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 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 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)

How did the Star of David’s Two Triangles become the Symbols for the Four Elements?

How did the Star of David’s Two Triangles become the Symbols for the Four Elements?

The Greeks proposed the existence of five basic elements. Of these, four were the physical elements – Fire, Air, Water and Earth – of which the entire world is composed. Alchemists eventually associated four triangular symbols to represent these elements.

– Elemental-Symbols, Catherine Beyey, About.com, Altreligion.about.cm (http://altreligion.about.com/od/westernocculttradition/ig/Elemental-Symbols/)