armillary dome garden feature. The lens in the
centre is astronomically aligned on the Pole Star
and so the dome mirrors the celestial sphere,
which appears to revolve around it. The outer
ring marks the path of the equinox sun, the inner
the summer solstice. (Grahame Gardner)
the geomantic placement of a sacred space, be it a new
building or some other type of space, it is important
to energetically anchor the structure in Time and Space.
This creates energy flows between the structure and
its surroundings and helps to maintain a balanced atmosphere.
Geomancy is the bridge between worlds: the Upper World,
skies and heavens, the Lower World, the living Earth
and the energies flowing through it, and the Middle
World between them, the human world.
labyrinth with aligned standing stones. The major
alignment is to sunset on the client's birthday.
Upper world energy the geomancer will often incorporate
standing stones or other elements that have some sort
of astronomical link; perhaps an alignment to a significant
solar or lunar event, or a marker to the Pole Star for
In the case of buildings, the whole structure might
be oriented to a significant astronomical event; for
example the Neolithic mound of Maes Howe on Orkney has
its entrance passage aligned to the winter solstice
sunset, and many churches and cathedrals are aligned
to the equinox sunrise, or to the sunrise on the patron
saint's feast day.
date chosen to be marked in this way plays a significant
part in the annual cycles of that sacred space, and
often rituals and ceremonies are performed to honour
this and to energise the space with the particular quality
that attends the energy invoked.
Lower World energy is incorporated by mapping out the
underground earth energies through dowsing, and connecting
to these energies by the placement of standing stones,
crystals or other devices. Unbalanced or detrimental
energies can be treated and harmonised at this stage
and indeed the energies can be further tuned to suit
the purpose of the space concerned.
The space or structure may also be oriented to the cardinal
directions, and these points marked in some way within
the space, to connect with the local landscape of the
Middle world. It is also important that the actual construction
and dedication of sacred space is done at the most propitious
and harmonious times; and so astrology and the geomancer's
understanding of lunar, solar and planetary cycles may
be utilised to determine the timing of the different
stages in the project.
creating sacred space, often the dimensions of the structure
are designed using sacred geometry, which is one of
the cornerstones of Western geomancy. This ancient art
utilises natural proportions and ratios to create a
subtle resonance in the structure that enhances our
connection to the spiritual. The shapes chosen also
have significance in terms of potential usage and a
geomancer will be able to advise on this.
geometry lies at the heart of many of the most famous
sacred spaces around the world, from stone circles to
the pyramids, from Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem to
the great Gothic cathedrals, which are supreme examples
of the art.
Sacred Geometry is often ignored in our scientific age.
To the ancients, however, it was their principal view
of how the Universe was constructed, and how the Divine
manifests itself into Matter. Its principles are to
be found all around us, from the design of our sacred
buildings to the pattern of growth in plants and even
in the proportions of the human body, and these principles
are the same today as they were thousands of years ago.
It is nothing less than Universal Truth. It has very
little to do with algebra and mathematical calculation
- those came later - but everything to do with form
Still, if the mere mention of geometry brings you out
in a cold sweat in memory of school maths lessons, but
you are nonetheless intrigued to know more and see how
simple it really can be, have a look at 'Introductory
healing space created for holistic healing centre
Golden Mean rectangle. (Jamie Mortimer)
course your sacred space does not have to be a Gothic
cathedral; it may be as simple as a home altar in a
corner of your living room. But if you have the space,
many people like to have a permanent area on their property
that they can regard as sacred.
may wish to have the use of such a space for meditation,
ceremony, etc., but do not feel that they have sufficient
space in the home or garden to dedicate to this on a
permanent basis. In this instance, a portable or semi-permanent
arrangement such as a canvas or finger labyrinth can
Geomancy Group has experience in creating many forms
of sacred space, such as healing rooms in health centres,
garden labyrinths and other features, through medicine
wheels and right up to full-scale modern stone circles.
If you would like us to advise on your sacred space,
find a Geomancy Group member in your area..
New stone circle built by members Ivan
Mcbeth and Richard
Download a Stellarium
landscape of this circle here