Friday, October 29, 2010
Totally had a eureka moment just now, thinking about the classical elements of Earth, Water, Air and Fire which correspond not to those things specifically, but to the four known states of matter, namely: solid (earth), liquid (water), gas (air) and plasma (fire). I had propositioned this to myself in the past, but never really looked into it until now because I was unsure as to the physical nature of fire, which I may have simply corresponded with energy.
A quick search affirmed my presumption: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_element#Modern_elements
There is also a fifth classical element, Aether, which many correlate with spirit, or Akasha.