is the "quasi-based" method (with revisions) that Richard
Idemon utilized in counting the elements. Richard's methodology
and techniques, obviously, go into much more depth than what can
be practically covered here.
use the two luminaries (the Sun and the Moon) and the seven
planets - Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune,
do NOT count the element of the Ascendant or
the Midheaven. The Ascendant and Midheaven are filters or doorways
into the chart and do not "act" in the same way a planet does.
counting "strength" purposes - give the elements of Sun,
the Moon and the ruling planet of the Ascendant 2 points.
the elements of the remaining seven planets 1 point each.
Methods of looking at the results:
Idemon Archetypal approach:
Add 'em up and you can see relative strengths and weakness -
as well as - "uninvited guests" and "only children" (the Sun,
Moon and Ruler of the Ascendant can still be "only children",
in spite of giving them two points for strength). Based on the
count, any element can be the superior element and any element
can be the inferior element.
Quasi-Liz Greene Jungian approach:
What's the strongest element? Keeping in line with Carl Jung's
theories of the Four Functions: If the superior (or strongest)
element is Water, then the inferior (weaker or uninvited) element
is automatically assigned to Air. It doesn't matter how many
planets one has in Air. Air will be the one to normally
go underground. If Air is the strongest, then the inferior element
is Water. (If you are strong in both Water and Air, with Water
"technically" stronger - occasionally the stronger element,
Water, will go underground.) If it's Fire, then the inferior
element is Earth. If it's Earth, then the inferior element is
I can almost see some of you moaning and groaning over these methods
of counting up the elements? I
groaned, too... (in the beginning) Ten
to one odds - I bet you especially disliked not being able to
count the Ascendant's element?
really rubs against the grain, doesn't it.....? Oh
way of determining the Superior and Inferior Elements...
clarity sake, though, I still recommend using the Idemon method
of counting the elements described above.
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