The techniques presented in the following sections can be used to intuitively locate something that was lost or has gone missing, an effective application of divinatory geomancy made possible by its versatile symbolism and adaptable interpretive framework. These methods were developed for those who work solely with the Shield Chart, and are ideal for readings on queries such as “Where are my keys?” or “Where is X’s wallet?”.

Impressionistic Method

This technique first requires that you generate an unbound Shield Chart to expand the descriptive capabilities of the Court. Once the chart has been cast, the Judge, Witnesses, Four Triplicities, and Viae Punctorum should be analyzed for clues revealing the precise whereabouts of the object, with consideration given to the figures’ basic conceptual meanings, elemental compositions, and qualities of movement.

The Judge in this context can be understood as the primary clue that your subconscious uses to elicit an intuitive impression of the object’s location, similar in concept to a “gestalt” as defined in the practice of Controlled Remote Viewing (CRV). In this sense, the Judge might be attempting to convey the overall nature of the location or its main characteristic, the type of activity occurring there, or something relevant to your personal connection with that environment. The impression that emerges can also serve to orient your interpretation of other figures in the chart and give context to their appearance.

The Right Witness communicates something about the querent or owner’s involvement, or a factor that contributed to the object’s misplacement or disappearance. The Left Witness can either indicate the likelihood of finding the object or how the owner will be affected by its loss or recovery. However, these designations are only intended to serve as a general interpretive framework; your subconscious may occasionally attempt to communicate details that do not match the meanings of the Witnesses given here.

The Four Triplicites in the upper half of the chart,1 as well as the Viae Punctorum,2 can also be examined for additional indicators. Anomalous patterns such as mirrored triplicites or repeating figures might also be conveying something pertinent to the object’s location.

An example of this method can be seen in Geomancy Reading No. 2.

Representational Method

This particular technique requires that you generate a Shield Chart in the traditional manner, as each of the eight possible Judges is given to a general location or condition (see table below). These special meanings only apply to these figures when they appear as Judges and not when they appear elsewhere in the chart:

ViaIn motion
PopulusIn a non-residential building
Carcer In a stationary vehicle or craft
Fortuna MajorIn the querent’s home
Fortuna MinorIn someone else’s home
AcquisitioNot lost but overlooked
AmissioDestroyed or disposed of

Once the chart is cast, the general location or condition of the object is immediately revealed by the Judge. The remaining figures in the chart should then be examined as described in the previous section.

  1. John Michael Greer, The Art and Practice of Geomancy: Divination, Magic, and Earth Wisdom of the Renaissance (Newburyport: Weiser Books, 2009), 97; Polyphanes, “On the Geomantic Triads,” The Digital Amber (blog), 21 March, 2015,
  2. Polyphanes, “De Geomanteia: Via Puncti (follow the yellow brick road),” The Digital Amber (blog), 18 December, 2012,