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Classical Elements

Western Chinese Wood (木) | Fire (火) Earth (土) | Metal (金) | Water (水) Hinduism and Buddhism Vayu / Pavan — Air / Wind Agni / Tejas — Fire Akasha — Aether Prithvi / Bhumi — Earth Ap / Jala — Water Many ancient philosophies used a set of archetypal classical elements to explain patterns in nature. ... Chinese Wood (木) | Fire (火) Earth (土) | Metal (金) | Water (水) Hinduism and Buddhism Vayu / Pavan — Air / Wind Agni / Tejas — Fire Akasha — Aether Prithvi / Bhumi — Earth Ap / Jala — Water Many ancient philosophies used a set of archetypal classical elements to explain patterns in nature. ...

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Chinese

Wood (木) | Fire (火)
Earth (土) |
Metal (金) | Water (水) Chinese Wood (木) | Fire (火) Earth (土) | Metal (金) | Water (æ°´) Hinduism and Buddhism Vayu / Pavan — Air / Wind Agni / Tejas — Fire Akasha — Aether Prithvi / Bhumi — Earth Ap / Jala — Water Air is one of the classical elements. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Chinese Wood (木) | Fire (火) | Earth (土) | Metal (金) | Water (æ°´) Hinduism and Buddhism The Pancha Mahabhuta (The Five Great Elements) Vayu/Pavan (Air/Wind) Agni/Tejas (Fire) Akasha (Aether) Prithvi/Bhumi (Earth) Ap/Jala (Water) Aether (also spelled ether) is a concept used in ancient and medieval science as a substance. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... In Chinese alchemy, wood was one of the five elements. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Japanese

Earth (地) | Water (水) | Fire (火) |
Air / Wind (風) | Void / Sky / Heaven (空) This does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Chinese Wood (木) | Fire (火) Earth (土) | Metal (金) | Water (æ°´) Hinduism and Buddhism Vayu / Pavan — Air / Wind Agni / Tejas — Fire Akasha — Aether Prithvi / Bhumi — Earth Ap / Jala — Water Air is one of the classical elements. ... Look up Void on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Void can refer to: The absence of matter, a vacuum. ...


Hinduism and Buddhism

Vayu / PavanAir / Wind
Agni / TejasFire
AkashaAether
Prithvi / BhumiEarth
Ap / JalaWater According to the Indian school of Samkhya philosophy, the Tattva are a way of directly experiencing the 5 alchemical elements. ... Chinese Wood (木) | Fire (火) | Earth (土) | Metal (金) | Water (水) Hinduism and Buddhism The Panchamahabhuta or The Panchatattva (The Five Great Elements) Vayu/Pavan (Air/Wind) Agni/Tejas (Fire) Akasha (Aether) Prithvi/Bhumi (Earth) Ap/Jala (Water) Mahābhūta is Pāli for the Great Elements. ... Chinese Wood (木) | Fire (火) Earth (土) | Metal (金) | Water (水) Japanese Earth (地) | Water (水) | Fire (火) | Air / Wind (風) | Void / Sky / Heaven (空) Hinduism and Buddhism Vayu / Pavan — Air / Wind Agni / Tejas — Fire Akasha — Aether Prithvi / Bhumi — Earth Ap / Jala — Water In Hinduism, Vayu (Sanskrit वायु (properly transliterated as Vāyu), also known as Vāta वात, Pavana पवन, or Pr... Chinese Wood (木) | Fire (火) Earth (土) | Metal (金) | Water (水) Hinduism and Buddhism Vayu / Pavan — Air / Wind Agni / Tejas — Fire Akasha — Aether Prithvi / Bhumi — Earth Ap / Jala — Water Air is one of the classical elements. ... Wind, tacuinum sanitatis casanatensis (XIV century) Given a difference in barometric pressure between two air masses, a wind will arise between the two which tends to flow from the area of high pressure to the area of low pressure until the two air masses are at the same pressure, although... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Tejas has several meanings: Tejas was the name given by Spanish explorers to the Hasinai group of Caddo-speaking Native Americans. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Akasha is the Hindi/Sanskrit word meaning aether in both its elemental and mythological senses. ... Chinese Wood (木) | Fire (火) | Earth (土) | Metal (金) | Water (水) Hinduism and Buddhism The Pancha Mahabhuta (The Five Great Elements) Vayu/Pavan (Air/Wind) Agni/Tejas (Fire) Akasha (Aether) Prithvi/Bhumi (Earth) Ap/Jala (Water) Aether (also spelled ether) is a concept used in ancient and medieval science as a substance. ... Prithvi (pṛthivī) is the Hindu earth-god. ... In Hinduism, Bhumidevi, who may also be called Bhumi, is the goddess of the earth. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... Ap () is the Vedic Sanskrit term for water, in Classical Sanskrit occurring only in the plural, (sometimes re-analysed as a thematic singular, ), whence Hindi . ...

Water has been important to all peoples of the earth, and it is rich in spiritual tradition. Impact of a drop of water Water is a chemical substance that is essential to all known forms of life[1]. It covers 71% of Earths surface. ...

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Greek and Roman Tradition

Water is one of the four classical elements in ancient Greek philosophy and science. It is considered to be both cold and wet; according to Plato, it is associated with the icosahedron. It is associated with the qualities of emotion and intuition. Chinese Wood (木) | Fire (火) Earth (土) | Metal (金) | Water (水) Hinduism and Buddhism Vayu / Pavan — Air / Wind Agni / Tejas — Fire Akasha — Aether Prithvi / Bhumi — Earth Ap / Jala — Water Many ancient philosophies used a set of archetypal classical elements to explain patterns in nature. ... Classical (or early) Greek philosophy focused on the role of reason and inquiry. ... For other uses, see Plato (disambiguation). ... An icosahedron noun (plural: -drons, -dra ) is a polyhedron having 20 faces, but usually a regular icosahedron is implied, which has equilateral triangles as faces. ...


Water was one of many archai proposed by the Pre-socratics, most of whom tried to reduce all things to a single substance. However, Empedocles of Acragas (c. 495-c. 435 BCE) selected four archai for his four roots: air, fire, water, and earth. Empedocles’ roots became the four classical elements of Greek philosophy. Plato (427-347 BCE) took over the four elements of Empedocles. In the Timaeus, his major cosmological dialogue, the Platonic solid associated with water is the icosahedron formed from twenty equilateral triangles. This makes water the element with the greatest number of sides, which Plato regarded as appropriate because water flows out of one's hand when picked up, as if it is made of tiny little balls.[1] Plato’s student Aristotle (384-322 BCE) developed a different explanation for the elements based on pairs of qualities. The four elements were arranged concentrically around the center of the universe to form the sublunary sphere. According to Aristotle, water is both cold and wet, and occupies a place between air and earth among the elemental spheres.[2] For the volcano, see Empedocles (volcano). ... Chinese Wood (木) | Fire (火) Earth (土) | Metal (金) | Water (æ°´) Hinduism and Buddhism Vayu / Pavan — Air / Wind Agni / Tejas — Fire Akasha — Aether Prithvi / Bhumi — Earth Ap / Jala — Water Air is one of the classical elements. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Plato (disambiguation). ... Timaeus is a theoretical treatise of Plato in the form of a Socratic dialogue, written circa 360 BC The work puts forward speculation on the nature of the physical world. ... In geometry, a Platonic solid is a convex regular polyhedron. ... An icosahedron noun (plural: -drons, -dra ) is a polyhedron having 20 faces, but usually a regular icosahedron is implied, which has equilateral triangles as faces. ... Aristotle (Greek: AristotélÄ“s) (384 BC – March 7, 322 BC) was a Greek philosopher, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great. ... The Sublunary Sphere is a concept derived from Greek astronomy. ...


In ancient Greek medicine, each of the four humours became associated with an element. Phlegm was the humor identified with water, since both were cold and wet. Other things associated with water and phlegm in ancient and medieval medicine included the season of winter, since it increased the qualities of cold and moisture; the phlegmatic temperament (of a person dominated by the phlegm humour); the feminine; the brain; and the western point of the compass. This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Phlegm (pronounced ) is sticky fluid secreted by the typhoid membranes of animals. ... Winter is one of the four seasons of temperate zones. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... In animals, the brain, or encephalon (Greek for in the head), is the control center of the central nervous system. ...

Symbol for water
Symbol for water

The alchemical symbol for water is an downward-pointing triangle. Image File history File links Alchemy_water_symbol. ... Image File history File links Alchemy_water_symbol. ... Alchemical symbols, originally devised as part of the protoscience of alchemy, were used to denote some elements and some compounds until the 18th century. ...


Indian Tradition

Main article: Ap_(water)

Ap () is the Vedic Sanskrit term for water, in Classical Sanskrit occurring only in the plural, (sometimes re-analysed as a thematic singular, ), whence Hindi . ...

Chinese Tradition

Water is one of the five Chinese elements. It is associated with the planet Mercury, the north and winter, and the colour black. Water is "black" because in fact it represents flooding. It is believed to govern the kidneys. In Chinese Taoist thought, water is representative of intelligence and wisdom; however, an overabundance of the element is said to cause difficulty in choosing something and sticking to it. In the conquest cycle, water overcomes fire, and in turn is overcome by earth. In the birth and nurturing cycle, Water spawns wood, and is spawned by metal. The element water plays an important role in Chinese Astrology and feng shui, the Chinese form of geomancy. Chinese Wood (木) | Fire (火) Earth (土) | Metal (金) | Water (æ°´) Hinduism and Buddhism Vayu / Pavan — Air / Wind Agni / Tejas — Fire Akasha — Aether Prithvi / Bhumi — Earth Ap / Jala — Water In traditional Chinese philosophy, natural phenomena can be classified into the Five Elements (Chinese: ; pinyin: wÇ”xíng): wood, fire, earth, metal, and water (木, 火, 土, 金, æ°´; mù, hu... Taoism is the English name for a cluster of Chinese religious and philosophical traditions. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... In Chinese alchemy, wood was one of the five elements. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Chinese astrology is the divination of the future from the Chinese calendar, which is based on astronomy, and ancient Chinese religion. ... Fēng Shuǐ (風水 – literally, wind and water pronounced fung shuway), which may be more than 3000 years old, is the ancient practice of placement to achieve harmony with the environment. ...


Water in Modern Magic

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Wicca

In Wiccan tradition, it is associated with the West, autumn, and the color blue on the physical plane. It is sometimes represented by a white crescent, a downward pointing triangle, the chalice, the bell, shells, sapphires, lapis lazuli, tears, and the cauldron. Water represents emotions, wisdom, the soul, and femininity. In rituals, it is represented in the forms of pouring water over objects, brew making, healing spells, ritual bathing, and tossing objects into bodies of water. The pentagram within a circle, a symbol of faith used by many Wiccans, sometimes called a pentacle. ...


The manifestations of the element of water are rivers, oceans, lakes, wells, fog, all drinks, and the rain. Animals, especially the dolphin, seal, turtle, frog, and all types of fish, are also thought to personify the element of water. Astral creatures of water (elementals) are the Undine/Mermaid, Oreade/Naiad, and Sea Serpent/Dragon. Water’s place on the pentagram is the upper right point.


Other Traditions

In China and Japan, water was represented by a black tortoise, known as 玄武 (Xuán Wǔ) in Chinese and Genbu in Japanese; in the Aztec religion, by a cane; to the Hindus, a bowl of blood; to the Greeks, a cup; to the Scythians, a bowl; to the Celts, the cauldron of the Dagda, which was always full; and in Christian iconography by an eagle. The Black Tortoise (Chinese: ; pinyin: Xuán WÇ”, literally Black Warrior) is one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations. ... The Dagda is an important god of Irish mythology. ...


See also

Impact of a drop of water Water is a chemical substance that is essential to all known forms of life[1]. It covers 71% of Earths surface. ... Mythological personifications of rivers (river gods, river goddesses) and of the sea or the ocean // [edit] Sea deities [edit] Greek Oceanus and Tethys Proteus Triton Nereids Poseidon/Neptune [edit] Vedic Sea deities are much less common in Vedic than in Greek mythology. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Plato, Timaeus, chap. 22-23; Gregory Vlastos, Plato’s Universe, pp. 66-82.
  2. ^ G. E. R. Lloyd, Aristotle, chapters 7-8.

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Water (classical element) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (326 words)
Water is one of the four classical elements in ancient Greek philosophy and science.
In Chinese Taoist thought, water is representative of intelligence and wisdom; however, an overabundance of the element is said to cause difficulty in choosing something and sticking to it.
In the birth and nurturing cycle, Water spawns wood, and is spawned by metal.
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One classic diagram (right) has two squares on top of each other, with the corners of one being the classical elements, and the corners of the other being the properties.
According to Galen, these elements were used by Hippocrates in describing the human body with an association with the four humours: phlegm[?] (water), yellow bile[?] (fire), fl bile (earth), and blood (air).
Yin and Yang and the five elements are recurring themes in the I Ching, which is strongly related to Chinese cosmology and astrology.
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