Texts: Earth, Water, Fire & Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Cait Johnson; The Wisdom of the Elements: The Sacred Wheel of Earth, Air, Fire and Water, Margie Mcarthur
The Elements have been part of man's ancient and arcane lore since its inception in pre-historic times. Empedocles, a fifth century BCE Greek from Sicily, is credited with the discovery, different traditions approach them in different ways.
The forces of nature are often classified according to one of four kinds of expression; earth, air, water, and fire. The fifth, Akasha or Spirit, was known only to the Hindu, while the Chinese believe that the five are wood, earth, fire, metal, and water.
According to the ancient scriptures of many religions, the Elements are the basis of all forms. Yogic scriptures assert that real knowledge of the Self is not possible without going beyond these. They also say one should become an observer of the Elements because all physiological and psychological changes arise from the mutation of the qualities of nature.
This six-week course promotes understanding of the Elements as spiritual entities through meditation, use of color and symbol, as well as elemental visualizations. This allows participants to go deeper than the metaphors based on material substances and grasp their essence. The foundation of this course is rooted in Aristotle's analysis of the four Powers and draws from universal symbols and various cultural expressions. From this framework, we work forward to grasp a deeper understanding of the Elements as spiritual forces rather than material qualities.
What will be covered?
The Powers and Qualities Archetypes Elementals Grounding Centering Shielding Aura Cleansing Gnomes Undines Salamanders Sylphs