The Ancients and Earth, Air, Fire, Water
The philosophy of the four classical elements originates from the ancient Greeks. They believed all matter comprised a combination of these four fundamental building blocks – Earth, Air, Fire, Water. These exist in different ratios in everything around us.
But my chemistry teacher told me there were over a hundred Elements ….
Yes, and that is true – at the moment there are 118 – you can learn all about them here. We know now that there are not just four but many elements, and we cannot break these down into any other substance. These chemical elements combine in different ways to form compounds such as brass, salt, or water. At least one is always present in anything we find in the physical universe.
What’s the difference between modern and ancient Elements
The four classical elements – Earth, Fire, Air and Water, often known as The Four Elements of Nature are not chemical elements. We can view them as symbolic representations of different forces and aspects present in the Universe and so also within the human psyche. We can ascribe almost anything to one of the four elements.
The importance of the four elements – the ABC of symbolism
If we want to know ourselves and improve our lives through self reflection and education, we first need to understand the language of symbolism. We believe the best way to begin is by learning the “ABC” of symbolism – the four elements
- Fire represents force, passion, a means of change – personal power and inner strength.
- Air guides us and provides us with our breath, which is central to health and consciousness. It also links to our universal life-force.
- Earth is a powerful grounding force in our lives. It’s the foundation of all life, substance, and connection to the planet and our purpose.
- Water represents emotions, intuition, refection and the subconscious
A knowledge of these will help us to understand and utilise the language of our minds.