Four Elements of Western Philosophy
things in the universe (at least ours) are made up of the four
elements, earth, air, fire & water (and combinations of these
of what pagan faith we follow we call upon the elements to aid
us. When we do a spell, offer prayers, make a potion, plant an
herb garden, make an amulet (the list goes on forever) we use
a combination of the elements to create a balance to achieve something.
The elements are not only limited to our spiritual lives. They
permeate our secular lives as well; when we cook, wash our car,
a love letter, etc.
focus their work with "elementals". An elemental is
the embodiment of the positive and negative aspects of a particular
element into an aiding or hindering force. It is believed that
each one of us has a dominating elemental force in our lives,
which can be determined by a few methods.
of finding out is by your birth chart. Another method is by reading
about the elements and their correspondences and seeing which
one you have the most affinity to. You will naturally gravitate
to your natural correspondence because innately it will resound
your ruling element it is a good idea to begin working with said
element because it will be the easiest to start with. Your target
goal is to achieve a sort of balance between working with all
elements. You will find that you will always have an element that
is kin to you and another that can be a bit difficult to work
with. Remember to keep a balance even if you want to work with
one element. The balance is important because all the elements
are actually form a symbiotic circle.
different ways to work with the elements. Here are two basic ways:
1. To only
focus on the force or forces of the element(s) as a power: Many
people who wish to avoid using gods and goddesses for various
reasons use this method.
2. Some people
can select something to embody the element. They might use a being
and or god to making the element have a physical entity. For example:
They will use Poseidon as the divine representation of the water
The four elements
correspond to the four directions of our world: north, east, south,
and west. It is considered that fire and air are male energies,
while water and earth are female. For the most part the colors
associated with each element are: air-yellow, fire-red, water-blue,
represents mental activity, thoughts, reason and intellect, memory,
knowledge, persuasion, birth and friendship, freedom, clarification
A low Air
person seems without any direction and unable to define or visualize
any future and can not reason out the alternatives and objectives.
A high Air
person is at ease in complex situations and can sit and think
things through, and can carry through with decisions.
are moist heat, its season is Spring, its direction is East/Mental,
the symbol is the Athame/Sword, and the smoke of the incense.
Its colors are White and Yellow. Moon phase is the first quarter
and its time is Dawn.
types of Air Magick include Visualizations. An important tool
in any magick work, it makes the events happen. For this type,
it is important that all the other factors such as color, time,
the moon phase, winds, etc. are all in balance. And to have the
other tools working such as incense and candle burning, or even
the right tea or wine to drink in the background. This is because
you need to "fix" or "ground" the images or
ideas you are using in your visualization.
As our thoughts
are extremely powerful, so are our Words. Words can be put together
in such a way as to form spells, or used in channeling your power.
Words give rise to our desires and can be released upon the winds
for attainment. Created and repeated with intensity and concentration,
the spoken word is a powerful magick in itself. You do not have
to be an accomplished linguist, just a simple sentence will do.
It creates an atmosphere of concentrated awareness and strength.
Words can be used in moments of stress and fear, and will create
the magick itself. They do not have to be said aloud; say them
to yourself if need or want be.
Magick is Mirror Magick. It can help in overcoming inner problems
and also help with difficult personal decisions. It uses both
the Word and Visualization forms and can also aid in being able
to visualize a future event. Sometimes used as a Scrying Tool,
in which you are able to "see" possible future events."
represents passion, enthusiasm, desire and courage, force, lust,
fertility and virility, initiative and rejuvenation. It represents
both light and heat. The light of intelligence and the courage
to follow it.
A low fire
person is usually cold, slow to act, without enthusiasm for life
A high fire
person is bold, dramatic and passionate in all areas within himself,
however this person must be careful as fire can destroy everything
in its path.
can bring on the new, bring on courage and passion and destroy
the old. It's feelings are hot and dry, its season is Summer and
direction is South/Energy. Its symbol is the Wand/Staff, Candle
and Incense Burner; its colors are Reds, Oranges and Golds. The
moon phase is the second quarter and its time is high Noon.
types of Fire Magick are: Bonfire Magick, which usually involves
burning something such as an herb or flower, or a piece of paper
or petition on which you have written your desire. It is used
for banishing, ridding or destroying negative influences in your
Candle Magick, a simple, easy and useful method in bringing about
your desires. A color for the candle is chosen and can also include
the correct scent in relation to your desire and lit sometimes
for up to seven days. This type of Fire Magick is usually for
any type of desire.
Sun Magick. Using the Sun in our desires is a beautiful way in
which to enhance new beginnings in love, health, work and home,
awaken subtle powers and aid in attraction desires."
symbol of our emotions. Water imbibes all life forms and in us
we flow with the "tide" of our feelings. It involves
intuition, insight, conception and pregnancy, fertility, the womb,
health, beauty and divination.
A low water
person would appear as a cold calculating one, one who is indifferent
On the other
hand, a high water person may seem as though at the slightest
touch the well is opened and can be over emotional and over dramatic
in all areas of life. A good balance of water here is needed to
keep the flow running
are cold moisture, its season is Fall, direction is West/Emotion
and its colors are Blue, Light Grays and Sea Greens. The symbols
are the Cup or Chalice. The Moon phase is the Full Moon and its
time is Dusk.
Magick can involve the use of the beach and its sand, shells,
animals and seawater. Especially good for love spells and too,
when you need to "get a grip" or clarify your own emotions.
The use of shells in the practice is widely used. These can hold
appropriate herbs or be used as a symbol of Water Magick.
One old tradition
is using that of well water. A lot of gems and stones are exposed
to this for a period of time and used at night, in full moon or
the waxing phases, for Water Magick. Be careful though to know
your stones, as some do not react well in water for long periods
of magick can give you insights to how others think of you, what
others are doing and how well they are and to find the truth within
yourself. Water spells can involve the use of Scrying bowls. This
is a bowl of clear or colored water in which you are able to "see"
the future and future events or get a clear direction on decisions.
Widely used in certain meditations and visualizations."
we come to the Element of Earth – the source and provider
of all our needs. Represents sensations, decay, patience, stability,
strength, health, warmth and comfort, animals and animal instincts,
farming and physical labor.
is dry and cold, its season is Winter, direction is North/Physical,
colors are Browns, Blacks, Purples and some Greens. Its symbol
is the Pentacle or Salt, rice or grain in a brass or terra cotta
bowl or a Stone. Its Moon phase is the Fourth Quarter and its
favored time is Midnight.
A high Earth
person seems a practical sort and quite "down to earth".
A hard worker, stable, and a good provider. Can be a little too
stubborn sometimes, however.
A low Earth
person can seem confused, insecure and alone, unable to feel wanted
and the work may be affected.
can involve the use of herbs, plants and trees. Using the correct
herb to attain your desire along with the other tools can be very
effective. Burying something and making some offerings to the
Earth such as planting trees is a form of Earth Magick. Using
your gems or crystals and burying them in the Earth under the
appropriate tree while making your wish is also effective.
that is considered Earth Magick is any type of routine magick.
Anything you do on a routine basis can be used as a magickal vehicle.
While performing something you do at the same time everyday, prepare
yourself and use this period for clarity on a subject, figure
the best course of action in a situation or to find just where
you are in the course of your life."
Five Elements of Eastern Philosophy
Chinese people hope to improve their Ch'i and fate by examining
their Five Elements:
Yang and Ch'i, the Five Elements are not physical substances.
They are powers or essences describing all matter and attributes.
The Chinese associate these elements with:
they assigned the element Wood to spring; the colour green; the
East. Fire heralded summer; the South; and red. Earth, positioned
at the centre, was mid-autumn and yellow. Metal is autumn; white
and the West. Water governs black (the deeper the water, the blacker
it gets); the North; and winter.
Cycle Of Development
The Five Elements
have relative effects on each other, creating and destroying one
another in a fixed succession. The cycle of development is as
Earth produces Metal (minerals);
Metal creates Water (although water rusts metal, this order derives
from the observation that when water is in a metal cup, it condenses
on the outside;
Water feeds Wood (trees need water to grow);
Wood aids Fire.
Chain Of Destruction
Earth obstructs Water;
Water destroys Fire;
Fire melts Metal;
Metal chops down Wood.
there is a Chain of Balance...
In Relation To The Elements
suggest each person's nature possesses varying quantities of these
corresponding natural elements.
Each of the
five human elements, they say, can be divided into 72 different
types or amounts.
are notes from one geomancer that describes the deep inter-relationship:
the Five Elements. If someone is deficient in an element, this
isn't necessarily bad. One first must check out the other elements
to see whether they are well balanced. The ideal situation is
to follow the mean, not have too much or too little of an element.
On a scale
of 1 to 72, the average 36 is the middle road, the most harmonious
of natures. But if one has a lot or a little of an element, neither
has a good or bad connotation, one simply must see all the elements
in relation to each other.
Wood, for example, stands for the Confucian ideal of benevolence,
loyalty, and forgiveness. If a person possesses only a little
Wood, he is like a green leaf floating on a lake. When the east
wind blows, he goes this way, when the west winds blows he goes
that way: He is easily influenced. So whatever he hears, he agrees
with or reputes. He doesn't have his own opinion.
A person with
type-36 Wood is like a growing tree: Under the influence of the
wind his leaves flutter - meaning in the small things he is flexible
- he bends but still has roots. When others say something, he
listens, ponders all sides, and then makes his own decision.
If he has
a great deal of Wood, he is like an old sturdy tree. When the
wind blows, he isn't swept along. He doesn't listen to others
(only to himself). He can be so inflexible that under a strong
typhoon gust, he might break. He is prejudiced and just plain
can't learn from others. No matter how long people talk to him,
he still holds to his set position.
translated as Metal, stands for righteousness. People with a little
Metal speak little, are very meticulous and careful, appear aloof
and arrogant, strange and isolated.
A little Metal
can also be the essence of a very independent person. A person
possessing the mean of Metal is fair, speaks the right amount,
and always says the correct, appropriate thing. If someone is
wrong he will criticize, but not overdo.
the person with a lot of Metal tends to be unfair and self-righteous,
leaping on any chance to gossip, criticize, and put his nose into
others' business. He is argumentative and prone to complain. On
the other hand, he can fight for principles and help and care
Fire is the
element of wisdom, reason, and etiquette. When angered (literally
"produce Ch'i"), the person possessing little Fire swallows
his pride (Ch'i) without expressing himself. When he is criticized,
he doesn't speak up and ask for proof or defend himself. He is
meek, with little passion to expend except for self-pity.
anger is based on principle and logic. He knows how and when to
put his foot down, but after he finishes stating his point or
criticizing, he stops.
with a maximum amount of Fire can flare up without reason. He
can be loud, unreasonable, unheeding, and highly critical of others.
A person short
on Earth, the element assigned to honesty and faith, will be an
opportunist and a cheapskate. He will easily down play a given
situation and use it to his advantage. He has an eye out for good
opportunities. He can be narcissistic, selfish, and slick. He
may be a procrastinator and a cheater, always looking for shortcuts.
a medium amount of Earth are honest and dependable, very frank,
and helpful to others.
have lots of Earth are like our redneck or hick. They are backward,
old-fashioned, and unfashionable. Although something might be
done to improve a situation or help themselves, they are scared
to venture because people might criticize them, so they maintain
their old customs. They do, however, like to help others to the
point of self-sacrifice.
If three friends,
one with little Earth, one with a medium amount, and another with
lots of Earth, go to a restaurant, the first two have $10 each,
while the last has only $5. When the bill comes, the one with
little Earth will say he has only $5, the next will offer to lend
the difference, and the third will offer to treat them all,
though he's short on cash.
Water is the
element of insight, motivation, and social contacts - One divides
Living (or flowing);
Dead (or still).
possesses both kinds. Flowing water is a person's drive and effectiveness
in society. Still water reflects a person's clearness of mind.
Here are seven of the seventy-two possible types of flowing water:
1) The Flowing
The smallest amount is valley water, which trickles down from
a small mountain and then disappears (evaporates or seeps into
a cave or a crack) before reaching level ground. These people
are agoraphobic - they don't like to go out and are uneasy in
open spaces. They prefer to spend time in the country and around
the familiar sights of home. They also have a hard time mixing
2) The Fountain
springing out of the ground:
This second type of moving water is appealing, glamorous, strong
and controlled. But in fact, fountain water rises only to return
to its pool and rise again. These people run around expend a lot
of energy, but go nowhere. Habitually, they go to the office,
work, and return home.
3) The Stream:
The stream's activity is wide. It affects those whose progress
may be meandering but ultimately has direction. When faced with
an obstacle, the stream may be set back for a brief interval,
but it always finds a way to get around it and continue its course.
The Rivers (the mean) are still more powerful and directed. They
enjoy wider and unhindered social contact and activity - seeing
and making friends during vacation.
5) Large Rivers:
The Large River has a lot of drive, but can flood over its shores
or drag things along in its path, sometimes leaving chaos behind
without being affected by it. He always accomplishes tasks efficiently.
This is the prototype aggressive (Type A) person.
6) The Sea:
The Sea has a network of connections everywhere and travels a
lot, touching people in different countries and different walks
of life. It is the way of the jet setter, or a social and political
7) The Ocean:
Although the Ocean has high and low tides, it belongs on any shore.
As an Ocean, one is unpredictable, going in very direction, but
attractive - all rivers flow to that person.
The first type of the seventy-two varieties is - Still Water:
Well water with limited vision and no movement in thought - a
type is Sewer Water:
A person with unclear thoughts who clings to the wrong opinions
and who is polluted from outside sources.
type is Troubled Water:
An unstable, hysterical person's assessment of things.
type is Muddy Water:
Someone with innate understanding who is nevertheless inarticulate
on the other hand, has a clear knowledge that is learned and not
instinctive. A person with pond water may have a clear understanding
at home, but when he enters society his thought may be polluted
by nearby roads (ideas), causing misunderstanding and poor decisions.
stands for pure knowledge. As the sun and the moonrise and set,
the middle of the lake shows the reflections. As things happen,
the person reflects them like a mirror. He clearly knows what
is going on and can intuit the essence of people and things around
As you can
see, all of the elements can be broken down into more and more
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