estern Geomancy comes from a divination practice identified in the Arab
Antiquity, named "Ilm al Raml" (dots randomly traced on ground or sand), still
practiced today in Africa...
Known in the West from the XII th century, when the main part of written
geomancies were translated into Medieval Latin from sources in Arab, Hebrew, or
Ancient Greek (Byzantine),
it was only into the Late Middle-Ages and Renaissance that translations came in
French, Italian, Spanish, German, Europe, and a few in English...
he DODECHEDRON PROJECT was born out of three "magic"
he first one
was a curious
XVI th. century French manuscript called
"Figures de Géomancie"
[*] where one can read that the authors of
this "science" (medieval geomancy) affirm that "
the power which
reigns and governs geomancy is no other than the soul of the
person who acts
and who traces dots
This book is astonishing in its unusual profusion of external indexes,
each of which comprise in a series of coded digits geomantic
figure, making it a practical, useful manual (thus, the tag
as "Conjontio" in the third house is written as : III / 2112. ;
which means the figure of Chaptre III composed of 4 stratas of
the following dots : even, odd, odd, even. The analogy of this
numerical encoding and of its tabs with binary code seemed to
me to be very interesting).
[*] Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal, Paris.
he second one
geomantic astrolabe of The British Museum
a major work from Arab metallurgy of the XII th. century and
only known example of an "automatous" geomantic device. It
the casting of a geomantic theme without any other support
its mechanical "heart" made of 19 coded wheels
On the front of the device an inlaid poem explains, in Arab,
the "how to" of the device :
I am the possessor of eloquence and the silent speaker
and through my speech arise desires and fears.
The judicious one hides his secret thoughts, but I disclose
just as if hearts were created as my parts...
...But I have spread out the surface of my face out of humility
and have prepared it as a substitute for earth.
he third one
was a book named "
Le Plaisant jeu du
" (XVI th. century) describing a game , using
a 12 face dice (dodecahedron, geometric emblem of Macrocosm),
144 versified questions ordered in twelve houses and connected
1728 oracles inspired by geomancy handbooks.
These three singular encounters awaken in me the desire to illustrate
history, cultural diffusion and the divinatory principles of
in a vivid fashion, through a multimedia presentation, thanks
to a Webpage structured as follows :
" (or small cabinet) will present the manuscript
"Geomantic Figures" as well as the geomantic astrolabe of the
British Museum.(xii century) of which an animated visual
recreates the operation of the tablet (in the form of a case
study of a geomantic theme drawn from historical medieval
It will include the full text of ""
Le Plaisant jeu du Dodechedron
old french verses)" with a
simulation of the dodecahedron's game
(only implemented in the French version of this page).
" will propose an on-line simulation of a Geomantic Theme,
using oracular sentences from the "Astronomical Geomancy", and
"La Geomance" of Cattan" completed by the
" (from the modern French translation by
Atlas of The Geomantic World
" will introduce the worldwide
geomantic diffusion, through commentated bibliographies and
[ ABOVE ]: "Historic" LOGO of THE GEOMANCE WEBRING
(WebRing former version by "geomancedotcom").
Comments were : "Webmasters, join to the GEOMANCE WEBRING, a worldwide link between local geomancies ! / Webmestres venez rejoindre l'anneau de GEOMANCE pour relier entre elles les pratiques géomantiques" ]
Last update 16 December 2003.
Jean-Pierre MOULS multimedia projects are homed now on his own dotcom by
GEOMANCE EDITIONS [ URL : http://www.geomance.com ] are
THIS Dodechedron Project HomePage you actually see is
the English version of a page that has formerly initiated the FRENCH DODECHEDRON PROJECT.
This project also includes an
ANCIENT FRENCH GAME
XVI th. c. book
Old French verses
Le Plaisant Jeu du dodechedron
", with questions and oracles inspired by geomancy.
From this "Dodechedron Game" name comes the title of the project...
Geomance's Changes Homepage
first homed by Multimania.com (now owned by Lycos) : My very first Web
project, about Chinese
Ji Jing Zhou Yi
) and Eastern Geomancy (
), named the GEOMANCE PROJECT. This
both French and english webpage
was a Member of the
Wandering Daoists Webring
and a Menber of the
DODECHEDRON French Version HomePage
first homed by Free.fr
IS THE FORMER OWNER and EX RingMaster of the GEOMANCE WebRing (The JEAN-PIERRE
MOULS, alias geomancedotcom Owner, first version)
: I chose the same name for
the name of "geomance" first refers to western medieval geomancy