The Five Elements of Tarot include: Fire, Air, Water, Earth, and Spirit. While the four elements are associated with the individual suits within the minor arcana, the element of Spirit is linked to the major arcana.
The element of Fire is associated with passion, creativity, intention, personal will, and spirituality. It is the “fire” the burns within us, that drives us to pursue our desires. It has a raw, primal quality, and it can be both productive and destructive.
The element of Air is associated with the mind, ideas, rationality and logic. It is the abstract, conceptual part of us that is unseen but integral to us. The mind is needed to make decisions, to solve problems, to rationalize, to put things in order–and most importantly, to help us see the facts so we can understand truths.
The element of Water is associated with emotions, relationships, intuition, psychic abilities, and the subconscious. We submerge in its depth and allow it to enwrap us and touch us. We don’t know how deep it runs; we only know it flows, we get carried by its currents, and we close our eyes and feel.
The element of Earth is associated with nature, the physical realm, home, and community. Earth is where we ground ourselves; it is what nurtures us and keep us alive. It is the place where we return to to feel safe, secure, and accepted. It is what makes our reality real.
The element of Spirit is associated with the Fool’s Journey, as well as the major arcana. Please visit the “Major Arcana” page for more details. 🙂
It is important to understand each and every element, understand what they represent and know how they exist in us. That is the only way we can know how to achieve elemental balance and make peace with nature. We need just the right spark of Fire, just enough to power us but not too much so it overwhelms us with destruction. We need to surround ourselves with the right currents of Air, to keep our wits about us and to maintain logic and rationality, but not too much so we become so mechanical that we drone on without feeling the world around us. We need to remain connected to Water, so that we are fluid in our intuition and relationships with ourselves, with others, and with environment, but not flood ourselves with excessive “feels”. We need to stay grounded in Earth, and keep in touch with our physicality and things that are real to us so we don’t always live in our heads.
The balance of the Four Elements makes a Balanced Spirit. Getting in touch with the element of spirit is an attitude, a way of living. We need to be humble so our Spirit can be filled by all the wondrous things that the world can offer us. We need to be willing to look at ourselves, to attempt to understand the puzzle to our identity, to want to become better people.
That is Balance. Well, at least, my definition of it. 🙂