The Four Elements & Sub-Elements

When you journey into mysticism and magic, you may also find yourself researching alchemy, which is an early form of chemistry used to transform matter.

One of the most basic studies in alchemy is the four elements (Water, Fire, Earth, & Air) but I’d even go as far as saying that there are many more elements that make up the world around us such as (Ether, Light/Dark, Metal, Wood, Ice, etc). Today I want to share some information on the elements and how this information can be beneficial in your magical practice.

Water- In astrology the Water signs are, Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. Water is a feminine element, felt in coolness, found in the body and literally bodies of water, lakes, rivers, oceans, etc, associated with sexual fluids, social gatherings, and happiness. Some words/things related to the water element; intuition, emotion, cleansing, shape-shifting and flowing. In Tarot, the element Water is Cups, I remember this because cups literally hold water. The season associated with Water is Winter, which is a time of passive stillness.

Fire- In astrology the Fire signs are, Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius, it is a masculine element all about action. It can be felt in heat, seen in light, found in literal fires. Summer is Fire obviously. Herbs with a little heat to them such as cinnamon, cloves, or ginger are Fire herbs. Our physical energy is fueled by fire which is why people with a lot of fire in their natal charts tend to be more energetic and spontaneous. Keywords to remember of the fire element; light, heat, passion, energy, power, aggression, destruction, and purification. In Tarot Fire is most commonly associated with Wands, but I’ve also seen some associate it with swords because of the aggression.

Earth- In astrology the Earth signs are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. It is feminine in nature, just think about ‘Mother Nature’. Earth is literally everything around us so it is the most abundant and stable of all the elements. Day to day life, plants, agriculture, employment, and money are all associated with the Earth element. Personally I’d say Earth would be spring season because of all the growth but it is Autumn, maybe because this is when the majority of crops are harvested to prepare for winter. Words to think of when it comes to Earth; growth, strength, stability, sensuality, wealth, and life. Seek earth when you need to feel more grounded, it’s as simple as walking barefoot in the grass. Pentacles are associated with money and materials and is the Earth Element in Tarot.

Air- In astrology the Air signs are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. It is active, just think about the wind, and therefore it is considered masculine. All weather and atmospheric conditions involve air, but it can also be felt and heard through vibrations, music, and communication. In Tarot it is swords or arguably wands. Our literal breath and words are of the Air element. Spring season is the time of year associate with Air, they do say “Spring is in the Air” Some other words of Air; illusions, mind, dreams, vision, and intellect.

As far as the sub-elements go I’d like to get your ideas, what are some things you would consider a ‘sub-element’? Think of things that combine two or more of the four elements, Water, Fire, Earth, Air. Comment below what you come up with!!

Magically Bree

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