Geomancy and Earth Studies

GEOMANCY is the study or understanding of the energies of the Earth.

The word is derived from the Greek words Gaia, meaning the Earth Goddess, and Manteia, meaning study or divination. Traditionally associated with sacred craft, geomancy today takes many forms, from the profane simple dowsing for underground water, to the highly complex sacred ritual techniques employed in the enhancement and cultivation of the Earth’s subtle yet vital force fields. Of all the geomancy traditions around the world, perhaps the best known is feng shui, although geomancy features prominently in the architecture of ancient Britain, Greece, and the Roman Empire. There is some evidence for geomantic principles applied to the layout of more recent cities, of which Washington DC has received the latest attention.

In the context of contemporary professional practice, geomancy refers to both the techniques used to understand, decode, and cultivate these energies as well as to the personal cultivation of the practitioner. Geomancy is perhaps the most taxing of the sacred crafts, as it requires not only extensive field experience but also the cultivation of a deep relationship with the great powers of the Cosmos and of profound humility in the face of Nature. Without these, any foray into this field becomes difficult, if not downright dangerous. Traditional training in this craft was therefore deliberately arduous and secretive.

Today, geomancers often collaborate with planners and architects in the design of buildings and developments. They also provide services in situations where the earth requires healing from traumatic events or lack of fertility, and are also involved in the ritual practices necessary to invoke dynamism and vitality into a site.

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What is Geomancy?

Geomancy literally means, “divining the Earth”. It is an art that analyses the subtle earth energies that webb and flow throughout the landscape, influencing health and wealth; home, garden and office alike. Geomancy works harmoniously with these energies to enhance our relationship with Spirit and Place.

“It is vitally important for a human-made structure to honour and make connections with the physical environment. This creates stability, acceptance by the spirit of the land, and very real anchor lines which allow energy flow between the structure and surrounding landscape.” Ivan McBeth (9 June 1953 – 23 September 2016)

Every culture has ancient geomantic traditions – the Chinese tradition is feng-shui. Like feng-shui, geomancy can tell you what’s wrong with the energies in your home or workplace, and how to correct them. In addition, Western geomancy utilises dowsing and earth acupuncture techniques to deal with geopathic stress and balance the subtle earth energies. Many practitioners also use scientific instrumentation to assess electromagnetic and microwave pollution (or technopathic stress) – an increasing problem for many people in our technologically advanced and gadget-obsessed society.

Geomancy is also interested in the location and orientation of new spaces, particularly ones that enhance our connection to Spirit. If you want to know where the power centre is in your garden so you can build a temple, or if you want to know the best place for an altar in your living room a geomancer can tell you. Whether your sacred space is a single crystal, a personal altar, a standing stone, medicine wheel, labyrinth, stone circle or something larger, geomancy can help you design, locate, align and activate the space so that it connects with and enhances the natural energies of the earth.

In a secular context, geomancy offers space-clearing services for atmospheric realignment. Underground water and earth energies have been associated with geopathic stress, ‘sick building syndrome’, and even psycho-spiritual disturbances such as ghosts, poltergeists and so on. Spirit release is an essential part of geomantic training.

In our modern society it is increasingly common for houses and other buildings to be sited over such geopathic stress zones. Some people are sensitive to these energies, and over a period of prolonged exposure their immune system can become suppressed, leading to disturbed sleep, chronic fatigue or more serious illness. See our section on Secular Space for more details. Geomancers are trained to detect and manipulate these energies to minimise their detrimental effects and restore balance to the area.

The space-clearing process also releases and transmutes the stagnant energies in a space and allows us to replace them with supportive and positive energies in our homes and offices. It can often be a liberating and transformative experience for the inhabitants.

As continuing psychic hygiene and maintenance of a space is paramount in geomantic awareness, space-clearing is fundamental to both sacred and secular geomantic practice. Geomancy can also be employed in a larger landscape context, bringing health and vitality to the land and the beings who live on it. In an agricultural situation, this can result in enhanced crop yields, reduction in pests and disease, better-tasting and healthier food.


The power of the Earth has often been described in terms of channels or meridians through which its forces are said to travel. Known as dragon veins to the Chinese, seques to the Inca, and lay lines to the Celts, among many others, these are discreet paths through which energy is said to move. Often, elaborate efforts are made to capture and enhance the power of these lines to human advantage. Very early cultures are known to have manipulated these energies, and this particular kind of knowledge has survived to our times. In recent times, this knowledge, often kept alive against daunting odds, has experienced a revival, as traditional wisdom keepers in many cultures have begun to disclose some of their secrets. Prompted by the degradation of the natural environment, shamans and priests in Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas have stepped forth to warn humanity of impending disaster. Often they have also agreed to disclose portions of their knowledge to the West, as it is recognized by most of them that the current world situation is a direct result of our ignorance of basic geomantic knowledge. We are therefore experiencing an explosion of information on ancient wisdom. The hope is that as more people embrace this world view, our attitude to the Earth and its resources will improve.


Geopathic Stress is the result of disturbed energies within the earth’s mantle. It has been implicated in a number of undesirable effects which can be detrimental to human health, from simple effects such as sleeplessness or confusion to highly dangerous ones such as cancer, decreased fertility in both humans and animals, accidents, and material and mechanical failures in construction.

The Earth is surrounded by an energy grid which contains and transmits vital forces. However, this energetic grid can become sick and the energies which it contains and emanates can become harmful to life. The most dangerous form of geopathic stress is the presence of harmful underground water veins known as “black streams”. These usually involve underground water that has become harmful due to human activities such as road cuttings, foundations, excavation, mining, explosions, war, and others. Sometimes natural topography can exhibit similar effects, particularly if there are concentrations of iron ore below ground.

There are many well-documented medical effects of prolonged exposure to black streams. Diseases which can be implicated include: cancer, multiple sclerosis, motor neuron disease, Parkinson’s disease, endocrine disorders, Crohn’s disease, candidiasis, Down’s syndrome and other congenital genetic disorders, schizophrenia and a host of mental disorders including obsessions, addictions, psycho-sexual disorders, suicide and location-specific depressions and anxieties.

Most mammals instinctively avoid spending time over black streams, gravitating instead to white streams (i.e. the healthy, free-flowing earth meridians). Birds are reckoned to be most sensitive, and horses most resilient. Insects, parasites, bacteria and viruses, on the other hand, thrive on black streams, and ant and wasp nests invariably provide a clue.

Other clues to the path of a black stream include lightning-struck trees, dead or stunted gaps in hedges and avenues of trees, infertile fruit trees, cankers, and strangely twisted trees. Fruit trees are the most sensitive, while oaks, redwoods and ashes are more resilient. Lawns will often betray bare patches, moss, silver weed and fungi. Vegetable gardens will reveal stunted or mutated growth, especially along the edge lines of the black streams.

Other clues include cracks in glass, brick, sidewalks, and plaster work, recurring mechanical and electrical breakdowns, derelict areas, and accident-prone “black spots”. High accident locations on highways have also been correlated with geopathic stress activity.

Geopathic stress can be spread from the path of the streams throughout a building by the steel construction frame, electrical wiring, and pipe work, just as it can be spread along railway tracks. Thus a steel-framed structure with black streams running through it can be more dangerous than a brick or wood structure under the same conditions.

Contact me to find out more about how a geomancy session (earth acupuncture) on your home, land or workplace can create life changing result.

Stay Blessed

Hale Oney 


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