One of the things I have been puzzling over his been the use of the Moon’s Nodes in Geomancy. In modern Geomancy Cauda Draconis is seen as being an ending while Caput Draconis is seen as a beginning. Cauda is always seen as bad, while Caput is always positive. In Ancient Astrology, which was the main influence on the Arabic developers of Geomancy, Cauda was seen more as a decrease while Caput was an increase. The nodes were said to either decrease or increase the power of any planets (or houses they sat in). Many geomancers will claim that increase and decrease are expressed by Admissio and Aquistio but when we look at the original Arabic meanings of these Geomantic symbols (catch
Rubeus is the devil of traditional Geomancy, but that might be due to ancient fear of sexuality and what we now call the libido. Elemental structure: Air new/awakening fire, water and earth elements full/waning Element: Air Mobile and Exiting Judge: biased/impossible Day or Night: Night Mansions of the Moon When a symbol covers more than one mansion it potentially covers all of them and the goal is to see them as a synthesis. The symbol might potentially bring them out. However, if (as in the case of Rubeus) there is some contradiction it means that the power can be both good or bad depending on the circumstances. Rubeus covers three mansions of the moon 6 Athaya 7 Aldirah 8 Annathra 6th Mansion is form, wisdom, attraction, friendship, and love.
Populus – community Elemental structure: Full power elements waning Element: Water Stable: Entering and Exiting Judge: Impartial Day or Night: Day Mansions of the Moon When a symbol covers more than one mansion it potentially covers all of them and the goal is to see them as a synthesis. The symbol might potentially bring them out. However, if (as in the case of Populus) there is some contradiction it means that the power can be both good or bad depending on the circumstances. Populus covers three mansions of the moon -- 22 Caadaldeba; 23 Caadebolach; 24 Caadacohot. 22nd Mansion is a Mansion of speed, escape, and personal power. It sometimes means that we will soon receive a message or the answer to our queries. It signifies the end of
Poor Carcer has a bad press among geomancers due to its association with “prisons” and constriction. The older books are no better because they associate carcer with Saturn (which was often an astrological malefic). But actually, like many of the negative associations we get from traditional astrology (and geomancy) these are simplistic and might blind us to the true meanings. While the meaning of the Latin carcer does mean “prison” it is a later meaning. Romans did not have prisons to them the word meant the starting barriers at racecourse, traps and sometimes a beginning. If you see the cages at the start of a modern horse race, you get the idea. They were something which temporarily held the horse with
In the Golden Dawn the candidate is shown a geomancy talisman as an example of Earth Magic. Generally, though Geomancy was focused on divination and has been pretty much universally hated by Golden Dawn students (other than Crowley and his follower Israel Regradie). To be fair, GD geomancy is based on Theomagica by John Heydon which is a mess. When restored to its proper condition geomancy becomes a powerful elemental magic tool. Geomancy is based on 16 symbols which work in a similar binary system to the iChing. Each symbol is made of four elemental lines from the top down (Fire, Air, Water, and Earth) which are either switched on or switched off. The elemental lines mean (from the top down)