Definition of geomancy in US English:



  • 1The art of placing or arranging buildings or other sites auspiciously.

    • ‘A type of geomancy called fengshui involves manipulating one's surroundings in a propitious way.’
    • ‘They commemorate the currency of cowrie shells and beads, while suggesting the practice of a geomancy divined in the patterning of objects.’
    • ‘The company may even have a little help from above - its new headquarters are in a former convent and designed in the principles of Feng Shui, the Chinese art of geomancy.’
    • ‘Feng shui (moving wind and water) is the Chinese art of geomancy and it has been accepted and practiced in many parts of Asia and North America.’
    • ‘The labyrinth is based on sacred geomancy and is often used as a spiritual tool.’
    • ‘Taoism also includes belief in geomancy, which focuses on the importance of aligning human objects and activities with the landscape.’
    • ‘Perhaps the tiger's presence also suggests the close relationship in geomancy between mountains and tigers.’
    • ‘China has witnessed an explosion of activities commonly called religious, including church attendance, pilgrimage, geomancy, temple building and qi gong practice.’
    • ‘In Korean, as in Chinese, geomancy is called the study of ‘wind and water.’’
    • ‘And the Isle of Wight is very close and full of dinosaurs, which is great for geomancy.’
    • ‘There's a spiritual and philosophical subtext to the design of the buildings which goes so far as to embrace geomancy, human biology, cosmology and lines of force.’
    • ‘I am not a believer in geomancy, or that geographical places have spirits of their own, but I do believe that certain vistas can provide an expansive pattern of reality that resonates with prior memory patterns.’
    • ‘In magic, words as well as geomancy have great power, there are in fact words of power in most magical systems.’
    • ‘But the original spirit behind feng shui and geomancy altogether comes from the fundamental human appreciation for the interplay between closed and open spaces, the desire to have both enclaves and expanses.’
    • ‘Hence the emphasis on fengshui - the ancient Chinese practice of geomancy that bears on where one lives and whether one lives in harmony with nature that determines the harmony and strength of the family.’
    • ‘Make the table in the shape of a key, one entry advised, noting that such a shape is ‘auspicious’ in oriental geomancy and would bring harmony.’
    • ‘First of all, the land is chosen according to the ancient science of geomancy which considers the shape of the mountains, position of water and the cardinal directions.’
    • ‘It means ‘wind and water’ and refers to the ancient art of geomancy - a calculated assessment of the most favourable conditions for any venture.’
    • ‘Even though Americans don't normally practice geomancy, even a geomancer would have to marvel at this campus' ideal location with its fine views of the gently rolling countryside.’
    • ‘Besides the floor upon floor, shelf upon shelf of books, there was that element of feng shui, not simply location but the geomancy of that locus, its spiritual otherness.’
  • 2Divination from configurations seen in a handful of earth thrown on the ground, or by interpreting lines or textures on the ground.