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The Element of Water in the Western Esoteric Traditions

By Sorita d’Este

“For he hath given me certain knowledge of the things that are, namely,
to know how the world was made, and the operation of the elements.”
–The Wisdom of Solomon

The system of the four elements, Air, Fire, Water and Earth is a key foundation stone in the development of the Western Esoteric Tradition, and practices associated with it can still be found in almost all the modern traditions of magic and mysticism, including Alchemy, Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Ceremonial Magic, and Qabalah through to the Wiccan Tradition, Neo-Pagan Witchcraft and Druidry.

Its historical origins can be found two and a half thousand years ago in the writings of the ancient Greek philosopher Empedocles. In the fifth century BCE in his Tetrasomia (Doctrine of the Four Elements), Empedocles expressed the view that the four elements were not only the building blocks of the universe, but also spiritual essences. He equated the sources of the elements to Greek deities, thus attributing divine origins to the four elements.

Read the original article at: Penton Independent Pagan Media

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