Alchemy is the “science of the soul”, an ancient discipline, which seeks to turn lead into gold. To the alchemist, lead and gold symbolize the opposing aspects of the human spirit. Lead is undeveloped, toxic and dark. Gold, however, is enlightened, pure and resplendent. The alchemist is both a scientist and a philosopher, who aims to transform and perfect the human spirit, hence the notion of “turning lead into gold.”




According to Alchemy, everything in existence comprises 4 archetypal elements.
These are Fire, Earth, Water and Air. The myriad ways the 4 elements combine determines the nature of all things, both physical and non-physical, including even human nature.  Understanding these 4 elements is the key to fathoming our own minds. Knowing how to transmute one element into another is the foundation for personal development. It is the balance of the 4 elements in each of us, which perfects and elevates us, and reveals our highest nature.

There are certain specific human character traits, both positive and negative, we can associate with each of the 4 elements. You may identify positive attributes you wish to emphasize or cultivate in yourself, or perhaps you’ll recognise traits that signal an element being too dominant and out of balance. You can then select and wear the corresponding elemental symbol to concentrate your focus on increasing that element, or take steps to transmute an element that is out of balance.


These are the ancient alchemical symbols for the 4 elements, and the character traits associated with them…

Fire

Fire is strong-willed, energetic, ambitious, visionary, enthusiastic, positive, passionate, productive, resourceful, confident, courageous, daring, decisive, hardworking, creative and original. Fire engenders leadership and high self-esteem.

Wear the fire element symbol to increase Fire.  Consider also wearing red and burning candles.


Too much fire is irritable, impulsive, quick to anger, restless, impatient, obsessive, arrogant, jealous, conceited, domineering, egotistical and critical of others. If you relate to this, reduce Fire by increasing other elements.

Also, avoid wearing red!

If Fire is too dominant, it usually means you are lacking in Water, the direct opposite of Fire. But Natural Law states an element cannot be transmuted directly into its opposite, so if you want to increase Water to balance your Fire, you must first choose to increase either Earth or Air, depending on which you feel more affinity for, then look at increasing Water.

Earth

Earth is physical, stable, responsible, reliable, dependable, consistent, conscientious, cooperative, respectful, tangible, practical, cautious, punctual, attentive to detail, thorough, persistent, and perfectionist. Earth engenders a team player.

Wear the Earth element symbol to increase Earth. Consider also going outside with bare feet and working in the garden.


Too much Earth is stubborn, restrictive, inflexible, heavy, lazy, depressed, uncreative, and dull. If you relate to this, reduce Earth by increasing other elements.

If Earth is too dominant, it usually means you are lacking in Air, the direct opposite of Earth. But Natural Law states an element cannot be transmuted directly into its opposite, so if you want to increase Air to balance your Earth, you must first choose to increase either Fire or Water, depending on which you feel more affinity for, then look at increasing Air.

Water

Water is feeling and emotional, sensitive, nurturing, compassionate, adaptable, cooperative, going with the flow, passive, tranquil, reflective, introspective, self-aware and intuitive. Water rules the subconscious mind.

Wear the Water symbol to increase Water. Consider also taking the time to notice what you are feeling.


Too much Water is over-sensitive, self-sacrificial, over-emotional, self-doubting, needy, cowardly, sad and of low self-esteem. If you relate to this, reduce Water by increasing other elements. Also, avoid focusing on your vulnerabilities.

If Water is too dominant, it usually means you are lacking in Fire, the direct opposite of Water. But Natural Law states an element cannot be transmuted directly into its opposite, so if you want to increase Fire to balance your water, you must first choose to increase either Air or Earth, depending on which you feel more affinity for, then look at increasing Fire.

Air

Air is wise, intellectual, logical, rational, full of ideas, big picture oriented, inquisitive, light, clear, emotionally in control, communicative, expansive, adventurous, flexible, unconventional, curious and unpredictable.

Wear the Air symbol to increase Air. Consider also practicing deep breathing and doing mental puzzles.


Too much Air is idealistic, unrealistic, ungrounded, undependable, impractical, fickle, lost in daydreaming, prone to gossip and deceitful. Ideas fail to get manifested. If you relate to this, reduce Air by increasing other elements. Also, try to create something physical with your own hands.

If Air is too dominant, it usually means you are lacking in Earth, the direct opposite of Air. But Natural Law states an element cannot be transmuted directly into its opposite, so if you want to increase Earth to balance your Air, you must first choose to increase either Fire or Water, depending on which you feel more affinity for, then look at increasing Earth.

The 4 Elements in Sterling Silver

Blue Turtles offers you the 4 elements as these beautiful pendants in hand hammered sterling silver, available now from your local stockist.

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