The Four Elements
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They are the Corner Stones of CREATION,
because they are in everything.
They are Principles of Being,
and so they are part
they are physical basis for life,
and at the same time they have the
power of the most terrible destruction.
is the element with the highest vibrations. It is the only element with
the power of transformation. All the other elements have only clearing
and cleaning power. Arcangel MICHAEL is the Guardian of the Element FIRE.
In the physical plain FIRE is: sun, flame and blaze - in the spiritual
plane: LIGHT. The physical fire transforms by burning material stuff, changing
the material stuff into gas by raising its vibrations (=producing heat)
and leaving the minerals as ashes. The spiritual LIGHT transforms by raising
the vibrations of energy, thus turning dark (=light-less) and heavy energy
into shinig LIGHT again.
The spiritual Principle FIRE is symbolized by the lion. The Principle of the Element FIRE is: LIGHT, Energy, male principle, LIFE, intuition, clearing, transformation, dynamic purposeful action, purposeful power (destructing - clearing - fertilizing). It is also symbolized by a sword (as held by MICHAEL), as a sign of renewal by revolution, by forceful change, by transformation (see also here). Another symbol of FIRE is the sun, symbol for FIRE in its highest perfection. The sun stands for: Radiating LIGHT, unconditional giving, the male principle, creative energy, warmth, material fire.
In the physical world the Principle of Polarity is prevalent, meaning that there are two poles to everything: so fire can warm us and thus enable life, but it can also destroy. Controlling fire, MAN can heat his home and cook his food. Controlling the fire was probably the birth of civilization. But of course MEN have also used fire to willfully destroy their 'enemies'. But when fire gets out of control, is has enormous destructive powers, and then the fire can kill life and destroy forests, fields and cities.
Fire has always fascinated MAN. Especially lightning roused their fear - it hit, it killed and caused fires, and because of the sudden strikes nobody could foresee nor avoid, they took it as an expression of an irate god or of divine punishment.
know the power of destruction the eruptions of vulcanos have, like the
eruption that destroyed the isle of Krakatau in ancient times, with a power
equal to an atomic bomb, with burning liquid lava destroying all life around.
The Force of fire can be extensive and unbelievable: During the Allied Air war against German cities from 1942 until 1945, there were several occasions, where a fire storm occurred. This was man-made hell. It had carefully been planned and tested and was produced by a huge amount of different types of bombs being thrown in a certain order on the cities, where defenseless civilians lived, mostly old people, women and children. There still exist some private films of that time. The fire storms were described as a terribly roaring, unbelievably strong force, feeding themselves from the oxygen in the air, drawing it into its center with incredible strength, stronger than a hurricane, so people were not able to stand on their feet and the clothes were ripped from their bodies. There were large areas of the cities, whole districts, where white heat was burning with temperatures like in a melting oven, and no living being could escape. What kind of brain can invent that, even think of such things? Not to mention the terrible power of the atomic bomb and the hydrogen bomb... those wars, those weapons have changed the dangers of war, the human power of destruction with the use of fire, even endangering our planet EARTH itself.
now attuned to the Element FIRE and asked Him, what He could say about
'I am burning and devouring, destructing and preparing the ground for new life. I am transformation - LIGHT - as you can see it in the world of matter - I am SUN - I am LIFE - I am POWER. Do not approach me, MAN! You may have the illusion to control me, but I am helping you only as long as I WANT IT. Only the HIGHEST is my MASTER.'
is a cleaning power. The Arcangel GABRIEL is Guardian of the Element WATER.
The spiritual Principle WATER stands for the soul aspect, the feelings,
sensations and the subconscious. Its symbol is the eagle, the 'King of
birds', representing the new spiritual beginning, the spiritually rebirth,
inner freedom, spiritual perception and transformed sexual energy, being
the symbol for the Element WATER in its highest ascend: scorpio - serpent
The scorpio as representative of the lowest level of transformation symbolizes the unredeemed life on Earth, still being caught in the circle of birth - death - and rebirth; the serpent symbolizes the state of not yet having been able to free yourself from earthly bonds.
WATER is Unconditional LOVE, flowing, streaming LOVE. The chalice, the bowl and the crescent moon are symbols of the Principle WATER: they are representing the soul level, feelings, LOVE, emotional relations, conceiving, giving, receiving, devotion - standing for the female principle in general, also being symbolized by the moon. A fish (in connection with water) means: fertility, the soul level, the subconscious level. There are also flower symbols being connected with WATER: the lotus flower, growing in the water, stands for the relation to the Element WATER (feelings), especially for LOVE (white lotus - giving LOVE, pink lotus - receiving LOVE); it is similar with the rose - the rose stands for emotions, but also for perception, cognition, purity, clarity, wisdom, TRUTH (the white rose for giving pure LOVE, for purity, clarity and pure beauty - the pink rose for receiving pure LOVE and for the tender and pure feelings).
Water is vital for life on earth, and there is hardly any life that can exist without water (a possible exception may be microbeings within the rocks: but perhaps even they need minimal traces of water). Water itself is basis for innumerous forms of life, and also human beings can only exist in places with sufficient water for their needs.
has an enormous power that MEN used to operate mills in former times, today
for producing electricity by means of dams.
Animals and MEN are cleaning themselves with water, the animals with their tongues and their watery saliva, the humans are washing themselves, their clothes, their cars and their places of living with water. For the last couple of centuries they have also been using huge amounts of water for the production of their factories, letting the waste flow back into the rivers, streams and oceans, leaving them poisened, dead and devastated, thus damaging nature and cutting themselves off from life.
Over long periods of time, MEN have been dominating Earth, behaving as if their own lives and their own wants and needs were the only things that counted, disregarding the lives, wants and needs of their animal brothers and sisters and the plants.
now, after having caused vast destruction of nature, draughts and deserts
in vast areas of land and the death of innumerous species, they are waking
up and begin to sense that they, too, are responsible for the WHOLE, for
the planet EARTH, whose stability, self-healing power and plenty they had
always thought to be eternal and inexhaustible, if they had thought about
it at all. Slowly MEN are beginning to understand, that NATURE is an unbelievably
beautiful, wonderful, most complex system of life, in which everything
should be working harmoniously together, interweaving in mutual influence
and dependence, and in which a delicate balance is eminent. Human egotism
has interfered with this balance in wide parts of the globe. But when NATURE
dies, MEN will die, too. This is an important learning process for mankind,
and it is still going on: It is the step from 'I' to 'YOU' to 'US'.
to the Element WATER I asked Her what She could say about Herself:
'I am flowing - I am flowing - from here to there - from there to here - moving endlessly. Constant motion is my aim - change and renewal my way - my purpose is SHAPING, CREATING, ACTION in a formative WAY - will not be quiet, because standing still is the end. Do not hold me back, do not stop me, my flow is JOY, rigidity is death. I am holding in myself Eminence and Chaos, formative power and silence. I am flowing LIGHT - flowing LOVE. My murmur, my ripple, my splashing, my roaring are PRAYER - expressions of my JOY of serving HIM - also serving MEN, keeping them alive, just as I am sustaining life in general - but above all, I am serving HIM in everything.'
'Element EARTH' means matter, the material substance, low vibrational,
heavy, manifested in many shapes and colors and of various consistency.
So the element EARTH shows in minerals, like stones, crystals e.a., but
also in wood, metal, in the soil, in the dust, flesh and blood, hair, in
vegetable substance and many more.
The 'Element EARTH' is part of the material bodies of all living beings on this planet, and of the material body and substance of our planet, but more than that, also of the material substance of all the other celestial bodies throughout the universe.
the 'Element EARTH' does not concern the spiritual beings living in those
bodies, and neither does it concern the spiritual Being MOTHER EARTH, living
in the material body of our planet. Mother EARTH rules the four Elements
of Her planetary body, represented by four Angels.
EARTH IS THE SAME BEING AS MARIA, THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN - THE FEMININITY
OF GOD, WHO IS CREATING LIFE, IN UNION WITH HIM - ON EARTH AS IT IS IN
guardians fo the Element EARTH are Arcangels URIEL and HANIEL. The Element
EARTH is standing for matter, money, property, food, but in an abstract
meaning also for stability, weight, protecting darkness, the mother principle,
security, for the MOTHER providing for Her children. The maternal aspect
of EARTH is fertility, in old paintings often symbolized by her breasts.
has cleaning power, because the microorganisms of the soil are transforming
dead organic material and poisenous substances into fertile humous soil,
which will bring forth new life, new nourishment.
Like the other elements, EARTH has the power for terrible destruction, too, in earthquakes and devastating landslides, burying villages and towns.
attuned to the Element EARTH, I heard Her say:
'I am solid and I AM - yet I am steadily in motion. My movements seem slow - but they are able to overrun you with unleashed, formative power. No human can escape my movements, when they get out of control - yet I apparently offer you a strong basis, a solid ground to carry my children. But my solidity, my rigidity are illusion: I am actually manifested LIGHT, LIGHT in the slowest of vibrations. I am shining with JOY, bringing the LOVE of GOD to all creatures by providing them with the body I lend them. I AM LOVE, expressing HIS MAGNIFICENCE here at the utmost rim of CREATION - and this ardent LOVE makes me glow inside. It is my ASSIGNMENT to care for undeveloped life and to serve its advancement as a mother - and I am advancing accordingly. MAN means advancement to highest maturity to me, just as his stay on me can mean advancement to highest maturity to him. A long time ago I had asked GOD for this ASSIGNMENT, from the deepest LOVE of my Heart. Now MAN is able to destroy me. I am praying for him in LOVE, and in LOVE I am serving him, because this means serving GOD. I still want to be MOTHER and HOME to him. And as I am now ascending, MAN could do likewise. My TRUE SERVICE is WORSHIP of GOD - may MAN realize that this is his service, too.'
is also a cleaning power. AIR sweeps away everything old, stinking and
musty, bringing freshness and sweetness, not only in the physical and nonphysical
realms, but also in a figurative sense. A symbol for the principle AIR
are wings, as a metaphor of the immaterial, and they also stand for thoughts,
the mental power, the intellect, also for communication, freedom, wideness,
boundlessness, as well as the spiritual, the heavenly realm. So in all
cultures angels are shown with wings.
The Arcangel RAPHAEL is the Guardian of the Element AIR.
AIR makes most forms of life on EARTH possible, providing for the oxygen they need. Here, too, we can observe the principle of Giving and Taking, as we all have part in this principle when breathing. By breathing, we are all connected with each other and with MOTHER EARTH by way of the omnipresent AIR. Breathing is a very HOLY act - there is much more to it than just the exchange of air. By means of our breath we are able to cause spiritual actions and processes. For instance we can give expression to our will by freeing ourselves from dark energies with the help of our breath, by spreading LOVE, peace and harmony 'on the wings' of our breath, thus using our breath as a means of transport - but we can also use our breath for the conscious intake of the Divine POWER of LIFE.
a polaric sense, AIR, this source of life, can also be a terrible force
of destruction, when out of control - we call this force: hurricane, storm,
now attuned myself to the Element AIR and knew at the same time:
Just like EARTH is the material and spiritual antipole to FIRE, WATER is the material and spiritual antipole to AIR. And I heard:
- blow - winds - storm! - I am eternally flowing element, am airy LIGHT,
related to SPIRIT, from where I come, and also to WATER. I nourish the
flame, making it blaze, without me the fire must die. I am bringing LIFE
and connect the sky and the earth, as well as HEAVEN and EARTH, just as
you are connecting HEAVEN and EARTH by means of your breath, my gift to
is all of
C R E A T I O N:
The 4 Elements are
the WHOLE and the WHOLE
is mirrored in the four Elements.
According to the COSMIC LAW of
Analogy, as within - so without, and
as without - so within, as above - so
below, and as below, so above, we
are able to realize the far-away
in the near-by, and the infinite
in the limited.Thus we can
realize GOD in every ex-
pression of nature.
MAN, is the
\\and mirrors \ I / CREATION.//
they are abstract, being pure idea and principle,
and at the same time are also material.
They are reflected in every dimen-
sion in their appropriate way.
They are spiritual yet real
persons at the same
living Expression of the 4 Elements
4 Elements themselves are manifested as DIVINE
PERSONS in the Heavenly Planes, being LIGHT,
COLOR, SOUND, NAME, geometric shape and SYMBOL at the same time.
the early state of EARTH, the elementary forces have caused the forming
and destruction of continents many times, thus also causing the downfall
of human civilizations that had passed their zenith, finished their assignments
or had strayed, and also causing the death of many species of animals,
who had finished their assignments as a group or would not follow evolution.
spirits are the living expression of the physical elements of the planet
EARTH, as well as of all the other physical manifestations in the universe.
They themselves are purely spiritual beings. They are here to create the
conditions for life in physical bodies and the conditions for sustaining
life, as well as to clean, to clear, to clarifiy, to refresh and renew.
Just like us, elemental spirits are conscious of themselves and enjoy life. Self-forgetting, they are playfully dancing their lives. Here, like in everything, you find male and female beings. There are numerous kinds of elemental spirits.
The water spirits alone are of a great variety, among them the guardians and keepers of wells and the spirits of the different kinds of waters (wells, brooks, lakes, rivers...), as there are water-sprites, nixes, mermen and mermaids, naiads and water-nymphs. They can dwell on different planes or levels of being, in different dimensions, but they all have common ASSIGNMENTS: keeping, guarding and sustaining the conditions of life, preserving life and clearing the waters. The Great old Beings, like the spirits of seas, streams and oceans, are truly Divine Beings, full of WISDOM and LOVE.
Also the spirits of earth are guardians of their element, for example as guardians of the mountains and rocks, of plains, of lands and countries, of islands and continents. They are molding precious stones and crystals according to the will of LIGHT, placing them at exactly the right spots, like the crossing points of the energy meridians of EARTH, where their energy is able to spread in an optimal way to allow EARTH and earthly life to strengthen and heal.
The special characteristic of elemental spirits of all kinds is their way of moving in whirls. This may be in an unbound, stormy, roaring force or in a whispering, quiet, harmonic way - as a whirlwind, a tornado or a hurricane, as an eddying water, a swirling brook, a giant wave, as a flickering flame or a roaring fire wall, as moving soil, as an earthquake or a land slide. The earth is moving slowly most of the time, so it is much harder to recognize the pattern of whirl, according to its nature. But when its force is unbound and when several elements are whirling together, as is the case when a vulcano erupts or when rain causes land slides, or the coastal ground breaks away in a heavy storm, then earth beings whirl, too, roaring and raging in the ectasy of speed.
can find more about the elemental spirits on the page The
Realm of Elemental Spirits.
I found an interesting passage about the Symbolism of the 'Four' in the book "The Kabbala - the Jewish-Christian Way of Initiation" by Heinrich Elijah Benedikt, in the chapter about the symbolism of numbers, here Number 4. Instead of the pictures in the book, I added corresponding explanations. Adding the passage to this page, does not mean that I totally agree with the author's opinion. In the following you will find some excerpts from this chapter, in my own translation:
"...When we are looking for the 'Four' within our lives, we find it mainly in nature. Nature is its living expression.
At first there are the four cardinal points, the great Cross of the Universe, symbolized by the four 'Cornerstones of the World'. The four seasons of the year are assigned to these four directions of space, but also correspondingly the four times of the day. So morning and spring are assigned to the East, noon and summer to the South, autumn and evening to the West, and midnight and winter to the North.
From the view of natural science we recognize within the number Four the three dimensions of space plus the dimension of time. In the teachings of ancient Greece we find the Four as the number of elements: Earth, Water, Air and Fire. Altogether, we recognize within the number Four the symbol of matter, of substance, actually of time and space. Four is the number of the manifestation of the Divine. The ONE GOD is manifested through the trinity of His Being as the Four.
Four is also the number of steps in which the Divine LIGHT - descending from HIS source - is forming all the substances of this world. As we have seen in the preface, there are four spheres that are forming this world (=descending from the Source, the One White Light: 1. Azilut, transcendence, causal world; 2. Beriah, mental world, mind, world of differentiating; 3. Jezirah, Soul, astral world, world of correspondences; 4. Assia, matter, World of appearances. Added by MARIA). Their substances - corresponding to the four elements of the material plane - are nothing else but the four aggregate states of light.
Here it is the original form, the primarily created Light itself, that is forming the purely divine or causal world. It corresponds to the Element FIRE. Its first condensation or thickening is the mental world, the world of thoughts - its corresponding element is AIR. The second condensation of Light is the Astral world. It is the substance of feeling, wishing and sexuality and corresponds to the Element WATER. The third condensation of Light is the material world, the world of solid matter, with the material elements. Its analogon is the Element Earth. This is the world of our actions.
is also the number of the substantiality of Divine Being, with its three
bodies: mind, soul and body.
To us humans, the Four is a symbol of Earth, for the limiting bonds of time and space in earthly life. As the number Three is symbolizing spirit and mind, the Four is symbolizing the earthly plane, the solid matter and substance, the reality of our daily life.
Symbol of the Four is the square, but also the cube, the right angle and especially the cross. The latter is mainly a symbol of the four directions or coordinates of space, but also the shape resulting from the unwrapped surface of a cube, which it is related to geometrically (here: the cross of the church, with the prolonged bottom side.M.). It is symbol of the Creator, our True Self, being crucified in us.
only in Christianity, but since ancient times, the cross has been standing
for humanity being bound in matter and for the acceptance of the contraint,
the burden and the assignment of earthly life. Our lower nature, the persona,
our EGO, being bound to matter and lust, is continuously crucifying Christ,
our Higher Self, the divine spark within us. Jesus and the two delinquents,
being crucified to His left and to His right, are symbols for our higher
and our lower nature.
the soul is being born into the material body, it is bound to the laws
of matter. To become free from these bonds, it is necessary not only to
obey these laws, but to accept them fully. This is what Jesus meant by
saying, 'I did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it.'
Crucifying Christ within us, which means hurting ourselves and others again and again, is the consequence of our own ignorance and our deficient consciousness. The ignorant mass of people, having been spiritually unconscious, unawakened, crucifying Christ, is a symbol for our own ignorance, the blindness of our souls and our own deficient consiousness. So Jesus was calling, 'Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.'
like those blind people had failed to recognize Christ, we ourselves do
not - or not yet - recognize ourselves, our True Selves. By ignorance and
lack of knowledge, lack of perception and living in spiritual unconsciousness,
we err and brake the rules of life again and again (=eating from the tree
of knowledge). Being bound in matter and failing to realize our true being
are the roots of all evil and suffering.
Only in matter itself the true being of MAN is manifest, not in denial or in arrogant escape. By facing the problems of life, not by turning the back on them, we will find redemption. That is what Jesus meant when He said, 'Those who do not pick up their cross and follow me, are not worthy of me.' This means, that you should not burden yourself with unimportant troubles and problems you created for yourself, but that you should accept and answer to whatever life offers you - within and without. We will not advance by suffering, by letting ourselves be abused or by doing wonderful works of charity that are based on moral ambition, but without inner joy and compassion - but alone by conscious action, coming from the love of our hearts.
God does not want emaciated martyrs, but happy, loving and active people. Life is offering problems enough, so there is no need to burden yourself with self-made suffering. Neither self-excuse, easy escape nor fanatic martyrdom are opening the narrow gate of the Four, but only watchful perception, discerning the important from the unimportant, and answering to the problems of the time being.
Accepting the cross means realizing the problems we have at this time and answering them from the heart. The task, the meaning of and the answer to life are only found in the consciously experienced moment, at this moment, here and now. The Four, the intersection of space and time, is the gate to redemtion. Each moment we missed, is an assignment we missed, is missed advancement and missed life.
The Four symbolizes the realization of ourselves in solid matter by working with the four elements. By forming matter, we are forming ourselves, and refine matter as well. The alchimists regarded earth as the 'anathos', the melting oven, that changes us. What could that be other than life, melting us again and again, kneading us, changing us, re-forming us, letting us be reborn. The gold thus being won, is the NEW MAN.
The Four teaches us to realize, accept and solve the problems of daily life. It teaches us to realize that there is a hidden purpose behind everything we experience, everything we meet, no matter how unimportant it may seem - a purpose we have to find, accept, solve and fulfill. As long as we are not able to fully accept our sojourn on earth, as it is enrolling in apparently profane daily life with all its details, little things, nice and uncomfortable happenings, its joys and obligations, and, like Hiob, are still quarreling with God and our fate, we will never find the deeper meaning in life. Nothing can release us from this obligation, neither circumstance nor pretext, neither upbringing nor parents, not our standing in life, not politics nor weather. We are carrying our purpose and heritage within ourselves - each of us!
We will find the meaning and the message of our purpose, our assignments, not by philosophy or by pondering, but alone by doing. It is natural law that we will meet the same problems over and over again, until we have found and accepted their message and fulfilled our purpose. There is no way of escape.
So the Four is also the symbol of accepting the problems of life on earth, and the symbol of the birth of the New Man and his realization within our hearts. It is by solving all the many small problems of daily live, that we are accomplishing the higher task of becoming the New Man, symbolized by the Four and the cross. This way their deeper meaning and archetypal contents are revealed.
So the Four is - generally speaking - symbol of life on earth, its problems, sufferings, tests, but also its joys and triumphs. In actual daily life we are confronting our inner limits, duality, conflicts, tensions and unbalance, and at the same time have the chance to solve them.
As we have seen, development is enrolling in the continuous rhythmic change of separation and union: from the One (unity/uneven number. M.) to the Two (separation/even number. M.) and back again to the union (Three). While having just regained a more solid basis in life by way of the Three, now the Four as an even number (divisible by 2, thus being a polaric number), bringing full confrontation with life, is jeopardizing everything we had achieved until then, dividing everything that had so far seemed to be whole.
Four as a polaric... number equals the Two on a higher level: 2 x 2 = 2
+ 2 = 4.
We actually are inhabitants of two worlds, being children of Light as well as of Earth. And it is difficult enough and demands a long and difficult struggle to reconcile and combine these our two natures, which seemingly are contradicting each other often enough. Many times we are actually feeling torn between our (spiritual) ideals and our worldly needs and wants. And yet one of the two most basic tasks of us human beings is to unite those two aspects within ourselves.
Again and again men are taking positions of 'either - or', either building their lives on the material principles of the so-called necessities, duties, the struggle to survive, competition, struggle for lust and external values, or striving for higher ideals and values alone, despising and evading the worldly affairs, meaning to be of higher standing. And thus we have the discrepancy between earth-bound 'realists' and dried out 'idealists', moralists and fanatics, being one the roots of suffering, separation and fighting in the world.
Actually we should unite both sides within us, expressing our divine-spiritual qualities and aspects, living and realizing them here and now in every day life. We are assigned to realize higher ideals on earth, founding the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth! It was the message of Christ, not to lose ourselves in unrealistic moralism and diffuse dreaming. Earth and physical life is our basis for expressing and realizing ourselves and our spiritual principles. And so we are achieving fullfillment and redemption of our human existence by spiritualizing worldly life, by living divinity in everthing we are doing, making each of our actions a sacrament of life..."
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