Gea Viva Team

Roman quarry

Hercules Relief on Brač

Herkcules' Path

Hercules - A hero's journey
Geomantic Project Island Brač - 20th - 27th September 2014

Our team of six explored the meaning of Hercules' tasks for us today by emerging ourselves into literature about Hercules, meditated on his tasks, visited various sites on the island Brač, that resonate with him.

Project background
The Diocletian's Palace, Split’s mayor tourist attraction and a world heritage site, is constructed from Brač stone. It was quarried close to Splitska, approximately 2 kilometres from the sea, and then shipped to Split. To this day Brač stone is sought after, and even parts of the Whitehouse in Washington have been constructed from this white limestone. The antique quarry dating back to the fourth century A.C. has recently opened to the public, and when clearing the site, a roman relief depicting Hercules, the patron of quarry workers, has been discovered. Carved into the rock face of the quarry, it is easily approachable and well worth a visit.

Hercules and his significance
To become a god, the hero Hercules, son of Zeus and mortal Alcmene, had to master twelve almost impossible tasks in order to gain immortality. In these he showed his strength, intelligence and ability to win the support of others.

To all our surprise, Hercules showed himself several times in our meditations as quite small beings that needs our support and recognition. Hercules is significant on many levels, for example it is the principle to grow and stretch beyond what one would find easy to accomplish and to tackle challenges that appear impossible to surmount, to take a journey to become 'god-like', in terms of consciously creating one's life experiences and to co-operate with forces and beings on many levels.

Collaborative approaches in Geomancy
In our collaboration, Manuela Kaniški, Annette Frederking, Ingrid Tasch, Urša Vidic, Manuela Geisler and I also tried unconventional ways of working geomantically.

We interact with subtle dimensions in this field of work, in which nothing is visible to the eye, and information given is often a bit like in a dream. Also, each person, according to his or her sensitivities, experience and strengths, resonates with different aspects of a place. I like to use the metaphor that geomancy is like an elephant under a blanket: someone might feel the ear, another a leg and yet another might feel the texture of its skin. At first sight our perceptions can appear like a contradiction, when in fact, they are various aspects of the same thing. I strongly believe that there are very few human beings that have sight of the entire elephant.This means in the traditional setting of a taught seminar, the teacher might say, this place is an 'ear', and many other aspects might already fall by the wayside in the phase of perceiving a place and will be continued in any geomantic healing work.

During this seminar, for example, Manuela Geisler introduced us to her way of working with essential oils in the landscape, Manuela Kaniški received the information that we should look for a cave on the plateau of Vidova Gora, which was important for our process, Urša Vidic collated a summary of Alice Bailey's book on the deeper meaning of Hercules' labours, Ingrid Tasch was in touch with the angelic aspects of many places, Annette Frederking developed cosmogrammes capturing the essence of the labours she had selected and I initiated a ceremony connecting us with the priestesses of Zmajeva Špilja.

Let us embrace collaborative approaches in Geomancy and address the many layers and aspects of each place.

Sabine Engelhardt