|Elements & Magick
The Ancients divided the world into four basic principles or *elements* earth, water,fire, and air. That viewpoint has mostly changed with advances of science, but the four elements are still accepted in magick, for they are more closely linked with emotions, the human psyche, and with nature than are modern explanations of the world. These *magical elements* are also of some importance in astrology. Manyoccultists think of the magical elements as forces, or as *qualities* of energy; especially within the astral world. Each element has a symbol and color. (Common symbols are -- fire: a triangle pointing up; air: a triangle pointing up and with a horizontal line through the middle of it; water: a triangle pointing down; earth: a triangle pointing down and with a horizontal line through the middle of it.) Colors of the elements are -- earth: brown and green; water: blue; fire: red; air: yellow... The Eastern tattvic system uses different symbols and colors. (The tattvic symbols are briefly described later on in this course.) The elements are often used inmagick ritual.
Magick sees relationships between things. These relationships are called 'correspondences'. Although magical correspondences are not literally equal to one another, you can think of them that way (such as gold equals sun). Tables of these relationships, called 'CorrespondenceTables', are available (an important one is Crowley's '777'). Thus one thing or symbol can be used to suggest another. This is important in magick, for the magician may surround himself with as many appropriatecorrespondences as he can to vividly affect the senses; thus making his magical contact with the inner planes more lucid.
The magical elements have correspondences with the tarot cards as the four suits. The four quarters (directions of the universe as used in magick ritual) and the Archangels also correspond with these same elements. Want to know/learn more, mail me.
I was born to a mother that has a natural magical talent, my mother knew I was similarly gifted when I first started to hear spirits that had passed on.
In my youth, I received rudimentary training from my mother, but I never had formalized magical practicing. Later on,
I ignored my minimal powers for a while, and began working as a store clerk in an occult book store.
In that book store is where my magical powers began to flourish as I read book afterbook doing my own formalized magical practicing after work in the dead of night.
As I read books, and practiced my magic I found that my magical nature leaned more towards nekromanteia, or nekros as they call it.
It was not until later on when I found out I could communicate with the deceased that I was able to hear by summoning their spirit as an apparition. It was then when I understood my magical powers of divination an began imparting the means to foretell future events, and discover hidden knowledge.