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The elements have intricate meanings in many ways. Below are the correspondences for the four elements and Spirit.

Direction: South
Qualities: hot and dry, light and active
Color: Red
Metal: brass, gold, iron, steel
Type of magic: tantra, healing, candle magic
Zodiacal signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Tattvic symbol: red triangle (Tejas)
Tattvic tide: March 21 - June 21
Season: Summer
Hour of day: Noon
Celtic name: Deas
Major Arcana Card: judgement (XX)
Minor Arcana suit: Wands
Symbolic creature: lion, fire-breathing dragon, horses
Alchemical symbol: right side up triangle
Symbols: fire, sun, stars, volcanoes, candle flame, hearthfire
Plant: nettle, red poppies, garlic, onions

Direction: West
Qualities: cold and moist, heavy and passive
Color: Green
Metal: copper, silver
Type of magic: fertility, mirror magic, purification, healing, divination, dream magic
Zodiacal signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Tattvic symbol: silver crescent (Apas)
Tattvic tide: September 23 - December 23
Season: Fall
Hour of day: twilight
Celtic name: iar
Major Arcana card: Hanged Man (XII)
Minor Arcana suit: Cups
Symbolic creatures: scorpion, snake, dolphin, dragon(serpent), all water creatures
Alchemical symbol: upside down triangle
Symbols: waterfalls, all bodies of water, waves, fog, rain
Plants: all water plants, fern, lotus, moss

Direction: East
Qualities: hot and moist, light and active
Color: Blue
Metal: aluminum, mercury, tin
Types of magic: To find an object that has been lost or stolen, magic of the four winds, visualizations, divination.
Zodiacal signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Tattvic symbol: blue circle (Vayu)
Tattvic tide: June 21 - September 23
Season: Spring
Hour of day: Dawn
Celtic name: airt
Major Arcana card: Fool (0)
Minor Arcana suit: Swords
Symbolic creatures: eagle, hawk, butterfly
Alchemical symbol: right side up triangle with a line through the middle
Symbols: sky, wind, clouds, incense
Plants: aspen tree, mistletoe

Direction: North
Qualities: cold and dry, heavy and passive
Color: Yellow
Metal: lead, mercury
Types of magic: fertility magic, tree magic, herbal lore, prosperity, runecasting, knot magic
Zodiacal signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Tattivic symbol: yellow square (prithivi)
Tattivic tide: December 23 - March 21
Season: Winter
Hour of day: midnight
Celtic name: Tuath
Major Arcana card: Universe (XXI)
Minor Arcana suit: Pentacles
Symbolic creatures: bull, sphinx, stag
Alchemical symbol: upside down triangle with a line through the middle
Symbols: mountains, caves, gems, fields, rocks
Plants: red poppy, thrift plant, ivy, grains

Direction: the Center
Color: White
Metal: meteorite
Qualitites: timelessness, spacelessness
Tattvic symbol: black oval (Akasha)
Time: Now and all time
Major Arcana card: Fool (0) and Judgement (XX)
Tarot suit: Major Arcana
Symbols: spiral, the cosmos

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