Center, Boundary, Gateway:
Celtic Keys to Geomancy
By Christan Hummel
Today one can hardly pass a grocery store counter or bookstore without encountering some reference to Feng Shui. It has infiltrated Western culture to an astounding degree, and yet, few of us know that Feng Shui has at its roots and origins a more mysterious study, that we call “geomancy.”
Geomancy is a more mysterious term for most of us, for some conjuring up images of water witching, and druidic rituals. It is essentially a study of the power of earth energies and their placement and uses. What is not usually known is that the study of geomancy comprised the core of ancient Feng Shui until the 1600’s. After visiting Jesuit priests convinced the Emperor of China that such powerful information as working with Earth energy points was too much of a threat to his power to be available to the general public, all references to geomancy were deleted from the published texts on Feng Shui and relegated to the realms of the secret societies and mystery schools. So the study of Feng Shui became relegated to its more traditional associations as art of placement for the home and garden, and applications to the Earth’s grids and energy power points were lost to all but a select few.
Given the significance of this concept of geomancy, or understanding of the effect of “placement” on the energies of the Earth, one might wonder what exactly is this study of “geo-mancy” which was so threatening to the Emperor, and which was at the heart of Feng Shui in its original form? To answer this, we look to Ireland and the Celtic traditions as the key to discovering that the geomancy of an area can be summed up in the three words which form the foundation of the Celtic cross, (a Celtic version of the Medicine Wheel) center, boundary, gateway. With an understanding of these three concepts, we have a key to unlocking the secrets of the geomancy of any area.
“Center” is the energetic heart of a property, whether you are talking about a home, a garden or a city. It does not mean the geographic center, but instead the place where the energies of a place are centered, the place which holds the purpose or function of a place, its heart. The most classic example I’ve seen of this concept of “Center” is in Jerusalem at the place called the Dome of the Rock. It is the energetic center of the old city, and a very sacred area for Jews, Moslems, and Christians alike. For Christians, it is the place where Jesus taught at the Temple. For Jews it is revered as the spot where Abraham went to sacrifice Isaac when God intervened. It is considered Mt. Moriah, and also reported to be the location where Solomon built his Temple, and where the Ark of the Covenent was housed. For Moslems, it is the place where Mohammed received his revelation, where he took his night journeys to Mecca, and where he ultimately ascended. Prior to Mecca, all temples pointed towards this location. So for three different religions this “center” is considered a very sacred point, and energetically crucial to the health of the region.
In Celtic traditions, the Center was enshrined by temples to protect the energies from harm or desecration because it was felt that the harmony of the land depended upon the health of the sacred center. The Center is considered of crucial importance to the health and prosperity of a region. It is the umbilical cord, the point where the energies of Heaven are anchored to Earth, so it was of vital importance that the Center be guarded, protected, and properly revered. Peace and prosperity were assured when the Center was properly honored and referred. And conversely, if desecrated, war, famine, and disharmony were sure to reign.
Around the center, were boundaries which determined the perimeter of the region or land. In Jerusalem, the boundaries are formed by the old city walls. They clearly mark the boundary of the old city of Jerusalem and were originally built for that purpose and to defend the city against invaders. Around the Dome of the Rock is a retaining wall, or boundary for that Temple area. The remains of that wall, the Western Wall, or “Wailing Wall” as it is more commonly known, is considered a symbol of Jewish faith and object of Jewish pilgrimage from all over the world.
At the edge of the boundaries are gateways, or paths which allow energy in and out of the area protected by the boundaries. While I’ve discovered these gateways are of major energetic importance, their significance is often overlooked when doing geomantic work in an area. Prior to leaving for a trip to Jerusalem, I was given the message “pay attention to the guardians of the gates.” This simple, yet cryptic message provided much information and guidance once I arrived in Jerusalem as I discovered that at each major “gateway” there was an energetic “guardian”, and honoring those guardians and requesting their permission to enter and continue, proved to be of vital importance to the success of our work.
One such guardian at the Zion gate, guarding the entrance to the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem, chuckled at us for a while because we didn’t know which guardians we were supposed to honor and were offering our prayers to each and every one, including the doors of our hotel rooms. When we discovered this gateway we did our usual propitiation and for the first time I realized THESE were the Guardians of the Gates which I was being alerted to pay attention to! I saw the iron bar on the large stone wall by the gateway and discovered the orthodox Jews who passed by were paying some sort of respect touching this bar with their fingers and then putting their fingers to their mouths honoring it in some way. I discovered later that this is an ancient tradition which goes back to the time of Moses during the plagues when he was told to put something on their door so the Angel of Death would pass by their house. So this tradition began and was carried down throughout the centuries.
That was my education into the significance of honoring the guardians of the gates, and several more “guardians” were to be honored before that trip was completed. One of the most significant was the Golden Gate on the east entrance into the old city. This is the only gate which has been sealed, and also the only one which had twin arches. All the other 7 gates into the old city were a single arch. The significance of this gate to the geomancy of the city can hardly be overestimated. It allows the energies from the east (the light of the Sun) to come into the city, and the first thing that it hits is the Dome of the Rock.
The energy runs down a straight line, called the Messianic line* because it was prophesied that the Messiah would come from the east through the Mount of Olives through the Golden Gate, into the Temple, and then to the place where Jesus was ultimately crucified and arose from the tomb. This is actually the true via Delarosa path which Jesus is said to have come from — the Garden of Gethsemane, through the Golden Gate, to the Temple where he was tried, and then on to the place of his crucifixion.
If you follow this line further east, it ends up at a place called the Church of Ascension which is the spot that commemorates the last place where Jesus touched the Earth before He ascended into Heaven. From there it goes through the Mt. of Olives and then through the Golden Gate through Mt. Moriah, through the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and finally terminates outside the old city at the Holocaust War Memorial!! From Ascension at one end, to the Holocaust at the other, and the crucifixion and resurrection in the middle! All along this same energetic line running through the Golden Gate.
So back to the significance of the Golden Gate. As mentioned before, it is the only gate which is a double arch and the only one which is sealed. When the Moslems took over the city of Jerusalem around 600 AD, the gate was sealed with concrete. Supposedly to prevent the Messiah from fulfilling the prophesy. But geo-mantically another significance of this gate is revealed when you look at the geomancy of the land. To the east is the feminine rolling hills of the Mt. Of Olives. This is where the location of the tomb of Mother Mary and this Messianic line runs right through the Church of Mary Magdelene.
For those who have studied the Essenes or more esoteric renditions of the Christian teachings, Mary Magdelene is considered the priestess of the Isis.** So this region of the Mt. of Olives is a major area of the land dedicated to the Goddess energy. Then as we trace this Messianic line to the west, it enters the old city through the Golden Gate. Once it passes through the Golden Gate, it enters the male, patriarchical area of Jerusalem. Mt. Moriah, with connections to Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Mo-hammed.
When we were directed to go and do work at this gate, I asked the presiding spirit of the land what we should do there, and what was revealed was that the archtype of the divine relationship of the Cosmic Male and Cosmic Female was to be reminded to the land at this point. I was given an image of the co-creative relationship between Jesus and Mary, and that they as well, were anchoring these energies into these most important places in the land.
I looked into the eyes of the man I was travelling with and endeavored to see past our physical selves so we looked instead to the Divine Male and the Divine Female in one another, and honored that sacred space within one another. When we did this, the energies which came through us at that moment were palpable. It was as though a flood gate were opened. We stood there in tears, and amazement at how simple and yet profound the experience was for both of us. In the Bible, it is prophesied that the Golden Gate would be opened at a time which heralded the return of the Messiah. Perhaps the work there was a preparation for that eventual physical event?
Center, Boundary, Gateway — may these keys unlock many doors of exploration and co-creation.
*See John Mitchelle’s “Jerusalem Revealed.” ** See “The Templar Revelation” for more about the significance of Mary Magdelene
Christan Hummel travels internationally leading devic pilgrimages to sacred sites teaching people how to access their innate relationship with nature. For more information about her upcoming workshop, see www.earthtransitions.com or call (760) 722-5555.
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