Elemental Ikonographics / The Colors and Symbols of Earth, Water, Air, and Fire


Elemental Truth and Facts

Elemental Truth and Facts

Judeo/Christian Metaphysics of the Four Corners

+ The Four Ruling Archangels: Uriel, Gabriel, Raphael, Michael

+ The Four Material Elements: Earth, Water, Air, Fire

+ The Four Cardinal Directions: North, West, East, South

+ The Four Natural Colors: Green, Blue, Yellow, Red

+ The Four Basic Characteristics: Cold & Dry, Cold & Wet, Hot & Wet, Hot & Dry

+ The Four Physical Orientations: Left, Behind, Front, Right

+ The Four Day Times: Night, Dusk, Dawn, Noon

+ The Four Moon Phases: New Moon, Waning Moon, Waxing Moon, Full Moon

+ The Four Earth Seasons: Winter, Fall, Spring, Summer

+ The Four Lifetime Periods: Old Age, Maturity, Birth, Youth

The Star of David’s Four Elements Arithmetic

The Star of David's Four Elements Arithmetic

According to Kabbalah, the Universe is consisted of a combination of Four basic Elements: Fire, Air, Water and Earth.

– The Four Elements in Kabbalah, TzFat-Kabbalah.org


The Elemental Star oF David

The Elemental Star oF David

In the Book of the Zohar, the Four basic Elements are mentioned in the context of the creation of Adam – the first human, referring to the parallels between these elements and the Four Corners of the Earth, the Four ministering Angels (Raphael, Uriel, Michael and Gabriel) and more.

– The Four Elements in Kabbalah, TzFat-Kabbalah.org


The Traditional Colors, Directions, and Names of the Four Elements

The Traditional Colors, Directions, and Names of the Four Elements

Element of Green Earth in the North
Element of Yellow Air in the East
Element of Red Fire in the South
Element of Blue Water in the West


Elemental Ikons – The Four Elements of Nature and History

The Four Elements of Nature and History

Earth, Water, Air, Fire

OR Fire, Air, Water, Earth


The Judeo/Christian Roots of Science

The Judeo/Christian Roots of Science

At the heart of medieval alchemy was the idea that all matter was composed of four elements: earth, air, fire and water. With the right combination of elements, it was theorized, any substance on earth might be formed. This included precious metals as well as elixirs to cure disease and prolong life. Alchemists believed that the “transmutation” of one substance into another was possible; thus we have the cliché of medieval alchemists seeking to “turn lead into gold.”

Medieval alchemy was just as much art as science, and practitioners preserved their secrets with an obfuscating system of symbols and mysterious names for the materials they studied.

– Alchemy in the Middle Ages, by Melissa Snell Historymedren.about.com (http://historymedren.about.com/od/alchemy/p/alchemy.htm)