Is it possible?? I've seen videos and heard story's of people producing fire from their bare hands via energy. I guess this is acceptable to all elements. Is there a topic of discussion on this or does it fall into any categories already here??
Re: Bare Handed Magic By: prsona / Knowledgeable Nov 12, 2017
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The use of elements in magic is not literally controlling the physical elements.
You will not create fire, generate water or wind, make them move, or the like.
The elements in magic are used as nonphysical representations of qualities. To take the Jungian term, they are archetypes. Using the Western four-element system (spirit being what supersedes them and ties them together as a fifth, depending on tradition), they represent combinations of the four humors, which are two pairs of dichotomous opposites: heat and coolness, dryness and moisture.
Some traditions will start their initiates' training in Earth, and its qualities are cool and dry. Cool, representing not only the physical sensation, but also the emotional state, for example. It is dry, steadfast, and I could go on. But this is not a lesson on the elements.
The trend continues with the other three, in the various qualities. And this is the absolute basic understanding of the elements, which varies considerably by tradition.
So yes: They are not a physical thing which is manipulated. But the physical representations of the elements are used to represent the other-than-physical qualities of what they represent.