Geomancy : is an ancient form of divination which involves either,
the scattering of handfuls of soil, earth or other materials on the
ground, or markings made in the earth or sand, in order to make 'a range
of dot configurations which can then be "read" by a seer'.
Geomancy, however in the 19th century began
to be applied to the Chinese practice of feng shui, which literally
means "wind and water". This is an ancient Chinese system
of creating harmonious surroundings in order to ensure health, happiness
and prosperity. The way in which this was done involved the geomant
or the feng shui master employing 'a circular magnetic compass,
called a luopan, which was marked off in rings containing data
relating to astrology, directions, the elements, landscape forms, times of
day, and so on. The aim was to locate a site where the energies or ch'i
of the land and sky were brought into perfect balance. The harmony of
these energies ensured good fortune'.
The art, science or practice of feng shui holds that there are
lines of magnetism and certain powerful currents that are running
invisibly across the the whole of the earth's surface. It was
therefore, the task of the geomancer to locate these and 'interpret their
influences on the land through which they passed'.
In China these lines of magnetic force, or energy lines, are known as "lung-mei",
or the "dragon current" which are thought to exist in two forms:
one negative current the yin and one positive current the yang.
The yin is represented by a white tiger and the yang by the blue dragon.
The landscape has both yin and yang features. Some are
classed as female while others male. For example 'undulating'
country is yin, or female, while sharp rocks and mountains are male
'It was the aim of the
geomancer to place every structure precisely within the landscape in
accordance with a magic system by which the laws of music and mathematics
were expressed in the geometry of the earth's surface. The landscape
itself may be manipulated in order to achieve the harmony sought through
the placement or adjustment, or removal, of trees or rocks, or bodies of
water. Every feature of the landscape may be contrived to produce an
effect which ultimately is perceived as beautiful; indeed, perceived
beauty in a landscape may in fact be simply when the lines of the dragon
current are in balance'.
From the start the major lines of the dragon must be located by the
geomancer in his or her area. Today, it is claimed, that dowsing
can be used to trace and detect these energy lines.
lines which were discovered 40 years earlier by Alfred Watkins, came
to be identified with the dragon lines of the feng shui in the
1960's. Since then, ley
lines were no longer simply straight tracks they were now 'lines of
energy coursing through the earth'. The fact that many stone
circles, ancient monuments, megalithic tombs and standing stones follow ley
lines, tends to suggest that these energy currents were known in
prehistoric times. These sites were now, not just route markers but
in some way also tapped into this energy source. Where two or more ley
lines intersect there is often important prehistoric sites occupying
Source: Inspiration, information and extracts for this topic are
from the Earth
Mysteries Website, written and presented by Chris Witcombe