Time running out on discounted divination services!

Just FYI, there’s only a few days remaining on my discount for divination services through my Etsy! Through January 31, my divination services are 20% off:

If you’re looking for a thorough, clear, and understandable forecast for the year of 2018, or if you have other issues and questions you’d like to resolve through divination, now’s the time to do it!  You can even book ahead and schedule multiple readings with the discount rate, and use them as you need to throughout the year, so if you think you need multiple readings in the near future, you should consider stocking up and get the offer while the getting’s good.  Normal prices will resume starting February 1.

Also, don’t forget that I also do full consultations that aren’t limited to just divination!  If you need a one-off mentoring session, guidance or help with ritual works, or have a larger problem that can’t be solved with just one divination session or a short email reply, you can book me for a 60-minute or 90-minute video/voice chat where we can talk about anything and everything you might need, divination and other help all included in the price.  For those, check out my Services page over on the site!

On Confusing Geomantic Charts and Geomantic Competency

I started studying geomancy in college, and I was blessed to go to a university with a huge library and good connections.  I’ll always fondly remember hauling my ass to the Old Stacks on grounds, and walking up the claustrophobic submarine-esque stairwell to get to the parapsychology and occult aisles, and finding tomes of occult knowledge from a variety of traditions across the world, including geomancy (which was often mixed up with feng shui manuals written in Classical Chinese and Korean as well as African divination that was only tangentially related).  Of these books, I have to credit Stephen Skinner and his out-of-print book Terrestrial Astrology: Divination by Geomancy with really getting me started in my research.  His up-to-date version of the book Geomancy in Theory and Practice is something every geomancer should have in their library; it’s a wealth of knowledge on the historical development and context of geomancy, as well as some of the major names in geomantic history dating back to its earliest mythological Arabic roots.

However, as I’ve come to learn and practice geomancy over the years, I’ve realized that Skinner’s book on geomancy has its major shortcomings.  The book is far better a history on geomancy than it is a guide to practicing it, and what little there is on actual practice is focused on a very late Golden Dawn-style of geomancy.  This isn’t bad per se, but it doesn’t draw on all the research Skinner has done in Arabic and European geomancy, especially all the new texts that have come to light since the publication of Terrestrial Astrology in 1980.  It’s one technique in particular that Skinner describes that I take major issue with, and it’s based on a fundamental issue with geomantic practice that I find to really hinder geomantic practice.  Skinner says that the Sentence, also known as the 16th figure or the Reconciler or superjudge, should only be used as a last resort if the Judge and the rest of the chart is unclear:

Who could ask for greater clarity?  If the answer were ambiguous, don’t forget that you could always resort to that back-stop, the Reconciler (figure XVI), which is formed by ‘adding’ together figures I and XV, that is, the first Mother and the Judge.  However, don’t form a Reconciler if you have already got a satisfactory answer, as this is rude persistence in the face of a perfectly adequate reply by the oracle!

The idea behind this is that the Sentence is “extra” and not needed by a geomancer except when the chart is confusing, and shouldn’t be part of the normal reading process.  As I’ve come to practice the art, I find the Sentence is always something to examine and is crucial to forming a complete answer.  In Arabic traditions, the Sentence is called “the result of the result”; if the Judge is the result of the query and how the situation resolves itself, then the Sentence is the effect of the resolution on the querent and how things go from there.  In other words, I treat the Sentence as a long-term post-mortem retrospective view on the situation and see how the querent will be effected by everything that happens, and it completes the chart by giving us a final sixteenth figure to round everything out from beginning to the end and afterwards.

The notion of using the Sentence to clarify the Judge does the role of the Sentence a severe injustice, since it belittles this noble figure way too much.  While the Judge does, of course, take precedence in giving an answer to the query, the Sentence is vital in seeing how things continue even after the situation comes to a close and gives us a final view on how the querent will be personally affected by the situation.  This differs from the rest of the chart, which describes what happens or how things happen.  To say that the Sentence is to be used as a “back-stop” doesn’t accurately describe the role of this figure, and to say that it should only be used in the case of a confusing chart is to insult it when it’s far more useful than that in every chart.

It gets worse, though.  Behind this technique of using the Sentence as a last-resort clarification to the Judge in the case of a confusing chart is the underlying notion that a geomantic chart can be too confusing to interpret with the usual methods and one must use “extra” figures in order to make sense of the thing.  I cannot overstate my disagreement with this notion, so let me make my point clear:

In a well-constructed geomantic reading, the symbols are always correct.  It is up to the geomancer to make sense of the symbols and soundly interpret the chart.  The chart in a geomantic reading is not wrong on its own, but the interpretation of the geomancer will be correct or incorrect depending on their own competency.  If a chart in a geomantic reading cannot be interpreted, the fault lies with the geomancer and not the chart.

When I say “well-constructed”, I don’t mean a chart that is drawn up correctly (though that is a necessary condition of a reading that is constructed properly).  I also mean that the reading is performed in a proper mindset: a clear, detached mind that isn’t afflicted by taxing concerns or worries.  The reading should also be performed when the geomancer isn’t physically afflicted with illness that would cause distraction, and other distractions to the geomantic process should also be minimized: the reading should be done when the weather isn’t violent or otherwise bad, in a place that is not moving (i.e. don’t do a reading in a moving vehicle), in a place that is relatively calm and peaceful, without obstruction from outside influences including spiritual adversaries or an unethical reader that stacks the deck or manipulates the generation of the Mothers or a person working maleficia against you to mess with your divinatory skill, and so forth.  This also includes heeding the usual warnings of Rubeus or Cauda Draconis appearing as the First Mother, though how one takes that warning is dependent on tradition.  These are all crucial things to be aware of, and while mental clarity and stability can neutralize many of these concerns ranging from a raging storm to raging emotions, they should all be heeded to construct a reading in the best possible way.

Assuming you’ve heeded the weather and your own well-being, the chart is going to have all the information you need to answer the query.  However, while the chart gives you the figures to interpret, it’s still going to be the geomancer alone who develops the interpretation.  This is where geomancy turns from a mathematically-rigorous technical practice into a spiritually-refined oracular art, and this is where things like intuition, emotional understanding, and perspective come into play.  If what the geomancer says is wrong, then it’s not the chart’s fault that the reading went wrong; the blame for an incorrect interpretation lies solely with the geomancer.  It’s up to the geomancer to give a proper interpretation of the figures; and that requires the geomancer to be competent in their knowledge of the figures and the techniques of geomancy.  You do not need to relegate certain figures to be last-resort interpretive methods, nor do you need to add the Sentence to the four Mothers to get another set of Mothers to draw up a new chart that can potentially be clearer than the first; you don’t need any other figures besides the first set you got.

This notion of a chart being too confusing to read is, as I understand it, an excuse for an incompetent geomancer who lacks the finesse to put together the pieces of the geomantic puzzle before them into a coherent interpretation.  Sometimes charts will be hard to read, and this is to be expected when we have only 16 figures to represent all of the myriad myriad things in the cosmos; however, I can solidly say that there has never been a chart constructed properly that was wrong in my own practice.  I’ve had a number of readings go awry with incorrect interpretations abound, but hindsight is 20/20 and I can always point out what went wrong after the fact and see how I could have interpreted the chart better.  It might take me five minutes to develop an interpretation for a chart or it might take me five hours, but there is no such thing as a chart that is too confusing to read.

As a result, I find this notion of having techniques to resolve a confusing chart to come from a very bad understanding of geomancy, since it pushes the blame of not being able to read a chart from the geomancer to geomancy itself.  This is not the case, and never has been!  If you’re not competent enough to properly read a chart, then become competent with more practice and trial-and-error.  It’s not going to be easy, and it’s not going to go well every single time.  That’s why we practice and build up our knowledge of the figures and techniques of geomancy, and while geomancy is an art that can take a week to pick up and start practicing with good results, it can take years and years to actually become competent at it.

Consider this from the point of view of an alchemist.  In their art, they deal with the subtle forces and changes in material components to drive spiritual changes in the world, and it’s an excruciatingly fine art and science to practice.  Some alchemical processes can take months to complete and must be performed time and time again, and not all these attempts come to success.  If an alchemist’s experiment comes to failure, it’s not alchemy that was at fault, but the alchemist; they didn’t perform their calculations or their processes correctly, or they used the wrong set of materials, or they did things at the wrong time or in the wrong state.  To say that it’s alchemy itself that doesn’t work is, quite simply, wrong, and no alchemist would say such a thing of their art.  For us to say that about geomancy is misguided at best and hypocritical at worst.  Don’t do it.

If the chart is confusing, it’s because you’re the one confused.  While it’s lamentable, it’s not irreparable; there are plenty of things you can do to resolve a “confusing” chart that don’t involve these problematic techniques.  Take a step back, take a deep breath, and try looking at the chart from another perspective.  Think more deeply about the query put to the chart, and see if there’s something you missed in an assumption you made or if there’s something you aren’t aware of when the query was asked.  See if you missed something in your understanding of the techniques or the symbols in geomancy, if you misapplied a particular technique, or if you’re using the wrong set of meanings for a particular symbol.  Consider your own state of being and that of the land and area around you to see if there are negative influences surrounding the reading.  If you need to, take a nap and sleep on the chart for a bit (literally or otherwise) and come back to it later.  If, even after looking at the chart from every angle, you still can’t come to a satisfactory answer, wait at least a day and draw up a new chart for the same query, but save the old one for reference to compare results later.

Over time, competency will come, but it’s up to you to work on it.  There are no shortcuts and there are no substitutes for this.  Trying to make your life easier by geomantically begging the question with “clarification” techniques does neither you nor geomancy any favors.  Research the techniques; meditate on the meanings; practice the process.  That’s the real way to resolve confusing charts.

Yearly Readings Special for 2015!

About this time last year, I had the notion of doing a discounted special for yearly geomantic readings covering people’s lives in 2014.  I got a goodly amount of attention and business from that and it gives me a fairly good chance to bust out the divination and vision oils and burn through a bunch of people’s futures in a single sitting, the rush of which is something I enjoy.  Add to it, I’ve gotten several requests from various people recently asking if I’d be doing them again, but of course I’ve been on vacation for the past few weeks and have been luxuriously enjoying time off and away from the world.  So, I won’t disappoint; let’s do this again, shall we?

This time, I’m using Etsy to set up my divination readings, both for my regular readings and the yearly readings special.  For the time being, unless I have a good reason to, I’ll stick to using Etsy and not PayPal as my divination reading business medium, so be sure to get an Etsy account and follow my shop!

So, the rules are pretty much the same as last year, folks.  You pay me US$20.00, and I’ll draw up a geomantic chart and interpretation for your coming year!  This offer is good through 11:59 PM EST January 30, 2015, so if you’re interested, you only have a limited time to get in on the reading special!  Just be sure you’re looking at the right divination listing.  I’ll try to keep the turnaround time to a minimum, but expect a few days to a week depending on the influx for me to get through all these.  (Bear in mind that I maintain a full-time office job with a lengthy commute.)

What are you waiting for?  Head over to my Etsy page and get a 2015 Yearly Geomancy Reading!

New Divination Reading Offers Available!

My little side-business in selling my crafts and ebooks has gotten off to a modest start since opening up my Etsy shop earlier this year, which is awesome.  Still, what I really want to focus more on is divination, and people haven’t sprung for that nearly as much as I’d like.

Yes, if you didn’t know, I provide divination services and have for some time now.  Surprise!  I also offer other ritual services and planning, too, but divination is something I want to focus on today.  I’ve been offering two services up until this point:

  • A full geomancy reading.  This reading focuses only on one question at a time, but fully explores all the relevant symbols in the chart, as well as offering advice on how to proceed in a particular matter and what actions one can take to induce a particular resolution.  Was US$30, but is now at a lower price of US$20!
  • A horary-geomancy reading, combining horary astrology overlaid with a geomancy chart.  This is preferred for natal queries, long-term situations, or similar deep and complex matters.  This provides more detail than a geomancy reading, as it incorporates Renaissance astrological techniques woven into the standard geomantic interpretations offered.  US$60.

That said, I’m now offering several new selections outside geomancy:

  • A minireading for US$10, combining a pared-down 2-figure geomancy reading and a single-letter grammatomancy reading to indicate a general progression of events as well as advice on what to expect and how to maintain yourself in your affairs.  This is best for general questions to get a good feel for a situation at a high level, and you can go more in-depth with a follow-up reading if desired after this.PayPal Button: Minireading
  • Skype sessions (voice or webcam) for US$50 for half an hour.  We’ll go over as many questions as you have and how to resolve them.  I’ll use a mixture of geomancy, shell divination, grammatomancy, and other methods as I see fit for the queries asked.PayPal Button: Half-Hour Skype Divination Session

Some of you might be wondering, “o polyphanes, why don’t you just offer simple grammatomantic readings?”  Well, back in the day, grammatomancy (drawing a random Greek letter) was a free service that you could do in any forum that had a post with oracles inscribed on it and a bowl with pebbles marked with the Greek letters.  As far as I can ascertain, there was no fee nor charge for this, and it’s such a simple system that I don’t see the need to do what you can easily do for yourself.  There are free resources online to study the art, but I also suggest buying my own ebook on grammatomancy for US$10 which covers all the basics and a number of advanced interpretive techniques.

If you select a Skype reading, please be aware that my most available times tend to be:

  • Wednesday afternoons
  • Friday afternoons
  • Saturday evenings
  • Sunday afternoons and evenings

I go by US Eastern time (observing daylight saving as is custom).  Once I receive notification of payment, we’ll schedule a time slot and I’ll give you a call at the appointed time.  I’ll also record the session (once I can figure that out) and send it to you for your records.

Also, let’s get something fancy going here.  If you refer someone to my site for any divination service, have them let me know your email address.  You’ll be entitled to one free minireading for every person you refer!  Just make sure they tell me that so-and-so@blah.com referred them to me for a divination, and I’ll send you an email afterwards letting you know that you’re eligible for a free minireading.  Of course, you’re under no obligation to refer me to anyone if you don’t want to, but if you like what you read here and what I write or make, consider nudging some business my way or consider donating.  Any little bit helps, and after all, divination is why I’m a magician in the first place.

So what are you waiting for?  Want to get a reading?  Check out my Services page today, or send me an email!

More about Geomantic Perfection

The idea of perfection comes from horary astrology, considered to be the primary and foremost divination system of the antique, classical, and premodern periods; you can find good descriptions of astrological perfection here and here, among elsewhere.  In horary astrology, where the planets move through the 360° of the Zodiac at different rates, the planets make certain aspects to each other at different times; noting how these aspects take place, where they take place, and what other planets make aspects at the same time can indicate different types of perfection or different ways that perfection cannot be obtained.  Geomancy, however, uses sixteen figures that can appear at 12 discrete places in the House Chart instead of smoothly moving through 360°

So, with all that in mind, let me get out the basics first starting from first principles.

What is perfection?  Perfection is a technique used in geomantic divination where a House Chart and not the Shield Chart is used.  This technique helps indicate different types of connection, or the lack thereof, between different actors, events, or goals in a situation.  While the figures themselves describe what a given actor, event, or goal may be like, perfection indicates how these things relate to and work with or against other things.  The things that play a role in a situation are represented by figures called significators, and these figures are found by inspecting a particular house of the House Chart that best represents the thing.  For instance, the querent (person asking the query, or question of divination) is represented by house I, so the figure that appears in house I represents the state, quality, and person of the querent.  If the querent is asking about something in specific, such as a marriage, job, health problem, or debt, we would look to other houses to see what those things are represented by in the chart, which are houses VII, X, VI, and XII, respectively; the thing being asked about is the quesited.

Because any given figure can appear in multiple places in the House Chart, it is possible that one of the significating figures can appear in multiple places, as well.  Different houses that share the same figure indicate a strong connection between the two areas of life, actors, events, or goals.  For instance, if the significator of the querent appears in houses I and VI, we might say that the querent is heavily involved with matters of health, service, or working for others in addition to those things having qualities similar to the querent since they share the same figure.  A figure can appear in more than two houses; in one rare case, the same figure can even appear in all 12 houses, but it’s more common that a figure appears in one to three houses at a time, depending on the chart.

All this puts geomancy in an unusual place in divination systems generally; unlike Tarot, runes, astrology, or other forms of divination, where any given symbol can appear at most once in a reading, a geomantic figure can appear multiple times in a reading.  This allows us to make use of this repetition of figures to indicate relationships between significators based on how they repeat, or pass, around in the chart in relationship to each other.  This is where geomantic perfection is superficially similar to astrological perfect, where the latter relies on aspects being made between planets to form contacts between significators, the former relies on repetition of figures to do the same.  Say the querent wishes to know about marriage, or marrying a particular person; in this case, the significator of the querent is in house I, and the significator of the quesited is in house VII.  If the querent’s significator passes from house I to house VI, then we note that house VI and house VII are neighboring each other; the querent’s significator comes into direct physical contact with that of the quesited.  This is a type of contact made that illustrates perfection.

There are four types of perfection used in geomancy, and I went over those in an earlier post, which you should read up at this point.  To review, there is occupation (the same figure appears in both the house of the querent and the house of the quesited), conjunction (either significator appears in one of the two houses neighboring the other), mutation (when both significators neighbor each other at some other location away from their own houses), and translation (when the same figure which is neither significator appears next to both).  If no method of perfection applies, then we say that the chart is in denial, or lacking perfection.  Where the figures pass to, such as before or after the significator, or whether a figure passes to both before and after, or a mutation-conjunction combination, can all offer variants of these four methods of perfection, but the same basic rules apply.  If a chart has perfection between the significators, then we say that the chart perfects for those signficators; otherwise, we say that the chart denies perfection.

What does perfection answer?  To speak floridly, perfection indicates the connection between different realities, the experienced reality of the querent (represented by the significator of the querent) and the hypothetical reality of the query (represented by the significator of the quesited).  If the chart perfects, then the hypothetical reality will come to pass; if the chart denies perfection, the hypothetical reality will not come to pass.  In more direct terms, perfection in a chart indicates a simple “yes” to the query, and denial of perfection indicates “no”.  So, if Jane Doe asks “will I get married to John Smith?” and the chart perfects between houses I and VII in any way, then the answer is yes, Jane will marry John; if the chart denies perfection, the answer is no, Jane will not marry John.  It’s important to be clear on phrasing the query, because perfection answers about the situation inquired; if Jane asks “will I not marry John?” and the chart perfects, then the answer is yes, she will not marry John.  In other words, perfection affirms or denies the query put to divination.  Learning how to phrase the query clearly and concretely is an important aspect of divination generally, but especially so when perfection is used.

Being able to phrase a query clearly and directly is important especially if one phrases a query in a negative light.  Perfection will affirm whatever is asked, and denial of perfection will deny whatever is asked.  So, if one asks a question negatively, like “will X not happen?” or “should I not do X?”, then the query will be answered as it is.  Thus, if one asks “will X not happen?” perfection says “yes, X will not happen”, and denial says “no, X will not not happen” (or, more directly, “X will happen”).  Thus, the more directly one can phrase the query, reducing all ambiguity and complexity to its barest, the more clear and easily accessible the answer will be.

Now that you understand (hopefully) what perfection is, let’s talk about the limits of this technique.  For one, perfection does not answer whether something is good or bad; it only indicates whether something will or won’t happen.  It indicates a connection between different realities, but it does not indicate whether it’ll be good or bad, pleasing or displeasing, or any other qualities besides whether there exists a connection and how that connection is forged.  For understanding the qualities of the situation, you’d need to look at the figures themselves and whether they’re good or bad, how those figures relate to the rest of the chart, the Court figures, and so forth.  You can envision a kind of 2×2 table that shows this:

Good figures Bad figures
Chart perfects Will happen,
situation will turn out well
Will happen,
situation will turn out badly
Chart denies Will not happen,
situation will turn out well
Will not happen,
situation will turn out badly

There are lots of techniques in geomancy, and perfection is only one of them.  Perfection really comes in help when a query is phrased in a way that “yes” or “no” will answer it, i.e. if the query expects a binary answer.  Anything that is asked in a way like “Will X happen”, “Should I do X”, “Can I do X”, and the like are all things that can be answered directly and easily with perfection.  Other queries, such as “When will X happen”, “What will X be”, “Where is X”, and the like are not answered by perfection; in this case, the use of perfection simply doesn’t apply to these queries and will produce nonsense answers.  For instance, if Jane Doe lost something, she might ask “will I find my lost object?” and use perfection for that reading; if she wants to know the answer to “where can I find X?”, she should use another technique entirely, since this isn’t a yes or no question.  Perfection is only one tool in the toolkit of the geomancer; just as one wouldn’t use a screwdriver to hammer in a nail, perfection isn’t the best tool for the job when the query is best answered in a non-binary way.

Many binary queries put to divination are straightforward: whether I can get such-and-such a job, whether I’ll find my true love in the next five years, whether I’ll flunk out of college even if I study hard, and so forth.  In many instances, it suffices to use only two significators in the reading, one for the querent and one for the quesited.  However, some queries are more nuanced and complicated, and to fully answer it require a nuanced and complicated reply from the reading.  This is most easily done by considering multiple significators, where one figures out how different actors (plural) relate amongst themselves as well as with the querent in a situation.  Consider a situation where a querent wants to know how a new medical treatment prescribed by their doctor will help a health issue they’ve had for some time now.  We know of several factors here: the querent (house I), the doctor (house VII), the medical treatment (house X), and the health issue itself (house VI).  Any of these significators can perfect with any other, and since there are six different ways perfection can be forged between the significators (I and X, I and VII, I and VI, X and VII, X and VI, VII and VI), the answer could get quite complicated, indeed!  In this case:

  • Perfection between I and X indicates that the querent will carry out the medical treatment prescribed to them.  Denial indicates that they won’t or it simply won’t be available to them.
  • Perfection between I and VII indicates that the querent will be in contact with their doctor to work with them.  Denial indicates that their relationship may be blocked, broken off, or obstructed.
  • Perfection between I and VI indicates that the health issue will be resolved or will be helpfully controlled.  Denial indicates that the health condition will continue unmitigated.
  • Perfection between X and VII indicates that the doctor is the one prescribing the treatment and understands it.  Denial indicates that the doctor isn’t in control of the treatment or has no clue what he’s doing.
  • Perfection between X and VI indicates that the health issue will respond to and be helped by the treatment prescribed.  Denial indicates that the issue will not be changed or helped by the treatment.
  • Perfection between VII and VI indicates that the doctor understands the health issue and is actively working to help it.  Denial indicates that the doctor has no idea what’s going on and doesn’t really care.

These types of readings with multiple significators can be deeply involved, and there’s no simple yes or no to be had with these.  Instead, one has to develop a nuanced, qualified answer that might be yes in some ways and no in others, and build a complete message from that.  For instance, say that in this hypothetical health reading, say that perfection exists between I and VII (querent and doctor), I and X (querent and treatment), I and VI (treatment and health issue), and VII and X (doctor and treatment); the chart denies perfection between X and VI (treatment and health issue) and VII and VI (doctor and health issue).  In this case, the querent is getting along fine with the doctor and will take the steps prescribed by the doctor to change the situation.  However, the treatment prescribed by the doctor will not have any effect on the condition since the doctor doesn’t really understand it well enough to prescribe something useful; even then, however, the treatment will still be cleared up on its own or due to the personal actions of the querent.  So, in some ways, the query of “will the treatment prescribed by my doctor help this health issue?” is answered by “no”, and in some other ways “yes”, but it’s hard to answer that query fully in a single word if the whole story needs to be communicated.

Perfection is a useful tool, don’t get me wrong, but it’s also one of the most difficult to understand for many beginners due to its complexity.  I ascribe this to the mechanics of geomancy itself, since this isn’t your standard oracle deck-fare divination; there’s math and analysis involved that go far beyond intuitive readings of the figures themselves as you might normally do in other divination methods.  Many people don’t pick up geomancy as their first divination system, so they’re used to systems that are simpler, more rudimentary, and less mechanical in their own ways; this is not a bad thing, but it ill-prepares them to study geomancy in a proper way.  It’s important to know the limits of perfection here, as well as when to use it and when not to use it, to fully understand how the technique works and what it represents in a chart.

Yearly Geomantic Readings for 2014

To go with my prospective and plans for 2014, I decided I wanted to do a yearly geomantic reading for myself to see what 2014 might have in store for me.  Then I thought, well gosh, why not do it for others as well?  From now through January 30, I’ll be offering a special on yearly geomantic forecasts for only US$15!  Click the button and I’ll draw up my forecast for your upcoming year!

Yearly Geomantic Forecast for 2014 — $15.00
Valid through January 30, 2014
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So, what kind of forecast would you get?  Well, let me show you with the forecast I drew up for myself!  Feel free to draw up your own forecast, especially if you’re learning geomancy, but below is my own forecast for what I predict will happen for myself through the year of 2014.

The figures obtained were:

  1. First Mother: Fortuna Minor
  2. Second Mother: Puer
  3. Third Mother: Tristitia
  4. Fourth Mother: Fortuna Maior
  5. First Daughter: Fortina Minor
  6. Second Daughter: Fortuna Minor
  7. Third Daughter: Tristitia
  8. Fourth Daughter: Caput Draconis
  9. First Niece: Tristitia
  10. Second Niece: Albus
  11. Third Niece: Populus
  12. Fourth Niece: Coniunctio
  13. Right Witness: Fortuna Maior
  14. Left Witness: Coniunctio
  15. Judge: Acquisitio
  16. Sentence: Carcer

The figures in the twelve houses are:

  1. Fortuna Minor
  2. Puer
  3. Tristitia
  4. Fortuna Maior
  5. Fortina Minor
  6. Fortuna Minor
  7. Tristitia
  8. Caput Draconis
  9. Tristitia
  10. Albus
  11. Populus
  12. Coniunctio

The sum of the chart is 100, an even number.  The Via Puncti of Fire or Water cannot be formed; the Via Puncti of Air leads to Caput Draconis as the Fourth Daughter, and the Via Puncti of Earth leads to Puer as the Second Mother.  The ascendant of the house chart is Taurus.  The Part of Spirit is in house VIII, Caput Draconis.  The Part of Fortune is in house IV, Fortuna Maior.  The significator of the querent (me) passes between houses I, V, and VI.

Overall, this year is going to be fantastic, though slow.  With the Court having three of the most favorable figures in geomancy, the theme here is going to be “gain”: 2014 will see an increase in my life generally, not necessarily financial but not precluding financial gains, either.  The Right Witness here indicates strong, independent success and being the support of others generally helping me through this year, and the Left Witness indicates lots of interaction, meeting with, and making plans with others.  The interaction of these three figures here is fantastic, which lends itself to lots of beneficial growth and access to higher and better qualities of life.  The Sentence as Carcer suggests that this year is one where things will start to be “locked down”, potentially indicating that patterns and ways of life established in 2014 will be maintained for a long time to come.

The sum of the chart here is 100, which is more than 96; thus, events this year will happen on a more-or-less slow or relaxed schedule.  Delays, generally due to building things up properly taking more time than expected, are probably going to be the norm, so I’d be well advised to always allow for more time and be a little more diligent in my own work and scheduling.  Plus, 100 is an even number, suggesting that more of the events that happen in my live will be dependent on others (things happening to me) than of my own volition and impetus (me acting on other things).  The Via Puncti of Fire and Water not leading anywhere here indicate that this year will not be fueled by any giant goals, drives, or emotional situations, which is always good for a drama-free year.  Rather, the Via Puncti of Air leading to Caput Draconis indicates that there will be new contacts and communication coming in, especially with people I will never have met before (including spirits); the Via Puncti of Earth indicate that I have some hard material goals and tasks to set myself out for, and it leading to Puer suggests that there could be troubles or conquests (or both!) when dealing with the material world this year.  Tread with caution when going outside instead of out-of-body.

Fortuna Minor in house I indicates  that I’ll generally be successful this year, with more ease than struggle, though I should be careful not to let big things slip through my fingers.  Although the Right Witness was Fortuna Maior, indicating myself throughout the year as a whole, Fortuna Minor in house I indicates  me on a moment-by-moment basis; thus, I should focus on collecting myself and my successes, tying everything into a whole, than simply getting by from one thing to the next.  The cardines of the chart, read counter-clockwise starting from house I, are Fortuna Minor, Albus, Tristitia, and Fortuna Maior.  This indicates that the year will be easy and fast-progressing at the start of the year (now until spring), then slow and thoughtful (spring until summer), then hard and difficult (summer until autumn), then fantastic and with lots of good results (autumn until the end of the year).  I’d do well to focus on myself and personal success basically when it’s cold, and once things start to heat up to start planning things out and getting them out of the way once it gets hot.  Late summer and early autumn will be the most difficult part of the year for me, generally due to the onslaught of meaningless work or endless toil that I might be mired in.

Financially, I have Puer in house II, Fortuna Minor in house V, and Populus in house XI.  Finances will be interesting to work with this year; I shouldn’t expect terribly much from investments, though I can stand to make a quick buck or two if the mood to gamble strikes me.  I’ll be able to rely on friends aplenty if I need to, but calling in too many favors may not be great for my friends and my status with them.  My own finances will be alright, though I really should be careful with them; I should definitely calm down before making any big decisions and get a second opinion first, and I should always keep an eye out for any impulse spending that I really shouldn’t be doing.

Spiritually, I have Caput Draconis in house VIII and Tristitia in house IX.  This is a fantastic time for working with spirits of the dead, land spirits, general magical fuckery, and thaumaturgy; work with Saint Cyprian, the ancestors, and other spirits “down here” or “down there” will be greatly favored, with new relationships being built.  Indeed, the Part of Spirit here indicates that this is something I should really be focusing on.  Tristitia in house IX, though, worries me somewhat; high astral work, celestial conjurations, and divination of all kinds will be difficult or too much to handle throughout the year.  Nothing will be blocked off, but this will indicate much work to bog me down throughout the year.  Tristitia appearing in house III also indicates that there will be much high work to be done around me in my local environment; with it also in house VII, this indicates a strong connection to the people I work with as well as with my boyfriend, indicating potential struggles in sharing time between my love and my work.

Otherwise, things seem pretty peachy for me.  My health will be fine, and I’ll have a good grasp on whatever happens to me (Fortuna Minor in both houses I and VI), though I should beware of upper back, spinal, and cardiovascular problems.  Things look good for moving to a new house, if not buying one outright (Fortuna Maior in house IV, with Fortuna Minor passing into conjunction with it from I to VI).  My relationship with the boyfriend will be enduring though potentially stressed (Tristitia in house VII), likely due to spiritual work (IX) or local events (III), though work with him could lead to fantstic new heights or depths.  Work will be slow and uneventful (Albus in X), with decent success and nothing to worry about.  There is talk going on behind my back (Coniunctio in XII), though it’s nothing I should worry about with for now; any talk will eventually come to my own ears and table (Coniunctio as Left Witness), so I’d do best to let others talk and simply keep on my guard for being a decent person.  As sport and health are ruled by the same figure (Fortuna Minor in I, V, and VI), I expect this to indicate my work with aikido; it’ll be something for me to pick up, though perhaps not last through the whole year.  It could be something long-lasting, given my connections with it, but only if I have the support of others; we’ll see how long aikido lasts, but it should definitely be a beneficial act for me, if not completely something to take long-term.

Let’s see how this prediction will pan out, then!  Happy New Year, everyone; now let’s make sure this new year really will be happy, fortunate, and successful for us all.

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Okay, so, money’s tight for me, but it’s always getting better (and there’s much more to wealth than monetary numbers, anyway).  Still, there are some upcoming expenses that I need to pay off, including a few plane tickets and otherwise prohibitively expensive books.  Since divination’s something I like to do and can do well, let’s do this: from Sunday, 9/15, through Thursday, 10/31, I’ll be offering discounted rates on divination readings.  Instead of the normal $30 for a reading, Here’s what I’m charging:

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