confucian wisdom and Daoist magic into a body of architectural and landscape design as well as ceremonial practice that are used in the design of sacred, governmental and secular buildings and landscapes.

Feng shui is a geomantic tradition that includes written records forming the largest and oldest body of texts on the subject. It has a long continuity of practice, and while some feng shui practices have evolved over time with changes of environment and needs, the original precepts are still very much part of contemporary practice.

 Classical Period

The legacy of iron age architecture is characterised more by defensive forts that utilise natural topographical features to create places of sanctuary in troubled times, though there is also clear evidence that Celtic cultures establishing political tribal capitals and chose their battlegrounds according to a well-defined geomantically-devised grid system across Europe, and that the Druid colleges of learning were sited at places of geomantic significance.

The Greco-Roman period shows evidence of geomantic design everywhere in the architecture and siting of temples and palaces, as well as wise words from Hesiod (c.700 B.C.E) who instructs us “do not relieve yourselves into sacred springs”.

The ancient Greek schools of learning had links with the later Druids through the Pythagoreans, and documented the geomantic geometry long known to the oral adepts. Euclid’s Sacred Geometry (c. 300 B.C.E.) codified much of this prehistoric knowledge, which was in turn transmitted into the Arabic culture through the Alexandrian library. This is brought alive in the architecture of mosques, and then brought to Europe by the Moors to flourish in medieval Gothic church architecture.

The Romans noted, in their conquest of the Etruscans, standing stones set in linear patterns over the entire countryside of Tuscany.

Romans also record discovering these ‘straight tracks’ in almost every country they subjugated: across Europe, North Africa, Crete, and the regions of ancient Babylon and Nineveh.  Roman roads follow these earlier roads, themselves often aligned along global geomagnetic grid-lines.

The Normans and Beyond in Britain

In Britain the conquering Normans, like the Romans before them, employed geomancy to maintain their royal/imperial power, and the royal families and religious institutions of Europe and elsewhere have continued to employ geomancy to assert control and peace over countries.

An example of this is the supplanting of Saxon conical church towers with Norman square crenellated towers of political / religious dominance.

The Middle Ages

The medieval stonemasons’ work encodes geometry, metrology, acoustics, astronomy, earth energies, mythology and magic in the great Gothic Cathedrals of Europe. The landscape was significantly redesigned using geometric principles in the middle ages by the Cathars, Knights Templar and the Holy Church of Rome.

In his 1538-43 ‘Itineraries’ Henry 8th’s antiquarian surveyor John Leland enquired of Morris dancers from where their inspiration came for the complex dances they performed, to be told ‘from the mysterious grass circles that appear in our fields in summer-time’.

18th Century – A Druidic Revival

In 1740 the antiquarian Dr. William Stukeley first noted that the axis of Stonehenge and the Avenue leading from it point to the north-east, ‘whereabouts the sun rises when the days are longest’.

He perceived the whole British landscape as laid out according to a sacred ‘druidic’ pattern, and etched with symbols of serpents and winged discs such as at Avebury.

At Barrow near Hull he found a great earthwork representing a winged circle, its trenches arranged so as to measure the seasonal tides of the Humber Estuary, and found another near Navestock Common in Essex ‘…They have made plains and hills, valleys, springs and rivers contribute to form a temple three miles in length…They have stamped a whole country with the impress of this sacred character’.

He was active in the druid revival (which began in 1717 along with a number of other magical societies) which returned to performing ceremony at the old Neolithic and Bronze age sacred sites.

The 20th Century – The Earth Mysteries are Rediscovered

The twentieth century saw a burgeoning of interest in Europe in rediscovering the geomantic mysteries of the past.

The archaeoastronomer Norman Lockyear explored astronomical alignment and sacred geometry at sacred sites in Greece, Egypt and Britain in the late eighteen and early nineteen hundreds, and found alignments such as the Ley running from a round barrow north of Stonehenge near the cursus, through Stonehenge, Old Sarum, Salisbury cathedral and two further Iron age hill-forts.

In the 1920s Alfred Watkins first became aware of the alignment of ancient British sites in the early 1920’s, in what he described as ‘a flood of ancestral memory’. He coined the term Ley to describe these paths across the landscape that include mounds, long-barrows, cairns, cursus, dolmens, standing stones, mark-stones, stone circles, henges, water-markers (moats, ponds, springs, fords, wells), castles, beacon-hills, churches, cross-roads, notches in hills, camps and hill-forts.

Joseph Heinsch and Wihelm Teudt echoed this research into Holy Lines and astronomical aligments in the landscape in Germany, both published in 1929.

Reginald Allendar Smith’s major contribution to the Earth Mysteries field was to first publish articles in the British Society of Dowsers journal in the 1930s reporting that he was consistently finding water under the same ancient sacred sites that were exciting the Ley hunters.

The engineer and archaeoastronomer Alexander Thom published between the 1950s and 1980s a vast body of research into the astronomical alignments of neolithic sacred sites across Britain, Ireland and France.

He showed through vigorous research that the length of 2.72 ft – the Megalithic Yard – was a common unit of measurement in the geometry of many megalithic monuments.

He also found a smaller common unit of measurement in the spiral carvings on certain megaliths and concluded that the megalithic builders were sophisticated astronomers engaged in a detailed study of the movements of the heavenly bodies, incorporated into their structures over a long period of observation.

 

Modern Era  – Geomancy for Health

Baron Gustav Freiherr von Pohl did extensive research into geopathic stress in the 1920s and1930s and kick-started modern research into the links between negative earth energies and disease. He repeatedly found a 100% correlation between the location of beds of people who had died of cancer and the paths of ‘black streams’ under their homes.

Pierre Cody corroborated von Pohl’s findings in France in the 1930s, as did Joseph Wurst and Jacob Stangle in Germany in the 1950s.

In the 1960s and 1970s European researchers Hartmann, Curry, Wittman, Schneider, and latterly Schneck and Merz have made significant contributions to the understanding of a series of geomagnetic grids that cover the earth’s surface and have implications to health as well as the location of sacred sites.

CONTEMPORARY GEOMANCY IS BORN

John Michell, in his “View over Atlantis” of 1969, was the first contemporary writer to use the term ‘geomancy’ to embrace both the microcosmic divinatory system and the whole macrocosmic field of ‘earth mysteries’.

This use of the term was then picked up by Paul Screeton, editor of ‘The Ley Hunter’ magazine, and Nigel Pennick and Anthony Roberts, founders of the Institute of Geomantic Research.

Since the late 1960s the expanded definition of the term Geomancy has come into general use.

A new global eclectic geomantic discipline is evolving which incorporates, in addition to the microcosmic divinatory system, the macrocosmic context of leylines and other dowsable earth energies, planetary-wide topographical engineering and hidden patterns embedded in the landscape, the design of megalithic and temple structures and other sacred spaces, sacred geometry and metrology, astrology and astronomical alignment, as well as religious and magical ceremonial usage.

This includes local folk magic traditions as well as the large corpus of geomantic wisdom to be found enshrined in the precepts of Hindu Vaastu, Daoist / Confucian Feng Shui, Native American Medicine Wheel teachings, and other global cultural traditions.

In addition to these classical subjects of the earth mysteries schools, contemporary geomantic practice now also includes the new sciences of baubiologie, geobiologie, solar design and green architecture, and of necessity technopathic stress.

 

CONTEMPORARY GEOMANCERS

Besides John Michell’s enormous contribution to our understanding of geomancy today, other notable recent and contemporary researchers into various aspects of the field include Keith Critchlow, Robin Heath and John Martineau (sacred geometry and astronomy), John Neal (metrology), Guy Underwood, Paul Devereux, Tom Graves, Michael Poynder, Colin Bloy, Billy Gawn, Sig Lonegren, David Furlong, Hamish Miller and Paul Broadhurst (dowsing and working with earth energies), Bruce MacManaway, Rolf Gordon, Kathe Bachler, Marko Pogacnik, Patrick MacManaway and Richard Creightmore (geopathic stress), Jeff Saward and Marty Cain (labyrinths),  and Ivan MacBeth (stone circle creation) – all are well worth reading.

 

REFERENCES

John Michael Greer, Earth Divination Earth Magic, 1999

Anthony Roberts, Geomancy – A Synthonal Reappraisal, 1981

John Michell, The View over Atlantis, 1969

Nigel Pennick, The Oracle of Geomancy, 1994

Graham Robb, The Ancient Paths: Discovering the Lost Map of Celtic Europe, 2013

Norman Lockyer, Stonehenge and Other British Stone Monuments Astronomically Considered, 1906

Alfred Watkins, Early British Trackways, Moats, Mounds, Camps and Sites, 1922

Alfred Watkins, The Old Straight Track: its mounds, beacons, moats, sites, and mark stones, 1925

Baron Gustav Freiherr von Pohl, Earth Currents – Causative Factor of Cancer and Other Diseases, 1932

How to Do Earth Acupuncture

If you “sit with land”
you’ll know all sorts of things.
And in the knowing
is growing.

That’s really what Geomancy is.
Furthering the relationship between the earth and us.

There are many styles of Geomancy, including the Chinese version known as Feng Shui.

Earth Acupuncture is a very useful skill for a geomancer
or anyone wanting to improve the health of a site.

It is a style of listening to land and responding with healing and compassion.

And with that healing comes an improved quality of Earth Qi.

We, and thousands of clients and students, have found even this practice alone to offer immense improvement and opportunity to our lives and those of our clients

Here is Richard’s own protocol for Earth Acupuncture.

It assumes that you have some skills or training as a dowser, healer or both –
It’s the pro version!


Earth Acupuncture Protocol

Firstly address the spirits of place for permission, guidance and safe-keeping during the work.
This may include asking for help from angelic, archangelic, landscape devic and local elemental spirits as well as your own guides
.
You may like to invite a friend(s) to help too, for moral support and to watch your back, as some spirits may be difficult, needing offerings and direct dialogue in meditation to resolve.
Working your own place can bring good self-knowledge, but once you are entrained into the patterns of the earth currents of your home it can be hard to muster the spiritual leverage to diagnose and treat clearly – unless you’re experienced – this is where help from a friend comes in – ideally with some training as a healer, therapist, dowser, priest or shaman


Establish a base camp
for your work at a positively-energised or at least neutral spot in the garden.

Then circuit the garden using dowsing rods, identify the paths of any underground streams passing under your home that are carrying geopathic stress within their information fields.

Firstly set your intention for your rods to only find such lines – “sha streams”.

Check inside the home too, especially at bed locations, but it is easiest to create a mental map of the lines by dowsing outside all around the exterior of the house in the garden or surrounding land.

You may discover several watercourses running under your home, typically 3 to 20 feet wide, some at different depths and trajectories and others running more or less parallel.

Dowse to find a point on each line out in the garden that can be used as an earth-acupuncture point, usually a crossing of two underground streams, and place a needle of some sort into it until held upright.

I use live-wood – wooden wands inhabited by dryads – but crystals, especially quartzes or amethysts, are also suited to the work, as are feathers or other talismanic artefacts.

Allow the points to work through a therapeutic cycle to clean up any landscape trauma or other distressed information up- and down-stream along the paths of the streams – this may take minutes, hours or days.

Bear in mind the history of the building and put some focus into any recurring traumatic or unlucky patterns embedded in the ‘predecessor qi’ of the place.

You will feel a clear sense of relief and your dowsing rods will confirm when each point is clear.

Some lines may feel more strongly toxic than others. The dowsed ‘von Pohl’ scale of 1 – 16 can be used to quantify the degree of unpleasantness, where 1 is a clean healthy underground stream with no traumatic information in its associated qi current. In this scale 9 is a typical total from two or more streams crossing under a bed for cancer to be likely to develop, and 16 is powerfully strongly toxic to mammalian life.

Dowsing a scale like this can also be useful to help detach you from identifying with the negative energies that you are observing and treating – keep control over your aperture of perception and close down, or retire to your base camp when you need to.

 

Effects of Geopathic Stress and Underground Water

After your first circuit placing wands around your house, walk another circuit this time dowsing for the path(s) of any ley-lines through the property.
If present these will manifest with a straight central mid-line of overground qi, accompanied by male and female currents snaking beneath, and strong outer edge-lines that can contain much stress if the ley is heavily charged.

I would place a wand in each of the three lines in an arc, at a point in the garden indicated by the dowsing rods.

Crossings of the twin currents around the mid-line are especially significant and can be marked by standing stones, stone circles, church steeples or pagodas.

These three lines can contain trauma or other distress in the spiritual, thinking and feeling realms respectively, and may depend on a level of spiritual hygiene being maintained at other sacred sites along the line.
Placing a permanent stone or stones of some sort on the ley may be helpful for long-term harmony.
Sometimes nodes further up or down a ley, perhaps at a church or other sacred site miles away, can need similar work to ensure the ley stays in positive health.

I usually end up with in an ark of wands around two sides of the property. But it may be wherever is the more convenient for placing wands or other witnesses in the ground where they won’t be disturbed for an hour or two.
In the event of concrete, wands can be leant upright against a wall.

Sometimes every stream may need treating directly, sometimes just a few key points are better.

Next, check for any other potential problems with technopathic stress, with geological faults, mineral deposits, or global geomagnetic grid crossing points.

Hartmann, Curry and other geomagnetic grids will usually clear as the underground water lines clear. Double-negative crossing points are still worth avoiding or placing an amethyst on.

Connect with the flow of energy on the site. Tune in through direct dialogue with dragons, elemental spirits and other pyscho-spiritual realms.
Explore the narrative of the property and relate it to the experience of the space.
Examine the form and design of the built and natural environment with feng shui precepts for placement improvements.

Retire to your base camp and observe the wands as they plume (connecting earth and heaven).

You may see this as a steaming above the heads of the wands not unlike a heat-haze, especially over the first twenty minutes.
Different colours may be present at times as stuff processes.

Incense can help the purification at a point or points (the smoke turning from grey to white as the stress clears), as can bells, drumming, toning, music, dialoguing etc.

You can remote view into the paths of the various lines you are working and rest your healing focus at the sites of trauma up and down stream.

Walk and talk with the dragons

When the Earth and Heaven Qi are balanced then it makes for the perfect house site

You may also connect with the dragon / serpent spirit of each line and focus healing to injuries they have sustained from scars in the landscape nearby.

Distressed elemental spirits of place may also need dialogue, offerings, and leading into the care of the local landscape deva for new roles.

Allow any earth-bound ghost people to pass to the light as their friends and ancestors arrive. This is often through a portal that opens above one of the wands, or the centre crossing of the house.

You may need to dialogue with some of these beings in order to help them pass over.

Cleaning up the information fields of the earth energies like this allows trapped ghosts to release and ensures that the house won’t fill with new ones next week.

They may still pass through if the spirit path is a strong one, even a healthy ley-line still carries a strong energy flow and flow of spirits. Changing bedroom or bed position off its direct path can sometimes be the best option.

Perhaps you will need to gesture a seal to close a portal into your bedroom if there is a ley-line crossing there.

Once the work is finished you will know. Your rods will confirm the job is done, perhaps with an attendant good omen such as the return of bird-song.

Close any portals opened as you finish, retrieve your wands and crystals and spend a moment cleansing them.

The cure may be permanent, especially if old landscape trauma has been released by your therapeutic input, but possibly another level of stress will appear for clearing in the coming days, weeks or months.

Future earth energy disturbances from nearby building, digging or quarrying in the neighbourhood can also trigger a return of geopathic and geopsychic stress and a need to repeat the procedure.

Placing an image of a good deity can help keep the ley-cross power spot sweet.

We wish you the best of luck with your home healing.

With experience many sites can feel simple to work and clear. But still, even for veteran geomancers, other sites are full of yucky geopathic stress and troubled entities and nature spirits that stick like old chewing gum to the bottom of your shoe and can make you feel headachy and ill.
Do take this work seriously and protect yourself. Do work with a friend and don’t take on more than you can handle.
If your work seems to have stirred up more than you have cleared, we recommend calling the services of an experienced practitioner – ask around for dowsers, feng shui consultants or other psychic healers and shamans, or the services of geomancers.

When you live in isolation
Just grazing the surface of the earth
There is no sympathy, there is no synchronicity.
Because all is connected
There is no difference between here and there

Feeling drawn to this sort of work?
Have a look at our Geomancy Intensive coming up in July
It’s the real deal!
We are very excited about our program.
We think it’s one of the best.

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Five Key Areas to Improve the Subtle Energy of your Home

Kylerhea – House on the Point

Do you want your home environment to be as supportive as possible?

Of course you do. But sometimes it’s really hard to know where to start.

In an ideal world and all things being equal you’d have the perfect site, with the perfect house layout, beautiful and appropriate furniture, and a sweet nourishing energy that helps you rest and helps you grow.

But even if you’re in a settled home and have lots of money to throw at it, it’s not necessarily possible to achieve the ideal. We’ve worked on plenty of well financed homes with less than perfect energetics.

When living in a more challenged house, life can feel like a continuously uphill struggle, surmounting one crisis after another with less time to relax and smell the roses. Conversely a home with a supportive flow of energies can mean you have to spend less time, stress and money maintaining subsistence living, and more time exploring creative self-expression and enjoying a graceful flow of serendipitous good fortune.

Even Short Term Accommodation Benefits From Some Focus

As an example, over winter 2016/17 we stayed on a Hebridean island, living in several different houses during this time. Although the macro environment is clean, healthy, unstressful and peaceful in most respects, each house has presented us with different micro-environment challenges to our health and mood, according to the details of design, lay-out, local earth energies, and house siting especially in relation to prevailing winds and winter storms.

As such in order to optimise our experience of life while there we have needed to attend to and clarify the energies in each dwelling for different reasons. Even if we are going to be staying in a house for just a week it is certainly preferable to give it an initial survey on arrival and fix what we can within the possible opportunities and constraints of each site. This should yield smoother, happier, more harmonious energies, good refreshing nights’ sleep, and easy alert days for work and play.

Unbalanced Energy Robs your Vitality

Living in a home where the energetics are out of kilter will take a toll on you. And if it’s really bad or chaotic, or even not so bad, but you live there for a while, then it could have serious consequences for your health, wealth and relationships.

In a sense the work involved in maintaining a comfortable lifestyle can mean borrowing from your personal energy bank account just to stay in any sort of balance. In the short term, or with a healthy savings account, this might seem ok but it will definitely take its toll on health and happiness if you stay in a negative environment for too long. Even one night in a badly located bed can take a small toll on your energy.

Each House is Different

Homes may be more lucky or unlucky according to a range of geomantic factors. There are a number of considerations, including local geographical environment and the house’s siting within it, the quality of subtle earth energies flowing through or beneath it, architectural and garden landscape design, and interior layout, as well as of course the different personalities of the inhabitants.

Different houses will present with different challenges to our health and mood, according to the individual details.  Although the macro environment may be clean, healthy and peaceful the details of design, lay-out, local earth energies, and house siting will effect each inhabitant in various ways according to their own strengths and weaknesses.

Even though the confluence of energies in a home are varied there are some key things you can address that will improve the atmosphere whatever the situation. And though you may only be staying in a house for a short time, maybe for a holiday or when the house is rented and major alterations are not feesible, then it is still possible with a few adjustments to make a big difference.

Five Quick Fixes for Better Energy

Whether it’s to ensure a happy stay while on holidays or to improve your personal home and work environments, some attention paid to these key areas can yield instantly noticeable beneficial results.

  • Clutter at front door and central hub
  • Bed placement
  • Mirror placement
  • Techno-stress
  • Quality of Earth Energies

The following are simple fixes, together taking no longer than an hour. Whatever is contributing to the energy and atmosphere of your home, these five things are the minimum you should attend to in any circumstance. You may find that some areas are ok or need little adjustment but a quick focus will soon tell you if there is anything to do. And doing a little is better than doing nothing.

Likewise if you are only staying somewhere a few days it may not warrant too much attention. But even an overnight in a hotel, with poorly positioned mirrors and beds, can ruin your stay.

CLEAR THE CLUTTER IN KEY AREAS

One person’s clutter is another person’s comfort zone.

We function a lot better at many levels if we can keep the decks clear and clutter to a minimum. There are personal preferences when it comes to clutter, some thrive best in a zen minimalist interior while others find creative expression easier surrounded by a comfortable amount of chaos. However piles of chronically unresolved clutter are always a sign of stagnant energy flow wherever they sit, as are piles of rubbish and dereliction outside – so get sorting and clearing.

Two Vital Areas Where You Definitely Dont Want Clutter

Pay special attention to the area around the front door, both outside and inside the front entrance area.

At least there is a path to door and you can look out and see your belongings. But this is definitely a cluttered entrance!

The front door is usually the principal ‘mouth of energy’ of a dwelling, and through it can flow from the external environment opportunity and prosperity to nourish the home. If the portal area is restricted or run-down this may reflect the quality of luck that arrives at and through the door for the house or business. If the access is clear and well-aspected then heaven will smile on the house.

Next pay attention to the central area of the building – the approximate geometric centre is found at the junction of two diagonals from the four corners of the building. If this point falls in a wall, adopt the most obvious open area nearest.

Even attractive treatment of the entrance area can limit the flow

Or at a simpler level it is the hub of energy. In contemporary homes this area is often at the entrance to the main living or family room, or the kitchen. Ensure this area is clean and clear, as it represents the central spiritual axis of the home and influences the health of all inhabitants in the surrounding rooms. Work with decoration to create a clear space according to taste.

BED PLACEMENT

The situation of the master bed is the next key area to look at, and the energetics of the bed reflect in the quality of relationship and fertility, and also of health in general. If we’re lucky, we spend a third of our lives in bed, resting and regenerating, and the quality of energy in the bedroom as we sleep is vitally important. This applies of course to all the other beds in the house too.

Principles of Good Bed Siting

Poor siting of bed under the window
Better alternative position, though not designed for here – power cables behind bed, no space for two bedside tables.

The principles of good siting of beds are these: the bed-head is ideally situated on the most solid and protected wall of the room, the pillows counter-corner to the door, so that you have a commanding view of the entrance as you sit up in bed.

A window behind the bed-head is a less secure position, and health and relationships can ‘fall out of the window’ in this situation. The bed-head up against a chimney-breast is also not good for the health, especially if the chimney is still in use from a fire-place downstairs.

Directly facing the door, or with the door opening directly onto one side of the bed are less than ideal positions which can generate subconscious insecurity.

Of course not every house permits the luxury of being able to choose where in the room to place the bed, with constraints of built-in wardrobes, en-suite bathroom doors (best kept shut at night), space for bed-side tables etc. In such cases design ameliorations should be considered, such as a big solid head-board to block the lower part of a window behind the bed, or furniture to partially screen the bed from the door.

In all cases pay attention to the amount of clutter in the room, avoiding if
possible storing anything under the bed. Too many books – full of words and thoughts – can be noisy when trying to sleep.

It’s better to avoid sprung mattresses as they can amplify electrical fields

Wooden-framed beds with mattresses not containing metal bed-springs are much better for health.

The same precepts for ideal bed location can also be applied to the best location for favourite chairs and sofas in the living room, and to study and office chairs and desks – i.e. back to the most solid protected wall, counter-corner to and facing the door.

Ideal interior layout begins with this, and continues into all other furniture placement with the intention of allowing movement and energy flow through the house to be practical, smooth and fluid – minimising dead spots allows for more fulfilling social engagement.

MIRROR PLACEMENT

Mirrors amplify whatever they reflect, and in general increase the yang in a room. Mirrors over-lighting a bed (from the ends or sides) tend to provoke restless sleep and insomnia and should be avoided, moved, or covered at night. This topic is covered more fully in our article here: Mirrors in the Bedroom

A mirror reflecting the bed can make for unrestful sleep.

Mirror placement throughout the whole house can very important – they can add more light and space to a cramped dark room, but should not be placed directly opposite the front door (repels fortune) or ugly views (amplifying negatives).

It is better to avoid broken, tiled or badly tarnished mirrors (fractured or poor self-image). As an example, in a holiday house in which we stayed there were three small mirrors all hung so low that they were aimed at our midriffs. This is perhaps why we have had such a focus on eating while there.

If you are unable to reposition unfortunate mirrors, then throw a cloth, towel or sheet over them when not in use. This can be a very useful technique in a hotel room which will often have large mirrors opposite the bed. Covering them while you sleep may afford a better quality of rest.

ELECTROMAGNETIC POLLUTION

Close proximity to Extremely Low Frequency, in other words A/C electrical mains power cables and their associated electric and electromagnetic fields can result in health disturbances ranging from depression to leukaemia.

Don’t take your tech to bed with you

Ensure that beds are no closer than 1m. from the electricity mains meter and fusebox; that wires to bed-side lights are no closer than 30cm from the pillows; that electric blankets are turned off and preferably removed before sleep; and that wires and extensions don’t trail underneath beds and chairs.

Exposure to Radio Frequency EMFs, e.g. from wifi, cordless and mobile phones and masts, can result in a similar range of health disturbances from concentration difficulties to brain tumours. Use devices sparingly, with the speaker on so that they are not held so close to the head, and turn wifi off when not in use or hard-wire your devices with old-fashioned ethernet cables instead.

For an exhaustive review of the health dangers of different ELF and RF fields see: http://www.powerwatch.org.uk

QUALITY OF EARTH ENERGIES

Often the most important determinant of the subtle qualities of atmosphere within a house and its individual rooms are the earth energies. Especially significant are underground water veins and their associated energy and information fields, which can feel clean, happy, nourishing and energising, or may feel or dowse as distressed, uncomfortable, frightening or draining.

The negative lines, especially when strong, can have a major impact on the quality of atmosphere along their paths, and those living and sleeping on these can expect everything from mood to health of immune system to be compromised. You can read about the Medical Implication of Geopathic Stress.

A typical home may have several underground streams flowing beneath the property, perhaps on different trajectories at different depths. These can be dowsed for by walking around the site with a pair of dowsing rods, identifying their pathways and sensing the quality of each one’s information field.

Other earth energies that may be impacting on home for good or ill include geological faults, mineral deposits, geomagnetic grid lines such as the Hartmann and Curry grids, and overground leylines.

Dowsing for Negative Earth Energies

Dowsing a property’s earth energies completely is a little involved, however even for the lay person simply a moment taken in deviceless dowsing can reap some insights into the harmony of your local earth energies, and maybe you will have an opportunity to fix them with a ceremonial or therapeutic action.

How to do Deviceless Dowsing

Stand in a central part of the property or perhaps a place where you can oversee the property. This can be done both inside and out. Quieten your inner chatter, your monkey mind, and then when you feel settled ask yourself “Is there a location on the site that is emanating negative energy?”. If yes,  then ask that your attention be taken to the spot inside or out.

Another way would be, after quietening your spirit, to do a scan of the property with your eyes closed and ask that your attention be drawn to any difficult spots. As you scan round you will feel a jarring or hiccup when you scan past the offending area(s) – there may be several.

Note these places as you scan. Pay particular attention to trouble spots under sleeping areas and main doorways. Problem areas will often coincide with the crossing-points of two underground streams carrying distressed information fields.

Remedial Action

When you have located the place or places in your mind’s eye, walk to each in turn and sense a centre spot at which you could enact some remedial action. For example, place a therapeutic witness here such as a clean crystal, stone or wand, light incense, smudge with sage, and or use sound – cymbals, bells, toning.

Address the local spirits of place asking for permission and guidance and protection before starting, and having identified them, don’t stand on a distressed stream longer than it takes to place a witness. Back off to a neutral or good earth energy spot to observe and process such healing as comes through as local landscape trauma is released.

We place a lot of importance on this practice and know that it can make a huge difference to the experience of even short stay in a house, let alone to the quality of life in your home.

Of course there are a range of more advanced Geomantic techniques, including those for detecting and dealing with geopathic stress and other negative energies… and that’s what we’re about teaching. If you’re interested in learning about these, some of the most important skills in Geomancy, then you will be interested in our training. We provide you with the learning and experience to practice these arts for yourself, family and friends, or professionally. Geomancy Training