This is the fifth post in the 30 days to Druidry series.
Elements.. elemental aspects of life. How many are there and by what name should we refer to them?
As a Pagan and a Physicist, this is an interesting term.
Commonly we’re told of Four
Earth, Air, Fire, Water
Gnomes, Slyphs, Salamanders, Undines.
Other traditions see Five
Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Spirit
Earth, Wood, Metal, Fire, Water
Or possibly six fundamental blocks (Quarks):
Up, Down, Strange, Charm, Top, Bottom
Maybe there’s 12 (with the 6 Leptons):
Up, Down, Strange, Charm, Top, Bottom, Electron, Electron neutrino, Muon, Muon neutrino, Tau, Tau neutrino
Or 24 with their anti-particles
Anti-above-12 except for electron with is called a positron
Plus the four forces:
Strong, weak, electromagnetic,
Maybe the seven states of matter
Solid, Liquid, Gas, Plasma, Fermionic condensate, Bose-Einstein condensate
But the elements that make me –blood & water (fire & water); breath (air); flesh, bone & food (earth); mind & thought (spirit) are the five I choose to honour.
I am elemental
A Cosmic Field
Of the earth’s fundamental keys.
The fire of sight and warmth,
The water of taste, cool and cleanse,
The air of hearing, smell and mind
And the earthen foundation of touch.
Land, sea and sky
In form of energetic atoms
With a state of inner flame
Flesh, Blood and Breath.
I am a cosmic,