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Table of Correspondences for the Elements

I was just talking to some friends about the four quarters our tradition.
The Braided Wheel altar is a quartered circle. Each quarter is associated with one of the four elements Air, Fire, Water, andEarth. Beginning with the lightest, Air in the East, and moving clockwise. The feminine elements of Water and Earth are next to each other in the West and the North. The masculine elements of Air and Fire are next to each other in the East and South. The creative elements of Water and Air are across from each other and the destructive elements of Earth and Fire are across from each other. Death is part of the Wheel of Life. It has a rightful place on the Wheel and ignoring it won't make it go away.

Sometimes we use the fifth element called either Spirit or Ether. It can be called in the northeast at the point were Earth rejoins Spirit. It is sometimes called the fifth point of the star and in which case its color is white.

If you need to use a plant or bowl of seeds on your altar they go in the north east at the point between death in the Earth and rebirth in the Air.

Each quarter of the Altar contains the tools, symbols and other artifacts associated with that element. The tools are all human creations, products of art and correspond to the Tarot suits. If you wish to work with the Tarot chose a deck that associates air with wands to avoid getting conflicting associations. The symbols are representatives of the elements and occur in nature. Any object can be classified according to its predominant element to find its proper place on the Altar. We sometimes make a game of trying to decide where various household items would go.

This is our table of correspondences.
Lets see if Live journal can handle it.

Each of the quarters have specific characteristics:
Direction:
East
South
West
North
Element:
Air
Fire
Water
Earth
Color:
Yellow
Red
Blue
Green
Field:
Intellect
Will
Emotion
Strength
Manifestation:
Knowledge
Energy
Passion
Endurance

Body aspect:
Breath
Heat
Blood
Flesh
Use Aspect:
Scent
Sun
Rain
Soil
Material State
Gaseous
Energy
Fluid
Solid
World Aspect:
Wind
Earth's Core
Ocean
Rock
Tool:
Wand
Athame
Chalice
Pentacle
Symbol:
Incense
Candle
Bowl of Water
Caldron of Salt
Time of Day:
Dawn
Noon
Dusk
Midnight
Season:
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Sabbat:
Eostar
Litha
Mabon
Yule
Time Of Life:
Childhood
Youth
Maturity
Old Age
Elemental:
Sprite
Imp
Undine
Gnomes
Paracelsusian:
Sylphs
Salamanders
Dryads
Elves
Fair folk:
Fairies, Pixie
Goblins
Nereids
Brownie, Kobold
Other:
Aerial

Mermaids, Selkie, nymph, nixie, Kelpie, Naiad, Limniad
dwarf, faun, Satyr
Animals:
Eagle, dove, wren, raven, owl, cockerel
Dogs, Wolf, Coyote, Lion, cats, fox
Dolphins, Whales, frog, butterfly, snake, salmon
Bear, deer, Elk, Buffalo, turtle, bull, boar

There are many other types of spirits associated with various
elements. If you would like to sugest some please write

Most of this information is on my website on the Altar setup and Quarter calls pages

Comments

South

I found it interesting that as I read through the table (very nice, btw, I applaud your HTML), I noticed that most of the things that are held to be of the most value in Western society are found in the South column. Obviously some rows wouldn't apply to this (elementals, 'fair' folk (fairy?), etc). But, for example the season of Summer is one of the favorite seasons of our society. Perhaps it stems from it being like a long 'holiday' for us as we're children in school, but the summer always seems like a time for partying and celebration even later on in life. Well I'm too young to say it's that way when you reach 'maturity', but that brings me to my next point.

I think it's fair to say that Youth, the time of life for the fire element, is a most valued trait. You just have to look at our advertising (just look around you, there's probably an advertisement within 100 ft. -- a magazine or newspaper or something), and you'll see what I'm talking about. Yes, there are instances of using advertising with old people, but typically they don't put old people in a good light. It's almost as if the very word 'old' is a derisive comment these days.

Now 'will' and 'energy' are slightly more difficult to fit into the picture I'm trying to paint (but maybe I'll try anyway). What is money to people -- and why is money so valued (can we agree that money is one of the most desired objects in our society?)? I propose that money represents to people the ability to exert their will. If you want to buy something (perhaps something you saw in an advertisement with a youthful, airbrushed model), then you have to have money. People who have money are looked up to, or we are jealous of them (usually one or the other), because we can see how much greater their ability to exert their will is.

Hm, I can't think of one for energy except for maybe the negative argument that laziness is looked down upon. Hmm -- anybody have any thoughts on how/if that fits in to my thesis?

The most common household pet is a dog/cat, which would also fall under the category of Fire...

Yes, some of the cells of other elements are also valued in our society, but it appears to me that there are more things under the Fire column than any other. And just because I believe that society as a whole values those things more, doesn't mean that I do, or that I am assuming that you do. (nice disclaimer, isn't it?). If you disagree with anything I said, I would love to hear your reasons why.

-Sou|cuttr
Very interesting. Our Trad places Earth in the East and Air in the North. Here is a good explanation of why, though I understand most Trads don't do things that way. But I do wonder- how do you see Earth as being destructive? It strikes me as being the most creative element... Fire is easy. Water... it could go either way, being both the ocean, and the universal solvent. Air, hmm, not seeing how it's particularly creative, unless you mean that we breathe it and need it for life, but then photosynthesizing Sunlight is as life-giving... so now Fire is creative! Argh!

I'm not challenging, I hope you see- you seem to like a good discussion on these sorta things and appear to have one of those big, throbbing brains I so admire. :)