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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.


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

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