The Mourner – Loss – Outer Wealth, Reach, Escape, Lost, Spilt Bag – Outer Earth, Inner Fire
Amissio is the Geomantic figure of loss. This loss is not necessarily a negative thing; it can also mean a loss of negative things, such as sickness, your fears, your shackles, or your tail in a car chase. However, it can also mean a negative loss, such as losing someone, a prized possession, or anything else. If an object can be lost, escape, or go missing, then it can fall under the influence of Amissio. The figure of Amissio resembles a bag spilling forth its contents onto the ground, directly representing what it means.
The archetype of Amissio is, fittingly, the Mourner: one who is mourning that which has been lost. As such, this Figure is associated with Loss, an Inability to Obtain (or Reobtain) something. As mentioned before, the Loss associated with this figure can be positive or negative. The figure’s personality is straightforward and often lacking severely in tact and sometimes in honesty, yet at the same time honor is often important to them. Loss of honor is certainly a major player in my interpretations of Amissio, and having a well-developed sense of honor can certainly lead to a great number of situations in which Loss will appear.
The Inner Element of Amissio is Fire; An overabundance of Inner Fire, when pasted onto the Outer Element of Earth signifies the dissipation of the pure spiritual energy of Fire as it translates itself into the laws of reality; this loss of energy is another major theme of Amissio. Interestingly, the two active elements in Amissio are Fire and Water: the two most obvious polar opposites. Without anything to stand between them, Fire and Water fly apart, and create loss as they separate. When fire heats water, the water escapes into the air. When water douses fire, the warmth is lost.
Amissio serves also as a reminder of the transience of the material, and also of our own desires. Astrologically, Amissio is associated with Taurus and Venus, both fertility and Earthy. Amissio, then, acts most strongly in the material realm, and reminds us of what can be lost: the fertility and gifts of the Earth. Amissio is the opposite of Conjunctio, and is a Mobile Figure.
The Grail Knight – Boy – Energy, Sword, Testicles, Warrior – Outer Fire, Inner Air
Puer is the Geomantic figure of virility and untamed manhood, not yet tempered by the experience and wisdom that comes with age. Its outer element is Fire, meaning that the figure of Puer outwardly exhibits energy, drive and willpower, and this fire is, fittingly, fueled by Air on the inside. In terms of the construction of the figure, Puer has all of the elements active save for water – meaning that Puer has the will of fire, the idealism of air, and the materialism of Earth. It lacks the compassion of Water, and it is for this that this figure – the Grail Knight (an idea put forward by John Michael Greer in his book, The Art and Practice of Geomancy) – seeks, in the form of the Grail. Puer lacks the femininity of water, and so is incomplete.
Understandably, Puer is a Mobile element, and represent the young male youth at his finest. He is brave, courageous, fiery, and driven by high-minded ideals of truth and justice that manifest in his constant need for action and questing. He can be rash and impetuous at times, as well as unstable, forceful, and unpredictable. Like his opposite, Puella, Puer is highly sexualized, and represents male virility. He is, unsurprisingly, associated strongly with the astrological symbols of Mars and Aries, and so is often confrontational, energetic, driven by a purpose, enthusiastic, and assertive: Puer imprints his will on others. He also, however, lacks the ability to receive ideas and other things on an inner level (as he lacks Water).
Puer often symbolizes action without thinking, virile energy, devotion to a higher purpose, a lack of receptivity to new ideas, thoughtlessness, courage, bravery, activity, conflict, and seeking completion. Puer is the opposite of the female figure Puella.