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The alchemical/magical symbol for water is an inverted triangle, symbolizing downward flow. The downward pointing triangle is an ancient symbol of femininity, being a representation of female genitalia. One of the four alchemical elements, water has the properties cold and moist, and symbolizes intuition, the unconscious mind, and the enclosing, generating forces of the womb.

When paired with the fire triangle, or upward moving force, the Seal of Solomon is created. The water triangle is often represented by a chalice or cup; the symbol of water in tarot is the cup.

In Ritual magick and some Wiccan traditions, the elemental spirits of water are Undines.

Zodiac signs ruled by water are: Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio.

See also: Tools of Magick/Tarot Hallows

The Four Elements

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Water chalice, from the tarot
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Crescent moonAquarius Vesica pisces
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The upward pointing triangle is the alchemical symbol for fire. One of the four classical elements, fire has the properties of heat and dryness, and symbolizes the “fiery” emotions- love, hate, passion, compassion, empathy, anger, etc., as well as spiritual aspiration- those actions of intent which bring us closer to the divine. Fire is represented in numerous cultures as the triangle, symbolizing rising force.

The symbolism of the upward-pointing triangle symbolizes rising energy. The element is sometimes represented by a sword or knife; when paired with the chalice of water, it is referred to as the blade.

In Paracelsian alchemical tradition, the elemental spirits of fire are salamanders.

The fire symbol is derived from the medieval magical Seal of Solomon.

Zodiac signs ruled by the element of fire are: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius.

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Fire triangle, Tibetan painting
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Coptic CrossAssyrian winged solar disk
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A representation of the emblems of the Vedic tattwas. In the ancient Vedic symbolism of India, tattwas represented the five elements, or states of being and matter, which combine to create the material and spiritual universe: water, air, earth, fire, and spirit.

The five together form the Aum, represented architecturally by the Stupa, a form used in Indian and Tibetan temple architecture. The tattwas as adapted in Western magick are used as meditational aids representing doorways to altered states of consciousness.

 

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Quintessence

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A Stupa is a tower or steeple erected atop Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist temples and tombs, sometimes erected as a standalone monument. The stupa is a symbol for the elementary organization of the universe according to Hindu cosmology. A stupa is composed of four parts (from the base, up), symbolizing the five tattwas, or elements:

 

Earth Air Fire Water Spirit/Aethyr Elemental makeup of the stupa

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Buddha's Foot

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