Articles & papers – Feng Shui conference: Geomancy … a matter of context

Every theory or model expects ‘sameness’ or close similarity: yet every place is itself, different and distinct (Common Ground)

  • Even more than content, context determines what will work, and what won’t
  • Scale is a key part of context
  • People (our clients) provide both content and context

We need to understand the rules of our geomancy in order to get it to work well. And many people, throughout history, and throughout the world, have striven to formulate rules about content, identifying ‘samenesses’ between one place and another, one person and another, and identifying what alterations to that content will create the required change. For most of us, most of the time, we need rules – or at least clear guidelines – in order to know what to do.

But the first rule – ultimately the only rule – is that there are no rules. Every place, every person, every situation, has its own context: it is itself, different and distinct from every other. Sometimes – quite often, in fact – those convenient and comfortingly certain rules in the rule-book (‘this goes here and that goes there‘) are just plain wrong. And as the British charity Common Ground has demonstrated so well, it’s in those differences between places and peoples that the true magic resides.

So even more than content, context determines what will work, and what won’t. This is what makes geomancy more than a little complicated…

Adding to the complexity is that – as illustrated by modern chaos theory – the weird rules-that-aren’t-rules work at every level, every scale: and they all interact with each other. And people interact with each other, and with places, and in many senses carry places with them so that the places interact. The rule-books do help us in understanding this, but they only go part of the way: in real geomancy, we’re ultimately always on our own. Which isn’t easy…

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