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The Ancients divided the world into four basic principles
or *elements* earth, water, fire, and air. That viewpoint
has mostly changed with advances of science, but the four
elements are still accepted in magick, for they are more
closely linked with emotions, the human psyche, and with
nature than are modern explanations of the world. These
*magical elements* are also of some importance in
astrology. Many occultists think of the magical elements
as forces, or as *qualities* of energy; especially within
the astral world. Each element has a symbol and color.
Common symbols are -- fire: a triangle pointing up; air:
a triangle pointing up and with a horizontal line through
the middle of it; water: a triangle pointing down; earth:
a triangle pointing down and with a horizontal line
through the middle of it. Colors of the elements are --
earth: brown and green; water: blue; fire: red; air:
yellow... The Eastern tattvic system uses different
symbols and colors. (The tattvic symbols are briefly
described later on in this course.) The elements are
often used in magick ritual.

Magick sees relationships between things. These
relationships are called 'correspondences'. Although
magical correspondences are not literally equal to one
another, you can think of them that way (such as gold
equals sun). Tables of these relationships, called
'Correspondence Tables', are available (an important one
is Crowley's '777'). Thus one thing or symbol can be used
to suggest another. This is important in magick, for the
magician may surround himself with as many appropriate
correspondences as he can to vividly affect the senses;
thus making his magical contact with the inner planes
more lucid.

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Astrological signs correspond with the elements.
Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn are earth signs. Cancer,
Scorpio, and Pisces are water signs. Aries, Leo and
Sagittarius are fire signs. Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius
are air signs.

The magical elements are said to be peopled by spirits
and mythological entities called elementals or nature
spirits. These are grouped into four main categories:

Earth Water Fire Air
Gnome
Dwarfs
Elves
Brownies
Hobgoglins
Lepricauns Undine
Nymphs
Tritons
Mermaids
Mermen
Sirens
Harpies
Salamander Jin
Genies Sylph
Faries
Angels


Elementals are usually only visible to those with
clairvoyant sight and are more likely to be seen at night
in the mountains or country away from cities --
especially if you are tired or sleepy. Although
elementals exist naturally, it is also possible to create
one which will exist for a limited time -- no elemental
has immortality. A created elemental is called an
'artificial elemental'.

To the Ancients, elementals were the physical explanation
of the universe. However, some contemporary occultists
see them only as symbols for forces and otherwise not
'real' at all. Another word sometimes used for elemental
is 'familiar' (usually in medieval witchcraft); the term
is ambiguous, as it might merely be an ordinary household
pet such as a dog or cat.

YIN YANG
Chinese philosophy and acupuncture talk of yin yang. This
is the idea of polarity, or opposite pairs, as shown:


Yin Yang
Water
Contraction
Cold
Feminine
Moon
Negative
Passive
Ebb
Wane Fire
Expansion
Hot
Masculine
Sun
Positive
Active
Flow
Wax


The list could go on. In Chinese literature it is quite
long. Some occultists suggest everything can be similarly
arranged into related opposite pairs.

SIMPLE MAGICK
Here is a simple magical technique you may wish to try.
It is a variation of affirmation, which was discussed in
an earlier lesson...To help you to achieve your goal
(magical or otherwise), find a word or short phase which
sums up what it is that you want to accomplish. Write the
word (or phrase) down 10 times each day until you achieve
success.




























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