The Ancients divided the world into four basic principles
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
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
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.
Chinese philosophy and acupuncture talk of yin yang. This
is the idea of polarity, or opposite pairs, as shown:
The list could go on. In Chinese literature it is quite
long. Some occultists suggest everything can be similarly
arranged into related opposite pairs.
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