One of the parts of Cattan’s book that I did not develop in my Star and Stone book was his approach to good and bad figures. In his book, Geomancy, he identified what were good, bad and meh figures for each type of question. He also hinted at how they would influence a reading.
Lately, I have been reviewing these attributions, and while some of them are questionable or at least out-of-date, others reveal themselves with a little meditation.
What follows is a list mixing Cattan’s attributions with my own. Note that when there is a reference to a company, it means the figure transforms the one it is next to. So if the seventh house contains Rubeus and the eighth house is Albus it would mean someone who is angry but appears calm and virtuous (or their anger might be against their nature).
Figures indicating loyalty.
Acquisitio, Albus, Laetitia, Puella, Populus, Caput Draconis, Fortuna Major
Evil figures for loyalty
Amissio, Rubeus, Cauda Draconis, Tristisia, Puer, Via, Carcer Fortuna Minor
The figure which makes a good or bad company average
Figures indicating charity and innocence
(Cattan said virginity) based on the company.
Albus, Fortuna Major, Laetitia, Carcer, Caput Draconis, Tristisia, Puella
Figures indicating betrayal and treachery.
Puer, Cauda Draconis, Amissio, Rubeus, Populus, Conjuctio, Via, Aquistio, Fortuna Minor.
Figures indicating love and faithfulness.
Amissio, Acquisitio, Conjuctio, Puella, Laetitia, Fortuna Minor
Figures indicating false love
Puer, Cauda Draconis, Rubeus
Figures indicating that there is no thief
(something has just been lost or misplaced), All other figures indicate theft.
Aquistio, Fortuna Minor, Albus, Caput Draconis, Puella, Laetitia
Figures indicating a war and conflict
Amissio, Fortuna Minor, Cauda Draconis, Puer, Ruebus, Tristitia.
Figures indicating peace and reconciliation.
Fortuna Major, Aquistio, Caput Draconis, Laetitia, Albus, Puella.
Figures indicating fame, status and recognition.
Laetitia, Aquistio, Puer, Fortuna Major, Fortuna Minor, Caput Draconis
Figures indicating loss of status, fame and recognition.
Tristitia, Carcer, Via, Cauda Draconis, Conjunctio
Figures indicating gains (of all sorts)
Acquisitio, Fortuna Major, Tristitia, Puella, Caput Draconis, Carcer, Conjunctio, Albus, Laetitia
Figures indicating losses (of all sorts)
Populus, Via, Acquisitio, Puer, Cauda Draconis, Ruebus, Fortuna Minor.
Figures indicating that someone will live
Fortuna Major, Albus, Laetitia, Puella, Populus.
Figures indicating that someone will die
(if the eighth house agrees ie if this figure moves from the first to the eighth)
Via, Tristitia, Cauda Draconis, Carcer, Ruebus, Puer, Conjunctio, Amissio, Fortuna Minor, Aquistio, Caput Draconis.
Figures indicating generosity
Amissio, Cauda Draconis, Fortuna Minor, Via
Figures indicating greed and hoarding
Tristitisa, Carcer, Conjunctio, Fortuna Major
Figure indicating Justice
Figure indicating care and preparation.
Figure indicating strength
Figure indicating moderation
Figures indicating to buy large animals and cars
Puella, Populus, Caput Draconis
Bad figures to buy large animals and cars
Figures indicating positive changes to sickness
(sixth house questions)
Via, Cauda Draconis, Amissio (however, death is Acquisitio in this house)
Figures indicating sickness
Conjuctio, Populus, Rubeus, Caput Draconis, Tristitia
Figures indicating recovery after a long illness
Fortuna Major, Carcer
Figures indicating Love
Laetitia, Tristitia, Caput Draconis, Puer (if the lover is male), Puella (if the lover is female), Fortuna Major, Fortuna Minor, Amissio.
Figures which are bad for Love
Via, Rubeus (might indicate conflict but good for sex and passion), Cauda Draconis
Figures indicating a good and quick journey
Aquistio, Caput Draconis, Fortuna Major, Fortuna Minor, Laetitia, Via
Figures indicating a slow but profitable journey
Figures indicating a good journey by land
Via and Carcer
Figures indicating a bad journey
Albus, Conjunctio, Populus, Tristisia
Good figures for moving from one country to another.
Fortuna Major, Cauda Draconis, Laetitia, Caput Draconis
Bad figures for moving from one country to another.
Amissio, Fortuna Minor, Tristitisa, Rubeus, Carcer, Populus, Via, Puella
Good figures for leaving literal or symbolic prisons
Fortuna Minor, Via, Cauda Draconis, Puella, Laetitia
Bad figures for leaving literal or symbolic prisons
Aquistio, Fortuna Major, Tristitia, Carcer
Figures which indicate that something is good for the body
Populus, Conjuctio, Fortuna Minor
Figures which indicate that something is bad for the body
Tristitia, Carcer, Rubeus
Figures which indicate that something is better than something else
Via, Cauda Draconis, Laetitia
Figures which are good for long-term relationships
Laetitia, Fortuna Major, Caput Draconis, Amissio, Fortuna Minor, Carcer
Figures which are the best for long-term relationships
Figures which are bad for long-term relationships
Via, Rubeus, Cauda Draconis
Figures which mean a good ending even if the beginning is bad
Aquistio, Caput Draconis, Conjunctio, Fortuna Major, Puella
Figures which are bad for good luck.
Rubeus, Cauda Draconis, Tristitia, and Carcer.
Taking our “does he love me question?”
We have left Witness Amissio, Right Witness Fortuna Major and Judge Carcer. The question is not about a long-term relationship but love, so Amissio and Fortuna Minor are positive. However, Carcer is meh (it would be better if the relationship were more serious) and cannot decide between the left and right witnesses.
If we look at the seventh house for the quested, Albus is indifferent, and it is a companion to Rubeus, which is bad for love. Since no one is moving in the chart, one must question if there will be any differences over time.
What should be a straightforward reading has become more detailed and complicated using Cattan’s meanings.