It was Paracelsus who first  merged the concept of the  four natural elements of Air, Fire, Water and Earth with such magical creatures as fairies, undines, salamanders and gnomes. In this  charming book Morag also explores this theme as well as showing how these natural elements still have relevance in our lives and provide a naturalistic viewpoint on the nature of our minds, our bodies, our relationships and even in the way we communicate.

Finally, Morag provides insights into the illusive fifth element, that of Ether. 

A book that  will be enjoyed by  everyone providing as it does a window into how the elements of Nature are present within each of us and how we hold a deep primal understanding of their workings even though we may not realise it.



Long ago when the world was new and before man had begun to worship at the altar of the great god of science the ancients had a much more simple world view. Everything that they experienced could only be referenced to themselves and they came to know and explore the world through their five senses. To them all the known universe could either be seen, heard, tasted, smelled or touched. As their minds sought to make sense of the world that they found themselves in they came to realise that all that they knew fell into four main constituents. These constituents came to be known as the building blocks of all life, or the elements of air, fire, water and earth. They saw the great fireball in the sky and saw that it provided light. They felt its heat upon them and upon the land and experienced the cool darkness of night when the sun disappeared at the end of each day. Sensing the movement of the air all around them, breathing it in they felt it filling them and then its release back to the universe. They felt the breeze on their skin and the pressure in the atmosphere before a storm. They trusted the solid earth beneath their feet supporting them and all plant and animal life. .........




When we think of air the quality of that element that springs to mind immediately is that of lightness and ease of movement. Despite the fact that the air around us is exerting a pressure of 14 pounds per square inch onto our bodies all the time, this does not fall into the realm of our everyday awareness and is something that the ancients would not have even considered. When they turned their faces to the wind what they registered was movement and a lightness that bordered on the intangible. What was this thing that surrounded them at all times, sometimes moving in gentle breezes that caressed their skin, cooling them on hot days, and sometimes raging with such a force that they had to battle to stand against it ? There is an all pervasiveness about air. It is a very communal element. Surrounding the earth, as it does, it envelopes all irrespective of who they are or where they might be. Invisible and intangible it is really only perceptible when it moves, which it does with an ease and a freedom not afforded to the other elements, being the least dense of  them all. It is also noticeable by its absence of movement and we talk of still, calm days as airless. This ease of movement leads to the other main quality of this element, which is its changeability. A sudden gust can appear from nowhere or a high wind drop to nothing inexplicably in a moment.....  

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