Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Divination by means of lines and figures or by geographic features.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A method of divination which interprets markings on the ground or how handfuls of dirt land when tossed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of divination by means of figures or lines, formed by little dots or points, originally on the earth, and latterly on paper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. 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)

Etymologies

Middle English geomancie, from Medieval Latin geōmantia, from Late Greek geōmanteia, divination by signs from the earth : Greek geō-, geo- + Greek -manteia, -mancy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin geomantia from late Ancient Greek γεωμαντεία. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They also believed lodestones to be an important factor in geomancy, otherwise known as feng shui

    Weird Stones

  • The term feng shui, which translates literally as “wind and water,” refers to what Westerners call geomancy—the placement and location of buildings, man-made structures, and interior objects so as to harmonize with and benefit from the surrounding natural environment.

    MARKETING AESTHETICS

  • Another extension of Yin and Yang is found in Chinese geomancy, known as feng-shui, literally ‘wind and water’.

    The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity

  • If these signs appear in some earthly body such as wood, iron or polished stone, it is called "geomancy," if in water "hydromancy," if in the air "aeromancy," if in fire

    Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae) Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province

  • Others include 'geomancy' (seeing into the future by throwing earth on the ground and interpreting the resulting lines and shapes); 'hydromancy' (studying the patterns and movement of water); and 'pyromancy' (studying the shapes and patterns of flames and fires).

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  • To this second species of divination, which is without express invocation of the demons, belongs that which is practiced by observing certain things done seriously by men in the research of the occult, whether by drawing lots, which is called "geomancy"; or by observing the shapes resulting from molten lead poured into water; or by observing which of several sheets of paper, with or without writing upon them, a person may happen to draw; or by holding out several unequal sticks and noting who takes the greater or the lesser, or by throwing dice, and observing who throws the highest score; or by observing what catches the eye when one opens a book, all of which are named "sortilege."

    Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae) Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province

  • In fact, practitioners of Chinese feng shui (geomancy) see qi as earth energy whose flow, when properly regulated and encouraged, makes for a happy, fertile home, and when ignored or misused results in a living or working space that can lead to stagnant creativity, illness and misery.

    Arthur Rosenfeld: What Is Qi?

  • The beats are part of an ancient science of my country called geomancy.

    Holly Cara Price: Angelique Kidjo and "The Sound of the Drum"

  • Personally I tend to file the budget under 'Pseudo-science' as the examination of its portents appears to be a fiscal form of geomancy.

    The week that was

  • In fact, practitioners of Chinese feng shui geomancy see qi as earth energy whose flow, when properly regulated and encouraged, makes for a happy, fertile home, and when ignored or misused results in a living or working space that can lead to stagnant creativity, illness and misery.

    Arthur Rosenfeld: What Is Qi?

Comments

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  • The perfectly good English word for what is more widely known as feng shui

    December 25, 2008

  • Divination by studying patterns and markings in the earth. However, in some Final Fantasy games it means your character can throw rocks around and cause earthquakes.

    December 1, 2007