Autumn Equinox 1998 MAG E-zine
What is Geomancy?
At this Autumn Equinox, MAG has organised an international gathering of working geomancers on the Scottish Hebridean holy island of Iona, home of St. Columba, the Irish monk who brought Christianity to Scotland. In preparation for this meeting, we asked each participant to write their response to the question, "What is Geomancy?"
Actually, this is really a very important question. For European Geomancers, the word "geomancy" has undergone a significant change in meaning in the last twenty years. This is due to the fact that we are only now in the process of rediscovering the entire scope of what our geomantic foremother and fathers were really up to. I first learned about the energies, then astronomy, and it wasn't until I read John Michell's "The View Over Atlantis" in the early seventies that I encountered sacred geometry. The secular aspects of geomancy (clearing "sick houses" and businesses) came after that.
Each of us has come to European Geomancy on different paths. Each of us sees it differently. Yet you will see by reading these fascinating papers that we share an amazing amount in common - first of all being a reverence for the Earth. We trust you will enjoy this special issue of "MAG E-zine" - "What is Geomancy?"
Diversity (seeing it differently) is the Nature of Geomancy.
by Emma Restall Orr
Emma Restall Orr (bobcat) is joint chief of The British Druid Order, a ritualist, poet, singer, soul therapist, and teacher of Druidry to personal students and groups through lectures and workshops in Britain, Ireland, Holland and the United States. She is a tutor in The Order of Bards Ovates and Druids and has written two books on Druidry, "Spirits of the Sacred Grove" (June 1998) and "Principles of Druidry" (October 98, both published by Thorsons/HarperCollins).
by Ivan Mcbeth
Ivan Mcbeth is a colourful and eccentric character in the New Age scene and his spiritual home is Glastonbury. He works as a group/workshop facilitator, leads ceremonies such as sweat lodge and firewalking, and loves all sorts of magical adventures. He is a Druid and has designed and built many stone circles; he plays the dij, hurls a mean boomerang and wears a big top hat.
by Marty Cain
As an artist Marty Cain uses dowsing to research ancient sacred sites in Europe and America to discover what makes specific places sacred. Her work has enabled her to recreate that experience for others today. Her own artistic work focuses on creative placemaking, the integration of art and geomancy. Marty Cain is involved in organising a school that teaches geomancy in New Hampshire, USA. To date she has created over 60 labyrinths in the USA and Canada from Prince Edwards Island, Canada to Kauai, Hawaii and from Lewistown, Montana to Austin, Texas.
by Patrick MacManaway
Patrick MacManaway is a geomancer with a background in healing and holism and a degree in conventional medicine. He teaches and practices in both Britain and America. He is a partner in the development of the Mid-Atlantic Geomancy web site.
by Ros Briagha
Ros Briagha is a community leader who ran OakDragon, an outdoor educational organization that brings people back to Nature. She is a Wiccan teacher and ceremonialist who is also adept at divination. She is presently living in an outdoor community in Wales.
by Sig Lonegren
Sig Lonegren holds a Masters Degree in the study of Sacred Space. He is a Past Trustee of the American Society of Dowsers, and was co-head of their Dowsing School. He is the author of four books on dowsing and labyrinths, ran a school in Vermont in the Construction and Uses of Sacred Space, and, along with Patrick MacManaway and Barry Hoon, runs the Mid-Atlantic Geomancy web site.
by Steve Parker
Steve Parker is the caretaker of over eight-hundred acres of forest and pasture land in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. As you will see below, he uses innovative techniques in working the land to provide the necessary balance. In his spare time, he is a Selectman (like a mayor) of his home town of Danville. He has worked extensively with both Patrick and Sig on numerous geomantic projects.
by Sue Barnet
Sue Barnet started working with Earth Spirits and Inner Teachers at the age of 4 years. Now 52, she has worked at energy clearing wells and springs; more recently clearing sites on geomantic corridors. Currently she is exploring and researching Earth connecting points with the Solar Pathways.