Henry Cornelius Agrippa
Adapted from "Fourth BOOK of Occult Philosophy", tr. Robert Turner, LONDON: Printed by J.C. for John Harrison, at the Lamb at the East-end of Pauls. 1655.
Geomancy is an Art of Divination, wherby the judgement may be rendred by lot, or destiny, to every question of every thing whatsoever, but the Art hereof consisteth especially in certain points where of certain figures are deducted according to the reason or rule of equality or inequality, likenesse or unlikenesse,; which Figures are also reduced to the Coelestiall Figures, assuming their natures and proprieties, according to the course and forms of the Signes and Planets; notwithstanding this in the first place we are to consider, that whereas this kinde of Art can declare or shew forth nothing of verity, unless it shall be radicall in some sublime verture, and this the Authours of this Science have demonstrated to be two-fold: the one whereof consists in Religion and Ceremonies; and therefore they will have the Projectings of the points of this Art to bee made with signes in the Earth, wherefore this Art is appropriated to this Element of Earth, even as Pyromancy to the fire, and Hydromancy to the Element of Water: Then whereas they judged the hand of the Projector or Worker to be most powerfully moved, and directed to the terrestriall spirits; and therefore they first used certaine holy incantations and deprecations, with other rites and observations, provoking and alluring spirits of this nature hereunto.
Another power there is that doth direct and rule this Lot or Fortune, which is in the very soule it selfe of the Projector, when he is carried to this work with some great egresse of his owne desire, for this Art hath a natural obedience to the soule it selfe, and of necessity hath efficacy and is moved to that which the soule it self desires, and this way is by far more true and pure; neither matters it where or how these points are projected; therefore this Art hath the same Radix with the Art of Astrologicall Questions: which also can no otherwise bee verified, unlesse with a constant and excessive affection of the Querent himselfe: Now then that wee may proceed to the Praxis of this Art; first it is to be knowne, that all Figures upon which this whole Art is founded are onely sixteen, as in this following Table you shall see noted, with their names.
Now we proceed to declare with what Planets these Figures are distributed; for hereupon all the propriety and nature of Figures and the judgement of the whole Art dependeth: Therefore the greater and lesser Fortune are ascribed to the Sun; but the first or greater Fortune is when the Sun is diurnall, and posited in his dignities; the other, or lesser Fortune is when the Sun is nocturnall, or placed in lesse dignities: Via, and Populus (that is, the Way, and People) are referred to the Moone; the first from her beginning and encreasing, the second from her full light and quarter decreasing; Acquisitio, and Laetitia (which is Gaine, Profit; Joy and Gladness) are of Jupiter: But the first hath Jupiter the greater Fortune, the second the lesse, but without detriment: Puella, and Amissio are of Venus; the first fortunate, the other (as it were) retrograde, or combust: Conjunctio and Albus are both Figures of Mercury, and are both good; but the first the more Fortunate: Puer and Rubeus are Figures ascribed to Mars; the first whereof hath Mars benevolent, the second malevolent: Carcer, and Tristitia are both Figures of Saturn, and both evill; but the first of the greater detriment: the Dragons head, and Dragons tayle doe follow their owne natures.
And these are the infallible comparisons of the Figures, and from these wee may easily discerne the equality of their signes; therefore the greater and lesser Fortunes have the signes of Leo, which is the House of the Sun: Via and Populus have the signe of Cancer, which is the House of the Moone: Acquisitio hath for his signe Pisces; and Laetitia Sagitary, which are both the Houses of Jupiter: Puella hath the signe of Taurus, and Amissio of Libra, which are the Houses of Venus: Conjunctio hath for its signe Virgo, and Albus the signe Gemini, the Houses of Mercury: Puella and Rubeus have for their signe Scorpio, the House of Mars: Carcer hath the signe Capricorne, and Tristitia Aquary, the Houses of Saturne : The Dragons head and taile are thus divided, the head to Capricorne, and the Dragons taile adhereth to Scorpio; and from hence you may easily obtaine the triplicities of these signs after the manner of the triplicities of the signes of the Zodiak: Puer therefore, both Fortunes, and Laetitia do govern the fiery triplicity; Puella, Conjunctio, Carcer, and the Dragons head the earthly triplicity: Albus, Amitia, and Tristitia, doe make the Airy triplicity: and Via, Populus, and Rubeus, with the Dragons taile, and Acquisitio do rule the watry triplicity, and this order is taken according to the course of manner of the signes.
But if any one will constitute these triplicities according to the nature of the Planets, and Figures themselves, let him observe this Rule, that Fortuna major, Rubeus, Puer, and Amissio doe make the fiery triplicity: Fortune minor, Puella, Laetitia and Conjunctio triplicity of the Ayre: Acquisitio, the Dragons taile, Via, and Populus doe governe the watry triplicity; and the earthly triplicity is ruled by Carcer, Tristitia, Albus, and the Dragons head. And this way is rather to be observed then the first which we have set forth; because it is constituted according to the Rule and manner of the signes.
This order is also far more true and rationall then that which vulgarly is used, which is described after this manner: of the Fiery triplicity are, Cauda, Fortuna minor, Amissio, and Rubeus: of the Airy triplicity are, Acquisitio, Laetitia, Puer, and Conjunctio: of the watry triplicity are, Populus, Via, Albus, and Puella: And Caput, Fortuna major, Carcer, and Tristitia are of the earthly triplicity.
They doe likewise distribute these Figures to the twelve signes of the Zodiak, after this manner, Acquisitio is given to Aries; Fortuna, both major and minor to Taurus; Laetitia to the signe Gemini; Puella and Rubeus to Cancer; Albus is assigned to Leo, Via to Virgo; the Dragons head, and Conjunctio to Libra; Puer is submitted to Scorpio; Tristitia and Amissio are assigned to Sagitary; the Dragons taile to Capricorne; Populus to Aquarius; and Carcer is assigned the signe Pisces.
And now we come to speake of the manner of projecting or setting downe these Figures, which is thus; that we set downe the points according to their course in four lines, from the right hand towards the left, and this in foure courses: There will therefore result unto us foure Figures made in foure severall lines, according to the even or uneven marking, every severall line; which foure Figures are wont to be called Matres: which doe bring forth the rest, filling up and compleating the whole Figure of Judgement, an example whereof you may see heer following.
Of these foure Matres are also produced foure other secondary Figures, which they call Filia, or Succedents, which are gathered together after this manner; that is to say, by making the foure Matres according to their order, placing them by course one after another * *, then that which shall result out of every line, maketh the Figure of Filia, the order whereof is by discending from the superior points through both mediums to the lowest: as in this example.
And these 8 Figures do make 8 Houses of Heaven, after this manner, by placing the Figures from the left hand towards the right: as the foure Matres do make the foure first Houses, so the foure Filia doe make the foure following Houses, which are the fift, sixt, seaventh, and eighth: and the rest of the Houses are found after this manner; that is to say, out of the first and second is derived the ninth; out of the third and fourth the tenth; out of the fifth and sixth the eleventh; and out of the seventh and eighth the twelfth: By the combination or joyning together of two Figures according to the rule of the even or uneven number in the remaining points of each Figure. After the same manner there are produced out of the last foure Figures; that is to say, of the ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth, two Figures which they call Coadjutrices, or Testes; out of which two is also one constituted, which is called the Iudex of the whole Figure, or thing Quesited: as appeareth in this example following.
And this which we have declared in the common manner observed by Geomancers, which we do not altogether reject neither extoll; therefore this is also to be considered in our judgements: Now therefore I shall give unto you the true Figure of Geomancy, according to the right constitution of Astrologicall reason, which is thus.
As the former Matres does make the foure Angles of an House, the first maketh the first Angle, the second the second Angle, the third maketh the third Angles, and the fourth the fourth Angle; so the four Filiae arising from the Matres, doe constitute the foure succedent Houses; the first maketh the second House, the second the eleventh, the third the eighth, and the fourth maketh the first House: the rest of the Houses, which are Cadents are to be calculated according to the Rule of their triplicity; that is to say, by making the ninth out of the fourth and fifth, and the sixth our of the tenth and second, of the seventh, and eleventh the third, and of the fourth and eighth the twelfth.
And now you have the whole Figure of true judgement constituted according the true and efficatious reasons, whereby I shal shew you how you shall compleat it: the Figure which shall bee in the first House shall give you the signe ascending, which the first Figure sheweth; which being done, you shall attribute their signes to the rest of their Houses, according to the order of the signes; then in every House you shall note the Planets according to the nature of the Figure & then from all these you shall build your judgement according to the signification of the Planets in the signes and Houses wherein they shall be found, and according to their aspects among themselves, and to the place of the querent and thing quesited; and you shall judge according to the natures of the signes ascending in their Houses, and according to the natures and proprieties of the Figures which they have placed in the severall Houses, and according to the commisture of other Figures aspecting them: The Iudex of the Figure which the Geomancers for the most part have made, how it is found in the former Figure.
But here we shal give you the secret of the whole Art, to find out the Iudex in the subsequent Figure, which is thus: that you number all the points which are contained in the lines of the projections, and this you shall divide by twelve: and that which remaineth project from the Ascendent by the several Houses, and upon which House there falleth a final unity, that Figure giveth you a competent Judgement of the thing quesited; and this together with the significations of the Judgements aforesaid. But if on either part they shall be equal, or ambiguous, then the Iudex alone shall certified you of the thing quesited. The Example of this Figure is here placed.
It remaineth now, that we declare, of what thing and to what House a Question doth appertain. Then, what every Figure doth shew or signifie concerning all Questions in every House.
First therefore we shall handle the significations of the Houses; which are these.
(After that point, the text has been adapted in modern english)
The first House speaks of the enquirer, as often as a question shall be proposed concerning himself of his own matters, or any thing appertaining to him. And this House declares the Judgement of life, form, state, condition, habit, disposition, form and figure, and of the colour of men. The second House contains the Judgement of substance, riches, poverty, gain and loss, good fortune and evil fortune: and of accidents in substance, such as theft, loss or negligence. The third House signifies brothers, sisters, and relatives in blood: It judges short journeys, and fidelities of men. The fourth House signifies fathers and grandfathers, community buildings and inheritance, possessions, buildings, fields, treasure, and things hidden: It gives also the description of those who lack something due to theft, loss, or negligence. The fifth House gives judgement of Legats,(?=?) Messengers, Rumours, News; of Honour, and accidents after death: and of Questions that may be propounded concerning women with child or pregnant creatures . The sixth House gives Judgement of ailmentes, and medicines; of familiars and servants; of cattel and domestic animals. The seventh House signifies wedlock, whoredom, and fornication; renders Judgement of friends, strife, and controversy; and of matters acted before Judges. The eighth brings death, and of those things which come by death of Legats, and inheritance; of the dowry or portion of a wife. The ninth House signifiesjourneys, faith, and constancie; dreams, divine sciences, and Religion. The tenth House hath signification of Honours, and of Magisterial Offices. The eleventh House signifies friends, and the substance of Princes. The twelfth House signifies enemies, servants, imprisonment, and misfortune, and whatsoever evil can happen besides death and sickness, the Judgements whereof are to be required in the sixth House, and in the eighth.
All there is to do now is to show you what every figure mentioned above signifies.
The greater Fortune
Fortuna major being found in the first House, gives long life, and flees from the molestation of Diseases: it demonstrates a man being noble, magnanimous, of good manners, average size, of ruddy complexion, with curly hair , and his superiour characteristics more plentiful than his inferiour ones. In the second House, he signifies manifest riches and obvious advancement, good fortune, and the retrieval of any thing lost or mis-laid; the catching of a thief, and recovery of things stolen. In the third House, he signifies brethren and kinsmen, Nobles, and the persons of good conversation; prosperous journeys full of honour: it demonstrates men to be faithful, and their friendship to be unfeigned. In the fourth House, he represents a noble father, of good reputation, and known to many people: He expands possessions in Cities, increases public properties, and discoveres hidden treasures. In this place he likewise signifies theft, and the recovery of anything lost. In the fifth House, he gives joy through children, and causes them to attain to great Honours: With State Visits he renders himself prosperous; but purchased with pains, and prayers: He takes rumours to be true: he bestows public Honours, and helps a man to be very famous after death: predicts a woman with child to bring forth a male-child. In the sixth House, he is free from diseases; ensures those that have infirmities shall in a short time recover; signifies a doctor to be faithful and honestly administer good medicine, of which there ought to be no suspicion; houshold-employees and ministers to be faithful: and of animals, he chiefly signifies Horses. In the seventh House, he is given a rich wife, honest, and of good manners; loving and pleasant: he overcomes strifs and contention. But if the Question be concerning them, he signifies adversaries to be very potent, and greatly favoured. In the eighth House, if a Question be proposed of the death of any one, it signifies he shall live: the kind of death he ensures to be easy and natural; an honest burial, and honourable funeral: He foretells a wife with a rich dowry, legacies and inheritance. In the ninth House, he signifies prosperous journeys : and over-land on horseback, rather than on foot, long, and not quickly accomplished: He foretells the return of those who are absent; signifies men to be faithful, and constant in their intentions; and religion; and that never change or alter their faith; Dreams he predicts to be true; signifies true and perfect Sciences. In the tenth House, he means great Honours are bestowed with public Offices, the Magistrate, and Judgement: and honours in the Courts of Princes: signifies Judges to be just, and not corrupted with gifts: brings a Cause to be easily and quickly expediated: shows Victory to be certain: signifies a noble mother, and of long life. In the eleventh house, he signifies true friends, and profits; a rich and liberal Leader; makes a man fortunate, and cherished by his Leader. In the twelfth House, if a Question be proposed of the quality of his enemies, it demonstrates them to be potent and noble, and hardly to be resisted: But if a Question shall be concerning any other condition or respect to the enemies, he will be delivered from their treacheries. It signifies faithful employees; reduces fugitives; signifies animals, such as horses, lions, and bulls; freed from imprisonments; and eminent danger he either mitigates or takes away.
The lesser Fortune
Fortuna minor in the first house, gives long life, but is incumbred with divers molestations and sicknesses: it signifies a person of short stature, a lean body, having a mold or mark in his forehead or right eye. In the second House, he signifies substance, and that to be consumed with too much extravagance: a thief is hidden and a thing stolen is scarcely ever recovered, only with great labour. In the third House, he causes discord amongst brethren and kinsfolks; threatens danger in a journey, but escapes it: renders men to be faithful, but of closed and hidden minds. In the fourth House, he prejudices public legacies and Inheritances; conceals treasures; and things lost cannot be regained, only with great difficulty: He signifies a father to be honest, but a spender of his estate through extravagance, leaving only small portions to his children. Fortuna minor in the fifth House gives few children; a woman with child he signifies that it shall be a female-child; signifies State Visits to be honourable, but of little profit; rises to mean honours; gives some fame after death, but not widespread; nor of lasting memory. In the sixth House, he signifies diseases, both Sanguine and Choleric; shows the sick person to be in great danger, but who shall recover: signifies faithful employees, but lazy and unprofitable: And the same of animals. In the seventh House, he provides a wife from a good background; but with whomyou shall be incumbred with many troubles: causes love to be anxious and inconstant: prolongs contentions, and makes one's adversary thwart one with many machinations; but in a process of time he gives viictory. In the eighth House, he reveals the kind of death to be easy and honest; but obscure, or in a strange place, or pilgrimage: discovers Legacies and Possessions; but to be obtained only by law-suit and difficulty: denotes obscure funerals and burials ; the portion of a wife to be hardly gotten, before spent. In the ninth House, he signifies dangerous journeys; and an absent party slow lto return: causes men to be employed in offices of Religion: finds Sciences to be unaccomplished; but keeps constancy in faith and Religion. In the tenth House, he signifies Rulers to be potent; but to gain their power through war and violence: banished men he shows shall soon return: it likewise discoves Honors, great Offices and benefits; but for which you shall continually labour and strive for, and wherein you shall have no stabiility: A Judge shall not favour you: law-suits and contentions he prolongs A father and mother shall soon die, and always be affected with diseases. In the eleventh House, he makes many friends; but these are poor and unprofitable, and not able to help in an hour of need: it ingratiates you with Leaders, and gives great hopes, but small gains; no longterm benefits or lasting offices bestowed by a Prince. In the twelfth House, he reveals enemies to be crafty, subtle, and fraudulent, and plotting to thwart you with many secret factions: signifies someone in prison to be long detained, but at length released: Animals he shows to be unfruitful, and employees unprofitable; and the changes of fortune to be frequent, from good to evil, and from bad to good.
"Via" in the first House, bestows a long and prosperous life; signifies a stranger; lean of body, and tall of stature; fair of complexion, having a small beard: a person liberal and pleasant; but lazy, and little addicted to labour. In the second, he increases substance and riches; recovers any thing that is stolen or lost; but signifies the thief to have departed outwith the City. In the third, he multiplies brethren and kinsfolks; signifies continual journeys, and prosperous men that are publicly known, honest, and of good conversation. Via in the fourth House, signifies the father to be honest; increases (the Patrimony?) and Inheritance; produces wealthy fields; shows treasure to be found in the place enquired after; recoveres any thing lost. In the fifth, he increases the population with male-children; indicates a woman with child is to bring forth a male-child; sends Embassadors to strange and remote parts; increases public honours; signifies an honest kind of death, and to be known throughout many Provinces. In the sixth House, Via safeguards against sickness; signifies the diseased speedily to recover; gives worthwhile employees, and animals, fertile and profitable. In the seventh House, he bestows a wife fair and pleasant, with whom you shall enjoy perpetual felicity: causes strifes and controversies most speedily resolved; adversaries to be easily overcome, and that these shall willingly submit their controversies to the Arbitration of good men. In the eighth House, Via signifies the form of death to proceed from Phlegmatic diseases; to be honest, and of good standing; discovers great Legacies, and rich Inheritances to be obtained by death: And if any one has been reported to be dead, it reveals him to be alive. In the ninth House, Via causes long journeys by water, especially by Sea, and portends very great gains to be acquired thereby: he denotes Priesthoods, and profits from Ecclesiastical employment; makes men of good Religion, upright, and constant of faith: reveals dreams to be true, whose significance shall suddenly appear: increases Philosophical and Grammatical Sciences, and those things which appertain to the instruction and bringing up of children. In the tenth House if Via is to be found, he makes Rulers happy and lucky, and as such shall maintain continual peace with Alllies; and that they shall ensure amiability and friendship with other Leaders by their frequent State Visits.: promotes public Honours, Offices, and Magistrates amongst the vulgar and common people; or things pertaining to water, journeys, or about gathering Taxes and Assessments: shows Judges to be just and merciful, and who shall quickly settle issues depending on them: and denotes a mother to be of good repute, healthy, and of long life. In the eleventh House, he accrues many wealthy friends, and acquires faithful friends in foreign Provinces and Countries, who shall willingly come to his aid when required, with every kind of help and diligence: It ingratiates someone with advantages and trust amongst Leaders, employing him in such Offices, in which he shall be required to travel continually. Via in the twelfth House, causes many enemies, but as such little hurt or danger is to be feared: signifies employees and animals to be profitable: those in prison to escape, or quickly set free: and preserves a man from the evil accidents of Luck.
Populus being found in the first House, if a Question is directed concerning that House, reveals a mean life, middle age, but inconstant, with divers sicknesses, and varying degrees of Luck: signifies a man of middle height, an overweightbody, set features; perhaps some mold or mark about his left eye. But if a Question shall be posed concerning the( figure?) of a man, and if, to this figure is joined any of the figures of Saturn or Rubeus, it indicates that the man would be monstrously deformed; and that deformity he signifies to come from birth: but if in the fifth House, if he is encompassed with malevolent characteristics, then that monstrousness is surely to come. In the second House, Populus indicates little substance, and whatever he has to be gotten with great difficulty: this makes a man also always sensitive to laborious toil: stolen things are never regained: what is lost shall never be wholly recovered: that which is hidden shall not be found. But if the Question is about a thief, it declares that he has not yet escaped, but is still lurking within the City. In the third House, Populus brings few friends, be it family or kindred-spirits; indicates journeys, but with labour and trouble; notwithstanding that, some profit may accrue from them: denotes a man unstable in his faith, and causes a man often to be deceived by his companions. In the fourth House, it signifies a sickly father, with a laborious life, whose earthly possessions and inheritances are to be taken away: shows profit to be gained by water: signifies no hidden treasures; or if these are hidden, they shall not be found: A (patrimony?) to be preserved with great labour. In the fifth House, he symbolises News to be untrustworthy whether the messengers are but couriers or public postmen: he divulges false rumours, which notwithstanding have a semblance of truth, and seem to have originated from a certain truth, but which is not relayed as it should have been: It signifies a woman to be barren, and causes those who are fertile with child to have an abortion; destines an inglorious Funeral, and ill- repute after death. In the sixth House, Populus shows sicknesses related to the cold and which chiefly affect the lower parts of the body: A Doctor is declared to be careless and negligent in administring medicine to the sick, and signifies those who are affected with sickness to be in danger of death, and scarcely ever to recover at all: it denotes the decitfulness of employees, and detriment of cattle. In the seventh House, it foretells that a wife be fair and pleasant, but one who shall be sollicited with the love of many wooers: signifies her love to be feigned and disabling: indicates weak and impotent adversaries quick to avoid prosecution. In the eighth House, it denotes sudden death without any long sickness or anguish, and oftentimes shows death to come from water; gives no inheritance, possession or legacy from the dead; or if there is any it shall be lost by some intervening contention, or other discord: it signifies the dowry of a wife to be little or none. Populus in the ninth House means misguided dreams, personifies a man of rude wit, without any learning or science; In religion he signifies inferiour posts, such as serve either to clean the Church, or ring the bells; and it signifies a man little curious or studious in religion, nor one who is troubled with much conscience. In the tenth House he signifies such Rulers, as for the most part are expelled from their Power and Dominions, or who suffer continual trouble and detriment around them: he signifies Offices and Magistracy, which appertain to matters concerning water, like the Navy, bridges, fishing, shores or meadows, and things like that:indicates Judges to be unpredictable and slow in expediating cases before them; declares a sickly mother, of short life. In the eleventh House he allows few friends, but many flatterers; and with VIPs gives neither favour nor fortune. In the twelfth House he signifies weak and ignoble enemies; declares one in prison not to be released, discovers danger in water and watry places.
Acquisitio, found in the first House, gives long life and a prosperous old age; signifies a man of middle height, and a large head, a countenance very distinguished or recognisable, a long nose, much beard, curly hair, and light eyes, liberal with his meat and drink, but in all things else sparing and parsimonious. In the second House, he signifies very great riches, apprehends all thieves, and causes whatsoever is lost to be recovered. In the third House, many brethren, and these to be wealthy; many worthwhile journeys; signifies a man of good faith. In the fourth is signified a (Patrimony?) of much riches, many possessions of copious fruits; it signifies treasure that is hidden anywhere shall be found; and reveals a Father to be rich, but mean. In the fifth House, Acquisitio signifies many children of both Sexes, but more Males then Females; shows a woman to be with child, shall deliver without danger: and if a question be proposed concerning the sex, it is destined to be Masculine; it increases advantageous, profitable State Visits and News, but these extend not far after death, yet causes( a man to be inherited of his own,?) and signifies rumours to be true. In the sixth House he signifies many and grievous sicknesses, moreover longterm, means the sick to be in danger of death, and indeed often to die: yet he declares a doctor to be learned and honest; gives many employees ( and chattel,?) and gains to be acquired from them. In the seventh House he signifies a wife to be rich, but either a widow, or a woman of a mature age; signifies lawsuits and contentions to be great and longlasting, and that love and wedlock shall be effected by arrangement.In the eighth House, if a man is enquired after, it reveals him to be dead, signifies the nature of death to be quick, and sickness to last only a few days; discovers very profitable legacies and inheritances, and signifies a wife to have a rich background. In the ninth House he signifies long and profitable journeys; shows if any one is absent he shall soon return; causes gain to be obtained from Religious and Ecclesiastical Persons or Scholars, and signifies a man of a true and perfect Science. In the tenth House, he causes Rulers to enlarge their Dominions; a Judge favourable, but one that must be continually presented with gifts; causes Offices and Magistracy to be very prosperous; signifies a rich and happy Mother. In the eleventh House, Acquisitio multiplies friends, and brings profit from them, and increases favour with VIPs.. In the twelfth House it signifies a man shall have many powerful or potent enemies; reduces and brings home those who flee away or cattle which have strayed; and signifies he who is in prison shall not be released.
Laetitia in the first House signifies long life with prosperity, and much joy and gladness, and causes a man to out-live and be more victorious than all his brethren; signifies a man of tall stature, fair features, a broad forehead, having large and broad teeth; and who has a handsome, tanned face. In the second House it signifies riches and many gains, but with great expences and various mutations of state and condition; theft and any thing lost is recovered and returned: but if the Question be of a thief, it declares him to have fled. In the third House Laetitia shows family and friends to be of a good conversation, but of short life; journeys pleasant and comfortable; men of good credit and faith. In the fourth he signifies pleasant ( Patrimonies ?)and possessions, a Father to be noble, and honoured with the dignity of some stately office; shows treasure to be in the place enquired after, but of less worth and value then is supposed, and means it is to be found. In the fifth House he gives obedient children, imbued with good manners, and in whom shall be had the greatest joy and comfort of old age; signifies a woman with child to bring forth a daughter; signifies honourable State Visits, and declares rumours and news to be altogether true, and leaves a good and ample fame after death. In the sixth House it shows that the sick shall recover, denotes good employees, good and profitable cattle and animals. In the seventh House Laetitia gives a wife, fair, beautiful and young; overcomes strifes and contentions, and renders the success thereof to be love. Laetitia in the eighth House gives Legacies and possessions, and a commendable portion with a wife: if a Question be proposed concerning the condition of any man, it signifies him to be alive, and declares an honest, quiet, and gentle kind of death. In the ninth House Laetitia signifies very few journies, and those that do apply themselves to travel, their journeys are either about News and Stately Visits, or Pilgrimages to fulfil holy vows; shows a man to be religious, of (indifferent ?°)knowledge, and who easily (apprehendeth?) all things with natural intelligence. In the tenth House, it raises Leaders to honour and great renown; makes them famous by maintaining peace during their times; signifies Judges to be cruel & severe; honest Offices and Magistracy; signifies those things which are practised either about Ecclesiastical affairs, schools, or the administration of justices; shows a mother if she be a widow to get married again. In the eleventh House Laetitia increases favour with Nobles, and multiplies friends. And in the twelfth House Laetitia gives victory over enemies; brings good employees and families, delivers from imprisonment, and safeguards against future evils.
Puella in the first House signifies a person of a short life, weak constitution of body, middle stature, little fat, but fair, effeminate and luxurious, and one who will incur many troubles and dangers in his life-time for the love of women. In the second House, it neither increases riches, nor diminishes poverty; signifies a thief not to have departed from the City, and a thing stolen to be alienated and lost: if a Question be of treasure in a place, it is resolved there is none. In the third House Puella signifies more sisters then brothers, and increases and continues good friendship and amity amonst them; denotes journeys to be pleasant and joyful, and men of good conversation. In the fourth House Puella signifies a very small inheritance, and a Father not to live long, but makes the fields fertile with good fruits. In the fifth House a woman with child shall bring forth a female-child; denotes no State Visits, causes much business with women, and some office to be obtained from them. Puella in the sixth House signifies much weakness of the sick, but causes the sick quick to recover; and shows a Doctor to be both unlearned and unskilful, but one who is much esteemed of in the opinion of vulgar people; gives good employees, assistants, cattle and animals. In the seventh House Puella gives a beautiful wife, fair and pleasant, leading peaceful and quiet conversations with her husband, notwithstanding one that shall burn much with lust, and be coveted and lusted after by many men; denotes no law-suits or controversies, which shall need to go before a Judge, but some arguments and quarrels with ordinary people amongst themselves, which shall be easily resolved and ended. In the eighth House, if a Question be of one reputed to be dead, Puella declares him to be alive: gives a small sum with a wife, but that which contents her husband. In the ninth House Puella signifies very few journeys, shows a man of good religion, indifferent skill or knowledge in the sciences, unless happily musical, vocal as well as instrumental. In the tenth House Puella signifies Princes not to be very potent, but notwithstanding that they shall govern peaceably within their Territories, and shall be beloved of their Neighbours and Subjects; it causes them to be affable, mild and courteous, and that they shall always indulge in continued mirth, amusement, and chasing; makes Judges good, godly and merciful; gives Offices for women, or especially to noble women. In the eleventh House Puella gives many friends, and increases favour with women. In the twelfth House Puella signifies few enemies, but contention with women; and frees prisoners from prison through the intercession of friends.
Amissio in the first House signifies the sick have not long to live, and shows a short life; signifies a man of disproportioned members of his body, and one of a wicked life and conversation, and who is marked with some notorious and remarkable defect in some part of his body, as to be either lame, or maimed, or suchlike. Amissio in the second House consumes all substance, and makes one to suffer and undergo the burden of miserable poverty, neither these, nor something stolen shall be found; signifies treasure not to be in the place sought after, and to be sought with loss and damage. In the third House Amissio signifies death of brethren, or the want of them, and of kindred friends; signifies no journeys, and causes one to be deceived by many. In the fourth House Amissio signifies the utter destruction of ones inheritance, reveals the Father to be poor, and Son to die. Amissio in the fifth House indicates death of children, and afflicts a man with divers sorrows; signifies a woman not to be with child, or else to have miscarried; raises no fame or honours, and disperses false rumors. In the sixth House Amissio signifies the sick to have recovered, or that he shall soon recover; but causes loss and damage through employees and cattle. In the seventh House Amissio gives an adulterous wife, who goes against her husband with continual contention; nevertheless she shall not live long; and it causes contentions to be ended. In the eighth House Amissio signifies a man to be dead, consumes the dowry of a wife; bestows or sends no inheritances or legacies. In the ninth House Amissio brings no journeys, but such as shall be encompassed with very great loss; signifies men to be inconstant in Religion, often changing their opinion from one sect to another, and altogether ignorant of learning. In the tenth House Amissio renders Leaders to be most unfortunate, and shows that they shall be compelled to end their lives in exile and banishment; Judges to be wicked; and signifies Offices and Magistracy to be corrupt, and shows the death of a Mother. In the eleventh House Amissio signifies few friends, and causes them to be lost easily, or turned to become enemies; and causes a man to have no favour with his Leader, unless it be hurtful to him. In the twelfth House Amissio destroys all enemies, detains long imprisonment, but preserves from dangers.
Conjunctio in the first House makes a prosperous life, and signifies a man of medium build, not lean nor fat, long face, plain hair, a little beard, long fingers and thighs, liberal, amiable, and a friend to many people. In the second House Conjunctio does not signify any riches to be gotten, but preserves a man safe and free from the calamities of poverty; detects both the thief and the stolen thing, and acquires hidden treasure. In the third House he gives a variety of journeys of various success, and signifies good faith and constancy. In the fourth House Conjunctio shows a mean inheritance; causes a Father to be honest, of good reputation, and of good understanding. In the fifth House he gives Children of subtle ingenuity and wit, reveals a pregnant woman to have a male-child, and raises men to honours through their own (meer proper?) wit and ingenuity, and disperses their fame and credit far abroad; and also signifies news and rumours to be true. In the sixth House Conjunctio signifies sicknesses to be tedious and of long duration; but foretells the Doctor to be learned and well experienced; and shows employees to be trustworthy and blameless, and animals profitable. In the seventh House he gives a wife very obedient, who conforms, and dutiful to her husband, and one of good wit and ingenuity; causes difficult law-suits and controversies, and crafty, subtle and malicious adversaries. In the eighth House, him of whom a Question is propounded, Conjunctio signifies to be dead, and implies some gain to be acquired by his death; indicates a wife shall not be very rich. In the ninth House he gives a few journeys, but long and tedious, and shows someone who is absent shall return, after a long period. Conjunctio in this House increases diverse Arts, Sciences, and Mysteries of Religion; and gives a quick, perspicatious and efficacious wit. In the tenth House Conjunctio makes Leaders liberal, affable and benevolent, and who are much delighted and affected with diverse Sciences, and secret Arts, and with learned men involved; causes Judges to be just, and as such, with a piercing and subtle speculation, do easily discern causes in controversy before them; enlarges Offices which are concerned with Letters, Learning, recovered Doctrines and Sciences; and signifies a Mother to be honest, of good ingenuity and wit, and also one of a prosperous life. In the eleventh House Conjunctio signifies a great increase of friends; and very much procures the grace and favour of Leaders, powerful and noble Men. In the twelfth House Conjunctio signifies wary and quick-witted enemies; causes such as who are in prison to remain there and continue so for a long,long time, and causes a man to avoid very many dangers in his life.
Albus in the first House signifies a life vexed with continual sickness and serious diseases; signifies a man of short stature, broad chest, and large arms, having curly or wavy hair, one of a broad full mouth, a great talker and babler, given much to use in vain and unprofitable discourse, but one that is merry, joyous and jocond, and much pleasing to men. In the second House Albus enlarges and augments substance gained through sports, play, vile and base arts and exercises, but such as are pleasing and delightful; like play, pastimes, dancing and laughter: he discovers both the thief, and the theft or stolen thing, and hides and conceals treasure. In the third House Albus signifies very few brothers and sisters; gives not many, but tedious and wearisome journeys, and signifies all deceivers. In the fourth House he shows very small or no inheritance, and the Father to be a well- known man; but declares him to be a man of some base and inferiour Office and employment. In the fifth House Albus gives no children, or if any, those who shall young; declares a woman to be servile, and causes such as are with young to miscarry, or else to bring forth Monsters; denotes all rumours to be false, and raises nobody to honour. In the sixth House Albus causes very tedious sicknesses and diseases; exposes fraud, deceit and wickedness of employees, and signifies diseases and infirmities of cattle to be fatal, and makes the Doctor suspected by the sick Patient. Albus in the seventh House gives a barren wife, but one that is fair and beautiful; few law-suits or controversies, but such as shall be of very long duration. In the eighth House if a question be propounded of any one, Albus shows the party to be dead; gives little portion or dowry with a wife, and causes that to be much strived and contended for. In the ninth House Albus denotes some journeys to be accomplished, but with little profit; hinders him who is absent, and signifies he shall not return; and declares a man to be superstitious in Religion, and given to false and deceitful Sciences. In the tenth Albus causes Leaders and Judges to be malevolent; shows vile and base Offices and Magistracies; signifies a Mother to be a whore, or one much suspected of adultery. In the eleventh House Albus makes troublesome and untrue friends; causes love and favour to be inconstant. Albus in the twelfth House denotes vile, impotent and rustical (= rural) enemies; shows such as are in prison shall not escape, and signifies a great many and various troubles and hardships of ones life.
Puer in the first House gives an indifferent long life, but laborious; raises men to great fame through military dignity; signifies a person of strong body, ruddy complexion, a fair countenance, and black hair. In the second House Puer increasespossessions obtained from other mens goods, by plunderings, theft, confiscations, military Laws, and such like; he conceals both the thief and the stolen thing, but discovers no treasure. In the third House Puer raises a man to honour above his brethren, and to be feared by them; signifies journeys to be dangerous, and denotes persons of good credit. In the fourth House Puer signifies dubious inheritances and possessions, and signifies a Father to attain his substance and estate through violence. In the fifth House Puer shows good children, and such as shall attain to honors and dignities; he signifies a woman to have a male-child, and shows honours to be acquired by military discipline, and great and full fame. In the sixth House Puer causes violent diseases and infirmities, such as wounds, falls, contusions, bruises, but quickly cures the sick, and reveals the Doctor and Surgeon to be good; denotes servants and animals to be good, strong and profitable. In the seventh House Puer causes a wife to be a virago (= brave like a man ?) , of strong Spirit, of fine fidelity, and one that loves to bear the Rule and Government of a house; causes cruel strifes and contentions, and such adversaries, as shall scarcely be restrained by Justice. Puer in the eighth House shows him who is supposed to be dead to be alive, signifies the kind of death not to be painful, or laborious, but to proceed from some hot humour, or by iron, or the sword, or from some other cause of the like; signifies a man to have no legacies or other inheritance. In the ninth House Puer shows journeys not to be undergone without peril and danger of life, yet nevertheless declaretsthem to be accomplished prosperously and safely; shows persons of little Religion, and using little conscience, notwithstanding gives the knowledge of natural philosophy and medicine, and many other liberal and excellent Arts. Puer in the tenth House signifies Princes to be powerful, glorious, and famous in warlike achievements, but they shall be inconstant and unchangeable, by reason of the mutable and various successes of victory. Puer in this House causes Judges to be cruel and unmerciful; increases offices in warlike affairs; signifies Magistracy to be exercised by fire and the sword; hurts a Mother, and endangers her life. In the eleventh House Puer brings Noble friends, and Noble men, and such as shall much frequent the Courts of Leaders, and follow warfare; and causes many to adhere to cruel men: nevertheless he gives much esteem to Leaders; but their favour is to be suspected. Puer in the twelfth House causes Enemies to be cruel and pernicious; those that are in Prison shall escape, and causes them to avoid many dangers.
Rubeus in the first House, signifies a short life, and an evil end; signifies a man to be filthy, unprofitable, and of an evil, cruel and malicious appearance, having some noticable and notable sign or scar in some part of his body. In the second House Rubeus signifies poverty, and makes thieves and robbers, and such persons as shall acquire and seek out their existance and livelihoods by using false, wicked, and evil, and unlawful practices; preserves thieves, and conceals theft; and signifies no treasure to be hid nor found. In the third House Rubeus renders brethern and kinsmen to be full of hatred, and odious one to another, and signifies them to be of evil nature and ofsll disposition; causeth journeys to be very dangerous, and foretells of false faith and treachery. In the fourth House he destroys and consumes Legacies, and disperses and wastes inheritances, causes them to come to nothing; destroys the fruits of the field by tempestuous seasons, and malignancy of the earth; and brings the Father to a quick and sudden death. Rubeus in the fifth House giveth many children, but either they shall be wicked and disobedient, or else shall afflict their Parents with grief, disgrace and infamy. In the sixth House Rubeus causes mortal wounds, sicknesses and diseases; him that is sick shall die; the Doctor shall err, servants prove false and treacherous, cattle and beasts shall produce hurt and danger. In the seventh House Rubeus signifies a wife to be infamous, publicly adulterous, and contentious; deceitful and treacherous adversaries, who shall endeavour to overcome you, by crafty and subtle wiles and circumventions of the Law. In the eighth House Rubeus signifies a violent death to be inflicted, by the execution of public Justice; and signifies, if any one be enquired after, that he is certainly dead; and his wife to have no portion or dowry. Rubeus in the ninth House shows journeys to be evil and dangerous, and that a man shall be in danger either of being robbed thieves and robbers, or to be taken away by plunderers and robbers; declares men to be of most wicked opinions in Religion, and of evil faith, and such as will often easily be induced to deny and go from their faith on every small occasion; denotes Sciences to be false and deceitful, and the professors thereof to be ignorant. In the tenth House Rubeus signifies Princes to be cruel and tyrannical, and that their power shall come to an evil end, as that either they shall be cruelly murdered and destroyed by their own Subjects, or that they shall be taken captive by their conquerers, and put to an ignominious and cruel death, or shall miserably end their lives in hard imprisonment; signifies Judges and Officers to be false, covetous, and such as shall be addicted to corruption; shows that a mother shall soon die, and denotes her to be blemished with an evil fame and report. In the eleventh House Rubeus gives no true, nor any faithful friends; shows men to be of wicked lives and conversations, and causes a man to be rejected and cast out from all society and conversation with good and noble persons. Rubeus in the twelfth House brings cruel and treacherous enemies, of whom we ought circumspectly to beware; signifies such as are in prison shall come to an evil end; and shows a great many inconveniences and mischiefs to happen in a mans life.
Carcer in the first House being positionted, gives a short life; signifies men to be most wicked, of a filthy, cruel and unclean figure and shape, and such as these are hated and despised by all men. Carcer in the second House causes most cruel and miserable poverty; signifies both the thief and stolen thing to be taken and regained; and shows no treasure to be hidden. In the third House Carcer signifies hatred and dissention among brothers; evil journeys, most wicked faith and conversation. Carcer in the fourth House signifies a man to have no possessions or inheritances, a Father to be most wicked, and to die a sudden and evil death. In the fifth House Carcer gives many children; shows a woman not to be with child, and provokes those that are with child to miscarry of their own consent, or slays the child; signifies no honours, and disperses most false rumours. In the sixth House Carcer causes the diseased to undergo long sickness; signifies employees to be wicked, rather unprofitable; Doctors ignorant. In the seventh House Carcer reveals the wife shall be hated by her husband, and signifies law-suits and contentions to be ended badly and determined. In the eighth House Carcer declares the kind of death to be by some fall, mischance, or false accusation, or that men shall be condemned to prison, or in public judgement, and shows them to be put to death, or that they shall often lay violent and deadly hands upon themselves; denies a wife to have any portion or legacies. Carcer in the ninth House, signifies he that is absent shall not return, and signifies some evil shall happen to him on his journey; it denotes persons of no Religion, a wicked conscience, and ignorant of learning. In the tenth House Carcer causes Leaders to be very wicked, and to perish wretchedly, because when they are established in their power, they will wholly addict themselves to every voluptuous lust, pleasure, and tyranny; causes Judges to be unjust and false; declares the Mother to be cruel, and infamous, and noted with the badge of adultery; gives no Offices nor Magistracies, or such as are gotten are obtained either by lying, or through theft, and base and cruel robbery. In the eleventh House Carcer gives no friends, nor love, nor favour amongst men. In the twelfth House it raises enemies, detains in prison, and inflicts many evils.
Tristitia in the first House does not abbreviate life, but afflicts it with many molestations; signifies a person of good manners and carriage, but one that is solitary, and slow in all his business and occasions; one that is solitary, melancholly, seldom laughing, but most covetous after all things. In the second House it gives much substance and riches, but they that have them, shall not enjoy them, but shall rather hide them, and shall scarce afford themselves food or sustenance; therefore treasure shall not be found, neither shall the thief nor the theft. Tristitia in the third House signifies a man to have few brothers and sisters, but shows that he shall outlive them all; causes unhappy journeys, but gives good faith. In the fourth House Tristitia consumes and destroys land, possessions and inheritances; causes a Father to be old and of long life, and a very covetous hoarder of money. In the fifth House it signifies no children, or that they shall soon die; shows a woman with child to bring forth a girl-child, gives no fame nor honors. In the sixth House Tristitia shows that the sick shall die; employees shall be good, but lazy; and signifies cattle shall be of a small price or value. In the seventh House Tristitia reveals that the wife shall soon die; and declares law-suits and contentions to be very hurtful, and determining against oneself. In the eighth House it signifies the kind of death to be with long and grievous sickness, and much sadness and pain; gives legacies and inheritance, and endows a wife with a portion. Tristitia in the ninth House, shows that he who is absent shall perish on his journey; or signifies that some evil mischance shall happen unto him; causes journeys to be very unfortunate, but declares men to be of good Religion, devout, and a profound Scholar. In the tenth House Tristitia signifies Leaders to be severe, but very good lovers of justice; it causes just Judges, but such as are tedious and slow in determining causes; brings a Mother to a good old age, with integrity and honesty of life, but mixed with diverse problems and mis-fortunes; it raises to great Offices, but these shall not be long enjoyed nor persevered in; it signifies Offices which appertain to the water, or farming and manuring of the Earth, or those which are employed in matters of Religion and wisdom. In the eleventh House Tristitia signifies scarcity of friends, and the death of friends; and also signifies little love or favour. In the twelfth House it shows no enemies; wretchedly condemns the imprisoned; and causes many inconveniences and losses to happen in ones life.
Caput Draconis in the first House augments life and fortune. In the second House he increases riches and substance; saves and conceals a thief; and signifies hidden treasure . In the third House Caput Draconis gives many brothers and sisters; causes journeys, kinsmen, and good faith and credit. In the fourth House he gives wealthy inheritances; causes the Father to attain old age. In the fifth House Caput Draconis gives many children; signifies women with child to bring forth female-children; and oftentimes to have twins; it shows great honours and fame; and signifies news and rumours to be true. Caput Draconis is the sixth House increases sicknesses and diseases; signifies the Physitian to be learned; and gives very many employees and chattel. In the seventh House he signifies a man shall have many wives; it multiplies and stirs up many adversaries and law-suits. In the eight House he shows death to be certain, increases Legacies and inheritances, and signifies a wealthy wife. In the ninth House Caput Draconis signifies many journeys, many Sciences, and good Religion; and shows that those who are absent shall soon return. In the tenth House he signifies glorious Leaders, great and magnificent Judges, great Offices, and gainful Magistracy. In the eleventh House he brings many friends, and being loved by everyone. In the twelfth House Caput Draconis signifies men to have many enemies, and many women; detains the prisoner, and evilly punishes them.
Cauda Draconis, in each and everyone of the respective Houses above-mentioned, gives the contrary judgement to Caput. And these are the natures of the figures of Geomancy, and their judgements, in each and every House, upon all maner of Questions propounded, or concerning any matter or thing whatsoever.
But now in the maner of proceeding to judgement, this you are especially to observe; That whenever any Question shall be asked of you, which is contained in any of the Houses, that you shall not only answer through the figure contained in such a House; but upholding and diligently respecting all the figures, and the Iudex itself in two Houses, you shall ground the face of judgement. You shall therefore consider the figure of the thing quizzed or enquired after, if he shall multiply himself by the other places of the figures, that you may cause them also to be partakers in your judgement: as for example, if a Question shall be propounded of the second House concerning a thief, and the figure of the second House shall be found in the sixth, it declares the thief to be ome of ones own houshold oremployees: and in this maner shall you judge and consider the rest; for this whole Art consists in the co-mixtures of the figures, and the natures thereof; and whosoever does rightly practice this, he shall always declare most true and certain judgements upon every single thing whatsoever.