'Betwixt images and characters', as Agrippa puts it, stand the Sixteen Figures of geomancy. Part representative image - as in, for example, the Jawbone of Laetitia or the Sword of Puer - and part fundamental irreducible markings containing and bestowing geomantic, planetary, and elemental virtue, the Figures are used as the basis for constructing geomantic sigils. The dotted forms of their theoretical alchemy are joined to form glyphs of directed potency.
We find such geomantic sigils throughout the corpus of Western magical texts and techniques - most typically in the various iterations of so-called Solomonic pentacles, but also in a variety of other lamens, seals, and signs. In this Advanced Geomancy course we will examine such historical uses of geomantic magic in wider talismanic arts, and by extension deepen the manners in which our geomancy can inform and be informed by our broader magical practices.
We will also learn eminently practical means of employing the geomantic sigils in our own spell-craft for empowering illuminations, suffumigations, washes, charms, and more. Finally, we will explore the possibilities extended in creating new sigils for our own specific purposes, marrying both the pre-modern conception of sigil as particular encoded astrological construct to its post-Sparean chaos magic do-it-yourself approach.
The course is taught by Dr. Alexander Cummins, who by day is a professional diviner and mild-mannered historian of early modern magic (seriously, he has a doctorate in the history of English magic) and by night finds himself conjuring shades, demons and the occasional angel. As you may have guessed by this course, he has a particular passion for geomancy. Drawing on his own professional practice and personal experiments with the system over the last decade, the Good Doctor presents this course as a further exploration of the nuances of this worldly oracle. The course will include access to scans of primary source texts of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century geomancy, along with reading notes and further bibliography. All of these resources are of course additional support, as the Good Doctor will cover everything necessary during the course proper.
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Advanced Geomancy Course:
taught by Dr. Alexander Cummins
Three Part Class
Three 1.5 hour Wednesday Sessions)
Wednesday, Apr 8th, 2020
Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2020
Wednesday, Apr 22nd, 2020
Time: 9:00 to 10:30 pm, EDT
Cost: $150- payment due at time of registration
Platform: Zoom | Limit: 16 students
The information will build upon the previous session, so commitment to all the dates or viewing the recordings of each session is important. Recordings of the classes will be made available to those participating.
• Upon purchase, you will be contacted via email to complete regristration, and to receive necessary further information. Make sure to enter your preferred email address at checkout.
• You must have taken the Geomancy Foundation Course and have approval of the instructor to take this course.