Recently, someone took advantage of my divination special (which you should totally take up yourself through the rest of this October!), and while talking shop about what she’d like to ask, she also mentioned that she’s starting to learn geomancy as well. This is kinda awesome, since it made my job a little easier in describing the symbols used and how I arrived at their interpretations for her readings. Something this client is doing to help her learn geomancy is by drawing single figures to predict how things will go over a period of time, or in other words, a single-figure forecast. She does it for seasons, months, weeks, and days, and uses the figures to give her a heads-up on what’s coming her way. This is a good way to learn the figures, though it can be vague at times since it’s just a single figure and not a full chart. Still, it’s a useful thing.
However, she wanted advice on how to interpret these figures in this manner when it comes to a forecast for a small timeframe that takes place within a larger timeframe. For instance, say she drew the figure Via for the fall of 2013, Carcer for October 2013, and Rubeus for the first week of October 2013. Although each of these figures can be fairly clear on their own, seeing how they interact can be difficult. In a way, it’s like trying to figure out patterns within patterns, or wheels within wheels. After all, in many ways, Via and Carcer are very different figures, and understanding how they interact in this kind of time reading can be confusing. How do these figures interact with each other? The client wanted to know whether the longer-term figure affected the shorter-term one or vice versa.
My understanding of this kind of interlocked readings is that it’s not a matter of which affects the other, but which provides context or details for the other; the two are harmonious, generally speaking, but indicate different spans of time. Consider the relationship between the Court (Witnesses, Judge, and Sentence) of the Shield Chart and the houses of the House Chart in geomancy: both answer the same question but with different levels of scope. While the Court indicate the overall answer, or the bird’s-eye view of the situation, the houses indicate specific influences and effects in each aspect of the situation. Thus, the Shield Chart indicates the overall broad view, while any particular house indicates a specific detail that fills in the broad answer of the Court. Likewise, the Court provides context for each and any of the houses to make sense in the overall query.
When this logic is applied to timeframes, we can treat a long-term figure as providing a general heads-up on that timeframe, which indicates the overall direction or trend of things happening within that timeframe. A shorter-term figure indicates trends and events that happen just within that timeframe as it fits into the overall timeframe given by the long-term figure. As an example, if we draw Via for fall 2013, we can say that the overall trend of the season will be “change” or “motion”, but not everything in that season will necessarily have something to do with it, and some events within it may actually hinder change or motion. Other figures for shorter time periods within fall 2013, from seconds to months, can fill in the details for what exactly is going to happen within those timeframes, and can help the querent understand what those types of change might be. Conversely, shorter-term figures can be given a broader context or background information with long-term figures, to see how a particular event might be related to others in a larger timeline.
So, for instance, going back to the client’s example, she drew Via for the fall of 2013 and Carcer for October 2013. How might these figures interact?
- Although Via is the overall theme for that quarter, not everything that happens in that quarter may be directly connected to Via itself; in other words, Via provides a high-level view but with no details. Carcer is a little more detail-oriented, and suggests that October may have things more important to focus on than just change. It’s not a matter of Via “affecting” Carcer, but the timeframe signified by Via itself is broader than that of Carcer, so Carcer can help fill in the gaps that Via leaves behind; alternatively, Carcer indicates a temporary influence within the overall arc or trends that Via indicates. If you think of wheels within wheels, this may make a little more sense.
- Despite that Via means complete change and Carcer means enforced stability, they’re both figures indicating separation and solitude, with Via being more about chosen solitude or exile and Carcer being forced isolation or imprisonment.
- Despite that Via means complete change and Carcer means enforced stability, it could be that the enforced stability of Carcer is the change that Via was hinting at, at least as Via applied to October. While things before may have been easy-going or easy to change from within, Carcer indicates that all change is being handled away from you without your involvement, and that it’s now time to be alone or locked into some other situation.