The main 4 western classic elements were first all brought together by a philosopher named Empedocles who identified earth, water, air, and fire as properties that were the building blocks of existence. This understanding eventually went on to influence Leucippus, and Democritus to construct an understanding of atomism, which identify these elements as the smallest parts of matter, and being. Later, Plato assigned these 4 elements to the platonic solids which he used in order to represent the elemental atoms in atomism, and he also gave the 5th platonic solid the element of Cosmo. When his student Aristotle brought forth his understanding of Aether this idea eventually became associated with the understanding of the cosmos of his teacher, eventually becoming the element of spirit that we know today.
It is these understandings which influence magick, and give us the understanding of the 5 classic western elements of fire, water, earth, air, and spirit as the five metaphysical building blocks of existence. Understanding these classic elements can help you build an understanding of the world through elemental means, so that you will be able to keep balance, and harmony. All of these elements have their own energies, and metaphysical associations that you will be able to bring into your working in order to empower your magick, and practice with the power of the elements.
The element of earth is the first element. It’s astrological signs are Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. The elementals of the earth are known as pygmy, or gnomes. The qualities of earth are cold, and dry, and it is also associated with a solid state of matter. It is associated to the cube platonic solid also sometimes referred to as the hexahedron, and its connected to the color green, and sometimes brown, and all of the shades of both of these colors. It is connected to the magickal tool of the pentacle, and it is connected to the direction of North. The element of Earth is feminine, and receptive, and it is connected to the season of winter. The contrary element of earth is air. The elements of earth can be connected with in low altitude areas, or places that are greatly filled with nature such as forests, or caves, and will be places where the earth element will be greatly present.
Metaphysical Correspondences Of Earth: Grounding, Centering, Balance, Harmony, Stability, Nurturing, Nature, Prosperity, Money, Wealth, Physicality, Ancestors, Structure, Abundance, Employment, Fertility, Strength, Growth, Death, Rebirth, Femininity, Yin, and much more…
The element of water is the second element. It’s astrological sign are Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. it’s elementals are known as nymphs, or undines. The qualities of water are cold, and wet, and it is also associated with a liquid state of matter. It is associated to the icosahedron platonic solid. There is connected to the color blue, and all of its shades, and it’s also connected to all cool colors. It is connected to the magickal tool of the cup, or the cauldron. Water is connected to the direction of West, and is feminine, and receptive. It is connected to the season of autumn. The country of elements of water is fire. The element of water can be connected with in places of peace, and tranquility. These places will also usually include a lot of water such as rivers, oceans, lakes, and beaches. Places that have to do with sleeping, or meditation are also great places where the element of water can be found. Cold environments also have the element of water present within them.
Metaphysical Correspondences Of Water: Calmness, Sensitiveness, Subconscious, Dreams, Life, Intuition, Healing, Cleanse, Death, Rebirth, loving, Emotions, Astral travel, Astral Projection, Relationships, Transformation, Change, Absorption, Trance State, Reflection, Sensitive, Psychic, Fertility, Femininity, Yin, and much, much more.
The element of air is the third element. The qualities of air are hot, and wet, and it is also associated with a gas state of matter. It’s astrological sign are Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. The elementals of the air are known as sylphs, or sylvestris. The element of air is associated to the octahedron platonic solid, and its connected to the color yellow, and all of its shades. the element of air is connected to the magickal tool of the wand, and is present in the season of spring. Air is connected to the direction of East, and its masculine, and projective. The contrary element to air is earth. The element of air can be connected with in higher altitude, and wide open places such as plaines and mountainous areas. Places where you are allowed to breathe easy, Focus and open your mind are places where a high amount of the air element can be found.
Metaphysical Correspondences Of Air: Intelligence, Wisdom, Unity, Clarity, The Mind, Inspiration, Communication, Freedom, Discernment, Memory, Instruction, Logic, Movement, Visualizaton, New Beginnings, Travel, Focused, Awareness, Mindfulness, Masculinity, Yang, and much, much more.
The element of fire is the fourth element. It has the qualities of hot, and dry, and it is also associated with the plasma state of matter. The astrological signs of fire are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. The elementals of the fire are known as salamanders, or vulcanus. It is associated to the tetrahedron platonic solid, and is connected to the color of red and all of its shades, and it is also connected to all warm colors. It is connected to the magickal tool of the athame. Fire is connected to to the direction of South, and it is masculine, and projective. It is connected to the magickal tool of the athame, and the contrary element to fire is water. The element of fire can be found in hot, aggressive, and chaotic environments. Places such as volcanoes, the desert, or a battlefield can bring out powerful places of the element of Fire. The element of fire can be found in any place with high amounts of power, wildness, and chaos that can be expressive and/or aggressive.
Metaphysical Correspondences Of Fire: Passion, Creativity, Banishment, Aggression, Purification, Destruction, Strength, Exorcism Protection, Empowerment, Manifestation, Authority, Will, Action, Consumption, Wild, Illumination, Power, Courage, Energy, Sex, Masculinity, Yang, and much, much more.
The element of spirit also sometimes referred to as cosmos, or aether is the fifth element. It is connected to the colors of purple, white, and black, and have also been represented by rainbow displays of colors. Spirit is connected to the directions of center, above, below, and within. It is connected to all astrological signs, especially ophiuchus, and it is connected to the platonic solid known as dodecahedron. Spirit has all of the qualities of the universe, and is sometimes associated with the state of matter known as bose-einstein condensates, or it maybe even be associated with immaterial states. Spirit is present in all things and is even present within the other elements. The element of spirit is both masculine, and feminine, and it is both projective, and receptive. It does not have a contrary element though the closest thing to being it’s contrary element would have to be the idea of non-existence, void, or nothingness. The element of spirit can be connected with in any place at any time with in existence though it can be more easily felt in spiritual, and religious places in which you are able to connect with divinity, and the higher planes of existences.
Metaphysical Correspondences Of Spirit: Unity, Infinite, Power, Transformation, Transmutation, Divinity, Spirituality, Wisdom, Intuition, Purpose, Creation, Destruction, Existence, Life, Death, Awareness, Consciousness, Balance, Space-Time, Religion, Pathworking, Magick, Mysticism, Occultism, Esotericism, Energy, Nature, Essence, Will, Emanation, Source, and much more…