I started thinking about why Capricorn and Aquarius have this water-side to them although they aren’t water signs. In the grander spiritual scheme, it makes sense to me that Neptune is the nr.1 spiritual planet (Planet of Pisces and we know the Platonic solid for water is the closest to ether) and that these strange, foggy spiritual messages have to be translated and mediated, the role of Capricorn and Aquarius is to do this via their respective planets. I would say inversion & spatial element for Uranus and structure & temporal element for Saturn.
If Capricorn and Aquarius are water-based, you could very much say that they are in the house of water , right? Then it makes sense that all the other elements must have their own houses where the signs are divided into the same principle:
House of fire - Aries, Taurus, Gemini.
House of earth - Cancer, Leo, Virgo.
House of Air - Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius.
House of water - Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces.
This makes perfect sense considering the elemental houses will be lacking the sign which is in opposition to the element, the house of fire has no water sign as water is in duality to fire, this is why the house of water also has no fire sign. The house of earth has no air sign because air element is in duality to earth element, the house of air has no earth sign for the same reason.
My line of thinking is partially inspired by Crowley’s Thoth tarot deck, those of you who don’t know, this deck combines tarot with astrology, alchemy and Kabbalah, I’ve been incredibly impressed by it so far. What I found interesting in the Thoth deck is how the knights represent fire, the princesses earth, the princes air, and the queens water. Then the suits are the houses, so wands are fire, disks earth, swords air and cups water. This means that for example, the knight of cups will be the fire of water, i.e. the fiery side of water such as a violent stream. The princess of cups will be the earth of water, like ice. The prince of cups will be the air of water, like mist.
So I’m suggesting to use the same kind of logic in my theory of elemental houses, although as opposed to the Thoth tarot, this system doesn’t allow for something like the fire in water or the earth of air, as these polarities cancel each other out. So we get:
Aries: The fire of fire
Taurus: The earth of fire
Gemini: The air of fire
Cancer: The water of earth
Leo: The fire of earth
Virgo: The earth of earth
Libra: The air of air
Scorpio: The water of air
Sagittarius: The fire of air
Capricorn: The earth of water
Aquarius: The air of water
Pisces: The water of water
I think this fits also fits quite nicely into Kabbalah, and I think this only validates the Kabbalah-astrology connection even further.
When plotting my system on the tree of life, we get the elemental houses in symmetrical triangles, interestingly the air triangle here connects to all the other 3 elemental triangles, I wonder what the significance of that is?
When plotting the traditional triplicity, we get this, here the fire and air triangle are symmetrical, while the earth and water triangles are asymmetrical. I don’t know how to interpret this, but it’s certainly significant and logical that all of the triangles here intersect at Tipheret, which is the middle of the tree and is represented by the sun, which of course everything revolves around.
I also realized a connection with how the fire and air signs are considered positive while the earth and water signs are negative. In the elemental houses, the positive houses will start with their cardinal sign, while the negative houses end with their mutable sign, this fits perfectly with the idea of negative-positive polarity!
Please come with any thoughts or ideas and share literature and resources that may give more insight into this, I really think I’m onto something here!