Segment of the macrocosm showing the elemental spheres of terra (earth), aqua (water), aer (air), and ignis (fire). Robert Fludd. 1617. Many philosophies and worldviews have a set of classical elements believed to reflect the simplest essential parts and principles of which anything can consist or upon which the constitution and fundamental powers of everything are based. Most frequently, classical elements refer to ancient concepts which some science writers compare to the modern states of matter, relating earth to the solid state, water to liquid, air to gaseous and fire to plasma. Historians trace the evolution of modern theory pertaining to the chemical elements, as well as chemical compounds and mixtures of chemical substances to medieval, and Greek models. Many concepts once thought to be analogous, such as the Chinese Wu Xing, are now understood more figuratively. Ancient Cosmic elements in Babylonia Greece Medieval alchemy Egypt India
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The Four ElementsSymbolically, the number four finally brings us to the level of manifestation, matter and substance. The word 'nature' means 'that which is born', and all birth into nature is symbolised by the crossing of opposites. This is why we use the term the 'cross of matter', which limits us to our finite physical existence in both time and space, symbolised by the symbol for the Earth itself - the cross within the circle: It is the four primary orientations, north, south, east and west, which give us our bearings and which make space and time comprehensible. Every birth chart is also a reflection of the symbol for the Earth, describing precisely the nature of the specific material, solid, concrete world into which each of us is born and through which each of us must manifest ourselves. Our astrological birth chart describes the moment in time and space when each of us takes on a separate physical existence. Audience: Sorry, Clare, but you mentioned five elements, not four. Clare: Yes.
Category:Esoteric cosmologySubcategories This category has the following 6 subcategories, out of 6 total. Pages in category "Esoteric cosmology" The following 50 pages are in this category, out of 50 total.Magickal Uses of Herbs A-GThe Magickal Properties of Herbs Since most herbs are known by many folk names, use your Find command to find specific herbs on this page. For a more detailed look at the properties of the herbs mentioned here, go to www.botanical.com Acacia (Acacia Nilotica) Also called gum arabic. Protection, Psychic Powers. Aconite (Aconitum Napellus) Also called wolfsbane, monkshood, blue rocket *POISON* Don't ingest. Protection, Invisibility. African Violet (Saintpaulia ionantha) Gender: Feminine, Planet: Venus, Element: Water Spirituality, Protection. Agaric (Amanita muscaria) aka magic mushroom, redcap, death angel, death cap Gender: Masculine, Planet: Mercury, Element: Air, Deity: Dionysus Fertility. Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria) Also called Church steeples, cocklebur, stickwort, sticklewort Gender: Masculine, Planet: Jupiter, Element: Air Protection, Sleep. Alfalfa (Medicavo Sativa)Gender: Feminine, Planet: Venus, Element: Earth Prosperity, Anti-hunger, Money. Money, Luck, Healing. Protection. Luck.
Aether (classical element)According to ancient and medieval science, aether (Greek: αἰθήρ aithēr), also spelled æther or ether, also called quintessence, is the material that fills the region of the universe above the terrestrial sphere. The concept of aether was used in several theories to explain several natural phenomena, such as the traveling of light and gravity. In the late 19th century, physicists postulated that aether permeated all throughout space, providing a medium through which light could travel in a vacuum, but evidence for the presence of such a medium was not found in the Michelson–Morley experiment. Medieval concept of the cosmos. Medieval scholastic philosophers granted aether changes of density, in which the bodies of the planets were considered to be more dense than the medium which filled the rest of the universe. Robert Fludd stated that the aether was of the character that it was "subtler than light".
ChakraUn article de Wikipédia, l'encyclopédie libre. Les sept chakras dans le corps humain Un symbole de pouvoir[modifier | modifier le code] Chakra (roue) au centre du drapeau de l'Inde Dans l'Inde ancienne, le mot désignait un disque de métal — or, cuivre ou fer — symbolisant le pouvoir d'un râja dit chakravarti : celui qui fait tourner la roue de la destinée des hommes, qui tient leur vie dans ses mains, mais aussi, peut-être, celui qui est à l'image de sūrya, le soleil. Le disque est l'attribut principal du dieu Vishnu. Dans l'hindouisme, la roue représente la structure des mondes et de l'individu, « dont le noyau est le cœur, les rayons ses facultés et les points de contact avec la jante les organes de perception et d'action ». Le terme fut ensuite utilisé pour qualifier Bouddha et les souverains bouddhistes, qui font tourner la roue de la loi (geste de dharma chakra-mudrâ). On retrouve ainsi très logiquement une représentation de chakra dans l'emblème et le drapeau de l'Inde. Chakra :
CAYA CovenWu XingDiagram of the interactions between the Wu Xing. The "generative" cycle is illustrated by white arrows running clockwise on the outside of the circle, while the "destructive" or "conquering" cycle is represented by red arrows inside the circle. Some of the Mawangdui Silk Texts (no later than 168 BC) also present the Wu Xing as "five virtues" or types of activities. Within Chinese medicine texts the Wu Xing are also referred to as Wu Yun (五運 wŭ yùn) or a combination of the two characters (Wu Xing-Yun) these emphasise the correspondence of five elements to five 'seasons' (four seasons plus one). The system of five phases was used for describing interactions and relationships between phenomena. The Phases The five phases are usually used to describe the state in nature: Cycles Inter-promoting (mother/son)Inter-acting (grandmother/grandson)Over-acting (kè cycle)Counter-acting (reverse kè) Generating The common memory jogs, which help to remind in what order the phases are:
Tree of life (Kabbalah)The Tree of Life, or Etz haChayim (עץ החיים) in Hebrew, is a classic descriptive term for the central mystical symbol used in the Kabbalah of esoteric Judaism, also known as the 10 Sephirot. Its diagrammatic representation, arranged in 3 columns/pillars, derives from Christian and esoteric sources and is not known to the earlier Jewish tradition. The tree, visually or conceptually, represents as a series of divine emanations God's creation itself ex nihilo, the nature of revealed divinity, the human soul, and the spiritual path of ascent by man. The symbolic configuration of 10 spiritual principles (11 can be shown, of which - Keter and Da'at are interchangeable), Jewish Kabbalah usually refers to the symbol as the 10 Sephirot, while non-Jewish Christian Cabala and Hermetic Qabalah generally terms it universally as the Cabalistic/Qabalistic Tree of Life. In Zoroastrianism: The sacred plant haoma and the drink made from it. Haoma is the Avestan form of the Sanskrit soma.
Crystals - Minerals and their PropertiesMinerals have been close to humans for as long as man has walked the earth and gazed with wonder at their natural beauty and mystery. There are thousands of types of minerals, each with it's own unique color patterns, shapes, energetic properties, and metaphysical properties. This is a list of minerals and their properties. ACTINOLITE This mineral is an immensely important tool. AMAZONITE This mineral provides for balancing and aligning the physical with the ethereal bodies. AMETHYST This mineral provides for good spiritual cleansing and development, helping the mind to calm and dwell on higher thoughts. GUIERRO AMETHYST (smokey) This mineral provides for good spiritual cleansing and development, helping the mind to calm and dwell on higher thoughts. AMETHYST HERKERMER This mineral provides for good spiritual cleansing and development, helping the mind to calm and dwell on higher thoughts. AMETRINE This mineral is a mixing of citrine and amethyst. JET This mineral is fossilized wood.
The Four TemperamentsAround 500 years before the birth of our Savior, the spirit of science began to be applied to the practice of medicine. Where before the ancients looked to "the gods" to explain the workings of the natural world, Hippocrates (b. ca. 460 B.C.) urged that sine qua non of science: observation. In the course of the studies that merited his becoming known as "the Father of Medicine," he noticed that blood removed from the body separates into four parts: the clear red, a yellowish liquid that rises to the top, the dark liquid that settles to the bottom, and whitish fluid. This theory of bodily humors 1 -- called "humorism " or "humoralism" -- holds that each person produces all of these humors, but that the preponderance of one relative to the others -- a condition called "dyscrasia" -- brings on illness. The humor of Blood, associated with the liver and with Air, which is the hot and moist element. The following excerpt from the 11th c. The Four Temperaments Sanguine Self-composed Liberal Moody