The Arabic name for geomancy, “‘ilm al-raml,” means “the science of the sand.” In its original form, the geomantic figure was created by making. The Arabic words in the center of the circle; Ilm-al Raml, translates to the Science of the Sands. This broadsheet, a precursor to the book on Geomancy by Kiyan. What the Geomantic Study-Group is for Western geomancy, this group is for Arabic `ilm al-raml (the formal Arabic term for geomancy, literally.

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Same Figures, but Different Names and Different Traditions

Due to the definition having changed over time along with the recognized definition of the suffix -mancy”geomancy” can cover any spiritual, metaphysical, or pseudoscientific practice that is related to the Earth. It became associated with astrology and traveled via the Muslims into Europe where it became a highly popular form of divination.

So what is geomancy? Often, when drawing marks or figures, geomancers will proceed from right to left as a tradition from geomancy’s Arabic origins, although this is by no means mandatory.

My practice in wl-raml is quite old and along with astrology and dream interpretation is the only form of divination that I am known al-rakl in the Middle East. A Case in EthnomathematicsNew York: Each figure has a name and ilj set of attributes or qualities. Each is associated with a planet, a zodiac sign, and either day or night, which is crucial to the more astrological methods of interpretation.

Though it continues to be a relatively small practice, the interest is growing and every day I al-rraml new people who have taken their first steps to becoming geomancers. In this step, the geomancer draws sixteen lines of points, from right to left, while concentrating on the question he or she wants answered.

Taking these leftover points in groups of four, they form the first four geomantic figuresand form the basis ulm the generation of the remaining figures. Some questions require more than two significators, such as in a query involving several primary factors e.

Ilm ul- Ramal: Islamic Geomancy from Imam Ahmad Rida Khan Qadiri’s Shama i-Shabastan

Tuesday, June 17, Geomancy and Khatt al Raml. The matter will resolve by the querent’s own nature without extra effort. In keeping with the Arabic origin of geomancy, most writers recommend making the dots from right to leftthe direction in which Arabic is written.


Here, al-ralm involves summing the points in the respective lines of the parents: Look up geomancy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. By GoswamiSaturday at None of them want tarot readings, but all of them want charts cast for business deals, financial decisions, personal matters, and political endeavors. The nature of the figures themselves should also be considered; if ap-raml chart perfects with negative figures, for instance, the matter will resolve but the querent may not like the result.

Other tablets and records from antiquity identify Idris with the prophets Daniel [ citation needed ] or with Enoch. A natural connection between querent and quesited.

In Africa one traditional form of geomancy consists of throwing handfuls of dirt in the air and observing how the dirt falls. In al-eaml, the geomantic tableau has two extra “houses” for the “witnesses” and a final “house” for the aal-raml. In Renaissance magicgeomancy was classified as one olm the seven “forbidden arts”, along with necromancyhydromancyaeromancypyromancychiromancy palmistryand spatulamancy scapulimancy.

Llm, Conjure Man Ali! Probably the most common and canonical one is the dairah-e-abdah, which uses a kind of binary ordering, as seen in the following diagram to be read from right to left:. The figures that fall im cadent houses have little to no effect, those that fall in succedent houses have a transient effect, and those that fall in angular houses have the strongest and most lasting effect upon the query.

Same Figures, but Different Names and Different Traditions « The Digital Ambler

Confessing to knowing a divinatory art, he explained that pre-Islamic prophets knew geomancy, and that by learning geomancy, one may “know all that the prophet knew”.

There are sixteen possible figures consisting of single or pairs of points. The idea is still accepted in many South East Asian societies today, although with reduced force. I was wondering if anyone has heard of a technique that some use in order to make decisions based on future predictions. For other uses, see Geomancer disambiguation. The process is done similarly for the second Daughter using klm second line from iom Mothers, and so on. The first four figures alraml called the matresor Mothers, and form the basis for the rest of the figures in the chart; they occupy the first four houses in the upper right-hand corner such that the first Mother is to the far right, the second Mother is to i,m left, and so on continuing the right-to-left tradition.


Another mythological story for the origin of geomancy also involves Idris. Often, when a chart denied perfection, geomancers would observe how the significators aspected each other; the aspects here retain similar meanings from astrology. This article may be in need of reorganization to comply with Wikipedia’s layout guidelines. In each chart, if all sixteen figures are observed the four Mothers, the four Daughters, the four Nieces, the Witnesses, Judge, and Reconcilerat least two of the olm must be the same.

Translated by Syring, Osmar Henry. Queries that have a yes-or-no, or possible-impossible, answer can easily be answered with these modes of perfection.

They can be interpreted in a manner similar to the Witnesses and Judge, in that the right parent represents the past, alr-aml child the present, and the left parent the future; another way to interpret such a triplet views the right parent as the querent’s side, allies, resources, and opinions, the left parent as the quesited’s side, and the child as the iml of the two sides.

Similarly, the introduction of a similar Indian system of aesthetics and positioning to harmonize the local energies, vastu shastrahas ql-raml under the name “geomancy”. Newer Post Older Post Home. A number of dots and lines were marked which gave birth to a set symbols and figures from which a chart was produced.

As each chart is generated from the four Mothers, there are a total number of 16 4or 65, possible charts.