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Elemental Associations

Author: Michael Lewis

Copyright © 2001 Michael Lewis

The earliest of Greek natural philosophers, Thales, in
considering which was the most basic element in the cosmos, from which the
cosmos was made, supposed that the cosmos was made of Water.  Later,
Heraclitus decided that the most basic element in the cosmos was Fire, and
Anaxagoras named Air as the essential constituent of the cosmos.  In the
6th Century BC, Empedocles first suggested that the cosmos was made of four
constituent elements, which he named as Fire, Air, Water and Earth, in order
from the most rare to the most dense.  

This was the beginning of the Christian understanding of Heaven
and Earth, as St. Augustine took from Plato's understanding that Heaven was made
of Fire, and that Air and Water separated Heaven from Earth.  It was much
later that the concept of Hell was first forwarded, and by this time the concept
of the four constituent elements of the cosmos had been forgotten. Fire is still
seen as Holy in many religions, and especially so in Christianity, despite the
association between Fire and Hell.

The associations we make are in our own minds as individuals,
and although as social animals we tend to find agreement in our thinking, we
must remember that elemental associations are subject to personal interpretation
and should not be considered absolute. Consider what the relationships are
between the ideas in your own mind, and use these associations in your magick,
not the associations you learn from other people.  If you want to represent
a concept in your magick, you must use something that represents that concept to
you, not to someone else.

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Qualities Cold & dry, very heavy, passive.
Receptive (yin).
Cold & moist, heavy, passive.
Receptive (yin).
Hot & moist, light, active.
Hot & dry, very light, active.
Basic nature Fertile, moist, nurturing, stabilising, grounding Flowing, cleansing, healing, soothing, loving Floating, moving, fresh, intelligent, suspending Purifying, destroying, energetic, sexual, forceful
Rules The body, growth, nature, sustenance, material gain, money, fertility,
birth, death, gravity, silence, rocks, standing stones, crystals, jewels,
metals, wealth, abundance, wisdom.
Emotions, love, courage, nurture, sensitivity, psychic ability, healing,
sorrow, life-giving and life-destroying, the ocean, the tides, the unconscious
mind, the womb.
The mind, all mental, intuitive and psychic work, knowledge, abstract
learning, theory, rebirth, beginnings, imagination, belief, wind, breath,
poetry, sound.
Energy, spirit, heat, flame, blood, sap, life, will, healing and destroying,
purification, bonfires, hearth fires, candle flames, the sun, eruptions,
explosions, sexual energy, passion, quick active energy, anger, power,
inspiration, desire.
Time of day Dusk Midnight Dawn Midday
Season Autumn  Winter  Spring  Summer 
Stage of the life cycle Old age Between death and birth (conception) Youth Sexual maturity
Moon phase Waning Old Waxing Full
Colours Green, brown, orange, black, white, the four colours of malkuth Blue, brownish grey, green, turquoise, sea green, pinkish blue, grey,
indigo, black
Yellow, white, crimson, blue-white, blue, silver, grey, pastels Red, gold, crimson, orange, white, scarlet, fuscia, maroon
Elemental creatures Gnomes, ruled by King Ghob Undines, ruled by Queen Necksa Sylphs, ruled by King Paralda Salamanders, ruled by King Djin
. . . known by Paracelsus as Pygmies Nymphs Aerei Sylphs
Elementals attracted by Salts and powders Water, washes, solutions Oils and incenses Candles, lamps, incense, fire
The principle of Law (and of course lore) Love Life Light
Goddesses Ceres, Demeter, Gaea, Mah, Persephone, Nephthys, Bhawana (Prithivi), Rhea,
Aphrodite, Isis, Mariamne, Mari, Tiamat Aditi, Aradia, Arianhrod, Cardea, Nuit, Urania. Brigit, Hestia, Pele, Vesta.
Gods Adonis, Athos, Arawn, Cernunnos, Dionysus, Marduk, Pan, Tammuz. Dylan, Ea, Llyr, Manannan, Oceanus, Osiris, Neptune, Posiedon Enlil, Kephera, Mercury, Shu, Thoth, Vayu, Zeus. Atar, Agni, Frey, Gibil, Hephaestus, Horus, Logi, Vulcan.
Zodiacal signs Taurus , Virgo ,  Capricorn Cancer , Scorpio
, Pisces
Gemini , Libra,
Aries , Leo , Sagitarius
Planets Earth , Saturn
, fixed stars
Moon ,
Mercury ,
Mars ,
The sense of Touch Taste Smell Sight
Of energy flows Energy contained Conduction of energy Convection of energy Radiance of energy
State of matter Solid Liquid Gas Energy
Principle of change Slowing, solidifying Metamorphosis Movement Quickening, disintegration
Magical phrase Tacere, to keep silent Audere, to dare Noscere, to know Velle, to will
Magic tools Pentacle, cords, scourge, shield, horn Cup, cauldron, mirror Wand, censor, rod or staff Athame, sword, candle
Other tools and weapons Shield, horn, trowel, pick, awl, mace, war hammer Bowl, trident, net Fan, flag, streamer, spear, bow Match, axe
Stones and Gems Rock salt, coal, emerald, peridot, other green stones, onyx,
bloodstone, tourmalanted quartz. Heavy, opaque.
Aquamarine, beryl, amethyst, azurite, blue lace agate, pearl, coral,
lapis lazuli, moonstone, sodalite. Clear, hard.
Topaz, chalcedony, yellow fluorite, crystals, alexandrite, sapphire,
yellow or blue stones, rainbow stones. Polished, transparent.
Fire opal, volcanic rock, ruby, carnelian, rhodochrosite, agates.
Shining, glittering.
Metals Lead, iron Silver, copper Mercury, tin Gold, brass
Places Mountains, caves, fields, chasms, groves, forests, gardens, kitchens Oceans, rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, waterfalls, beaches, springs and
wells, bedroom (for sleep)
Windswept hills, plains, windy beaches, high mountain peaks, high towers,
tree tops, bluffs, sky, airplanes, schools, libraries, offices
Deserts, volcanoes, ovens, fireplaces, bedroom (for sex), hot
Animals Cattle, bison, ox, snakes (earth-dwelling), stag, mouse, dog, ant, bear,
Dragon, dolphin, fish, sea serpents, sea mammals, water-dwelling snakes, sea
birds, frog, turtle, otter, seal, swan, crab
Birds, eagle, gryphon, owl, hawk, dove Lion, Fire-breathing dragons, snakes, lizards, bee, centaur, fox,
Of the ancient Celtic parts of man The body The soul The ego The spirit
Types of magic Fertility magic, tree magic, herb lore, rune magic, cord magic, feng shuei,
image magic.
Love, mirror magic, purification, healing, divination, dream magic,
spiritualism, creating and working with charged water.
Finding lost or stolen objects, magic of the four winds, visualisations,
divination, invocation, numerology, shamanic journeys.
Tantra, healing, candle magic, fire scrying, colour magic.
Ritual forms Burying, planting, making images in the dirt or sand, walking over miles of
countryside while visualising the need, carving runes.
Bathing, tea ceremonies, washing, dilution Tossing objects into the air, suspending tools in high places, breathing,
meditation, singing, chanting, writing, numerology.
Burning images or herbs.
Tarot suit Pentacles Cups Wands Swords
Tarot trump World Hanged man Fool Judgement
Court cards Pages Queens Knights Kings
Planes of existence The physical plane The astral plane The mental plane The spiritual plane
Mode of perceiving (Jungian) Sensation Intuition Thinking Feeling
Mode of thinking Belief Emotion, free thought Intellect, higher logic Will
Mode of influencing Power Beauty Intellect Charisma
Stage in the ladder of existence To understand To know To live To be
Active temperaments Respectability, endurance, consideration, stability, resolution, firmness,
sobriety, objectivity, scrupulousness, resistance, thoroughness, punctuality,
confidence, responsibility, circumspection.
Devotion, respectability, modesty, compassion, docility, seriousness,
fervour, cordiality, calmness, comprehension, confiding, meditation,
forgiveness, tenderness.
Diligence, clearness, optimism, cheerfulness, independence, adroitness, lack
of grief, kindness, joy, familiarity, communicativeness, capacity for
Activity, eagerness, enthusiasm, resolution, courage, productivity, energy,
Passive temperaments Insipidity, unscrupulousness, dullness, misanthropy, tardiness,
unreliability, laconism
Apathy, indifference, shyness, depression, laziness Contempt, gossiping, slyness, lack of endurance, dishonesty, garrulity,
fickleness, selfishness, defensiveness, inattentiveness.
Gluttony, jealousy, passion, irritability, intemperance, destructiveness,
stubbornness, greed, vengefulness, anger, resentment, aggression, posessiveness,
grammaton (YHVH)
He (final) He Vau Yod
Hebrew name Aretz Miam Ruach Esh
Archangel Uriel/Auriel Aretziel (Uriel of earth)
Uriel = "Fire of God"; Auriel =
"Light of God"
Gabriel Maimel (Gabriel of water)
Gabriel = "Strength of God"
Raphael Ruachel (Raphael of air)
Raphael = "Healing of God"
Michael Ashel (Michael of fire)
Michael = the war-cry "Who is
Kabbalistic worlds Assiah (material world) Briah (creative world) Yetzirah (formative world) Atziluth (archetypal / originative world)
Governer Kerub Tharsis Ariel Seraph
Sephira Malkuth Binah Tiphareth Chockmah
Kabbalistic path 32 bis (from kether to malkuth) 23 11 31
Enochian word Nanta Hcoma Exarp Bitom
Enochian divine name Mor Dial Hctga Mph Arsl Gaiol Oro Ibah Aozpi Oip Teaa Pdoce
Enochian supreme elemental king Thahaaotahe Thahebyobiaatan Tahoeloj Ohooohatan
Hebrew God name Adonai ha Eretz (Lord of the Earth) Elohim Tzabaoth (God (who is male and female, one and many) of Hosts) Shaddai El Chai (Living Mother God) Yahweh Tzabaoth (God manifest in Hosts)


The life cycle The greater body of all life, beyond individual births and deaths Old age Between death and birth, conception Youth Sexual maturity
Goddesses Isis, Shekinah, the secret name of the Goddess . . . . . . . . . . . .
Gods Akasha, EAO, YHVH . . . . . . . . . . . .
The sense of Hearing Touch Taste Smell Sight
Of energy flows Source of all energy Energy contained Conduction of energy Convection of energy Radiance of energy
Principle of change Changeless Slowing, solidifying Metamorphosis Movement Quickening, disintegration
Magic tools Lamp, bell Pentacle, cords, scourge Cup, cauldron, mirror Wand, censor, rod or staff Athame, sword, candle
Metals Meteoritic metal Lead, iron Silver, copper Mercury, tin Gold, brass
Hindu Tattvas Akasha (space) Prithivi Apas Vayu Tejas
Tarot suit The major Arcana Pentacles Cups Wands Swords
grammaton (YHShVH)
Shin He (final) He Vau Yod
Archangel Metatron Uriel Gabriel Raphael Michael
Sephira Kether Malkuth Binah Tiphareth Chockmah
Hebrew God name Eheieh (existence) or AGLA (Ateh Gibor Le-olam
, Thou art mighty for ever, O Lord)
Adonai ha Eretz Elohim Tzabaoth Shaddai El Chai Yahweh Tzabaoth

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