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Six Element Model by nachtwulf Six Element Model by nachtwulf
This was designed as part of a philosophical belief-system refit I've been doing lately. I've never liked the five element model... it's lopsided. Three is stable, five is an innately unstable number. Not to mention the fact 'spirit' isn't, in my book anyway, an element. Elements are things. You can feel the air, you can touch the earth. You can even put your hand in fire, though it's stupid. ^.^

Spirit, you cannot touch. It's not a /thing/, it's an ephemera. Spirit exists in all things, so it is not singular. Elements, by definition, are composed of no other thing but that which they are. So it's not an element.

As a result, I kept the four alchemical elements, and then added in two from Eastern belief to fill out the cycle. Wood is the only element that truly lives. It is all things natural, the living breathing world. Its counterpart, of course, is Metal... the artifice of man, the cogs and gears of the modern world, and these days, something you cannot ignore. While a lot of pagans would like to return to a more rural state of existence, I'm not one of them... and I am glad to include the elegant machinery of Metal in my belief system.

I have spirit-eidolons for most of these, but I haven't found them all just yet so until then you'll just have to make do with the sigils. ^.^
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IssamSolo Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
WTF!!? This was on 2003 published?
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kruyken827 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
woah...I think I saw this shape in a dream once o.o
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NekoDamphyre Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

It is because this shape is also known as the Seal of Oricalcose.....if you ever watched Yu-Gi-Oh as a kid you should remember it

 

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kruyken827 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, though I didn't see what episode it was
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Lew102 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice!
I personally have a six element model that composes of Earth, Water, Metal, Fire, Air and Thunder. I might make something out of it.
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KawaiiLotus Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student General Artist
I think its genius x'3
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six-elements Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
I have developed a six-element theory in acupuncture. Can I show it to you? I can send you a powerpoint presentation. You would be surprised by it.
contact me at...
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Here is a little video about six elements...
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bizquick4 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
Nice! You should read a book series called "Codex Alera" written by Jim Butcher if you haven't heard or read it already. A fantasy novel that involves the use of those same 6 elements and how they're used as powers in human nature. It's an interesting read :-)
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Warden-Elemental Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
I love it. You put alot of thought with this and i completely agree with it. Ive done multiple things like this(not posted) but i never put wood on so i ended up throwing spirit in vs metal as opposites, and i wasnt a huge fan of that. but wood works well with it. Great job, love the thought process. And i love the symbols=)
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carlymonster Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
this is really cool but when you break it down isnt metle just earth? i dont know. this is really nice i like it :)
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FacepalmPunch Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
Heh. I've always liked the six-element model, combining east and west. It just seemed more complete to me than the others.
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RedGryphonArt Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
Interesting take. I like it.
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saggheera Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
WOW!!! :slow: That is good! You really have some talent in you!

Haddy
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overheat65 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Student Artist
this is a nice way 2 put the 6 elements in that way cool.
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BBMacToma Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Instant love. And thank you for explaining why you chose those elements and not others. I agree with your processing. I've never seen Spirit or "heart" as an element. Blegh. If it was, i'd just say "suck my ectoplasm." XD
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IcelandicSpitz Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009   Photographer
There are 11 elements in the world but there are 115 elements known in the Wicca world :)
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shazbot32 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
thats confusing...
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Psychic-Llama Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
i agree with you completley regarding the nature of the 'elements' and 6 elements is far more logical at any rate. im glad i found this little diagram, ive been looking for something like this for ages and had almost given up :) *fav!*
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Arnatuil Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
Absolutely intriguing and a great vision of the elements!!!

Damnit... You got me thinking while I am on school...
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zoedoss Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008   Writer
ooh I like it :)
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cherrypudding Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008   Traditional Artist
waw, this is cool
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Azoron Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Neat! I think I'd make an eight "element" model...
there would be Air, fire, water, Soil/metal (earth), Plant/greenery (earth-life), Light/Energy, Gravity, and some other one I'm working on... "elements" here meaning what basically composes all things, yknow... maybe I'll incorporate "spirit" in to there somehow... but it's for this one story I've been working on and haven't really gotten to the world that I've created's Creed's origins and what not...
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RyuToki169 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
I think darkness/death would be a better choice then spirit but that's just my opinion...
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Azoron Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
In my brain, darkness falls under the gravity category, encompassing both the force that pushes down on objects in space and that pulls outward from them to even out matter in a natural incessant attempt at perfect balance. Also, is not darkness merely a lack of light?
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RyuToki169 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
To your first part: I'm not really getting how darkness would fall under gravity, also in my opinion gravity would fall under energy because that's basically what gravity is right? A part of physics which has no really existence but still exists....
1.5: I could understand vacuum existing under gravity to a point because with gravity you could more or less make a vacuum (although vacuum would fall under air for me.... or a lack of it...) but I don't see how darkness would fit..
To the second part: Darkness technically could not exist with out light, so to a point your true that darkness is a lack of light, but you are also wrong because even if there was no sun or stars there would still be darkness.
I'm not trying to change your mind BTW I just think your devisions don't seem realistic .
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Azoron Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Without stars or light, there would be no matter, therefore no darkness. there would be nothing.
And I believe that death has nothing to do with darkness at all. Neither light with life.
The reason darkness falls under the same category as gravity for me must be that gravity is a thing that cannot be seen, but a thing that simply happens, and it happens everywhere all the time to naturally balance the universe. it is simply a simple law of physics just like darkness. Maybe darkness and light should fall under the same category for that matter...
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Axel-Darkwing Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
Nice work, and I agree, spirit is not an element. However my belief is that wood and earth mix in being that wood "life" all sprouts from the earth, after being nurtured by the other elements. So in my book wood isn't an element but a sub division element. Metal is well, metal and makes for a good element.
So i guess I go for the 5 elements instead, but hey, to each his own.

If i really go into it metal also falls into the earth category, because although made by man, it is still made of the earth element.
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Shmickolas Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008
I really like the designs for the elements, good wrok :D
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lilpoet2 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
That is very interesting because I've always used a very different element model (in my mind, at least.)

The Eternal - Darkness, Light
The Beginning - Water, Earth, Air
The Preserving - Fire, Life

Light, Water, and Life are female, for those wondering.
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moodyblues Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2007  Hobbyist
Interesting system and lovely image! The icons for each element are just about perfect, especially metal.

I'm using a similar system, though it's for a work of fiction and not part of my religious beliefs. The forces of nature are siblings; Earth, Water, and Fire are all male and Metal, Air, and Wood are all female. The system isn't quite as neat and elegant as yours, though; the elements don't have equal creation and destruction relationships.
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Ivayne Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007
Brilliant picture however I am not sure of the connections between the elements. I know the connects between the five eastern elements but it is the addition of air that throws off my knowledge of the cycle. In the eastern relationship wood feeds fire, fire creates earth (ash), earth becomes metal (somehow that I can't remember lol), and metal catches water. That is the cycle of creation then there is the destruction relationships like water puts out fire, wood splits earth, metal cuts wood, and earth overpowers something that I can't remember lol

So yeah I was just wondering what the connections were in this fusion cycle?
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Vergil89 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
this image is beautiful:D
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Skybrarian Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2007   Writer
I thought of these six too, I'm also thinking maybe seventh CENTER element, Celestial/Void, maybe. I also think maybe both wind AND lightning could be air element, maybe lightning/electricity should be metal, or on its own, or none...
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feceface Featured By Owner May 30, 2007
cool but i have some recomadations. i thing water should be blue. i see more blue than green water. and make air cyan of white. i like how you have plant/wood/nature element.
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fwaem Featured By Owner May 28, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
i love it! i like the way you've made a relevant symbol for each element!

i believe that there are five elements: fire water air earth metal. i also think wod is a combo of air and earth. but that's just me.

good job!
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RyuToki169 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
Wood would be a combination of earth and water in my book... but to each his (or her) own....
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Videns Featured By Owner May 19, 2007
I love the diagonal connection between "Wood" and "Metal"...kind of the ideal balance of a Utopia-ic living within nature, while capitalizing on technology as well.

The Fire-Water connection is kinda obvious.

I also like the Λ that Fire, Air, and Metal make. Almost the idea that with the heating of metal, the cooling of it, brings the manipulation which bears technology. ...strange all of these are "masculine" elements (nominally, at least).

Also the V that Wood, Water, and Earth make, that plants and water erode Earth and stone more or less symbolizing generation and way of Nature.

Favorited.
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Miyuko142 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007
beautiful ^_^ very pretty. Have you considered making little pendants of each element? With the way they're drawn, it looks like they would be hanging from earrings or a necklace.

Anyway, 'tis faved because I like ^0^
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Dray84 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
Now THIS is interesting. What exactly are the lines for? Do they symbolize a relation between certain elements?
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Aensland Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007
Intriguing, even.

Heh. sorry. added the ", ven." when I noticed the person directly before me said only "interesting".

Looks like something worth elaborating on, or at least thinking about.
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G-Master64 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2006
interesting
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ShadowSweeper Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2006
What a smart idea. I'm usually one to oppose any more then the standard 4, but you put it in a rather intelligent way. :)
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Fandergaut Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2006
Another few that could possibly be considered for this are these three: light, darkness, and spirit/psychic.

I'm only just getting into the research of paganism myself, so i don't know all that much about it, but most of the five-point stars include earth, wind, water, fire, and spirit (of course those are the western types, so an eastern one like the one you portray wouldn't necessarily have it)

*shrugs* just a thought. Awesome job, though![link]
Wow!
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silentstone7 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2006
I had a six element system as well. Now there's a picture of it, thanks!
I had more connections that the ones you show; namely, you connected opposites, but a six element system makes 3 nice groups:
-Water and air make weather and storms
-Earth and Wood make the physical world
-Metal and Fire are the domain of man
Just my two cents.
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owleyed007 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2006
i like the six elemetnal concept. personally i believe that four elements arn't enoug. I belief that there are two more, spirit and metal. spirit ls life along with earth and water. metal is strenght and logic with fire and air.
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ChildwithHeadphones Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2005
Wow, u have no idea how long I've been searching for some way to fuse together the two elemental systems.
Thank You :worship:
How did u upon that specific arrangement and star-pattern in the middle?
Do u mind if I use this for concept-work? I plan on making video games.
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FiredancerAtrea Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005  Professional General Artist
You should check out Silverwing17's "Circle" it is something like this, but a whole lot more involved

It has 12 points, four being the basic elements, another four the seasons, and the other four the cycle of life...then there was something about the diffrent levels of the combineing circles she had, but I can't think of exactly what it was at this moment^^;

I've seen both you guy's works, and I'm wondering if you two will ever do some sort of a collab with symbolic designs...You two would blow everyone away!
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axelap Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2005
Interresting work is.

Could you explain what is the relations between the elements ? destructive relation, creative ?
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zachlost Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2004
i think a belief system is worth developing

you'd be amazed at what seeps out of you as you draw ...
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