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.
|Qualities||Cold & dry, very heavy, passive.|
|Cold & moist, heavy, passive.|
|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,
|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,
|Time of day||Dusk||Midnight||Dawn||Midday|
|Stage of the life cycle||Old age||Between death and birth (conception)||Youth||Sexual maturity|
|Colours||Green, brown, orange, black, white, the four colours of malkuth||Blue, brownish grey, green, turquoise, sea green, pinkish blue, grey, |
|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 |
|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. |
|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, |
|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 trump||World||Hanged man||Fool||Judgement|
|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,
|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, |
|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,
|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)|
|Kabbalistic path||32 bis (from kether to malkuth)||23||11||31|
|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|
|Hebrew God name||Eheieh (existence) or AGLA (Ateh Gibor Le-olam |
Adonai, Thou art mighty for ever, O Lord)
|Adonai ha Eretz||Elohim Tzabaoth||Shaddai El Chai||Yahweh Tzabaoth|
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