“Geomancy” is derived from the Latin “geomantia,” which in turn is derived from the Greek for “divination by earth.” The Arabic name for geomancy, “‘ilm al-raml,” means “the science of the sand.” In its original form, the geomantic figure was created by making lines of random numbers of dots in the sand, hence the name.
Elizabeth Bennett, Princeton University
This led me to think about the biblical story of the woman taken in adultery where the Scribes and the Pharisees asked Jesus what should be done to her. Here is the passage in John’s Gospel-
3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
Bearing in mind that there is nothing superfluous in the Bible, it has been discussed and debated endlessly by the finest minds in history so each and every word and phrase is there for a reason, telling us something.
Churchianity gives us the ossified dogma but the esoteric meaning, the Christianity, remains hidden.
So the question is; was Jesus, by writing in the sand, practicing the art of Geomancy?
I am prompted to ask after reading this piece in which Brian Inglis writes-
Jesus is the most accomplished diviner-magician of them all