The Golden Dawn instructions for Geomantic divination use four figures, which are then used in combinations to make the remainder of the figures that will produce the result of the divination. These individual figures are representative of the Elements, the Signs of the Zodiac, and their Planetary rulers. Two figures are attributed to each of the Seven Planets; the final figures are attributed to Caput and Cauda Draconis-the Head and Tail of the Dragon, or the North and South Nodes of the Moon. Also, certain ruling Genii are attributed to each of the figures.
So, in this example, Puer, the Ruler is Bartzabel, the planet is Mars; the zodiacal sign is Aries and the element is Fire. Puer is Latin for “boy”. A boy, yellow, beardless, represents the figure. The figure looks like this
In regard to the Twelve Astrological Houses into which these characters can fall, they are assigned as follows. The overall characteristic of the figure is evil in most demands, except in those relating to War or Love.
Ascendant Indifferent. Best in War.
Second House Good, but with trouble.
Third House Good fortune.
Fourth House Evil, except in War and love.
Fifth House Medium good.
Sixth House Medium.
Seventh House Evil, save in War.
Eighth House Evil, save for love.
Ninth House Evil except for War.
Tenth House Rather evil. Good for love and War. Most other things medium.
Eleventh House Medium; good favor.
Twelfth House Very good in all.
Once I have explained the individual figures I will explain the House and their significance in this divinatory style.