After carefully considering the responses to a post that I made within the Geomantic Study-Group on Facebook discussing the elemental rulers of the figures, I began to ponder other ways in which the structure or “activity” of the figures might form the basis of elemental rulership. This led me to also think about the mobility and stability of the figures, as well as their mathematical interactions, as potentially forming an emergent framework for elemental assignment. For the purpose of fleshing out this idea, the following model suggests the assignment of ruling elements based on the figure’s movements, mathematical transmutations, and inherent meanings, notwithstanding the figures’ astrological correspondences.
The “mobile” figures are given to the lighter elements of fire and air, and the “stable” figures to the denser elements of water and earth. Each figure’s structural counterpart is ruled by the opposite element, i.e., reverse pairs are mirrored in fire and water, while inverse pairs are mirrored in air and earth. Lastly, the mobile converse pairs are ruled by fire, while the stable converse pairs are ruled by water.
The ordering that results is as follows:
It was my hope that this model would inadvertently resemble at least one of the many traditional arrangements so as to guide the remaining task and work with practitioners’ existing familiarity, but this does not appear to be the case. As such, and in conformity with the criteria that I set for the model, I relied a great deal on the associations and metaphors that immediately came to mind as I worked through the various configurations:
Puer: hot-headed, ambitious—fire
Rubeus: destructive, all-consuming—fire
Laetitia: celebration, fireworks—fire
Cauda Draconis: release, purgation—fire
Via: “the winds of change”—air
Conjunctio: “the perfect storm”—air
Fortuna Minor: fleeting—air
Amissio: “gone with the wind”—air
Puella: receptive, soothing—water
Albus: reflective, depth—water
Tristitia: sunken, “drowning in despair”—water
Caput Draconis: the womb, surfacing—water
Populus: home, “strength in numbers”—earth
Carcer: “locked down”—earth
Fortuna Major: reinforced, structurally sound—earth
Acquisitio: growth, “the bountiful harvest”—earth
While this model is undoubtedly eclipsed by the prevalence and success of more traditional arrangements, it perhaps introduces a rationale for rulership that may not have been previously considered. In the end, I suppose the efficacy of this ordering and its compatibility with the extant complex of geomantic correspondences can be determined through practical experimentation.