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5. Elemental Magic: Fire Water Earth Air / Wind Correspondences Chart Table and Element Symbols North-South-East-West, Spring-Summer-Autumn-Winter5. Elemental Magic: Fire - Water - Earth - Air/Wind : Correspondences Chart Updated 2012 It is very difficult to associate elements properly:
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The I Ching ( Wade-Giles ) or "Yì Jīng" ( pinyin ), also known as the Classic of Changes , Book of Changes or Zhouyi , is one of the oldest of the Chinese classic texts . [ 1 ] The book contains a divination system comparable to Western geomancy or the West African Ifá system; in Western cultures and modern East Asia, it is still widely used for this purpose. Traditionally, the I Ching and its hexagrams were thought to pre-date recorded history, [ 2 ] and based on traditional Chinese accounts, its origins trace back to the 3rd to the 2nd millennium BC. [ 3 ] Modern scholarship suggests that the earliest layers of the text may date from the end of the 2nd millennium BC, but place doubts on the mythological aspects in the traditional accounts. [ 4 ] Some consider the I Ching the oldest extant book of divination, dating from 1,000 BC and before. [ 5 ] The oldest manuscript that has been found, albeit incomplete, dates back to the Warring States Period (475–221 BC). [ 6 ]
Numerous astrological and metaphysical books give the impression that the Elements are more fundamental than the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac, because the Signs can be broken down into groups of four elements. Identification of the Triplicities with the four Elements appears, however, relatively recent: the Twelve-Sign Zodiac existed more than 1,500 years before Aries, Leo and Sagittarius became the Fire Signs. Ptolemy makes no reference to the Elements in his writings on Astrology. He speaks of the trigons, or triplicites, but does not connect them with the Elements. He describes the planets in terms of the qualities hot. cold, moist and dry. Mars for example, is hot and dry, which, in the traditional system of correlation (see figure 1) , would correspond to Fire.
The four classical elements were independently proposed by early Presocratic philosophers: water ( Thales ), air ( Anaximenes ), earth ( Xenophanes ), and fire ( Heraclitus ). Empedocles proposed that they all existed together in fixed quantities from the beginning, mixed and unmixed by Love and Hate.
(c) 1995, John Opsopaus When thou hast made the quadrangle round, Then is all the secret found. -- George Ripley (d. 1490) The rotation of the elements is a key alchemical procedure, the principal means by which the purified essence of a substance is extracted and raised to its most sublime state. Indeed, the rotation symbolizes an important transformative process, which manifests throughout the spiritual and material worlds, but to understand it we must review the symbolic structure of the four elements. The elements have been rich symbols for at least 2500 years, for they resonate with our deepest experience of the world.
And they allowed Apollonius to ask questions; and he asked them of what they thought the cosmos was composed; but they replied: "Of elements." " Are there then four " he asked. "Not four," said Iarchas, "but five." " And how can there be a fifth, " said Apollonius, "alongside of water and air and earth and fire ? "
Diagram of the interactions between the Wu Xing. The "generative" cycle is illustrated by black arrows running clockwise on the outside of the circle, while the "destructive" or "conquering" cycle is represented by white arrows inside the circle. The Wu Xing , ( 五 行 wŭ xíng) also known as the Five Elements , Five Phases , the Five Agents , the Five Movements , Five Processes , and the Five Steps/Stages , is a fivefold conceptual scheme that many traditional Chinese fields used to explain a wide array of phenomena, from cosmic cycles to the interaction between internal organs , and from the succession of political regimes to the properties of medicinal drugs .
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) of which acupuncture and the 5 Elements is a part, recognises that health is more than the absence of disease and it has a unique capacity to maintain and enhance our potential for well-being and happiness. Traditional Chinese Medicine is one of the oldest systems of medicine dating back almost 5000 years. The Taoist philosophers of that time were astute observers of nature and realised that the fundamental processes of the universe were a good basis for understanding life. Acupuncture is the most well known therapy of oriental medicine.
For other uses of 4 elements, see Four elements (disambiguation). For other uses of 5 elements, see Five elements (disambiguation). Many philosophies and worldviews have a set of classical elements believed to reflect the simplest essential parts and principles of which anything consists or upon which the constitution and fundamental powers of anything are based. Most frequently, classical elements refer to ancient beliefs inspired by natural observation of the phases of matter. Historians trace the evolution of modern theory pertaining to the chemical elements , as well as chemical compounds and mixtures of natural substances to medieval , Islamic and Greek models. Many concepts once thought to be analogous, such as the Chinese Wu Xing , are now understood more figuratively.
According to the Empedocles, a Greek philosopher, scientist and healer who lived in Sicily in the fifth century B.C., all matter is comprised of four "roots" or elements of earth, air, fire and water. Fire and air are outwardly reaching elements, reaching up and out, whereas earth and water turn inward and downward. In his Tetrasomia , or Doctrine of the Four Elements , Empedocles described these elements not only as physical manifestations or material substances, but also as spiritual essences. He associated these elements with four Greek gods and goddesses - air with Zeus, earth with Hera, fire with Hades, and water with Nestis (believed to be Persephone): Now hear the fourfold roots of everything: Enlivening Hera, Hades, shining Zeus And Nestis, moistening mortal springs with tears.