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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Interpretation The medieval texts describe several methods for interpretating the completed tableau.

ConjureMan Ali’s Spiritual Blog: Geomancy and Khatt al Raml

Figures pointing downwards are said to be entering and stable; figures pointing upwards are said to be exiting or passing ulm and movable the four symmetical figures are either, depending on the nature of the figures from which they were generated.

Here, they assign the figures from the shield chart to al-taml houses a-raml the house chart; the order used differs between different circles of occultists. Notably, Populus cannot appear in these charts, since mathematically it either requires two figures to be the same in order to be formed, or produces a duplicate figure when added to another figure.

The Witnesses and the Judge Finally, the tableau is completed by adding points in the same way to create three more figures. Already have al-ram account? Similar forms of geomancy include scrying involving the patterns seen in rocks or soil. European scholars and universities began to translate Arabic texts and treatises in the early Middle Agesincluding those on geomancy. My practice in geomancy is quite old and lim with astrology and dream interpretation is the only form of divination that I am known for in the Middle East.

Family, partners, and housemates of the querent. Conceptually, this is the same procedure in mathematical logic as the exclusive orwhere a line with two points is used instead of “false” and a line with one point instead of “true”. The resolution will come through a third party.


This article is about the African and European divination technique. Generally, except when the querent asks about a situation about a subject with no immediate connection to themselves, the querent’s significator is located in the first house see Derivative house.

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

A mediator will help bridge the gap between the querent and quesited. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. It was one of the most popular forms of divination throughout Africa and Europe, particularly during the Middle Ages and alraml Renaissance.

Friends, associates, coworkers, colleagues of the querent, as well as people in authority over the querent. From the Witnesses, using the same addition process, the iudexor Judge, is formed.

Another mythological story for the origin of geomancy also involves Idris. Though they share the same origin and great similarities, enough time, space, and work has passed that have made the two sciences grow apart into their own unique systems.

In the 19th century, Christian missionaries in China translated feng shui as “geomancy” due to their observations of local shamans and priests manipulating the flow and direction of energy based on aesthetics, location, and position of objects and buildings.

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Casting the Points The first step is usually called “casting” or “sowing” the points. Idris replied that he was simply entertaining himself, but the stranger replied that he was doing a very serious act. You are commenting using your Facebook account. The four binary elements of each figure allow for 16 different combinations, each called a tableau.

Similarly, the introduction of a similar Indian system of aesthetics and positioning to harmonize the local energies, vastu shastrahas come under the name “geomancy”. Sign up for a new account in our community. On the other hand, if the chart does not perfect but the figures are good, then the matter will not resolve even though the querent can make do successfully without it. According to them, kumalak is an ancient system of knowledge reaching back to the roots of their civilization.


Both are wonderful methods of divination with much in common. While there are 2 3or eight, trigrams, there are 2 6or 64, hexagrams. Thank you for this fascinating comparison Ali. Though over the years I have become known as a tarot reader here in the West, I practiced geomancy long before I ever picked up the tarot.

In recent times the term has been applied to a wide range of other occult and fringe activities, including Earth mysteries and the introduction of ley lines and Bau-Biologie. Without taking note of the number of points made, the geomancer provides the seemingly random mechanism needed for most forms of divination. The Art and Practice of Geomancy.

Notify me of new comments via email. Each is associated with a planet, a zodiac sign, and either day or night, which is crucial to the more astrological methods of interpretation. 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:. Sign in Already have an account?

Look up geomancy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. This yields a smaller set of resulting charts than geomancy. In one story in One Thousand and One Nightsboth the African Magician and his brother use geomancy to find Aladdin in order to do him harm.

Note that some of these names are not proper Arabic, and moreover, just like in Western olm, there are dozens of names used across the Arabophone sphere.