In chopping up fabric for making Record Squares, I had an idea. I wanted to make a Geomancy Quilt, or a Geomancy Banner, which would have the sixteen geomantic figures and maybe some embroidered figures on them that would tell you what astrological signs and planets they were associated with; and maybe have borders that told you whether they were Stabile or Mobile, and what their outer and inner elemental associations were.
I had a lot of black squares already, and I knew that there would likely be more. So, I began re-reading John Michael Greer‘s book, The Art and Practice of Geomancy, in order to begin the process of identifying some of the background colors associated with each of the sixteen geomancy figures. I put those together with the black squares I already had cut, and produced these partial blocks recording six of the sixteen geomantic figures — in the top row, from left to right, are Fortuna Major, and Via, and Fortuna Minor, and in the second row are Puella, and Carcer, and Cauda Draconis.
It’s a start.
I first started writing about Geomancy back in 2014, with a pair of posts about learning Geomancy and teaching it. Part of the reason why I’m eager to make this banner is that I’ve been teaching at least one workshop on geomancy annually since then, which makes five years — and I wind up drawing up my paper templates to hang around the room each time. But by making at least some of those posters into banners or wall hangings — which people can then photograph as part of their learning process when taking the workshop — I’m doing a number of things that I think are important:
- Creating tools for teaching magic that I care about;
- creating art related to forms of magic that I care about;
- creating magic through art;
- re-enchanting the world
Maybe it’s silly to think of a fabric banner as a tool of re-enchantment. But maybe it’s through these sorts of things that the work is really done, anyway? It’s hard to know. And so we create the tools and emblems that we are thus inspired to create.
I’ll post more on this project as it progresses.