History and symbolism of the four elements, Rituals for each element (Fire,Water,Air,Earth) How to honor and connect with each one of them.

History and symbolism of the four elements, Rituals for each element (Fire,Water,Air,Earth) How to honor and connect with each one of them.

The universe and everything in it is made of the four elements, and that includes us too.

Back to Ancient Greece, the philospher Empedocles according to Aristotle, was the first to suggest the theory that the world could be reduced to four elements: fire, earth, air, and water as these elements could not be created nor destroyed, only their proportions can be rearranged and put together in different ways.

The philosophy of the four classical elements spread throughout the Roman empire, around the Mediterranean and all across Europe. It became the basis of medical science in the Middle Ages.

The four elements were even used to describe the four temperaments a person could have, and Hippocrates used the four elements to describe the four “humors” found in the body. These theories stated that the temperaments and humors needed to be in balance with each other in order for a person to be well both mentally and physically.

Ibn Sina (also known as Avicenna) was a Persian philosopher and doctor. His work on the four humours is contained in his five-volume encyclopaedia “The Canon of Medicine” which was used as standard textbook throughout the middle ages, even up till the 18th century.

In Carl Jung's Psychological Types, published in 1921, four basic personality functions - feeling, thinking, intuition, and sensation are referred to as water, air, fire, and earth.


Astrological

Astrology has used the concept of classical elements from antiquity up until the present, and indeed it is still viewed as a critical part of interpreting the astrological chart. Each of the four elements is associated with 3 signs of the Zodiac which are always located exactly 120 degrees away from each other along the ecliptic.

Fire Element: Aries - Leo - Sagittarius, hot, dry, ardent.
Earth Element: Taurus - Virgo - Capricorn, heavy, cold, dry.
Air Element: Gemini - Libra - Aquarius, light, hot, wet.
Water Element: Cancer - Scorpio - Pisces, cold, wet, soft.


EVOKING THE ELEMENT

Traditions and symbolism of each element, how to connect with yours, evoking an element is a conscious act that draws that element’s energy to you in your environment. Invoking an element can be done if you want that element’s particular aid or energy to blend with the work you are doing. That is, you can connect with each of the four elements regardless of the dominant element.

WATER

Cardinal direction: west.

Keywords: Flow - Sensuality - Emotions - Cleansing.

Water is one of the classical elements in ancient Greek philosophy along with Air, Earth, and Fire, in the Asian Indian system Panchamahabhuta (the basis of all cosmic creation), and in the Chinese cosmological and physiological system (Wu Xing), in contemporary esoteric traditions, water is commonly associated with the qualities of emotion and intuition.


In Hindu philosophy, the term refers to water as one of the "five great elements". In Hinduism, it is also the name of the deva, a personification of water, as it is also associated with Chandra or the moon and Shukra, who represent feelings, intuition, and imagination.

How to honor Water element -

People who have Water personalities are known for their intense emotions. Their world is focused on feelings, intuition, depth, family, nature, and animals.

- To connect with the water element first you need to honor your emotions, trust your intuition, and learn to analyze your feelings. 

Suggestions rituals:

- Sit in a flowing river focus your hearing sense on the sound of the flowing water and breath.

- Add a small water fountain to your space.

- Stay hydrated! drink water as much as you can.

- When you shower, allow the water to act as a cleanser for all unwanted feelings, thoughts, and energies. 

 

FIRE

Cardinal direction: South

Keywords: Passion - Creativity - Protection - Distraction 

Fire is one of the four classical elements in ancient Greek philosophy and science. It was commonly associated with the qualities of energy, assertiveness, and passion. In one Greek myth, Prometheus stole fire from the gods to protect the otherwise helpless humans but was punished for this charity.

Fire was one of many archai proposed by the pre-Socratics, most of whom sought to reduce the cosmos, or its creation, to a single substance. Fire symbolizes creation, light, on the one hand, and destruction and purification, on the other.

How to honor Fire Element -

Fire personality consists of someone who is passionate, creative, and authoritative. they tend to be impulsive and irritable.

- Meditate on candlelight, hold your hand beside the flame at a safe and comfortable distance, reach out to the energy of fire with your own energy and observe much as you can about the energy of fire. 

- Sit around a bonfire, observe the flame and listen to the message it holds for you.

- Aka mindful eating, fire element sensation is taste, when you set eating eat slowly and with full awareness to the act of eating and the taste of what you eat. 

Exercise! Run, hike, bike, walk to upbeat music or try yoga.

 AIR

Cardinal direction: East 

Keywords: communication, intellect, projective and active

Diogenes Apolloniates (late 5th century) linked air with intelligence and soul (psyche). Ancient and modern opinions differ as to whether he identified air by the divine name Hera, Aidoneus, or even Zeus. Enlil was the god of air in ancient Sumer. Shu was the ancient Egyptian deity of air and the husband of Tefnut, goddess of moisture.

 

How to connect and honor Air Element -

People who have Air personalities are intellectual and social creatures. Altogether, Air signs are expert empathizers. They synthesize all that they engage with at an impressive speed and move through life with a sense of trust in the universe.

- Do breathing exercises daily. 

- Cleanse and balance your energy by incense 

- Pick up the hand fan in one hand, and hold your other hand out, palm up. Visualize the palm of your hand glowing with your personal energy. Close your eyes and slowly begin to wave the fan, creating an air current directed at your other palm. As the air moves, see it glow with the energy of air. Allow the energy of the air current to meet the energy of your palm and observe the sensations you pick up. Vary the speed of the air current and observe whether that makes a difference. 

- If the weather is windy, stand in an empty space or among trees in nature, close your eyes and feel the wind on your body.

 

EARTH - 

Cardinal direction: North (sometimes east)

Keywords:  grounding, abundance, receptive and passive.

As the most grounded element, people who have Earth personalities respond well to the things that they can clearly touch and see. This is what makes them sensual beings who are prone to deep connections. You can always count on an Earth sign to be there, as they often believe they have a responsibility to support those within their sphere. They value logic and embody dependability. 

How to honor Earth Element -

- Undoubtedly, grounding. Walk bare feet on sand, grass, or any natural ground.

- Meditate by holding a crystal with your hand, while meditating feel this crystal energy and observe its properties. You can do this technique with any natural object such as trees, plants, herbs, and so on. 

- Setting or laying on the ground.

- Gardening.