It would be appreciated. The link above will take you to a PDF, which have 25 of the common Tattwa symbols on them. Something Gordon said in his most recent post made me sit up and notice. He said that he feels like magical blogging is dead except on Tumblr, but that he intended to stay where he was.
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In the Timaeus Plato describes how to construct the elements by putting togeth er several types of triangles. The European tradition of the Four Elements has impor tant ramifications and cross-cultural connections with the Indian system of indigenous medicine called Ayureda. Around B. In the Middle Ages you belonged in one of four categories: Sanguine Air : Airy, social, optimistic, flighty, and fanciful.
Choleric Fire : Impulsive, hot-tempered, person of action. Phlegmatic Water : Unemotional, "laid-back," tolerant. Melancholic Earh : Depressed and given to intellectual pursuits. The philosophy of the four humoral elements permeat ed every facet of European art, science, and literature until the last few centuries. And of the heat of the ginger. I is a beast for Perseus: He is pure air and fire; and the dull elements of earth and water never appear in him, but only in patient stillness while his rider mount him; he is indeed a horse; and all other jades you may call beast.
Both these authors have proliferated the humoral Aristotelian approach among Christian groups, even retaining the original terms of Sanguine, Choleric, Phlegmatic, and Melancholic. My opinion is that the resur gence of this 2,OOO-year-old classification is evidence of its intrinsic value and increases tolerance for individual differ ences when it is studied.
The Indian physicians also started with a Four Element classification, but quickly found it more useful to compress it to a triple classification that would include Ether. To manage this they amalgamated the Phlegmatic Water and Melancholic Earth into one group called Kapha. Kapha has Earth plus Water. It they is are stable, tol erant, and sluggish, prefers routine-sometimes downright lazy, even catatonic.
Kapha subsumes the European cate gory of Phlegmatic and Melancholic. Pitta is a nasty mix of the natural enemies Water and Fire, which produces an energetic, aggressive, boiling, can tankerous personality, a "mover and shaker. Vata is a tango combination of Air and Ether; cerebral, airy-fairy, twitchy, delicate, and sensitive; natural, if ner vous, priests!
Vata corresponds to Sanguine. Afer two thousand years the Indian Ayurvedic doctors are still practcing, with amazing results.
They are fabulous at sorting out your type and treating disturbances of balance. The A yurvedic doctor will, among other things, stuff them full of root vegetables which they hate! When Kapha Water and Earth get unbalanced you are lucky if they ever get out of bed! My teacher says that unbalanced Kaphas "open books, put them over their face, and go to sleep!
However, the remedy can include lots of chilies Fire vegetable to fire them up. Leave it to the doctor! The keynote in this commentary is to remind you that the Elements are still utilized in the so-called modern world, both in psychology and the survival of a 2, year old Indian medical tradition.
The earlier model of the Four Element personality clas sification Le. I have pointed out that, in the hands of the Jungian psychologists, this humoral doctrine survives usefully into the latter quarter of the twentieth century. The Ayurvedic delineation of three constitutions by pairing the Elements is even more sophisticated as it cov ers both psychological types and physical constitutional tendencies, with appropriate diagnosis and remedies to bal ance each category.
Amazingly enough, this three-tiered Ayurvedic approach Kapha, Pitta, and Vata has also emerged inde pendently into the Western World, demonstrating an inherent validity in the principle of typing. He summarized three Body Types and matched them with psychiatric tendencies.
Pyknic Kapha ; A stout body type susceptible to wild emotional swings; e. Athletic Pitta ; A muscular, medium build prone to epilepsy. Asthenic Vata ; A linear, thin physique with a ten dency to schizophrenia and thought disorders. By the s, an American, W. Sheldon, had com menced even more intense research on body tpe and per sonality. His categories were based on the embryological three developmental layers of viscera endomorphic layer , muscle tissue mesomorphic layer , and skin with nervous system ectomorphic layer.
Based on predominance of any one of these layers in a given individual physique he extrapolated three sub-cate gories that are stnningly reminiscent of the two-thou sand-year-old Ayurvedic teachings. Viscerotonia equivalent to Pyknic and Kapha; "marked by sociability and love of comfort. Cerebrotonia equivalent to Asthenic and Vata; " self-consciousness and difdence.
In short, both men vindicated the ancient Ayurvedic theories, without being aware of the Indian antecedents. I would like to briefly review the shapes as they are now commonly associated with the Tattwas.
I will dismiss the Alchemical Western equivalents; they lack the elemental potency of the Tattwa designs. D Earh: Depicted as a square. All Yantas potent geomet ric shapes are to be conceived in three dimensions, so the square of Earth becomes a cube, further exemplify ing the solidarity, cohesiveness, stability, and low cen ter of gravity implicit in the concept of Earth.
Water: The crescent moon. Certainly the Hindus did, but as a shape the crescent moon has even more interesting associations with water. Water flled nearly, but not quite, to the brim of a container assumes a concave shape as the molecules at the perimeter adhere more to the sides which is visually discerible. Water evaporating on a hot stone sudace tends to evaporate more on one side than the other, thus tending to become a crescent. The quality of Water is contraction. The nature of flame is always to taper to a pOint.
The quality of fire is to expand upwards just as a human with burning ambition aspires upward. The circle, or sphere, is the geomet rical shape that has the greatest potential for movement e. The quality of Air is motion. This shows how modest and inhibited a Hindu scholar could be in ! The truth is the most beautiful example of all, demon strating how a symbol in one culture is so potent it trans lates easily to another culture. This is the sort of correlation that warms the heart of a Jungian and delights a Freudian.
Ether Akasha is both the container and the womb of all creaton. No comment necessary. Air: Sky blue. Ether: Indigo, black, volet. All the colors of night space. In summary, the system here-in presented is not a syn- thetic "New Age" invention. The Tattwa symbols rest upon the foundation of several thousand years of Samkhya-yoga practice.
Western students can also draw on the egregore, the amassed experience of over a hundred years work with the Tattwas by the Golden Dawns practitioners. Our intellect, ego sense of self, feelings and memories, personality and character; all are ephemeral hallucinations and evanescent illusions.
The real Self, the PUIUsha, never dies, having never been born, and never suffers-as it is beyond and behind the world of Prakrit, or matter. Chapter 2.
Like many people, I am sure this has happened to you more than once. Well, did you get this Great Secret? I bet not, regardless of how much money you paid for that Great Secret. A half-century ago, a little recognized American occultist named Ophiel told me that the greatest contribution from the eastern world to western esotericism was to be found in the Hindu Tantric practices involving the "Tattwas.
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