Slavery and Geomancy

The recent conference and events hosted by Emory University titled “Slavery and the University” are a real landmark in our progress as southerners.  Up until now, as far as I can tell, we have actively suppressed any and all acknowledgement of slavery as a part of southern life.  It’s how we white southerner’s we taught to deal with things: be polite, make it look real pretty and polished and by all means HIDE it if it’s ‘unsightly.’  I charmed the pants off…. i mean socks off many boys in my Northeastern boarding school and California college for these Southern rules….  ‘owning’ them, relishing in the power, while never letting on who i really was.  As I grew older, I learned this type of relationship is not honest, nor fulfilling.   To embrace love we must embrace truth, vulnerabilities and all.   Being strong enough to face the good and the bad, we grow.

Well, I think the South is finally learning that our relationship to our past is not serving us.  Denial of the truth is not healing- its denial.  Emory is certainly leading the way through opening up a long overdue discussion.  We’ve collectively been holding our breath for over 100 years, and it seems the breath is beginning again to flow.  What a relief.  I am proud of the courage it takes to unearth such a dark, deep and emotionally full subject.   I know it will take a lot more- and a lot more than just talking about it.

I first felt the grip Slavery still has on the south one Fourth of July in Winterville, GA.  I was with some friends, spending a free day in the woods, by the river-  enjoying the outdoors.   I had been studying Geomancy for a few years already with Marko and Ana Pogacnik, so I was learning how to communicate with the consciousness of nature.  I remember being close to the ground by the entrance to a garden, and when i put both of my hands on the ground I felt an immense surge of energy that I can only describe as painful and emotional.  I was overwhelmed as I processed this energy as  residual trauma felt by slaves so many years before, probably on the same site where i knelt.

Now I know through the work of Machaelle Small Wright that nature indeed holds human emotional energy as a service to humans.  Otherwise, we could cripple ourselves from the sheer power of our emotions- often even unconscious thoughts and feelings.  It’s up to humans to acknowledge this and work with nature to release this energy for transformation.  Then, I didnt feel I had the capacity to work on my own to offer healing to the southern landscape for this trauma- it just felt like too much.  So I invited our North American school of geomancy, lead by Marko, to Atlanta in 2007 to do this work.  I had not told the group of this experience, but together we did some remarkable work with the city and, of course, worked a great deal with slavery.  More details on that can be found in this article I wrote just after the workshop.  Incredible experience.

I believe working with Geomancy has the potential to heal us and the landscape from the trauma of slavery, because of it’s multi-dimensional approach.  And Lance Howard, professor of Geography, Clemson University believes this as well.  He was asked to speak on a panel at the recent Emory conference and said, “I have misty photos taken today from the Fort Hill landscape; the oldest of the red cedars there may date from Calhoun’s lifetime.  I got a real strong sense from him today that he wants to clear this legacy and then a strong sense of all this black, bubbling energy anxious to be released from beneath that ‘hardpan’ that we noted at [in the Atlanta workshop] and elsewhere.

“I see this as analogy of soil and the strata of the earth’s crust.  Just as there are sediments that accrue into sedimentary rock, there is an accrual of SENTiments in the emotional and etheric fields (details needed) over time.  Investigation and interpretation of these sentimentary strata is part of the subtle science of Geomancy.”

Well said, Lance.

One Response to “Slavery and Geomancy”

  1. Lance Howard says:

    Dear Lindsey, your sensitivities are what compel me to appreciate the urgency of geomancy in the world. Let’s move forward with this.

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