aggrippa’s book one begins with explaining the elements – there is a lot of information that tells how the 4 elements relate to each other. It’s a little hard to follow the information simply by reading, and I have drawn the information up onto a page for reference.
Essentially, fire and earth are the primary elements, with water and air being derived from aspects of fire and earth. Even with this distinction, all 4 are seen as base elements.
Each of the four is described with aspects: brightness – darkness, thinness – thickness, and motion – quietness, that Agrippa orders from darkest, thickest, quietest (earth) to the brightest, thinnest, most active (fire).
This is interesting and I will refine my ‘cheat sheet’ a bit to help me better see the relationships
Chap. iii. Of the four Elements, their qualities, and mutuall mixtions.
|Dry – Cold||Cold – Moist||Moist – Hot||Hot – Dry|
|Contrary to Air||Contrary to Fire||Contrary to Earth||Contrary to Water|
|Heavy (passive)||Heavy (passive)||Light (active)||Light (active)|
|2 Earth / 1 Fire||2 Fire / 1 Earth|
|Darkness||Darkness (from Earth)
(twice as bright as Earth)
|Darkness (from Earth)
(twice as bright as Water)
(4 times more bright than Air)
|Thickness||Thickness (from Earth)
(3 times more thin than Earth)
|Thinness (from Fire)
(3 times more thin than Water)
(twice as thin as Air)
|Quietness||Motion (from Fire)
(4 times more moveable than Earth)
|Motion (from Fire)
(4 times more moveable than Water)
(3 times more moveable than Air)
Three Books of Occult Philosophy, or of Magick; Henry Cornelius Agrippa