An important part of my geomancy practice is finding ways to ritually time the questions I ask.
While geomancy borrows many (altered) techniques from horary astrology, the time a question is asked (or, in the case of professional horary, understood by the astrologer) lacks the same critical impact in geomancy. There are maybe as many as 12 moons in a single envelope horoscope (combinations of Via and Populus) or maybe two suns and four Saturns. The practices are not 1:1. There are no considerations for the impact of the ruler of the figure of the ascendant in geomancy that I’m aware of (although it may add some color to the interpretation). In horary, that ruler is necessary to answer the question at all.
Although there isn’t a technical need for timing in geomancy, we know ritually speaking that timing is a critical part of operations. How could we time our readings to take advantage of specific currents?
The levers here for ritualizing geomancy questions are to time it based on:
- the Quesited, which is what being asked about, including both its topic or its current topic ruler;
- the Querent, who is asking the question; or
- the act of posing any question.
My professional geomancy work tends to focus a lot on my clients’ careers and jobs (changing jobs, moving cities for a new job, taking on a difficult project at work, likelihood of getting a raise/promotion/fired, etc.). We’ll use that as an example throughout the below, even though these techniques apply equally to relationship matters, the efficacy of a magical operation, etc.
This is broadly my most frequently used technique, although I dip my toes into the other two as necessary and I explain why at each juncture. A few examples for timing based on career questions generally are (1) Jupiter, for the money earned; (2) the Sun, for professional prominence; (3) or Saturn, for the fruits of a long career (remember, Saturn rules the traditional ruler of the 10th house, Capricorn).
Sometimes, when I’m feeling like sneaking a page from horary or (importantly) don’t have the time or appetite to wait around for a more auspicious time, I base it on the heavens of that moment – the current topic ruler. I pull up the chart of when and where I’m asking the question and check out the ruler of the 10th house. At the moment of writing this in south Florida, the ascendant is in Cancer. Mars rules the 10th.
I have tailored the timing based on the nature of the querent’s career—Venus for a sex worker, Mars for a boxer, Mercury for a newspaper editor. I find this particular technique quite useful for “continuation” or “reward” questions—will I get that promotion? Will I grow professionally if I stay at my current employer?
For questions about change, targeting the quesited for timing yields better results. Mercury isn’t too chatty in answering if the traveling salesman should switch careers to being a construction foreman.
I have also looked to the natal chart of the querent (and will frequently do this for myself) and time the question based on their 10th house ruler. This version works best for open-field/not yes-or-no questions (which I know many geomancers consider slightly naughty or off-book), or a long series of questions on a single broad topic.
This I usually reserve for either exigent circumstances (much like the “current topic ruler” above) or for questions which I do not know, and I’m looking to the 11th house for perfection.
Mercury rules both geomancy and its big sister, astrology. I find he’s always happy to be tapped for aid.
This answer is nice and easy.
Planetary hours and days are easily observed, although if you want to do both (day-of-Mercury and hour-of-Mercury), it can mean sitting on the question for however-long until Wednesday. I have found that waiting period ensures the question rises to the level of a serious, meaningful query when working on yourself. (Clients rarely ask intentionally frivolous questions.)
Looking to proper astrology again for moment, timing the question based on the heavens above you is also effective - wait until the planet is at a “sensitive point”: culminating on the MC (midheaven), or on the eastern horizon (ascendant).
As for how to then operationalize this timing, there are a number of common ways:
- Ancient hymns and prayers; as some examples:
- for the Moon, PGM VII 756ff;
- Mercury, the hymn titled “Adoration of Thoth, Son of Re, Moon of beautiful rising, lord of appearings, light of the gods, By the Prince, Count, Fan-bearer on the King’s right, Great Troop-commander, Royal Scribe, Haremhab, justified, he says”
- Orphic Hymns – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
- Prayers to that planet’s Angel, Intelligence, and Spirit.
- …whatever is most compatible and makes sense in your personal practice.
But Why Use Timing?
I didn’t when I started using geomancy, and there are times when I forget to. I don’t think the answers are wrong if you don’t or anything malignant happens if you pick the wrong spirit to tango with for a particular question.
Timed questions tend to answer themselves more crisply. Judges avow their questions, or my interpretation of how a house chart perfects or doesn’t is clearer. I’m nudged to emphasize the Way of Points this particular time, but pay attention to prevalence of a certain recurring set of characters another.
Timing doesn’t make for more accurate readings. It makes better readers.