Transformation, Transcendence, Astral Work, Workings That Relate to Time Itself
Some traditions count spirit,
sometimes called ether or akasha, as a fifth element.
almond tree in bloom,
Akasha, IAO, Jehovah, Shiva (Lord of Yoga)
Four elements unified by
spirit were the basis of Celtic magic. The Druidic universe contained four
elements unified by balance.
The Chinese work with five
elements, each with its own correspondences:
can give rise to wood;
Numbers- I and 6
Rules-Ears, Bones, Bladder, Kidneys
Nature-Soak and Descend
God: Hsyan Ming
can give rise to
earth; vanquishes metal:
Numbers-2 and 7
Rules-Tongue, Blood Vessels,
Heart, Small Intestine
Nature-Blaze and Ascend
can give rise to fire;
Numbers-3 and 8
Nature-Be Crooked and
can give rise to water;
Numbers-4 and 9
Rules-Nose, Body Hairs, Lungs,
Nature-Yield and Change
Can give rise to
metal; overcomes water:
Numbers-5 and 10
Nature-Seed growing and
Egyptians assigned the
following cardinal points to the elements: North-Earth South-Water East-Fire
There are five elements in
India, each corresponding to a sense: Ether/Space-Hearing Air/Wind-Touch
There is more in this world
than meets the eye, and elementals fall into that category. Have you ever been
transfixed as you watched a budding or a forest burn? Have you ever stood on a
high balcony, on the deck of a ship, or at the edge of a precipice and felt a
sudden, unaccountable urge to throw yourself from it? If so, you have
experienced something of the power of elementals.
Elementals, also called devas
or djinn, are said to live in the deva kingdom or fairy realm. Envocation is one
way to contact them. You find them wherever they may be: by fireplaces, in
fields, wells, and windy places, during storms, earthquakes, and brush- fires,
at the shore-wherever an element makes itself known.
Some people have a natural
affinity for a particular element, and a natural ability to make contacts there.
This can relate to your astrological sign. Dion Fortune speaks about contacting
elementals in Psychic Self-Defense.-
Any elemental contact is
stimulating to us, because elemental beings Pour forth in abundance the vitality
of their own particular sphere, and this vitalizes the corresponding element in
ourselves. But if a four-element creature is drawn into the sphere of a single
element be is poisoned by an overdose of the one element in which he finds
himself, and starved of the other three. It is for this reason that mortals in
the fairy kingdom are al- ways said to be enchanted or asleep.
Dion Fortune, Psychic Self
Defense (York Beach, ME: Samuel Weiser, 1992), p. 82
Elementals, except these of
earth, are dangerous to work with. They are very powerful, unpredictable, and
usually destructive. Like spirits, they are easier to summon than to banish.
Fascination, mental unbalance, and obsession are all hazards of working with
them. It is a good idea to have fire insurance before working with
fire elementals, and I wouldn't fly if I had been working with air elementals.
Dion Fortune says:
Elementals have got a one-way
intelligence, and it is not well that they should be senior partners in any
alliance with human beings.
For all these reasons, I work
with deities rather than elementals. They are not as powerful, but are much
safer. Gods and goddesses get the job done. Work with elementals at your own