geomancy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n geomancy divination by means of signs connected with the earth (as points taken at random or the arrangement of particles thrown down at random or from the configuration of a region and its relation to another)
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n geomancy The pretended art of divining future events, or of ascertaining the luckiness or unluckiness of any event or locality, by means of signs connected with the earth, as from the figure indicated by points taken at random on the surface, or from the disposition of the particles of a handful of dust or earth thrown down at random, or, as in China, from the configuration and aspect of a particular region in its relation to some other. Also geomanty.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Geomancy jē′o-man-si divination by figures or lines drawn on the earth
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. géomancie—Gr. , the earth, manteia, divination.

Usage

In literature:

Yet how shall this avail you who are no geomancer?
"Kai Lung's Golden Hours" by Ernest Bramah
Works, too, were there, by writers less renowned, on astrology, geomancy, chiromancy, etc.
"A Strange Story, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Science, rescued from the hand of astrology, geomancy, alchemy, began her real life with the Renaissance.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)" by John Addington Symonds
The geomancer had told them that, and they believed him.
"Civilization" by Ellen Newbold La Motte
Philippina was also an adept in geomancy.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Another geomancer is then hired and told to find a new grave where the soul will rest in peace.
"Where Half The World Is Waking Up" by Clarence Poe
Herbalism, alchemy, geomancy, and other magic arts owe their origin to this fountain-head of primitive superstition.
"The Japanese Spirit" by Yoshisaburo Okakura
All charms, spells, divination, necromancy, or geomancy are unholy magic.
"The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries" by W. Y. Evans Wentz
His treatises upon necromancy, geomancy, amulets and conjuration, were circulated from hand to hand.
"The Browning Cyclopædia" by Edward Berdoe
Whether it is their training that has developed the artistic element in these geomancers or not it is impossible to declare definitely.
"Sidelights on Chinese Life" by J. Macgowan
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