Welcome to our Summer Solstice 2000 edition of our MAG E-zine!
This edition shows the breadth of things geomantic. We have authors from California and Russia as well as one from Scotland, and two from England. The subjects vary from sacred geometry to labyrinths with an adventure, dowsing and the power of place thrown in. Yet they all speak of the same intent - to better understand our relationship with ourselves and Nature through the medium of sacred space. I've had a great time putting this issue together, and I trust you'll enjoy it as well!
To an Illuminating Summer Solstice!
Orienting From The Center
by Michael S. Schneider
Michael S. Schneider has been working with sacred geometry for a long time. I first met him fifteen years or so ago when he presented his computer analysis of the front of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. He was doing good work back then, and has only gotten better since! He is the author of A Beginners Guide To Constructing the Universe : The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art and Science, and has a very useful web site including a list of workshops he presents in Marin County, California.
Living with the Power of Place
by Diana Griffiths
For the last 30 years Diana’s connection to the earth and to spirit has taken her on a journey through the teachings of many peoples; the Celtic/Pagans, Native Americans, Australian Aborigines, Chinese and African - all share a common belief in the Sacred Circle. She is a teacher, healer and creator of magical crafts, co-founder of Glastonbury Camps, known now as Oak Dragon Camps, and a lover of nature, music and magic. She lives in Glastonbury, England and spends long periods wandering around Vermont!
Labyrinth and the Three Worlds
by Sergey de Rocambol
I first met Sergey de Rocambol on the Internet. He is a Russian who is part poet, part philosopher, part artist, part labyrinth maven, and part shaman. He lives in St. Petersburg, and has a summer house with two labyrinths out in the woods near an ancient sacred site where water gushes out an enormous hole in the ground and forms a river. We have been having fascinating conversations about labyrinths, and I asked him if he might be willing to write about them for our "MAG E-zine." Please visit his Geopartiture web site to get details about building of a labyrinth in Saint Petersburg and more ideas of the different things he's in to.
Grahame is a professional lighting designer and production manager. He is associated with Dogstar Design, a group in Glasgow that offer high-quality lighting design and technical services to the live theatre industry. He is also a witch and budding Geomancer. He lives in Glasgow, but tries to get down to Glastonbury as often as possible, and is planning to attend the MAG European Geomancy School. This is the story of some people who met last August in Cornwall at the Solar Eclipse and ended up visiting the stone rings of Aberdeenshire. It is a good example of how friends can get together to visit sacred sites, and come to some amazing conclusions and awarenesses. Ros Briagha, one of the other adventurers in this story has written for our MAG E-zine, and is one of our teachers at the Geomancy School that Grahame is taking in the Autumn. This is more than "my vacation in Scotland." It is the story of geomancers at work.
A Sideways Look At Dowsing
by David Purnell
David Purnell writes: My extended family has a number of healers, both past and present, so I was exposed to, and have been involved with, alternatives from the start. My work was as an air traffic controller, then many years involved with the computer systems processing and providing information and displays for controllers, until I took early retirement because the work was no longer fun.
David Purnell is Membership Secretary and Assistant Programme Secretary in the the Devon Dowsers. He and I had some correspondence concerning the issues of repeatability in dowsing. I have claimed that with intangible target dowsing, each dowser finds slightly or radically different things. David reports so examples of consistency, and I asked if I might print his thoughts in our E-zine.