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. ^.^
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
I personally have a six element model that composes of Earth, Water, Metal, Fire, Air and Thunder. I might make something out of it.
Damnit... You got me thinking while I am on school...
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...
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 .
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...
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.
The Eternal - Darkness, Light
The Beginning - Water, Earth, Air
The Preserving - Fire, Life
Light, Water, and Life are female, for those wondering.
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.
So yeah I was just wondering what the connections were in this fusion cycle?
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.
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.
Anyway, 'tis faved because I like ^0^
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.
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]
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.
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.
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!
Could you explain what is the relations between the elements ? destructive relation, creative ?
you'd be amazed at what seeps out of you as you draw ...