@rats I’m reading “Techniques of High Magic” by Francis King and Stephen Skinner which has a fairly detailed breakdown of the methodology but there’s lots of talk of “good” and “evil” interpretations which is a little monotheistic for my tastes.
It’s the first divination system in the book and I’m pretty confused as to why they started with one of the most horrendously complicated which - as far as I can tell - is based on some pretty in-depth astrology.
@rats I feel like a lot of stuff becomes accessible if you can automate the astrology parts (i.e. build a software astrological clock) because I really don’t have much motivation to do those calculations and cross-referencing manually.
Problem is I can’t be fucked to write the code either.
I find doing the math by hand useful just for keeping math skills sharp. The web apps seem to make odd rounding decisions I'm not comfortable with. I've been using geomancy almost exclusively since discovering it in agrippa. I really enjoyed Greer on this subject and the digital ambler blog is another great source of information. It does seem to plug into traditional astrology quite well. It's awesome to see more people talking about geomancy!
Also if you're using Android this app is pretty rad https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.kodular.msonrm.SimpleGeomancy
@dukeofpearldiving @rats I think that’s a way I understand these systems best - not by running through the calculations but by implementing them in code to understand the logic, and I notably don’t use tarot apps etc because I want the interpretations and calculations to reflect *my* preferred understanding of the logic.
I’m still very new to all of this though and I think my reluctance to engage with astrology is largely due to the fact that it introduces another dimension of time periodicity which is an extra layer of complexity which I’m not quite advanced enough for yet! I like a lot of the planetary archetypes, it’s just tarred with the “when you were born dictates who you are” thing which I’m not tremendously keen on so I’ll be endeavouring to look at it aside from that.
Really loving this feedback by the way! The pointers on things to read are fantastic and the differing approaches make me reconsider my own assumptions :)
@rats @dukeofpearldiving this was incidentally what I really liked about your interpretation of geomancy - by using bitstreams you output divination symbols as a collateral effect of some intentional practice and that collateral effect is deterministic on what version of whatever programming flavour was the new hotness on the day that the code was compiled or interpreted.
It’s like a distilled side effect of technology and culture.