A Reminder to All Those who (Claim to) Follow the Way of Hermēs

Whether you call it Hermeticism or Hermetism, regardless of how much Hellenic or Solomonic or qabbalistic influence it may bear, irrespective of whether you’re focused on classical or medieval or Renaissance or modern approaches to it all, the Way of Hermēs Trismegistos is fundamentally Egyptian at its core—and Egypt is still a place in Africa. None of us should ever, ever forget that.

Those Hermet(ic)ists who aren’t stepping up to aid those who belong to an oppressed minority and aren’t stepping up to bring life and light to their fellow humanity through healing and wisdom need to reconsider what they’re really doing with their lives and to do better to actually implement the teachings in their own Work—especially if they’re white, straight, cis, or otherwise privileged to belong to one non-oppressed majority or another. And those Hermet(ic)ists who aid or abet racism, fascism, or other such oppressive thoughts and practices need to take a good, long look at themselves, pray, go back to the original texts and philosophies, relearn the inherent dignity and holiness of all humanity, and reconsider literally everything it is they are—and to fuck all the way off and out of the way of humanity until they get a grip on the Way of Hermēs, no matter which route they’re taking.

Even if ancient Egyptians didn’t see themselves like other African ethnicities, even if Hermet(ic)ism wasn’t pan-Mediterranean syncretic from the start, even if Hermetic practices hadn’t changed over millennia, racism and fascism and oppression have no place in the Way—and it is not enough to simply not participate in those things, but it is on us to stand up against them and to actively work against them.

Black Lives Matter.

Work accordingly.

For the love of God and the gods, for the sake of all humanity all made in the image and likeness of the Divine, for the betterment and salvation and good order of the whole Creation of the Creator for all its creatures, let all followers of the Way of Hermēs—whether Hermeticist or Hermetist—hear and help.

Geomancy Class Outline

I’m getting ready to teach a few classes at Sticks and Stones, the local new age and earth spirituality book store I do readings at, for the rest of this year.  Later this month, on September 23 and 30, I’m teaching a two-part course on geomancy, since apparently I know things and can teach them.  I dunno why people trust me to do this for them without, like, burning down the state of Virginia in the process.  Either way, it’s an awesome opportunity for me, the local occulture, and the art of geomancy as well, since this really is an art that deserves more love than it gets after being neglected for a few centuries.

Well, as usual, I’m pretty much winging it, and don’t really have a structure yet for the course.  Regardless if they go well, I’d like to keep teaching about geomancy, perhaps offering the course several times a year or offering special workshops on detailed topics within geomancy.  If the courses go well, fantastic!  If not, I hope to tweak the courses around and figure out what went wrong, what went well, and what can be improved upon.  To that end and to help me prepare, I’d like to ask the occult blogosphere and you, dear reader, to help me out.

Each session is two hours long, and there are two sessions.  I’ve decided to break the material up into the first session:

  • What geomancy is and is not
  • History of geomancy: Sahara, Middle East, Africa, Europe
  • Basic figure meanings
  • Figure groupings: stable vs. mobile, odd vs. even
  • Geomancy and astrology: planets, signs, elements
  • Making the figures: traditional sand-and-stick method, pen-and-paper, coins, dice, cards
  • Pairwise interpretation: two parents and a child

…and the second session:

  • Practice of divination: ethics, state of mind and conditions, query vs. querent vs. quesited
  • Generating the Mothers, the Shield Chart, and the House Chart
  • Interpreting the Shield Chart: the four groups of figures, via puncti, sum of the chart, figure triads
  • Interpreting the House Chart: the houses, perfection, aspects, favorability, company

Attending the first session is a requirement for attending the second, which makes sense to me.  I want the first session to give a solid foundation for geomancy and its symbols while giving them a taste of what they can do, with the full art and technique being explored in the second session.  I’m also planning on giving a set of handouts for the course, so people can take something home with them, have some premade notes, and some references to guide them as they start working with geomancy:

  • Basic terms, symbols, definitions
  • Figures, meanings, correspondences
  • Shield Chart template
  • House Chart template
  • Perfection and examples

Knowing the above, what do you, dear reader, think?  Is the course inclusive enough to get a basic but firm grip on geomancy?  Is there anything I missed you’d like to see included?  Is there anything you think doesn’t need to be gone over?

One Fewer

The other day, when I went to the grocery store to get some baking supplies, I was approached by a lady outside who was working for food donations.  She handed me a small slip of paper with a list of badly needed items, and asked if I could get a few things for her for the holiday season donation campagin the local churches were running.  I had only planned to get one or two things, but I left with a basket full of supplies and foodstuffs for them.  They were shocked I gave as much as I did, but why not?  I try to do a good turn once in a while, after all.

As I was leaving the parking lot, I realized that what I did wasn’t really that much.  Sure, one family might be able to not worry about food as much as they did last year.  But even then, isn’t that a powerful thing in its own right?  The power of “one fewer”, even though it’s only one, can have immense consequences.

What if one fewer family went hungry on Thanksgiving?  What if one fewer child went without a present on Christmas?  What if one fewer family had to grieve the loss of a child due to hunger or disease?  What if one fewer person had to freeze in their own home in the winter?  What if one fewer person had to lose their home because of bad politics?  What if one fewer bystander had to recover from a stray bullet?  What if one fewer child were bullied because of how they appeared or acted?  What if one fewer parent were killed because of how they appeared or acted?

The ability to effect “one fewer” is not hard.  The consequences of effecting “one fewer” can be mind-blowing.  Why not try, in one more year, to see how many “one fewer” bad things we can get done in the world?  It doesn’t have to be a big thing; in fact, that’s quite the point.