Magickal Elements

The Ancients divided the world into four basic principles, or elements: earth, water, fire, and air. This viewpoint mostly changed with science, but the four elements are still accepted in magick. These elements are closely linked to emotions, the human psyche, and with nature.

Earth

  • Symbol: Square, downward-pointing triangle with a horizontal line through the middle of it
  • Colors: Brown and green
  • Suit: Pentacles
  • Quarter: North
  • Archangel: Uriel
  • Astrology: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
  • Elementals: Gnomes, dwarves, elves, brownies, hobgoblins, leprechauns
  • Opposite: Air
  • Emotional/Physical Attributes: Sensations, decay, patience, stability, strength, health, warmth, comfort, animals, animal instincts, farming, physical labor
  • Magickal Types: Herb/Flower Magick, Routine Magick

Water

  • Symbol: Downward-pointing triangleWater Symbol
  • Colors: Blue
  • Suit: Cups
  • Quarter: West
  • Archangel: Gabriel
  • Astrology: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
  • Elementals: Undine, nymphs, tritons, mermaids, mermen, sirens, harpies
  • Opposite: Fire
  • Emotional/Physical Attributes: Emotions, intuition, insight, conception, pregnancy, fertility, the womb, health, beauty, and divination
  • Magick Types: Beach/Ocean (shells, animals, sand, seawater, etc.), Well Water Magick, Scrying

Fire

  • Symbol: Upward-pointing triangleFire Symbol
  • Colors: Red
  • Suit: Swords
  • Quarter: South
  • Archangel: Michael
  • Astrology: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
  • Elementals: Jin, genies
  • Opposite: Water
  • Emotional/Physical Attributes: Passion, enthusiasm, desire, courage, force, lust, fertility, virility, initianiation, and rejuvenation
  • Magick Types: Bonfire Magick, Candle Magick, Sun Magick

Air

  • Symbol: Upward-pointing triangle with a horizontal line through the middle of it.Air Symbol
  • Colors: Yellow
  • Suit: Wands
  • Quarter: East
  • Archangel: Raphael
  • Astrology: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
  • Elementals: Sylph, fairies (faeries), angels
  • Opposite: Earth
  • Emotional/Physical Attributes: Mental activity, thoughts, reason, intellect, memory, knowledge, persuasion, birth, friendship, freedom, clarification, and expression
  • Magick Types: Visualizations, Word (especially spells), Mirror Magick

These elements are interconnected. They each have their positive and negative aspects. Conway Stewart wrote:

The Earth without Water to moisten it, without Fire to warm it, and without Air to surround it, would be a lifeless planet.

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Posted on June 5, 2012, in Concepts to Think About, Religion and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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